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10/30/2009

International Forces Train Afghans in Critical Care  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S. and other international troops in Afghanistan recently provided training in critical patient care and blood processing to Afghan doctors that they hope will spread throughout the country.

10/30/2009

Troops Wage Friendly Competition in Pentagon Fitness Challenge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military competitors showed off their speed, agility and dedication to physical fitness in the Pentagon Athletic Center’s Ultimate Fitness Challenge.

10/30/2009

Yoga, Curry Make for Good Army Training  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUNDELA, India - U.S. soldiers deployed to India to train with the army there, and ended up learning some valuable lessons off the battlefield.

10/30/2009

Exercise Seeks to Reduce Friendly Fire Incidents      

WASHINGTON - The Bold Quest 2009 exercise seeks to identify emerging technologies that can be used to save military and civilian lives during combat operations.

10/30/2009

Advanced Radar Improves Iraqi Air Surveillance      

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq - The Iraqi air force has significantly enhanced its air defense capabilities with the arrival of a digital air surveillance radar system.

10/30/2009

Combined Force Detains Suspected Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international security forces detained several suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Paktia and Helmland provinces, military officials reported.

10/30/2009

Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. forces advisors, detained several terrorism suspects in Iraq in recent days, including one believed responsible for the Oct. 11 bombing in Ramadi.

10/30/2009

Survivors Unlikely in Midair Crash, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Search efforts continue after two military aircraft collided off the California coast, but a Defense Department official said it’s unlikely there are survivors among the nine people aboard.

10/30/2009

Military Will Have Enough H1N1 Vaccine, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries, military medical experts say.

10/30/2009

Face of Defense: Weekend Musician Fulfills Duty in Desert  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Army Sgt. Nicholas Raia said it was a sense of duty that made him leave the good life as a Penn State student and weekend National Guard musician to serve in Iraq.

10/30/2009

Chairman Honored for Efforts to End Homelessness  This story contains photos.    

HOLYOKE, Mass. - The United States has the values, wealth, and support of its leadership to end homelessness among veterans, the top military officer said as he accepted an award for his efforts to stop what he said is a nationwide problem.

10/29/2009

‘Total Fitness’ Seeks Unit, Troop Effectiveness      

WASHINGTON - By promoting “total fitness" Defense Department officials hope to build on what many say already is the most resilient force in U.S. military history.

10/29/2009

Department Takes Steps to Reduce Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is sending additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as the most advanced drones and new platforms such as the MC-12, to counter deadly assaults in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

10/29/2009

U.S. Seeks to Counter Enemy’s ‘Weapon of Choice’      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department expects U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue to be targeted by improvised explosive devices while it seeks ways to counter the threat.

10/29/2009

Exercise Seeks Battlefield Information Effectiveness      

WASHINGTON - The annual joint Empire Challenge demonstration explores how to improve dissemination of vital intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to battlefield commanders.

10/29/2009

Office Seeks Balance Supporting Current, Future Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - The office of the Pentagon's director of defense research and engineering must balance the needs of today's warfighters and the needs of servicemembers a generation from now.

10/29/2009

H1N1 Vaccine Order Includes Enough for National Guard  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Defense Department has acquired enough doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine to immunize all 460,000 members of the National Guard.

10/29/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested several terrorism suspects in Iraq, military officials reported.

10/29/2009

Afghan Police Learn to Engage Public  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police officers are developing their engagement skillls so they can build trust and relationships with the people they serve.

10/29/2009

Parts From Wrecked Plane Become Training Aids      

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi airmen moved parts of a wrecked C-130 Hercules transport from Sather Air Base to New Al Muthana Air Base, Iraq, where they will be used as training aids for Iraqi aircraft maintainers.

10/29/2009

Face of Defense: Analyst Warms Hearts With Magic      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A simulations analyst at Camp Lejeune, N.C., has turned his passion for martial arts and magic into a crowd-pleasing show.

10/28/2009

Army Continues Advancing Soldier Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Since 2002, Program Executive Office Soldier, better known simply as PEO Soldier, has been the Army’s dedicated organization in developing, enhancing and fielding soldier capabilities.

10/28/2009

President Signs Defense Authorization Act      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House.

10/28/2009

Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden Praise Troops, Vets, Families      

WASHINGTON - The wives of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden praised servicemembers, veterans and their families during a visit to a Veterans Affairs hospital in New York City.

10/28/2009

Officials Cite Military’s Domestic Response Role      

WASHINGTON - If not for the logistical capability and other unique assets the U.S. military has at its disposal during times of crises, the American population would suffer significantly, federal health officials said.

10/28/2009

Act Ends Controversial Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - With President Barack Obama’s signature on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial pay-for-performance personnel system was abolished.

10/28/2009

Postal Service Announces Holiday Mailing Guidelines  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Postal Service officials have announced recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

10/28/2009

Wounded Warrior Diaries: ‘Failure is Not an Option’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Former Army Staff Sgt. Joe Beimfohr credits innate stubborness and the examples of other wounded warriors with helping him after losing his legs.

10/28/2009

Low Visibility Blamed for Helicopter Crash      

KABUL - U.S. military authorities have determined that the cause of an MH-47 helicopter crash in Afghanistan’s Badghis province Oct. 26 was a combination of factors caused by very low visibility.

10/28/2009

Willard Looks to Partnerships in Pacific  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard first enjoyed worldwide visibility when he played a Soviet pilot who challenged actor Tom Cruise to a dogfight in the 1986 movie, "Top Gun." Today, Willard's job entails keeping the peace in half the world.

10/28/2009

Face of Defense: Immigrant Serves Adopted Country  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Meirong Wang, who was not in the United States long before she decided to serve, says she's inspired by the dedication of her fellow soldiers.

10/28/2009

U.S. Medics Train Iraqi Counterparts      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - U.S. Army medics in Iraq are taking a major step forward in normalizing the training of Iraqi army medics by matching curriculum to clinics’ real-time needs, which for now, is treating colds and flu.

10/28/2009

U.S.-Indian Armies Wrap Up Historic Exercise  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUNDELA, India - About 250 U.S. soldiers completed a training exercise with their Indian counterparts in which the two armies swapped soldiers and traded war stories.

10/27/2009

Commanders Note Security Gains in Southern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in southern Iraq is stable with Iraqi forces continuing to show courage and improvement, and American and Iraqi commanders said they expect security gains in the region to continue.

10/27/2009

Gates Asks Xu to Help Stop 'On-Again, Off-Again' Cycle  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Breaking the cycle of "on-again, off-again" U.S.-China military-to-military relations is of primary importance to the two nations, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told his Chinese counterpart.

