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08/31/2006

Military Coordinates Effort to Help Wounded Troops Return to Work      

BETHESDA, Md. - Officials from the Defense Department and military services got together here yesterday for the first “From Deployment to Employment” conference to discuss ways to better serve America’s severely injured servicemembers.

08/31/2006

Bush: Anti-Terror War Represents Epic Struggle of Ideas      

WASHINGTON - The war against terrorism is an epic struggle of ideas as much as an armed conflict, President Bush told members of the American Legion in Salt Lake City today.

08/31/2006

America Supports You: Corporation Targets Group for Support      

WASHINGTON - Target Corporation, a national retailer, has taken aim at a Washington area troops support group, providing it with a $20,000 donation, the founder and president of Our Military Kids said.

08/31/2006

Atlanta Plans Freedom Walk to Remember 9/11, Honor Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Atlanta will join communities across America to host a Freedom Walk Sept. 11, the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

08/31/2006

Coalition Forces in Iraq Free Kidnap Victim      

WASHINGTON - Bastogne soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, freed a kidnap victim and captured three of the terrorists who had taken him hostage just outside Kirkuk, Iraq, yesterday, military officials reported.

08/31/2006

Soldier Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty      

WASHINGTON - A soldier from the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, stationed at Logistical Support Area Anaconda, Iraq, was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting a route security mission at about 12:05 p.m. yesterday, military officials reported.

08/31/2006

Railroad Chugs Ahead in Support Of GI Employees, Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. railroad freight firm has earned the right to blow its locomotives’ whistles in celebration of Defense Department recognition for superb support of its employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

08/31/2006

Simi Valley Freedom Walk to Thank Troops      

WASHINGTON - Simi Valley, Calif. – home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – is planning a Freedom Walk to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to show support for the nation’s servicemembers.

08/31/2006

‘Why We Serve’ Program to Connect Servicemembers, American Public      

WASHINGTON - Thirteen servicemembers recently returned from deployments in the Middle East will fan out across the country beginning today to share their experiences and motivation for serving in uniform as they launch the Defense Department’s new “Why We Serve” program.

08/31/2006

Bush Arrives in Utah to Reaffirm Resolve in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Nearly five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, America still has enemies determined to harm it because of what it stands for, President Bush will tell the American Legion’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, today.

08/30/2006

Casey Details Threats to Iraq, Progress to Combat Them      

WASHINGTON - The primary threats to Iraq's security are terrorists and death squads, the coalition commander in the country said today, and both must be addressed if Iraq is going to progress.

08/30/2006

From Forest Fires to Fallujah, AAFES Goes Where Troops Go      

DALLAS - True to its motto of “We Go Where You Go,” the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has mobilized its next-generation Tactical Field Exchange in support of some 550 active-duty soldiers helping control wildfires that have burned across Washington’s Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests.

08/30/2006

America Supports You: Groups Honor Troops with Celebration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Waxhaw, N.C., is planning an all-American celebration of freedom to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and honor the nation’s servicemembers.

08/30/2006

Florida School Named for OIF Medal of Honor Recipient      

HOLIDAY, Fla. - A new middle school named in honor of a Florida soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Operation Iraqi Freedom was dedicated here Aug. 25.

08/30/2006

Marine Killed in Anbar Province; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Marine serving with an Army unit in Iraq died yesterday from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province, and Defense Department officials have identified previous casualties.

08/30/2006

New Intel Squadron Turns Aerial Eye on Terrorists      

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Terrorists and their supporters around the world soon will be under the gaze of a powerful "unblinking eye" providing information on their whereabouts to a "brain" here.

08/30/2006

Cheney Praises Troops, Vows U.S. Will Win Anti-Terror War      

WASHINGTON - The United States is fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq to keep its pledge to the people there and to prevent future attacks on America, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said at a troop rally at an Air Force base yesterday.

08/30/2006

Las Vegas Freedom Walk to Remember Those Killed Sept. 11      

WASHINGTON - Las Vegas will remember those lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a Freedom Walk on Sept. 9.

08/29/2006

Milwaukee Organizers Prepare for City’s First Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - Troop-support volunteers in Milwaukee are gearing up for the city’s first Freedom Walk, a local organizer said today.

08/29/2006

America Supports You: Rumsfeld Thanks Utah Volunteer Group  This story contains photos.    

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Wrapping up a trip here that also included stops in Alaska and Reno, Nev., Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met today with volunteers from “Operation Give,” a nonprofit organization that supports children in war-torn and natural-disaster-affected areas of the world.

08/29/2006

Rumsfeld: Truth Powerful Weapon in War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - With the war on terror being fought largely in the media on a global stage, Americans cannot allow negative perceptions about the country and the military to be repeated without challenge, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

08/29/2006

Cardi’s Furniture Company Supports Guard, Reserve Employees      

WASHINGTON - Cardi’s Furniture Superstores in New England is one of 15 recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for outstanding support of employees in the Guard and Reserve.

08/29/2006

U.S. Marine, Soldier Die In Iraq’s Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine and an American soldier died yesterday from injuries they suffered in Iraq’s Anbar province, military officials reported.

08/29/2006

Pentagon to Reorganize Policy Shop, Improve Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials unveiled a reorganization of the Defense Department’s policy office that will increase interagency cooperation.

08/29/2006

Florida Emergency Responders Ready, Waiting For ‘Ernesto’      

WASHINGTON - Florida National Guard and reserve forces, as well as other state and federal emergency responders, are ready and waiting for now-tropical storm “Ernesto’s” arrival tonight or early tomorrow, a state military official said today.

08/29/2006

America Supports You: Group Helps Keep Families, Troops Connected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The communication gap between military families at Fort Drum, N.Y., and their soon-to-be deployed servicemembers was bridged before it existed, thanks to Operation Homelink.

08/29/2006

Rumsfeld: American Grit Will Mean Victory in War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

RENO, Nev. - As the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last night stressed the need for determination in the war on terror.

08/28/2006

Military Capable of Meeting All Its Challenges, Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nev. - The U.S. military is capable not only of winning the war on terror, but also of fulfilling its other commitments around the world and dealing with unforeseen circumstances, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a group of sailors and Marines here today.

08/28/2006

Training Teams Making Difference in Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - Coalition training teams with Iraqi military units, police battalions and border guard units are making a tremendous difference in the performance and professionalism of the Iraqi security forces, said the commander of the Iraq Assistance Group today.

08/28/2006

Cheney: U.S. Troops Fighting for American Ideals, Security      

WASHINGTON - American troops fighting in the war against terrorism are serving the highest ideals of the United States, such as freedom, justice, equality and the dignity of the individual, Vice President Dick Cheney said today in Reno, Nev.

08/28/2006

Committee Examines Issue of Women Separating From Military      

WASHINGTON - Female military doctors, lawyers and chaplains are more likely than their male counterparts to leave the military after serving five to eight years. The Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services wants to know why.

