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04/30/2008

Official Emphasizes Diplomacy as Best Means of Dealing With Iran      

MEXICO CITY - Diplomacy remains the best course with Iran and news reports claiming the Defense Department is planning wartime operations there are "patently wrong," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

04/30/2008

America Supports You: Radio Program Gives Troops a Voice      

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - Phoenix’s KFNX 1100 AM News-Talk Radio has a simple mission: give voice to troops everywhere.

04/30/2008

Iraqis Reject Extremist Violence, Coalition General Says      

WASHINGTON - Most Iraqi people now reject the violence that has plagued their neighborhoods and the extremists who have been inciting the violence, a senior official in the region said.

04/30/2008

Face of Defense: ‘Sgt. Ken’ Urges Enlisted Leaders to Stress Fitness  This story contains photos.    

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Army Physical Fitness Test would be a lot more demanding if “Sgt. Ken” was in charge.

04/30/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill 11 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 11 insurgents, detained three others, and seized weapons caches in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.

04/30/2008

Navy Re-establishes 4th Fleet to Promote Future Interoperability      

WASHINGTON - The recent re-establishment of U.S. 4th Fleet will promote increased alignment with the 32 countries and 13 territories in the Caribbean and in Central and South America, a senior Navy official said.

04/30/2008

Claims Program Helps Residents Recoup Losses  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers are helping Iraqi civilians in northeastern Baghdad recoup losses they may have suffered due to clashes between coalition forces and enemy fighters.

04/30/2008

Maliki Unifies Iraqi Government in Stand Against Insurgents      

MEXICO CITY - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's stand against insurgents is serving to unify his once-splintered government, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters in Mexico City.

04/30/2008

Gates: Counterdrug Partnership Big Step in Building U.S.-Mexican Ties      

MEXICO CITY - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ visit to Mexico, the first in 12 years for a U.S. defense secretary, focused on a counterdrug partnership against drug cartels and other transnational threats.

04/30/2008

Gates Calls Arrival of Second Carrier in Gulf ‘Reminder’ of U.S. Presence      

MEXICO CITY - The movement of a second aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf this week doesn’t signal an escalation of U.S. naval presence, but could serve as a “reminder” of it to countries in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Mexico City.

04/29/2008

General Acknowledges Shortfall, Pledges Fixes for Fort Bragg Barracks      

WASHINGTON - A senior Army officer responsible for soldiers’ housing pledged remedial action in the wake of news reports citing some soldiers living on Fort Bragg, N.C., were housed in substandard quarters.

04/29/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Three Terrorists, Detain 12      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 12 suspects during operations in the northern half of Iraq.

04/29/2008

Two Terrorists Killed, Four Detained in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed two terrorists and detained four in operations April 27 targeting a known suicide-bomb and homemade-bomb handler in the Bati Kowt district ofAfghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

04/29/2008

Sesame Street Coaches Kids Through Parent’s Deployments, Returns      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The familiar, furry denizens of Sesame Street are starring in a new video workshop to help children deal with the multiple deployments of their parents and family adjustments upon a parent’s return.

04/29/2008

President Foresees Tough Fight Ahead in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies are making progress in Afghanistan, but there is a long, tough road ahead, President Bush said during a White House Rose Garden news conference.

04/29/2008

Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team Hosts Women’s Affairs Meeting  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Influential Afghan women addressed topics from education to security at a women's affairs seminar on Bagram Air Base.

04/29/2008

Guard Enlisted Leaders Get Lesson in Nonlethal Weapons  This story contains photos.    

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A National Guard enlisted leader participated in a demonstration of nonlethal weapons, letting herself be zapped, or "tased" by a device to control unruly people without badly hurting them.

04/29/2008

America Supports You: Guard Members Join ‘Rebuilding Day’ Projects      

LA PLATA, Md. - About 60 airmen, soldiers and civilians with the Air and Army National Guard brought Christmas early to a disabled Maryland woman by fixing her home on "National Rebuilding Day."

04/29/2008

Turnaround Prompts Name Change for Iraqi Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN, Iraq - Residents of Hay Jasmen soon will walk on improved roads instead of dirt and rocks, inspiring a local leader to propose a new name to reflect the community’s new ambiance.

04/29/2008

PaCom Helps Establish Transnational Crime Unit in Micronesia      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Pacific Command is helping establish a new transnational crime unit in Micronesia created to support a crackdown on drug trafficking and other crimes that could destabilize the region.

04/29/2008

America Supports You: Group Extends Scholarship Application Deadline      

WASHINGTON - Operation Homefront has extended its deadline for 25 American Patriot Freedom Scholarships for children of military families.

04/29/2008

Mullen Asks Philadelphians to Embrace Wounded Veterans      

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called on citizens of Philadelphia to embrace those who have lost loved ones or who have been wounded in service to America.

04/29/2008

Chairman Accepts Award on Behalf of Servicemembers      

PHILADELPHIA - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accepted the Gold Medal of the Union League of Philadelphia on behalf of the men and women of the U.S. military, who he said make America’s freedom possible.

04/28/2008

Politicized Military Would Lose Public Trust, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - If the U.S. military lost its politically neutral footing, the armed forces would surrender the public’s trust, a senior U.S. military officer who explained a new Defense Department directive on troops’ political activity said.

04/28/2008

Face of Defense: Air Force Photographer Becomes Marine Infantryman  This story contains photos.    

KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - Cpl. Andrew M. Oquendo went from shooting photos for the U.S. Air Force to shooting rifles with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.

04/28/2008

Soldiers Assess Iraqi Fish Farms to Gauge Progress  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - U.S. civil affairs soldiers are assessing fish farms in the Lutifiyah, Iraq, area to gauge their progress.

04/28/2008

Heavily Deployed Brigade’s Leaders Reflect on Most Recent Tour  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - As the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team's deployment draws to a close, leaders of the heavily-deployed "Sledgehammer Brigade" reflect on its successes which includes capturing 43 high-level enemy leaders and killing than 160 enemy fighters.

04/28/2008

Iraqi Forces Fight Well in Eastern Baghdad, Basra Battles, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces fought and performed well during recent battles against insurgents in Baghdad and Basra, a senior U.S. military officer in Iraq said.

04/28/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Terrorists, Capture Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 42 Iranian-backed insurgents and detained eight suspects in recent days, military officials said.

04/28/2008

DoD Announces New Relocation Tool for Families      

WASHINGTON - It’s almost peak moving season again for military families, and Defense Department leaders want families to know new resources are available to help.

04/28/2008

Iraqi Chicken Farmers Get Jumpstart With Egg Delivery  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Chicken farmers in Mahmudiyah, 20 miles south of Baghdad, received the jumpstart their industry needed with the arrival of 45,000 eggs, each ready for hatching.

04/28/2008

‘Adopt a Platoon’ Still Thrives After 10 Years      

WASHINGTON - The “Adopt a Platoon” group sends about 30,000 pieces of mail per month to let U.S. troops know they care.

04/28/2008

Coalition Treats Afghans in Medical Outreach Effort  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Hundreds of citizens from Kapisa province swarmed a makeshift hospital during a medical outreach hosted by coaltion forces to connect villagers with the Afghan government.

04/28/2008

America Supports You: Silver Star Families Plan Day of Remembrance      

WASHINGTON - Last year, 44 states and the District of Columbia proclaimed May 1 as Silver Star Day. This year, Silver Star Families of America, which began the movement, hopes all 50 states will honor their veterans May 1 to kick off Military Appreciation Month.