10/27/2009

‘Af-Pak Hands’ Strives for Continuity in U.S. Mission      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is building a cadre of officers who each will serve a multi-year assignment dedicated to a narrow piece of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

10/27/2009

Force Recovers Missing Crew, Aircraft in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force members recovered the remains of three civilian crewmembers and the wreckage of an aircraft missing for two weeks in the rugged mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

10/27/2009

Iraqi Forces Detain 7 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested seven suspected terrorists while searching for terrorist network leaders, military officials reported.

10/27/2009

Bomb Attacks Kill 8 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Eight U.S. troops and an Afghan civilian working with NATO forces were killed in multiple “complex” bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan.

10/27/2009

Afghans Hold Rule of Law Conference  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of Afghan legal rights departments and police came together with U.S. personnel Oct. 11 to discuss the strategy for improving the legal system in three northeast provinces.

10/27/2009

School Opening Brings New Hope in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

HAIDARI, Iraq - A project that began last year came to fruition when the village of Haidari celebrated the official opening of a newly renovated school.

10/27/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Keeps Vehicles Rolling      

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gary Mishoe went from a lucrative job on a Ford assembly line to keeping vehicles rolling downrange in Afghanistan.

10/27/2009

Shinseki Cites Collaboration in Mental Health Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Strengthening the collaboration on mental healthcare is imperative because “there is urgency in addressing the mental baggage of war,” the Veterans Affairs secretary said during a speech at a mental health summit in Washington.

10/26/2009

Obama Salutes Servicemembers’ Duty, Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked U.S. military members for their service and sacrifice during his visit to a Florida Navy base. “You are the best-trained, the best-prepared, the best-led force in history,” he said.

10/26/2009

Pentagon, VA Team Up to Improve Mental Health Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense and Veterans Affairs Department health care professionals began a three-day workshop aimed at improving psychological health care for troops and veterans.

10/26/2009

Iraqis Arrest Bombing Suspects in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, conducted a series of operations resulting in the arrest of 11 suspects in vehicle-bomb networks operating between Baghdad and Mosul.

10/26/2009

Ophthalmology Academy Honors Military Doctors      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The American Academy of Ophthalmology presented military ophthalmologists with its Distinguished Service Award for their ongoing service and contributions to vision care.

10/26/2009

Exercise Seeks to Reduce ‘Friendly-fire’ Incidents      

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Warfighters from the United States and 10 allied nations will assess coalition combat identification systems during a U.S. Joint Forces Command exercise Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point.

10/26/2009

New Road to Link Both Sides of Afghan River  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The 11.25-mile road to economic success and increased security in Kunar province is paved, and a new bridge will link both sides of the Kunar River.

10/26/2009

Water Taps Open in Baghdad’s Sadr City District  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Army Corps of Engineers has completed more than $1 billion in projects in Iraq this year, with none more critical than a new water treatment plant in Baghdad.

10/26/2009

Forces Kill Taliban Commander, Other Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and NATO forces have removed dozens of insurgents from fighting in Afghanistan, including a long-sought-after Taliban commander.

10/26/2009

Bombings Show Security Challenges, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Terrorist bombings that struck Baghdad demonstrate the security challenges that exist there, a senior Defense Department official said.

10/26/2009

Obama Declares H1N1 Influenza National Emergency      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a national emergency declaration on H1N1 influenza over the weekend to accommodate American health care facilities’ ability to address the pandemic.

10/26/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Continues to Lead  This story contains photos.    

BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Edwards can't perform all the physical duties of other NCOs, but he makes up for it with other key attributes for leading troops.

10/26/2009

Helicopter Incidents Claim Lives in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Separate helicopter incidents have claimed the lives of servicemembers in Afghanistan.

10/24/2009

Chairman Calls U.S.-Japan Relationship ‘Vital’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. basing in Japan, Japanese help in Afghanistan and regional and global challenges were among the issues the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed in Tokyo.

10/23/2009

Command Offers Key Piece to Policymaking Puzzle      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.,implements requests for forces and will play a key role if more U.S. troops get sent to Afghanistan -- or anywhere else.

10/23/2009

New All-terrain Vehicles Arrive in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The first mine–resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles designated for southern Afghanistan arrived by air transport, giving servicemembers safer and easier travel .

10/23/2009

Obama Commemorates Beirut Bombing Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a statement commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist bombing of a Marine barracks that killed 241 U.S. Marines, soldiers and sailors in Beirut, Lebanon.

10/23/2009

Combined Force Kills Enemy Fighters, Detains Suspects      

KABUL - A combined Afghan and international security force killed enemy fighters and wounded another yesterday after forcefully entering and searching a series of compounds in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

10/23/2009

Iraqis Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and soldiers, working with U.S. advisors, arrested seven terrorism suspects in Iraq over the last two days, military officials reported.

10/23/2009

U.S. Forces Prepare Iraqis to Train Others  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Aided by U.S. forces, Iraqi soldiers gained skills ranging from first aid to Humvee maintenance during a course on Camp Mirra, Iraq.

10/23/2009

Iraq Election Debate Won’t Affect U.S. Drawdown      

WASHINGTON - As Iraq’s lawmakers craft new election rules prior to January polling there, U.S. officials are confident that both the U.S. troop drawdown and the elections will be accomplished on schedule.

10/23/2009

CORRECTED VERSION: Mullen Vows Continued Support for Korean Military      

WASHINGTON - As South Korea’s military transitions to full operational control, it’s important to remember the past 60 years of U.S. commitment to the country and to not waver in that support, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/23/2009

Defense Department Takes Aim at Drug Abuse  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Drug Free is the Key” for the Defense Department’s Red Ribbon Week as it works to raise public awareness to combat tobacco, alcohol and drug use among military personnel, civilians and families.

10/23/2009

Artillerymen Save Lives on Battlefield  This story contains photos.    

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Artillerymen are serving a critical role using illumination rounds to keep forward maneuvering units from getting ambushed at night and to provide fire support when patrols come into heavy contact.

10/23/2009

Army Lab Aims to Lighten Soldiers’ Load      

WASHINGTON - Scientists at the Army Research Lab are working to reduce soldiers' loads where a battery pack can weigh as much as 35 pounds and basic body armor 45 pounds.

10/23/2009

1 Dead, 8 Wounded in Army-Navy Exercise      

WASHINGTON - One military member was killed and eight were injured last night after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Navy ship off the coast of Fort Story, Va., just north of Virginia Beach.

10/23/2009

Collaboration Drove Earthquake Relief, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of last month’s devastating earthquakes in Indonesia, rapid response and cooperation led to a successful humanitarian relief effort there, a Navy commander said.

