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03/31/2008

U.S. to Push European Missile Defense Plans      

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to push for a missile defense system in Europe despite resistance from Russia, a top Pentagon official said.

03/31/2008

Disabled Vets Motivate Each Other at Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - As disabled veterans test their mettle during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, they’re finding motivation not just on ski slopes, but in each other.

03/31/2008

Mullen Urges Troops to Lead During Time of Change      

POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked soldiers and airmen based in North Carolina for their service during what he called the "most dangerous time" he has seen.

03/31/2008

Gates Visits Denmark to Thank ‘Steadfast Ally’      

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - On his second stopover en route to the NATO summit conference in Bucharest, Romania, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Copenhagen, Denmark, to thank a country he called a steadfast ally.

03/31/2008

U.S., Iraqi Soldiers in Baghdad Kill 48 Insurgents, Capture 11      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi security forces killed 48 insurgents and captured 11 others during a series of operations conducted across Baghdad.

03/31/2008

Gates Expresses Condolences to Maupin Family      

EN ROUTE TO COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed condolences to the family of a soldier whose remains were identified this weekend after he was captured by enemy forces in Iraq four years ago.

03/31/2008

America Supports You: Indiana YMCA Offers Guard Families Free Membership  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - The Greater Indianapolis YMCA has created “Operation Indiana Partners” to offer free memberships to the families of deployed Indiana National Guardsmen.

03/31/2008

U.S. Charges Suspect in African Embassy Bombing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Charges have been sworn against a Guantanamo Bay detainee, alleging he was involved in the preparation and planning of the 1998 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.

03/31/2008

Iraqi Officials Open Middle School, Health Clinic  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPRATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Citizens once afraid to leave their homes because terrorists were among them gathered to celebrate the opening of a middle school and health clinic in Adwaniyah.

03/31/2008

New, Refurbished Facilities Open in Afghanistan Province  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan officials held opening ceremonies for a new medical clinic, district center and refurbished school in the Khakrez district of Kandahar province.

03/31/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Writes New Chapter in Family History  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - While some 19-year-olds are off to college or hanging out with friends, Army Pvt. Derk Hayes is beginning his adulthood in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

03/31/2008

Africa Command Makes Progress With African Allies      

WARRENTON, Va. - U.S. Africa Command is making progress in gaining acceptance in Africa, the command’s deputy for civil-military affairs said.

03/31/2008

America Supports You: Sports Clinic Opens for Disabled Veterans  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - About 400 disabled veterans converged in Colorado to kick off the world’s largest disabled ski clinic.

03/31/2008

Gates Stops in Belgium En Route to NATO Summit      

MONS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stopped in Belgium for a fact-finding visit on his way to the NATO Summit in Bucharest, Romania.

03/30/2008

Command Aims to Partner With African Nations      

WARRENTON, Va. - U.S. Africa Command wants to work in partnership with African nations, and its establishment does not signal the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, said the organization’s commander, Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward.

03/30/2008

Soldiers, Airmen Save Iraqi Teen Injured by Bomb  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - Quick action on the part of U.S. soldiers and Air Force medical personnel saved the life of a 13-year-old boy injured by an improvised explosive device in Kirkuk, Iraq.

03/30/2008

Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces killed or captured dozens of terrorists and discovered weapons and explosives caches during operations throughout Iraq, military officials reported.

03/28/2008

Policy Dialogue Allows U.S., African Officials to Address Security Issues      

WARRENTON, Va. - U.S. and African officials addressed security concerns during a three-day Defense Policy Dialogue sponsored by the Defense Department in Warrenton, Va.

03/28/2008

Dempsey Becomes Acting Chief of U.S. Central Command      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Army Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey became acting chief of U.S. Central Command during a relinquishment-of-command ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

03/28/2008

America Supports You: Circus Celebrates Relationship with Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is proud of its bond with the military, its chairman and chief executive officer said.

03/28/2008

Unified Maritime Strategy Aims to Prevent War      

WASHINGTON - The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have joined forces in an unprecedented effort to create a unified maritime strategy that will apply seapower in the 21st century to protect America’s way of life.

03/28/2008

Iraqi Forces Focus Operations on Criminal Activity in Basra      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are focused on reducing criminal activity in Basra, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq’s deputy chief of staff for strategic effects said during a conference call from Baghdad with military analysts.

03/28/2008

Rock Star Prepares for Deployment as Army Reservist      

WASHINGTON - A rock star is putting a successful career on hold to serve in Iraq as an Army Reservist.

03/28/2008

Command Provides New Way for African Nations to Connect, England Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command is another way the United States can connect with the countries of the continent, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told representatives from more than 40 African nations.

03/28/2008

Bush: Iraqi Prime Minister Showing Leadership in Basra      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s actions against criminals and militants in Basra a demonstration of leadership during a “defining moment in the history of a free Iraq.”

03/28/2008

Troops Disrupt Weapons Facilitation in Afghan Province      

WASHINGTON - A coalition operation to capture a Taliban leader and disrupt facilitation networks in Afghanistan’s Helmand province March 26 resulted in insurgents’ deaths and the wounding of a civilian not involved in hostilities, military officials reported.

03/28/2008

Bush Praises Australia’s Support in Afghanistan, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked Australia’s prime minister for his country’s support in the war on terror and for continuing to be a solid partner in Afghanistan.

03/28/2008

Afghan Security Forces Training Makes Headway, Despite Trainer Shortfalls      

WASHINGTON - Progress in training and equipping Afghan national security forces has been “pretty astounding,” but could proceed faster if not for a shortfall in military trainers.

03/28/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill 15 Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 15 terrorists and detained 17 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq elements in Baghdad and in central and northern parts of the country. They also killed or captured dozens of others in other recent operations, military officials reported.

03/28/2008

Gates Praises Outgoing CENTCOM Commander      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Navy Adm. William J. Fallon at his relinquishment-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla. Gates said Fallon led U.S. Central Command through a period of great progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

03/28/2008

Iraqi Security Forces, Ministries Show Progress      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and government ministries have made vast improvements in the past year.

03/28/2008

Face of Defense: Women Pilots Add to U-2’s History  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - In its 50 years of flight, only six women have flown the U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft.

03/28/2008

Afghan School Gets New Library, Science Lab for Opening Day  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The first day of school at Jan Qadam elementary school in Parwan province was alive with excited children, dignitaries, government officials and soldiers who dedicated a new school library and science lab.

03/28/2008

Iraqi Brick Factory Approaches Pre-war Capacity  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Revitalization of the Narhwan Brick Factory Complex has led to an explosion of employment since January, providing jobs for nearly 15,000 workers.

03/27/2008

Army Suspends Ammo Contract for Afghan Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Army officials announced that the service has suspended its contract with a company that delivered ammunition from China for use by Afghan army and police forces in a way that violated the contract terms.

03/27/2008

Boy’s Wish Comes True at Fort Sam Houston  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Gavin Cox could have traveled anywhere or tried any profession. But this 5-year-old boy with leukemia chose to be a soldier with his one wish. It was granted March 18 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

03/27/2008

Bush: Iraq Retreat Would Jeopardize U.S. Strategic Interests      

WASHINGTON - U.S. strategic interests are best served by finishing the job in Iraq, President Bush said during a visit to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

03/27/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Make Progress in Diyala      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces are making progress in Iraq’s Diyala province through three lines of operation, a military official there said.

