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01/31/2006

President Praises Military Efforts in Terror War, Urges Resolve      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers are making to protect the country and urged the American people to stay the course in the war on terror during his annual State of the Union address tonight at the U.S. Capitol.

01/31/2006

Bush: U.S. Leadership, Resolve Critical to Terror Fight, Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this time of testing, the United States can't find security by abandoning its commitments, retreating within its borders and allowing its enemies to have free reign, President Bush said tonight during his annual State of the Union address.

01/31/2006

Security Isn't Sole Solution for Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Security in Iraq, while important, will not alone win the war against insurgents, a top U.S. commander said here today.

01/31/2006

New Boat Offers Military Smoother Ride, Versatility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Speed and flexibility make a new military high-speed vessel especially valuable for shallow-water operations, a Defense Department official said.

01/31/2006

Caffeine Gum for Troops Helps With Alertness      

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Caffeine gum now available to U.S. troops is intended to improve performance and alertness in myriad tasks, a sleep researcher at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research here said.

01/31/2006

Cartoonist Helps Troops, Fisher House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Award-winning satirist Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury" fame visited the Pentagon today to meet with troops wounded in the war on terror and present them autographed copies of his book featuring the healing process of a comic character he said they inspired.

01/31/2006

Bosnian Soldiers Unite, Help Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - For four years, Col. Robert Susac of the Bosnia and Herzegovina army fought a bloody war inside the borders of his own country. Today, those he fought against serve alongside him.

01/31/2006

Military Medical Services Give Troops Confidence, General Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military medics and corpsmen are on the front lines with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the troops have confidence in their abilities and in the standard of care throughout the entire military medical system, a top U.S. general said here today.

01/31/2006

Iraqis Take Control South of Mosul; Operations Net Weapons, Suspects      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi unit has taken control of an operational area, and Iraqi and coalition forces have seized more weapons and detained terrorism suspects, military officials in Baghdad reported.

01/30/2006

Military Health Transformation Will Improve Care, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The military health system is on the edge of a transformation that will create challenges, but will improve health care for the military and set standards for the entire country, a Defense Department official said here today.

01/30/2006

Military 'Stars' Thrilled By Role in New DoD Documentary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eleven servicemembers featured in a new documentary about opportunities in the military said they were overwhelmed by its message and honored to represent the men and women of the armed forces.

01/30/2006

New Documentary Showcases Unique Military Career Opportunities      

WASHINGTON - A new documentary launched today will help to educate the American public about military service and clear up misconceptions, the Defense Department's top personnel official said.

01/30/2006

Military Health System Headed To Joint Future      

WASHINGTON - "Jointness" is an inescapable reality for future military operations, and the military health care system will be no different, two Defense Department officials said here today.

01/30/2006

Air Force Staff Restructures to Improve Joint Ops, Communication      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force will begin retagging its staff directorates throughout the service this week to bring them more on line with those of the other military services and joint commands so it can operate more effectively with them to support warfighters.

01/30/2006

Transformed Battlefield Medical Care Saves Lives      

WASHINGTON - The military health system has revolutionized battlefield medical care in the past four years, reducing fatalities and raising the quality of care to all-time high levels, two Defense Department officials said here today.

01/30/2006

Bush: Iran Cannot Gain Nuclear Weapons      

WASHINGTON - The world cannot allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons, President Bush said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program yesterday. He also discussed coalition efforts in Iraq and the terrorist surveillance program.

01/30/2006

Blast Kills 10 Civilians; Troops Nab Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A bombing near a candy store in Iraq and the capture of suspected terrorists and weapons top news reported today by military officials in Baghdad.

01/30/2006

Army to Test Future Combat Systems at Fort Bliss      

WASHINGTON - To further the development of the Future Combat Systems program, the Army is designating a combat unit to evaluate and test cutting-edge technology.

01/30/2006

America Supports You: Louisiana Citizen-Soldiers Treated Right  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Employees at the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections feel their employer treats them right when they're called to active duty in the National Guard and Reserve.

01/29/2006

Coalition's Newest Democracies Helping Fledgling Democracies      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Many former foes are now allies, with troops serving in international coalitions fighting terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

01/29/2006

Iraqi, American Soldiers Engage Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and American soldiers successfully engaged terrorists and other anti-Iraqi forces in a series of recent operations, U.S. military officials reported.

01/29/2006

Two Soldiers, One Marine Killed; Officials Identify Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers were killed yesterday and one Marine was killed Jan. 27 in three separate incidents in Iraq.

01/29/2006

ABC News Crew Injured in IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - Two members of an ABC news crew embedded with the 4th Infantry Division were injured today when an improvised explosive device struck their armored personnel carrier north of Taji, Iraq, during a combined operation of Iraqi army and coalition forces.

01/27/2006

Rumsfeld, Military Leaders Thank Civilian Leaders for Troop Support      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders took time today to thank civilian leaders who have demonstrated solid support for men and women in uniform.

01/27/2006

Army Divorce Rates Drop as Marriage Programs Gain Momentum      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers and their spouses are flocking to new and beefed-up programs to help them strengthen their marriages, and a dip in divorce rates appears to show it's having a positive effect, Army officials told American Forces Press Service.

01/27/2006

QDR Provides Vectors for Defense Transformation      

WASHINGTON - Plans for transforming the defense structure for the future aren't based on numbers, but rather, capabilities, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told civilian leaders who visited the Pentagon today to hear about the status of the U.S. military and ongoing operations.

01/27/2006

Iraqi Soldiers Seek Captive U.S. Journalist      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police are conducting a house-to-house search for American freelance journalist Jill Carroll, who was taken hostage in the Baghdad area Jan. 7, a senior Iraqi military officer said on U.S. television today.

01/27/2006

Quadrennial Review a 'Snapshot,' Not a Revelation      

WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review being released Feb. 6 is not some new revelation. Rather it is a snapshot of where the Defense Department is as it transforms to meet new threats, officials said recently.

01/27/2006

U.S. Navy, Coast Guard on Lookout for Piracy      

WASHINGTON - Pirates are not a thing of the past. They are alive and well, and roaming the seas in search of booty. And U.S. Navy and Coast Guard officials are determined to stop them from threatening Americans and American interests.

01/27/2006

DoD to Build Upon Existing Counter-WMD Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is taking more steps to address the threat that terrorists are seeking weapons of mass destruction to use against U.S. forces and the homeland, a senior DoD official told reporters here today.

01/27/2006

Tal Afar Has Restored Hope, Life, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The efforts of the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces in Tal Afar, Iraq, have transformed the region from an insurgent hotbed to an area of life and hope with restored security, a U.S. military commander in the area said today.

01/27/2006

Strong International Coalition Heads Into Fifth Year      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Just one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, nations around the world mobilized and formed a military coalition. Their goal: to combat global terrorism.This year marks the fifth anniversary of the coalition, which is headquartered at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Today, CENTCOM officials said, 63 nations are supporting the global war on terror.

