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08/31/2011

DOD Works to Improve War Zone Contracting      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is monitoring and assessing DOD contracting relationships as part of a continuous process to strengthen defense contracts in war zones, a Pentagon spokesman said.

08/31/2011

TRICARE Portability Reduces Moving Stress      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE’s “Moving Made Easy” option ensures qualifying service members and beneficiaries can arrive at a new duty station, confident their medical records and prescriptions were transferred in advance.

08/31/2011

Pentagon Leaders Dedicate USO Exhibit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, marked the dedication of a USO exhibit in the Pentagon by praising the organization's support of troops for the last 70 years.

08/31/2011

DOD Groups Speed Equipment to Warfighters      

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Defense Department groups are working to hasten the processes required to send new equipment to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

08/31/2011

Active, Reserve Components on Target for Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - All of the military’s active duty and reserve components are poised to meet their recruiting and retention goals for the fiscal year, Pentagon officials said.

08/31/2011

Petraeus Garners Praise at Retirement Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described retiring Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as "one of the great battle captains of American history.”

08/31/2011

Face of Defense: Chaplain Recalls 9/11’s Horror  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Navy Chaplain (Capt.) Rondall Brown describes his experiences in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago with one word -- horror.

08/31/2011

Combined Force Detains Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader and two of his associates during an operation in Khost province.

08/31/2011

Official Outlines Special Operations Needs      

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Special operations staff members are working to ensure the organization retains its technological edge on the battlefield, Army Maj. Brian Weyenberg, a Joint Special Operations Command staff officer, said.

08/31/2011

Job Initiatives Focus on Vets, Family Members      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called on Congress to move quickly on a new federal job initiative to offer tax credits to the nation's employers who hire unemployed veterans, including those with disabilities.

08/31/2011

Soldiers Use Smartphones to Register Arlington Headstones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since early June, about 100 soldiers and volunteers have spent their nights taking pictures of headstones to help reconcile burial records at Arlington National Cemetery.

08/31/2011

Soldier Saves Friend from Committing Suicide      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Spc. Christy Sawyer put her suicide prevention training to good use when a close friend, and fellow soldier, threatened to commit suicide.

08/30/2011

DOD Unveils Roadmap for School Improvements      

WASHINGTON - In a recent interview, Jo Ann Rooney, principal undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said a facilities assessment showed that more than 47 percent of the 160 public schools on military installations are in excellent shape.

08/30/2011

Navy Captain Leads ‘Joining Forces’ Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the new executive director of the White House's "Joining Forces" campaign, Navy Capt. Brad Cooper's job is to rally national support to honor and support service members, veterans and their families.

08/30/2011

Mattis Discusses Afghan Transition at Marine Symposium      

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - Transition in Afghanistan is a process that entails far more than winning on the battlefield, said Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, the commander of U.S. Central Command.

08/30/2011

Special Ops Forces Will Remain Essential, Official Says      

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the nation faces severe budget constraints, it remains critical to train and equip a special operations force that has more than doubled in size over the past decade, a Pentagon official said.

08/30/2011

Obama Vows Solid Support for Veterans      

WASHINGTON - As the United States deals with its fiscal challenges, President Barack Obama emphasized that it won’t do so at the cost of its military and won’t “balance the budget on the backs of our veterans.”

08/30/2011

NATO Officials: Work Still Remains in Libya      

WASHINGTON - The NATO mission in Libya is important, effective and still necessary to protect civilians in the embattled nation, a NATO spokeswoman said.

08/30/2011

TRICARE Beneficiaries Save on Prescription Delivery, Vaccines      

WASHINGTON - Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan can now obtain home-delivered medication with no copayment and get free vaccinations at participating pharmacies.

08/30/2011

Combined Forces Kill, Detain Multiple Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces killed and detained multiple insurgents during separate operations targeting a terrorist network attack cell.

08/30/2011

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Regains Long-lost Bronze Star  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Robert C. Berkshire, an Army veteran whose Bronze Star Medal was stolen while he was returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam, now has a replacement.

08/29/2011

Northern Command Continues to Aid Relief Efforts      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is continuing to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

08/29/2011

‘Dot-edu’ Migration Promotes Language Training  This story contains photos.    

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A pilot program at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center gives students unprecedented access to language training resources and is expanding due to its high level of success.