03/27/2008

Changes in Military Health System Promote Confidence      

WASHINGTON - Public and patient confidence in the military health system is growing, and that system is leading the nation in developing new patient technologies.

03/27/2008

Afghan Air Corps Development Kicks Into High Gear      

WASHINGTON - With progress made in developing Afghanistan’s army and police forces, the coalition focus has expanded to include building an Afghan air corps.

03/27/2008

Terrorists Launch Indirect-Fire Attacks in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists launched 11 indirect-fire attacks against civilians and Iraqi and coalition forces in Baghdad. Five similar attacks near the International Zone killed one civilian and wounded 14.

03/27/2008

America Supports You: ‘The Soldiers Project’ to Hold Conference      

WASHINGTON - A group of volunteer mental health professionals will host a conference May 16-18 in Los Angeles for military members who have served in the global war on terror and those who interact with them.

03/27/2008

Bush Cites Security, Political, Economic Gains in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The surge of forces has enabled the Iraqi government to realize security, political and economic gains, President Bush said during a visit to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio.

03/27/2008

Marines, Sailors Help Iraqi Refinery Workers  This story contains photos.    

HAQLANIYAH, Iraq - Marines and sailors delivered the first batch of personal protection equipment, valued at $118,000, to employees of the Northern Petroleum Co. at the K3 Oil refinery at Haqlaniyah, Iraq.

03/27/2008

Engineers Focus on Nation Building in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Task Force Pacemaker’s engineers have conducted construction workshops to promote positive relationships with Afghans while teaching them skills to rebuild their nation and economy.

03/27/2008

Face of Defense: Firefighter Trades New York for Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - On Sept. 11, 2001, Nicholas Pata was a volunteer firefighter at the World Trade Center. Now he's a soldier fighting terrorism as a radio-telephone operator in Iraq.

03/26/2008

Washington USO Honors Exceptional Servicemembers, Volunteers  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The USO of Metropolitan Washington, which assists some 300,000 local troops and families, honored those in uniform and the people who gave them 60,000 hours of volunteer service last year.

03/26/2008

Iraqi Prime Minister Deserves Credit, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should be commended for taking the initiative to go after extremists and criminals in Basra, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

03/26/2008

Army to Focus More on Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army is doubling its investment in family support programs in the 2009 budget and will use that money for a range of services, from improving child care to expanding educational opportunities for spouses and children, the Army secretary said.

03/26/2008

New Operations in Basra, Baghdad Take Aim at ‘Lawlessness’      

WASHINGTON - Some 2,000 Iraqi security force members entered Basra, Iraq, on a mission to crack down on “lawlessness.”

03/26/2008

Iraqis to Finalize Weapons-Qualification Standards      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are days away from publishing their first uniform weapons-qualification standards, said a senior U.S. official charged with helping the Iraqis build and train their troops.

03/26/2008

Air Strike Targets Al Qaeda in Iraq Member in Tikrit      

WASHINGTON - A coalition air strike targeted an al Qaeda in Iraq operative linked to local car bombings.

03/26/2008

Africa Partnership Station Brings Veterinary Care to Liberia  This story contains photos.    

MONROVIA, Liberia - Members of the Army’s 64th Medical Battalion and “Project Hope” volunteers administered the rabies vaccine to pets in Monrovia, Liberia. The Africa Partnership Station helped make the project possible.

03/26/2008

Afghan Forces to Assume ‘Leading Role’ Against Enemy, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Army doubled its production of soldiers over the winter and will assume a leading role in the fight against enemy forces this spring.

03/26/2008

America Supports You: Small Grant Sparks Big Celebration      

WASHINGTON - A grant of just $163 from “Our Military Kids,” a group that supports military familites of deployed or wounded National Guard and reserve members, put the organization over the $1 million mark in grants it has awarded.

03/26/2008

Eastern Afghanistan Makes ‘Significant’ Security, Governance Gains      

WASHINGTON - Four years ago, the Afghan Army was "a developing organization." Today, with security ensured by what has turned into the "most respected institution on the ground," the people of Eastern Afghanistan are enjoying improved healthcare and governance.

03/26/2008

Bush, Cheney Consult Senior Uniformed Leaders on Way Forward in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley met Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon to discuss the way ahead in Iraq.

03/26/2008

Programs Assist Iraqi Engineers  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - As the government of Iraq works to build capacity, increasing the number of engineers is essential to design, contract, construct and maintain the country’s infrastructure. One response is a program to increase the number of qualified engineers in the area.

03/26/2008

Face of Defense: Army Nurse Strives to Make a Difference  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army Capt. Jody Brown is barely 5-foot-tall and her M4 rifle is more than half her size. But she and her counterparts are working to save lives in Iraq.

03/26/2008

Officials Express Regret Over Death in Suez Canal Incident      

WASHINGTON - U.S. 5th Fleet officials expressed regret for the death of an Egyptian citizen who died the night of March 24, an apparent result of warning shots fired at a small boat approaching a ship chartered by the U.S. Navy.

03/25/2008

America Supports You: Soldier Finds Ties to Past Support in Story  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A story highlighting 40-plus years of troop support by a California city has sparked interest in similar efforts.

03/25/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Taliban Facilitators      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National security forces assisted by coalition forces detained seven suspected Taliban facilitators in the Zhari district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

03/25/2008

U.S. Air Strike Kills Five Would-Be Roadside Bombers in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. air strike killed five terrorists and wounded several other insurgents from among a group that was attempting to emplace a roadside bomb in the Basra, Iraq, area.

03/25/2008

U.S. Regains Missile Parts; Gates Orders Investigation      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has regained control of four non-nuclear nose cone assemblies for Minuteman missiles mistakenly sent to Taiwan in 2006, U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said during a Pentagon news conference.

03/25/2008

Wounded Afghan Children Get Compassionate Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American soldiers are volunteering their time to collect toys and deliver them to the American Hospital at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, for the injured Afghan children there who are innocent victims of war.

03/25/2008

Face of Defense: Air Force Recruit Drops 128 Pounds to Enlist  This story contains photos.    

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - When Will Sims entered basic training as an Air Force recruit, it represented a new direction as well as weighty determination: He lost more than 125 pounds to get there.

03/25/2008

Soldiers, Iraqi Community Leaders Discuss Rebuilding Effort  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Not long ago, Tuwaitha was an al Qaeda hotbed. Local residents never dreamed that U.S. Army soldiers like Lt. Col. John Kolasheski would come into their village and sip chai with their local leaders and talk about rebuilding their now-safe city.

03/25/2008

Navy Contract Ship Fires Warning Shots Near Suez Canal      

WASHINGTON - A ship on short-term charter to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command fired warning shots at a small boat approaching the ship as it was preparing to transit the Suez Canal, military officials reported.

03/24/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Work to Bring Peace to Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Working together, coalition and Iraqi personnel are bringing peace to war-torn Baghdad streets, a senior commander said.