01/27/2006

Suspected Terrorists Detained; Tips Lead to Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces captured several weapons caches and suspected terrorists in operations throughout Iraq over the past few days, officials reported.

01/27/2006

Iraqi Army Division Takes Security Lead in Two Provinces      

WASHINGTON - The 8th Iraqi Army Division now has responsibility for military operations across two large provinces, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad yesterday.

01/27/2006

America Supports You: Fund Helps Families' Comeback from War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Operation Family Fund provides grants with no strings attached to the families of servicemembers who have been killed or severely wounded. In the past six months, the eight volunteers of "Operation Family Fund" have given $300,000 in grants to military families in need.

01/26/2006

Iraqi Insurgents Now Battling Al Qaeda Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - The al Qaeda in Iraq network has lost scores of key leaders as the result of anti-terrorist operations and now it's being attacked by Iraqi insurgents, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters at a Baghdad news conference today.

01/26/2006

Command's Coalition Alliance Forges Support to Pakistan      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The international military relationships forged by the 63 nations banded together at U.S. Central Command extend beyond the terror-war battlefield, a coalition official said here today.

01/26/2006

Official Outlines Voting Guidelines for Overseas Citizens      

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers and federal employees stationed overseas need to act quickly to request absentee ballots for this year's primary and general elections, a Defense Department official said here yesterday.

01/26/2006

420 Detainees Released; Weapons Caches Found, Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - About 420 detainees, including five women, were to be released from coalition detention facilities in Iraq today and tomorrow, officials announced.

01/26/2006

Marine Corps Special Ops Will Add to Military Capability, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, the newest addition to the special operations community, will be a complementary force that will ease the strain on other services' elite units and will contribute to the nation's readiness in the global war on terror, the new unit's commander said here today.

01/26/2006

Bush Stresses Gains Made in Military Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The military is transforming to ensure the right number and balance of forces are in place to fight the battles of the 21st century, President Bush said in a White House news conference today.

01/26/2006

DoD Plans to Boost Access to Military Child Care      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will use a multifaceted approach to boost the availability of child care services for military families, a senior official said here yesterday.

01/26/2006

Threat Reduction Agency Opens New Headquarters      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The agency charged with reducing threats against American forces celebrated the opening of its new headquarters building, the Defense Threat Reduction Center, here today.

01/26/2006

New Hospital Symbolizes Afghan Progress in South  This story contains photos.    

QALAT, Afghanistan - Few infrastructure projects inject the Afghan people with as much hope for a stable and healthy life for their families as a new hospital. Along with many of the new roads and bridges built during reconstruction, a new hospital will now bring that hope to the people of southern Afghanistan.

01/26/2006

Most Reserve, Guard Members Earn More, Not Less, in Uniform      

WASHINGTON - Despite general perceptions that National Guard and Reserve troops lose income when called to active duty, most actually earn more in uniform than as civilians, a new Rand Corp. study reveals.

01/26/2006

Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday.

01/26/2006

America Supports You: Silver Star Families Honor Wounded      

WASHINGTON - "Silver Star Families of America" has one focus: America's war wounded. "Our main mission is to make sure that the wounded of our armed forces are remembered," the group's founder Steven Newton said.

01/26/2006

Rumsfeld: Military Prepared for 21st Century Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Through challenging the status quo and questioning old assumptions, the Defense Department is becoming a more capable force ready to face changing conflicts, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday.

01/25/2006

QDR Dominated by Uncertain, Unpredictable World      

WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review, to be delivered to Congress Feb. 6, will be dominated by two words: uncertainty and unpredictability, senior defense officials said today.

01/25/2006

NSA Surveillance Saves American Lives, Bush says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today reiterated the need for a terrorist surveillance program to save American lives and win the war on terrorism.

01/25/2006

U.S. Troops in Iraq Decrease to Last Summer's Level      

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops serving in Iraq has decreased to around 138,000, which was the level deployed there last summer, a Defense Department military spokesman said here today.

01/25/2006

Iraq 'Headed in a Good Direction,' Abizaid Says      

WASHINGTON - American troops are an "essential stabilizing tool" in Iraq and their presence is needed for "Iraq to emerge as a responsible nation in a tough neighborhood and to keep the terrorists out," the commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East said today.

01/25/2006

Army 'Enormously Capable,' Defense Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army is making revolutionary changes in its transformation process and is becoming a more capable and effective force, not a strained institution in danger of breaking, as recent criticism has suggested, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

01/25/2006

Consistency Keeps Military Family's Life on an Even Keel  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Catherine McCarthy, a Navy submariner's wife, has a solution for keeping life normal for her three children despite challenges a military family faces.

01/25/2006

Saddam's Trial Features 'Minimal' U.S. Involvement      

WASHINGTON - U.S. involvement with Saddam Hussein's sometimes noisy, protracted trial in Baghdad "is minimal," a senior Defense Department spokesman said here today.

01/25/2006

Iraqi Soldier Wounded; Iraqi Troops Find, Destroy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi soldier participating in operations with coalition forces was wounded during a battle with insurgents near a bridge close to the Euphrates River near Hit, Iraq, in one of several military actions yesterday.

01/25/2006

State Governors Visit Deployed Troops in Iraq, Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After visiting with National Guard, Reserve and active-duty troops from their states deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, four state governors reported yesterday they're impressed by the troops' dedication and commitment to the mission.

01/24/2006

Bush: Terrorist Surveillance Plan Necessary, Lawful      

WASHINGTON - President Bush yesterday called his terrorist surveillance plan a lawful, necessary step in the war against terrorism.

01/24/2006

DoD Taps Industry Know-How in Ongoing Counter-IED Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England called on what he called some of the best minds in the country today to help come up with new solutions to the threat improvised explosive devices pose to U.S. troops.

01/24/2006

Army's Veteran Bomb-Disposal Robot Now 'Packs Heat'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A modified version of an Army robot that's used to thwart roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq now packs a punch of its own.

01/24/2006

Defense Department Sets Record With Charitable Giving  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department raised a record-high $15.1 million in the 2005 Combined Federal Campaign, exceeding the department's goal by $2.3 million.

01/24/2006

America Supports You: Newly American Pianist Loves Entertaining Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Russian-born, classically-trained pianist with a wide range of performing styles has been entertaining American troops overseas for years. Now she has a special reason to thank the troops who protect the United States.

01/24/2006

U.S. Navy Captures Pirate Vessel Off Somali Coast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy ship captured a suspected pirate vessel in the Indian Ocean about 54 miles off the coast of Somalia Jan. 21.

01/24/2006

Married to the Military: Spouse Sees Life as an Adventure  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - The key to escaping a tedious life is to maintain a positive attitude, the wife of a Navy physician and diver said.

