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10/31/2007

Program Helps to Employ Iraqis, Improve Living Standards  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A signing ceremony marked the start of a Multinational Force Iraq initiative to improve the living standards of area citizens through increased employment opportunities.

10/31/2007

Miss Utah Gives Back as National Guard Soldier  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer, Miss Utah becomes Army Sgt. Jill Stevens of the Utah National Guard.

10/31/2007

Reform, Training Initiatives Improve Iraq’s National Police      

WASHINGTON - The senior leaders of Iraq’s national police are making progress in reforming and improving the country’s law enforcement body.

10/31/2007

America Supports You: Adventure Trip Hits Mark With Veterans  This story contains photos.    

ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands - Five days after their adventure began, seven injured veterans packed up with the satisfaction of knowing they’d done what they set out to do on an adaptive-sports trip to the Virgin Islands.

10/31/2007

Al Qaeda on the Run in Iraq, Coalition Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda may not yet be defeated in Iraq, but the group’s terrorists are on the run from coalition forces making inroads in destroying its propaganda and financial networks, a senior official in the area said.

10/31/2007

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Taliban Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several Taliban fighters and captured three insurgents near Tarin Kowt village in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province.

10/31/2007

Bush Proclaims ‘National Veterans Awareness Week’      

WASHINGTON - President Bush is urging Americans to recognize veterans’ valor and sacrifice through ceremonies and prayers during “National Veterans Awareness Week."

10/31/2007

Defense, Veterans Affairs Departments to Coordinate on Patient Care      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have partnered to put in place 10 federal recovery coordinators charged with managing the care of severely injured servicemembers and their families for as long as a lifetime.

10/31/2007

Pilots, Equipment to Jump-Start Afghan Air Corps  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Highly experienced Afghan pilots soon will take to the skies in newly acquired aircraft as part of a concerted effort to accelerate progress of Afghanistan’s nascent air corps.

10/31/2007

Forces Capture Suspected al Qaeda Commander, Detain 11 Others in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a wanted individual and detained 11 others during an operation in support of ongoing efforts to stabilize the region.

10/31/2007

National Guard Ready for Fires’ Aftermath  This story contains photos.    

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. - Under a sky still smoky from active wildfires, National Guard citizen-soldiers prepared for the flash floods and mudslides that will come long after the flames are extinguished.

10/31/2007

Efforts in Eastern Afghanistan Boost Confidence in Afghan Government      

WASHINGTON - Progress in eastern Afghanistan continues as more Afghan security forces take the lead in security operations, more reconstruction and development projects provide sorely needed quality-of-life improvements, and the national government extends its reach.

10/31/2007

Company Works to Flush Out Taliban During ‘Rock Avalanche’  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Operation Rock Avalanche, a recent multi-company mission, flushed out Taliban insurgents from Afghanistan's Chapa Dara, Korengal, Shuryak and Pech river valleys.

10/30/2007

Children of Fallen Troops Honored at Remembrance Ceremonies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ten children of servicemembers killed during the war on terrorism were honored for their sacrifices on behalf of the nation.

10/30/2007

Defense Official Calls U.S-India Partnerships Critical      

WASHINGTON - Broad-based partnerships between the United States and India are critical as the South Asian republic increasingly exerts its influence on the world, a senior Defense Department policy maker said.

10/30/2007

Iraqi Police Learn Basics During Prep Course  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A U.S. Army Military Police platoon has developed a 10-day preparatory class to teach Iraqi police recruits the basics before they attend the Baghdad Police Academy.

10/30/2007

Rice, Gates Meet on Private Contractor Control in War Zones      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met at the Pentagon to discuss proposals about control and coordination of private contractors in Iraq

10/30/2007

Common-Sense Recruiting, Cutting-Edge Training Lift Iraq’s Air Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Recruiting experienced pilots and implementing unprecedented training methods are the best ways to fast-track Iraq’s fledgling air force, a coalition commander said.

10/30/2007

Gates Considers Extending Brigades in Europe      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is leaning toward approving a proposal to temporarily hold two Army brigade combat teams in Europe rather than move them to the United States.

10/30/2007

America Supports You: Adaptive Adventure Equals Healing for Injured Vets  This story contains photos.    

JOST VAN DYKE, British Virgin Islands - Seven wounded veterans enjoyed a respite during a Virgin Islands adaptive sea kayaking, snorkeling and camping adventure.

10/30/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Six, Uncover Weapons Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained six suspected insurgents during an operation in Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

10/30/2007

Landstuhl Outpatient Facility Makes Good on Promise to Wounded  This story contains photos.    

LANDSTUHL, Germany - Patients at a new medical transient detachment barracks point to the facility as proof that the military is living up to its promises to ensure troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan get the best care possible.

10/30/2007

Forces Rescue Kidnapped Sheiks in Northern Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from 9th Iraqi Army Division rescued seven sheiks kidnapped in northern Baghdad.

10/30/2007

Defense Department Works to Battle Remaining California Fires      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department personnel continue to help state authorities battle five wildfires still burning in California. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130s flew 10 sorties yesterday.

10/30/2007

U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Free Hostage From al Qaeda      

BAQOUBA, Iraq - U.S. soldiers conducted an air assault mission to rescue a 19-year-old man was from an al Qaeda-in-Iraq prison in the village of Hammadi, 10 miles southwest of Baqouba.

10/30/2007

Oboe Player Gets Into the Fight  This story contains photos.    

HIT, Iraq - A Marine oboe player recruited to play in the band is now striking a chord with the infantry in Iraq.

10/30/2007

Afghan Troops Plan Operations While Coalition Steps Back  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - U.S. and coalition forces are stepping back into supporting roles as Afghan national security forces continue to take the lead in Gardez to secure their country.

10/29/2007

Job No. 1 in Northern Iraq: Keep al Qaeda on Ropes      

WASHINGTON - Keeping al Qaeda “on the ropes” is job No. 1 for the 1st Armored Division and Multinational Division North, the organization’s commander said.

10/29/2007

America Supports You: Injured Veterans Tackle New Adventure  This story contains photos.    

ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands - Seven injured veterans geared up to pit themselves against sand and the Caribbean Sea on Oct. 18 as part of an inaugural adaptive adventure trip.

10/29/2007

Industry, Academic Leaders Pool Brainpower to Address IED Threat      

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Defense officials are seeking help in countering the deadly homemade bombs used against U.S. troops in Iraq.

10/29/2007

Senior Enlisted Leader Visits Fort Knox  This story contains photos.    

FORT KNOX, Ky. - The military’s top enlisted servicemember visited Fort Knox, Ky., and addressed an audience for the post’s Retiree Appreciation Days event.

10/29/2007

Coalition Troops Detain 11 Suspects in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 11 suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central Iraq.

10/29/2007

Defense Logistics Agency Supports Wildfire Relief Effort      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s largest combat support agency has come to the aid of the thousands of evacuees and Marines and sailors supporting wildfire relief efforts in California.

10/29/2007

Kosovo Situation ‘Stable, But Fragile,’ Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The situation in Kosovo is “stable, but potentially fragile,” the commander of U.S. forces there said. Army Brig. Gen. Douglas B. Earhart, commander of the American contingent in the NATO-led Kosovo Force, said he is proud of the job that his 1,500-member force has done and believes the province is ready for several key events.

