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12/31/2012

Panetta Praises Security Transition Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s announcement that Afghanistan has entered the second to last stage of the transition of security responsibility from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force to Afghan security forces.

12/31/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained one other suspected insurgent during an operation in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

12/31/2012

Face of Defense: Army Captain Recalls Journey from Cambodia  This story contains photos.    

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Army Capt. Thoeuth Duong, now serving with the California Army National Guard's 49th Military Police Brigade, recalled his journey from war-torn Cambodia decades ago to begin a new life in America.

12/28/2012

DOD Awards First Joint Licensing Agreement      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products.

12/28/2012

AFPS Launches 'Year in Photos 2012' Review      

WASHINGTON - American Forces Press Service's "Year in Photos 2012" offers images of troops as they conduct operations around the world, compete in athletic events such as the Olympics, and reunite with their families.

12/28/2012

Face of Defense: One Marine, 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Frank Baron Jr., 98, recalled his time as a young Marine airplane rigger during a crucial period in the evolution of Marine Corps aviation during the 1930s.

12/28/2012

President, Defense Leaders Praise Schwarzkopf’s Service, Legacy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the service and legacy of retired Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who passed away Dec. 27, 2012, at age 78.

12/27/2012

Face of Defense: Military Brothers Meet for Christmas  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Up until a few days ago, Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek Allen hadn't seen his brother, Army Cpl. Greg Allen, in more than three years. However, a twist of fate brought them together for the Christmas holidays.

12/26/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Gets Presidential Christmas Call  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Air Force Senior Airman Keshia Shutts, soon to become a staff sergeant, thought working with Afghan children and volunteering at the hospital were the highlights of her deployment - until she received a phone call from her commander in chief Christmas morning.

12/26/2012

DOD Photographers Recall 2012 Imagery Milestones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department photographers Glenn Fawcett, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, and Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo spent 2012 recording important events through their images and words.

12/26/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained one other suspected insurgent during an operation in the Now Zad district of Helmand province.

12/26/2012

President Meets with Troops on Christmas in Hawaii      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent part of Christmas Day with service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, according to a White House news release.

12/25/2012

First Lady Fields Phone Calls About NORAD's Santa Tracker  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - First Lady Michelle Obama personally answered phone calls about Santa's journey as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

12/24/2012

Panetta Makes Holiday Calls to Deployed Service Members      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called four service members deployed to Afghanistan to wish them happy holidays.

12/24/2012

Obamas Offer Holiday Wishes, Call for All to Remember Vets      

WASHINGTON - During the weekly address from the White House, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, wished service members, veterans and their families a happy holiday season, and called on all Americans to remember those in harm’s way.

12/23/2012

News Service Brings Troops’ Holiday Greetings Home      

WASHINGTON - While deployments can be especially difficult for service members and their families during the holidays, the Joint Hometown News Service helps “bring the troops home” by broadcasting them directly into their loved ones' living rooms.

12/21/2012

DOD: Sexual Assault Reporting Up at Service Academies      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called for "a strong and immediate response" after a Defense Department report indicated sexual harassment and assault remain persistent problems at the nation’s military academies.

12/21/2012

President Gives Most Federal Workers Christmas Eve Off      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has issued an executive order giving most federal employees Christmas Eve off.

12/21/2012

Joint Enablers Bring Expertise to Contingency Responses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of Joint Enabling Capabilities Command sees no downturn in the appetite for the specialized skills and experience his people provide, despite the imperative facing the Defense Department to downsize.

12/21/2012

Troops Prepare to Support Presidential Inauguration Events  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Joint Task Force – National Capital Region has announced military participation for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade following President-elect Barack Obama’s second swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address on Jan. 21, 2013.

12/21/2012

Midwest Guard Troops Aid States in Storm's Path  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - As the Midwest’s first big winter storm forced road closures and shuttered schools, National Guard soldiers were mobilized to assist in Iowa and Wisconsin.

12/21/2012

Face of Defense: Navy Boat Team Practices Counter-drug Mission  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Sailors with Navy Riverine Squadron 2 braved cold wind and stinging rain as they practiced their counter-drug mission in the marshlands of North Carolina.