01/24/2006

United States Gives Military Hospital to Indonesia      

JAKARTA, Indonesia - In a large step toward normalizing military relationships with Indonesia as well as providing much-needed humanitarian assistance, the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia handed over $11 million dollars worth of medical equipment to the country's minister of defense in a ceremony here Jan. 20th.

01/24/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Troops Capture Terrorists, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition troops have teamed up to capture at least five insurgent fighters and several weapons caches in the past two days.

01/24/2006

Info Is as Important as Ammo in 'Long War,' General Says      

WASHINGTON - In the so-called "Long War," information will be as important as ammunition, a senior military officer said.

01/24/2006

Soldiers, Marines, Airmen Killed by Roadside Bombs      

WASHINGTON - Roadside bombs claimed the lives of three soldiers, two Marines and two airmen in separate incidents Jan. 22 and 23 in Iraq, officials said today.

01/23/2006

Corps of Engineers Help City Move Trash  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans faced an uphill battle against mountains of debris after storm surge and levee flooding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought city services to a halt in 2005.

01/23/2006

Bush: Progress Continues in Terror War, But Threat Remains      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today he will listen to military ground commanders, not polls or focus groups, when making decisions about force levels in Iraq.

01/23/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue Operation Koa Canyon      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq - Eight days of back-breaking searches through villages and fields along the western Euphrates River Valley have yielded thousands of pieces of ordnance as Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines continue Operation Koa Canyon in Iraq's Anbar province.

01/23/2006

DoD First to Transfer Digital Records to National Archives      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department became the first federal agency to transfer digital records to the National Archives and Records Administration using newly established Electronic Records Archive "pre-accession" guidelines Jan 20.

01/23/2006

America Supports You: Virginia Group Supports Wounded Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded servicemembers have an extra helping hand thanks to Operation First Response, a group specializing in providing them supplies and funds during their recuperation.

01/23/2006

Military Culture Must Change to Fight 'Long War'      

WASHINGTON - As the United States confronts terrorism, military personnel have to make a cultural shift as they fight what officials now call "the Long War," senior DoD officials said.

01/23/2006

Corporate Partners Offer Free Tax Filing Service to Military Members      

WASHINGTON - Military members and their families can now file their taxes for free, thanks to a partnership between a group that helps military people deal with financial issues and a civilian financial services company.

01/23/2006

Survey to Help Military Stations Tailor Radio Programming      

WASHINGTON - Survey forms will go out in the mail this week to 10,000 servicemembers and Department of Defense civilian employees overseas to determine what they're looking for in radio programming provided by American Forces Network.

01/23/2006

Mosque Attacked; U.S. Forces Capture Gunman, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Enemy fighters attacked a Baghdad mosque, and U.S. forces detained a gunman with possible links to an improvised explosive device they were securing in separate incidents yesterday. U.S. troops also discovered a weapons cache Jan. 20.

01/23/2006

U.S., Coalition Efforts Helping Improve Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Humanitarian efforts continue in Afghanistan as coalition forces helped remove snow from impassable roads and built "hygiene facilities" at a small school. In addition, international diplomats visited a provincial reconstruction team Jan. 21.

01/22/2006

Actor Discusses Support for Troops, Iraqi Children      

WASHINGTON - When not appearing on the CBS show "CSI: New York" as Detective Mac Taylor, actor Gary Sinise devotes much of his time to raising support for U.S. troops.

01/22/2006

Latvian Soldier, Iraqi Civilians Wounded; Iraqi Soldiers Find Bomb      

WASHINGTON - A Latvian soldier and Iraqi civilians were injured in Iraq in separate incidents and Iraqi security forces found a bomb in Fallujah, U.S. military officials reported.

01/22/2006

Soldiers Detain Terrorists, Find Bombs, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers detained five suspected terrorists and found several weapons caches and improvised explosive devices throughout Iraq this week, U.S. military officials reported.

01/22/2006

Two Marines Killed in Iraq; Earlier Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Marines were killed in Iraq Jan. 20, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of several soldiers killed recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/20/2006

VA Outranks Private Sector in Health Care Patient Satisfaction      

WASHINGTON - Veterans continued to rate the care they receive through the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system higher than other Americans rate private-sector health care for the sixth consecutive year, a new annual report on customer satisfaction reveals.

01/20/2006

America Supports You: Group Works for Injured Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For over 85 years, Disabled American Veterans has been giving support to wounded heroes. Representatives from the group were on hand to answer questions yesterday at the Washington Capitals' "Salute to the Military Night" at the MCI Center here.

01/20/2006

U.S., Iraqi Officials Reach Out to Uneasy Citizens      

WASHINGTON - U.S., coalition and Iraqi government representatives are reaching out to uneasy Iraqi citizens in efforts to have them participate in the new Iraq's political process, a senior U.S. Defense Department spokesman said here today.

01/20/2006

America Supports You: Groups Support Troops at Capitals Military Night  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Grassroots groups came out in force to show their support for America's servicemembers at the Washington Capitals-St. Louis Blues hockey game last night.

01/20/2006

General Predicts Fewer Sunni Ties to Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Sunnis who may have partnered with foreign terrorist groups in the past will abandon that practice because it's against their interests, the U.S. officer in charge of operations in northern Iraq predicted today.

01/20/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Security Forces Repulse Insurgent Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. security forces repulsed attacks on military bases in Ramadi, Iraq, today about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad, officials reported.

01/20/2006

New Jersey to Get War Dog Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Man's best friend has contributed to U.S. war efforts for many years, so it is only fitting to have an official war dog memorial to honor the service of these canine companions.

01/20/2006

Terrorists Target U.S., Its People, Cheney Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and the American people are "the prime targets" of terrorists who intend to harm any nation that opposes their aims, Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday in New York City.

01/20/2006

Pakistan Relief Effort Reaches Major Milestones      

WASHINGTON - U.S. helicopters supporting earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan set a new record yesterday, delivering 232 tons of humanitarian aid for earthquake victims in a single day, U.S. embassy officials in Islamabad, Pakistan, reported today.

01/20/2006

Displaced Pentagon Workers Return After Fire      

WASHINGTON - Some 3,000 workers were back in the Pentagon today after a fire yesterday morning displaced them, a Defense Department spokesman said.

01/20/2006

America Supports You: Capitals Sponsor Military Appreciation Night  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Hockey League showed its support for America's servicemembers with a military appreciation night program at the Washington Capitals-St. Louis Blues hockey game here last night.

01/19/2006

Hayat School Opening Proves Americans Care      

TIKRIT, Iraq - As he loaded his Humvee with school supplies donated by people in the United States, Army Capt. Dan Ruecking couldn't hold back his enthusiasm.

01/19/2006

Tips Offered for Tax Season      

WASHINGTON - Tax season has once again arrived, and military personnel should know several things to make their returns easier and more beneficial, a military official said here yesterday.