04/27/2008

Coalition, Anti-Afghanistan Forces Clash in Kapisa      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces engaged anti-Afghan forces in the Tag Ab district of Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, resulting in the death of several militants.

04/27/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Suspected Terrorists, Capture Dozens      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed at least 20 suspected terrorists, captured scores of others, and seized weapons caches in Iraq.

04/26/2008

JCOC Experience ‘Invaluable,’ Participants Say      

MIAMI - Participants in the 75th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference wrapped up their week-long journey to parts of U.S. Southern Command with a look into the military that some called "priceless."

04/25/2008

Enlistment Waiver Policy Works Well, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers who wear the uniform thanks to waivers are performing as well as non-waivered recruits, a senior Pentagon official said.

04/25/2008

Walter Reed Medical Team Honored in Staff Appreciation Day  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Walter Reed Army Medical Center today honored its 4,000-person team during Staff Appreciation Day, citing efforts to improve wounded warrior care.

04/25/2008

Mullen Salutes ‘Soldier’s Soldier’ on his Retirement  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - In what may have been the shortest retirement speech ever, Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey looked out at the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard honor guards in formation and, in less than a minute, said goodbye to 33 years in uniform.

04/25/2008

Mullen: Nuclear Project Reaffirms Proliferation Dangers      

WASHINGTON - Syria’s building of a secret nuclear facility with North Korean help reinforces the need to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/25/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill 22 Suspected Terrorists, Capture 37      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 22 suspected terrorists, captured 37 others, and seized weapons caches.

04/25/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iranian Meddling Destabilizes Iraq, Region      

WASHINGTON - New Iranian weapons found around Basra, Iraq, provide evidence that Iran continues meddling in Iraq in ways that hamper progress and put U.S. and Iraqi lives at risk.

04/25/2008

Coalition Soldiers Repair Schools in Iraqi City  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - After months of fighting, coalition forces in Arab Jabour have rid the area of al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists and have turned their attention to rebuilding the community.

04/25/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Provide Medical Care in Kandahar  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Coalition medical personnel provided free medical care to local citizens in Kandahar province.

04/25/2008

VA to Call Combat Veterans With Info on Care, Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin contacting nearly 570,000 recent combat veterans to ensure they know about VA’s medical services and other benefits.

04/25/2008

JCOC Delivers School Supplies, Soccer Balls to Hondurans  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - Participants in the Defense Department's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference distributed school supplies to Honduran children.

04/24/2008

Wounded Warriors Get White House Send Off Before Soldier Ride      

WASHINGTON - A group of wounded warriors got a presidential send off at the White House as they launched a three-day bicycle ride to show the world and themselves what they’re still capable of accomplishing.

04/24/2008

America Supports You: Pentagon Parents Craft Day of Fun, Learning  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The annual "Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day" at the Pentagon hosted about 1,000 children -- double the number who attended last year, event sponsors said.

04/24/2008

America Supports You: Pentagon Staffers Bring Kids to Work  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The normally serene Pentagon courtyard was turned into a veritable circus when Defense Department employees and their children arrived in throngs for National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

04/24/2008

Distributed Learning Initiative Delivers Training Anywhere, Any Time      

WASHINGTON - Every seven seconds, someone within the Defense Department completes an online training course through a program that’s become the gold standard for delivering education and training anywhere, anytime.

04/24/2008

Iraqi Government Expands Use of Biometrics      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has expanded its use of biometric identification, allowing it to better screen its employees, troops and deceased, a U.S. official in Iraq said.

04/24/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Four Iranian-Trained Fighters in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four Iranian-trained “special groups” criminals and detained five suspects north of Baghdad.

04/24/2008

Face of Defense: From Life in India to U.S. Army, Soldier Sees the World  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, - U.S. Army Spc. Vivek Mishra came from India to America to study, but instead joined the military and became a U.S. citizen.

04/24/2008

New Bank Opens in Baghdad District  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Baghdad residents saw proof of an economic resurgence as they gathered for the grand reopening of Rashid Commercial Bank.

04/24/2008

Outreach Program Participant Revisits Past  This story contains photos.    

CARTAGENA, Colombia - A university president participating in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference in Cartagena, Colombia, bounced around the country three decades ago in an old bus. Now he sees a booming tourism industry as he tours in an upscale bus.

04/23/2008

DoD, VA Leaders Chart Way Forward for Wounded Care      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are working together to solve problems for America’s wounded warriors.

04/23/2008

Gates Pressures Department to Speed Up Delivery of Combat Assets      

WASHINGTON - When it comes to delays in getting warfighters what they need, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is a man of little patience.

04/23/2008

Voluntary Protection Programs Continue to Make Strides      

NORFOLK, Va. - Defense Department officials participated in the Voluntary Protection Programs safety conference with an eye on reducing the department’s estimated $10 billion in annual losses caused by preventable injuries and accidents.

04/23/2008

Wasit Reconstruction Team Aims to Empower Iraqi Farmers      

WASHINGTON - U.S. led economic-development programs for Iraq’s Wasit province are based largely on providing local farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to build profitable and sustainable agribusinesses.

04/23/2008

Operations Net Two Suspects in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - In separate operations, coalition forces disrupted Taliban activities and detained two suspects.

04/23/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Six, Destroy Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained six suspected criminals and destroyed multiple weapons caches in an area north of Baghdad allegedly used as a manufacturing and storage location for homemade bombs.

04/23/2008

Multinational Corps Commander Finds Iraqi Progress Encouraging      

WASHINGTON - The commander of Multinational Corps Iraq is “absolutely encouraged” by the progress he has seen during his first two and a half months in the country.

04/23/2008

Fish Farms Make Comeback in Iraq’s Babil Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Fish farms have begun to thrive in Iraq’s Babil province, as Task Force Marne soldiers focus on reviving this vital industry.

04/23/2008

America Supports You: Festival Queens Undertake ‘Operation Rhinestone’      

WASHINGTON - In celebration of Military Appreciation Month, more than 100 festival queens will gather in Opelousas, La., for “Operation Rhinestone.”

04/23/2008

Army Reservists Re-enlist to Mark 100th Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One hundred Army Reserve soldiers representing every state in the union re-enlisted on the U.S. Capitol steps during a ceremony marking the Army Reserve’s 100th anniversary.

04/23/2008

Petraeus-Odierno Team Nominated to Lead in CentCom, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has announced that the White House will nominate Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command.

04/23/2008

U.S. Mission in Colombia Impresses Civic Leaders      

BOGOTA, Colombia - U.S. civic and business leaders got a first-hand look at how the U.S. military works with Colombia to fight narco-trafficking.

04/22/2008

Army Reserve Looks Forward to Further Transformation on 100th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Even as the Army Reserve celebrates its 1908 founding, the organization is in the midst of its biggest transformation, the component’s chief said.

04/22/2008

Vice Chairman Visits Wounded Warriors in Hawaii      

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Wounded warrior care is becoming increasingly effective at helping troops through their transition.

04/22/2008

Campaign Stars Honor Service in Afghanistan, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Campaign stars authorized for wear on the Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals represent recognition and honor for the sacrifices and contributions servicemembers have made there, a senior defense official said.

04/22/2008

Services Continue to Make Recruiting Goals Despite Tough Market, Mullen Says      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The military services continue to meet their recruiting numbers despite the most difficult recruiting market in years, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/22/2008

Bush Wishes Soldier Good Luck on Game Show      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Capt. Joseph Kobes got more than he bargained for as he tried for the million dollar prize on the "Deal or No Deal" television show -- President Bush sent him a message wishing him luck.

04/22/2008

Recruiting Standards Remain High Despite Waivers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department maintains stringent standards for its recruits, despite an increase in felons the military services accept, officials said.

