WASHINGTON - Servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the Pentagon weren’t imagining things yesterday; they actually were seeing stars.
U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Even as deployed National Guard members make history serving with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, they find history at the base’s Northeast Gate.
WASHINGTON - Today’s meeting between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Amman, Jordan, was historic and demonstrated the two leaders’ accord on how to move forward in Iraq, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters at a Baghdad news conference today.
WASHINGTON - Silver Star Families of America, a group dedicated to supporting wounded servicemembers and their families, is thinking outside the box this Christmas.
WASHINGTON - Marines assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, rescued one hostage and uncovered two partially buried caches yesterday while conducting search-and-knock operations here, military officials reported.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Blankets, school supplies and soccer balls made their way to hundreds of orphaned children here today thanks to a deployed Florida U.S. Army Guard unit and donations from Americans.
BAQUBAH, Iraq - The city of Baqubah is fully operational despite media reports to the contrary, the senior coalition forces commander for Iraq’s Diyala province said here today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today agreed to work to accelerate the process of training Iraqi security forces and transferring security responsibility for Iraq to the Iraqi government.
DEMING, N.M. - The top National Guard officer praised Guardsmen serving here along the Southwest U.S. border for protecting the United States against threats ranging from illegal immigrants to criminal activity to drugs to terrorism.
DEMING, N.M. - Although the active Air Force and Air Force Reserve are downsizing their ranks to free up funds for new aircraft and equipment, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said he wants any force changes within the Air National Guard to be driven by requirements, not numbers.
WASHINGTON - U.S. leaders will consider all options on moving forward in Iraq, but three tenets of U.S. Iraq policy “remain firm and they’re fixed,” President Bush said this morning after a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Amman, Jordan.
EL PASO, Texas - As Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld prepares to leave the office he’s held for almost six years, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said the Defense Department and nation are losing “a heck of a leader” who led the department through a difficult and challenging period.
WASHINGTON - Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are looking at the whole spectrum of conflict and the various options open to them regarding troop deployments, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today.
POL-E-CHARKI, Afghanistan - A 600-man battalion from the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps has been selected as the country’s first unit to undergo commando training.
WASHINGTON - The chairman and the rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are looking at fresh ways to provide the best advice to civilian leaders with respect to figuring out the way forward in Iraq, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said during a news conference here today.
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is renowned for its fighting ability, but the organization also is famous for its nearly 60-year tradition of ensuring needy children don’t have empty Christmas stockings.
WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six Iraqis in a firefight, and Iraqi forces detained two suspected terrorists in separate operations this week, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Defense officials have identified the pilot of an Air Force F-16C that crashed outside Baghdad Nov. 27 as Maj. Troy L. Gilbert.
WASHINGTON - The Hallmark Channel marked its membership with the America Supports You program by teaming up for a holiday card drive and the premiere of its newest movie, scheduled to air Dec. 2.
WASHINGTON - New Orleans police officials have requested Louisiana National Guardsmen remain on state active duty for another six months, a Guard spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Nineteen-year-old Roxanne Wegman could have written her ticket to any big-name college she wanted. Instead, she chose to pursue a far more difficult path: to compete for a coveted slot at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
WASHINGTON - Draped in strands of red, white and blue lights, and crowned with an American flag, Louisville’s biggest-ever Christmas tree was lit Nov. 24 in honor of all U.S. servicemembers.
WASHINGTON - NATO allies are making enormous contributions to freedom in Iraq, and U.S. forces won’t leave until the mission is complete, President Bush said today in Riga, Latvia.
WASHINGTON - Freedom in Europe can be an example to the people of the greater Middle East, President Bush said in Tallinn, Estonia, and in Riga, Latvia, today.
WASHINGTON - NATO nations must invest enough to give NATO forces the capabilities they need to meet current and future challenges, President Bush told alliance leaders in Riga, Latvia, today.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force has convened an investigative board to look into the crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engaged in combat operations over Iraq yesterday.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - The medics of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, train hard to save the lives of any soldier, and sometimes that includes the lives of soldiers they work with on a daily basis.
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan is NATO’s most important military operation, President Bush said today in Riga, Latvia.
WASHINGTON - Terrorists and extremists in Iraq are working to destabilize the country to further their own goals, a coalition spokesman in Iraq said at a news conference today.
FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska - Two days after Thanksgiving, the families of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team had a lot to be thankful for as three planeloads of the “Arctic Wolves” returned from a 16-month deployment to Iraq.
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Life insurance companies are being held accountable for their improper sales practices to military members.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force F-16 engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations crashed about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad today, and coalition and Iraqi forces killed two terrorists and detained 10 in separate operations Nov. 25 and yesterday, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed during combat operations in Baghdad at about 9 a.m. yesterday, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps aviation component is transforming along with the total force while keeping its focus on its most important priority, supporting the Marines fighting on the ground, a senior Marine aviation officer said here last week.
WASHINGTON - Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation has teamed up with 21 corporate sponsors to provide gift packages to forward-deployed sailors and Marines in Southwest Asia this holiday season.
WASHINGTON - It’s imperative that the United States, its allies and the Iraqi government stop Islamic extremists from achieving their goal of controlling Iraq and the surrounding region, a senior U.S. military officer said on CBS’s “60 Minutes” yesterday.
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers who are new to the theater of operations in Iraq actually have an advantage over those who are veterans of previous Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told soldiers here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted several operations yesterday that resulted in the deaths of 26 insurgents, and supported an Iraqi tribe under attack by al Qaeda today, military officials in Iraq announced.
WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists during an operation this morning on a compound near the city of Khowst in Khowst province, Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said.
WASHINGTON - Two Marines and a soldier were killed in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced. Two other soldiers were injured.
WASHINGTON - Wounded servicemembers from Brooke Army Medical Center and their families got the chance to horse around during a recent “Horses for Heroes” event at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed thanks in his radio address today to the troops who are risking their lives far from home this Thanksgiving holiday to protect the rights the Pilgrims celebrated that first Thanksgiving Day.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan - As winter tightens its grip on Afghanistan -- higher elevations already are snow-covered -- U.S. forces are striving to fortify their Afghan National Army counterpart units and instill professional discipline to keep the Afghan soldiers on duty year-round.
FORWAD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan - U.S. military operations and missions have changed since the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom and will continue to change as the Afghan National Army becomes a more capable and respected force. “Every operation we do, we do with the ANA,” Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan Gran, operations sergeant major for Task Force Iron Graze here, said in a Thanksgiving Day interview.
WASHINGTON - In separate operations today, yesterday and Nov. 22 throughout Iraq, coalition forces and Iraqi security forces killed five terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists, military officials in Iraq reported.
WASHINGTON - Three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Nov. 22 from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province. Two of the Marines' names are being held pending notification of next of kin. One of the Marines was identified, as were two soldiers who died recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
WASHINGTON - Operation Care and Comfort, a military care package program, has reached a milestone with its 200,000th pound of care packages shipped to the troops.
YUSUFIYAH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers here shared the true meaning of Thanksgiving yesterday with their Iraqi comrades. "I figured since we train and fight together, then we might as well eat together," said Capt. Christopher McDonald, a staff officer assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Bringing stability to provinces in Afghanistan and bringing areas under control of the national government is a two-step process that’s progressing steadily in small steps.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The first sergeant major of the Afghan Army, Roshan Safi, has been working hard to strengthen the noncomissioned officer corps in that country.
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted advisor for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited U.S. troops at three different bases in Afghanistan today. He was accompanied by Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel R. Wood, the top enlisted member in Combined Joint Task Force Afghanistan, and country music singer Michael Peterson.
WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have detained scores of suspected terrorists, freed hostages and seized a major weapons cache in operations over the last few days, military officials reported.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The nearly 300 American and other international troops working at the Kabul Military Training Center work with Afghan instructors to help train some 4,000 to 6,000 Afghan soldiers at all levels on any given day.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel's new half-hour 'Recon' documentary that makes its debut Nov. 24 focuses on the effects deployments have on the children of military families.
WASHINGTON - A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier, and a soldier from the same unit died in a separate incident yesterday, military officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi military is making progress in assuming the security mission in the country, but whether U.S. public opinion will allow the U.S. military to complete the training mission in Iraq is the real question, the Marine Corps commandant said here today.