08/28/2006

Programs Help Prepare, Support Families Through Deployments  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - As members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit here make last-minute preparations for their upcoming deployment, Staff Sgt. Danny Sava and his family are getting their own affairs in order so they’re ready for another long separation.

08/28/2006

Commissary, School Agencies Support Family Dining Day      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Commissary Agency is partnering with a national anti-substance-abuse organization to promote the concept of families dining together as a means of establishing healthy lifestyles for young people, a DeCA spokesperson said today.

08/28/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Bomb Maker, Repel Attack      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces captured a suspected bomb maker and cell leader yesterday near Mussayib, Iraq, U.S. military officials said.

08/28/2006

Rumsfeld to Stress to VFW Need for Resolve in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will call upon Americans in a speech later today to “work hard to keep a ‘Blame America First’ mentality from undermining our efforts” in the global war on terror.

08/28/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Multiple Bombs; Two Afghans Rescued      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces discovered and disabled multiple explosive devices in three separate locations today, and coalition forces helped save two Afghan boys, U.S. military officials reported.

08/28/2006

U.S. Officer Sees ‘Very Positive Progress’ In Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi- and coalition-conducted anti-insurgent operations in Baghdad in recent weeks are achieving results, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in the Iraqi capital today.

08/28/2006

Eight U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Eight Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported.

08/28/2006

Ernesto Hits Gitmo, DoD Prepares for Florida Landfall      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials and agencies have geared up to provide whatever support the Federal Emergency Management Agency may need in response to Hurricane Ernesto.

08/28/2006

Iraqis to Take Control of Their Army, Air Force, Navy      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government is slated to assume control of its soldiers, sailors and airmen sometime next month, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad.

08/28/2006

California Guardsmen Help Enforce Airport Security  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Staff Sgt. Chris Salgado, a California Army National Guard member based here, remembers his wife calling him to the television set Aug. 10 to see news reports about a terrorist ring unearthed in London. By nightfall, he was in uniform, responding to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s call for the National Guard to augment airport security.

08/28/2006

Country Music Star to Perform at Aurora’s Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - Country music star Tammy Cochran has enlisted to perform at the Freedom Walk in Aurora, Colo., on Sept. 9, according to event organizers.

08/28/2006

Iowa Town’s Freedom Walk Honors 9/11 Victims, Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A small community in Iowa is among 86 cities and towns in 39 states planning Freedom Walks to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, as well as the nation’s veterans, past and present.

08/28/2006

America Supports You: Program Helps Wounded Vets Find New Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Severely injured servicemembers and their spouses are seeing doors open to meaningful civilian careers, thanks to a partnership between the Defense Department and the private sector.

08/28/2006

Missile Defense More Capable, Relevant      

FORT GREELEY, Alaska - America’s missile defense capabilities are increasingly important now, as more countries demonstrate the ability and willingness to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday after touring missile assembly and storage facilities.

08/27/2006

Abizaid: Iraq Not Moving Toward Civil War      

WASHINGTON - Despite a recent increase in violence in Baghdad, Iraq is not on a path toward civil war, the commander of U.S. Central Command said yesterday.

08/27/2006

Maliki: Iraq ‘Will Never Be in a Civil War’      

WASHINGTON - Iraq is not now and will never be in a civil war, the country’s prime minister told Wolf Blitzer today on “CNN Late Edition.”

08/27/2006

Operation 'Together Forward’ Expands Into Northeast Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, expanded their combined security effort into the Adhamiyah neighborhood of northeast Baghdad today in support of “Operation Together Forward.”

08/27/2006

CENTCOM Commander Pleased by Afghanistan Security Progress      

WASHINGTON - As NATO forces prepare to take over security operations in portions of Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Abizaid said he’s pleased with the progress he sees in regard to the country’s security situation.

08/27/2006

Navy Frigate Intercepts Drug Smugglers, Helps Rescue 26      

NAPLES, Italy - U.S. Navy frigate USS Boone intercepted a drug-smuggling speedboat Aug. 24 while enroute from Algeria to Spain during a patrol of the Mediterranean Sea south of the Spanish coastline.

08/27/2006

JTF Lebanon Establishes Air-Land and Sea Task Forces      

ABOARD THE USS MOUNT WHITNEY - Navy Vice Adm. J. “Boomer” Stufflebeem, commander of Joint Task Force Lebanon, assigned two task force commanders to lead critical elements of his newly formed organization as part of assuming authority for U.S. military operations here on Aug. 23, officials said today.

08/27/2006

Three Soldiers Killed, Earlier Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed in Iraq, and two coalition soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday, officials said.

08/27/2006

Three Coalition Force Soldiers Injured, Insurgents Detained      

WASHINGTON - Three coalition force soldiers were injured in a weapons accident at Camp Echo, Iraq, yesterday. Meanwhile, a hostage was released based on a tip and nine suspected insurgents were detained in three separate incidents on Aug 23, according to officials in Iraq.

08/27/2006

Taliban Commander, 15 Other Militants Killed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition soldiers killed a known Taliban commander and 15 other militants in Afghanistan Aug. 25, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said in a news release.

08/25/2006

Rumsfeld Salutes Troops' Global Efforts      

WASHINGTON - America's two million men and women in uniform are meeting demands around the globe, and "are doing a terrific job," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

08/25/2006

Violence Decreases in Iraq, Reconciliation Progresses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Violence in Baghdad has decreased over the past five weeks, and the Iraqi government is committed to reconciliation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Iraq's Deputy President Adil al-Mahdi said here today.

08/25/2006

Web Site to Outline Voting Options for Troops Overseas      

WASHINGTON - A new Web site being developed by the Defense Department will provide information on electronic voting options for servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living overseas.

08/25/2006

Defense Department to Kick Off ‘Why We Serve’ Tour  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Beginning next week, 13 servicemembers from across the force will fan out across the country to speak about their military experience.

08/25/2006

Military Health System Uses Technology To Boost Quality      

WASHINGTON - In concert with a presidential order to improve federal agency-managed or -sponsored health care, the Defense Department has embraced technology to boost the quality of military health care, improve medical information flow and monitor costs.

08/25/2006

U.S. Men, Women Win World Military Golf Championships      

WASHINGTON - The United States men’s and women’s teams emerged victorious in the 3rd Conseil International du Sport Militaire’s World Military Golf Championships Aug. 15 through 17 at Ballinrobe Golf Club in Galway, Ireland.

08/25/2006

Coalition Forces in Ramadi Attacked From Mosque      

RAMADI, Iraq - Coalition forces were attacked today from the Al Qadir Al Kilami mosque in Ramadi, Iraq, military officials here reported.

08/25/2006

America Supports You: ‘Project Ark’ Sets Sail in Hawaii  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Cheryl Janus reflected on Project Ark, a program for military teens she helped organize this summer, she realized the “ark” did in fact float.