04/22/2008

NCOs’ Service Vital to Nation During Dangerous Time, Mullen Says      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told noncommissioned officers on Fort Belvoir, Va., that this is the most dangerous period he has seen in his more than 40 years in uniform.

04/22/2008

Civilian Visitors Get Feel for Navy Life on USS George Washington      

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Forty-eight business, civic and local government leaders visited the USS George Washington about 80 miles off Brazil's shore, and a lucky dozen got to spend the night on the ship.

04/22/2008

Gates: Strategic Mistakes Must Not Be Repeated  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Succeeding in Iraq is critical to prevent a repeat of the strategic mistake in post-Soviet Afghanistan that ultimately led up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. Military Academy cadets.

04/22/2008

Mullen Receives Atlantic Council’s Military Leadership Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who oversaw one of the most transformative eras in naval history, accepted the Atlantic Council's award for Distinguished Military Leadership.

04/22/2008

Mom Sees What Navy Life Could be Like for Son      

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A Joint Civilian Orientation Conference participant, whose son has his sights set on attending the U.S. Naval Academy, got the chance to see some of the Navy's finest at work off the coast of Brazil.

04/22/2008

Future Leaders Must Follow Conscience, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Success on today’s and tomorrow’s battlefields requires military leaders guided by conscience, not “yes men,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told future officers at the U.S. Military Academy.

04/22/2008

Troops Kill Terrorist, Detain Others During Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a terrorist, detained suspects, and discovered homemade explosives during a series of operations throughout Iraq.

04/22/2008

Face of Defense: Field Artillery Soldier Becomes U.S. Citizen in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Spc. Pastor Paul Durano, from the Philippines, became an American citizen during a ceremony in Baghdad. Upon his naturalization, he quoted President Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you...."

04/22/2008

Mahmudiyah Hatchery Receives Dutch Egg Shipment  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - Eight months of preparation paid off when the Mahmudiyah chicken hatchery received 35,000 eggs, the first of three shipments from Holland, for incubation in an effort to restore Iraq's poultry industry.

04/22/2008

Soldiers Take Break From War Rigors in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Rock 'n' roll was the order of the day for U.S. soldiers who enjoyed a spring event that included a live band, barbeque and pie.

04/21/2008

Regimental Combat Team Commander Sees Progress in Anbar      

WASHINGTON - The commander of Multinational Forces West’s Regimental Combat Team 1 described the enemy in Anbar province as “neutralized."

04/21/2008

America Supports You: Jack Daniel’s Toasts Troops with Care Packages, Concert  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 200 volunteers stuffed care packages and listened to live country music in a "Toast to the Troops" sponsored by Jack Daniel's Distillery and United Service Organizations.

04/21/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces battling al-Qaida terrorists and Iranian-trained “special group” criminals killed 23 terrorists and detained 42 others during multiple engagements and missions across Iraq.

04/21/2008

Face of Defense: Samoan Teacher Becomes U.S. Soldier  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Maranata Temese, a former elementary school teacher born in Samoa, overcame obstacles to join the U.S. military and provide a better life for his family.

04/21/2008

Education Compact Helps Retain Military Families, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A piece of legislation aimed at easing transitions for military children switching schools adheres to an armed forces adage: Recruit the servicemember, but retain the family.

04/21/2008

Gates Forms Task Force to Promote Intelligence, Surveillance for Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has established a new task force to ensure the Defense Department is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets to support warfighters.

04/21/2008

Officials Outline Sadr City Security Plan      

WASHINGTON - Recent operations in Sadr City are part of the overall Baghdad plan to improve security and rebuild the area.

04/21/2008

Camp Stryker Soldiers Run for the Cure in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STYKER, Iraq - U.S. Army soldiers on Camp Stryker, Iraq, participated in the "Rakkasan Run for the Cure," a 5-kilometer race inspired by a captain's wife and breast cancer survivor.

04/21/2008

Gates Urges Unconventional Thinkers to Address Unconventional Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged military officers to become forward thinkers with the courage to advance new approaches needed to confront current and emerging threats.

04/21/2008

Skilled-Labor Workshop Teaches Afghans Basic Construction Skills  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KUSHAMOND, Afghanistan - U.S. Army combat soldiers taught basic carpentry and masonry skills to citizens of Kushamond and nearby villages.

04/20/2008

Army Reserve to Mark Century of Service to Nation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Reserve will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 23, marking a full century of service in which Army Reserve soldiers have continuously answered the nation’s call.

04/20/2008

Forces Kill, Capture Dozens of Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed or captured dozens of terrorists and criminal militia members during multiple engagements in Iraq.

04/20/2008

Bush: U.S. Will Maintain Troop Levels in Korea      

WASHINGTON - The United States will keep its current number of troops -- roughly 28,000 -- deployed to the Republic of Korea, President Bush said during a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart President Lee Myung-Bak.

04/20/2008

Civilian Conference Participants Land at Guantanamo Bay      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Members of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference visited U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where they observed daily life for U.S. troops.

04/18/2008

Face of Defense: Physical Therapist Shares Story With College Students      

WASHINGTON - Capt. Chris Remillard shared his extra responsibilities as an Army physical therapist with students of his alma mater during a live guest lecture from Iraq.

04/18/2008

Soldiers Help Create 'Daughters of Iraq' Program      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division are working with Iraqi troops to create a Daughters of Iraq program to complement the work done by the Sons of Iraq.

04/18/2008

Iraqi Inspectors to Eliminate Corruption      

WASHINGTON - The State Department has issued a mandate to the Iraqi government to address corruption from a consolidated front, a U.S. military officer in Iraq said.

04/18/2008

Civilians Learn About Commitment at Course Orientation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England spoke about servicemembers' commitment when he addressed about 50 civilian professionals during their orientation for the Joint Civilian Orientation Course at the Pentagon.

04/18/2008

America Supports You: Organization Hires Heroes      

WASHINGTON - Returning from combat with a disability brings with it significant challenges. But war wounded like Justin Callahan are finding recovery somewhat easier with the help of Hire Heroes USA, a job-placement group for disabled veterans.

04/18/2008

Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Detain Suspected Roadside Bomber  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained a suspected militant during a joint U.S./Afghan security-force operation to disrupt roadside bombings in Khowst province, military officials reported.

04/18/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Capture Special Groups Leader      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers captured a man suspected of leading an Iranian-backed Special Groups cell in southern Baghdad’s Rashid District yesterday, military officials reported.

04/18/2008

First Recruits Enlist Using Biometric Technology  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Instead of putting pen to paper, new recruits need only press their index fingers to an electronic pad to sign their enlistment contracts, thanks to advancements in biometric technologies.

04/18/2008

America Supports You: Texas Festivities Celebrate American Heroes      

WASHINGTON - People who couldn’t attend a day-long celebration of those who serve in the military here last week could still enjoy the sounds thanks to a music and entertainment Web site.

04/18/2008

Afghan Police Training Program Targets Corruption      

WASHINGTON - A new Afghan constabulary training program addresses reports of corruption against some members of the national police, a U.S. commander in Afghanistan said.

04/18/2008

Afghan Army Making Progress; Police Force Needs Work, U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s growing army is starting to take the lead in battles against the Taliban, but the country’s constabulary still requires work, a U.S. commander said.

04/18/2008

Gates Salutes Fallon for 'Unparalleled' Energy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Navy Adm. William J. Fallon at his retirement ceremony for bringing “unparalleled energy, ideas and diplomatic skill” to U.S. Central Command and for 41 years of service that has left the United States stronger and safer.