08/29/2011

Marine Unit to Practice Disaster Preparedness      

WASHINGTON - San Francisco Fleet Week provides Marines with the chance to practice their disaster-response capabilities, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese said.

08/29/2011

DOD Works to Boost Smartphone Security      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to ensure its employees take cyber security precautions when using DOD-issued smartphones and other mobile computing platforms.

08/29/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Enters Space Camp Hall of Fame  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Air Force Lt. Col. William Burke Hare III has become the first U.S. Air Force space and missile operator inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame.

08/29/2011

Combined Force Kills Taliban Insurgent      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban insurgent and detained another in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.

08/29/2011

Air Force Iraq Mission Likely to Increase Before It Ends      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force mission in Iraq will likely increase before the drawdown comes to a close, Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell J. Handy said.

08/29/2011

DOD Assesses Diversity for Federal Coordination      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity is working closely with the services to develop a strategic plan for diversity, Defense Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness Clifford L. Stanley said.

08/28/2011

New Efforts Enhance Irene Response  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - New approaches have enhanced the National Guard’s contribution to the state and federal support for civil authorities providing hurricane relief.

08/28/2011

Dual-status Commanders to Support Irene Relief Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Officials announced the appointment of four dual-status commanders to support Hurricane Irene relief efforts, marking the first time they have implemented the dual-commander concept for a natural disaster.

08/27/2011

Guard Supports Joint Response, Thousands Deploy  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard support to the joint response to Hurricane Irene was in full motion as thousands of soldiers and airmen rolled out in multiple states to support civilian authorities.

08/27/2011

Panetta Puts Troops on Standby for Hurricane Assistance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a prepare-to-deploy order for 6,500 active-duty troops to support hurricane relief efforts if ordered as Irene strikes along the East Coast.

08/27/2011

Arrival of Patients Marks New Beginning at Bethesda  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - National Naval Medical Center officials declared a new chapter in military health care as ambulances delivered the last 18 inpatients from Walter Reed, a final milestone as the flagship hospitals merge.

08/27/2011

Walter Reed Closes, Legacy Lives On, Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An early morning move of inpatients marked the end of an era for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and its 102 years of Army medicine that has saved hundreds of thousands of military lives.

08/27/2011

Obama: Unite in Spirit of Service on Sept. 11      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called on the American people to come together in the spirit of service and remembrance as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches.

08/26/2011

Hurricane Accelerates Walter Reed Patient Transfer      

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene threatens the East Coast, officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., have moved up the transfer of the last 30 Walter Reed inpatients.

08/26/2011

National Guard Responds to Hurricane Irene  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The governors of seven states declared states of emergency, prompting National Guard adjutants general to upgrade hurricane condition levels and relocate assets to prepare for Hurricane Irene.

08/26/2011

TRICARE: Make a Medical Checklist for Disasters      

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, a senior TRICARE official said the storm highlights the importance for people to prepare for potential natural disasters before they occur.

08/26/2011

Obama, Panetta Urge Caution, Preparedness for Coming Storm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the federal government is working closely with communities that could be affected by Hurricane Irene, residents along the eastern seaboard should prepare for what may be a historic hurricane, President Barack Obama said.

08/26/2011

Panetta Urges Troops, Families to Prepare for Irene      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta wants troops, Defense Department civilians and families to take all necessary precautions against the storm.

08/26/2011

Biden: U.S. Presence Vital to Asian Stability, Prosperity      

WASHINGTON - The United States has been a major force in promoting stability in the Pacific and remains committed to its role as a Pacific power, Vice President Joe Biden said.

08/26/2011

Biden Praises Kaneohe Bay Marines, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii to thank members of the 3rd Marine Regiment and to pledge continued support for them and their families.

08/26/2011

Karzai, Allen Condemn Attacks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Five civilians were killed and 24 others wounded when insurgents detonated explosives in the cities of Herat and Faryab.

08/26/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Excels in Decontamination Field  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - As a chemical operations specialist, Indiana Army National Guard Spc. Michael Clayton treats survivors of chemical, biological and nuclear exposure.

08/26/2011

Annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise Concludes  This story contains photos.    

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a computer simulation exercise, offers soldiers an opportunity to respond to crisis and practice their warfighting skills.

08/25/2011

Competition Drives ‘Feds Feed Families’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Feds Feed Families organizers took on the goal of gathering 733,800 pounds of donated food, friendly competition went viral within the Defense Department and military services.