10/23/2009

Red Cross to Distribute Holiday Cards      

WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross again will sponsor a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad.

10/23/2009

Face of Defense: Former Draftee to Hang Up Uniform  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve's top enlisted soldier, Sgt. Maj. Leon E. Caffie, retires this month from an Army vastly different from the one he was drafted into almost 40 years ago.

10/23/2009

Gates Finds Broad Support for New Missile Defense Approach      

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - NATO defense ministers are expressing broad support for the new U.S. approach to missile defense in Europe and the opportunity it may offer to make Russia a partner in the effort, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/23/2009

Gates Receives ‘Mounting Endorsements’ of Strategy Proposals      

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s encouraged by unofficial endorsements NATO defense ministers are expressing for Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s strategy proposals for Afghanistan, along with indications they’re considering additional resources to support the mission there.

10/23/2009

McChrystal to Brief as NATO Ministers Focus on Afghanistan      

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his fellow NATO defense ministers meeting in Slovakia will hear from the commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

10/22/2009

Biden Praises Central European Allies      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden speaking in Bucharest, Romania, said the United States relies on its Central European allies to help confront 21st century challenges and praised the region for its post-Cold War progress.

10/22/2009

Obama Signs Veterans Health Care Legislation      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed new legislation that creates predictable funding for veterans’ health care.

10/22/2009

General in Iraq ‘Encouraged’ as Elections Approach      

WASHINGTON - Violence in Iraq has dropped to the lowest levels seen since 2003 as the Iraqi people prepare to vote in new legislative and general elections slated for January, a senior U.S. military officer said.

10/22/2009

Forces Detain Suspected Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and international security force detained almost a dozen suspected militants in Afghanistan, including a Haqqani terrorist organization commander.

10/22/2009

Airman Keeps Soldiers Connected in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Emond aids soldiers by providing Internet access in Afghanistan. "I'm supporting the warfighters at ground zero," he said.

10/22/2009

Deployed Soldiers Provide Life’s Small Comforts  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING STATION GARRYOWEN, Iraq - Fourteen soldiers deployed to Iraq from Fort Polk, La., take care of one of the smallest comforts of life: clean clothes. They wash and fold an average of 2,200 pounds of clothes per day.

10/22/2009

Gates Heads to NATO Meeting to Discuss Afghanistan      

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s headed to a NATO defense ministers meeting in Slovakia confident there’s enough to discuss about Afghanistan even without a U.S. decision on the strategy there.

10/22/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Beats Breast Cancer With Early Detection  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A California Army National Guard noncommissioned officer diagnosed with breast cancer is cancer-free today -- a fact she credits to early detection.

10/22/2009

Gates Reaffirms Commitment to South Korea  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed the United States’ “unwavering commitment” to its alliance with South Korea, assuring it will continue to provide extended deterrence against North Korea and other threats.

10/21/2009

Event Salutes Severely Disabled Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials recognized contributions made by disabled contract employees like Alvin Ramlu, a retired Army specialist, during a Pentagon ceremony.

10/21/2009

Iraq Drawdown on Track, Policy Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is well on schedule to meet President Barack Obama’s withdrawal timeline from Iraq, despite much work that remains, Pentagon officials told Congress.

10/21/2009

New Command Center Adds to Collaboration  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - At the U.S. military nerve center responsible for coordinating the deployment of troops and equipment downrange, the neurons are likely to fire faster with the addition of a new, state-of-the-art command center.

10/21/2009

Defense Department to Compensate ‘Stop Loss’ Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will implement a new program this week to compensate former and current servicemembers for each month they involuntarily served from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, a defense official said.

10/21/2009

Pentagon Radio Volunteers Move to New Office  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A military institution designed to provide emergency communications has moved to new quarters in the Pentagon.

10/21/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism, Murder Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. forces advisors, arrested two terrorism suspects and a murder suspect in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

10/21/2009

Association Names Military Families of Year      

WASHINGTON - Seven families, one from each of the uniformed services, have been selected as National Military Family Association’s 2009 Military Families of the Year for the roles they play in their communities and the way they embrace the military lifestyle.

10/21/2009

U.S., Afghans Open Strategic Road  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. and Afghan officials joined local residents in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province to officially open a spur connecting the historic Daraband pass to the main road in the Panjshir River valley.

10/21/2009

Face of Defense: Retired Soldier Deploys as Civilian  This story contains photos.    

RICHMOND, Va. - Twenty-two years in the Army wasn't enough to stop Darren Costine's urge to be in the fight. He volunteered for more -- this time as a civilian in the Middle East.

10/21/2009

U.S., Iraqi Troops Conduct Medical Mission  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 17th Fires Brigade and the 14th Iraqi Army Division conducted their first joint medical military-civic operations clinic at Basra Operations Center, drawing about 150 people.

10/21/2009

Gates, Willard Seek More Engagement With China      

SEOUL, South Korea - It’s in the United States’ long-term interest to engage more closely with China, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, and his new top officer in the Pacific said he’s looking forward to the role he hopes to play in the dialogue.

10/21/2009

Gates Calls on South Korea to Expand Security Role      

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on South Korea to assume a larger security role on the Korean peninsula and beyond.

10/21/2009

Collaboration Drives Afghan Strategy Review, Gates Says      

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised a close collaboration between the military and the White House in examining the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, dismissing news reports of a rift.

10/21/2009

Gates, Japanese Leaders Vow Continued Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates re-emphasized in meetings with Japanese leaders the need to move forward with a previously agreed-to realignment plan for U.S. forces.

10/20/2009

McHugh Puts Soldiers, Families at Center of Agenda  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Getting the Army’s personnel aspects right is the most important job for its leaders, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said less than a month into the job.

10/20/2009

First Lady Notes VA’s Road of Change  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama expressed gratitude for Veterans Affairs employees and their dedication during a visit to the department .

10/20/2009

Pentagon Officials Announce 2010 Afghanistan Deployments      

WASHINGTON - More than 11,000 soldiers from three units – two from the active duty Army and one from the Army National Guard -- will rotate into Afghanistan in the spring, summer and fall of 2010.

10/20/2009

Pentagon, White House Await Afghan Election Run-off      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama applauded Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s consent for a second round of elections next month, calling the decision “an important step forward” for the country.

10/20/2009

Obama, Maliki Move Beyond Security Issues      

WASHINGTON - The importance of holding the Iraqi elections on time in January and furthering Iraqi-U.S. economic ties were at the center of discussions between President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House.