04/18/2008

Coalition Team Helps Streamline Iraqi Army Development      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army units are being fielded more quickly thanks to coordination and a streamlined process, a U.S. Army official told military analysts.

04/18/2008

Senior Enlisted Advisor Approaches Retirement With New Outlook  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As he approaches retirement after 33 years of service, Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. “Joe” Gainey said he’s preparing for the next phase of his life with a new outlook: It’s not necessary to always be “Number One.”

04/18/2008

Troops Trade School Supplies for Children's Smiles  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - U.S. soldiers delivered backpacks filled with school supplies, soccer balls and notebooks to two Iraqi schools for primary and secondary students.

04/18/2008

Robot Introduces Deployed Soldier to Baby Boy  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A robot normally used by doctors to perform work remotely allowed a soldier in Baghdad to virtually interact with his newborn son in Texas.

04/18/2008

Bush Marks 25th Anniversary of Terror Attack on U.S. Embassy in Beirut  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five years after terrorists detonated a massive car bomb, killing 52 people at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, President Bush urged unity in condemning the terrorism that continues to threaten the United States.

04/17/2008

Bush, U.K. Prime Minister Talk Tough on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - In two-part harmony, President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown vowed to work together to combat terrorism.

04/17/2008

Iraqi Army Transformed Into National Force      

WASHINGTON - In the past year, the Iraqi army has transformed into a national force conducting operations that show its increasing combat capabilities, a senior U.S. commander said.

04/17/2008

Regenerative Medicine Seen as Means to Repair Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a five-year effort to leverage medical innovations to develop new ways to treat war veterans who have severe, disfiguring wounds.

04/17/2008

Troops, Veterans Honored at Philly Gala  This story contains photos.    

PHILADELPHIA - The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia honored U.S. troops and veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with an award accepted by the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/17/2008

Army Reserve to Celebrate Century of Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The men and women of the U.S. Army Reserve will mark its 100th birthday on April 23, 2008, with ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital.

04/17/2008

Creating Legal, Profitable Economy Leads to Afghan Success      

WASHINGTON - A commitment to improving cooperation with the Afghan government is a key to success in Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman said.

04/17/2008

Coalition Troops Detain Taliban Leader in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained a Taliban commander and another suspected terrorist during operations in Zabul province.

04/17/2008

Charges Against 9/11 Mastermind, Co-conspirators Resworn      

WASHINGTON - Prosocutors in the case against the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and five of his co-conspirators have amended charges against the detainees to clarify their activities.

04/17/2008

New Report on Vets’ Mental Health ‘Very Consistent’ with Military Findings  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new study shows that nearly 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, findings that military health officials called “very consistent” with their own.

04/17/2008

Forensics Team Gives Voice to Saddam’s Fallen, Shows U.S. Values  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top Army leaders honored an Army forensic archeologist for his team’s work in analyzing Iraqi mass graves to piece together evidence of Saddam Hussein’s atrocities. Their job was to provide indisputable proof the Iraqi court needed.

04/17/2008

Morale, Resale Programs Reach Out to Reserve-Component Families      

WASHINGTON - Military programs ranging from resale to recreation support members of the military community regardless of their proximity to installations, a defense official said on Capitol Hill.

04/17/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 11 Suspects in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 11 suspected terrorists today during countrywide operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq leaders, military officials reported.

04/17/2008

Face of Defense: Iraqi-Born Marine Becomes American Citizen in Country of Birth  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Lance Cpl. Evan Eskharia received his U.S. citizenship during a ceremony April 12, 2008, in Iraq, the country of his birth.

04/17/2008

Surgeons General: Military Medicine Improving Amid Multiple Missions, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The military services continue working to provide the best medical care possible, promoting best clinical practices while also addressing concerns about rising costs, the top military doctors told Congress.

04/17/2008

National Guard Troops Vigilant in Kosovo’s Transition to Nationhood  This story contains photos.    

GNJILANE, Kosovo - Crowded cafes, jammed roads and packed store shelves suggest progress in this former war zone where National Guard troops play a key role.

04/17/2008

America Supports You: ESGR Freedom Award Nominations Nearly Double      

WASHINGTON - A record 2,199 nominations were filed for the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which recognizes employers that support the National Guard and Reserves.

04/17/2008

Unit in Iraq Takes on ‘Eagle Challenge’  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - U.S. soldiers at Forward Operating Base Hammer tested their physical and mental endurance in the “Eagle Challenge."

04/16/2008

Military Indebted to Surviving Families, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The sacrifice of military families who have lost loved ones in service to their country is integral to the strength of the military itself, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/16/2008

Commander Sees Progress in Afghan Army, Police      

WASHINGTON - A growing Afghan National Army and reformed police force is helping to put in place competent security forces across the country.

04/16/2008

Army Vet, Hockey Player Puts Iraq War Injuries ‘On Ice’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Army reservist Joseph L. Bowser was faced with either living with a mangled leg or a prosthetic one, he based his decision on how he could best play hockey again. Four years to the date later, Bowser's hockey team placed second in a world championship.

04/16/2008

Intercepted al-Qaida Letter Reveals Tactics, Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A letter discovered on the body of a terrorist killed in fighting with coalition forces provides a chilling glimpse into the inner workings of al-Qaida in Iraq, military officials said.

04/16/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier ‘Pays It Forward’ to Help Others  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Steven Atlas likes to “pay it forward” -- a philosophy that leads to a chain reaction of helping others.

04/16/2008

America Supports You: Actor Honored for Exceptional Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A jack of many trades and master of the deadpan delivery, Ben Stein added one more title to a list that already includes actor, economist, educator and writer: that of exceptional public servant.

04/16/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 13 Suspects in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 13 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq networks in the Tigris River Valley and northwestern Iraq.

04/16/2008

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Hand Out Toys, School Supplies  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers made April 13 a happy day for Iraqi children at two schools near Taji, northwest of Baghdad.

04/15/2008

Mullen Strives for Balance in Current Role as Joint Chiefs Chairman      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he aims for an even approach as he weighs the complexities of keeping U.S. forces trained and poised for future threats.

04/15/2008

Iraqi Forces Draw Praise for Hostage Rescue      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials praised Iraq’s security forces for the rescue of CBS journalist Richard Butler, who was kidnapped in February.

04/15/2008

Gates, Rice Support Extension of Security-Assistance Legislation      

WASHINGTON - The secretaries of Defense and State recommended Congress fund the U.S. military to train and equip foreign forces for global counterinsurgency operations.

04/15/2008

Department Works to Improve Absentee-Voting Procedures, Boost Participation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made great strides over the past four years to ensure troops, particularly those overseas, have greater opportunity to vote. The effort involves working closely with the U.S. and military postal services to ensure no servicemember wishing to vote misses out.

04/15/2008

Multinational Force Iraq Condemns Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq today issued a statement strongly condemning today’s attacks against innocent Iraqi civilians.

04/15/2008

America Supports You: Country Star to Help ‘Toast Troops’ at Quantico      

WASHINGTON - A concert by country music star Craig Morgan will be one of the perks for those who prepare 10,000 care packages in a "Toast to the Troops" campaign conducted by a distillery and service organizations on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 19.

04/15/2008

Insurgents Target Afghan Medical Assistance Teams      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents attacked a medical outreach team of Afghan National Army and coalition forces in the Sanguin district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province April 12, military officials reported.

04/15/2008

Troops Capture Alleged Terrorist Leader in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq leader thought to be in charge of an illegal terrorist court system in the area in Mosul, military officials reported.