08/25/2011

Eastern Afghanistan Improves, Commander Reports      

WASHINGTON - Eastern Afghanistan’s government and security forces are improving their capabilities and eliciting confidence in the people they serve, the commander of NATO's Regional Command East said.

08/25/2011

Military Bases Prepare for Hurricane Irene  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military bases along the eastern seaboard are taking actions to prepare for the Category 3 winds and rain of Hurricane Irene, while the Defense Department works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the storm's impending landfall.

08/25/2011

Face of Defense: Chaplain Ministers to Many Faiths  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - As a civilian priest working in Ohio, Chaplain (Capt.) Michael A. Mikstay's desire to help others inspired him to join the military and minister faith on a global scale .

08/25/2011

Hospital Consolidation Going Smoothly, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The process of realigning military health care facilities in the Washington, D.C., area has gone smoothly as officials aim for world-class service.

08/25/2011

Karzai, Allen Condemn Paktia Province Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO Commander Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen jointly condemned an insurgent rocket attack in the city of Zarmat.

08/24/2011

Routine Interactions Build U.S-India Defense Relations      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-India defense relationship is a natural partnership created by shared interests and values, and driven by increasingly routine day-to-day interactions, a senior Defense Department official said.

08/24/2011

China Report Notes Military Modernization  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - China’s military is modernizing, but the Chinese government needs to be more forthcoming on why it needs these new capabilities, according to a Defense Department report.

08/24/2011

Biden Thanks Yokota Airmen for Helping Japan  This story contains photos.    

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Vice President Joe Biden thanked about 1,000 military and civilian personnel from Japan’s Kanto Plains for their role during Operation Tomodachi to provide help after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

08/24/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Honors Vets Via Baseball  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - For almost a month, Air Force Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc teamed up with baseball heroes to promote goodwill and military awareness through the sport.

08/24/2011

Combined Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Taliban Chief      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a senior Taliban leader and a subordinate during a security operation in Faryab province.

08/23/2011

NATO Partnership in Libya Serves as Model, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called U.S. support for NATO's mission to help opposition forces make progress against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya an example of the international cooperation that will be critical in the future.

08/23/2011

Panetta: Language Training Critical to U.S. Interests, Security  This story contains photos.    

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Calling foreign language skills "absolutely vital" to U.S. interests, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta returned to the Defense Language Institute he championed as a congressman to speak to linguists.

08/23/2011

National Guard Readies for Hurricane Irene      

WASHINGTON - National Guard adjutants general along the East and Gulf coasts are awaiting the potential landfall of Hurricane Irene, and preparing to act if necessary.

08/23/2011

Mabus Touts Increased Efficiency in Navy Energy      

WASHINGTON - In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus declared that the Navy must make serious headway in becoming energy-efficient. Now in 2011, the Navy is well on its way to increased energy efficiency and independence.

08/23/2011

Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Rattles Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon operations continued despite a brief, afternoon evacuation prompted when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., shook the walls of the Defense Department headquarters.

08/23/2011

'Doomsday Mechanism' Would Devastate Budget, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said one of the biggest challenges to U.S. national defense is the so-called “doomsday mechanism” that will trigger across-the-board budget cuts if Congress doesn’t avert it.

08/23/2011

Gadhafi Regime is History, NATO Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - NATO forces continue to protect Libyan civilians from pro-Gadhafi violence, but the regime is crumbling, NATO officials said.

08/23/2011

Biden: U.S. Honored to Have Helped Japan After Tsunami      

WASHINGTON - American aid to Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is the latest example of the United States and Japan working together as close allies, Vice President Joe Biden said in Japan.

08/23/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Saves Drowning Child  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Schmidt risked his life to save an 11-year-old boy from drowning in a raging river during a rainstorm and ensuing flash flood.

08/23/2011

Coalition Troops Provide Aid for Injured Afghans      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces administered first aid to injured Afghans and then transported them for further medical treatment following a Taliban attack.

08/22/2011

Situation Fluid, But Gadhafi Regime Nears End, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The future of Libya remains in the hands of its people as the last hours of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime are at hand, U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

08/22/2011

Combined Force in Khost Province Kills Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents and detained a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator in Khost province.

08/22/2011

Biden Speaks to Chinese Students on U.S.-China Relations      

WASHINGTON - The United States and China have essential roles to play in solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told an audience of Chinese university students.