10/20/2009

Obama Recognizes Cavalry Troop for Vietnam Gallantry      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama paid a long-overdue tribute to the Vietnam War-era soldiers of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.

10/20/2009

Northern Iraq Sees Security, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in northern Iraq has improved greatly in recent years, the deputy commanding general of U.S. forces there says.

10/20/2009

Troops Re-position to Secure Border With Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - Even as leaders in Washington struggle with the next steps in Afghanistan, troops there are moving to better protect the Afghan people and secure the border that country shares with Pakistan, NATO and Pentagon officials said.

10/20/2009

Iraqi Police Arrest Seven Terrorism Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested seven suspected terrorists today in northern Iraq, military officials reported.

10/20/2009

Forces Kill Militants, Detain Suspects in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Afghan and international security forces killed militants, detained several suspects and seized weapons today in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

10/20/2009

Troops in Djibouti Get Improved Conditions      

WASHINGTON - Officials at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, are working to improve the quality of life for more than 20 tenant commands there, including Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

10/20/2009

Coalition Provides Medical Outreach in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

HERAT, Afghanistan - Afghan soldiers and medical personnel, with the help of Italian, Spanish and U.S. forces, treated some 900 people during a three-day medical outreach in western Afghanistan last week.

10/20/2009

Soldiers Bring Water to Iraqi Desert  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, are working with the provincial reconstruction team and local government in Muthanna, Iraq, to bring clean water to residents who struggle with basic needs.

10/20/2009

Face of Defense: Medic Gives ‘Best Work’ in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Sgt. Jonathan Taylor, an Army reservist, has had much to be proud of in his career, especially his recent work in Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

10/20/2009

Gates to Urge Japan to Stand By Existing Security Pacts      

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates plans to urge Japan's new government during meetings in Tokyo to leave intact security arrangements that have been years in the making.

10/19/2009

Strategy Review Will Continue to Move Forward, Gates Says      

EN ROUTE TO TOKYO - Questions about the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s national elections are a complicating factor, but President Barack Obama’s strategic review doesn’t hinge on the outcome, and ongoing military operations aren’t being affected, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/19/2009

Keating Passes Pacom Torch to Willard      

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presided over a change-of-command ceremony as Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating passed the U.S. Pacific Command helm to Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard.

10/19/2009

Gates Heads to Asia to Bolster U.S. Alliances      

EN ROUTE TO TOKYO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is on his way to Japan, where he will discuss a broad range of defense issues as the first Cabinet-level U.S. official to visit the new Japanese Democratic Party government since it took office last month.

10/19/2009

Authorities Call Off Search for Missing F-16 Pilot      

WASHINGTON - Authorities are still looking for the wreckage of an Air Force F-16 fighter jet that crashed with its pilot into the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina’s coast.

10/19/2009

Admiral Cites Need to Prepare for All Threats      

WASHINGTON - Military commanders of the future should be proficient at managing high-tech communications networks and also should know how to wage conventional, irregular and hybrid warfare, a senior U.S. Navy officer said.

10/19/2009

Author Draws on ‘Outsider’ Perspective  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Alison Buckholtz has turned her experiences as a Navy wife into a book aimed at offering civilian America a glimpse into the inner workings of a military family, and military families a chance to realize they're not alone.

10/19/2009

Army Cancels Brigade’s Iraq Deployment      

WASHINGTON - An Army brigade slated to deploy to Iraq in January was relieved of its deployment orders without current plans for a new mission, Pentagon and Army officials said.

10/19/2009

Special Tactics Airmen Complete 800-mile March  This story contains photos.    

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Twelve special tactics airmen walked more than 800 miles through five states in a memorial march to honor their fallen comrades.

10/19/2009

‘Push Crews’ Ensure On-time Missions  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - An Illinois Army National Guard unit uses a “push crew” to make sure every mission takes off on time and each aircraft gets back to mission-ready status as soon as possible.

10/19/2009

Forces in Iraq Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested suspected terrorist cell leaders, detained other suspected terrorists and seized weapons in Iraq.

10/19/2009

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Keep Watch in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers are using the Raven, an unmanned aerial vehicle, as their "eyes in the sky" in Afghanistan.

10/19/2009

Forces Disrupt Terrorist Networks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international security forces killed multiple militants and detained several suspects in operations in Afghanistan.

10/19/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Prepares for New Challenges  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Though she's personally paid a high price, Air Force Master Sgt. Lisa Peele plans to become a first sergeant so she can continue to "pay it forward."

10/19/2009

Forces Progress in Transition to Operational Reserve      

WASHINGTON - Today’s reserve forces have made tremendous progress transforming from a strategic to an operational reserve, even as they continue to support two wars and hundreds of other missions around the world, a senior Defense Department official said.

10/19/2009

Gates to Press Asia, NATO for More Afghanistan Support      

HONOLULU - As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates travels to Japan and South Korea before heading to a NATO defense ministers conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, he’s expected to ensure the issue of support for Afghanistan remains solidly on front burner.

10/16/2009

Army Says Body Armor Safe, Despite GAO Report      

WASHINGTON - Despite testing anomalies cited in a Government Accountability Office report on body armor, the program executive officer for the organization that fields new equipment to soldiers said the armor plates in question are safe.

10/16/2009

Command Completes Behavioral Health Facilities Probe      

BAGHDAD - The commander of Multinational Corps Iraq has approved the findings of an internal investigation into the security of behavioral health facilitiesafter a May 11 shooting at the Camp Liberty combat stress clinic here in which five soldiers were killed.

10/16/2009

CORRECTED VERSION: Agencies Work to Field, Support M-ATVs  This story contains photos.    

OSHKOSH, Wis. - With the first shipment of the newly designed all-terrain mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles fielded in Afghanistan, several government agencies are now working with the manufacturer to ensure proper maintenance of the critical vehicle.

10/16/2009

DARPA Program Brings Sci-fi Capability to Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are working to turn science fiction into science fact to support warfighters on the battlefield.

10/16/2009

Missing F-16 Pilot’s Crash Debris Found in Ocean      

WASHINGTON - Coast Guard searchers found crash debris believed to belong to a missing Air Force pilot’s F-16 jet that collided with another F-16 near the South Carolina coast, an Air Force spokesman said.

10/16/2009

Gates Receives Marshall Foundation Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates accepted the prestigious Marshall Foundation Award, calling George C. Marshall his hero and inspiration as defense secretary.

10/16/2009

Face of Defense: Teen Finds Focus in Military  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - In a world full of choices, Army Spc. Timothy Markle took a few wrong turns before finding his focus, first in football, then in the military.