04/15/2008

America Supports You: Program Gets Wounded Vets Outdoors, Active      

WASHINGTON - Wounded veterans who once enjoyed sports and being outdoors can resume recreational activities, thanks to a foundation's "Foxtrot" programs in Alabama.

04/15/2008

Leaders Cite Defense, State Department Teamwork in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The collaboration needed to fight global terrorism demonstrates the need for cultural change among federal agencies, the secretaries of Defense and State told a House committee.

04/15/2008

Coalition Forces to Release Detained AP Photographer      

WASHINGTON - Coalition military officials in Baghdad have informed attorneys for Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein Zaidon that they intend to release Hussein.

04/15/2008

Top Pentagon Official Reflects on His Immigrant Roots  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A day after more than 20 military immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens at the Pentagon, a top Defense Department official reflected on his family’s journey to the United States.

04/15/2008

Multinational Corps Iraq Launches Capacity-Building Operation  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Multinational Division Center launched an operation to help Baghdad province communities grow, from governance to infrastructure.

04/15/2008

Personal Security Detachment Soldiers Show Versatility      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - The personal security detachment at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, does far more than escort their commanders around the battlefield.

04/15/2008

Face of Defense: Route-Clearance Soldier Leads From Front  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Spc. Adam Rife uses his eyes and experience to look for roadside bombs to clear the way for convoys. Now he’s preparing other soldiers to do the same high-risk job.

04/14/2008

Naturalization Ceremony Honors New Uniformed Citizens      

WASHINGTON - Twenty-two U.S. military immigrants representing 15 nations wore a collective look of pride as they raised their right hands and recited the oath of U.S. citizenship in a Pentagon courtyard ceremony.

04/14/2008

U.S., Iraqi Forces Winning in Western Anbar Province, Colonel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Increased security brought about by military success against insurgents in the western portion of Iraq’s Anbar province is enabling a drawdown of U.S. forces.

04/14/2008

Wounded Warriors’ Health Care Improving, Senior Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on more than 400 recommendations to improve health care for injured troops and military veterans, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/14/2008

Bush Awards Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to Midshipmen      

WASHINGTON - For the fifth year in a row, the football players from the U.S. Naval Academy were honored guests at the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy.

04/14/2008

Iraqi Forces Make Progress in Basra, Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are continuing to lead operations against insurgents in Basra and Baghdad and have made significant progress toward establishing security, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said.

04/14/2008

Joint Forces in Afghanistan Detain Haqqani Network Commander      

WASHINGTON - Coaltion forces apprehended a militant network commander and others during a mission to disrupt bombing operations in Khowst province April 12.

04/14/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 12 Suspects in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces netted nine suspects during operations in Iraq targeting senior al-Qaida leaders. Coalition forces conducted two missions targeting the al-Qaida bombing network.

04/14/2008

Rice Accepts Honorary Doctorate, Expresses Optimism About Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received the first honorary doctorate conferred by the U.S. Air Force in a ceremony in her home state of Alabama and delivered an acceptance speech expressing confidence in operations in Afghanistan.

04/14/2008

America Supports You: Military Family Web Site Up for ‘Internet Oscar’      

WASHINGTON - CinCHouse.com, a web site for military families, is a finalist for Best Lifestyle site of 2008 in the 12th Annual Webby Awards, described by some as the “Oscars of the Internet.”

04/14/2008

Joint Task Force Supports Army South in Honduras  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - A U.S. Army exercise in Honduras is testing the ability to support forward-deployed troops over three months as the number of U.S. military personnel on Soto Cano Air Base nearly doubles.

04/14/2008

Afghan Veterinarian, Civil Affairs Team Help Ranchers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Coalition forces assisted Afghan veterinary officials in Farah province as they treated animals and taught shepherds how to care for their livestock at Farah Fire Base.

04/14/2008

Increased Security Brings New Commerce to Iraqi City  This story contains photos.    

HAWIJAH, Iraq - Coalition forces were routinely targeted in Hawijah in Kirkuk province, the focus of the region’s worst violence. But since the citizens and their local leaders turned against the extremists, overall violence has dropped nearly 80 percent.

04/14/2008

San Francisco USO Provides Military Travelers Welcome Respite  This story contains photos.    

SAN FRANCISCO - USO volunteers and staff, like retired Air Force Col. Ray Slifka, help create homes away from home for travel-weary military members.

04/14/2008

Extremism is Enemy of Success in Iraq, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Extremism is the enemy of success in Iraq, whether in the form of Iranian-backed "special groups,” criminal militias or al-Qaida, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

04/14/2008

Prospect of Success Revived in Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the 2007 troop surge, coalition forces have “revived the prospect of success in Iraq,” President Bush said in his weekly radio address.

04/14/2008

Troops Kill Terrorist, Detain 10 in Northern Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces killed one terrorist adn detained 10 suspects in operations across northern Iraq yesterday.

04/14/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier From Sudan Becomes U.S. Citizen in Mass Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Spc. Simon Nbenye, an Arabic interpreter born in Sudan, and 258 other foreign-born U.S. troops became U.S. citizens April 12 in Baghdad. "In America things are different. I feel safe,” he said.

04/11/2008

Two States Sign Compact on Education Transition for Military Children      

WASHINGTON - The governors of Kansas and Kentucky signed a bill into law to ease the education transition for children as their military parents move from assignment to assignment.

04/11/2008

Pentagon to Host Special All-Military Naturalization Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England will join U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Emilio Gonzalez and deliver the keynote address at a special military naturalization ceremony .

04/11/2008

Research Agency Showcases Robot-Driven Vehicles at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department employees got a glimpse of the automobile of the future at a display of robot-driven vehicles in the Pentagon’s center courtyard.

04/11/2008

Research Agency Celebrates 50 Years of Technological Evolution      

WASHINGTON - Several hundred past and present Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency employees gathered to celebrate 50 years of success that ranged from missions to the moon to an early version of the Internet.

04/11/2008

Gates Foresees Fewer Troops in Iraq in 2009      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he is confident there will be fewer U.S. troops in Iraq in 2009, but added that the drawdown has been slower than he anticipated.

04/11/2008

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Kills Six Armed Criminals Near Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - A Hellfire missile fired from a coalition unmanned aerial vehicle killed six heavily armed criminals in northeastern Baghdad.

04/11/2008

Civilian, Military Defenders Gather for Vehicle Bomb Demonstration  This story contains photos.    

FORT DIX, N.J. - Law enforcement personnel joined troops at the explosive ordnance range at Fort Dix, N.J., to watch explosives blow up vehicles as part of a training course targeting vehicle bombs.

04/11/2008

Military’s Hawaiian Playground Undergoes Major Facelift  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - The Hale Koa Hotel has offered troops, military retirees and Defense Department civilian employees a piece of paradise on Hawaii’s most famous beach since it opened its doors in 1975.

04/11/2008

PaCom, Indonesia Recommit to Shared Security Interests  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The top U.S. officer in the Pacific met with Indonesia's president to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the region and applaud Indonesia’s role in security initiatives.

04/11/2008

America Supports You: Delta Blue Star Moms Support Troops, Each Other  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Friends and families of troops living in west-central California have a shoulder to lean with the Delta Blue Star Moms, a chapter of a support group surrounding U.S. military personnel.

04/11/2008

Chairman Cites ‘Delicate Balance’ Between Troop Levels, Readiness      

WASHINGTON - As the United States continues its mission in Iraq and Afghanistan and also works to reduce deployment lengths for troops, leaders must balance carrying out vital missions while maintaining the health of the force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/11/2008

'Surge' Brigade Heads Back to Fort Riley      

BAGHDAD - Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team are redeploying to Fort Riley, Kan.