12/20/2012

Panetta Memo Describes Possible Sequestration Effects      

WASHINGTON - While many remain hopeful that Congress and the administration will reach a deal that avoids sequestration, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a memo describing the potential implications of going over the fiscal cliff.

12/20/2012

Army Vice Chief Tours TBI, PTSD Treatment Center  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III toured the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md., to gain perspective on treatment for service members who have traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

12/20/2012

U.S., NATO Forces Maintain Vigil in Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - Five-thousand NATO forces continue to preserve the peace in Kosovo, and Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, the commander of NATO and U.S. European Command, said he hopes to reduce their numbers in 2013 if the situation allows.

12/20/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Discards Flute, Picks Up Reins  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. Cherisess Paige, 21, is one of the first women assigned to the Marine Corps' last remaining mounted color guard unit at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow in California.

12/20/2012

Combined Force Arrests 15 Insurgents in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested 15 insurgents in the Bati Kot district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province during a search for a Taliban facilitator.

12/20/2012

NORAD Shares Goodwill, Education While Tracking Santa  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command is preparing to track Santa as he makes his annual worldwide Christmas Eve flight to deliver toys to deserving girls and boys.

12/19/2012

Official: Asian Leaders Begin to Believe in U.S. Shift to Region      

WASHINGTON - Asian leaders are beginning to believe that the U.S. military’s rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region is real, and they are welcoming the move, a senior defense official said.

12/19/2012

Official: DOD Aid to Congolese Army Bolsters U.S. Security      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department plays a critical role in building security capacity in the central African Democratic Republic of the Congo, officials from the departments of Defense and State told the House Armed Services Committee.

12/19/2012

Robot to Serve as Future Military’s ‘Pack Mule’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The warfighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say.

12/19/2012

Operation Christmas Drop Wraps Up in Pacific  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The world’s longest-running humanitarian mission came to a close as U.S. military members and volunteers delivered more than 39,000 pounds of aid and holiday cheer to Pacific islanders during Operation Christmas Drop.

12/19/2012

NHL Player Meets, Praises Overseas-deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Matt Hendricks, a member of the National Hockey League who plays for the Washington Capitals, said he “met a lot of tremendous men and women” during this year’s USO holiday tour sponsored by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.

12/19/2012

Panetta ‘Disappointed, Angry’ at Child Development Center Lapses      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is “deeply disappointed and angry” at lapses at the Fort Myer, Va., child development center, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

12/19/2012

Face of Defense: Vehicle Operator Runs Personnel Shop  This story contains photos.    

ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan - When Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher McDaniel, a vehicle operator deployed from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., joined the Air Force more than 10 years ago, he said, his career choice was driven by time, not position.

12/19/2012

U.S. Troops' Service No Laughing Matter, Comedian Says  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Comedian Iliza Shlesinger, who was among the group of entertainers and other celebrities that accompanied this year's USO holiday tour, called it “humbling” that U.S. service members are willing to risk their lives to protect the nation so she can tell jokes on stage.

12/19/2012

Retired Army NCO Brings Ice Hockey to Military Kids  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Shane Hudella, a retired Minnesota Army National Guard first sergeant and Operation Desert Storm veteran, runs the charitable foundation “Defending the Blue Line,” which introduces the sport of ice hockey to the children of military members.

12/19/2012

Press Secretary Responds to Media Reports on DOD Undersecretary      

WASHINGTON - Media reports that a Pentagon investigation determined the Defense Department’s top intelligence official leaked restricted information about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to filmmakers are “unwarranted, unfounded, and unfair,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

12/19/2012

Panetta Orders Review of Child Care Hiring Practices      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers.

12/18/2012

USO Wraps Up Annual Holiday Tour Show in Germany  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the final stop of this year’s USO holiday tour show in Stuttgart, Germany, on behalf of the chairman, the tour's sponsor.

12/18/2012

Dempsey Discusses Fiscal Tightening, Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command’s ability to adapt to having fewer resources than its commander would like is an example of the thinking the entire military will need in an era of fiscal restraint, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told service members during a town hall meeting in Stuttgart, Germany.

12/18/2012

Voting Opens for Federal Workers’ Cost-Saving Ideas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The White House opened voting to determine the winner among this year’s four finalists in the President’s Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award contest.