08/22/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Locates Enemy Fighters  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Afghanistan - With five combat deployments under his belt, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Sharp, a joint terminal attack controller, is no stranger to being shot at.

08/22/2011

Obama, NATO Leader Urge End to Gadhafi Regime      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen joined President Barack Obama in declaring that Moammar Gadhafi’s regime is crumbling and that the Libyan leader should step down to spare his people further bloodshed and suffering.

08/19/2011

Walter Reed Enters Final Phase with Patient Moves      

WASHINGTON - About 200 outpatient wounded warriors are moving from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the nearby National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., as the two hospitals move closer to becoming one.

08/19/2011

Service Members Urge Panetta to Follow Through on Mission      

WASHINGTON - “Don’t give up on the mission” is the message he gets from service members when he meets them, from wounded warriors to soldiers still in the battlefield, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

08/19/2011

Panetta Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - In a roundtable meeting at the Pentagon with media representatives, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta discussed the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the U.S. relationship with Pakistan.

08/19/2011

Pentagon Officials Work With OMB on Budget Guidance      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are working with the Office of Management and Budget on guidance that all agencies’ fiscal 2013 budget requests be at least 5 percent less than current appropriations.

08/19/2011

Panetta: Any Retirement Changes Won’t Affect Serving Military      

WASHINGTON - In his clearest statement on the subject to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he "will not break faith," and that if the military retirement system changes, it will not affect current service members.

08/19/2011

DOD Schools Engage Students With Technology      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity is entering a new technology-based era that is aimed at energizing and engaging its students.

08/19/2011

Karzai, ISAF Condemn Attacks on British Compound      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO condemned insurgent bomb attacks against the British Council compound in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

08/19/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier-songwriter Serves in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - In his Army life, Pfc. Zachary William Charles Short is a combat medic. But the Bend, Ore., native, records country music under the stage name Zac Charles.

08/18/2011

Marines Train on Robotic Truck for Future Convoys  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six Marines will learn to control a robotic truck that may represent the future for logistics convoys, route-clearing missions and other high-risk battlefield operations.

08/18/2011

Body Armor Works, Army Acquisition Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The safety and effectiveness of body armor used by U.S. military forces is a top defense priority, requiring continuous testing and improvement to ensure troops' safety.

08/18/2011

Governance, Development Efforts Continue in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Corruption and insurgent violence remain serious issues, but Afghan community members and leaders are strengthening their local governments “from the bottom up,” a senior defense official said.

08/18/2011

Karzai, ISAF Condemn Herat Province IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, his interior ministry and NATO have condemned an improvised explosive device attack in Herat province.

08/18/2011

Face of Defense: Motivated Marine Succeeds in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Barton keeps his ear to the ground in Afghanistan as he monitors enemy activity to inform and safeguard fellow service members.

08/18/2011

Orientation Program Aids New Military Family Members  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Meade, Md., offers a program welcoming family members into the fold before their loved ones leave for training.

08/17/2011

Program Supports Military Families With Special Needs      

WASHINGTON - Ensuring military families with special medical and educational needs receive the best care and support possible is the goal of the Exceptional Family Member Program.

08/17/2011

Robots Could Save Soldiers’ Lives, Army General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Robots and unmanned systems potentially could improve enemy surveillance, reduce a soldier’s workload and save lives on the battlefield, an Army general said.

08/17/2011

Libyan Rebels Advance Against Gadhafi Regime      

WASHINGTON - Moammar Gadhafi’s regime is on its last legs, and what happens after the Libyan dictator is gone is up to the people of that country, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

08/17/2011

Motorcycle Ride Kicks Off 9/11 Memorial Observances      

WASHINGTON - Commemorations of the 9/11 terror attacks have begun as motorcyclists launch the annual America’s 9/11 Ride, honoring the victims of the attacks.

08/17/2011

Panetta Sees Long-term U.S. Relationship With Iraq      

WASHINGTON - If the Iraqi government requests aid beyond the Dec. 31 departure of U.S. forces from Iraq, top leaders will discuss how the United States could provide that help, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

08/17/2011

Karzai, Allen Condemn Insurgent Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen condemned an insurgent bombing attack that killed and wounded numerous civilians.

08/17/2011

Face of Defense: Guardsman Aids Injured at Indiana State Fair  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - Air Force Master Sgt. James Stranahan, a senior medic, leaped into action when high winds collapsed a concert stage at the Indiana State Fair.