10/29/2007

Officials Discuss Iraq-Iran Border Issues      

ZURBATIYA, Iraq - Coalition commanders and Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement leaders met to discuss issues involving the Zurbatiya port of entry to Iran.

10/29/2007

Auditor Finds Tallil Fish ‘Most Finicky'  This story contains photos.    

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq - An auditor with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who goes fishing most Friday mornings at Lake Wisconsin, a manmade lake on a sprawling air base in Iraq, says the fish here are more "finicky" than those back home.

10/29/2007

Combat Engineers Mentor, Help Afghans With Construction Projects  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Four U.S. Army combat engineers are mentoring Afghans hired to build housing units for military personnel assigned to Forward Operating Base Lightning.

10/28/2007

Security Forces, Citizens Decrease Violence in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to make progress against al Qaeda and other criminal elements, thanks in large part to the efforts of concerned citizens throughout the country.

10/28/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Scores of Taliban During Six-Hour Fight      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces engaged and killed more than six dozen Taliban fighters near the Musa Qaleh Wadi region of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

10/28/2007

Coalition Forces in Iraq Continue to Disrupt Terrorist Networks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and detained another four suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq

10/28/2007

C-130 Firefighters Face Special Challenges  This story contains photos.    

CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Calif. - Military crews in the planes dropping fire retardant on wildfires in southern California face hazards and challenges unique to their humanitarian mission.

10/26/2007

Gates Accepts Award, Extols Virtues of Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Americans who fill the ranks of public service -- the nation’s military members, elected officials, teachers and nurses -- are driven by the romantic and optimistic ideal that they can improve the world, the Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/26/2007

Ramadi Unity Parade Marks Key Event in Iraqi Reconciliation      

WASHINGTON - A remarkable parade in Iraq’s Anbar province, openly attended by citizens from all walks of life, demonstrates that Iraqi reconciliation efforts are working.

10/26/2007

Naval Academy Grads Salute Fallen Classmates at Marine Marathon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 U.S. Naval Academy graduates from the class of 1995 are dedicating their participation in the Oct. 28 Marine Corps Marathon to the memory of six fallen comrades.

10/26/2007

Iraqi Government Must Solidify Accomplishments, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government needs to act now, not later, to solidify gains made in the war-torn country, the coalition commander in northern Iraq said.

10/26/2007

Defense Official Calls Wildfire Response ‘Awe-Inspiring’      

WASHINGTON - The response to Southern California wildfires this week by civilian first responders, National Guardsmen and other military personnel is "awe-inspiring," said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Paul McHale.

10/26/2007

Iraqis, Coalition Forces Work Together to Solve Water Issues      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - Getting potable drinking water to residents of the New Baghdad district of the Iraqi capital was the focus of a meeting with soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division.

10/26/2007

U.S. Must Take ‘Long View,’ Forge Security Partnerships, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen’s top priority as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is to widen the scope of U.S. military strategy to look beyond the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan and strengthen security partnerships, he said.

10/26/2007

America Supports You: Wounded Warriors Tackle Adaptive Adventure  This story contains photos.    

ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands - Seven wounded warriors arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands last week for an adventure set on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The mostly double-leg amputees learned adaptive sea kayaking, snorkeling and camping.

10/26/2007

Chairman Identifies ‘Tough Questions’ Facing U.S.  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen identified pressing questions the country must address as it tries to counter emerging threats while maintaining a leadership position.

10/26/2007

Defense Personnel Continue Assault on California Blazes      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130s fitted with modular air firefighting systems hit the California wildfires hard, flying 18 sorties in one day.

10/26/2007

Mullen Pledges Best Effort ‘To Prevent Forces From Breaking’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. ground forces are not broken, but they are capable of breaking, the military’s highest-ranking officer said while vowing to make relieving strains on troops a top priority.

10/26/2007

Citizen Tip Leads to Massive EFP, Explosives Cache  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A concerned citizen led coalition forces to the largest cache of explosively formed penetrators ever found in a single location in a home in Saada village, Iraq.

10/26/2007

Supply Airmen Help Take Fight to Enemy      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Keeping aircraft flying and warfighters supplied in Afghanistan is a challenging job, but one done gladly by members of the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Supply Flight here.

10/26/2007

Guardsman Goes Full-Time to Answer Nation’s Call  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A National Guard helicopter pilot gets his wish: a Army a full-time career.

10/26/2007

Why We Serve: Patriotism Prompts Nurse to Rejoin the Air Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A sense of duty and patriotism caused a women’s health care specialist to rejoin the Air Force at age 42.

10/25/2007

Gates Calls U.S. Offers to Russia on Missile Defense Enough      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE ATLANTIC - The United States has given Russia sufficient concessions regarding a proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe and supports diplomatic and economic measures to rein in the Iranian missile threat.

10/25/2007

Bush: Military Assets Available for Fire Aid  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush pledged that military assets will continue to be available to state and local authorities fighting wildfires in Southern California. There are 214 active-duty personnel, 72 Defense Department civilians, and 2,492 National Guardsmen engaged in the wildfires battle.

10/25/2007

Gates: NATO Must Increase Assets, Cut Caveats in Afghanistan      

HEIDELBERG, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert M Gates urged European military leaders to step up their countries’ contributions in Afghanistan and eliminate restrictions on their forces that threaten the mission’s success.

10/25/2007

Chairman Supports All-Volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - The all-volunteer force has made the nation’s defense the strongest it’s ever been, the U.S. military’s top officer said, adding that he would not want to return to a Vietnam-era military by implementing a draft.

10/25/2007

Vice Chairman Receives Executive of Year Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff received the Department of Defense Executive of the Year Award at the Government Computer News Awards Gala.

10/25/2007

Three Militants Caught in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained three suspected militants in the Nerkh district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

10/25/2007

Three Terrorists Killed, Five Detained in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained five suspects during a series of operations to disrupt terrorist networks in central Iraq.

10/25/2007

More Soldiers, New Firearms, Better Procedures, Make Iraqi Army Stronger      

WASHINGTON - Vast improvements to Iraq’s national army are leading to a force that will eventually stand on its own, a coalition commander said.

10/25/2007

NATO Response Force Depends on Allies’ Support, Gates Says      

HEIDELBERG, Germany - The United States supports the concept of the NATO Response Force but needs NATO allies to do their part so the force can live up to its intended purpose, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told European military leaders.

10/25/2007

Santa Ana Winds Subside; Officials Expect to Make Fire Progress      

WASHINGTON - The Santa Ana winds in Southern California are subsiding, allowing firefighters – both military and civilian – to make progress against wildfires that are rampaging through the area, California National Guard officials said.

10/25/2007

Relationship With Russia Dominates NATO Session’s Closing Day      

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wrapped up his second day at a NATO defense ministers conference focusing on NATO’s relationship with Russia, as well as Russian objections to some alliance activities.

10/25/2007

Chairman Reaches Out to Ground-Force Troops      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff got some frank feedback on deployments from soldiers during a two-day visit to statesid Army posts.

10/25/2007

First Lady Thanks Troops for Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush visited troops in Kuwait to thank them for their service, calling them a force for good in the Middle East.