10/16/2009

Naval Research Lab Looks to Sea, Sun for Energy      

WASHINGTON - The services could more effectively power unmanned vehicles, underwater monitoring sensors, ships and aircraft if Naval Research Laboratory scientists achieve their goals of harnessing solar and sea power to fuel the military.

10/16/2009

U.S., U.N. Urge Iraqis to Finish Election Law      

WASHINGTON - American and United Nations officials are urging the Iraqi parliament to move quickly on legislation to allow Iraq to hold national elections in January.

10/16/2009

Pentagon Closely Monitors Pakistan Situation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan, following a series of terrorist attacks there that have killed or injured scores of innocent people, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

10/16/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Militants      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed militants in a clash in which a woman and child died in the crossfire, killed several more enemy fighters in a separate operation, and arrested more than a dozen militants who had set up an illegal checkpoint in Afghanistan.

10/16/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest Six Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, working with U.S. advisors, arrested six terrorism suspects in four operations in Iraq, military officials reported.

10/16/2009

New Command Helps Overseas Commanders      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command is going a long way to provide command and control capabilities to joint headquarters commanders worldwide.

10/16/2009

Guard Called in for 'Balloon Boy' Rescue      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Colorado Army National Guard joined rescue efforts for a 6-year-old boy believed adrift in a homemade hot air balloon.

10/16/2009

Mullen Asks Celebrities to Keep Supporting Troops  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen drew quite the laughs at the expense of political elites at the annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner, but still managed acclaim for the 2.2 million military members in his charge.

10/15/2009

First Lady Embarks on Mission to Help Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama vowed to make the voices of U.S. military families heard in the nation’s capital, and called on Americans to recognize the sacrifices made by those in uniform and their loved ones.

10/15/2009

Second Lady Visits Deploying Marines      

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, knows what it feels like to say goodbye to a son heading off to war. She joined Marine families at Camp Lejeune, N.C., as they bid farewell to their loved ones headed to Afghanistan.

10/15/2009

Chairman’s Wife Vows Support for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Deborah Mullen, wife of the nation’s most senior military officer, had a message for military families while on the Sesame Street TV set in New York: servicemembers and their families have a wealth of support behind them.

10/15/2009

Pentagon Officials Stress Cybersecurity      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials stress that no matter what computer you use, you need to take cybersecurity into account.

10/15/2009

Bomb Technicians Lead Fight Against IEDs      

WASHINGTON - Two Air Force bomb technicians discussed IEDs and other threats in Afghanistan during a “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable.

10/15/2009

U.S. Condemns Attacks in Pakistan, Approves Aid      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Pakistan, vowing continued U.S. support to help Pakistan combat violence.

10/15/2009

Muppets Help Military Kids Cope With Grief  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - As filming for Sesame Workshop’s latest “Talk, Listen, Connect,” video got under way, it became clear that while it’s not always sunny on Sesame Street, ultimately the clouds can be swept away.

10/15/2009

Soldiers Help Afghan Children, One Backpack at a Time  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - In a country where fewer than 30 percent of people are considered literate, U.S. forces are working to help in rebuilding Afghanistan’s education system.

10/15/2009

Global Commitments Stretch Army      

WASHINGTON - With more than 1.1 million active and reserve-component soldiers in the U.S. Army, some may wonder how the service could be stressed, as is commonly discussed and reported.

10/15/2009

Iraqis Arrest 15 in Multiple Operations      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 15 suspects in a variety of operations in recent days.

10/15/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Inspires Teens in Uganda  This story contains photos.    

KITGUM, Uganda - When Staff Sgt. John Okumu joined the Army five years ago, he never dreamed he would one day deploy to Africa, the continent he once called home.

10/15/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed and detained multiple suspected militants in operations to interdict Taliban activity in Afghanistan’s Zabul and Wardak provinces in recent days.

10/15/2009

Coast Guard Cutter Helps Navy on African Coast      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard cutter Legare has returned from a 120-day mission in support of the Navy's 6th Fleet along Africa’s west coast.

10/14/2009

Gates to Welcome Chinese General      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will welcome China's second-ranking military officer to Washington in late October as part of an effort to foster a strategic bi-lateral dialogue.

10/14/2009

Gates Trip to Focus on Pacific, NATO Afghanistan Mission      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will kick off a whirlwind around-the-world trip this weekend that will begin with a change of command ceremony at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii.

10/14/2009

‘Advise and Assist’ Brigade Helps Bridge Project  This story contains photos.    

SAQLAWIYA, Iraq - The 82nd Airborne's 504th was the first infantry regiment in the Army to be designated airborne; now it is part of the newest tool in the Army’s arsenal developed for an advise-and-assist brigade.

10/14/2009

Press Secretary Cites Candor on Afghan Troop Levels      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have been straightforward about the number of U.S. troops flowing into Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

10/14/2009

Shinseki Pledges Better Support for Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department continues its efforts to provide the best support possible to the nation’s military veterans, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told a House committee.

10/14/2009

Marines, Sailors Join Coalition in Exercise Bright Star  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - U.S. Marines and sailors were part of a four-nation coalition that stormed the beaches near Alexandria, Egypt, during a major amphibious assault demonstration as part of Exercise Bright Star.

10/14/2009

Troops Change Lives With Wheelchair Donations  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - U.S. troops and reconstruction team members in Iraq’s Basra province distributed 20 wheelchairs to children with special needs.

10/14/2009

Congress Finishes Work on Authorization Bill      

WASHINGTON - Congress has reached agreement on a $680.2 billion National Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal 2010.

10/14/2009

Iraqis Arrest Bribery Suspect, Extortionist’s Associate      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, working with U.S. advisors, apprehended a bribery suspect and an associate of an alleged extortionist in Mosul, Iraq.

10/14/2009

Marines Spread Good Will With Vet Care  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province helped local farmers with free veterinary care for their goats, sheep and cows.

10/14/2009

Face of Defense: ‘Farmer Fred’ Brings Iraqis Hope  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ - Farmers in Iraq’s Ninevah province are turning to “Farmer Fred,” an American helping them extend the growing season with greenhouses.

10/13/2009

Army, Air Guard Reach End-Strength Goals      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Both components of the National Guard reached the dual goals of recruiting new troops while reducing the overall force to meet a congressional mandate for fiscal year 2009.

10/13/2009

Services Show Record Recruiting Year      

WASHINGTON - The military services’ active and reserve components notched record recruiting numbers and signed up the highest-quality recruits ever in fiscal 2009, senior defense officials said.

10/13/2009

Iraqis Arrest Numerous Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, with U.S. advisors, have made numerous arrests of suspected terrorists.