NEW YORK - As World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and divas prepare for a fourth trip to visit servicemembers in Iraq, they’ll be carrying some special cargo: a very important letter.
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps may have to grow to keep up a tempo of operations that has caused individual and institutional stress in the force, the service's commandant said here today.
ABOARD THE USS JUNEAU - Following a port visit to Zhanjiang, China, the USS Juneau participated in a bilateral search and rescue exercise Nov. 19 off the southern Chinese coast.
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s security forces are making steady progress toward the goal of being able to defend the Afghan people, but their government, with U.S. and coalition support, hopes to accelerate that process, Afghanistan’s defense minister told Pentagon reporters today.
WASHINGTON - All people, particularly very young and older citizens, should obtain an annual flu shot, a top DoD health official said here today.
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s defense minister thanked the United States today for its steadfast support for his country, specifically recognizing the U.S. troops who have served and sacrificed there and outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. remains committed to Asia, because the two regions face similar threats from terrorism and share economic and security interests, President Bush said at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s technology transfer program, which shares newly developed DoD technologies with civilian first responders, benefits both communities in cost effectiveness and mission accomplishment, the DoD official in charge of the program said here today.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The war on terrorism will be a long fight, and leaders need to keep their troops focused, the U.S. military’s senior enlisted member said here today.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld expressed condolences here over today’s assassination of Lebanese Cabinet Minister Pierre Gamayel in Beirut.
WASHINGTON - A man believed to have first-hand knowledge of a missing U.S. soldier’s whereabouts was the target of a raid conducted today in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood by special Iraqi army forces, working with coalition advisors.
WASHINGTON - Wal-mart and Operation Homefront are coming together to spread the holiday spirit to military members and their families through “Operation Christmas.”
WASHINGTON - Citing the all-volunteer force’s success, a senior Defense Department official said today that a draft would diminish the quality of U.S. forces and put more of the burden of service on the nation’s poor.
WASHINGTON - A week-long exercise that wraps up today at several U.S. bases is preparing 82nd Airborne Division troops and their Afghan, International Security Assistance Force, interagency and non-governmental organization partners for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, conducted a raid today in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood against an illegal armed group responsible for kidnapping, torturing and murdering Iraqi civilians and soldiers.
WASHINGTON - Politics is the best means available to the Iraqi government and the coalition to deal with armed militias in the country, a coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today.
WASHINGTON - An informal study group that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff set up is helping to evaluate and revise strategy for the war on terror, Pentagon officials said today.
WASHINGTON - Whether it’s an infantryman in Iraq needing a new firing pin for his rifle or a fighter pilot on a carrier in the Persian Gulf who needs to replace a cracked landing strut, the Defense Logistics Agency stands ready to support warfighters worldwide, the organization’s director said in a recent interview.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq - Mechanics from the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took over operations from the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), almost immediately after arriving at this Baghdad base.
WASHINGTON - Country star Aaron Tippin will spend the Thanksgiving holiday with troops deployed overseas.
WASHINGTON - As expected, violence in Iraq has dropped following the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today.
WASHINGTON - National security interests compel the United States to shape, but not control, developments in the Middle East, a region of the world that is being shaken by globalization, the senior U.S. officer responsible for the region said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi forces killed scores of insurgents and found numerous enemy weapons caches during anti-terrorist operations conducted across Iraq in recent days, according to Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released the identities of 10 U.S. soldiers and two U.S. Marines who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
WASHINGTON - Terrorism is a common threat shared by the United States and Asian nations, President Bush said yesterday during his weekly radio address to the nation while on a trip to Asia.
WASHINGTON - Lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina have been applied to ensure a faster, more efficient and coordinated U.S. emergency response, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said today.
WASHINGTON - Providing protection and stability for Sunnis living in a portion of western Iraq has proved to be a complicated situation, a senior U.S. Marine officer said today.
WASHINGTON - As the U.S. military takes the fight against terrorism overseas, it’s also working double-time stateside to prevent another Sept. 11-type attack on the homeland, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command said today.
WASHINGTON - The National Guard and reserves are still operating under the same rules for mobilization length, and no troops have been mobilized for longer than the allowed 24 cumulative months, the top Defense Department official for reserve affairs said here today.