01/19/2006

Married to the Military: Spouses Need Own Identity  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military life is full of ups and downs. But for it to be a more positive experience, military spouses have to know themselves, Amberlynde Graham said.

01/19/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Move Toward Independence, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The past year showed a significant increase in the number of trained and equipped Iraqi security forces and in the capability of these forces to conduct independent operations, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.

01/19/2006

America Supports You: Kids Get 'Hands-On' View of Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the past year and a half, Kathleen Rafiq has been drawing on her personal experiences to teach American school children on both U.S. coasts what it's like to live in Afghanistan.

01/19/2006

Army Secretary: 2005 Brought Solid Accomplishment      

WASHINGTON - Army re-enlistments in 2005 were the highest they've been in five years, with more than 69,500 soldiers choosing to continue their service, the Secretary of the Army said here yesterday.

01/19/2006

18th Airborne Corps Says Goodbye to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli accepted authority as the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq from Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Victory here today.

01/19/2006

Windmills Provide Inexpensive Water Source for Afghan Farmers      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Coalition forces are installing windmills across southern Afghanistan to provide farmers with water 24 hours a day.

01/18/2006

President Meets With Victims of Saddam's Regime  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today called the trial of Saddam Hussein an important milestone for Iraq.

01/18/2006

America Supports You: Citizen-Soldier Praises Employer Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Mark L. Kniffen, 41, was overwhelmingly thankful for his employer paying his full salary, allowing him to keep his medical benefits and helping solve family crisis for the 15 months he was in Kuwait and Iraq supporting the war on terrorism.

01/18/2006

Better Jointness Needed Between Military and Diplomats, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today highlighted the importance of promoting a more cooperative working relationship between American diplomats and the U.S. military in order to achieve global objectives.

01/18/2006

Americans Must Understand U.S. Is at War, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The American people must remind themselves every day that the United States is at war, a top Army general said today.

01/18/2006

Better Body Armor Meets Changing Threat, Army Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Soldier protection is one of the Army's highest priorities, and body armor has been continuously improved to meet the changing threat in the war on terror, Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey said here today.

01/18/2006

Start Date for New Personnel System Pushed Back Three Months      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have scaled back the initial group of civilian employees to fall under the new National Security Personnel System to 11,000 in the first group from a previously scheduled 60,000, officials announced yesterday.

01/18/2006

Unit Rebalance Will Make Guard More Effective, Army Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Rebalancing the types of brigades being added to the National Guard will make that component more effective in its two-fold mission and will contribute to the overall capability of the Army, the secretary of the Army said here today.

01/18/2006

DoD Leader Details U.S. Iraq Strategy      

WASHINGTON - U.S. strategy in Iraq is working, and success in the country could mean a transformed Middle East, Peter W. Rodman, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said at the American Enterprise Institute here today.

01/18/2006

Marines School Japanese Soldiers in Amphibious Warfare  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE CORONADO, Calif. - Boating around San Diego Bay may sound relaxing, but members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force training with U.S. Marines here have found it to be just the opposite.

01/18/2006

Soldier Dies From Noncombat Injuries; DoD Names Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday from non-combat related injures, U.S. officials in Baghdad reported today. No further details were available.

01/18/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Troops Conduct Counterinsurgency Operation      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers and about 1,000 U.S. Marines, sailors and soldiers with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are conducting counterinsurgency operations in Iraq's Anbar province.

01/18/2006

Afghan Police Leaders Discuss Internal Security  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's recently selected top 31 leaders from the Ministry of the Interior and Afghan National Police met Jan. 7 and 8 on how to increase security, fight internal corruption and eradicate poppy production.

01/17/2006

New Liberian President Thanks U.S. Sailors for Support  This story contains photos.    

MONROVIA, Liberia - The newly elected president of Liberia visited USS Mount Whitney sailors and civilian mariners today while the ship was off the coast of Liberia's capital city, Monrovia.

01/17/2006

Suicide Bomber Kills Five, Wounds 18 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A suicide car bomber killed four Iraqi police officers and one child and wounded 16 civilians and two Iraqi police officers yesterday at an Iraqi police checkpoint near Muqdadiyah, Iraq, officials reported.

01/17/2006

Pentagon Looks Into Recent Helicopter Crashes in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking answers as to why three U.S. helicopters have crashed in Iraq within the past two weeks, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

01/17/2006

18th Airborne Corps Artillery Transfers Authority to 5th Corps      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Servicemembers witnessed the transfer of authority between the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery and the 5th Corps Artillery here today.

01/17/2006

America Supports You: Fox News Spotlights Teen's Letter-writing Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The 16-year-old founder of "A Million Thanks," a nationwide program encouraging students to write thank-you letters to servicemembers, appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to speak about her new campaign to send 2.6 million cards and letters to the troops in 2006.

01/17/2006

Group Collects Valentines for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Keystone Soldiers, a nonprofit organization, based in Fleetwood, Pa., has partnered with Boscov's department stores in a drive to collect valentines for deployed servicemembers.

01/16/2006

Apache Crash Kills Two; Operations Net Suspects, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Two Task Force Ironhorse soldiers were killed today when their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed, and various operations in Iraq netted terrorism suspects and weapons, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

01/16/2006

Iraqi Soldiers, U.S. Marines Find 11 Arms Caches in Iraq      

RAMADI, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, discovered 11 weapons caches Jan. 14 near Barwanah, Iraq, military officials at Camp Blue Diamond here reported today.

01/16/2006

Officials Report Marine Death, Identify Accident Victim      

WASHINGTON - One Marine was found dead at Forward Operating Base Haditha Dam in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified another who died earlier supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/16/2006

U.S. Medics Treat Bomb Victims in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Eleven people wounded during a Jan. 14 bombing attacks in Khowst, Afghanistan, were treated by U.S. medical personnel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported today.

01/15/2006

Abu Ghraib Detainees Released; Bombs and Weapons Found in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of security detainees were released from prison today, and multiple bombs and weapons caches were discovered in Iraq over the last few days, U.S. military officials reported.

01/14/2006

America Supports You: Actor Sinise Discusses Support for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Gary Sinise, star of the hit television show "CSI: NY," appeared on the Fox News Channel program Hannity and Colmes yesterday to discuss his continued support for American troops and his charity Operation Iraqi Children.

01/14/2006

Marine Killed, Police Thwart Ambush, Raids Nab Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine was killed in Iraq yesterday, Iraqi police recently thwarted a roadside bomb ambush on coalition forces, and raids yesterday in northern Iraq led to the capture of five terrorist suspects, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported today.

01/13/2006

Netcentric Operations Provide DoD With Agility  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - The United States has to confront uncertainty with agility, a top Defense Department official said here Jan. 11.

01/13/2006

Air Force Sweeps Armed Forces Bowling Championships      

RENO, Nev. - The Air Force swept the individual and team efforts in the Armed Forces Bowling Championships at the National Bowling Stadium here Jan. 11.