10/13/2009

Forces Disrupt Terrorist, Drug Havens in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international security forces have disrupted several terrorist networks in Afghanistan, including a major drug operation.

10/13/2009

Executive Order Bans Texting While Driving for Feds      

WASHINGTON - In an executive order issued Oct. 1, President Barack Obama banned federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel on government business.

10/13/2009

VA to Short-cut Some Agent Orange Rulings      

WASHINGTON - A new Department of Veterans Affairs ruling will soon relieve Vietnam veterans suffering from three specific illnesses from the burden of proving their ailments are linked to Agent Orange exposure to receive VA health care and disability payments.

10/13/2009

Leaders Pledge Support to Guard, Reserve Employers      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s top civilian official for Guard and Reserve matters and uniformed reserve-component leaders pledged to support employers of the nation’s Guard and Reserve members at a Pentagon ceremony.

10/13/2009

Army Secretary, Chief Reaffirm Family Covenant      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Army’s top military officer and civilian leader underscored the service’s commitment to Army families at last week’s annual meeting and exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army.

10/13/2009

Face of Defense: Manager Earns Award Named for Mentor  This story contains photos.    

QUANTICO, Va. - Paul Mann, credited with the quick delivery of the mine-resistant, armor-protected vehicle to Afghanistan, is the inaugural recipient of an award named for a man known as the father of the Navy's Aegis weapons system.

10/13/2009

Microgrants Help Iraqi Businesses  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The 17th Fires Brigade and the provincial reconstruction team in Iraq’s Basra province are dispersing $97,500 in small-business grants to entrepreneurs.

10/13/2009

Command Opens Assistance Yard to Help Afghans      

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Officials at Joint Sustainment Command Afghanistan are reaching out to the community as they establish the second humanitarian assistance yard.

10/13/2009

General Links Future Success to Interagency Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Army Brig. Gen. Ed Cardon, deputy commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College, says military and interagency cooperation in training and education will become more vital as future deployments involve stability operations.

10/13/2009

Solar Array Saves Air Force Energy, Money      

WASHINGTON - A solar-energy array at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., is saving money for the Air Force and decreasing the service’s reliance on fossil fuels.

10/10/2009

Mullen Praises 'Powerful Legacy' During Ship Commissioning  This story contains photos.    

PHILADELPHIA - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the man for whom the USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer was named during the ship’s commissioning into the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

10/09/2009

Defense Schools Laud 12 Scholarship Semifinalists      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity has reason to be proud of 12 students this year -- the students are national scholarship semifinalists, able to compete for millions of dollars in scholarship funds. The Activity's director said the students "also distinguished themselves in the ways they give back to their communities."

10/09/2009

Forces Reposition From Afghan Outposts, Target Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s International Security Assistance Forces have completed their repositioning from two combat outposts in Nuristan province to other areas in eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

10/09/2009

DARPA Works Toward DoD Energy Independence      

WASHINGTON - Scientists are working to create energy self-sufficiency for the Defense Department, the nation’s largest single consumer of energy, a defense expert said.

10/09/2009

Global Cooperation Grows Among Navies, Nations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cooperation is growing between navies and commercial shipping interests, Navy Rear Adm. M. Stewart O'Bryan, director of Navy’s maritime domain awareness, told bloggers in Rhode Island during the 19th annual Seapower Symposium.

10/09/2009

Obama Accepts Nobel Prize as 'Call to Action'      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he'll accept the Nobel Peace Prize as a "call to action" for the international community to work together to confront common challenges, while also recognizing his responsibility for U.S. security.

10/09/2009

Navy Ship Provides First Response to American Samoa      

WASHINGTON - The USS Ingraham was among the first responders providing humanitarian relief in American Samoa following a tsunami.

10/09/2009

Kadena Airmen Aid Indonesian Recovery      

KADENA AIRBASE, Japan - Airmen with the 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Airbase are supporting humanitarian relief operations in the aftermath of earthquakes near Padang in western Indonesia.

10/09/2009

Face of Defense: Chaplain Provides Guidance, Friendship  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Army Chaplain (Maj.) Michael J. King is determined to provide spiritual and emotional support to all soldiers under his care in Iraq.

10/09/2009

Division Commander Focuses on Immediate, Future Fights      

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - As he focuses on a new approach to supporting the fight in Afghanistan, the new 10th Mountain Division commander said he also intends to volunteer his soldiers to serve as an operational test-bed for the Army’s long-term modernization efforts.

10/08/2009

Acquisition Reform Requires Balance, Undersecretary Says      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department reforms its buying process, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official seeks to strike a balance between improving the system and keeping it efficient, he told an international audience.

10/08/2009

DoD Official Addresses Missile Defense, NATO      

WASHINGTON - The proposed U.S. missile defense system for Europe will provide better defense against existing and longer-range threats, the assistant secretary of defense for international security said during an interview with defense writers.

10/08/2009

Army Continues Focus on Suicide Prevention      

WASHINGTON - Army leaders say they are making progress in their efforts to prevent soldier suicides, despite a growing number of reports.

10/08/2009

USO Gala Honors Troops, Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 800 celebrities turned out for the annual USO Gala, but it was the servicemembers who stole the show.

10/08/2009

Pentagon Announces Iraq Troop Rotations, Extensions      

WASHINGTON - An Army armored cavalry unit and three brigade combat teams will deploy to Iraq next summer as part of annual troop rotations there, Pentagon officials announced.

10/08/2009

New Bomb Has ‘Important Capability,’ DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is developing an advanced “bunker-buster” bomb that should be ready for deployment this summer, senior Pentagon officials said.

10/08/2009

Commander Focuses on Building Resiliency  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - With five of the 10th Mountain Division’s six brigade-size elements deployed, returning from deployments or en route to new deployments, their new commander said he’s focused on ensuring their wellness and resiliency and that of their families.

10/08/2009

Commander Cites ‘Steady Progress’ in Baghdad as Attacks Drop      

WASHINGTON - Attacks committed by al-Qaida and other insurgents in Baghdad and its environs continue to drop three months after U.S. combat troops moved out of Iraqi cities, a U.S. brigade commander posted in Iraq says.

10/08/2009

Forces Target Taliban in South, East Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Several military operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan resulted in insurgents killed and captured, military officials reported.

10/08/2009

Casey Pledges Continued Effort to Enhance Survivor Support  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Providing better care for survivors of fallen servicemembers is a concern near and dear to the hearts of lawmakers and military leaders, but maybe to none more so than the Army chief of staff.