10/25/2007

Airman Helps Afghans Get Well  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Though Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joy Flumerfelt's main concern is the care of deployed servicemembers, she also provides medical support to local communities.

10/25/2007

Coalition Forces Continue to Rebuild Northern Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces with Multinational Division North continue to work with the government of Iraq to rebuild infrastructure and improve quality of life for people of northern Iraq.

10/25/2007

Combined Medical Staff Provides Quality Care  This story contains photos.    

FARAH CITY, Afghanistan - Afghan and American medical personnel recently combined resources to provide quality medical care to residents of Farah City, Afghanistan.

10/24/2007

America Supports You: Literacy Group Reaches Out to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 12,000 children of servicemembers each year are getting a foundation for lifelong literacy from their doctors through an effort called “Reach Out and Read.”

10/24/2007

U.S. Government Has Sympathy for Turkey’s Position Against PKK      

WASHINGTON - Throughout the senior reaches of the U.S. government, there is increasing sympathy for the Turkish position that something has to be done about the PKK – a Kurdish terrorist group that is using camps in northern Iraq as safe havens.

10/24/2007

National Guard Attacks California Wildfires by Air, Land      

SAN DIEGO - Army National Guard helicopters are attacking southern California’s ferocious wildfires, and Guard soldiers on the ground are manning traffic control points and preparing to provide people who had lost their homes with some of the necessities of life

10/24/2007

Violence, Casualties Down in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. troop surge in Iraq continues to have positive effects, as violence and casualties are decreasing in many areas of the country, the Joint Staff’s director for operational planning said.

10/24/2007

Africa Command Gives Top Priority to Aggressive Maritime Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Maritime security, which has long been overshadowed by other coalition missions in African nations, will be a top priority for the newly created U.S. Africa Command.

10/24/2007

NATO Allies to Provide More Support for Afghanistan      

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - Several NATO members have offered more support in Afghanistan for a mission Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called “a litmus test for the effectiveness of the alliance in the 21st century.”

10/24/2007

U.S. Forces Detain Suspected Terrorists in Central, Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and detained 19 suspected terrorists during operations in the central and northern parts of Iraq.

10/24/2007

Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team Funds $1.7 Million Bridge      

TOJG VILLAGE, Afghanistan - Construction is under way for a $1.7 million bridge across the Farah Rud River in Tojg Village, Afghanistan. The project, funded by the Farah Provisional Reconstruction Team, will employ several hundred Afghans for two years.

10/24/2007

NORTHCOM Commander Outlines California Wildfire Response  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Northern Command and interagency partners are recalling Hurrican Katrina during current wildfire response efforts in California.

10/24/2007

Airborne Buddies Are Friends for Life  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Sitting in their turrets manning their guns as tracers whizzed over their heads from all directions, Army Sgt. Damon Bligh and Spc. Rick Crothers knew they always had somebody they could count on: each other.

10/24/2007

Bush: California Wildfires Constitute Major Disaster      

WASHINGTON - Destruction caused by wildfires now raging across southern California constitutes a major disaster requiring additional federal assistance, President Bush declared.

10/24/2007

Soldiers Help Celebrate Sadr City School Renovation  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - When students at the Yarmook Girls' School in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood returned from summer vacation, they found that their school had received an extreme makeover thanks to the government of Iraq and the U.S. Army.

10/24/2007

Defense Department Continues Aid on California’s Fire Front  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military C-130s with modular air firefighting systems are dropping fire retardant and water on wildfires plaguing California. A total of 16 wildfires have burned more than 360,000 acres in Southern California.

10/24/2007

U.S., Russia Not Headed for New Cold War, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia are not headed toward a new Cold War, and the United States still considers Russia a strategic ally, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/24/2007

Burden-Sharing Urged as NATO Focuses on Afghanistan, Other Missions  This story contains photos.    

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - Dutch Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop joined NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in opening a two-day ministerial conference, attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in which they reminded members of the importance of sharing the NATO’s responsibilities.

10/24/2007

Chairman Asks Straight Questions, Gets Hard Answers      

DENVER - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen heard some hard truths when he asked hundreds of soldiers about their service.

10/24/2007

Shiites Work Against Extremists, Generals Say      

WASHINGTON - A movement toward peace that began in mostly Sunni areas of Iraq now is moving into Shiite areas as well, a senior commander said in Baghdad.

10/24/2007

Gates Arrives in Netherlands to Focus on NATO Issues, Challenges  This story contains photos.    

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is in the Netherlands to discuss the way ahead for the alliance with his NATO counterparts and encourage members to live up to commitments they’ve made to help in Afghanistan.

10/23/2007

Defense Department ‘Leaning Forward’ to Help Californians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have provided everything that California officials have asked for and are “leaning forward” to anticipate what they might need.

10/23/2007

Vice Chairman Talks Intelligence at Geospatial Symposium  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Intelligence sharing between nations needs to be re-examined and improved, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/23/2007

America Supports You: Microsoft, USO Open ‘Above and Beyond’ Voting      

WASHINGTON - Americans can now visit an online ballot to cast their vote for five people whose extraordinary contributions to the military go above and beyond the call of duty.

10/23/2007

Coalition Troops Kill 5 Taliban During Afghanistan Firefight      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed five Taliban militants during a firefight in the Jeldak district of Zabul province.

10/23/2007

Afghans Plan, Secure 3rd Annual Peace Games  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces's plans and security helped make the 3rd Annual Chamkani Peace Games in Paktia province a success for the 45 sports teams competing in soccer, cricket, volleyball and other events.

10/23/2007

Fallen Navy SEAL Inducted into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fallen Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes during a ceremony that honored the lone Medal of Honor recipient from the war in Afghanistan.

10/23/2007

Twelve Terrorists Killed, 26 Detained In Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops killed 12 terrorists and detained 26 suspects during a series of operations across Iraq.

10/23/2007

Chairman Starts Two-Day Trip to Visit Army Posts  This story contains photos.    

FORT SILL, Okla. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff set off on a two-day trip to visit three Army installations, where he plans to talk to soldiers and gauge the stress caused by the service’s high operational tempo since war on terror began.

10/23/2007

Defense, VA Team Proposes Disability Process Changes      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave an interagency task force studying the disability rating system for wounded warriors its marching orders: “Aside from the war itself, we have no higher priority.”

10/23/2007

Military Personnel, Assets Help to Battle California Fires  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military personnel and assets are helping out in the most serious outbreak of wildfires in California in years.

10/23/2007

Gates Lauds Increased Czech Commitment to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed news of the Czech Republic’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan as he prepares to pressure other NATO countries to live up to their troop commitments there.

10/23/2007

Iraqi Emergency Responders Work Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Iraqi security forces took another step toward self-sufficiency when several Iraqi security elements participated in a civil defense drill in Yarmouk, an area in the Mansour district of western Baghdad recently.

10/23/2007

Missile Defense Dominates Gates Meetings in Czech Republic  This story contains photos.    

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters after meeting with Czech leaders he’s confident negotiations to place a radar here for a missile defense system are on track and likely to wrap up within the next few months.

10/23/2007

Bush: Terrorists Seek to Strike America Again      

WASHINGTON - America’s memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks may recede with time, but citizens shouldn’t become complacent about the real threat of another terrorist assault on the homeland, President Bush said.