03/24/2008

All Casualties Keenly Felt, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military passed a sad milestone today: the 4,000th U.S. death in operations in Iraq. “Every single loss of a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is keenly felt" by military commanders, families and friends, said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

03/24/2008

England Presents ‘Check It’ Awards to Agencies      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England presented seven top “Check It” campaign awards to agencies for improving processes that save time and money and lead to improved quality in products, services and care.

03/24/2008

Commander Sees Positive Trends in Iraq Detention Operations      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. troop surge in Iraq and increased community involvement have helped improve operations involving detainees.

03/24/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Two Terrorists, Detain Eight Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed two terrorists and detained eight suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq operatives in the central and northern parts of the country.

03/24/2008

Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Kill Two Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two armed insurgents during an operation designed to degrade Taliban command and control networks in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

03/24/2008

America Supports You: Manhattan ‘Jewel’ Offers Troops Respite      

WASHINGTON - What began in 1919 as lodging for troops returning from WWI has become a “jewel in the heart of Manhattan” with new services.

03/24/2008

Team Works to Turn ‘Posse’ Into Professional Police Force  This story contains photos.    

NOWRAK, Afghanistan - When Army Capt. Curtiss Robinson and his police mentoring team rode into Zabul province’s Shahjoy district, they found an enthusiastic police force with no formal training.

03/24/2008

Streets Return to Life As Iraqi Market Gears Up  This story contains photos.    

ADHAMIYAH, Iraq - When U.S. Army soldiers and Iraqi soldiers teamed up to patrol Adhamiyah, Iraq, "people were scared to come out of their homes," said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Jensen. Now the Chem Street market is back in business.

03/24/2008

Face of Defense: Woman Soldier Receives Silver Star  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Monica Brown, 19, used to be afraid of blood. Now she is the second woman soldier since World War II to receive a Silver Star, a top combat award.

03/23/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill 25 Terrorists, Detain Dozens      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed 12 terrorists during an operation east of Baqouba targeting members of a suicide bombing network.

03/23/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Inflict Casualties, Disrupt Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces, assisted by coalition forces, killed more than a dozen insurgents in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province.

03/21/2008

Reconstruction Team Emphasizes Long-Term Benefits for Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - A provincial reconstruction team is working to build capacities in Iraq’s Wasit province for the long-term benefit of its citizens.

03/21/2008

America Supports You: Musician Issues Charitable Challenge      

WASHINGTON - In 2006, a Five for Fighting hit single asked fans what kind of world they wanted, and now they have a forum to answer the question and help five charities at the same time.

03/21/2008

Iraq Strategy Process Well Under Way, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates heard senior officers' thoughts on the way forward in Iraq during meetings over two days. The officers include the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commanders of U.S. Central Command and Multinational Force Iraq, who are preparing to brief President Bush.

03/21/2008

Burned Iraqi Boy Defies Odds, Bound for Treatment in U.S.  This story contains photos.    

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - An Iraqi toddler, badly burned in a home accident, will receive medical treatment in the United States, thanks to lifesaving efforts by personnel at the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad Air Base, Iraq.

03/21/2008

Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces Detain 10 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and coalition forces detained 10 suspects in four separate operations throughout Iraq.

03/21/2008

Texas Radio Personalities Wrap Up Camp Liberty ‘Deployment’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Because soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division and Multinational Division Baghdad can't tune in to their favorite radio stations while they’re deployed to Iraq, two enterprising disc jockeys decided to bring the show to them.

03/21/2008

Air Force Crews, Army Riggers Set Afghanistan Airdrop Record  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - C-130 crews assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s 74th Air Expeditionary Squadron have set an airdrop record by delivering 1 million pounds of supplies to forward deployed forces and humanitarian aid for Afghans.

03/21/2008

Army Expert Explains Counterinsurgency Effort in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda terrorists and other Iraqi insurgents are “off balance” in Iraq, an Army counterinsurgency expert said.

03/21/2008

Why We Serve: Student Leaves Campus for Boot Camp  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After four semesters in college, Daniel K. Winnie wanted more direction. “I thought the military maybe would get me out of the rut that I was in,” he said.

03/21/2008

Face of Defense: Pilot Overcomes Injury to Succeed  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Army Chief Warrant Officer Fred White has flown more than 150 combat hours at the controls of a Black Hawk helicopter since recovering from a hand injury caused by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

03/20/2008

Cheney Thanks U.S. Troops Serving in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney thanked American servicemembers for their service in Afghanistan, saying they are making history every day.

03/20/2008

Defense Department Honors Female ‘Firsts,’ Role Models      

WASHINGTON - An Army colonel honored for breaking down barriers for future generations of women hopes such recognition will be obsolete by continued success for women.

03/20/2008

General Wants to Build on Iraqi Security Progress      

WASHINGTON - New units moving into Iraq have the challenge of continuing the security improvements while helping the Iraqis build economic and political structures.

03/20/2008

Combat Pay Counts Toward Economic Stimulus Payment Eligibility      

WASHINGTON - Military personnel serving in combat zones are eligible for an economic stimulus payment, an Internal Revenue Service spokesman said.

03/20/2008

America Supports You: Operation Homefront Village Welcomes First Families      

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors in need in San Antonio now have a place to call home as they transition from military to civilian life.

03/20/2008

Retiring Commander Says Progress Occurring in Unstable CENTCOM Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The increased cooperation between coalition forces and Iraqis at the local level as well as economic progress in Iraq are leading reasons for increasing stability in an unstable region, said Navy Adm. William J. "Fox" Fallon, the retiring CENTCOM commander.

03/20/2008

Marines’ Afghanistan Deployment Shows U.S. Commitment, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - The 3,200 Marines on their way to help Afghanistan indicate the depth of the U.S. commitment to rebuild the country, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said in Kabul.

03/20/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Capture 15 Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Iraq captured 15 suspected insurgents during operations in central and northern Iraq.

03/20/2008

Bush Praises Military’s Performance, Courage in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised the performance and courage of U.S. troops engaged in the global war on terrorism while discussing Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa during a Pentagon Channel interview.

03/20/2008

America Supports You: Navy Honors Montel Williams for Supporting Sailors, Marines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy presented its Superior Public Service Award to TV host Montel Williams for his continuous support and recognition of sailors, Marines and their families.

03/20/2008

Coalition Forces Help Iraqi Child Needing Surgery  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - An Iraqi girl and her family, as well as soldiers at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, are anxiously awaiting a decision from Los Angeles doctors who will determine if surgery can retore her eyesight.

03/20/2008

Security Forces Cooperate Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border  This story contains photos.    

NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The 173rd Airborne Brigade’s Special Troops Battalion commander hopes supplying the Afghan and Pakistani border police with radio equipment will help them catch insurgents.

03/20/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Motivates Others by Challenging Himself  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A noncommissioned officer in Iraq takes on challenges outside his speciality and tries to motivate others to become "not just better soldiers, but better people."

03/19/2008

Americans Must Be Committed to Defeating Terrorist Enemy, England Says      

WASHINGTON - Americans must be as committed to defeating the terrorist enemy as that enemy is to defeating the United States and all that for which the nation stands, said Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.