01/13/2006

America Supports You: Partnership Rebuilds Paralyzed Vet's House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since his last mission, during Operation Just Cause in Panama, the tiny hallways and rooms in Tom Caldwell's North Carolina house have made simple tasks, like going to the bathroom, a multiperson affair.

01/13/2006

Troops Give Work Animals Free Medical Care in Yemen  This story contains photos.    

AMRAN, Yemen - More than 780 animals received free medical care recently during a veterinary civil action plan event here. Local veterinarians teamed up with civil affairs team members from Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa to treat herds in the villages of Bani Mamoon, Thula and Hababa. Animals were given vitamins and anti-parasitic medication and were checked for any other problems.

01/13/2006

Bush, German Chancellor Discuss Iran  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Bush pushed for U.N. sanctions against Iran in a news conference today at the White House.

01/13/2006

Rice, Cheney Warn of Iranian Nuclear Threat, Urge U.N. Action      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have denounced the Iranian government's resumption of uranium enrichment research and urged that the matter be referred to the U. N. Security Council for more intense and effective diplomatic actions.

01/13/2006

U.S. General Cites Iraq Progress, Salutes Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - As progress continues in Iraq, U.S. forces are "going to put a great deal of focus on the police issue," a senior U.S. general in Iraq told reporters here today.

01/13/2006

Al Qaeda in Iraq 'in Disarray,' U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda's influence in Iraq is unraveling, a senior U.S. general based in Baghdad told reporters today during a satellite news conference with reporters at the Pentagon.

01/13/2006

Soldiers Detain Suspected Terrorists, Secure Enemy Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq yesterday found and destroyed weapons caches, detained terrorist suspects, and recovered the remains of a terrorist bomber who inadvertently killed himself, U.S. military officials there reported.

01/13/2006

Army Pilots Die in Crash; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Army pilots died today when their OH-58D Kiowa helicopter went down in Mosul, Iraq, just outside of Forward Operating Base Courage, military officials in Baghdad reported.

01/13/2006

Guantanamo Proceedings Deal With Unique Legal Challenges      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - U.S. officials writing the rules for military commissions to try accused war criminals here believe the need for a detainee to have competent legal representation trumps his right to self-representation.

01/13/2006

Krzysko Tabbed As Senior DoD Acquisition Adviser      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department acquisition specialist is now DoD's senior acquisition sources adviser for business transformation initiatives.

01/13/2006

Added Guantanamo Hearing Deals With Pre-trial Publicity      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - An extra hearing yesterday in the case of a Canadian teen accused of murdering a U.S. Army medic in Afghanistan dealt with acceptable levels of pre-trial publicity.

01/12/2006

Improved Armored Vests Reflect Changing Enemy Tactics      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous locales will soon receive revamped armored vests that provide more side protection, senior officials said here today.

01/12/2006

Building Capabilities Key to Defense of Future, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Building military capabilities is the heart of countering threats, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon news conference today.

01/12/2006

America Supports You: LAPD Stands Behind Mobilized Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Sgt. Brandon Valdez, a Marine Corps Reservist, was wounded by a roadside bomb during convoy duty in Ramadi, Iraq, in November 2004, his civilian employer, the Los Angeles Police Department, supported him to the fullest.

01/12/2006

Cheney Reiterates Iraq Terror Connection      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein's sponsorship of terrorists and terrorism is a matter of open public record, Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday.

01/12/2006

Canadian Teen Accused of Murdering U.S. Soldier Appears in Court      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Preliminary hearings in the case of a Canadian teen accused of murdering a U.S. Army medic in a 2002 Afghan firefight began here yesterday.

01/12/2006

Martin Luther King Jr. Honored at Pentagon Breakfast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders and many guests gathered here today to honor a champion of civil rights at the Pentagon's 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.

01/12/2006

Attacks in Iraq Not Slowing Drive Toward Democracy      

WASHINGTON - The horrific attacks against those trying to build a new Iraq and against innocent Iraqis are to create fear and doubt in the people of Iraq, a Multinational Forces Iraq spokesman said in Baghdad today.

01/12/2006

Commanders: Special Forces Must Evolve to Meet New Challenges  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Special operations commanders know what is needed to meet the ever-changing challenges facing their forces fighting in the global war on terrorism, a panel of special operations leaders said here yesterday.

01/12/2006

Iraq Violence Depicts Terrorists' Desperation, Bush Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Continued acts of brutal violence performed by terrorist groups operating in Iraq depict a desperate and frustrated enemy, President Bush said yesterday in Louisville, Ky.

01/12/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Detain Terror Suspects, Secure Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers detained terror suspects and seized weapons caches in operations throughout Iraq yesterday and today, military officials reported today.

01/12/2006

Special Operations Makes Mark on Global War on Terrorism  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Demand for special operations forces capabilities has increased dramatically since Sept. 11, 2001, the deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said here yesterday.

01/12/2006

Guantanamo Hearing Opens Amid Legal Issues      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A two-and-a-half-hour session yesterday morning raised thorny legal issues in the military commissions proceeding against an accused al Qaeda propagandist held at the U.S. detention facility here.

01/11/2006

Bush: A Democratic Iraq Will Help Defeat Global Terrorism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Establishing democracy to replace the tyranny Iraqis endured under Saddam Hussein will assist in defeating terrorists operating there and elsewhere, President Bush said today in Louisville, Ky.

01/11/2006

Soldiers Find Bodies, Kill Insurgents, Discover Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces found dead bodies, killed several insurgents and detained one other, and discovered numerous weapons caches throughout Iraq this week, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported today.

01/11/2006

Missile Defense Program Moves Forward  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency continues to move forward in its efforts to protect the nation against ballistic missile attack.

01/11/2006

Casey Awaits Results of Iraq Information Operations Review      

WASHINGTON - An investigation of alleged improprieties conducted by U.S. military information operations activities in Iraq is nearly complete for presentation to the Multinational Force Iraq commander, a senior Defense Department spokesman told reporters here today.

01/11/2006

DoD Identifies Iraq Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today and yesterday the identities of 10 soldiers and five Marines who were killed recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/11/2006

Horn of Africa Task Force Helps Through Health  This story contains photos.    

AMRAN, Yemen - If 2-year-old Ebtisam Salim could have talked, she would have complained of having had diarrhea and a fever for almost two weeks. But she was nearly unconscious when she arrived at the Sahab Clinic in Bani Momoon here, suffering from extreme dehydration and a temperature of 103.2.

01/11/2006

Iraqi Soldiers Capture Terrorists, Find Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - "Iraqi soldiers detained four suspected terrorists and discovered two weapons caches today and yesterday, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported.