10/23/2007

Air Force Assists in Darfur Troop Movement  This story contains photos.    

KIGALI, Rwanda - The U.S. Air Force provided airlift support Oct. 20 to 400 Rwandan soldiers who are supporting the African Union peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region of Sudan.

10/23/2007

Down and Dirty: The Life of an Airborne Ranger  This story contains photos.    

BANBAR COMMAND POST, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Jim McKinzie is known for being one of the hardest-working noncommissioned officers in his unit.

10/23/2007

Program Encourages Scientific Collaborations      

WASHINGTON - As panel members convene for the organization’s 50th annual meeting, a five-nation program geared toward collaboration in defense science and technology is looking at its past and charting its future.

10/22/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Defeat Insurgents in Helmand Province      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces engaged and killed nearly three dozen Taliban fighters in a second day of sustained fighting near the Musa Qaleh Wadi region of Helmand province.

10/22/2007

‘Civilian Surge’ Key to Securing Self-Sufficient Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The recent surge of troops and embedded provincial reconstruction teams to Iraq is providing unprecedented opportunity for Iraqi citizens to become self-sufficient.

10/22/2007

Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Parents of Navy SEAL  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush posthumously presented the Medal of Honor to Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in an attempt to save fellow SEALs during a fierce battle with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

10/22/2007

Historic Launch Held at Camp Taji      

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers have been working day and night to ensure troops on the ground in Baghdad have an extra set of eyes overhead.

10/22/2007

Former Air Force Pilot Second Woman to Command Shuttle  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy will soon become the second woman to command a NASA space shuttle flight.

10/22/2007

America Supports You: Operation Pinecone Shifts Gears for Holidays      

WASHINGTON - For volunteers with Va.-based Operation Pinecone, Halloween is already over and the Christmas rush has begun.

10/22/2007

Gates Praises Group’s Successes, Urges Closer Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

KYIV, Ukraine - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged participants at the 12th annual meeting of the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial to focus on closer cooperation to address the challenges of proliferation, border security and counterterrorism.

10/22/2007

Bush Delivers Supplemental War Funding Request to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has delivered a request to Congress for $42.3 billion in supplemental war spending. The amendment calls for $35.5 billion for Operation Iraqi Freedom and $3.5 billion for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

10/22/2007

Bombing Targets Anti-terrorist Group; One Terrorist Killed, Four Detained      

WASHINGTON - The headquarters of a political organization opposed to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups became the target of a bombing, officials said.

10/22/2007

Gates Urges More Support in Terror War, Says He Will Press NATO      

KYIV, Ukraine - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates thanked fellow participants in the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial conference for their support in Iraq and Afghanistan and said he plans to press NATO to live up to its commitments in Afghanistan.

10/22/2007

Cheney: Iran Supports Terror, Threatens Middle East Peace      

WASHINGTON - The regime in Iran actively supports terrorism and is directly involved in efforts to disrupt U.S. and allied efforts to stabilize Iraq, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said.

10/22/2007

Two Sailors Dead in Bahrain Barracks Shooting      

WASHINGTON - Two female U.S. sailors were killed, and a third sailor suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Bahrain.

10/22/2007

Gates Expresses Confidence Polish Elections Won’t Stop Defense Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

KYIV, Ukraine - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence that the reversal of power in Poland following yesterday’s elections won’t upset U.S.-Polish defense cooperation.

10/22/2007

Lieutenant Helps to Renovate Orphanage for Iraqi Girls  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A U.S. Army lieutenant has worked hard for three months to improve conditions at an orphanage in northern Baghdad.

10/22/2007

Army Makes Progress on Warrior Transition Units      

WASHINGTON - The Army is working quickly to field and fully staff new warrior transition units which provide critical support to wounded soldiers and their families.

10/21/2007

Gates Meets With Turkish Minister in Wake of Kurdish Attacks  This story contains photos.    

KYIV, Ukraine - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assured his Turkish counterpart that the United States will work closer with Turkey to confront Kurdish terrorists who launched an attack that killed more than a dozen Turkish soldiers.

10/21/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces working in concert with Iraqi security forces killed four insurgents and nabbed roughly 16 others during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

10/21/2007

Gates Arrives in Ukraine to Begin Five-Day European Trip  This story contains photos.    

KIEV, Ukraine - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday to meet with Ukrainian leaders as their new government begins to take shape.

10/19/2007

Air Force Relieves Commanders Involved in Nuclear Weapons Incident  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has relieved three commanders and disciplined an undisclosed number of others in connection with an Aug. 29 "Bent Spear" incident in which nuclear-equipped missiles were unknowingly transported nearly 1,500 miles on the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber.

10/19/2007

National Guard Brigades Alerted For Iraq, Afghanistan Deployments      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the alert of seven National Guard brigades as replacement forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one National Guard brigade as replacement forces for Operation Enduring Freedom.

10/19/2007

Possible Changes Eyed for Guard, Reserve Montgomery GI Bill      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders joined the Minnesota National Guard’s adjutant general in urging Congress to revise the Montgomery GI Bill to improve coverage for reserve-component troops.

10/19/2007

Liberian Serves U.S. Army with Gratitude  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEE, Va. - Saved by a U.S. soldier, Momo S. Larmena Jr., a native of Liberia, decided to show his gratitude by joining the U.S. Army Reserves.

10/19/2007

Air Cav Crews See Higher-Tech Attacks, Weapons from Iran      

WASHINGTON - Air cavalry helicopter pilots have had to change their tactics to adapt to newer and higher-tech surface-to-air missile systems that officials believe are coming in from Iran.

10/19/2007

Five Terrorists Killed, Two Detained During Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five terrorists and detained two suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda networks throughout Iraq.

10/19/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Taliban Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 12 Taliban fighters in Helmand province and captured five suspected militants in Zabul province.

10/19/2007

Why We Serve: Sailor Swaps ‘Sea Legs’ for Afghanistan Duty  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class Sivenson Guerrier exchanged his “sea legs” and became a “landlubber” during a tour in Afghanistan.

10/19/2007

Defense Department Contracts for 2,400 More MRAP Vehicles      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has let contracts for an additional 2,400 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, bringing the total number of the vehicles ordered to 8,800.

10/19/2007

More Trainers in Pipeline for Afghan Security Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The number of internationally supplied trainers for Afghanistan’s soldiers and police is slated to quadruple.

10/18/2007

Gates Aims to Resolve Disconnect Between Military, Security Contractors      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq and private security contractors too often are working at cross purposes, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Pentagon reporters today.

10/18/2007

AFRICOM Won’t Change Defense Department Security Policy in Africa      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. unified command being established for Africa will consolidate Defense Department efforts on the continent, but will not change the department’s long-standing policy of partnership with African nations, the department official in charge of African affairs said today.

10/18/2007

Defense Department Consolidates, Redefines Abuse Policies      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has consolidated 14 previous domestic abuse policies into one document that more clearly defines the roles and training of those who deal with the problem.

10/18/2007

Predictable Deployments, Future Fleets Crucial to New Navy Chief      

WASHINGTON - Sailors can continue to expect predictable deployment lengths and new ships on which to serve, the new chief of naval operations said.