12/18/2012

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Threatens Defense Strategy, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The defense strategy Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta helped put in place last January faces two major risks, he says: stress on the force and a political system “that is depriving the department of the budget certainty we need … to plan for the future.”

12/18/2012

Face of Defense: ‘North Pole’ Marine Serves in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST TAGHAZ, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Kody Broderick, a Marine whose hometown is North Pole, Alaska, has heard all the jokes about Santa and elves.

12/18/2012

Nationals Pitcher Stammen Meets, Praises Overseas Troops  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Craig Stammen, a right-handed starting and relief pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, joined the annual USO holiday tour to meet with overseas-posted U.S. troops.

12/18/2012

Washington Nationals Pitcher Salutes Troops’ Service  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Ross Detwiler, a left-handed starting pitcher with the Washington Nationals, praised service members' sacrifices during the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's annual USO holiday tour.

12/18/2012

Panetta Thanks Norwegian Minister for Support in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta thanked Norway for its support in Afghanistan and its “steadfast commitment” to the NATO alliance.

12/18/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Mourn Hawaii Senator      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top civilian and military officials issued statements paying tribute to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, who died at age 88 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

12/17/2012

USO Trouper Kellie Pickler Entertains, Salutes Troops  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Country music star Kellie Pickler is among the celebrity entertainers taking part in the annual USO holiday show tour, sponsored by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which entertained U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan.

12/17/2012

‘Wreaths Across America’ Honors Fallen Service Members  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - As thousands of volunteers fanned out across Arlington National Cemetery placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite.

12/17/2012

Chairman's USO Tour Show Entertains Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greeted and praised troops at two U.S. bases in Afghanistan during his annual USO holiday show.

12/17/2012

Face of Defense: Sailor Goes From Beat Cop to ‘Doc’  This story contains photos.    

USS NEW YORK, Atlantic Ocean - From a police officer in Kingston, Jamaica, to a barber in New York City, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve A. Barnes, a 35-year-old corpsman, has held many jobs.

12/17/2012

Northcom Strives to Promote Safe, Secure Arctic  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The Arctic, the northernmost part of the Earth, is one of the last frontiers -- a region so isolated and impenetrable that few humans have ever experienced its unforgiving conditions and austere beauty.

12/17/2012

DOD Announces 2013 Housing, Subsistence Allowance Rates      

WASHINGTON - On Jan. 1, 2013, service members can expect to see an average increase of about $60 in their 2013 basic allowance for housing, said Cheryl Anne Woehr, the Base Allowance for Housing program manager.

12/17/2012

ISAF Commander Condemns Kabul Explosion, Offers Condolences      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, strongly condemned the explosion in Kabul, which reportedly killed at least one Afghan civilian and injured more than a dozen others.

12/15/2012

Dempsey Discusses North Korea, U.S. Strategic Rebalance      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed North Korea's recent missile launch and the U.S. strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region during an interview with American Forces Press Service.

12/15/2012

Dempsey: USO Tour Salutes Troops’ Service, Sacrifices      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised troops for their service and sacrifices and said the first two stops on his annual USO holiday tour served to thank troops on behalf of himself and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, his senior enlisted advisor.

12/15/2012

Manas Transit Center Facilitates Success in Afghanistan      

MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - The transit center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, located about 16 miles northwest of Bishkek, the country's capital city, has a rich history of service and plays a crucial role in the fight in Afghanistan.

12/14/2012

Envoy Reflects on Taliban, Pakistan Experiences      

WASHINGTON - Marc Grossman, a State Department employee who was appointed as the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, described his past interaction with the Taliban during a recent PBS interview with Margaret Warner. Communicating with the Taliban was “very productive and very difficult,” he said, but necessary in saving lives.

12/14/2012

National Guard Members Prepare for Presidential Inauguration  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Around 6,000 Army and Air National Guard members from 15 states and territories are preparing to take part in and support the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

12/14/2012

Battaglia Urges Senior Enlisted Leaders to 'Bridge the Gap'      

MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with senior enlisted leaders at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, to emphasize combining basic tenets with innovative thinking to assist service members in transitioning to a slower operational tempo.