04/11/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Step Up in Numaniyah  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - A police-led operation in Numaniyah, Iraq, sent a message to criminals in the city: Iraqi security forces are in control.

04/11/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Efforts Bring Fresh Eggs to Troops  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Through the efforts of a U.S. soldier, deployed troops can once again enjoy fresh eggs as a breakfast option after the nutritious staple was banned from Iraq for a year.

04/10/2008

Gates: Reduced Iraq Violence Enables Exit of Surge Forces      

WASHINGTON - Sharply decreased violence in Iraq has set the stage for the departure of the remaining surge forces by the end of July, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

04/10/2008

As Iraqi Progress Update Closes, Dialogue Remains Open      

WASHINGTON - After nearly 20 hours of prepared statements to Congress, the top U.S. military commander and diplomat in Iraq answered reporters’ wide-ranging questions, describing daily levels of communication between Baghdad and Washington.

04/10/2008

NorthCom, Homeland Security Refine Relationship      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command plan to refine their existing intelligence relationship, a top DHS intelligence official said.

04/10/2008

Gates Tests Phone Connection with China      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates tested a defense telephone link to China for the first time, making a call to his counterpart there and marking improved relations between the military leaders.

04/10/2008

Petraeus Gives High Marks to Maliki’s Anti-terror Offensive      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces performed well, in view of their relative inexperience, in recent fighting against terrorists and criminals in the southern part of the country, including Basra, as well as in parts of Baghdad, the top U.S. military officer in Iraq said.

04/10/2008

Petraeus: Conditions on Ground to Dictate Troop Withdrawals      

WASHINGTON - After the last of the surge brigades leaves Iraq this summer, future troop withdrawals will be based on conditions on the ground and will be evaluated continuously, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said in a recent television interview.

04/10/2008

Services See Strong Showing for March Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - All military services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for March, Defense Department officials reported.

04/10/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Seven in Central, Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained seven suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaida in central and northern Iraq today.

04/10/2008

Keating: Engagement With China May Clarify Its Military Intentions  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - China’s military expansion raises questions and concerns, so the best way to get a clear sense of what China is up to and why is to engage with its leaders, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said.

04/10/2008

Bush Announces Shorter Deployment Lengths      

WASHINGTON - President Bush directed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to reduce the deployment time for soldiers in Iraq from 15 months to one year.

04/10/2008

101st Airborne Takes Over for 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - On the 101st day of 2008, 101st Airborne Division headquarters took command of NATO’s Regional Command East sector of Afghanistan from the 82nd Airborne Division.

04/10/2008

America Supports You: Community Sends Girl Scout Cookies to Troops      

CINCINNATI - Dozens of troops soon will be snacking on Girl Scout cookies thanks to the Thank You Foundation and Cincinnati groups.

04/10/2008

PaCom Commander Visits Marine Security Detachment in Jakarta  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, visited Marines guarding the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on his way to a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume.

04/10/2008

PaCom Chief Lauds U.S.-Indonesian Ties, Urges Closer Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific has pledged to continue working to build on the United States’ solid military-to-military relationship with Indonesia through exercises, military exchanges and information sharing.

04/10/2008

Battalion Helps Iraqis Reclaim Freedom, Security, Stability  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Raider Brigade Combat Team has a new ally in its mission to help the Iraqi government and coalition soldiers build on the predominately Sunni community of Doura in Baghdad’s Rashid district.

04/10/2008

Face of Defense: Loadmaster Helps War Effort, Provides Humanitarian Aid  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - An airman contributes to the war on terror by transporting cargo -- from hand grenades to bottled water.

04/09/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Discusses Vision for Future      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed the need for more troops in Afghanistan, reduced deployment lengths, improved care for the wounded and a transition from “peacetime” to “wartime” processes.

04/09/2008

Petraeus, Crocker Finish Marathon of Testimony      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker wrapped a marathon of congressional testimony on Iraq April 8 and 9, 2008, by answering questions for the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

04/09/2008

Fallen Navy SEAL Enshrined in Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes      

WASHINGTON - A Navy SEAL who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Iraq joined a rarefied fraternity of military heroes at the Pentagon.

04/09/2008

Army to Relax Information Controls to Keep Pace with Cyberspace      

WASHINGTON - Cumbersome controls over information flow in the Army soon may be a thing of the past, as the service works to deliver its messages proactively in the fast-paced cyber world.

04/09/2008

Supply Chain Partners Deliver 5,000 MRAPs to Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Supply chain partners, from manufacturer to front lines, reached a major milestone in protecting warfighters from the effects of many improvised explosive devices.

04/09/2008

Petraeus: Iraqis Want to Establish National Sovereignty      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government wants to establish itself as an independent entity that can stand without U.S. assistance, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/09/2008

Iraqi SWAT Team Nabs Six Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - A Baqouba-based Iraqi special weapons and tactics unit, advised by U.S. Special Forces, captured six terrorists in Shilbah village.

04/09/2008

America Supports You: Group Rides to Support Wounded Vets      

WASHINGTON - Recovering wounded veterans in California hear these visitors long before they see them: Blue Star Riders on motorcycles.

04/09/2008

Petraeus Cites ‘Significant, but Uneven’ Security Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi surge forces have boosted security in Iraq, but those gains are uneven and subject to reversal, the top U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Iraq told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/09/2008

Keating Visit to Brunei Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Darussalam - The top U.S. officer in the Pacific called Brunei’s efforts to expand its military capabilities and regional engagement a big step toward stabilizing the region.

04/09/2008

Face of Defense: Sergeant Donates Hair to Help Children  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - An Air Force noncommissioned officer who had long hair all of her life decided during her deployment to Afghanistan to use her hair to brighten lives.

04/09/2008

Painting Project Brings Soldiers, Iraqi Families Together  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers at Forward Operating Base War Eagle in Baghdad invited a group of Iraqi children to showcase their artistic skills by painting the concrete walls used to protect citizens in their neighborhood.

04/09/2008

Petraeus, Crocker to Testify Before House Panels Today      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Iraq are testifying for a second day on Capitol Hill about the way ahead in Iraq.

04/08/2008

U.S. Troops Devoted to Iraq Mission Despite Strain, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - American troops fighting in Iraq understand the importance of their mission there despite strains caused by repeated deployments, the senior U.S. military officer in Iraq told Senate Foreign Relations Committee members.

04/08/2008

Iraq Security Situation Improved, But Remains Fragile      

WASHINGTON - The troop surge into Iraq has helped tamp down violence and improve security, but the situation remains fragile, the top U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Iraq told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

04/08/2008

Bush Confers Highest Military Decoration on Fallen Navy SEAL  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, whose mortal sacrifice in Iraq saved the lives of two fellow SEALs and several Iraqi soldiers.

04/08/2008

Aircrews Kill Attackers, Destroy Mortar Launching Site in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - An Army Apache helicopter and an Air Force F-16 took out a mortar-launching team and their launch site yesterday after an observation team saw them emplacing mortars in the New Baghdad district.

04/08/2008

Coalition Vet Clinic Helps Iraqi Brick Factory Thrive  This story contains photos.    

NARHWAN, Iraq - An Army vet team that treated more than 250 donkeys also improved the productivity of a brick factory. "We were able to teach the best way of care and feeding donkeys," said Army Capt. Rory Carolan.

04/08/2008

Afghanistan Operations Targeting Extremists Net Five Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Five suspects were caught during two separate operations targeting extremist networks in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan and Khowst provinces.