08/16/2011

Sharing Intelligence Helps Contractors Strengthen Cyber Defenses  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - A pilot program in which the Defense Department shares classified intelligence with defense contractors or their Internet service providers is increasing cyber defenses, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

08/16/2011

Clinton, Panetta Discuss Cooperation in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The security mission in Afghanistan is making progress, but much more needs to be done on governance and development, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the National Defense University.

08/16/2011

New Biofuels Market to Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence      

WASHINGTON - The Navy, in partnership with the Energy and Agriculture departments, is working with the private sector to create a U.S.-based alternative fuels industry as part of President Barack Obama's plan to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

08/16/2011

Panama Canal Defense Exercise Begins  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some 3,500 military and civilian personnel from 17 countries are participating in the 12-day Panamax 2011 exercise to test plans to defend the Panama Canal.

08/16/2011

ISAF Chief Apologizes for Civilian Casualty Incident      

WASHINGTON - The commander of NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan met with family members of Afghan civilians killed in the Kapisa province.

08/16/2011

Resilience Study Can Help DOD Strengthen Programs      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department-commissioned Rand Corp. study of 23 military and civilian programs that addresses psychological resilience recommends changes including combining programs and creating a resource guide for troops and families.

08/16/2011

Panetta: Congress Must Look at Whole Federal Budget for Cuts      

WASHINGTON - Officials seeking to cut the federal budget should proceed carefully without degrading national security, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told students at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

08/16/2011

Face of Defense: British NCO Trains Future Marine Leaders  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - British Royal Marine Colour Sgt. Richy Asson uses his expertise to provide safe, effective physical training to students at the U.S. Marine Officer Candidate School .

08/15/2011

Iraqi Military Capabilities Growing, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq has the most capable counterinsurgency force in the Middle East and Central Asia, but its military still has a long way to go to defend the Iraqi people, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Iraq said.

08/15/2011

Army Cyber Command Focuses on Protecting Vital Networks      

WASHINGTON - Less than a year after it's inception, Army Cyber Command is leading a corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians who operate and defend Army networks worldwide.

08/15/2011

No Changes to Military Retirement Any Time Soon, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials say there are no plans to change the military retirement system any time soon, and any future changes should be studied carefully before implementation.

08/15/2011

Bombings Bear Signs of al-Qaida in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Bomb explosions that killed at least 58 Iraqis appear to be the work of al-Qaida in Iraq and are proof that the nation remains a dangerous place, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Iraq said.

08/15/2011

U.S., South Korea to Begin Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and South Korean troops are beginning the 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, conducted annually by the Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command to improve combat readiness.

08/15/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Pursue Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces have been heavily engaged in the southeastern region, killing and detaining numerous insurgent fighters there.

08/15/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Pursues Photography in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Sgt. Tristeza Castellanoz hasn’t let her deployment in Afghanistan impede her passion for shooting – pictures, that is.

08/13/2011

Marine’s Bravery Earns Highest Military Honor  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Dakota Meyer - who will become the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in 38 years - said he simply reacted in battle as he knew best - tackling extraordinary circumstances by "doing the right thing."

08/12/2011

Marine to Receive Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A former active-duty Marine now serving in the Inactive Ready Reserve will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Sept. 15 for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan.

08/12/2011

Show to Display Military Air, Sea, Ground Robots  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Experts from 30 countries will gather for the year's largest robot and unmanned systems show, featuring technologies that can be used in the field.

08/12/2011

Medical Examiners Identify Deceased in Chinook Crash      

WASHINGTON - All 30 Americans killed in the Aug. 6 crash of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in eastern Afghanistan have been identified, said officials at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System in Rockville, Md.

08/12/2011

Afghan Advisory Program Marks One Year      

WASHINGTON - A program that partners U.S. civilian defense volunteers with their Afghan counterparts to build Afghan security institutions, has become "an absolute game-changer" in just one year.

08/12/2011

Official Reports Security Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The demise of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has boosted efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, yet it remains essential to build Afghan security forces and institutions to continue the momentum, said a senior U.S. defense official.

08/12/2011

Face of Defense: Air Guard NCO Graduates From Army Course  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Chris Roper is the first Air National Guard member to graduate from the Sergeants Major Course at the Army Sergeants Major Academy.