03/19/2008

War on Terrorism Requires More Than Military Force, Expert Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Winning the war on terrorism will be a long, slow process predicated on earning the loyalty of people insurgents want to control for their own ends.

03/19/2008

Army Seeks DNA Samples from Families of MIA Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army wants to locate more than 6,300 families to collect samples of their DNA to identify missing soldiers from World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

03/19/2008

Troops Kill Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan’s Khowst Province      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Several enemy fighters were killed during a coalition military operation in Afghanistan’s Khowst province.

03/19/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Two Suspected Terrorists, Detain Dozens      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two suspected terrorists and detained dozens of others in recent days during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq, military officials reported.

03/19/2008

Face of Defense: Women’s Aviation Hall of Fame Inducts Air Force Pilot  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - The first woman pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds is now in the Women in Aviation International's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

03/19/2008

NATO Progress in Afghanistan Significant, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite the task NATO faced when it arrived in Afghanistan in 2003, the alliance has made significant progress in the country, the deputy chairman of the alliance’s military committee said.

03/19/2008

Mechanics Battle Taliban, Snow, Terrain to Keep Vehicles Working  This story contains photos.    

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Mechanics from the 91st Cavalry Regiment keep their unit’s vehicles rolling despite enemy action and harsh conditions. "Everything was freezing up," said Army Spc. Larry Gonzales. "The fuel even started to gel."

03/19/2008

Agency Helps Clarity Emerge From Fog of War      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a silent partner in the Iraq fight, creates a vivid picture of battle space and gives commanders on the ground a forward look into enemy territory.

03/19/2008

Bush Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush reflected at the Pentagon on the triumphs and tragedies of the Iraq war, five years after the United States ousted Saddam Hussein and roughly one year after a troop surge helped to tamp down violence there.

03/18/2008

Soldiers Capture High-Value Target During Night Raid  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers captured an individual designated a “high-value target” for his role in several improvised explosive device attacks during a raid in Narhwan, Iraq.

03/18/2008

U.S., Russian Officials Agree to Create Strategic Framework Document      

MOSCOW - U.S. and Russian officials have agreed to a draft of a “strategic framework” document intended to guide the two sides through dealing with tough issues such as a European missile defense plan.

03/18/2008

Detained Terrorists Reveal Al Qaeda Recruiting Process      

WASHINGTON - Information culled from 48 foreign fighters in custody of Multinational Force Iraq yields a profile for al Qaeda foreign terrorists.

03/18/2008

‘Running a City’ in Southern Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq - Members of the Oklahoma National Guard are meeting the urban challenge of supplying services like sewer and water to thousands of military personnel on a base in the Iraqi desert.

03/18/2008

U.S. Officials Condemn Iraq Suicide Bombing      

WASHINGTON - The U.S Embassy in Baghdad and Multinational Force Iraq condemned the attack in Karbala that targeted civilians on their way to worship.

03/18/2008

Face of Defense: Buddy System Proves Friendly for Medics From Guam  This story contains photos.    

LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany - When Tiamae Cruz and Taija Alcantara left their island home of Guam to join the U.S. Air Force, they turned to the Buddy System for island-style support.

03/18/2008

General Welcomes Home U.S. Training Advisors  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - The 1st Infantry Division’s commanding general yesterday welcomed home 37 U.S. servicemembers who served overseas for the past year as advisors with Afghan or Iraqi forces.

03/18/2008

U.S. Will Complete Mission, Cheney Tells Troops in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom’s fifth anniversary, Vice President Richard B. Cheney vowed commitment to what he characterized as an ideological fight in Iraq against violent extremists who prefer tyranny to democracy.

03/18/2008

America Supports You: Mental Health Providers Give Back to Military      

WASHINGTON - For troops coping with serving during wartime, help is just a phone call away, thanks to a national mental health network.

03/18/2008

Afghans Help U.S. Soldiers Train Deploying Troops on Fort Riley  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - In simulated villages on a honey-hued Kansas prairie, U.S. troops are learning to serve as military advisors to Iraqi and Afghan forces from none other than Afghan soldiers and contractors.

03/17/2008

U.S. Must Stay Until Job is Done, Cheney Says in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States must continue operations in Iraq until the job is done, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said in Baghdad.

03/17/2008

America Supports You: City Celebrates 40 Years of Troop Support      

WASHINGTON - The city of San Mateo, Calif., "adopted" an Army unit during the Vietnam War and still supports it today.

03/17/2008

Openness of U.S.-Russia Talks Pleases Rice, Gates      

MOSCOW - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed a surprised satisfaction with the open manner of their meetings with Russian leaders.

03/17/2008

Iraqi Air Force Attains Tenfold Increase in Sorties      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s air force, with help from a U.S. transition team, attained a tenfold increase in its number of weekly sorties and doubled the size of its fleet over the past year.

03/17/2008

Putin Hints at Progress in Talks with Rice, Gates      

MOSCOW - Talks between top U.S. and Russian officials got off to a positive start, with Russian President Vladimir Putin hinting at progress on key issues between the two countries.

03/17/2008

Coalition Disrupts Al Qaeda Networks in Iraq, Detains 27      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 27 suspected terrorists during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

03/17/2008

Cheney Visits Iraq Ahead of Five-Year Anniversary of U.S. Operations      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney arrived in Iraq to deliver a message to Iraqis and meet with top U.S. officials ahead of the five-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

03/17/2008

Special Ops Marines Deliver in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Special operations Marines operate at a fast pace, visiting villages, distributing humanitarian aid and always searching for insurgents.

03/17/2008

Iraqi Chicken Farms Continue Growth, Face Challenges  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Chicken farming in Iraq is moving toward pre-war levels, as coalition forces work with farmers to overcome challenges including limited electricity.

03/17/2008

Gates, Rice Arrive in Russia to Discuss European Missile Defense      

MOSCOW - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice landed in Moscow for two days of talks with their Russian counterparts aimed at gaining ground on key issues that could forge a missile defense plan for all of Europe.

03/16/2008

Operation Marne Rugged Pressures Extremists  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - On the heels of two operations south of Baghdad, coalition forces of Multinational Division Center are pushing further south to squeeze extremists during Operation Marne Rugged.

03/16/2008

Troops Disrupt Militant Operations in Khowst, Helmand Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops killed a number of armed militants and detained five suspects were detained in two coalition operations to degrade militant networks in the region.

03/16/2008

Forces Capture Terrorism Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured suspected terrorists and seized weapons caches in Baghdad, Mosul and Baqouba over the past two days.

03/16/2008

America Supports You: Award Honors Military Moms      

WASHINGTON - A new award administered by troop support groups and sponsored by a major corporation aims to recognize the sacrifices made by military moms with a $5,000 prize.

03/16/2008

Captured Foreign Fighters Provide Insight into Enemy Facing Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Information gleaned from 48 foreign fighters detained in Iraq offers insight into al Qaeda’s methods, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters during a Baghdad briefing.

03/14/2008

Sexual Assault Reports in Military Remain Constant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers reported about the same number of sexual assaults across the military this year as last year.