10/18/2007

Gates Expresses Concerns About Armenian Resolution, Turkish Action      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on Turkey to refrain from military action into Iraq, which he said “would create an international crisis and further undermine stability in Iraq."

10/18/2007

Doonesbury Creator, Military Bloggers Compile New Book      

WASHINGTON - Conceived by Garry Trudeau, creator of the long-running, satirical comic strip Doonesbury, “The Sandbox” is a 309-page compilation of roughly 90 online journal entries penned by scores of the military’s most talented scribes.

10/18/2007

Odierno Calls on Safety Team to Help Cut Non-Combat Deaths  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army safety team soon will wrap up its month-long analysis conducted at the Multinational Corps Iraq commander’s request to find ways to stop the recent uptick in non-combat injuries and fatalities among deployed troops.

10/18/2007

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Crowe Dies at 82      

WASHINGTON - Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. William J. Crowe died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He was 82. Crowe served as chairman from 1985 to 1989 under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

10/18/2007

Coalition Forces Capture 15 Insurgents in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists during a series of operations targeting al Qaeda networks throughout Iraq.

10/17/2007

Exercises Test Crisis Response Coordination      

WASHINGTON - As some 15,000 federal, state and local officials test their ability to respond to terrorist attacks in Oregon, Arizona and Guam during the largest-yet “TOPOFF” exercise, U.S. Northern Command is fine-tuning its own procedures for supporting a civilian-led response to a potential threat or crisis.

10/17/2007

Spokesman Cites Diplomacy as Preferred Course for Turk-PKK Issue      

WASHINGTON - Diplomacy is the preferred method for solving the problem the Kurdish terrorist group known as the PKK poses to Turkey and Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

10/17/2007

Brigade’s Departure Validates Surge Strategy, Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The return of 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team to Fort Hood, Texas, proves the surge of American troops into Iraq is working, a coalition commander said.

10/17/2007

Sea Services Unveil New Maritime Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. maritime strategy elevates war prevention to the same level of importance as warfighting.

10/17/2007

Road Network Holds Key to Eastern Afghanistan Security      

WASHINGTON - A few hundred miles of new roads through rugged, mountainous terrain is key to rebuilding Afghanistan’s economy and improving security in the country’s eastern region along the Pakistan border.

10/17/2007

Detainee Literacy Rates Improve Through Education Programs      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Literacy programs aimed at detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, show signs of success, as many detainees are sharpening their academic skills.

10/17/2007

Bush, Commission Urge Congress to Fix Troop Health Care      

WASHINGTON - President Bush urged Congress to pass legislation that will realize recommendations made by a bipartisan commission tasked to fix problems with wounded servicemembers’ care.

10/17/2007

America Supports You: West Virginia Group Boosts Troop Morale  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - From stocking hats to shower shoes, a West Virginia-based group is actively filling requests from U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, sending them about 50 boxfuls of care packages each week.

10/17/2007

Coalition Troops Net 17 Terrorists During Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 17 suspected terrorists during a series of operations that targeted al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

10/17/2007

Al Qaeda Takes Hits in Iraq, But Still Dangerous, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Military gains against al Qaeda are encouraging, but the United States must continue to work with the Iraqi government on reconciliation and political development, President George W. Bush said at a White House news conference.

10/17/2007

Chilton Takes U.S. Strategic Command Helm      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton as the general ceremonially took the reins of U.S. Strategic Command.

10/16/2007

America Supports You: Anyone Can Play Santa to Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Utah-based troop-support group is providing anyone who wants it the opportunity to play Santa Claus to troops serving in Iraq through the holidays.

10/16/2007

Marine Commandant Worries Corps Losing ‘Expeditionary Flavor’      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps commandant is worried about the service becoming “a second land army” and said al Qaeda in Iraq is crippled, but not destroyed.

10/16/2007

Grass-roots Security Efforts Help Drive Out Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Grass-roots security efforts by locals in eastern Baghdad province are helping coalition forces push insurgents out and officials are planning a fifth patrol base in the region, a senior official in the area said.

10/16/2007

Mullen Visit to Iraq, Afghanistan Revealed ‘Noticeable’ Improvements      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Staff’s operations director said that he was struck by “noticeable” security improvements throughout the theater while traveling with Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who recently completed his first tour of Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10/16/2007

Senior Official: Diplomacy Best Approach to Turkey-Iraq Tensions      

WASHINGTON - Turkey is a strong NATO ally and partner in the war on terror, and the best way to handle its conflicts with neighboring Iraq over Kurdish rebels is diplomatically, a senior Joint Staff official told Pentagon reporters.

10/16/2007

Departing JFCOM Commander Reflects on Military Transformation      

WASHINGTON - Military transformation is a perpetual work in progress, the chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command said in his last briefing with reporters before he retires next month.

10/16/2007

Coalition Forces Finish Terror-Fighting Operations Southeast of Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi communities, once lawless and infested with terrorists, are safer today thanks to a just-completed mission, a coalition commander said.

10/16/2007

Gates Salutes U.S. Servicemembers at Awards Dinner  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six U.S. military members recognized by a local patriotic organization for their overseas service in the war on terror also received Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ personal thanks during his remarks at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’ annual award dinner.

10/16/2007

Troops Detain Five Suspected Militants, Assist Attack Victims      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained five suspected militants and provided critical medical assistance to suicide-attack victims during recent Afghan operations.

10/16/2007

Coalition Forces Pummel Taliban, Support Afghans as Winter Approaches      

WASHINGTON - Taliban fighters are facing overwhelming coalition firepower and abject rejection from Afghan citizens, a U.S. Army commander said.

10/16/2007

Coalition Forces Detain 10 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured four wanted individuals and detained six suspected terrorists today during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central Iraq.

10/16/2007

Fairfax County, Va., Donates $100K to Pentagon Memorial Fund      

WASHINGTON - Fairfax County, Va., donated $100,000 toward construction of a planned memorial honoring the 184 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Twenty Fairfax County residents died in the attack.

10/16/2007

Gates: U.S.-Israeli Partnership as Important as Ever  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States has stood as a friend and partner of Israel since its independence in 1948, and that situation won’t change, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’ annual Henry Jackson Award dinner.

10/15/2007

1st Air Cav Shifts Tactics, Enables Iraqis to Complete Mission      

WASHINGTON - Changing up flight patterns in response to evolving threats and working together with Iraqi forces are keys to success in the skies over Baghdad, a coalition commander said.

10/15/2007

America Supports You: Groups Team Up to Entertain Military Kids  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Children of servicemembers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here have a new recreation option thanks to the team effort of three nonprofit groups and a defense contractor.

10/15/2007

New Defense Media Activity Calling All Designers      

WASHINGTON - Your original design could help “jump start” the new Defense Media Activity by becoming its first logo.

10/15/2007

World Class Technology, Amenities Coming to Defense Media Activity      

WASHINGTON - Employees assigned to the brand new Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade, Md., can look forward to cutting-edge technology and cool creature comforts, the activity’s transition team director said.

10/15/2007

Science Program Celebrates 50 Years of Sharing      

WASHINGTON - The Technical Cooperation Program, which fosters cooperation in defense science and technology applications, is now celebrating its 50th year of existence.