08/25/2006

Surf’s Up as Wounded Servicemembers Crest New Waves  This story contains photos.    

PISMO BEACH - For one wounded warrior, the thought of never being able to surf again haunted him after losing his left leg above the knee in Iraq to a vehicle-borne bomb.

08/25/2006

Anti-Insurgent Raids Reduce Baghdad Violence, U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. troops have used an “isolate, clear and hold” strategy during Operation Together Forward to dampen insurgent activity in some troubled Baghdad neighborhoods, a senior operational officer said in the Iraqi capital today.

08/25/2006

Life Insurance Company Supports Guard, Reserve Employees      

WASHINGTON - Allianz Life Insurance, with headquarters in Minneapolis, is one of 15 recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for outstanding support of employees in the Guard and Reserve.

08/25/2006

America Supports You: Indiana Town Plans Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - Residents of Crawfordsville, Ind., will gather Sept. 11 to participate in a Freedom Walk, joining an ever-growing number of Americans who will pay similar tribute to the victims of 9/11 and the nation’s past and present veterans.

08/25/2006

Coalition Recovers Weapons Caches in Afghanistan; Makeshift Bomb Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces recovered three weapons caches Aug. 23 while searching three compounds in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, U.S. military officials reported.

08/25/2006

‘Strong Angel III’ Tests Military-Civil Disaster Response  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Power is down. Lights are out, and water is cut off. Internet and phone access is blocked. Local governments struggle to provide humanitarian assistance relief without an established telecommunications infrastructure. This is the scenario behind Strong Angel III, a disaster-response exercise underway here this week.

08/25/2006

Camp Pendleton Marines Make Final Preparations for Deployment  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Just three weeks before they deploy as U.S. Central Command’s theater reserve force, Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit here say they’re ready to get on with the mission despite pulls at their heartstrings over leaving home.

08/24/2006

Iraq’s Military Medical Capability Improving, Iraqi General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s military medical system is not equal to its U.S. counterpart, but is improving on a daily basis, the surgeon general of Iraq’s armed forces said here yesterday.

08/24/2006

U.S., Afghan, Pakistani Senior NCOs Meet for First Time  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Senior enlisted leaders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States met for the first time this week to share insights between their respective armed forces and future interoperability.

08/24/2006

Marines Express Little Surprise About IRR Call-Ups      

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines here expressed little surprise over plans to recall members of the Marine Corps’ Individual Ready Reserve to active duty, acknowledging that regardless of whether people think it’s fair, it’s part of the commitment.

08/24/2006

Soldiers Help Iraqis Provide Humanitarian Aid to Zafaraniya  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - In response to recent bombing and gas explosions in the area, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers joined Iraqi police and local officials in providing humanitarian aid Aug. 22 to displaced citizens in Zafaraniya.

08/24/2006

Troop Support Group Plans San Diego Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - San Diego will honor its military heritage with a Freedom Walk planned to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

08/24/2006

Iraqi Community Leaders Take Action Toward Peace  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Seeking a unified province free from terrorism and sectarian violence, leaders of groups in Babil came together Aug. 20 in Hillah, Iraq, to reconcile and denounce sectarian violence.

08/24/2006

Soldier Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died at about 8 a.m. today when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was riding in south of Baghdad, U.S. military officials reported.

08/24/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Foil Attack, Capture Terrorists, Disarm Explosives      

WASHINGTON - In separate operations this week throughout Iraq, Iraqi and U.S. forces stopped a terrorist attack against a police station, captured five suspected terrorists, and disarmed seven improvised explosive devices, U.S. military officials reported.

08/24/2006

Seven Suspected Terrorists Killed in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven suspected al Qaeda facilitators were killed early today when Afghan and coalition forces conducted an operation on a compound near the village of Asmar in Kunar province.

08/24/2006

America Supports You: Race Track Honors USS Ronald Reagan Sailors  This story contains photos.    

DEL MAR, Calif. - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club pulled out all the stops yesterday as it saluted more than 1,000 sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan just returned from a deployment to the Persian Gulf.

08/23/2006

Baghdad Operation Improving Security, Joint Staff General Says      

WASHINGTON - Operation Together Forward, the Iraqi-led operation to reduce violence in Baghdad, is progressing well and is improving the security situation around the Iraqi capital, a Joint Staff official said here today.

08/23/2006

DoD Updates Deployment Health Requirements Policy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilians and contractors who are deployed overseas will be included in military health protection measures for the first time as part of an upcoming new policy, senior DoD officials said here today.

08/23/2006

Farm Credit Company Earns Kudos For Guard, Reserve Support      

WASHINGTON - A Fargo, N.D., business that provides loans to farmers and ranchers has received Defense Department recognition for its support of employees in the National Guard and reserve.

08/23/2006

Air Force ‘Legal Eagles’ Meet With Afghan Military Legal Leaders      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Two Air Force legal leaders journeyed through Southwest Asia from Aug. 14 to 17, stopping in Kabul, Afghanistan, for a two-day seminar and lending their expertise to help train and inform Afghan military legal leaders on the rule of law.

08/23/2006

America Supports You: Army Mom Works to Organize Dallas Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - The Dallas/Fort Worth area will hold a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11 to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States five years ago and to honor the nation’s veterans, past and present.

08/23/2006

America Supports You: ‘Milkshake Man’ Gets His Just ‘Desserts’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With Ronald McDonald on hand, a Washington-area McDonald’s restaurant honored the “Milkshake Man,” as Jim Mayer is better known, for providing injured servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here with their shakes and his support for more than 16 years.

08/23/2006

Army Engineers Working Tirelessly in Gulf Coast Region      

WASHINGTON - Since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast a year ago next week, the Army Corps of Engineers has worked tirelessly with federal, state and local officials, industry partners, and thousands of volunteers to repair damage.

08/23/2006

Marines May Recall Some Recent Veterans to Active Duty      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has authorized the Marine Corps to call up Marines from the service’s Individual Ready Reserve, which may mean a return to duty for some recently discharged veterans.

08/23/2006

Base Family Network Focuses on Children’s Needs During Parents’ Deployments      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - This Southern California base has experienced firsthand what other military posts have come to recognize: Deployments are challenging for servicemembers and spouses, but they’re especially difficult for children.

08/23/2006

Purple Heart Recipient Praises Pre-Deployment Training  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - "Combat training and self aid and buddy care really prepares you for what you need to face," said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy Gardner, who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered in a rocket attack in Afghanistan.

08/23/2006

Coalition Refutes Taliban Claims; Terrorists Captured      

WASHINGTON - A Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan recently made several claims to the media that were proven false by coalition forces, and in recent operations three suspected terrorists were captured, U.S. military officials reported.