08/12/2011

Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition force killed two insurgents and detained several more during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator and his suicide-attack network in Baghlan province.

08/11/2011

Wounded Warrior Complex Symbolizes Covenant, Stanley Says      

BETHESDA - The new barracks and complex for wounded warrior care at the National Naval Medical Center are symbols of the military covenant of caring for troops whether they are at home or deployed.

08/11/2011

VA Outlines October Changes in Post-9/11 GI Bill      

WASHINGTON - Funding for more educational programs and a broader housing allowance for non-active duty learners are among the most recent changes made to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

08/11/2011

‘Military Line’ Works to Boost Financial Fitness      

WASHINGTON - The Better Business Bureau's Military Line program is protecting service members and their families from financial pitfalls while increasing their financial literacy.

08/11/2011

Face of Defense: Dad Takes Oath From Son After Service Break  This story contains photos.    

VALDOSTA, Ga. - Nineteen years after separating from the Air Force, Scott Long enlisted into the Reserve, taking his oath of enlistment from his son, Army 2nd Lt. Brandon Long.

08/11/2011

Obama Honors Fallen Muslim-American Soldier at Iftar      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama paid tribute to a fallen soldier during an iftar dinner at the White House to celebrate Ramadan and the contributions Muslim-Americans have made to America’s diversity and freedoms.

08/11/2011

New Task Force to Promote Energy Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - A new task force will take the Army’s energy initiatives to the next level, working to get 25 percent of the Army’s power from renewable sources by 2025, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said.

08/11/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban leader and multiple insurgent fighters in security operations throughout Afghanistan.

08/11/2011

Coast Guard Rescues Marine Aviators      

SAN DIEGO - Coast Guard crews rescued two Marines after their F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.

08/10/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Prevent Mosque Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces discovered a mine inside a mosque and successfully prevented an explosion in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

08/10/2011

Officials Plan to Release Chinook Casualties’ Names      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department plans to release the names of the 30 American servicemen killed Aug. 6 aboard a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said.

08/10/2011

NATO Airstrike Kills Insurgents Who Caused Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces used a precision airstrike to kill Taliban insurgents involved in the Aug. 6 crash of a helicopter carrying 30 U.S. service members and eight Afghans, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

08/10/2011

Face of Defense: Mechanic Realizes Role in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Repairing a bullet hole in a helicopter helped to give Marine Corps Cpl. Leonard R. Knudsen Jr. a greater sense of purpose while serving in Afghanistan.

08/09/2011

Army General to Lead Chinook Crash Investigation      

WASHINGTON - Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Colt will conduct the investigation of the crash of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed 38 U.S. and Afghan service members.

08/09/2011

Patriot Award Honors Outstanding Spouse Employers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Spouse Patriot Award, established by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve agency, honors employers who go above and beyond to support spouses of reserve members.

08/09/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Sharpens Tactical Skills  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - Once described as "a little timid," Army Spc. Luz Natalia Gonzalez combines her military police skills with a ground soldier's saavy during her tour in Iraq.

08/09/2011

Obama, Military Leaders Pay Respects at Dover Air Force Base  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and military leaders paid their respects at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware during the dignified transfer of remains of service members killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

08/09/2011

Combined Force Kills Insurgent, Detains Suspects      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed an insurgent and detained two suspects in the Dowlatabad district of Faryab province.

08/08/2011

ISAF Commander Bids Farewell to Fallen Troops      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and international forces, offered condolences to the families and friends of those killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash, and pledged to support them through the difficult days ahead.

08/08/2011

U.S. Special Ops Forces Unmatched in World, McRaven Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces are unmatched by any country in the world, said Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, who assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command from Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson.

08/08/2011

Demand Will Increase for Special Ops Forces, Olson Says      

WASHINGTON - Special operations forces will become more important in the future, Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson said during a ceremony to turn over the reins of U.S. Special Operations Command.

08/08/2011

Service Members Embody Best of America, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The five aircrew members and 25 special operations personnel killed in a Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 -- and their fellow U.S. service members -- embody the qualities America needs most, President Barack Obama said.

08/08/2011

Combined Force in Kandahar Kills Insurgents, Detains Suspects      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed several insurgents and detained numerous others in the Mya Neshin district of Kandahar province.