03/14/2008

Defense Department Releases Gender Relations Survey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly seven percent of active-duty women and two percent of active-duty men surveyed said they have experienced some type of unwanted sexual contact.

03/14/2008

Commanders Discuss Operational Issues at House Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The senior military leaders of U.S. European Command, U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Africa Command discussed issues related to their areas of operation during testimony before a House panel.

03/14/2008

Defense Department Takes Custody of High-Value Al Qaeda Operative      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has taken custody of a “high-value” al Qaeda operative and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

03/14/2008

General Lays Out Challenges of Defending Cyberspace      

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Defense networks see more than a million suspicious “hits” a day, according to Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

03/14/2008

Afghan, Coalition Troops Detain 11, Repel Militant Attack      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan troops teamed up to repel an enemy attack and seize nearly a dozen suspected insurgents.

03/14/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain Insurgent, Foil Ambush      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Iraq captured a suspected bomb maker and thwarted an insurgent ambush during recent operations in Baghdad.

03/14/2008

Face of Defense: Airman’s Instincts Prevent Catastrophe  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An airman's quick action following a Feb. 26 explosion that sent shrapnel across the flightline averted a possible explosion of an F-15E Strike Eagle at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

03/14/2008

First Community Sites to Open for Reserve, Active-Duty Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new "virtual installation" project soon will allow military families to tap into the same services as others when their loved ones are deployed.

03/14/2008

Soldiers Help Afghan Girl Shot in Tribal Conflict  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZORMAT, Afghanistan - An Afghan girl who survived a Feb. 26 tribal shoot-out that killed family members is doing well, thanks to soldiers at Forward Operating Base Zormat.

03/14/2008

Iraqi Girls' School Gets Computers, Internet Service  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - With help from a provincial reconstruction team, a girls' school enters the modern era with 10 computers.

03/14/2008

Why We Serve: Marine Captain Talks About Corps Pride  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four years in the Marine Corps helped turn John Sand into a dean's list college student.

03/13/2008

Military Medical Care on Right Track, Wounded Warriors Say      

WASHINGTON - The majority of severely wounded warriors say the military health system is on the right track, and is doing all it can to provide their care, a new Zogby International survey shows.

03/13/2008

Mullen Cites Brittle Nature of Iraq Security Progress      

WASHINGTON - Security in Iraq has dramatically improved, but it remains brittle, and it will take time to lead to political and economic progress.

03/13/2008

Commander Cites Ramadi’s Recovery as Example of Iraq Success      

WASHINGTON - More than a year ago, the Iraqi city of Ramadi was a ruin of blasted buildings amid a population ravaged by al Qaeda terrorists and the effects of war, but the capital of Anbar province is bouncing back, a senior U.S. military commander in Iraq said today.

03/13/2008

Bush Lauds Provincial Reconstruction Team Efforts in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised the work of provisional reconstruction teams in Afghanistan, calling them key to a counterinsurgency strategy that requires more than just military action.

03/13/2008

Congressional Leaders Unite in Praise, Support for Troops in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders honored U.S. troops who have served in Iraq and elsewhere around the world during a bipartisan remembrance ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

03/13/2008

Review Panel Recommends Military Pay Changes      

WASHINGTON - The 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation has suggested a new way to measure military pay, proposed that more money be spent on special and incentive pays, and recommended restructuring the basic housing allowance.

03/13/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Two Terrorists, Detain 22      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained 22 suspects during operations in central and northern Iraq.

03/13/2008

Afghan, Coalition Troops Help Oruzgan Province Villagers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan security forces, with help from coalition forces, provided medical and humanitarian aid to villagers in Oruzgan province.

03/13/2008

Camp Liberty Water Facility Keeps Troops Hydrated  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - As the desert weather heats up, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers will need to keep drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration. The Camp Liberty Oasis International Waters water treatment facility has been working 24 hours a day since the summer of 2005 to provide purified bottled water to the thirsty troops.

03/13/2008

‘Why We Serve’ Speakers Connect with College Students  This story contains photos.    

CINCINNATI - Three veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan arrived unannounced on the University of Cincinnati campus to lead classroom discussions with about 250 students and shed light on their military lives.

03/12/2008

Judges Return to Salman Pak  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi judges surveyed the new government center in Salman Pak, Iraq, during their first visit back since 2005 when they were forced to relocate by extremist groups, which made the area too dangerous to remain.

03/12/2008

‘Why We Serve’ Speakers Inspire ROTC Cadets      

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinatti ROTC cadets attended on-campus lectures by three members of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” outreach program.

03/12/2008

NATO Forces Make a Difference in Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s efforts against insurgents in Afghanistan are helping the Afghan people realize a better future.

03/12/2008

Anti-insurgency Tactics Succeeding in Iraqi Detention Facilities      

WASHINGTON - New ways of dealing with detainees in coalition-run facilities in Iraq are paying off through less violence, more actionable intelligence for warfighters, and a better separation of extremists from more moderate detainees, a senior leader told military analysts.

03/12/2008

China Requires Close Eye as It Expands Influence, Capability      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. officer in the Pacific told Congress that he’s working to strengthen the U.S.-Sino relationship, but he emphasized the need to keep a close eye on China as it strives to expand its influence in the region.

03/12/2008

Iraqi Police Part of Security Process in Wasit Province      

WASHINGTON - Police in Iraq’s Wasit province are gaining the trust of the local populace while assuming more responsibility for security.

03/12/2008

DoD, VA Highlight Advances in Wounded Warrior, Family Care      

WASHINGTON - Two officials from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs cited a veritable laundry list of changes in wounded warrior and family care in testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

03/12/2008

Al Qaeda in Iraq Damaged, But Remains Dangerous      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi military efforts against al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgents over the past few months have achieved much success toward making the country a more stable and secure place for its people.

03/12/2008

Car Bomb Explodes at Citizens Security Force Headquarters      

WASHINGTON - A car bomb exploded at a “Sons of Iraq” headquarters building in Duluyiah, Iraq, killing seven Iraqis and injuring 11 others.

03/12/2008

Cheney: 25 Years After Reagan’s ‘Star Wars,’ Missile Defense Remains Critical      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Strategic Defense Initiative, pressing for a renewed U.S. commitment to a national missile defense system to protect against current and future threats.

03/12/2008

Face of Defense: Officers Recognized for Bridge-Collapse Recovery Mission  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Two military officers were recognized for their recovery efforts after the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse.

03/12/2008

Afghan Forces Make Improvements to National Communication Flow  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With the growth of Afghan national security forces, the need to consolidate information and authority has become essential.

03/12/2008

History Professor Taps ‘Why We Serve’ Speakers to Substitute Teach      

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati students will be surprised to find their history courses taught by troops in uniform instead of their familiar tweed coat-clad professor.

03/12/2008

Kansas Aircrew Brings WWII Comrades Back From Watery Grave  This story contains photos.    

AIRAI, Palau - A volunteer Kansas Air National Guard crew has returned the human remains recovered from a B-24 Liberator bomber shot down near the Pacific island nation of Palau in 1944.