12/14/2012

Troops Enjoy Chairman’s USO Holiday Tour Show      

MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines received a rare treat as Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his annual USO holiday tour visited the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

12/14/2012

More Effort Needed to Counter IEDs, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization has made progress against IEDs, “but it isn’t enough,” Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, JIEDDO's director, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

12/14/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Receives Harvard Scholarship  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Katherine Lamb has received a full scholarship to Harvard University, which she’ll use to pursue a doctorate in chemistry in the fall after completing a successful six-year enlistment.

12/14/2012

USO Programs Support Injured Troops, Families      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The USO's continued support to America's wounded, ill and injured military members tops the list of services troops would like to see from the nonprofit organization, USO President Sloan D. Gibson said in Manama, Bahrain.

12/14/2012

USO Continues Legacy of Supporting America's Troops, Families      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The USO’s mission hasn't changed after nearly 72 years of serving U.S. troops and their families and it will continue to adapt to remain relevant, Sloan D. Gibson, the USO's president, said in Manama, Bahrain.

12/14/2012

Dempsey Warns of Sequestration’s Potential Impact      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The potential impact of sequestration, if it happens, could significantly degrade the Defense Department's overall readiness for years to come, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, said in Manama, Bahrain.

12/14/2012

Chairman Addresses Deployed Sailors’ Concerns  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Members of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet, had the opportunity to voice their concerns during a meeting with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, his senior enlisted advisor, in Manama, Bahrain.

12/14/2012

Dempsey Praises Troops During USO Tour Kick-off  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greeted deployed sailors and Marines on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as he kicked off his annual USO holiday tour.

12/14/2012

Panetta Signs Order to Deploy 400 U.S. Personnel to Turkey      

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

12/13/2012

Panetta Meets with U.S., Afghan Leaders      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Over two days in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has met with U.S. and Afghan leaders in Kabul and in Kandahar, gathering information he says will help inform the decision President Barack Obama will soon make on troop levels there after 2014.

12/13/2012

Intelligence Council Poses Four Worlds of the Future      

WASHINGTON - The National Intelligence Council, which supports the Director of National Intelligence by providing long-term strategic analysis, posits four possible worlds in 2030.

12/13/2012

Close U.S.-Philippine Ties Aid Typhoon Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific region credited the close alliance between the United States and the Philippines for paving the way for U.S. forces to quickly provide assistance after Typhoon Pablo struck there last week.

12/13/2012

Obama, Karzai to Discuss U.S. Future in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit Washington in January, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

12/13/2012

Smart Defense Team Helps NATO Face Lean Times      

NORFOLK, Va. - As the cost of militaries increase, NATO allies can benefit from an efficiencies-driven Smart Defense program, Allied Command Transformation officials said in Norfolk, Va.

12/13/2012

Admiral Addresses NATO Transformation Challenges, Solutions      

NORFOLK, Va. - With fiscal challenges affecting the United States and Europe, many NATO member nations are bracing for reductions in military capabilities and forces, a senior official said at a NATO conference in Norfolk, Va.

12/13/2012

U.S. Reduces Staffing, Operations at Lajes Field      

WASHINGTON - The United States is reducing staff and operations at Lajes Field, Portugal, officials said. The field is on the Portuguese island of Terceira, part of the nine-island Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, 900 miles west of Lisbon and 2,200 miles east of Washington, D.C.

12/13/2012

Employment Website Teams With Joining Forces      

WASHINGTON - Monster.com is collaborating with the Obama Administration's Joining Forces campaign to assist in the hiring or training of an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

12/13/2012

Marines Aid Philippine Typhoon Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

MANILA, Philippines - The III Marine Expeditionary Force is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to areas of the Philippines struck by Typhoon Pablo.

12/13/2012

Insurgents Attack Near Kandahar Airfield      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents detonated a vehicle bomb near Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, a place that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta had visited just hours before. “I have no information at this time that this incident was associated with the visit of the secretary of defense,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, who's traveling with Panetta, said in a statement, adding that the attack occurred after Panetta had returned to the Afghan capital of Kabul.