08/22/2006

America Supports You: Clay Shooters Take Aim to Help Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two military relief agencies received a total of $30,000 here yesterday, the proceeds of a July clay shooting event in New York.

08/22/2006

Iraqi Security Forces’ Quick Response Shows Improvement, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The quick response of Iraqi security forces to terrorist gunmen who opened fire on a large crowd of religious worshipers in Baghdad Aug. 20 demonstrates their improved capabilities, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

08/22/2006

Iraq Experiencing Sectarian Violence, But Not Civil War, British General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq is experiencing some localized sectarian strife, but it’s not embroiled in a full-blown civil war as reported by some news media, a senior coalition officer said here today.

08/22/2006

Sacramento Freedom Walk to Cap Patriotic Weekend      

WASHINGTON - A weekend of events in Sacramento, Calif., saluting America’s military veterans and current servicemembers will culminate in a candlelit walk on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

08/22/2006

Hollywood Recruiting Station Enjoys Brisk Business  This story contains photos.    

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Hollywood Boulevard may be better known for its glitzy Walk of Fame and seedy nightlife than as a place to recruit servicemembers, but the Armed Forced Career Center here is signing up recruits aplenty.

08/22/2006

Marine Recruits Head to Basic Training, Military Life  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - An opportunity to get an education, to see parts of the world they’d only heard about or to serve their country attracted 16 passengers here last evening aboard American Airlines Flight 1961, and ultimately, to 13 weeks of boot camp.

08/21/2006

Bush: U.S. Will Assist U.N. Stabilization Plan In Lebanon      

WASHINGTON - The United States will provide funding and other assistance to support a U.N. plan to end warfare between Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel, President Bush said here today.

08/21/2006

Premature Iraq Pullout ‘Would Be A Huge Mistake,’ Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Amid national debate about whether or not to stay the course in Iraq, President Bush today firmly placed himself in the “stay” category.

08/21/2006

Hollywood, Military Cooperation Often Mutually Beneficial      

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood’s depiction of the U.S. military is often laughably inaccurate to many Americans who wear their country’s uniform. This is not for lack of effort on the part of the military services and the Defense Department.

08/21/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Key Insurgent Leaders, Rescue Kidnap Victims      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces captured two key insurgent leaders in Baghdad yesterday and rescued five kidnap victims in separate operations Aug. 18 and 19 in different areas of Iraq, U.S. military officials reported.

08/21/2006

Four Servicemembers Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action in Iraq over the past two days, military officials reported.

08/21/2006

Utah Guardsman Plans Salt Lake City Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - A veteran Utah Army National Guardsman from Salt Lake City is coordinating efforts to hold the municipality’s first Freedom Walk.

08/21/2006

America Supports You: Radio Show Addresses Military Life      

WASHINGTON - Nationally syndicated columnist Jacey Eckhart has turned from pen to microphone in an effort to help military families tackle unique issues they face.

08/20/2006

U.S. Forces Still Taking Fight to Taliban in Afghanistan, Military Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Two engagements with Taliban extremists in Afghanistan yesterday demonstrate that the U.S. continues to take the fight to the enemy, a U.S. military spokesman said today.

08/20/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Three Death Squad Leaders; Kidnap Victims Rescued      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army forces captured three death squad leaders during raids in Baghdad Aug. 18. The captured leaders allegedly participated in a massacre of Iraqi families last month, U.S. military officials reported.

08/20/2006

Five Soldiers, Airman Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, and a soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division died from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province yesterday, military officials reported.

08/20/2006

Bush: Freedom Has Brought Hope to Millions      

WASHINGTON - The advance of freedom will help protect the U.S. homeland, defeat terrorism and bring hope to people around the world, President Bush said yesterday.

08/20/2006

Seriously Wounded Soldier Recalls Trauma, Looks Toward Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Crystal Davis is one tough young woman. She proved it the night the up-armored wrecker she was driving in Iraq hit an improvised explosive device. Trapped in the destroyed vehicle with her right foot nearly severed, she told her cohorts she’d hoist herself out rather than risk having them come in.

08/20/2006

America Supports You: Restaurant Owners Give Night Out to Recovering Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Over the past two and a half years, about 500 severely wounded servicemembers and their families have enjoyed 5,000 free dinners out on the town thanks to Hal Koster and Marty O’Brien.

08/18/2006

Trust, Cooperation of Iraqi Citizens Key to Baghdad Security      

WASHINGTON - The ultimate solution for the violence in Baghdad depends on the Iraqi people’s willingness to reject violence and cooperate with Iraqi security forces, a U.S. military commander in the area said today.

08/18/2006

Top Enlisted Adviser Serves as Pace’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ on Troop Matters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Just short of 10 months into his new job, the first senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he’s making important inroads between servicemembers and their leaders but is still “working it hard” to build on them.

08/18/2006

Army Awards Bronze Star to Canadian ‘Devil’s Brigade’ Vets      

WASHINGTON - The Army has authorized award of the Bronze Star Medal for Service to the living Canadian veterans of the 1st Special Services Force for their service to the U.S. Army during World War II.

08/18/2006

Spread of Freedom Most Valuable Weapon Against Terrorism, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - As during the Cold War, the spread of freedom remains America’s most valuable tool in combating the nation’s enemies, a senior Defense Department official said here yesterday.

08/18/2006

Bagram A-10 Thunderbolts Surge for Summer Offensive in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Six U.S. and coalition troops peer out from a remote position on a ridge top in Afghanistan. At sunset on the third day of their vigil, a large force of Taliban extremists carrying heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades pin down the team.

08/18/2006

America Supports You: RE/MAX Helps Military Spouses on Career Path      

WASHINGTON - Moving frequently is not always beneficial to military spouses’ careers, but RE/MAX officials hope to help change that.

08/18/2006

Coalition Forces in Iraq Seize Several Weapons Caches, Detain Eight Suspects      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Iraq seized several large weapons caches and detained eight terrorist suspects in operations throughout the country yesterday.

08/18/2006

Iraqi Forces Continue to Build on Successes      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces captured two wanted men in separate early morning raids yesterday.

08/18/2006

Coalition Defends Attack in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province      

WASHINGTON - A joint Afghan National Army and coalition patrol struck an improvised explosive device and engaged by extremists with small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire in Afghanistan’s Paktika province yesterday.

08/18/2006

Coalition Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan; Forces Kill Extremists, Uncover Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Two coalition soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan Aug. 16 and yesterday, and coalition forces killed eight extremists and discovered a weapons cache, U.S. military officials reported.

08/18/2006

America Supports You: San Antonio Plans Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with similar events across the country, up to 1,000 people are expected to walk the streets of downtown San Antonio Sept. 11 to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to thank America’s veterans, past and present.

08/18/2006

U.S. Cannot Walk Away From Africa, General in Charge of Ops on Continent Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States walks away from Africa at its own peril, the U.S. general in charge of military operations there said in an interview here yesterday.