10/15/2007

USS Fort McHenry Mission to Set Tone for U.S. Africa Command      

WASHINGTON - USS Fort McHenry is slated to leave Little Creek, Va., for a seven-month deployment to the Gulf of Guinea that the chief of U.S. Africa Command said will exemplify how his new command will operate. The amphibious dock landing ship will serve as a platform for the Africa Partnership Station.

10/15/2007

Troops in Iraq Capture Terrorists, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured 10 al Qaeda-linked terrorists during operations in central and northern Iraq, while other troops in Baghdad discovered a huge weapons cache, officials said.

10/15/2007

JTF Bravo Runs 388 Miles in Remembrance of POW/MIAs  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - Soldiers, airmen and sailors here completed a remembrance run Oct. 12 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

10/14/2007

Coalition Detains Suspected Militant in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained a suspected militant during an operation today in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Combined Joint Task Force 82 officials reported .

10/14/2007

Operations in Iraq Breaking Extremists’ Hold      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have positively identified a terrorist killed in a recent operation as al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Duha, coalition officials announced today.

10/13/2007

Gates: U.S. Prepared to Work with Russian Military  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - The United States and Russia face some common security challenges and there are ways to cooperate in meeting those challenges, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/13/2007

Russians Query Gates on Space Weapons, Arms Sales, Eastern Europe  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - Russian officers attending the 175 year-old Military Academy of the General Staff in Moscow questioned U.S. Defense Secretary Robert. M. Gates on a variety of topics.

10/13/2007

Gates Recalls Past Russian Encounters  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reflected during an Oct. 13 speech at the Military Academy of the General Staff in Moscow on the long history between the United States and Russia – as allies, Cold Warriors and great nations seeking ways to work cooperatively to a more stable future.

10/12/2007

Helicopter Crash Victims Buried Together in Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Hundreds of soldiers, family members and friends gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to honor 12 soldiers killed in a helicopter crash Iraq earlier this year.

10/12/2007

Concerned Local Citizens Vastly Improve Security in Iraq’s Diyala Province      

WASHINGTON - Violence in Iraq’s Diyala River Valley has been slashed in half thanks to citizen volunteers, a coalition commander said.

10/12/2007

Why We Serve: Combat Medic Saves Lives Using New Evacuation System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A veteran Air Force combat medic helped to transform the way wounded troops are treated and evacuated during a recent deployment to Afghanistan.

10/12/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Work to Halt Cycle of Violence in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces in northwestern Baghdad have stopped the cycle of violence there, and Iraqi citizens are resuming their lives in safe and secure neighborhoods, a coalition commander in the area said today.

10/12/2007

America Supports You: Group, Restaurant Round-up Troop Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A South Carolina-based troop-support group and a national restaurant chain have teamed up to see that at least 500,000 servicemembers get a note of thanks this holiday season.

10/12/2007

Army Reservist Receives Silver Star for Valor in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Staff Sgt. Jason Fetty is the first Army reservist to receive the Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan. His commander said Fetty’s actions had strategic importance in demonstrating the depth of the U.S. commitment to the Afghan people.

10/12/2007

Troops Seize Weapons, Thwart Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces seized a weapons cache and thwarted an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan recently, military officials said.

10/12/2007

U.S., Russian Leaders Agree to Meet Again  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - U.S. and Russian foreign affairs and defense leaders made no major breakthroughs during what they’re calling their first “two-plus-two” talks on strategic security, but they agreed to meet again in Washington in six months.

10/12/2007

Coalition Air Strike in Iraq Claims Lives of Terrorists, Civilians      

WASHINGTON - A coalition air strike yesterday that killed terrorists also claimed the lives of a large number of innocent victims, military officials said.

10/12/2007

Guard Works to Bring Back Prior-Service Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Army National Guard has launched a new recruiting effort that officials hope will tap into a market that has steadily decreased since the war on terror began -- prior-service soldiers.

10/12/2007

Missile Defense Tops Agenda at Gates, Rice Meeting with Russian Leaders  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - U.S. plans to base missile defense radar and interceptors in Poland and the Czech Republic, and Russia’s opposition to those plans were at the heart of talks between U.S. and Russian leaders.

10/11/2007

Gates Arrives in Moscow to Meet with Top Russian Leaders      

MOSCOW - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Moscow to join Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in meetings with top Russian leaders. During his two-day visit to Moscow, Gates is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials.

10/11/2007

Troops Kill 13 Insurgents; Car Bombs Kill, Injure Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 13 insurgents during an air strike near the Iraqi capital.

10/11/2007

Coalition General Notes Progress in Building Iraqi Air Force      

WASHINGTON - Building an Iraqi air force will take years, but the service already is contributing to the counterinsurgency effort in the country, the chief of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team said.

10/11/2007

Stryker Cavalry Ridding Baghdad of Bombs, ‘Bad Guys’      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers are sweeping through a Baghdad neighborhood to clear out explosives and extremists.

10/11/2007

Roughead Takes Navy's Helm      

WASHINGTON - Promising to maintain the Navy's warfighting capability while building for the future and taking care of sailors and their families, Navy Adm. Gary Roughead assumed duties as the chief of naval operations.

10/11/2007

Gates Expresses Concern About Resolution's Impact on U.S.-Turkey Relations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed concern over the state of U.S.-Turkey relations after Congress passed a symbolic measure that considers Turkey guilty of waging a genocide campaign against Armenians in World War I.

10/11/2007

America Supports You: Group Gears Up to Send Holiday Goodies      

WASHINGTON - A modern-day Mrs. Claus is rallying her helpers once again to fill care packages with goodies for troops serving far from home.

10/11/2007

New Agreement to Help Balance Active Army, National Guard      

WASHINGTON - A new agreement between the active Army and Army National Guard represents a step toward achieving the force structure balance Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. says is critical.

10/11/2007

U.S., U.K. Defense Counterparts Discuss Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The United Kingdom is a close ally of the United States that has made major contributions to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news conference in London.

10/11/2007

Gates Travels to London, Moscow  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in London at the start of a four-day, two-country trip to meet with senior officials in London and Moscow.

10/10/2007

Decision Point Approaches in Kosovo, NATO Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With elections nearing and the question of independence uncertain, the next few months will be a “telling time” for people in the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, NATO’s top military officer said.

10/10/2007

Army Works to Accelerate Leader Development      

WASHINGTON - The Army is exploring new ways to accelerate the development of leaders prepared for the broad challenges they’ll face in what’s expected to be an era of persistent conflict, the Army’s chief of staff said.

10/10/2007

Training Afghan Army Remains Key to Stability, Craddock Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Training the Afghan National Army remains the key to stability in Afghanistan, the commander of NATO forces said in a Pentagon briefing. He also said NATO must do more to stop narcotics cultivation -- primarily the opium trade -- in Afghanistan.

10/10/2007

Services Attain Strong Recruiting Numbers for Fiscal 2007  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department reported strong recruiting numbers for fiscal 2007, as all four active-duty components met their goals for the year.

10/10/2007

America Supports You: ‘Neighbors’ Positively Affect Troops’ Lives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Volunteers with a Northern Virginia military-support group gather twice a month to fill care packages for troops.

10/10/2007

Iraq Detention Operations Focus on Education, Rehabilitation      

WASHINGTON - Programs in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are improving the education and vocational skills of detainees and preparing those who are no longer a threat for release to their families.