03/11/2008

Chairman ‘Respects, Honors’ Fallon's Retirement Decision  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he “respects and honors” the decision of a dear friend and mentor – Navy Adm. William Fallon – to retire as commander of U.S. Central Command effective March 31.

03/11/2008

Iraq Report Cites Security Gains, Need for Political, Economic Progress      

WASHINGTON - The latest quarterly report on the situation in Iraq notes continued security improvements and limited but important political, economic and diplomatic progress that must expand to preserve fragile security gains.

03/11/2008

U.S. Troop Returns to be Based on Success, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troop returns will be based on successes on the ground in Iraq, not politics.

03/11/2008

Top Commander in Korea Urges Three-Year, Accompanied Tours      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. general in Korea told Congress he supports three-year, family-accompanied tours in Korea in light of planned operational and quality-of-life changes under way there.

03/11/2008

Gates Accepts Resignation of CENTCOM Chief Fallon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has reluctantly accepted Navy Adm. William J. “Fox” Fallon’s letter of resignation as commander of U.S. Central Command and request for retirement. Fallon’s resignation will take effect March 31.

03/11/2008

Defense Department Stands by Tanker Contract Decision      

WASHINGTON - The selection of Northrop Grumman Corp. to build the next-generation air-refueling tanker aircraft followed a fair competition and was based on the merits of the proposals submitted.

03/11/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Detain 11 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 11 suspected terrorists during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

03/11/2008

U.S. Bomber Destroys Al Qaeda in Iraq Jail, Torture Facility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three buildings that had served as an al Qaeda detention and torture facility were destroyed by a U.S. military bomber.

03/11/2008

‘Pease Greeters’ Get Presidential Thanks for Supporting Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six New Hampshire volunteers committed to making sure deployed troops get sendoffs and homecomings were on the receiving end of the thanks from the commander in chief himself and others on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon.

03/11/2008

New Patrol Base Under Construction  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Construction of Patrol Base Vanderhorn has begun near Sayifiyah, a region once controlled by insurgents.

03/11/2008

Mullen Visits Fort Carson Warrior Transition Unit      

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Every chance he gets, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen stops to visit wounded warriors, and his visit to Fort Carson, Colo., was no exception.

03/11/2008

Face of Defense: Army Wife Makes Most of Long Separations  This story contains photos.    

VICENZA, Italy - Friends, yoga, travel and a toddler helped lift Samantha Windell out of a funk when her husband went to war.

03/11/2008

Mullen Observes Fort Carson Unit Training for Iraq Deployment      

FORT CARSON, Colo. - It’s dry enough to be Iraq, but Pikes Peak and the rest of Colorado’s snow-capped Front Range in the background give it away.

03/11/2008

Rock Star Turned Army Sergeant Chooses to Serve  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - It’s hard to imagine that Frank Cavanagh, a tall thin Army Reserve sergeant with a shaved head, once had long hair and played bass for the rock band Filter.

03/11/2008

Mullen Praises Northern Command’s Interagency Efforts      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are models of interagency cooperation.

03/11/2008

America Supports You: Stars Rock Kuwaiti Desert in Support of Troops      

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - For more than four hours, Camp Buehring, in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert, became a hard-rocking outdoor amphitheater.

03/10/2008

Press Secretary: Pentagon ‘Extraordinarily Transparent’ in Reporting War Costs      

WASHINGTON - In a broad-ranging news conference, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell fielded questions on the costs of the war on terror, troops’ water safety in Iraq, and the delivery schedule for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles.

03/10/2008

Components Report Recruiting Success      

WASHINGTON - All active and reserve components met or topped their recruiting goals for February, Defense Department officials announced.

03/10/2008

Bush, Polish Prime Minister Discuss Missile Defense Proposals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked Poland’s prime minister for his country’s support in Iraq and Afghanistan and promised that, as the United States and Poland explore plans for a proposed missile defense system, the U.S. will help Poland modernize its military.

03/10/2008

Progress Continues in Anbar Province Amid Reduced Violence      

WASHINGTON - A month into his third tour in Iraq, the commander of Multinational Force West said he’s stunned by the sharp drop in violence across Anbar province.

03/10/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill, Capture Terrorists Over Several Days’ Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained nine suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

03/10/2008

Soldiers Gain Easier Access to Family, Friends  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Since April 2007, communication specialists have helped soldiers stay connected with loves ones by providing civilian Internet in their quarters.

03/10/2008

Mullen Arrives for Meeting With NORTHCOM Leaders, Troop Visit      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen arrived in Colorado Springs, Colo., for meetings with U.S. Northern Command leaders.

03/10/2008

Jam Session Hits High Note With Deploying Soldier      

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Save for the crowd and the celebrity at its core, it could have been a day like any other for a soldier strumming his guitar in the recreation center in Kuwait.

03/10/2008

Village of Hope Aims to Boost Hawr Rajab Economy  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - After months of oppression from al Qaeda in Iraq, the southern Baghdad community of Hawr Rajab is coming back to life.

03/10/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Receives Bronze Star for Heroic Actions  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Loetz ran through enemy fire to save an Afghan in 2007.

03/10/2008

Celebrity Camel Boosts Troops' Morale in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Clyde the camel is a local celebrity on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, where he boosts troops' morale with his famous camel rides and photo opportunities.

03/09/2008

Military Officials in Iraq Praise Soldiers of Redeploying ‘Surge’ Brigade      

WASHINGTON - A military spokesman in Iraq praised soldiers of an Army brigade that will soon redeploy to the U.S. and mark the first reduction in the number of surge forces sent to stabilize Iraq last year.

03/07/2008

Young Leaders Tour Washington, Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - More than 100 high school students, wearing business suits and looking more like politicians than teenagers, crowded the halls of the Pentagon during one of their final stops in a week-long tour of the capital city.

03/07/2008

Cheney Praises Navy Recruits for Volunteering to Serve      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney thanked recruits and sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., for choosing to serve a cause greater than themselves.

03/07/2008

Colombia Progresses Against Terrorism; Diplomacy Urged in South American Rift      

WASHINGTON - Colombia is making solid progress against terrorism, prompting desertions to rise among various subversive armed groups, the commander of U.S. Southern Command told Congress.

03/07/2008

Iraq Ops Leave 10 Terrorists Killed, 16 Captured      

WASHINGTON - Ten terrorists were killed and 16 captured in operations across Iraq, military officials reported.

03/07/2008

Guantanamo Bay Detainees Get Respectful Treatment, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 300 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are provided respect and the best quality of life available under the circumstances, the commander of the detention task force said.

03/07/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Neutralize Insurgents in Babil Province      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have disrupted extremist activity in the northern part of Iraq’s Babil province, a senior military official said.

03/07/2008

World War I Vet Welcomes Celebrity of His Generation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Frank Woodruff Buckles lived an unassuming life for 105 years. That was until word got out that he was among the last of a generation that his countrymen only recently seemed to embrace.

03/07/2008

Street-View Image-Gathering Banned on Military Installations      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense Department policy prohibits the commercial gathering of detailed street-view imagery on all military installations after details of an Army base were posted on Google maps.