08/08/2011

McKinley: America Must Preserve Tuskegee Airmen’s Legacy      

WASHINGTON - As the accomplishments of the World War II-era Tuskegee Airmen fade into U.S. history, a grateful nation must work to keep their legacy alive, said Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

08/08/2011

Panetta Urges Continuing Afghan Mission to Emphasize Resolve      

WASHINGTON - The United States must not break faith with those who have paid the ultimate price, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during the change of command for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla.

08/08/2011

Tuskegee Airmen Observe 70-Year Legacy      

WASHINGTON - More than 650 people gathered for the 40th annual Tuskegee Airmen convention and helped to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen legacy.

08/08/2011

Wounded Warriors, Families Deserve Best Care, Chiarelli Says      

WASHINGTON - The military has made great strides in warrior care over the past decade of war, but much work remains to be done, the Army vice chief of staff said.

08/08/2011

Spokesman: Probe Will Determine Chinook Crash Facts      

WASHINGTON - An investigation will determine the facts surrounding the deaths of 30 U.S. service members and eight Afghan commandos when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter went down in Afghanistan’s Wardak province on Aug. 6.

08/08/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Adapts to Mission Change  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - Like many service members serving in Iraq, Army Spc. Alvin Anderson has adapted to ever-changing job roles and is often the first to volunteer for new details.

08/08/2011

Ill-fated Mission Targeted Taliban Leader, Officials Say      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An ill-fated Aug. 6 mission that claimed the lives of 38 Afghan and U.S. service members was targeting a Taliban leader in Wardak province.

08/08/2011

Interstate Compact Eases School Transitions      

WASHINGTON - An interstate compact is spurring sweeping improvements to the school transition process for military parents and their children.

08/06/2011

Leaders Offer Condolences in Wake of Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. leaders extended condolences to the families of American and Afghan forces lost in an International Security Assistance Force helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan.

08/05/2011

Panetta Discusses Security Challenges in Stratcom Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta vowed to ensure the military remains fully mission capable, telling troops at U.S. Strategic Command headquarters that he will fight for them in Washington just as they fight for their country.

08/05/2011

Mullen Applauds New Veteran Workforce Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was pleased with President Barack Obama's new workforce initiatives to give veterans the tools they need to succeed after they leave military service.

08/05/2011

Nine-month Army Deployments to Begin in 2012      

WASHINGTON - Beginning Jan. 1, most soldiers will deploy for nine months, giving them more time at home between deployments, Army officials announced.

08/05/2011

Obama Announces Veteran Workforce Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has announced a series of initiatives to help military veterans find jobs, including the creation of employer tax credits and a task force to help troops transition to civilian jobs or higher education.

08/05/2011

Winnefeld Takes Over as Vice Chairman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. took the oath of office to become the ninth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Winnefeld succeeds Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, who is retiring in the coming weeks.

08/05/2011

Iraq Drawdown on Track, Transcom Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The drawdown from Iraq, which began Sept. 1 after combat operations ceased, now stands at nearly 60 percent complete for U.S. military equipment, a U.S. Transportation Command official said.

08/05/2011

Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition force killed a Taliban leader and one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Logar province.

08/05/2011

Face of Defense: City Commends Fort Riley Soldier  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - A soldier at Fort Riley, Kan., used his military training and instincts to apprehend a criminal suspect, earning him Army and local police recognition.

08/04/2011

Debt Reduction ‘Sequestration’ Concerns Panetta, Mullen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The “sequestration” mechanism in the nation’s new debt-reduction law that could trigger automatic defense spending cuts is unacceptable given the multitude of threats facing America, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

08/04/2011

Military Widow Reaches Out to Survivors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Taryn Davis, whose Army husband was killed in Iraq in 2007, has dedicated herself to comfort and assist other young military widows.

08/04/2011

Joint Warfighting Will Continue, Odierno Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The end of U.S. Joint Forces Command does not mean the end of joint operations or the emphasis on joint theory in the U.S. military, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said at the command's disestablishment ceremony.

08/04/2011

Commander Notes Progress in Southern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO forces are continuing to increase security within Afghanistan's key districts while expanding efforts to reduce insurgent capability and building security forces there, said the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command South.

08/04/2011

Joint Forces Command Cases Its Colors      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the U.S. Joint Forces Command for its role in transforming the military into a true joint force as he participated in a ceremony to case the command's colors in Suffolk, Va.

08/04/2011

Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard      

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen salutes the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard as America's oldest seagoing service celebrates its 221st birthday.