12/13/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Shares Love of Fishing With Injured Vets  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Cpl. Joshua T. Shakeshaft, a combat engineer and head instructor for improvised explosive device awareness at Camp Lejeune, N.C., spends much of his off-duty time sharing his love of fishing with wounded veterans.

12/13/2012

Training, Resource Sharing Boost NATO Transformation Initiatives      

NORFOLK, Va. - To more coherently realize the alliance’s strategic vision and future interoperability, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation must champion training, capability development and education, the command’s chief of staff said in Norfolk, Va.

12/12/2012

Commander Describes NATO Transformation Efforts      

NORFOLK, Va. - Partnerships, education and training are indispensable for NATO, the organization’s supreme allied commander for transformation said.

12/12/2012

U.S., China Representatives Meet at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Officials from the United States and China met at the Pentagon for the 13th annual Defense Consultative Talks, according to a Defense Department-issued statement.

12/12/2012

Report on Global Trends Discusses Game Changers      

WASHINGTON - The pace of change in the world has accelerated and Global Trends 2030 -- a publication of the National Intelligence Council -- lists what experts consider game changers that will drive world events over the next 18 years.

12/12/2012

Military Support for Inaugurations Goes Back 200 Years      

WASHINGTON - Military support for presidential inaugurations stretches back 223 years to George Washington’s first inauguration ceremony, when soldiers, militiamen and Revolutionary War veterans escorted him to Federal Hall in New York City.

12/12/2012

Rehearsals Pave Way for Presidential Inauguration, Parade  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A map the size of half a basketball court covers the floor of the D.C. Armory. On it, hundreds of people are rehearsing what one military official describes as a “ballet” -- the events of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

12/12/2012

President Nominates Clarke as Next Air National Guard Chief  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard.

12/12/2012

Face of Defense: Army Cooks Excel in Japan Bilateral Exercise  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SENDAI - Army reservists Spc. Tieka Jones, 311th Sustainment Command and Spc. Jasmine Gomez, 693rd Quartermaster Co., employed their culinary skills during a recent overseas training assignment.

12/12/2012

First Lady Assists Marines at Toys for Tots Event  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, Washington, D.C. - Carrying a big red bag filled with presents provided by White House staff members, First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., to assist the Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots program.

12/12/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Detains 3 Suspects      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained three suspected insurgents during an operation in the Ghazni district of Ghazni province.

12/12/2012

Panetta Arrives in Kabul to Thank Troops, Meet With Commanders      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is in Afghanistan to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

12/11/2012

U.S. Warning Systems Detect, Track North Korean Missile Launch      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile.

12/11/2012

U.S., Canada Expand Arctic Cooperation, Military Training  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and Canada entered into new agreements to expand cooperation in the Arctic and in military training and exercises.

12/11/2012

National Intelligence Council Forecasts Megatrends      

WASHINGTON - The American Century is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Defense Department will have to be more flexible in dealing with a faster-paced multipolar world, according to the National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2030 report.

12/11/2012

Grants to Improve Walter Reed Access, Aid Schools on Bases      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced five major grants to give millions of dollars to improve transportation access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and to several public school districts at military installations.

12/11/2012

Panetta Meets With Kuwait’s Amir, Stresses Strong Relationship      

WASHINGTON - In a meeting with Kuwait’s amir in Kuwait City, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed strong confidence in the longstanding U.S.-Kuwaiti defense relationship and in the ability of the countries to work together to address common challenges.

12/11/2012

Freedom Award Recognizes Guard, Reserve Supporters      

WASHINGTON - Reserve component members still have time to nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, officials of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization said.

12/11/2012

DOD Announces Recruiting, Retention Numbers      

WASHINGTON - All four active-duty services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in the first month of fiscal 2013, Defense Department officials announced.

12/11/2012

Logistics Tracking Team Monitors Road Shipment Safety, Security      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The Defense Transportation Tracking System employs high-tech means to monitor all commercial carriers transporting arms, ammunition, explosives or other sensitive material within the United States for the Defense Department.

12/11/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and detained two suspected insurgents during an operation in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

12/11/2012

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

MUSA QAL’AH DISTRICT CENTER, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Shane Kruse decided as a senior in high school that he wanted to join the Corps.