04/08/2008

U.S., Chile Sign Information-Sharing Agreement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top defense officials for the United States and Chile signed an agreement to begin sharing science and technology information, further strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

04/08/2008

America Supports You: Military Kids Get Special Recognition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department dignitaries helped honor military children and their sacrifices during a reception hosted by “Our Military Kids."

04/08/2008

Iran Threatens Iraq’s Stability, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The recent spike in violence in southern Iraq highlights the destructive role Iran has played in funding, training, arming and directing extremist “special groups” in Iraq, and generates renewed concern about Iran’s influence in the country.

04/08/2008

Face of Defense: Flight Engineer Reaches 10,000-Hour Milestone  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert Fisher has spent so many hours in the air he could have circled the planet 300 times.

04/08/2008

Petraeus Recommends Pause in Iraq Troop Reductions      

WASHINGTON - The United States should take 45 days after the last “surge” brigade leaves Iraq in July to evaluate the situation before deciding future troop levels, the coalition’s top military commander said.

04/08/2008

Afghanistan Opens New Civil Order Police Training Center  This story contains photos.    

ADRESKAN, Afghanistan - Afghan and U.S. leaders celebrated the grand opening of a new facility for training Afghan National Civil Order Police in Adreskan.

04/08/2008

Soldiers Patrol Sadr City in Wake of Intense Fighting  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Days after intense fighting and the March 30 call to peace from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, coalition soldiers patrol the outskirts of Sadr City to ensure the safety of the city’s residents.

04/08/2008

Keating Praises Micronesia’s Partnership in Promoting Stability  This story contains photos.    

PALIKIR, Micronesia - U.S. Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating praised Micronesia as a partner in promoting regional security and personally thanked a local soldier severely wounded while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.

04/07/2008

Coalition Forces Go After Rocket, Mortar Squads      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are increasingly focused on destroying enemy rocket and mortar teams following attacks on two Baghdad sites that killed three U.S. servicemembers and wounded 26 others.

04/07/2008

America Supports You: Fort Myer Kids Get to Clown Around  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Silliness was encouraged at the Fort Myer, Va., child development center when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clowns entertained more than 100 youngsters.

04/07/2008

Well-Drilling Project Builds African Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

NAIROBI, Kenya - Airmen and sailors joined Kenyans to increase access to clean drinking water within the arid Garissa district. "Some people have to walk 20 miles for water," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jack Ndaiga.

04/07/2008

Afghan, U.S. Forces Capture Militants in Nuristan Province Raid      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces operating in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province cleared Kendal and Shok villages of insurgents and captured several suspects, military officials reported.

04/07/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Five, Capture Eight Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops killed five terrorists and captured eight suspects during counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, military officials reported.

04/07/2008

General Reflects on Improved Afghan Government, Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s government and national security forces have improved consistently in the past year, a NATO official said.

04/07/2008

Village of Hope Gives Iraqis New Perspective  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - When an Air Force engineer first stepped foot in Hawr Rajab, it was an al-Qaida in Iraq safe haven. Four months later, it has changed from 'the O.K. Corral' to a thriving community.

04/07/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Works Hard to Keep Mail Flowing      

HIT, Iraq - E-mail hasn't dampened the joy of traditional mail for deployed troops. Just ask Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Natt.

04/07/2008

Group Helps Guard, Reserve Children With After-School Activities      

WASHINGTON - Deployments are tough on military families, especially kids. “Our Military Children” helps fund after-school activities for National Guard and reserve families when a parent is deployed.

04/07/2008

Family Support Network Helps Families During Marine Deployments  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Marine families based thousands of miles from home are finding deployments a bit less challenging with the help of an active family support network.

04/06/2008

Terminal Fury Prepares PACOM to Confront Crisis, Threats      

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - The top U.S. officer in the Pacific declared a recent command post exercise a big success in ensuring U.S. Pacific Command is ready to respond to the broad challenges it faces in the region.

04/06/2008

One Terrorist Killed, 22 Detained in Coalition Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 22 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern parts of Iraq, according to coalition press releases.

04/06/2008

Civilian Contractor Charged With Assault Under Military Law      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Corps Iraq announced that a civilian contractor accompanying the force has been charged with aggravated assault under military law

04/05/2008

Secretary Reaffirms Strategic Ties with Omani Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ended his NATO summit trip with a stop in Oman where he reaffirmed longstanding U.S. ties and discussed Iraq and Iran with Omani leaders.

04/05/2008

President Lauds Progress of Young European Democracies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO’s invitation to Albania and Croatia signifies the countries are on the right track in growing their fledgling democracies, President Bush said in his weekly radio address.

04/04/2008

Soldiers Remember Medal of Honor Recipient in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - U.S troops held a remembrance ceremony in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith who gave his life in defense of others and earned the Medal of Honor.

04/04/2008

Last Colorado Air Guard MIA Laid to Rest in Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The remains of Colorado Air National Guard Maj. Perry H. Jefferson, who vanished during an observation flight 39 years ago over the jungles of South Vietnam, were at last laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

04/04/2008

Coalition Team Assists in Building Combat Force      

WASHINGTON - A joint effort between the Coalition Army Advisory Training Team and the Iraqi Defense Ministry will have completed the Iraqi prime minister’s objective for force generation by the end of the year.

04/04/2008

Central Command Official Buoyed by Iraqi Leadership in Basra      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. Central Command continues to focus on fighting terrorism, its main priorities are southern Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But It also plans to let Multinational Force Iraq and the Iraqi government continue to control the situation in southern Iraq.

04/04/2008

Iraqis Equate Corruption with Terrorism, Inspector General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis eager for stable government institutions consider corruption tantamount to terrorism, a U.S. inspector general in Iraq said.

04/04/2008

U.S. May Send More Troops to Afghanistan in 2009, Gates Says      

EN ROUTE TO MUSCAT, Oman - The United States may send more troops to Afghanistan in 2009, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed.

04/04/2008

Gates Leaves NATO Summit Pleased With Outcomes      

ENROUTE TO MUSCAT, Oman - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates left the three-day NATO summit in Romania with a positive view, telling reporters: “I think, all in all, it was a very successful summit from the standpoint of the alliance.”

04/04/2008

Iraqi Villagers Receive Medical Treatment  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Infants and adults from Abu Amer, a village in Wasit province, received medical assistance from coalition forces during a program designed to provide basic primary care.

04/04/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Two Terrorists, Detain 16 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed two terrorists and detained 16 suspected extremists during operations targeting al Qaeda senior leaders and bomb networks.

04/04/2008

America Supports You: Walter Reed Troops Get Some Comic Relief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With camera crew in tow, comedian Kathy Griffin joked with Walter Reed Army Medical Center residents.

04/04/2008

Face of Defense: Brothers Reunite in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Hansen and his brother, Army Sgt. 1st Class Zane Hansen, always have served on opposite sides of the world. But an unexpected mission brought them together in Iraq.

04/04/2008

Asia-Pacific Leaders Focus on Security Concerns, Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - More than 60 military and government leaders from across Asia and the Pacific yesterday kicked off a six-week program that aims to help them work more effectively and cooperatively to promote regional security.

04/03/2008

Forces Cooperate to Stop Violence in Multinational Division Center      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, aided by coalition forces and local citizens, neutralized threats from an Iranian-backed “special group” in a Baghdad-area neighborhood.

04/03/2008

Iraqi Police Continue to Make Progress, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Building an Iraqi police force is an enormous challenge, but the team of coalition and Iraqi forces is making progress, a senior U.S. Army officer said.

04/03/2008

NATO Members Debate Direction of Alliance      

BUCHAREST, Romania - The second day of NATO’s summit conference ended with support for more troops in Afghanistan, a missile defense system for Europe and the hopes of eventually adding at least five more countries to the alliance.