10/10/2007

Coalition Operations in Iraq Kill 14 Terrorists, Net 12      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Iraq killed 14 terrorists and captured 12 others during a series of operations in the central part of the country.

10/10/2007

Gates: Relief on Way as Army Resets, Reshapes Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Relief for the Army is on the way in the form of an expanded force, reconstituted equipment, new programs and resources, and a reduced presence in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/10/2007

Citizens Movement Crosses Sectarian Lines to Secure Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens are reaching across sectarian lines and volunteering in unprecedented numbers to drive out terrorists and reconcile their country.

10/10/2007

Afghan, U.S. Forces Nab Four Suspects, Net Big Ammo Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces captured four suspected terrorists and seized a large weapons cache during two separate joint operations.

10/09/2007

Casey Urges Imperatives So Army Remains ‘Strength of the Nation’      

WASHINGTON - The Army chief of staff told attendees at the annual Association of the U.S. Army convention that the Army must focus on four critical imperatives if it is to remain “The Strength of the Nation.”

10/09/2007

Local Iraqi Leaders Set Recovery Pace      

WASHINGTON - Security improvements in Fallujah, Iraq, are allowing coalition forces and Iraqis to reinforce success, the city’s provincial reconstruction team leader said.

10/09/2007

America Supports You: Software Giant Lends Support to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp. is committed to supporting the troops and those who serve them.

10/09/2007

British Drawdown Thoroughly Discussed with U.S. Commanders in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The British government is cutting its forces in Iraq from 5,000 to 2,500 in spring 2008, a decision that has been well-coordinated with U.S. and Multinational Force Iraq commanders.

10/09/2007

Servicemembers Near and Far Participate in Army Ten-Miler  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of U.S. troops around the world took part in this year's Army Ten-Miler.

10/09/2007

Fort Hood Brigade Notified for Iraq Deployment      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced that 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, will deploy to Iraq in summer 2008.

10/09/2007

Coalition Troops Kill Seven, Detain 21 Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed seven terrorists and detained 21 others during a series of anti-al Qaeda in Iraq operations in the central and northern parts of the country.

10/06/2007

Gates Plans to Increase Humanitarian Missions in Latin America      

PARAMARIBO, Suriname - New initiatives to increase humanitarian efforts in Central and South America are part of the “evolving mission” of U.S. Southern Command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Paramaribo, Suriname, Oct. 6.

10/06/2007

Gates Meets With Peruvian Leaders, Discusses Security Issues in Peru  This story contains photos.    

LIMA, Peru - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with top Peruvian leaders here to hear their plans to step-up the fight against drug trafficking along the country’s rivers and coasts.

10/05/2007

Africa Command Works to Become Effective      

WASHINGTON - While the stand-up of U.S. Africa Command is a testament to the growing geopolitical importance of the continent, officials say the command still has a long way to go to be effective.

10/05/2007

Stellar Students Learn About National Security Careers      

WASHINGTON - About 40 exceptional students from high schools nationwide assembled at the Pentagon yesterday to learn about national security careers.

10/05/2007

Iraqis Provide Crucial Help in Terrorist Fight      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens increasingly are providing crucial information to rout out terrorists in southern Baghdad, a military commander said.

10/05/2007

New Chairman Re-enlists 31 Soldiers in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Task Force Marne troops to administer the oath of re-enlistment to 31 U.S. Army soldiers and prepare them for the challenges that lay ahead in the war on terrorism.

10/05/2007

Bush Calls Ramadan Time to Unite in Confronting Extremism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States stands with citizens across the Middle East in facing an enemy intent on destroying not just American society, but also the advance of freedom in Muslim societies, President Bush said Oct. 4.

10/05/2007

Citizens Groups Help Pacify Former ‘Triangle of Death’      

WASHINGTON - Tired of al Qaeda-committed brutal acts, armed groups of Euphrates River Valley residents are working with Iraqi army and coalition forces to pacify an area once known as the “triangle of death,” a senior U.S. military officer said.

10/05/2007

PRTs Showing Progress in Afghanistan, Iraq; Civilian Reserve Needed      

WASHINGTON - Provincial reconstruction teams are extending the reach of the Afghan government and helping stabilize Iraq as its government transitions to self-reliance, a panel of Defense Department officials told Congress.

10/05/2007

Military Amputees Find Greater Opportunities to Serve Again      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers who lose limbs should be enabled to resume active duty, the administrator of Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Amputee Care Center said.

10/05/2007

Troops Kill 37 Insurgents, Nab Four, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed 37 enemy fighters, detained four suspects and seized weapons caches in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.

10/05/2007

Army Celebrates Recruiting Success in Fiscal 2007  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody swore in six new recruits and re-enlisted six soldiers in a ceremony celebrating the service’s success in recruiting and retention for fiscal 2007.

10/05/2007

America Supports You: Opry to Send ‘World’s Largest Care Package’      

WASHINGTON - Country music fans soon will be invited to join top country artists and the Grand Ole Opry in creating the “World’s Largest Care Package” for troops serving overseas.

10/04/2007

Marine Corps Exceeds Recruiting, Retention Numbers      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps announced today that it exceeded its recruiting and retention expectations for the year, marking the first milestone in a push to significantly expand the overall force by 2011.

10/04/2007

Surge Continues to Help Iraqi Government Make Progress      

WASHINGTON - The surge of additional U.S. forces into Iraq continues to improve circumstances for the Iraqi government, a Joint Staff spokesman said.

10/04/2007

New Commander Speaks of Military’s Newest Combatant Command      

WASHINGTON - Members of the new U.S. Africa Command are going to listen to the people of the continent and help them realize their plans, the first commander of the organization said.

10/04/2007

U.S. to Strengthen Defense Relationship with Chile  This story contains photos.    

SANTIAGO, Chile - The U.S. military will strengthen its ties with Chile by encouraging the country’s peacekeeping efforts and increasing interoperability with more foreign military exchanges and bilateral operations, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a visit to Santiago.

10/04/2007

Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team Sees Successes in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis are taking solid steps toward self-sufficiency in Fallujah, Iraq, the leader of a provincial reconstruction team embedded with U.S. troops there told online journalists and "bloggers."

10/04/2007

America Supports You: SemperComm Accepting 2008 Award Nominations      

WASHINGTON - The SemperComm Foundation is accepting award nominations from the military community for its 2008 SemperComm Award.

10/04/2007

Troops Kill Five Insurgents, Seize Suspects, Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed five insurgents, detained 20 suspects and seized weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.

10/04/2007

Navy Muslim Chaplain to Help Lead White House Iftar Dinner  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Muslim U.S. servicemembers join other Muslim-American citizens and representatives of Washington’s diplomatic community at an iftar dinner at the White House, one of just 10 Muslim chaplains serving in the U.S. military will have the honors of administering the call to prayer and leading prayers.

10/04/2007

Record Number of Military Amputees Set to Run Army Ten-Miler      

WASHINGTON - A record number of military amputees are among a record crowd of 26,000 participants registered to run the Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 7.

10/04/2007

Outreach Program Puts Human Face on Military Service      

WASHINGTON - Sharing military experiences with the American public injects a human element into events often conveyed through the cold glare of television’s nightly news, a group of well-spoken servicemembers said.