08/18/2006

Military’s Gas Gauge Reads ‘Full,’ Despite Prudhoe Bay Leak      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - There’s plenty of fuel available to fill the tanks of U.S. military vehicles and aircraft despite widely reported accounts of a commercial oil pipeline rupture in Alaska, a Defense Department logistician said.

08/17/2006

NATO Chief: National Will, Not Military Might, Needed to Succeed in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Military might will not win the battle for Afghanistan, said U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, NATO’s top military officer.

08/17/2006

European Command Takes Over Lebanon Mission      

WASHINGTON - U.S. European Command will assume command of U.S. military forces operating off the coast of Lebanon and in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the organization’s commander said here today.

08/17/2006

America Supports You: Bikers Ride in Support of First Responders      

WASHINGTON - America’s 9/11 Foundation is getting ready to hit the road again with its annual America’s 9/11 Ride in support of the nation’s first responders, the foundation’s promotions manager and media contact said.

08/17/2006

Gainey: Stryker Brigade Extension Offers Lessons to All Commanders      

WASHINGTON - The most important thing military leaders can offer their people is an up-front assessment of what they’re facing, as exemplified by the way the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s leaders informed the troops about their extension in Iraq.

08/17/2006

Employer-Support Award No Mirage for Vegas Casino      

WASHINGTON - The MGM Mirage hotel and casino received the 2006 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for exceptional support above the requirements of federal law for its employees who serve in the National Guard and reserves.

08/17/2006

Soldier Dies in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province yesterday, military officials reported.

08/17/2006

Training Opens Eyes to New Ways of Dealing with Natural Disasters  This story contains photos.    

NGINYANG, Kenya - East African Community nations and U.S. servicemembers are providing medical, veterinary and engineering civil assistance to rural areas in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya as part of Natural Fire 2006, a multilateral training exercise.

08/17/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Wanted Terrorists in Separate Baghdad Raids      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces captured two wanted men in separate operations in and near Baghdad yesterday. Both operations were part of Operation Together Forward, the recent security crackdown in the Baghdad area.

08/17/2006

Wounded Warriors Gain Independence in Renovated Rooms  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center here now have a place to call home during their recovery thanks to a generous influx of money from global war on terrorism funds.

08/17/2006

Iraqi Army Brigade Takes Lead in Mahmudiyah  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - The 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, officially assumed responsibility for security in parts of Mahmudiyah, Yusufiyah and Lutufiyah, Iraq, earlier this week.

08/16/2006

National Guard Fighter Jets Intercept Inbound United Airlines Flight      

WASHINGTON - Two Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets scrambled today to escort a Washington-bound United Airlines flight to Boston’s Logan National Airport, a U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman confirmed.

08/16/2006

Walter Reed Builds Amputee Patient Treatment Annex  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A temporary medical annex being constructed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here will provide better facilities for wounded troops undergoing post-amputation care, a senior official said today.

08/16/2006

Pentagon Memorial Chapel Wedding Brings Hope, Promise in Face of Despair  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At the exact site of the most painful event in the Pentagon’s history – the Sept. 11, 2001, attack – a couple brought together through the tragedy recently became the first to exchange wedding vows in the Pentagon Memorial Chapel.

08/16/2006

Turkmenistan Officials Recognize Coalition Rescue, Recovery Team  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Nine Task Force Centaur aviators were among 21 U.S. soldiers and airmen recognized by the government of Turkmenistan for efforts in recovering a Turkmenistan Red Cross helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan earlier this year.

08/16/2006

Coalition Officials See Positive Trend in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people will need to carry forward positive trends in Baghdad, a coalition spokesman said there today. He explained operations in Baghdad are designed to reduce murders, kidnappings, assassinations, terrorism and sectarian violence.

08/16/2006

America Supports You: New USO Center Opens at Fort Bliss, Texas      

WASHINGTON - The newest United Service Organizations center will open its doors this week at Fort Bliss, Texas, to serve the post’s 36,000-member military population.

08/16/2006

Freedom Walk Momentum Builds as Sept. 11 Anniversary Approaches      

WASHINGTON - Momentum continues to build as more than 50 cities organize America Supports You Freedom Walks to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

08/15/2006

Senior Official: DoD Working to Improve on High Recruiting Standards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has an enviable track record in enforcing ethical recruiting standards but plans to institute new policies to better identify and root out problem areas, a senior Pentagon official said today.

08/15/2006

U.S. Military Evacuates 21 Americans From Beirut      

WASHINGTON - As the ceasefire in Lebanon took effect, the U.S. military evacuated 21 more Americans from Beirut in recent days, DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman said today.

08/15/2006

America Supports You: German Officer Hopes to Join U.S. Marines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A German army officer who has donated money to a group affiliated with DoD’s America Supports You organization plans to take a more personal role in confronting global terrorism.

08/15/2006

Stryker Brigade Soldiers Sent Home to Alaska to Return to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Three hundred one soldiers with an Alaska-based unit extended in Iraq will return to the combat zone to serve with their comrades in arms, Army officials announced yesterday.

08/15/2006

Bush: National Counterterrorism Center Making America Safer      

WASHINGTON - The federal government’s duty is to protect the American people, and the work being done at the National Counterterrorism Center is doing just that, President Bush said today.

08/15/2006

Afghan Reconstruction Cooperation Continues      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and the U.S. Agency for International Development continue to work together to bring reconstruction and economic development to the people of Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said.

08/15/2006

Justice Department Presents Web Site to Explain Military Rights      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice has launched a Web site to protect servicemembers’ rights, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzalez said yesterday. He said the Justice Department has made it a priority to enforce civil rights laws for servicemembers.

08/15/2006

Al Qaeda Terrorist Killed in Afghanistan; Extremists Die in Thwarted Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed an al Qaeda member and detained 13 other suspected terrorists today during an early-morning operation in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, U.S. military officials reported.

08/15/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Murder Suspect; Blast Kills 63 Iraqis, Wounds 140      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces in Baghdad yesterday captured a man believed to be responsible for the January shooting death of a U.S. soldier and an interpreter, U.S. military officials reported.

08/15/2006

Pace Says Iran Fighting Proxy Wars Against Iraq, Israel      

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told troops that Iran is “fighting a proxy war against Israel by supporting Hezbollah” in Lebanon. Iran also is fighting a proxy war against Iraq and the United States by supporting elements inside Iraq.

08/14/2006

Bush Says America Will Continue to Push ‘Freedom Agenda’      

WASHINGTON - America will remain on the offensive against al Qaeda and nations that support terror groups, President Bush said here today. He said the United States’ “freedom agenda” will advance peace in the region.

08/14/2006

Iraqi Police Making Strides; New National Police Uniform to Be Issued      

WASHINGTON - About 92 percent of Iraq’s 188,000 Ministry of Interior forces now are trained and equipped, and all Iraqi National Police soon will receive new official uniforms, the commander of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team told Baghdad reporters today.