01/11/2006

Recruiting, Retention Take More Art Than Science, Official Says      

SAN DIEGO - Recruiting and retaining servicemembers is not rocket science, but it is hard work, a former defense official told a group gathered here yesterday for the first CinCHouse convention.

01/11/2006

Changing Face of War Means Morphing Guard, Reserve      

SAN DIEGO - Thomas F. Hall, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, said the country has entered the era of an operational reserve force vs. a strategic one.

01/11/2006

America Supports You: Celebs Rally for Calendar Poster  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 600,000 servicemembers, including Coast Guardsmen, are receiving a special gift this year from the White House Commission on Remembrance: a poster-sized 2006 calendar.

01/10/2006

Bush: U.S. Will Put Iraqi Police Training on Fast Track      

WASHINGTON - The United States will push ongoing efforts to train more capable Iraqi police to provide internal security across the country, President Bush said here today.

01/10/2006

Engineer Makes Special Deliveries to Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

MOSUL, Iraq - After years of tyranny and war, the children of Iraq have almost nothing and are very grateful for each gift they receive.

01/10/2006

Innovative Programs Help Army Maintain Recruiting Comeback      

WASHINGTON - A variety of innovative recruiting initiatives, from a program to re-enlist veterans to an increase in the maximum enlistment age for the Army Reserve and National Guard, are being credited with the Army's continued success in reaching its recruiting and retention goals.

01/10/2006

Equipment Means Better, Faster Communication for Afghan Army  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - A new piece of communications equipment is giving Afghan National Army units the capability to stay connected with each other and their operations centers regardless of the distance between them or the types of radios used.

01/10/2006

Corps of Engineers Completes New Orleans Canal Cleanup  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - If the word "canal" brings to mind images of Suez and Panama, or of singing gondoliers in historic Venice, think again. Hundreds of miles of canals snake through southern Louisiana parishes. Since Hurricane Katrina visited the area Aug. 29, very few of these waterways had been usable.

01/10/2006

DoD Personnel Face Stricter Rules on Human Trafficking      

WASHINGTON - Harsher punishments for Defense Department personnel who participate in human trafficking or support the industry by patronizing prostitutes are part of a bill signed into law today by President Bush.

01/10/2006

America Supports You: Calling Cards Give Troops Sports Info      

WASHINGTON - Through the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes and in partnership with Stars for Stripes, EZ Scores is giving U.S. servicemembers 2.5 million prepaid calling cards, Christopher O'Donnell, EZ Scores chief executive officer, said.

01/10/2006

Bush Outlines Three-Point Iraq Success Plan for 2006  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. efforts to help Iraqis set up an enduring democratic government will key on three critical areas this year, President Bush said here today.

01/10/2006

Army Continues Changing, Improving Body Armor      

WASHINGTON - The Army will continue to improve body armor issued to soldiers, and will begin manufacturing side-panel inserts to the Interceptor ballistic armor, officials said here today.

01/10/2006

Lawyers Address Thorny Issues on Eve of Military Commissions Hearings      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Military commissions to try enemy combatants held here for alleged war crimes are intended "to prosecute unlawful conduct, not persecute religious beliefs," a top official with the commissions said here today.

01/10/2006

Detention Puts Terrorists Out of Action, DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The detention of hundreds of terrorist suspects at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is helping to keep Americans and other peace-loving peoples safe, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

01/10/2006

U.S. Relief Aid Intensifies As Snow Hits Pakistan Quake Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military helicopter crews are stepping up deliveries of relief supplies to earthquake victims as snowstorms pummel Pakistan's northern Kashmir region.

01/10/2006

Afghan Security Force Members Demobilize, Recommit  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Nearly 300 members of the Afghan Security Force demobilized in ceremonies last week in Afghanistan's Paktika province, and many of them joined the country's growing army and police force, military officials reported.

01/10/2006

U.S., Iraqi Forces Kill Terrorists, Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces killed and detained suspected terrorists and uncovered various weapons caches yesterday and today, military officials in Baghdad reported.

01/10/2006

U.S. Casualties in Iraq Identified      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has announced the identities of two soldiers and three Marines who were killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/10/2006

CinCHouse Convention Focuses on Military Family Issues      

SAN DIEGO - For the next three days, the military and its families have the opportunity to learn a little more about each other.

01/09/2006

Military Commissions Proceedings to Resume This Week at Guantanamo Bay      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Military commissions proceedings resume this week as officials here hold preliminary hearings in the cases of two enemy combatants held here since 2002.

01/09/2006

Four Civilians Died in Iraq Chopper Crash, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials in Iraq say four civilians were killed in a Jan. 7 helicopter crash along with eight U.S. military members aboard, a senior official said here today.

01/09/2006

Financial Company Supports Its Citizen-Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - For years, Pioneer Financial Services Inc. has served a large pool of military customers. What has not been immediately recognizable, however, is the company's dedication to its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

01/09/2006

Afghan Soldiers Learn to Maintain Medium Tactical Vehicles  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army met another milestone recently when 19 soldiers graduated from the medium tactical vehicle familiarization course held at the German maintenance facility.

01/09/2006

Artillery Soldiers Adapt to Infantry Role in Iraq      

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Fighting the war in Iraq has transformed artillerymen into light infantrymen, a job filled with cordon-and-search operations, motorized convoys and dismounted patrols.

01/09/2006

Top Commanders, Pentagon Chiefs Discuss QDR, Other Issues      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. military commanders from around the world are in Washington this week for meetings with Pentagon officials to discuss the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review and other issues, a senior Defense Department spokesman said here today.

01/09/2006

Suicide Attack Foiled, Hostage Rescued, Weapons Seized      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police pre-empted two suicide bombers today, a French hostage was rescued over the weekend, and an Iraqi citizen led soldiers to a weapons cache yesterday, military officials in Baghdad reported.

01/09/2006

Prisoner Suffers Apparent Stroke, Dies at Abu Ghraib      

WASHINGTON - A 56-year-old detainee died Jan. 7 of complications from an apparent stroke at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, military officials reported today.

01/09/2006

2006 DoD Authorization Act Promotes Recruiting, Retention      

WASHINGTON - The 2006 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 6 provides a variety of military pays, benefits and incentives designed to boost recruiting and retention in the military, including a new $40,000 ceiling for enlistment bonuses and a $90,000 ceiling for re-enlistment bonuses.

01/09/2006

Guard, Reserve Benefit From 2006 Defense Authorization      

WASHINGTON - The 2006 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 6 provides new or enhanced benefits in addition to a 3.1 percent pay raise for National Guard and Reserve members, a senior defense official said.

01/09/2006

2006 Defense Budget Increases Military Pay, Benefits      

WASHINGTON - President Bush ushered in an across-the-board 3.1 percent military pay raise, effective Jan. 1, and a variety of other new or enhanced benefits for servicemembers and their families when he signed the 2006 National Defense Authorization Bill into law Jan. 6.