03/07/2008

Defense Language Institute Aids Deploying Troops, DoD Personnel      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program is providing some of the department’s military and civilian personnel with cultural and linguistic training before they deploy abroad.

03/07/2008

New Center to Boost NORTHCOM, NORAD Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - An integrated command center set to become operational in May will improve the global situational awareness critical to U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command in protecting the homeland.

03/07/2008

Soldiers Bring Water to Iraqi Town  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Soldiers from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team have delivered 240 cases of bottled water to a town east of Baghdad.

03/07/2008

‘New Breed’ of Soldiers Graduate in Afghan Army Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

CAMP CLARK, Afghanistan - A graduation ceremony for a new breed of Afghan National Army soldiers is a sign of a renewed shift of focus in the fight against insurgents that doesn’t involve combat.

03/07/2008

Military Saves: Sound Finances Equate to Mission Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Troops with sound personal finances are better able to focus on accomplishing their mission.

03/07/2008

Why We Serve: Captain Helps Americans Relate to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Capt. Edward V. Szczepanik hopes to promote understanding of what troops face in the war on terror.

03/06/2008

Pentagon Honors WWI Veteran, Unveils Exhibit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has unveiled an exhibit of portraits of the last known WWI veterans, including one of 107-year-old Frank Woodruff Buckles, who said he felt "honored to be here as a representative of the veterans of WWI.”

03/06/2008

International War Game Explores Seabasing Concept  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 200 representatives from worldwide militaries and other agencies came to Maryland for Expeditionary Warrior ’08, a war game that explored how to use the U.S. military’s seabasing concept for military support.

03/06/2008

Operation ‘Marne Grand Slam’ Produces Military, Civic Success      

WASHINGTON - In an ongoing operation, U.S. troops have killed or detained 35 suspected terrorists and helped boost the local economy near Baghdad.

03/06/2008

Times Square Recruiting Station Bombing Causes Minor Damage      

WASHINGTON - No one was injured and only minor structural damage was reported after a bomb went off outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in New York City’s Times Square.

03/06/2008

General Says Infiltration Down in Eastern Afghanistan      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A number of factors have combined to decrease the level of Taliban infiltration into Afghanistan, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command East said.

03/06/2008

Face of Defense: Medic Says ‘Simple Stuff’ Saved Soldier’s Life      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A medic credited with saving a French soldier’s life says he just did “simple stuff,” but others know better.

03/06/2008

Coalition Forces Continue to Disrupt Terrorist Activities in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four terrorists and detained 26 suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in northern and central Iraq.

03/06/2008

Chairman Celebrates Unsung Heroes at ‘Angels of Battlefield’ Gala  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the Army medics and Navy corpsmen who risk their lives on the battlefield to save others at the 2nd annual Armed Services YMCA gala in Washington.

03/06/2008

Chairman Visits Troops at Leading Edge of Afghanistan Fight      

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited with soldiers serving at the leading edge of the counterinsurgency fight in Afghanistan.

03/06/2008

Military Contacts Focus on Pakistan Counterinsurgency Needs      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan is a key ally in the war on terror, and its cooperation with NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan is crucial to progress in that country, according to senior U.S. embassy officials in Islamabad, speaking on background.

03/06/2008

Soldiers Help Comrades Understand Islamic Cultures  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. soldiers who practice Islam answer questions about their religion and put a familiar face on an unfamiliar culture.

03/06/2008

Capabilities Must Mature for Iraq Self-sufficiency, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Various enabling capabilities for Iraq’s security forces must mature before the country is capable of handling internal and external threats without help.

03/06/2008

Mullen Talks Training, Supply With Senior Pakistani Leaders      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff continued talks with Pakistani President Pervez Murharraf and military leaders during his visit to Pakistan, a crucial ally in the war on terror.

03/06/2008

America Supports You: MySpace Set to Rock Troops in Kuwait      

WASHINGTON - Troops in Kuwait will experience an online rock 'n' roll concert when the MySpace network hosts the show March 10.

03/05/2008

Congressional Caucus Embraces America Supports You  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The America Supports You Caucus kicked off on Capitol Hill to stand by the Defense Department's program.

03/05/2008

Lack of Information About China’s Military Spending Concerns Gates  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - China’s proclaimed 18 percent increase in undisclosed military spending is a concern, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/05/2008

Local Partnerships Provide Key to Success in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The partnerships U.S. forces are developing in Iraq and Afghanistan are solidifying their military progress on the ground.

03/05/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Looks Back on Long Journey to Corps  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A Czech native, U.S. Marine Cpl. Marek Vyskocil is now living the American dream.

03/05/2008

Bagram Hosts International Women’s Day Observance  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Women’s history month kicked off at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, with a celebration that included a fashion show with U.S. troops wearing traditional Afghan dress.

03/05/2008

Coalition Disrupts Al Qaeda in Iraq Operations, Detains 22 Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces detained 22 suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks operating in northern and central Iraq.

03/05/2008

Local Leaders Tour Vocational School in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - More than a dozen Mahmudiyah community representatives toured the Iskandariyah Vocational School to see how their townspeople may benefit from it.

03/05/2008

Afghan Forces Inflict Losses, Detain Local Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces killed several insurgents after a failed Taliban ambush in Helmand province.

03/05/2008

Coalition Continues Pressure on Al Qaeda Leaders      

WASHINGTON - As security improves, Iraqi and coalition forces add pressure to al Qaeda in Iraq and focus on its senior leaders.

03/05/2008

New Directive Contains Political Activity Rules for Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - A revised Defense Department directive provides sharper definition of what troops may and may not do within the political realm, particularly running for political office.

03/05/2008

America Supports You: Chrysler Revs Up Troop Support Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The company that made inspiration standard has done the same with its support of the nation’s troops since before World War II.

03/05/2008

Newly Returned Soldiers to Begin Training for Next Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - As Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno urged the Army’s return to 12-month deployments, a brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas, just back from Iraq, got word that it’s time to start training for its next combat rotation.

03/05/2008

Odierno, Other Leaders Support 12-Month Army Deployments      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers need shorter deployments and more “dwell time” in between to reduce strain on the force and allow for more training, the former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

03/05/2008

Commander Foresees Growth of Special Operations Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. special forces are expected to grow as the United States continues its fight against global terrorism, a senior military officer told a Senate panel.

03/04/2008

Coalition Takes New Approach to Detainees in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Much has changed in the approach coalition forces take to detainees in Iraq over the past year, a senior military officer said.

03/04/2008

Medal of Honor Recipient Inducted Into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department posthumously inducted Army Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble into its Hall of Heroes, a day after the Korean War hero was awarded the Medal of Honor.

03/04/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Take Advantage of Stability to Grow      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s security forces have taken advantage of security gains to grow their force both in size and quality.

03/04/2008

Odierno: Progress in Iraq Approaches Point of Irreversibility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq reflected on vast improvements made during the past 15 months and said Iraq is approaching the point where no single incident or chain of events will be able to reverse those positive trends.

03/04/2008

Coalition Focuses on Clearing Mosul Terrorist Networks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are targeting a foreign-terrorist-facilitator network in Mosul, Iraq, a senior military official said.