WASHINGTON - Military children interested in helping Santa this year have until Nov. 21 to submit their application to participate in the first “Top of the World Toy Summit” at the North Pole.
WASHINGTON - More U.S. officers and noncommissioned officers are being assigned to mentoring and training duties with Iraqi army and police units in the country’s Anbar province, a senior U.S. Marine officer deployed in Iraq said today.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces captured a terrorist cell leader, found a large roadside bomb before it could be used, and seized a large weapons cache over the last two days, military officials in Baghdad reported today.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials today announced the first of the major units scheduled to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan for the next rotations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
WASHINGTON - Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions give the U.S. military an opportunity to make a lasting impact around the world and promote a positive image of the military, two top Defense Department officials said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah had suffered severe damage after some of the hardest fighting seen since the country was liberated by U.S. and coalition forces in the spring of 2003. Today, construction across Fallujah is booming, and the city’s 400,000-resident population is growing.
WASHINGTON - President Bush acknowledged today the difficulty of the mission in Iraq but insisted, “We’ll succeed unless we quit.”
TUSCON, Ariz. - More than 2,000 miles from his home in Michigan City, Ind., and nearly 100 miles into the Arizona desert, Sgt. Brian Rogers, an Indiana National Guard member with the 938th Military Police Detachment, scans the brush and rugged terrain for anything worthy of a radio call to Tucson Sector Border Patrol.
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Just in time for the holidays, Operation Homefront has launched “eCarePackage,” an online service that allows caring citizens to send care packages to deployed troops and their families.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - In advance of the holiday season and its 51st season of tracking Santa Claus on his annual journey around the world, the North American Aerospace Defense Command today activated its “NORAD Tracks Santa” Web site for 2006.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers swept a northern area in Iraq yesterday with the help of U.S. and coalition forces, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified two earlier casualties.
WASHINGTON - Failure of the coalition and Iraqi government to create a unified, peaceful Iraq would be catastrophic for that country and the region, and would embolden terrorists throughout the world, the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency said here yesterday.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - When Angela Lashley first heard that her paratrooper son, Army Pvt. Jonathan Wisniewski, was being deployed to Iraq, she was devastated.
WASHINGTON - Illegal armed militias are one of the biggest challenges facing stability efforts in Iraq, but they cannot be defeated by military efforts alone, two of the top U.S. officials who deal with Iraq said here yesterday.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - With NATO expanding its focus beyond its traditional Euro-Atlantic boundaries and into new missions such as those in Afghanistan, exactly how far can and should the alliance extend its reach?
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Instead of climbing aboard a snowmobile to track prey and patrol the vast wilderness, they now slide into military vehicles and patrol a sandy wasteland, looking for suspicious activity.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other NATO defense chiefs reaffirmed their commitment yesterday to the alliance’s security mission in Afghanistan as they evaluated successes made, new approaches under way and challenges ahead.
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Before heading into Baghdad, soldiers here put on layer after layer of protective gear. There’s the Army combat uniform first, then an outer tactical vest, and finally, they top it off with an Army combat helmet. All that gear is great for physical safety, but sometimes it takes more to make soldiers feel at ease.
WASHINGTON - Political, security and economic development all are critical to the future of Iraq, and all must move forward together to ensure peace in that country and the surrounding region, the State Department’s top advisor on Iraq said here today.
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Under the clear, morning skies of a promising new day in Baghdad, the 1st Cavalry Division took the reins for Multinational Division Baghdad from the 4th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony here today.
WASHINGTON - Both Iraqi and American leaders believe the Iraqi government can take control of its country and develop a stable nation that is at peace with its neighbors and an ally in the war on terror, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said here today.
WASHINGTON - Three soldiers and three Marines were killed in Iraq yesterday, and Defense Department officials have identified six servicemembers who died earlier.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - U.S. military servicemembers will receive free admission at Daytona USA throughout November to celebrate Armed Forces Month.
WASHINGTON - Tomorrow’s 29th annual American Cancer Society “Great American Smokeout” gives military members and Defense Department civilians a chance to pause before lighting up and reflect that smoking poses significant risks to their health.