12/11/2012

Panetta Calls Kuwait Important U.S. Partner      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - On his first official visit to Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the nation is an important partner with a longstanding U.S. bilateral defense partnership.

12/10/2012

Director: Voting Assistance Programs Best They’ve Ever Been      

WASHINGTON - Overseas and absentee voting assistance programs for last month’s election were the best they have ever been, Federal Voting Assistance Program officials say, but they will keep improving the progam.

12/10/2012

Official: Safer Afghanistan Moves Away From Taliban      

WASHINGTON - Two years before U.S. and coalition forces withdraw, Afghans are safer and the country is moving away from the Taliban, said a senior defense official who briefed reporters on the just-released annual report on progress in Afghanistan.

12/10/2012

New Process Improves Household Goods Shipments  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient, while reducing lost and damaged shipments and saving the government money.

12/10/2012

Report Notes Progress, Remaining Challenges in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Safe havens in Pakistan, corruption and limited Afghan government capabilities are the greatest obstacles to stability in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report delivered to Congress.

12/10/2012

Pilot Calls F-35 ‘Big Leap’ in Fighter Capability      

WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet will be a strategic deterrent for the nation because of its "huge leap in capability," a Marine Corps pilot said during a recent Pentagon Channel interview.

12/10/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader in Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - A combined coalition and Afghan security force arrested a Taliban leader in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported.

12/10/2012

Face of Defense: Twins Complete Recruit Training Together  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Born four minutes apart, Marine Corps Pvts. Shaun and Gabe Vanderwall, Platoon 1035, Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, grew up nearly inseparable.

12/09/2012

Obama, Panetta Laud Special Operator Killed in Rescue Mission      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paid tribute to the special operations service member killed in the rescue of an American doctor being held by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan.

12/07/2012

Winnefeld Honors Pearl Harbor Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saluted veterans at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., during an observance marking the 71st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise Japanese air attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii.

12/07/2012

VA Seeks to Expand List of Service-connected TBI Effects      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses which are secondary to service-connected traumatic brain injury.

12/07/2012

Panetta Briefs President on Dempsey Ethics Findings      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has briefed President Barack Obama on Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s recommendations about general/flag officer ethics, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

12/07/2012

Combined Force Arrests Haqqani Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader during an operation in the Mota Khan district of Paktika province.

12/07/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier, Sailor Provide Troop Services  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Currier and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony McRoberts use teamwork to provide needed personnel services to troops assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team based at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City.

12/06/2012

Officials Laud Defense Transportation, Distribution Collaboration Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The assistant secretary of defense for transportation policy and leaders from U.S. Transportation Command and Defense Logistics Agency have lauded combined cost-saving efforts of inter-service, inter-agency and industry partners.

12/06/2012

Partnerships, Innovation Provide Keys to Mission Success, Transcom Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Command collaborates with industry and other agencies to find innovative, cost-effective solutions to logistics challenges, the unit’s deputy commander said during a presentation at the Defense Logistics 2012 in Arlington, Va.

12/06/2012

Panetta Discusses Syria Situation, Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta repeated the U.S. government’s growing concern that Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons on their own people.

12/06/2012

President Proclaims National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day      

WASHINGTON - In declaring Dec. 7, 2012, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, President Barack Obama called on Americans to pay tribute to those who died in the attack, remember the loved ones they left behind and show gratitude "to a generation of service members who carried our nation through some of the 20th century's darkest moments."

12/06/2012

Secretaries Seek Integrated Military, Veteran Support System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are partnering to build an integrated military and veteran support system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said during a joint press conference in Washington, D.C.

12/06/2012

DOD Clarifies Post-secondary Education Expectations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has issued new policy guidelines intended to provide better protection for members of the military and veterans who seek tuition assistance for post-secondary degrees.

12/06/2012

U.S. Monitors Possible North Korean Rocket Launch      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Pacific Command has moved ships into place to monitor a possible North Korean rocket launch, Pacom commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told Pentagon reporters.

12/06/2012

Obama Intends to Nominate Austin as Centcom Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama intends to nominate Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, currently the vice chief of staff of the Army, to succeed Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced.