10/08/2009

Bob Barker Donates $3 Million for Brain Injury Center      

WASHINGTON - The price was right for former game show host and naval aviator Bob Barker, who donated $3 million to help warriors suffering traumatic brain injuries.

10/08/2009

Soldiers Deliver Aid to ‘Lost City’ of Iraq      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq - U.S. soldiers recently provided humanitarian aid to Iraqis in an area locals refer to as the “Lost City.”

10/08/2009

Marines Help Civilians Prepare for Afghanistan Mission  This story contains photos.    

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. - Civilians from a U.S. State Department provincial reconstruction team readied for an assignment in Afghanistan with help from a Marine unit at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana.

10/08/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Soldier Refuses to Quit  This story contains photos.    

FORT GORDON, Ga. - A sudden accident may have cost Army Staff Sgt. Luis Elias his hand, but it hasn't stripped him of his positive attitude or impacted his service career plans for the future.

10/07/2009

Joint Forces Disrupt Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO and Afghan troops detained several militants and destroyed weapons and drug caches in separate operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

10/07/2009

Future Weapons Need to be Adaptable, Cost Less      

WASHINGTON - Future U.S. military weapons are going to have to be relevant, adaptable and affordable, the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer told defense contractors.

10/07/2009

Obama, Other Leaders Receive Afghan Resources Request      

WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama and senior defense and national security leaders reconvened meetings on the way forward in Afghanistan, they did so with the addition of Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s list of requested resources.

10/07/2009

Defense Department Works to End Domestic Violence      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for military families, the director of the department’s Family Advocacy Program said in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

10/07/2009

Acquisition Chief Cites Need for Balance      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department needs to balance the needs of today’s wars with tomorrow’s requirements, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

10/07/2009

Africa Exercise Strengthens Communications  This story contains photos.    

LIBREVILLE, Gabon - Nearly 200 people from 26 countries and three international organizations came together in Gabon to participate in Exercise Africa Endeavor.

10/07/2009

McNair Exhibit Showcases Disaster Relief Solutions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Portable satellite-communications sets, water purifiers, electricity generators, solar-cooking devices and more are on display until Oct. 9 at Fort Lesley J. McNair as part of an international program co-coordinated by National Defense University.

10/07/2009

Roughead Urges More Naval Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - International cooperation is the currency of naval power today, the chief of naval operations said.

10/07/2009

Petraeus Cites Need to Reverse Insurgency      

ARLINGTON, Va. - As the president continues to review his Afghanistan strategy, the commander of U.S. Central Command said the decision is likely to hinge on one of three approaches to reversing the insurgency’s gains.

10/07/2009

Obama Praises Iraqi President’s Efforts      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at a White House meeting for his work toward promoting national unity in Iraq and conveyed continued U.S. support for the country's progress.

10/07/2009

New School Offers Iraqi Students Chance to Excel  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - U.S. troops joined residents of Basra, Iraq, for the opening of a new school for advanced learners that the school's principal called "an educational beacon" for the city.

10/07/2009

Women 'Soon' Will Serve on Submarines, Navy Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, appearing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," told his TV host that women soon will serve on submarines, suggesting a reversal of the service's long-standing ban on female submariners.

10/07/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Draws From Seven Deployments  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - As a noncommissioned officer with a combat aviation brigade, Army Sgt. William Altman ensures excellence at his operations center in Iraq, even during the slow times.

10/06/2009

Army Must Continue Evolving its Force, Casey Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army must structure itself to face a future of persistent conflict as it takes on a long-term struggle against terrorism and militant extremists, the service’s top officer said.

10/06/2009

Strykers to Deploy to India for Exercise      

WASHINGTON - The Army plans to deploy 17 of its Stryker combat vehicles to India for the first exercise of its kind in the country.

10/06/2009

Group Honors Wounded Warriors, Families of Fallen      

WASHINGTON - David Dominguez has set up a nonprofit organization called "Freedom is Not Free" to remind people of the sacrifices being made on their behalf.

10/06/2009

Obama Praises Intelligence Community’s Success, Diligence      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised members of the U.S. intelligence community, pointing out that the terrorist attacks they’ve foiled have saved countless American lives. "For that, America is in your debt," he said.

10/06/2009

Forces Arrest Terrorist Leader, Other Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested a terrorist leader and other suspected terrorists in operations in Iraq.

10/06/2009

Forces in Iraq Disrupt Kidnappers, Save Boy      

RAMADI, Iraq - Iraqi forces disrupted a kidnapping organization and saved a young kidnapping victim.

10/06/2009

Korean War Veterans Pay Tribute at Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American and Korean veterans of the Korean War gathered with U.S. Army and South Korean leaders to pay tribute at the National Korean War Memorial.

10/06/2009

Airmen Use Football Rivalry to Help Afghan People  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Two football fans are using a deep-seated rivalry as a way to spur people back home to send donations for the people of Afghanistan.

10/06/2009

Defense Department Launches Photography Widget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American Forces Press Service, the Defense Department’s vehicle for news and feature content on the Defense.gov Web site, has unveiled a “widget” for photographs.

10/06/2009

Human Rights Conference Highlights Iraq’s Commitment      

BAGHDAD - Senior Iraqi leaders and members of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq gathered for Iraq's second human rights conference.

10/06/2009

Face of Defense: Pilot Recalls Difficult Decision  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Army aviator Maj. Anthony Meador made a tough decision while evacuating a patient in bad weather in Iraq.

10/06/2009

Military Spouse Playwright Targets Domestic Abuse  This story contains photos.    

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Carolyn Louise Herring Moore, a playwright and military spouse, has created a drama about her experiences with an abusive husband to help others address domestic violence.

10/05/2009

Gates: Withdrawal from Afghanistan Would Embolden Radicals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan before accomplishing the mission there would greatly embolden Islamic radicals worldwide, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/05/2009

Gates Praises NCO Corps as Army’s ‘Steel Spine’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid a personal tribute to noncommissioned officers while speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army conference.

10/05/2009

Cargo Transload Area Improves Security, Commerce  This story contains photos.    

ZURBATIYAH, Iraq - Work to improve commerce and security in Iraq continued as a cargo transload area opened along the Iraq-Iran border.

10/05/2009

Gates Cites Importance of Obama’s Afghanistan Decisions      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s decisions on the next phase of the Afghan war will be among the most important of his presidency, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who vowed to faithfully execute his orders. Gates spoke to the Association of the U.S. Army.

10/05/2009

Samoa Relief Winds Down; Efforts Continue Elsewhere      

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. military continues to provide assistance to victims of storms and earthquakes in the Philippines and Indonesia, tsunami relief operations in American Samoa are tapering off.