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - National Guard troops deployed here are preparing to respond to any sudden resurgence of violence as a settlement nears regarding this breakaway republic’s political status, their commander told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi special forces soldiers and police nabbed terror-cell leaders and members in raids in Baghdad over the last two days, U.S. officials reported. In addition, coalition forces killed 11 insurgents in Ramadi.
WASHINGTON - To help Defense Department employees better understand the new system that handles their official travel requirements, experts from the Defense Travel Management Office are deployed to the Pentagon today and tomorrow armed with information and ready to answer questions.
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Changes being made in the way the force is structured, trains and deploys ultimately will mean fewer deployments and more predictability for individual troops, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Guardsmen today during a town hall meeting here.
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Last week’s national elections will have no impact on how the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff carries out his job, including his recommendations about Iraq, Marine Gen. Peter Pace told National Guard troops here today.
WASHINGTON - A Celtic band from California is donating all proceeds from online sales of its latest single generated through a special endeavor on Myspace.com to a veterans organization.
WASHINGTON - On Jan. 17, 2005, Army Cpl. Derrick Harden’s world seemed to come to a screeching halt in Ramadi, Iraq. “I was blown up by a car bomb, and then shot in the left arm and left leg,” Harden said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top civilian welcomed the Marine Corps’ new commandant today during a change-of-command ceremony at the Marine Barracks here.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Air Force planes transported 48 tons of relief supplies Nov. 10 to the eastern part of Ethiopia, an area hard hit by floods since August.
WASHINGTON - Seven U.S. soldiers have been killed in recent days in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified 10 earlier casualties.
WASHINGTON - After decades of secrecy, the Air Force today acknowledged that it flew Communist-built fighters at the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas.
WASHINGTON - The Arizona Cardinals commemorated Veterans Day during yesterday’s game by paying tribute to former teammate and fallen soldier Pat Tillman, as well as five Tuskegee Airmen and a Navy Reservist recently returned from duty in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad and Iraqi army soldiers detained seven suspected terrorists and seized two weapons caches in separate operations in and around Baghdad Nov. 11, military officials in Iraq reported.
WASHINGTON - The ministerial-level Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea Conference, which is being conducted at the request of West and Central African partners, began today.
WASHINGTON - Celebration filled the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, five years ago today as members of the Northern Alliance rolled into the city, driving the Taliban and their al Qaeda allies into hiding places in the south.
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army took the fight to the enemy over the weekend, capturing an insurgent cell leader, detaining an improvised explosive device supplier and detaining suspected death squad members.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In word and patriotic song, The Grand Ole Opry honored the nation’s veterans and reunited a family during last night’s live show at the historic Ryman Theater, its former home in downtown Nashville.
WASHINGTON - Once a month, volunteers gather in a hidden-away United Service Organizations warehouse on Fort Belvoir, Va., for a very important mission: stuffing care packages for troops overseas.
WASHINGTON - Entertainers took the stage in a tribute to those in uniform during the 2006 American Freedom Festival last night at DAR Constitution Hall here.
WASHINGTON - In honor of Veterans Day, the American Freedom Foundation hosted a star-studded concert here last night to raise money for wounded men and women of the U.S. military.
WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and touted the qualifications of the man he’s chosen to lead the Defense Department in his weekly radio address.
WASHINGTON - “Taps” rang out clearly as the United States paused to remember America’s veterans here today. U.S. veterans of many wars gathered to pay tribute to old comrades and thank a new generation of Americans keeping freedom’s light ablaze.
WASHINGTON - Surviving members of the "Doolittle Raiders," former Army Air Corpsmen who were part of a famed World War II bombing mission over Japan, traveled to the nation's capital to participate in many Veterans Day events.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - With the aroma of a barbecue lunch hanging in the air, the first chords of a welcome home concert for the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, rang out here yesterday afternoon.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Six cities delivered a simple message to about 750 of their extended family members here yesterday: “Welcome Home 1/327th Infantry Regiment.”
QUANTICO, Va. - History, tradition, courage, sacrifice and dedication are imbued in the design of the new National Museum of the Marine Corps. And on the 231st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, President Bush presided over the dedication ceremonies here today.
QUANTICO, Va. - A Marine corporal who died shielding men in his care from a bursting grenade will receive America’s highest military decoration, President Bush said here today.