04/03/2008

Department to Phase Out Full Social Security Numbers on IDs      

WASHINGTON - As a means of combating identity theft, the Defense Department will issue identification cards without full Social Security numbers printed onto them.

04/03/2008

Enemy Attacks Give Coalition Opportunities, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The recent increase in attacks by Shiia extremists in Iraq gave coalition forces opportunities to target extremist cells and degrade their capabilities.

04/03/2008

NATO Offers Membership to Two of Three Balkan Candidates      

BUCHAREST, Romania - NATO formally offered membership to Albania and Croatia, two of the three Balkan nations President Bush had strongly advocated for acceptance. But Greece blocked an invitation for Macedonia, the third Balkan nation under consideration.

04/03/2008

Troops Kill Suspected Terrorists, Capture Others in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed seven suspected terrorists, detained 10 others and seized weapons and explosives in Iraq the past three days, military officials said.

04/03/2008

Wounded Marines Praise Medical Care, Relate Iraq Experiences  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Two Marines injured in Iraq praised the medical care they’ve received at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., during a ceremony for their renovated outpatient quarters.

04/03/2008

Afghanistan Graduates First Police Trauma Assistance Personnel  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan police officers graduate from the first course on trauma assistance taught by U.S. Navy hospital corpsmen.

04/03/2008

U.S. Silver Star Recipient Honored at NATO Summit  This story contains photos.    

BUCHAREST, Romania - U.S. Army Spc. Monica Brown, the first woman soldier to receive the Silver Star for combat, was overwhelmed by additional recognition at the NATO summit from world leaders, including a fellow Texan: President Bush.

04/03/2008

Work Continues on Fallujah’s Sewage Treatment Facility  This story contains photos.    

FALLUJAH, Iraq - U.S. Army engineers are directing an $85 million central wastewater treatment facility for Fallujah’s estimated 200,000 residents.

04/02/2008

England Hails Wounded Marines, Outpatient Facility at Bethesda  This story contains photos.    

NATIONAL NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER, Bethesda, Md. - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England saluted a group of wounded Marine combat veterans and the medical care they receive during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly-renovated outpatient housing facility at Bethesda, Md.

04/02/2008

U.S. Applauds Maliki’s Strategic Intent in Basra      

WASHINGTON - U.S. leaders applaud Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s strategic attempt to curb criminals and thugs in Basra, adding that the recent operation was Iraqi planned with minor coalition support.

04/02/2008

Troops Kill 14 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq, Capture 49 Others      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 14 suspected terrorists, detained 49 others, and seized dozens of weapons in Iraq.

04/02/2008

Manas Airmen’s Charitable Program Reaches Milestone  This story contains photos.    

MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan - With support from the Manas Air Base Outreach Society and the local Children's Heart Ward, two doctors who perform free heart surgeries have performed their 100th surgery.

04/02/2008

Bush Pushes NATO Acceptance of Three Balkan Nations  This story contains photos.    

BUCHAREST, Romania - President Bush called NATO’s upcoming decision on whether to accept three Balkan nations for membership into the alliance “historic” and said the United States strongly supports their joining.

04/02/2008

Mullen Says Conventional Forces Must Learn From Special Ops Personnel      

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - All servicemembers will have to become more like special operations troops as the war against terror continues.

04/02/2008

Defense Secretary Arrives in Bucharest for NATO Summit      

BUCHAREST, Romania - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates landed in Bucharest, Romania, for the start of the NATO summit, where he will meet with defense ministers from NATO allies.

04/02/2008

America Supports You: 4-H Provides Ways to Help Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - Indiana school administrators, military support groups and volunteers are learning how 4-H assists children affected by a family member’s deployment.

04/02/2008

Face of Defense: Infantry Soldiers Inducted Into Order of Saint Maurice      

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq were inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice and received the prestigious infantry medallion in Baghdad, March 31.

04/02/2008

Former Detainees Released to Sheikh's Supervision  This story contains photos.    

JURF AS SAHKR, Iraq - After serving their sentences in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, 25 detainees were released under the supervision of a local sheikh in Jurf as Sahkr.

04/02/2008

Newly Wounded Warriors Experience ‘Miracles on the Mountainside’  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Several active-duty troops have joined nearly 400 disabled veterans to try a range of activities from skiing to scuba diving at the 22nd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

04/02/2008

Senior Citizen Hits Slopes to Inspire Younger Disabled Vets  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Bob Eiden, 74, isn’t going to let an amputated leg keep him from showing newly wounded combat veterans at a sports clinic that there’s still life after a disability.

04/02/2008

Changing World Leads to NATO’S Transformation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO’s creation in 1949 provided a unique framework for Western military cooperation in an era of Soviet expansion, and subsequently throughout the Cold War.

04/02/2008

NATO Grows with Afghanistan Experience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO’s effort in Afghanistan shows not only how far the alliance has come from its original mission of confronting the Cold War era’s Soviet threat, but also how far it has to go to become a force for the 21st century.

04/01/2008

Mullen Calls for Continuous Assessments in Iraq      

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - After the last of the “surge brigades” redeploy, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would like to continually assess conditions on the ground in Iraq.

04/01/2008

Lengthy, Repetitive Deployments Risk Forces, Mullen Says      

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - The military has to reduce stress on the Army and Marine Corps or risk crossing “an invisible red line” that will place too much strain on the force.

04/01/2008

DoD, Services Celebrate Month of the Military Child      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, military services and communities around the world again are set to recognize the importance of military children whose parents serve their country.

04/01/2008

Missile Defense Embodies Balanced Approach, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Facing diverse global threats, the United States must underpin its offensive capabilities with protective systems such as missile defense, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/01/2008

America Supports You: MWR Worker is Troops’ Substitute Mom  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Troops stopping at Camp Buehring's recreaction center on the way to Iraq can meet Violet Kelly, better known as “Big Momma” to the troops. She watches out for them as if they were her own children.

04/01/2008

Bush Supports Ukrainian, Georgian Aspirations for NATO Membership      

WASHINGTON - President Bush strongly endorsed Ukraine’s and Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO during a news conference with reporters in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

04/01/2008

Troops Kill Suspected Terrorists, Capture Others, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four suspected terrorists, detained 29 others, and seized or destroyed dozens of weapons in Iraq, military officials said.

04/01/2008

Army Cooks in Afghanistan Provide a Taste of Home  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Army cooks from Task Force Pacemaker are providing their own unique taste of home with each hot meal they serve. “Our weekly barbecues are the most loved meals by the soldiers,” said Army Staff Sgt. Melanie Scott.

04/01/2008

Soldiers Bring Medical Care to Iraqi Town  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Working with Iraqi civilian and U.S. military doctors, coalition forces in Busayefi, Iraq, hosted a combined medical clinic. "We're trying to build a relationship with the people," said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jose Duke.

04/01/2008

Gates Thanks Danes for Commitment, Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with Danish Defense Minister Soren Gade in Copenhagen, Denmark, to thank the country for its contribution to the fight in Afghanistan.

04/01/2008

America Supports You: Volunteers, Sponsors Drive Disabled Vets Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - As nearly 400 disabled veterans enjoy the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, officials credit a legion of volunteers and sponsors as the driving force behind the clinic’s success.

04/01/2008

Basra Violence Proves Tough Days Ahead, Chairman Says      

POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - The spike in violence in Basra and southern Baghdad proves there are still tough days ahead in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit to Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

04/01/2008

NATO Looks to Expand Membership at Bucharest Summit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For only the sixth time in its 59-year history, NATO is poised to expand its membership.

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