01/08/2006

Helicopter Crash in Northern Iraq Claims 12      

WASHINGTON - A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a sparsely populated area 12 kilometers east of Tal Afar, Iraq, shortly before midnight yesterday, killing passengers and crew, military officials reported today.

01/08/2006

Iraqi Police Find Explosive Device; Suspected Terrorists Detained      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police in Mosul discovered an improvised explosive device yesterday, officials announced today.

01/08/2006

Five U.S. Marines Killed in Action      

WASHINGTON - Five American Marines serving in Iraq died during operations against the enemy over the past two days, officials said today.

01/07/2006

U.S. Medics Treat Afghans Wounded in Suicide Attack      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military medical personnel treated 22 Afghans injured in a suicide bombing Jan. 5 in the southern Afghanistan city of Tarin Kowt, military officials in Afghanistan reported today.

01/07/2006

Six Iraqis Hurt in Mosul Attack; Forces Seize Suspects, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Six Iraqi civilians, including three children, were injured along with four police yesterday when a car bomber attacked an Iraqi police patrol in Mosul.

01/07/2006

Iraqi Soldiers, Police Seize Multiple Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police seized a bevy of enemy weapons caches during a series of operations conducted across the country yesterday.

01/07/2006

U.S., Coalition Aircraft Provide Support for Southwest Asia Operations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Air Force, Navy and coalition planes flew 48 close-air-support missions yesterday for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to ground troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

01/07/2006

U.S. Casualties in Iraq Identified      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced the identities of eight soldiers killed recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/06/2006

Cheney Calls Terror War 'Struggle Between Civil Societies, Barbarism'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney today praised U.S. servicemembers and vowed victory in the war against terror, calling the global conflict a struggle between civil societies and barbarism.

01/06/2006

Joint Forces Command Provides Global Force Sourcing      

NORFOLK, Va. - As the Defense Department continues to transform to meet the threats and challenges of the 21st century, U.S. Joint Forces Command has the pivotal role of determining which forces will do which jobs, whether it's disaster relief, homeland defense or the global war on terrorism.

01/06/2006

MotoMail System Helps Link Deployed Marines, Loved Ones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the age of e-mail, podcasts and blogs, it's easier than ever before for deployed troops to stay in contact with their friends and loved ones at home. But many say none of these high-tech communications can compete with an old-fashioned card or letter they can tuck away in a pocket or backpack and reread anytime, anywhere, until it's faded and dog-eared.

01/06/2006

America Supports You: VFW, Wal-Mart Team Up on 'Message Books'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Following an initiative that delivered almost 1,000 binders full of encouraging notes to deployed troops overseas for the holidays, the director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation is declaring the fourth season in a VFW/Wal-Mart partnership a major success.

01/06/2006

Soldiers, Iraqis Building Berm to Protect Village  This story contains photos.    

TIKRIT, Iraq - In a combined effort to reduce insurgent violence in the village of Siniyah in the northern part of Iraq's Salah Ad Din province, community leaders, Iraqi security forces and coalition soldiers began construction yesterday on a berm around the village.

01/06/2006

U.S. Forces Airdrop Cold Weather Supplies in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. forces dropped eight bundles of humanitarian assistance supplies near Bamyan in central Afghanistan to help hundreds of families there survive the harsh winter, military officials here reported.

01/06/2006

General Cites Significant Strides in Iraq's Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - The past year has yielded major growth in Iraqi security forces and significant political progress in Iraq's Anbar province, and 2006 will give the people there a chance to enjoy the benefits of that progress, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said today.

01/06/2006

Military Prepares for Transfer; Search Ends for Missing UAV  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two Army divisions are preparing for a transfer of responsibility in Baghdad tomorrow, and the search for an unmanned aerial vehicle near Mosul has been suspended, military officials said.

01/06/2006

Coalition Aircraft Fly 67 Combat, Support Missions Jan. 5      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition aircrews flew combat and support missions yesterday in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward officials in Southwest Asia reported today.

01/06/2006

Six Servicemembers Killed in Four Incidents in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Three Marines and a soldier assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed yesterday in attacks in Fallujah and Ramadi, while another two soldiers were killed in Baghdad the same day, military officials in Iraq reported.

01/05/2006

Bush Kicks Off National Foreign Language Initiative  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today kicked off a new national program designed to increase the number of Americans fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindu, Farsi, and other critical-need languages.

01/05/2006

Pace: Suicide Bombs Reflect Terrorists' Desperation      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called today's escalated violence in Iraq another indication that Dec. 15 elections there were "a major blow to al Qaeda" and a sign of desperation among terrorists hoping to disrupt the Iraq's progress.

01/05/2006

Pace Encourages Military Service, Notes Pride Among Troops      

WASHINGTON - Military service is "very, very satisfying," and today's servicemembers recognize the critical role they are playing in the country's defense, the top U.S. military officer told Pentagon reporters today.

01/05/2006

Engineers Complete Road in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Engineers from Task Force Pacemaker recently completed the construction of a 66-kilometer major logistical road linking the towns of Shinkay and Qalat in eastern Afghanistan.

01/05/2006

Bush Meets With Former Defense, State Secretaries on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush discussed his plan for victory in Iraq with a group of former U.S. State and Defense Department chiefs during a White House meeting here today.

01/05/2006

DoD to Restrict Cell Phone Use on Military Bases      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department installations have begun implementing new cell phone restrictions for drivers on military bases.

01/05/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Five U.S. Soldiers Near Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Five Task Force Baghdad soldiers died today when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a patrol in the Baghdad area, military officials in Iraq said today.

01/05/2006

Iraqis Undeterred by Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Undeterred by a suicide bomb attack earlier this morning, Iraqis returned to a recruiting center in Ramadi to continue the screening process to become police officers, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

01/05/2006

Troops Capture Terror Suspects, Find Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers detained 11 terror suspects and seized weapons caches Jan. 4 in the Tikrit area of northern Iraq, military officials in Baghdad said today.

01/05/2006

Bush Announces Appointments to Two Top DoD Posts      

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced recess appointments yesterday to two key Pentagon positions: deputy defense secretary and assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.

01/05/2006

Coalition Aircraft Fly Combat, Support Missions Jan. 4      

WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft flew 52 close-air-support missions Jan. 4 supporting coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities in Iraq, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward officials reported today.

01/05/2006

America Supports You: Anheuser-Busch Extends Military Tribute      

WASHINGTON - A tribute program that provided free admission to Anheuser-Busch theme parks to more than 900,000 members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through 2006, company officials announced.

01/04/2006

California National Guardsmen Help Rescue Flood Victims      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the California National Guard helped rescue torrential flood victims last weekend while working in tandem with civilian firefighters and swift-water rescuers.