08/14/2006

Bagram Security Forces ‘Fly Away’ to Support Airlift Mission      

WASHINGTON - Security forces protect Air Force people and resources worldwide, even when those resources are on the move at more than 300 miles per hour.

08/14/2006

America Supports You: CinCHouse Column Benefits Military      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers and their family members with financial questions need look no further for the answers than a new column on the CinCHouse Web site, www.cinchouse.com.

08/14/2006

Caldwell: Securing Baghdad No Short-Term Operation      

WASHINGTON - The ongoing effort to secure Baghdad is an evolution, and solutions must be long-term, the spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters in Baghdad today.

08/14/2006

550 Active-Duty Soldiers Join Wildfire Fight in Washington State      

WASHINGTON - Some 550 active-duty soldiers from Fort Lewis, Wash., will be conducting a different kind of firefight in the days ahead: helping control wildfires that have burned more than 83,000 acres in Washington’s Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests.

08/14/2006

America Supports You: Enid, Okla., Set to Host Sept. 11 Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - The first city to join the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program is preparing to host a Freedom Walk on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

08/14/2006

Troops Search for Kidnap Victims; Baghdad Security Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers set a cordon around an Iraqi Ministry of Health complex at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday to search for kidnapped Iraqi citizens.

08/14/2006

Pace Focuses on Human Dimension of Iraq War  This story contains photos.    

MOSUL, Iraq - Meeting with troops during visits to combat zones helps keep Marine Gen. Peter Pace focused and gives him “ground truth,” the general said during an interview here yesterday.

08/13/2006

Iraqi Hostage Recovered; Terrorist Cell Leader Captured      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in recent days have recovered an Iraqi hostage and captured a terrorist cell leader, officials said.

08/13/2006

Terrorists Killed in Thwarted Attack on Afghan Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - An estimated 18 to 20 terrorist extremists died in a thwarted attack on an Afghan National Army command post in the Bermel district of Paktika province early this morning, military officials said.

08/13/2006

Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Five soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent days, another two were wounded, and the Defense Department has identified four earlier casualties who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

08/13/2006

Bush: Free World Will Win War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Bush reiterated American resolve against extremist terrorists and declared that the free world will prevail against enemies of freedom.

08/13/2006

America Supports You: Minnesota Ride Honors Fallen Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 11, 2004, Rockie Lynne, Gregg Schmitt and about 60 bikers on 45 motorcycles visited the homes of three fallen servicemembers. They were so moved by the reaction of the families, they vowed to ride again.

08/13/2006

Iraqis Must Step Forward in Anbar Province, General Says      

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The Iraqi people must step forward and accept their freely elected government if there is to be peace in the country’s troubled Anbar province, the coalition’s commander in the region said here today.

08/13/2006

Pace Discusses U.S. Military Values, Sectarian Violence  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Misdeeds by servicemembers in Iraq, while rare, give the world the wrong impression of what the U.S. military stands for, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit here yesterday.

08/12/2006

General Describes Effort to Stop Sectarian Violence in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The coalition commander responsible for operations in the Iraqi capital is optimistic about what he has seen since operations to quell sectarian violence here started.

08/12/2006

Pace: Military Loss Impossible, But U.S. Will Is Vital for Success  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The will of the United States is the only question in whether the nation’s effort in Iraq and Afghanistan will succeed, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

08/12/2006

Iraqis Must Decide to End Sectarian Violence, Pace Says  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi people are the ones who must decide that sectarian violence must end, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

08/11/2006

America Supports You: Veterans Ride Across America for Kids of Fallen Heroes      

WASHINGTON - The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization will lead hundreds of veterans on a motorcycle caravan across five states next week to raise scholarship money for children of U.S. military personnel killed on duty since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

08/11/2006

Volunteer Troop-Support Groups Honored at Pentagon Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A trio of organizations with a long history of military support recognized 12 volunteer groups today for their programs that contribute to servicemembers’ quality of life.

08/11/2006

NORTHCOM Was on Guard Against Plot to Bomb Planes, General Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Northern Command was aware of the terrorist plot to bomb commercial airplanes that came to light this week, and the command was prepared to act if necessary, the command’s operations director said yesterday.

08/11/2006

Terrorists Killed, Captured in Afghanistan; Insurgent Attacks Foiled      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed three al Qaeda members and detained three others during a raid today in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, U.S. military officials reported.

08/11/2006

Afghan Sergeant Major Shows Way Ahead for Fledgling Army      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army is learning from Western military trainers who stress the central role of noncommissioned officers in a world-class military.

08/11/2006

America Supports You: VFW Organizes Indiana Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - Residents of Munster, Ind., will gather on Sept. 11 to hold a Freedom Walk commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

08/11/2006

Pace Urges Students to Study Coalition, Interagency Processes      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff this week urged students at the National War College to examine ways to make interagency processes work better and to get to know international members of the school.

08/11/2006

U.S. Engineer: Helping Iraqi Youth ‘Best Part of My Job’  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Bettering the lives of Iraqi youngsters is what Peter Debski says is the best part of his job.

08/11/2006

Troops Recover Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Aug. 8 Blackhawk Crash      

WASHINGTON - The bodies of two soldiers killed in an Aug. 8 helicopter crash in Iraq’s Anbar province have been recovered, U.S. officials announced today.

08/10/2006

Bush: Terror Plot to Bomb Planes Reminder U.S. at War      

WASHINGTON - The overnight arrests of 21 suspected terrorists by British authorities is a stark reminder that the United States is still at war with “Islamic fascists” who are intent on destroying freedom-loving people, President Bush said today.

08/10/2006

Services Meet or Exceed Active Duty Recruiting Goals for 14th Straight Month      

WASHINGTON - All active-duty military components met or exceeded their July recruiting goals, Defense Department officials announced today, marking the 14th consecutive month the services have met or exceeded their goals.

08/10/2006

America Supports You: Pain Reliever Manufacturer Honors Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, a pain reliever manufacturer is honoring the hard-working Americans, including servicemembers, who make the United States great.

08/10/2006

Marines Hold Full-Scale Civil Affairs Training Exercise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A makeshift town constructed of a dozen squat cinderblock buildings located in the Virginia woods stood in for an Iraqi village yesterday during a Marine Corps 4th Civil Affairs Group training exercise.

08/10/2006

Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers in Iraq died yesterday in Anbar province, and Defense Department officials have identified five soldiers killed earlier.

08/10/2006

Coalition Blunts Attack on Afghan Base; 15 Enemy Fighters Die      

WASHINGTON - Coalition soldiers killed 15 extremists Aug. 8 during a firefight at a provincial reconstruction team base in the Kamdesh district of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, military officials reported.