08/04/2011

Afghan, Coalition Force Detains Haqqani Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader during a security operation in the Sperah district of Khost province.

08/04/2011

Face of Defense: Doctor Employs Skills in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Plastic surgeon Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Carlos Ayala uses his medical skills in Afghanistan to assist wounded U.S. and Afghan service members and Afghan civilians.

08/03/2011

New Law Identifies No Additional Defense Cuts, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The legislation President Barack Obama signed into law to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and control long-term spending does not specifically call for more spending cuts than Defense Department officials already were planning, a senior Pentagon official said.

08/03/2011

Cartwright Reflects on Four Decades of Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bid a ceremonial farewell to the military he has served for nearly 40 years at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

08/03/2011

Panetta Honors Cartwright During Farewell Tribute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling him “one of the military’s most original thinkers,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paid tribute to Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a farewell tribute held at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

08/03/2011

Male Military Spouses Cope With Added Challenges, Expert Says      

WASHINGTON - Brian Campbell, who left his Navy career to accompany his military wife, faces some unique challenges as the male spouse of a female service member.

08/03/2011

Face of Defense: Graphic Artist Aids Recruiting  This story contains photos.    

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Hahn designs billboards, banners, logos, T-shirts, football jerseys, challenge coins and Web banners that support Air Force recruiting efforts.

08/03/2011

Panetta Praises New Leaders Following Senate Confirmations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and five other top military officers after the Senate confirmed their nominations for key leadership positions.

08/03/2011

Panetta: DOD Will Help Nation Meet Fiscal Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Though defense spending must and will be part of the solution to the national financial struggle, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the Defense Department workforce that budget reductions must take sound strategy and policy into account.

08/03/2011

Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Two Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Combined forces killed two insurgents during a search for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator in Kunduz province.

08/02/2011

Obama Nominates Carter as Next Deputy Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, to become the next deputy secretary of defense, replacing William J. Lynn III.

08/02/2011

Mullen Stresses Lessons of Jointness      

BAGHDAD - Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Defense Department civilians gathered in Baghdad to hear and to ask questions of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he reflected on lessons learned from joint military operations.

08/02/2011

Mullen Speaks on Debt Deal, Progress in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - The recent debate and resolution of the debt ceiling crisis are important steps in resolving the security threat of growing national debt, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Baghdad.

08/02/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Aids Iraqi Trainee  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Army Spc. Zachary Parker, a cannon crew member, used skills that may have saved the life of an Iraqi soldier when he treated him for heat exhaustion.

08/02/2011

Combined Force Detains Insurgents, Seizes Weapons      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani terrorist network leader in Paktika province.

08/02/2011

Mullen Blasts Iran for Interference in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - At a news conference in Baghdad, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took Iran to task for interfering in Iraq to pursue “maleficent goals” while also blaming it for violence he said is meant to undermine the nation's progress.

08/01/2011

USS Cleveland Heads Home After Pacific Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Steaming toward Naval Station San Diego at the end of their five-month deployment, the crew of USS Cleveland was feeling good about the accomplishments of Pacific Partnership 2011.

08/01/2011

Mullen Talks Change, Leadership With Troops in Mosul      

MOSUL, Iraq - Standing in 125-degree heat, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen got a taste of the ground truth that U.S. troops live every day in northern Iraq while also thanking them for their help in giving Iraqis the chance for a democratic and free future.

08/01/2011

U.S. Forces Build Flexibility into Iraq Exit Plan      

MOSUL, Iraq - Though U.S. forces in Iraq are planning to draw down to zero in December, they are preserving capabilities in the country should the Iraqis ask for continued help, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said.

08/01/2011

Deadline Nears for Iraqi Request, Mullen Says      

MOSUL, Iraq - If Iraq wants American forces to remain to train and assist Iraqi security forces after Dec. 31, Iraqi leaders need to make the request soon, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

08/01/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation in the Washer district of Helmand province.

08/01/2011

Face of Defense: Civil Affairs Soldier Makes Immediate Impact  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - After only a few weeks in Afghanistan, Army 1st Sgt. Thomas Walsh has already made months' worth of progress in connecting local people with their government.

08/01/2011

Program Helps Disabled Vets Become Entrepreneurs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An entrepreneurship "boot camp" for veterans with disabilities is helping former service members not only grow their businesses, but also provide a sense of identity.

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