WASHINGTON - Two soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq yesterday, another Marine died today in western Iraq, and Defense Department officials have identified four servicemembers who died earlier this week.
WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained nine suspected terrorists and seized numerous illegal weapons caches in operations over the last few days, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - People should give the same credit to the American military that they give the nation’s enemies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
FORT RILEY, Kan. - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld stopped here yesterday to view the training of military transition teams preparing to deploy to Iraq and assist Iraqi security forces.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A Kansas State University building in which a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff once studied was named in his honor at a ceremony here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked the nation’s 30 million veterans and talked about the way forward in the war of terror during television interviews.
WASHINGTON - To fight the war on terror the United States will need the perseverance its citizens demonstrated during the Cold War, not the complete national mobilization of World War II, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.
BRANSON, Mo. - More than 50,000 veterans and their families are expected to attend the 13th Annual Veterans Homecoming event, which kicked off Nov. 5 in Branson, Mo.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition soldiers searched the Al Gafour Mosque in Hit, Iraq, yesterday after receiving small-arms fire and rocket-propelled-grenade attacks from insurgents within the mosque compound.
WASHINGTON - Officials in Iraq are offering up to $50,000 for information leading to Spc. Ahmed Kousay Altaie, a 41-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier kidnapped Oct. 23 outside Baghdad’s International Zone.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issues his annual Veterans Day message.
WASHINGTON - Change is needed to combat threats confronting America, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a speech at Kansas State University today.
WASHINGTON - World War II veteran John A. Glaros clearly remembers the day 63 years ago when he heard that his friend, a fellow U.S. Army Air Forces radioman, had perished in an air crash in Australia that would remain a secret for many years afterward.
WASHINGTON - This week’s elections sent a signal that America, just like Iraq, is in a period of transition, but in no way diminish the two countries’ mutual commitment to success in Iraq, the spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said today in Baghdad.
WASHINGTON - DoD personnel will work diligently to ensure a seamless transition between outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Robert M. Gates, Pentagon officials said today.
WASHINGTON - Asked during the days leading up to this week’s elections how he copes in the face of adversity, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he finds inspiration in meeting with and thanking the troops, particularly those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld changed the way the military thinks about defense during his six years at the Pentagon, Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said.
WASHINGTON - Americans must understand the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of Iraqi troops, a top coalition spokesman said yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers and one Marine have died in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified eight earlier casualties.
WASHINGTON - Washington National Guard officials call their fast, coordinated response to flooding in the state the direct result of groundwork already laid with state and local officials in planning for disaster response.
WASHINGTON - President Bush called Robert M. Gates, his choice to be the next secretary of defense, the right man to meet the challenges facing the United States. During a brief White House news conference today, the president also thanked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
WASHINGTON - Veterans of the U.S. military will be recognized this weekend during parades, concerts and ceremonies throughout the nation. In addition to honoring those of the past, many people will also honor those of the present.
WASHINGTON - The decision to change leadership at the Pentagon came yesterday, after President Bush had had a chance to meet with his prospective nominee for secretary of defense and to have the last in a series of conversations with outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the president told reporters at the White House today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush’s nominee to succeed Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense brings more than a quarter century of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council to the table.
WASHINGTON - Donald H. Rumsfeld, who resigned today, took office with a mandate from President Bush to transform the Defense Department.
WASHINGTON - America stands committed to its military members, to the Iraqis and to victory in the war on terror, President Bush said today during a White House news conference following yesterday’s elections and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation today.
WASHINGTON - Calling Donald H. Rumsfeld “a superb leader during a time of change,” President Bush announced at a White House news conference today that he and Rumsfeld have agreed the time has come for a change in leadership at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - The troops in Iraq appreciate the support and help they receive from the United States, a top coalition spokesman said today.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces searched the Fallujah general hospital yesterday as part of their continuous operations to maintain the security and safety of the citizens of Fallujah. Elsewhere, Iraqi and coalition forces have captured dozens of insurgents in recent days.
WASHINGTON - Observing Veterans Day is especially important this year as America’s military members put their lives in danger to protect the country and defend its freedoms, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson told American Forces Press Service.
WASHINGTON - Some military maintenance depots got parts and supplies faster and cheaper and America’s military services got refurbished equipment returned sooner thanks to a pilot program called “Customer Pay.”