10/05/2009

Guard Joins Other Agencies in American Samoa Effort  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Hawaii National Guard’s medical mission in American Samoa wrapped up over the weekend, but 14 Guardsmen with the state’s civil support team will remain there to conduct joint hazardous-material and damage assessment operations.

10/05/2009

Jones Calls Troop Levels Only Part of Afghanistan Equation      

WASHINGTON - National Security Advisor Retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones said current discussions about Afghanistan revolve around an overall strategy that includes economic development, strengthening the government, and building up Afghan security forces.

10/05/2009

Forces Disrupt, Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and NATO troops killed or detained numerous militant fighters throughout eastern and southern Afghanistan.

10/05/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Uses History for Motivation      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Tyler Fosheim is a history buff who uses common sense and the Army’s legacy for insight and inspiration in his duties as a platoon sergeant.

10/05/2009

Forces Arrest Suspected Terrorist Leaders in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested several suspected terrorist leaders in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

10/05/2009

Team Furthers Education, Jobs in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Children in Kunar province are watching their future being built as U.S. Army engineers and Afghan contractors build a school outside their classroom tent.

10/02/2009

Command Continues Aid Efforts in Pacific      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Pacific Command continues to help in coordinating humanitarian relief operations in American Samoa, Indonesia and the Philippines, the command’s top officer said.

10/02/2009

Cyber Security Awareness Gets Focus in October      

WASHINGTON - The National Cyber Security Alliance – sponsors of Cyber Security Awareness Month – has some tips to help protect you and your family from information meltdown.

10/02/2009

Pentagon Efforts Target Preventable Accident Reduction      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Safety Oversight Council is working to reduce preventable accidents in the military, which affect operational readiness and cost the department more than $3 billion annually.

10/02/2009

Captain Provides Glimpse Into Relief Effort  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A physician assistant with the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing described the damage he witnessed in American Samoa: "A very beautiful spot...absolutely devastated."

10/02/2009

Navy Moves to Meet Information Age Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Navy is merging its information technology, intelligence and communications operations into one organization to remain dominant in the "Cyber Age," the Navy's top officer said.

10/02/2009

Program Offers Housing Assistance for Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - the Homeowners Assistance Program is expanding to help more servicemembers and federal employees forced to take a loss on their homes due to required relocations.

10/02/2009

Wounded Warriors Get Heroes‘ Welcome at Andrews  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Personnel with the 779th Aeromedical Staging Facility at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., provide wounded warriors -- 5,230 so far this year -- with better care than some say they ever could imagine.

10/02/2009

Army Balances Physical, Mental Fitness Training      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s new Comprehensive Fitness Program aims to improve all aspects of soldier fitness, for physical and mental toughness.

10/02/2009

American Samoa Relief Efforts Continue  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The medical support situation in American Samoa has stabilized amid ongoing U.S. relief efforts after a massive tsunami devastated the area this week.

10/02/2009

Marines, Sailors Bring Aid to Philippines      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, Japan - The U.S. military is providing critically needed disaster-relief supplies to mitigate suffering and prevent further loss of life in the wake of Tropical Storm Ketsana, which struck the Philippines on Sept. 25.

10/02/2009

Face of Defense: Former WAC Serves in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Some people turn to the Internet for a lesson in military history, but Army engineers in Baghdad need only to turn to their co-worker, Pat Riley.

10/02/2009

Team Introduces Afghan Farmers to Saffron  This story contains photos.    

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Kansas National Guard agribusiness team is working with farmers in Afghanistan's Laghman province to introduce the ancient saffron plant as an alternative to growing poppies.

10/01/2009

Task Force Takes Up Effort to Prevent Suicides      

BETHESDA, Md. - Bonnie Carroll, co-chair of the congressionally mandated Suicide Prevention Task Force, is working to remove the stigma in seeking mental health care.

10/01/2009

Some Troops in Iraq May Face Deployment Extension      

WASHINGTON - The deployments of about 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq could be extended in the weeks following the national election slated to occur in January.

10/01/2009

Afghan Decision Expected in Matter of Weeks      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is getting the ground-level perspective on Afghanistan, and soon will address the strategy and resources needed in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

10/01/2009

Virginia Women’s Group Donates Items for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sometime around Thanksgiving, some troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive boxes filled with gifts from a women’s group in Alexandria, Va.

10/01/2009

U.S. Needs to Redefine Afghan Fight , Top Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The war in Afghanistan can be won if forces there change the way they fight, said U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military commander on the ground there.

10/01/2009

DoD Schools Prepare Science Students for Tomorrow’s World      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department schools are stressing studies in science, technology, engineering and math in keeping with 21st century needs, the head of the Department of Defense Education Activity’s science program said.

10/01/2009

Lynn Calls for Collaboration in Establishing Cyber Security      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn said the department’s culture regarding cyber security issues must change, and become more robust to ensure safety of information networks.

10/01/2009

Officials Meet With Afghan Elders After Reports of Civilian Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Members of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force met with Helmand province village elders after reports civilians were killed in an engagement between ISAF forces and insurgents.

10/01/2009

Iraqis Arrest Terrorist Financier, Others      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, have arrested an alleged terrorist financier and recruiter, as well as five suspects in a roadside bomb network.

10/01/2009

New Missile Plan Serves Same Objectives, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The adoption of a new U.S. missile defense approach does not represent a departure from earlier objectives nor was it influenced by U.S.-Russian relations, top Defense Department officials said.

10/01/2009

Hawaii National Guard, FEMA Teams to Assist American Samoa  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In response to Federal Emergency Management Agency requests, National Guard assets from Hawaii continue to provide air-cargo operations and other support to tsunami victims on American Samoa.

10/01/2009

Army Confirms Suspected H1N1-related Death      

WASHINGTON - A soldier stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C., who died Sept. 10, possibly is the first H1N1-related death suffered by the U.S. armed forces, Army officials said.

10/01/2009

Engineers Assess Construction Projects in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel in northeast Afghanistan were satisfied with a recent flyover assessment of ongoing construction projects.

10/01/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves as Vital Communicator  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - When Spc. Ikram Mansori enlisted in the Army, she signed up to be a truck driver. Now the native Moroccan who speaks five languages has found her niche as a linguist.

10/01/2009

Iraqi Air Force Completes First Phase of Key Training  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The Iraqi air force is a step closer to using their own pilots and resources to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions across southern Iraq.

10/01/2009

Soldiers Deliver Smiles to Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - When an Army training team delivered children’s medicine and candy to the people in Iraq’s Maysan province, the kids were elated – at least for the candy.

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