08/10/2006

U.S. Remains on Guard in Response to Terror Threat      

WASHINGTON - American officials are on guard in light of arrests made in Great Britain overnight in connection with a terror plot targeting trans-Atlantic commercial flights, senior Defense Department officials said today.

08/10/2006

Army Program Opens Doors for Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - An improvised explosive device may have robbed Delaney Rocky Perez of his military career, but an Army program has given Perez an opportunity to serve again -- this time as a civilian.

08/09/2006

America Supports You: Michigan Town Plans Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The city whose native son helped turn the United States into a nation of motorists will shun Henry Ford’s invention for a time on Sept. 11.

08/09/2006

U.S.-Iraqi Forces Target Baghdad Death Squads      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces have stepped up operations in Baghdad to curtail deadly sectarian violence that’s plagued the city in recent months, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad today.

08/09/2006

Four Iraqis Implicated in Journalist Kidnap Case Arrested      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq have arrested several Iraqis suspected of involvement in the Jan. 7 abduction of an American journalist, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad today.

08/09/2006

Guard Border Mission ‘Right Way to Do Business,’ Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard’s mission at the southwestern U.S. border is a balance of responsibility between the federal and state governments that is already improving border security and reducing illegal immigration, the National Guard’s leader said.

08/09/2006

America Supports You: Group Helps Troops Trade Helmets for Hardhats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Transitioning from the military into the civilian work force can be as simple as trading one type of headgear for another through “Helmets to Hardhats.”

08/09/2006

Milestone Reached as 4th Iraqi Army Division Stands Up  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army is halfway to its goal of 10 divisions as the 4th Division assumed command of the area north of Baghdad yesterday.

08/09/2006

U.S. Chopper Crashes in Iraq; Soldiers Find Weapons Cache      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army helicopter crashed yesterday during an orientation flight over Iraq’s Anbar province, officials said today.

08/08/2006

America Supports You: Aberdeen IronBirds to Honor Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Decked out in special camouflage jerseys, a Maryland baseball team tonight will show their support for men and women in uniform.

08/08/2006

U.S. Set to Leave 25,000 Troops in Korea      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troop levels in South Korea will not drop beyond previously agreed upon levels, a senior defense official speaking on background said here yesterday.

08/08/2006

Phase 2 of Operation Together Forward Kicks Off in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers of Multinational Division Baghdad yesterday launched the second phase of Operation Together Forward to increase security and reduce violence in Baghdad.

08/08/2006

Iraqi Forces Conduct Raid in Baghdad, Seize Weapons, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - In separate operations yesterday and Aug. 6, Iraqi security forces captured 22 suspected terrorists and seized various weapons, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

08/08/2006

Coalition Soldiers Detain, Kill Terrorists, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers detained two suspected terrorists, killed four terrorists, and seized weapons in several different operations in Iraq today, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

08/08/2006

Georgia Army Base Hosts Career Workshop for Wounded Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A workshop today and tomorrow at Fort Gordon, Ga., is providing career guidance for wounded servicemembers. The program is the first of its kind and will address issues such as benefits, entitlements and employment options.

08/07/2006

Official Discusses Middle East Conflicts, Conditions      

WASHINGTON - The activities in the Hezbollah-Hamas battlespace are being manipulated by Iran, directed by Syria and executed by Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior U.S. military official, speaking on background, said today.

08/07/2006

America Supports You: Oklahoma City to Host Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - Oklahoma City volunteers are preparing for the municipality’s first Freedom Walk, slated to run on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, a local organizer said today.

08/07/2006

Security Presence Growing in Baghdad, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The coalition and Iraqi security forces presence in Baghdad is growing, and soon residents will notice an improvement, a senior defense official said here today.

08/07/2006

Pentagon Conference Center to Open This Fall      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will open a new conference center -- boasting 14 conference rooms, a large multipurpose room, and a new cafeteria and atrium –- later this year.

08/07/2006

Evacuation, Humanitarian Aid Continues in Lebanon      

WASHINGTON - As fighting between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group continues, U.S. servicemembers continue to evacuate Americans trapped in Lebanon, Defense Department officials report.

08/07/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Three Soldiers in Iraq; DoD Names Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON, DC - A roadside bomb killed three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers yesterday southwest of Baghdad, and the Defense Department released the names of servicemembers killed recently in Iraq.

08/07/2006

America Supports You: Group Builds Awareness at Brickyard      

INDIANAPOLIS - As NASCAR fans poured into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday for the “Allstate 400 at the Brickyard,” John Gonsalves worked to inform them about his efforts to help disabled veterans.

08/07/2006

America Supports You: NASCAR Fans Show Support for Troops  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - NASCAR fans at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard here yesterday said “thank you” to the nation’s servicemembers 400 times in the first 10 minutes after learning how they could use their cell phones to send words of support.

08/06/2006

Three Soldiers Die in Anbar; DoD Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2006 - Three soldiers were killed in Iraq’s Anbar province Aug. 4 and yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of a soldier and a sailor who were killed recently supporting the war on terror.

08/06/2006

Coalition Forces Conduct Raids, Seize Weapons, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON, DC - Coalition forces conducted raids today and yesterday in two areas of Iraq, seized a large weapons cache and captured four terrorists Aug. 4, and detained three terrorists Aug. 3, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

08/06/2006

Alaska Stryker Brigade Transfers Authority      

WASHINGTON, DC - The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team handed over operations in Mosul, Iraq, and other surrounding areas in the Ninewa province to the 3rd SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division, in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Marez today.

08/06/2006

Mosul Police Defeat Attack; Iraqis Demonstrate for Lebanon      

WASHINGTON, DC - Mosul police officers and Iraqi soldiers defeated a complex terrorist attack in eastern Mosul, Iraq, Aug. 4, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

08/06/2006

NATO Force Committed in Southern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON, DC - The NATO force in southern Afghanistan has met resistance from the Taliban and other criminal elements, but the force remains committed to establishing a safe and secure environment in the region, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe said.

08/06/2006

Bush: National Guard Improving Border Security      

WASHINGTON, DC - The deployment of more than 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. southwest border met a key objective in the government’s efforts to secure the border, President Bush said here yesterday.

08/05/2006

First Lady Lends Voice to Military Children      

DENVER - Children in military families face unique pressures and stress and need community and family support to lead successful lives, first lady Laura Bush said here yesterday at a conference addressing youth issues.

08/04/2006

26 Marine Heroes Presented With Medal of Honor Flags  This story contains photos.    

MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON, D.C. - Twenty-six Marine heroes were honored at a Medal of Honor flag presentation ceremony here yesterday.

08/04/2006

Income-Replacement Program Launched for Mobilized Reservists, Guardsmen      

WASHINGTON, DC - The Defense Department this month kicked off a program to help prevent activated reservists and National Guardsmen from facing financial hardships.