WASHINGTON - The Grand Ole Opry is looking for the public’s help in honoring the nation’s veterans during its live Saturday night show this week, which happens to coincide with Veterans Day.
WASHINGTON - The one overriding lesson of the all-volunteer force is the importance of the military family, a top Defense Department official said here today.
WASHINGTON - As the Air Force and Navy continue to transform themselves, the two services are finding they do not need the number of people they once did. But thanks to a program called "Operation Blue to Green," sailors and airmen chosen for separation can transfer to the Army and remain on active duty.
WASHINGTON - Dozens of war-wounded servicemembers lined up alongside the record crowd of 37,000 competitors for Nov. 5’s New York City Marathon.
WASHINGTON - The guilty verdict handed down Nov. 5 to former dictator Saddam Hussein marks “a great day for the Iraqi people,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.
WASHINGTON - President Bush officially declared this week National Veterans Awareness Week and urged all Americans to honor veterans who “stepped forward when America needed them most.”
PHOENIX - For every drain ABC Plumbing and Rooter Company Inc., clears, a local troop-support group clears a $5 donation.
WASHINGTON - With National Veterans Awareness Week under way and the national Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11, the Veterans Affairs secretary is urging all veterans to show their pride by wearing their military medals.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with coalition forces in support, delivered emergency food supplies to a mosque in Ramadi Nov. 4, military officials in Iraq reported.
WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers and two Marines have been killed in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified nine earlier casualties.
FORT POLK, La. - The Joint Readiness Training Center here has conducted joint training missions with U.S. military branches and forces from Germany, Australia and other countries. Now JRTC has added the Afghan National Army to its list of warrior alumni.
WASHINGTON - Reconstruction projects continue in Afghanistan with an agricultural extension center being expanded and construction for an urgent care facility beginning, officials in Afghanistan said.
WASHINGTON - Without the help of American servicemembers, today’s verdict against Saddam Hussein would not have been possible, the commander in chief said today in Waco, Texas.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi units took the lead in capturing suspected bomb-makers and a senior militia leader, officials at Multinational Force Iraq reported today.
WASHINGTON - Nearly 1,400 candidates gathered at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan recently to apply for admittance the academy’s third class since its reopening in 2001, officials at Combined Forces Command Afghanistan announced.
WASHINGTON - A soldier and a Marine were killed yesterday in Iraq, officials in Iraq reported today.
WASHINGTON - An Afghan governor denounced recent Taliban and Hizb-I Islami Gulbuddin claims that Afghan and coalition forces caused casualties and deaths of local nationals in the Tagab Valley, officials in Afghanistan reported today.
FORT CARSON, Colo. - Vice President Richard B. Cheney praised soldiers here, many recently returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, for manning the “watchtowers of freedom” as they fight the terror war.
WASHINGTON - The United States will go “full-speed ahead” in implementing the strategy in Iraq and won’t be swayed by political pressures or “because it’s hard going,” Vice President Richard B. Cheney reaffirmed today.
WASHINGTON - Turkey will open the 27th of 34 Provincial Reconstruction Teams planned for Afghanistan later this week, officials in Bagram, Afghanistan announced today.
WASHINGTON - An Iraqi court sentenced Saddam Hussein to death today for ordering the execution of 148 men in Dujail, Iraq, in 1982.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked organizers of some of the 130-plus Freedom Walks held around the country that commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and honored America’s veterans.
WASHINGTON - DoD is offering cash to teams that can build a better robot. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will award millions of dollars in prize money to teams who win the Urban Challenge competition in 2007.
WASHINGTON - The Alaska National Guard will join Santa and Mrs. Claus tomorrow as they visit St. Mary’s, Alaska, to commemorate the 50th anniversary flight of Operation Santa Claus.
STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, N.Y. - An LC-130 Hercules from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing touched down at the South Pole on Oct. 30 to commemorate the first plane landing there 50 years ago.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi police detained eight suspected insurgents from a government building in Fallujah, Iraq, today, and coalition forces killed an al Qaeda assassination team in Fallujah on Oct. 31, military officials in Iraq reported.
WASHINGTON - Four soldiers and four Marines have died in Iraq over the past two days, U.S. officials announced. And officials identified several other servicemembers killed previously.