01/04/2006

Cheney: America's Resolve in Terror War Will Continue      

WASHINGTON - The war on terror has been a fight unlike any the United States ever has experienced, but the country has proven its resolve and will continue to do so as it faces the challenges that lie ahead, Vice President Dick Cheney said today at the Heritage Foundation here.

01/04/2006

Bush: New Year to Build on 2005 Progress in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - The new year will build on 2005's progress in the war on terror, President Bush said at the Pentagon today after meeting with his national defense team and top military leaders overseeing operations in Iraq.

01/04/2006

'Combatives' Training Builds Patients' Skills, Confidence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military amputee patients are taking their desire to return to active duty to the mats. Members of the Modern Army Combatives Program from Fort Knox, Ky., have taken their program to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a two-week stay.

01/04/2006

NSPS Training Postponed      

WASHINGTON - National Security Personnel System training for Defense Department managers and rank-and-file employees is being postponed while a component of the new system is being reviewed, an NSPS official said here today.

01/04/2006

National Guard Helps Battle Wildfires      

WASHINGTON - National Guard crews continue to assist Oklahoma and Texas firefighters in dousing wildfires that have now burned more than 600,000 acres in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, officials said today.

01/04/2006

Civilian Pay Raises to Take Effect      

WASHINGTON - The upcoming pay period for Defense Department civilian General Schedule employees will reflect a 2.1 percent across-the-board pay raise, plus a range of locality pays that bring the overall pay hikes between 2.83 and 5.62 percent, an Office of Personnel Management spokesman said.

01/04/2006

Embedding Concept With Iraqi Army to Extend to Police Units  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The concept of embedding coalition advisers in Iraqi army units has proven so successful that it will soon be implemented in the Iraqi police units as well, President Bush said following a meeting at the Pentagon today.

01/04/2006

Troops Kill, Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers killed and captured terrorism suspects in Iraq Jan. 2, and U.S. and Iraqi forces seized weapons caches, military officials reported today.

01/04/2006

Pace Comes Away From CENTCOM USO Tour Encouraged by Troops      

WASHINGTON - Troop morale across the U.S. Central Command area of operations is high, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the end of a USO trip to the region.

01/04/2006

Defense Department Identifies U.S. Casualties in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced the identity of four soldiers assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

01/04/2006

Coalition Aircrews Fly Combat, Support Missions Jan. 3      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition aircrews flew combat and support missions Jan. 3 in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward officials in Southwest Asia reported today.

01/04/2006

Chiefs Continually Examine Differing Combat Tour Lengths      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Chiefs of Staff continue to examine how long servicemembers should serve in Iraq, but for now they are satisfied the tour lengths are about right, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said Jan. 3.

01/03/2006

CinCHouse Helps Military Women, Will Host Convention      

WASHINGTON - Military wives and female servicemembers face many of the same challenges, so it makes perfect sense to create a platform for them to share ideas about how to tackle these issues.

01/03/2006

America Supports You: Teen Sets Sights on 2.6 Million Thanks  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - The Defense Department's "America Supports You" program and Shauna Fleming, 16, founder of "A Million Thanks," launched the "2.6 in 2006" letter-writing campaign Jan. 1.

01/03/2006

New Device Will Sense Through Concrete Walls  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Troops conducting urban operations soon will have the capabilities of superheroes, being able to sense through 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is inside a building.

01/03/2006

Nomination Season to Open for Top Guard, Reserve Employer Awards      

WASHINGTON - Reserve-component members will have a chance to recommend their employers to be recognized for supporting their military service, as the nomination season for the 2006 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards opens next week.

01/03/2006

Car Bomb Kills Iraqi Police; DoD Identifies U.S. Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three Iraqi police officers were killed and 14 others were wounded today when a car bomb detonated alongside a bus in Baqubah, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

01/03/2006

U.S., Coalition Forces Detain 15; Disrupt Bomb Emplacement      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists and interrupted the emplacement of an improvised explosive device Jan. 2 in Iraq. An Iraqi citizen's tip also led to the recovery of a vehicle-borne IED on New Year's Day.

01/03/2006

Medal of Honor Recipient Salutes, Thanks Servicemembers      

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - A Medal of Honor recipient saluted the work servicemembers are doing around the world as part of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's tour of the U.S. Central Command area.

01/03/2006

Coalition Aircraft Fly Support, Combat Missions Jan. 2      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition aircrews flew combat and support missions Jan. 2 in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward officials in Southwest Asia reported today.

01/03/2006

Airlifters Shoulder Heavy Burdens for Iraqi Freedom      

NEAR CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing has broken some records in support of American forces in Iraq. The wing at an air base near here is the primary airlift hub for Operation Iraqi Freedom, base commander Air Force Col. Tim Hale said Jan. 2.

01/03/2006

U.S. Servicemembers 'Waging Peace' on Horn of Africa      

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Servicemembers on an important front in the global war on terror are fighting hard, but not with weapons. "We're waging peace as hard as we can," the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa told American Forces Press Service Jan. 2 here.

01/02/2006

Pace Warns 2006 Will be 'Bad Year' for U.S. Enemies      

KUWAIT CITY - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers here that 2006 will be "a bad year for the enemies of the United States."

01/02/2006

America Supports You: Soldier Proposes During Bowl Game Halftime  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Faith Jarvis traveled to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, in Tempe, Ariz., to try to do her bit to support the United Service Organizations. Jarvis left with her own prize -- a diamond ring and a surprise reunion with her boyfriend-turned-fianc, Army 1st Lt. Raymond Vera.

01/02/2006

Afghan Border Police Open New Airport Facility      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Police recently opened a new facility for its protection battalion at the Kabul International Airport.

01/02/2006

Coalition Aircrews Fly Combat, Support Missions Jan. 1      

WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft flew 50 close-air-support missions Jan. 1 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

01/02/2006

Four U.S. Contractors Die in Iraq Accident; Earlier Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. civilian contractors died in Iraq Jan. 1. The same day, Defense Department officials identified a soldier who died earlier this week.

01/02/2006

Marines Unearth Weapons Caches; Tipsters Lead Troops to More Caches      

WASHINGTON - Over the past week, U.S. Marines discovered more than 10 tons of munitions hidden in Iraq's Euphrates River Valley. Troops elsewhere found and seized other weapons caches on New Year's Day.

01/01/2006

President Rings in New Year Visiting Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Bush visited Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, today to wish wounded troops undergoing treatment there a happy new year, thank them for their sacrifice, and present nine Purple Heart Medals.

01/01/2006

Securing Gains, Training Police Priorities for 2006 in Anbar Province      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Securing gains made and training local police are keys to victory over terrorists here in Anbar province, the commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Forward said today.

01/01/2006

Pace Vows U.S. Military Ready for Challenges of 2006      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. armed forces are prepared to handle whatever challenges arise in 2006, the nation's top general vowed today in an interview from Iraq. He also thanked troops and their families for sacrifices in the global war on terrorism.

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