10/03/2007

Gates Discusses Hostage Situation with Colombian President  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe the situation of three American hostages held in Colombia by guerilla fighters.

10/03/2007

Gates Addresses Private Security Contractor Issues      

BOGOTA, Colombia - Into his second day of a five-day, five-country trip to Central and South America, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has faced as many questions from the press about private security contractor issues in Iraq as he has regional security issues in the Americas.

10/03/2007

Gates Pledges Support for Colombian Partnership  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates finished up his second day in Latin America pledging continued support for what he called a “strong partnership” with Colombia. Gates met with the country’s president and minister of defense to discuss shared interests and continued cooperation between the United States and Colombia.

10/03/2007

Privatization Brings Homes, Not Housing to Army Installation  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Army Secretary Pete Geren visited homes on Fort Belvoir, Va., and talked with Army families about the privatized housing initiative on the installation.

10/03/2007

Forces Must Develop 'Irreversible Momentum' in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have “tactical momentum” in the country, but they need to develop “irreversible momentum,” Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said today during a Pentagon interview.

10/03/2007

‘Effects Synchronization’ Key to Winning Hearts, Minds, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A multi-pronged approach to conflict resolution that includes military force coupled with a powerful social push is vital to winning over hearts and minds and countering insurgents’ lure, a U.S. Central Command official said.

10/03/2007

President Bush Stresses Importance of Iraq War      

WASHINGTON - Success in Iraq and the Middle East is essential to U.S. security, and American troops will stay there as long as is necessary to complete the mission, President Bush said during an address at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lancaster, Pa.

10/03/2007

Iraq Reconstruction Efforts Make Meaningful Progress, General Says      

WASHINGTON - United States-backed programs designed to jump-start Iraq’s battered infrastructure are making meaningful progress, a senior U.S. Army engineer general said in Baghdad.

10/03/2007

Pentagon’s CFC Charity Fair Kicks Off Season of Giving  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The annual Defense Department Combined Federal Campaign Charity Fair kicked off at the Pentagon to provide employees insight into some of the nonprofit organizations that benefit from their donations.

10/03/2007

Iraqi Security, Economic Efforts Make Continued Progress      

WASHINGTON - Efforts to oust al Qaeda and other insurgents from Iraq and to revitalize the country’s worn infrastructure continue to make progress, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad.

10/03/2007

More Evidence Shows Iran Directly Supports Iraq Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are finding more evidence that Iran is directly supporting insurgents in Iraq, a U.S. military officer told online journalists and "bloggers."

10/03/2007

New Chairman Issues Guidance to Joint Staff      

WASHINGTON - Balancing global risk and stability in the Middle East, and resetting and reconstituting U.S. forces are vital missions for the U.S. military, according to guidance from the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen.

10/03/2007

New Navy Surgeon General Puts Patients, Families First      

WASHINGTON - Patients, not process, must always come first, the Navy’s surgeon general told online journalists and "bloggers."

10/03/2007

Coalition Forces Detain 14 Suspects, Kill Six Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six terrorists and captured 14 in operations over the past three days in central and northern Iraq, officials reported.

10/03/2007

Odierno Says Surge Working, Urges Caution in Transitioning Troops      

WASHINGTON - The surge of additional forces into Baghdad and other areas of Iraq is working, according to Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq. Even as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues, levels of violence in Iraq have dropped.

10/03/2007

Gates Signs Agreement for Funds for War Children  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pledged U.S. funds to provide music education and other services to children displaced by the years of war in Colombia. The new $343,000 grant will help about 3,600 children along the remote areas of the Pacific Coast.

10/02/2007

U.S. Missile Defense System on Target, Generals Say      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. missile defense system intercepted a warhead during a test over the Pacific Ocean last week, boosting military officials’ confidence in the program’s ability to neutralize threats from missile-wielding nations like North Korea and Iran.

10/02/2007

Local Citizens Prove Critical in Confronting Violence in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Closer cooperation between coalition troops and Afghan security forces and assistance from Afghasn is combining to help stem the violence that has been on the rise in eastern Afghanistan, the commander of an international task force operating there told Pentagon reporters today.

10/02/2007

Gates Praises El Salvador for Iraq Efforts  This story contains photos.    

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met briefly with the Salvadoran president and minister of defense discussing shared security interests in the region and the country’s continued participation in peacekeeping operations worldwide.

10/02/2007

America Supports You: Group Helps Troops, Families Cope      

WASHINGTON - The stress of deployments, especially during war time, can take a toll on servicemembers and their families. A group of licensed mental health professionals in Southern California is helping to minimize that impact.

10/02/2007

Gates Launches Latin American Trip  This story contains photos.    

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates set off on a five-day, five-country Latin America trip with his first stop in San Salvador to meet with the country’s president and other senior political and military officials. The trip is a symbol of President Bush’s interest in Latin America.

10/02/2007

Coalition Raids Kill One, Net 10 Al Qaeda in Iraq Agents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 10 suspects during a series of raids targeting al Qaeda in Iraq in central and northern Iraq today, officials reported.

10/02/2007

U.S. Africa Command Marks Startup of Initial Operations      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. military organization responsible for operations across Africa marked the startup of its initial operations Oct. 1, according to a U.S. Africa Command news release.

10/01/2007

Bush, Gates Praise Outgoing Chairman      

FORT MYER, Va. - President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today praised retiring Marine Gen. Peter Pace as a gifted leader and an advisor who used sound judgment and who spoke with candor.

10/01/2007

Pace Calls for Reasoned Discourse to Advance U.S. Democracy      

FORT MYER, Va. - Reasoned discourse allows American democracy to grow and flourish, but some people seem more intent on spewing personal venom than in finding solutions, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today as he retired from the Marine Corps after more than 40 years of service.

10/01/2007

Airstrike Kills 20-Plus Terrorists; Iraqis Nab 34 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - A coalition airstrike killed more than 20 militants, and Iraqi security forces accompanied by coalition advisors captured 34 suspected terrorists during operations across Iraq Sept. 29, officials reported.

10/01/2007

America Supports You: Free Web Site Keeps Military Families Connected      

WASHINGTON - Military families have a new Web-based tool to help them share everyday happenings with deployed loved ones thanks to a national troop-support group.

10/01/2007

New Chairman Thanks Troops, Families for Service, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - The military’s new top officer thanked troops and their families for their service and sacrifice, and he told them their efforts are “vital” to national security interests.

10/01/2007

Mullen Becomes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen took the helm today as the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, vowing to work to give servicemembers “clear direction, outstanding equipment and focused policies” to accomplish current missions and prepare for future ones.

10/01/2007

New Documentary Focuses on Pentagon Planning, Construction, Renovation      

WASHINGTON - A new Pentagon Channel documentary airing this week focuses on planning, constructing and renovating the world's largest-capacity office building -- the Pentagon.

10/01/2007

Coalition, Afghan Troops Kill 22 Militants, Capture Seven      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan troops killed 22 militants and captured seven during separate operations in Afghanistan’s Zabul and Helmand provinces today.

10/01/2007

Lynne Pace Reflects on 40 Years’ Service to Family, Country  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 40 years ago, Lynne Pace dedicated her life to her family. Little did she know at the time that her family ultimately would include the nation’s 2.4 million troops.

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