08/04/2006

America Supports You: Virginia Region Gears Up for 9/11 Freedom Walks      

WASHINGTON, DC - Eighteen cities and counties in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region are planning Freedom Walks to commemorate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and show support for veterans past and present.

08/04/2006

Lebanon to Be Among First Beneficiaries of New DoD Funding Authority      

WASHINGTON, DC - Defense Department officials hope to use new authorities to help other countries fight terrorism to buy spare parts for the Lebanese military, a senior defense official said today.

08/04/2006

Commander: Violence in Iraq Stems From Varied Sources      

WASHINGTON, DC - Violence in Iraq stems from several difference sources, and U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces there often find attacks difficult to classify, a combat commander in Diyala province said today.

08/04/2006

America Supports You: Patriotic Pillows Offer Comfort to Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - Passion for sewing and a desire to show support for the military combined to inspire a Chicago woman to launch an effort she calls the “Patriotic Pillow Project.”

08/04/2006

Two Marines Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON, DC - Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died yesterday in separate incidents due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province, and the Defense Department released the identities of five servicemembers killed recently in Iraq.

08/04/2006

Insurgent Mortar Attack Kills Iraqis; U.S. Soldiers Kill Two Terrorists      

WASHINGTON, DC - Three Iraqi civilians were killed, and nine were injured yesterday when insurgents fired a mortar round at a residential area in Ubaydi, Iraq, U.S. military officials reported.

08/04/2006

Bush Praises Guard Support for Border Security Mission      

WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush praised the National Guard yesterday for its speedy response to the U.S. border security mission and pointed to solid signs of its success.

08/03/2006

Leaders Praise Troops as Key to Success in Terror War      

WASHINGTON, DC - Top military and defense leaders today praised the dedication and commitment of U.S. servicemembers, as well as the families that support them, as the key to success in the terror war.

08/03/2006

America Supports You: Fourth Grader Organizes Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

SEBRING, Ohio - A fourth grade student, Colton Lockner, has taken it upon himself to organize this small village’s first America Supports You Freedom Walk, a move that surprised no one who knows the slight boy.

08/03/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Find Weapons, Capture Terrorists      

WASHINGTON, DC - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers have found munitions caches and captured suspected terrorists in operations throughout Iraq this week, and U.S. soldiers killed a man planting a roadside bomb.

08/03/2006

Leaders: Vigilance Critical for Success in Iraq, Around World      

WASHINGTON, DC - The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East told Congress today he’s “rarely seen it so unsettled or so volatile” and urged continued regional and coalition pressure to confront problems before they escalate further.

08/03/2006

America Supports You: Woodcarvers Personalize Canes for Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - Some wounded veterans may never walk again, which is why Korean War veteran Jack Nitz wants to make sure they at least smile again.

08/03/2006

Medevac Helo Attacked During Rescue of Afghan Child      

WASHINGTON, DC - A U.S. medical evacuation helicopter carrying an injured Afghan child came under attack with small-arms fire Aug. 1 in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, U.S. military officials said.

08/03/2006

Terrorists Detained in Iraq; Foreign Fighter Turned Over to Iraqi Courts      

WASHINGTON, DC - Coalition forces captured a wanted terrorist along with two others during a raid near Bayji, Iraq, yesterday, U.S. military officials reported.

08/02/2006

Rumsfeld: Army ‘Vastly Better’ in Equipment, Training, Experience      

WASHINGTON, DC - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disputed recent assertions today that the Army is declining in readiness due to equipment shortfalls.

08/02/2006

America Supports You: ‘SemperComm,’ Golfers to Tee Off for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - When the SemperComm Foundation gets teed off, it’s for a good reason - keeping servicemembers stationed at remote overseas bases in touch with family and loved ones.

08/02/2006

Rumsfeld, Pace Cite Challenges, Progress Against Extremists      

WASHINGTON, DC - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld used today, the 16th anniversary of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, as an opportunity to assess progress that's taken place in Iraq and the threat extremists continue to impose on free people.

08/02/2006

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON, DC - Two soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq today, and the Defense Department released the identities of three Marines who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

08/02/2006

Iraqi Forces Search University, Target ‘Death Squads’      

WASHINGTON, DC - Iraqi security forces searched a university in Ramadi, Iraq, today in response to insurgent activity and targeted militia “death squads” in four operations yesterday, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

08/02/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Soldiers Capture Kidnappers, Terrorists, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON, DC - In separate operations throughout Iraq today and July 31, coalition and Iraqi forces foiled a kidnapping attempt, captured eight terrorists, and seized numerous weapons, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

08/02/2006

National Guard Tops Troops Required for Border Mission      

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Guard has exceeded its troop requirement along the southwestern U.S. border by almost 200 servicemembers and is assisting U.S. Border Patrol activities there, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

08/02/2006

New Recruits Share Dreams, Motivations for Joining Military  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE - The young and not-so-young men and women processing into the military earlier this week at the Military Entrance Processing Station here offer a snapshot of the armed forces of the future.

08/02/2006

Recruits Processing Into Military Defy Misconceptions, Myths  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - A step through the doors of the Military Entrance Processing Station here blows away the myths that the military is struggling to get enough recruits.

08/02/2006

Officials Working to Help Stryker Brigade Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON, DC - The Army is taking significant steps to ensure soldiers and families of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team are taken care of now that the unit’s deployment to Iraq has been extended four months.

08/01/2006

Several Terrorists Killed, Captured in Iraq; Weapons Caches Found      

WASHINGTON, DC - Iraqi and coalition forces captured and killed several terrorists and found multiple weapons caches over the past week, U.S. military officials reported today.

08/01/2006

Terrorists Detained in Afghanistan; Extremists Attack Girls School      

WASHINGTON, DC - Afghan and coalition forces detained four suspected al Qaeda operatives during an early morning raid today in Khowst province, and a group of extremists attacked a girls school in Parwan province July 28, U.S. military officials said.

08/01/2006

America Supports You: Golfers Benefit Troop-Support Groups  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - Golf enthusiasts put their skills on the line to benefit two troop-support programs during the "Birdies for the Brave" golf outing at Tournament Players Club Avenel, in Potomac, Md., July 27.

08/01/2006

Program Helps Parents Advocate for Children  This story contains photos.    

HOUSTON - A new initiative called “Parent to Parent” is designed to bring parents together to teach other parents how to be the best advocates for their children.

08/01/2006

Servicemember Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Marine Casualties      

WASHINGTON, DC - A servicemember assigned to the 16th Corps Support Group was killed in action by a makeshift bomb while on a convoy south of Baghdad yesterday, U.S. military officials reported.

08/01/2006

5,000 Participants Expected at Colorado Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON, DC - Organizers expect 5,000 people to participate in the Aurora, Colo., Freedom Walk event Sept. 9. Freedom Walks around the country will commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and honor Americans who service in the military.

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