WASHINGTON - A letter sent by the National Association of Secretaries of State urges all military and overseas absentee voters to cast their ballots in the upcoming Nov. 7 elections and assures them that their vote will be counted.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s new cyberspace command will redefine air power for the 21st century and bring the fight to a realm that the enemy has already exploited extensively, the general in charge of the new command said yesterday.
PHOENIX - In grand fashion, “Packages From Home” welcomed dignitaries and guests to the grand opening of its new digs on the Phoenix Memorial Hospital campus yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel is taking an in-depth look at post-traumatic stress disorder in a new edition of its monthly documentary “Recon.” The half-hour show, called “The Wounds Within,” explores how the understanding of PTSD has evolved from the Civil War to World Wars I and II to Vietnam and now to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
WASHINGTON - All separating servicemembers should know about Transition Assistance Program workshops, Labor Department officials said here today.
WASHINGTON - The director of the National Security Agency stepped uncharacteristically into the spotlight here today to join the United Service Organizations in honoring veterans, who he said set the example for today’s troops, and the family members who stand by them.
WASHINGTON - The nation’s capital is awash with military-themed statues and memorials. Yet, there isn’t a memorial honoring the sacrifices of America’s disabled military veterans. That’s going to change, Lois B. Pope, a noted Florida-based philanthropist, said today at the Ronald Reagan Building and Trade Center here.
WASHINGTON - The men and women who serve in the armed forces are “the best and brightest our country has to offer,” Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao said today.
WASHINGTON - The Military Channel is the first television media outlet to partner with America Supports You, a Department of Defense program connecting America's support for the troops to military servicemembers and their families, network officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers are among the latest casualties in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified six earlier casualties.
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - When Michael Ogunjimi was in third grade, he won a regional essay contest with a submission titled “I Love Life and I Want to Live.” Two years later, the 10-year-old Washington, D.C., honor roll student continues to fight every day to make good on his essay’s assertion.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent plan to beef up Iraq’s security forces is a positive step toward creating a force able to operate independently with minimal coalition support, a senior U.S. official in Baghdad told reporters today.
WASHINGTON - The irony stung worse than the scorpion. A soldier dedicated to studying dangerous wildlife recently got attacked by one of the aggressive fat-tailed scorpions he spent months warning other soldiers to avoid.
FORT POLK, La. - Afghan interpreters are crucial for the success of Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police forces training at the Joint Readiness Training Center here.
WASHINGTON - An intensive search continues for Spc. Ahmed Kousay Altaie, a 41-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier kidnapped Oct. 23 outside Baghdad’s International Zone, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters during a Baghdad briefing today.
WASHINGTON - The Hawaii National Guard is planning to airlift supplies to isolated residents on Maui as soon as their needs are ascertained, a military official said from the state’s capital today.
WASHINGTON - Terrorists operating in Iraq are staging attacks that garner negative press coverage so that the American people become soured on the war, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told two radio talk show hosts yesterday.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Diversity helps make the military strong, and understanding cultural differences is a key to forming a cohesive force capable of meeting today’s challenges, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
WASHINGTON - This Veterans Day, Antelope Valley, Calif., is making sure Vietnam veterans get the welcome home they never got with a Welcome Home parade, one of the event’s organizers said.
WASHINGTON - An international conference under way in Athens is tapping into the best minds from 35 U.S. allies and partners to come up with better ways to work cooperatively to support current and future warfighter needs.
WASHINGTON - New identification cards now being issued to some Defense Department employees will help standardize federal work force identification and enhance security, a senior DoD official said here today.
WASHINGTON - The Ohio State University men’s lacrosse team has a new motto and 129 new fans cheering them on from afar.
WASHINGTON - Tricare beneficiaries will get a pleasant surprise the next time they visit Tricare Online. The Web site has a new name, a new look and a new home. It’s now part of Tricare.mil, the official Web site for all Tricare information.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secrtetary Donald H. Rumsfeld highlights ways servicemembers can participate in the Nov. 7 election.
WASHINGTON - Today kicks off Military Family Month, an annual tribute to the family members who, President Bush and other U.S. and military leaders frequently recognize, serve the country alongside their loved ones in uniform.
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