03/04/2008

Chairman Thanks Troops During Kirkuk Visit  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq - The highest ranking U.S. military officer made a brief visit to Kirkuk Regional Air Base to meet with several deployed units March 2.

03/04/2008

Face of Defense: Game Show Features Air Force Captain  This story contains photos.    

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - U.S. Air Force Capt. Timothy Bobinski, a fighter pilot assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, will be among the contestants in the March 6 episode of "Jeopardy!"

03/04/2008

Soldiers Injured as Severe Weather Strikes Mississippi Base  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SHELBY JOINT FORCES TRAINING CENTER, Miss. - Fourteen soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were injured last night when severe weather passed through Camp Shelby, Miss.

03/04/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Suspected Terrorists, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three suspected terrorists, captured one and found a weapons cache in Iraq.

03/04/2008

America Supports You: Company’s Support of Troops is Truly Refreshing      

WASHINGTON - Overseas troops may soon get a refreshing gulp of appreciation from True Lemon, a company that hopes to donate 1 million packets of citrus flavoring to Operation Gratitude.

03/04/2008

Engineers Build New Housing for Provincial Reconstruction Team  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JALALABAD, Afghanistan - Task Force Pacemaker engineers have expanded housing for the Jalalabad Provincial Reconstruction Team.

03/04/2008

Soldiers Help Iraqi Families Return to Their Homes  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - With the security situation in Baghdad improving every day, Iraqi and coalition forces increasingly are helping displaced families return to their old neighborhoods.

03/03/2008

Navy Awards Contract for New Walter Reed Facility      

BETHESDA, Md. - The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $641.4 million contract to establish the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

03/03/2008

China Military Expansion Could Have Global Implications  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - China is a rising military power with new and developing capabilities that have global implications, according to the Defense Department's 2008 China Military Power Report.

03/03/2008

Cyber Warfare a Major Challenge, Deputy Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England is the latest in a series of government officials to express concern about the United States’ cyberspace vulnerabilities.

03/03/2008

Bush Assures Odierno Iraq Progress Will Continue      

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked the former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq on behalf of all U.S. troops who have served in Iraq for creating a turnaround that Bush promised to continue to support.

03/03/2008

Korean War Hero Receives Posthumous Medal of Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush presented the Medal of Honor to the family of the late Army Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble, the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the nation’s highest military award, for heroism during the Korean War.

03/03/2008

Troops Proud of Progress, Mission in Iraq, Mullen Says      

BAGHDAD - There is a new, more upbeat mood among American troops in Iraq and the improved security situation in Iraq is undeniable, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/03/2008

War-Funding Delays Harmful Within Months, Deputy Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - War-funding delays will become harmful within months if continued, the Pentagon’s second-ranking official said.

03/03/2008

Mullen Arrives in Pakistan for Military Talks      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, for his second set of meetings with Pakistani military leaders in a month.

03/03/2008

Combat Team Reflagging to Mark Start of 1st Armored Division’s U.S. Standup  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - The reflagging of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team represents the first big step in relocating the 1st Armored Division from Germany to its new stateside home.

03/03/2008

Joint Reconstruction Office Addresses Baghdad’s Infrastructure      

WASHINGTON - A joint office that oversees the rebuilding of Baghdad’s infrastructure is making progress to address the city’s sewage, water and electricity needs, senior U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

03/03/2008

Debate Doesn’t Affect Guantanamo Mission, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The ongoing debate about the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and criticism of military operations there don’t affect the troops who serve there, who know how important their mission is, the commander of the detention task force said.

03/03/2008

Coalition Takes Fight to Al Qaeda in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are fighting aggressively to secure the battle-scarred city of Mosul, Iraq, in an effort to stamp out al Qaeda safe havens.

03/03/2008

Mullen Calls Security Progress in Iraq ‘Undeniable’      

BAGHDAD - Security progress in Iraq is undeniable, but it will take "a sustained period of time to make sure that security will strengthen itself," U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Iraq.

03/03/2008

Reflagging Evokes Pride, Bittersweet Reflection  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - The 4-1 Cavalry is about to case its colors and be redesignated 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, heralding the first major step in the 1st Armored Division's move from Germany to Fort Bliss, Texas.

03/03/2008

Mullen Tours Iraqi Depot, Training Area  This story contains photos.    

TAJI, Iraq - In a sign of a maturing Iraqi military, planners took U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen to a sprawling logistics base north of Baghdad. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited training areas and toured production lines where Iraqis are reconditioning Humvees.

03/03/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 11 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 11 suspected terrorists, including an Iranian-supported “special groups” facilitator, military officials reported.

03/03/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Troops Target Al Qaeda Forces in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi security forces are targeting al Qaeda terrorists who have taken refuge in Mosul after fleeing Baghdad in the wake of surge operations.

03/03/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Target Taliban Networks      

WASHINGTON - An armed insurgent was killed and two suspects were detained during a joint Afghan and coalition operation to degrade Taliban operations, military officials reported.

03/03/2008

U.S. Attacks Al Qaeda Terrorist in Somalia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have confirmed an attack against an al Qaeda terrorist in Somalia.

03/03/2008

Camp Eggers Dedicates Building to Fallen Airman  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Personnel at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, dedicated a new building to honor a fallen airman described as "awesome."

03/03/2008

Iraqi Farmers Union Focuses on Revitalization  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Sixteen prominent landowners gathered with members of the Baghdad-7 embedded provincial reconstruction team at Patrol Base Whitehouse in Sayifiyah for a farmers union meeting.

03/03/2008

America Supports You: Memorial Will Honor Fallen Troops      

WASHINGTON - A new memorial in Oklahoma City will honor fallen troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

03/03/2008

Face of Defense: Medic Prevails Under Fire  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Peer, a combat medic, knows how to rise to the occasion in the heat of battle to save the life of another

03/02/2008

Petraeus Describes Factors Affecting Iraq Assessment      

BAGHDAD - The top military commander in Iraq gave some insight into what he will consider as he prepares to report to the president and Congress in April on the way ahead.

03/02/2008

Chairman Visits Transformed ‘Wild West’ Iraqi City      

HAWIJAH, Iraq - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff walked through the bustling market street of an Iraqi town that al Qaeda ruled just three months ago.

03/02/2008

Coalition Captures Bomb Facilitator, Detains Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured an alleged homemade-bomb facilitator with ties to al Qaeda in Iraq and detained numerous other terrorism suspects in a variety of operations.

03/02/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Disrupt Taliban Networks      

WASHINGTON - Several insurgents were killed and 14 suspected insurgents were detained during coalition forces operations conducted to degrade Taliban leadership networks in Afghanistan.

03/01/2008

‘Sons of Iraq’ in Baqouba Agree to Return to Duty      

DIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq - Citizens who had been assisting with security efforts in Baqouba as “Sons of Iraq” agreed to return to their duties following a meeting at the Diyala provincial governance center.

03/01/2008

Navy Ship Christened ‘New York’ Symbolizes U.S. Resiliency      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials, servicemembers and distinguished guests gathered in New Orleans to christen a tangible symbol of America’s mettle, the USS New York.

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