12/06/2012

Revamped Program Aids Separating Service Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Major changes to the Transition Assistance Program will revolutionize the way the military prepares people to leave the services, with mandatory programs throughout their careers to set them up for a successful transition, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced.

12/06/2012

Pacific Command Seeks Collaboration, Not Confrontation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States would like China to be a constructive influence on the world stage, and the U.S. Pacific Command is stressing cooperation and collaboration in the region, Pacom's commander said.

12/06/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Guitarist Enjoys Military Service  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - An accomplished guitarist who also enjoys serving in the military, Marine Corps Cpl. Mark A. Boughton said he gets amped up playing with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.

12/06/2012

U.S., Iraq Sign Defense Cooperation Memo of Understanding  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi officials signed a memorandum of understanding in Baghdad that will make it easier for the two countries to work together.

12/06/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader who was responsible for acquiring and distributing weapons and explosives to insurgents during an operation in the Dahanah-ye Ghori district of Baghlan province.

12/05/2012

Guardsmen Continue U.S.-Mexico Border Security Duties      

WASHINGTON - As many as 300 National Guardsmen will remain deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border for another year as part of a border security partnership between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

12/05/2012

U.S., South Korea Participate in Nuke Deterrence Exercise      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and South Korean defense and diplomatic experts will conduct a tabletop exercise examining nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula, a Pentagon official told reporters.

12/05/2012

Cyber Pro Discusses Mobile Network Security Challenges      

WASHINGTON - With more than 680,000 mobile devices in use across the Defense Department, they are quickly emerging as a critical component of military communications -- bringing a plethora of new security risks, a defense official said.

12/05/2012

Dory: Northern Mali a Terrorist Safe Haven      

WASHINGTON - Northern Mali has become a terrorist haven, and DOD will continue to work with African nations and regional organizations to isolate and degrade the threat emanating from the area, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs told a Senate panel.

12/05/2012

Defense Department Prepares Plans for Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has received guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and is now planning for sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

12/05/2012

Military History Professor Provides Korean War Perspectives      

WASHINGTON - “The basic problem with Korean War history, as it’s understood in the United States, is that it’s full of Americans, but you don’t find much about the Koreans on either side, and you don’t find out much about the Chinese or the Russians,” historian Allan R. Millett said during a DOD-sponsored History Speaker Series lecture at the Pentagon.

12/05/2012

Combined Force Kills Insurgent Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed insurgent leader Mohammed Yar Gul and two other insurgents during an operation in the Watahpur district of Kunar province.

12/05/2012

Face of Defense: Guardsman Selected for West Point  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Army Spc. Erin Colburn, an intelligence analyst with the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, has been selected for admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

12/05/2012

DOD Holds Annual Disability Awards Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - The 32nd Annual Department of Defense Disability Awards Ceremony was hosted by Frederick E. Vollrath, performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, in the Pentagon Auditorium.

12/04/2012

Defense Intelligence Office Marks 10 Years of Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ten years ago this month, an entry in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2003 created a position in the Defense Department that for the first time harnessed and focused the department’s diverse intelligence assets.

12/04/2012

Leader Engagement Key to ‘Bridging Basics,’ Battaglia Says      

WASHINGTON - Service members of all ranks and experience should know that they are the ones with the institutional knowledge needed to build a bridge between generations and develop the force of the future, said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/04/2012

NATO Approves Turkey’s Request for Patriot Missiles      

WASHINGTON - NATO foreign ministers have agreed to Turkey’s request for Patriot anti-missile batteries to defend the country against possible airstrikes from neighboring Syria.

12/04/2012

Officials Praise Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta joined other senior defense officials at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to honor former U.S. legislators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, who in 1991 established a program that has become a critical part of the U.S. approach to reducing the worldwide proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

12/04/2012

Panetta Praises 'Outstanding' Walter Reed Employees  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta honored more than 300 health care professionals at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for their outstanding performance, calling them "miracle workers."

12/04/2012

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Honors ‘True Heroes’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented six service members from each of the five branches of the armed forces and U.S. Special Operations Command with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’ Grateful Nation Award.

12/04/2012

Face of Defense: Afghanistan-deployed Soldier Drives On  This story contains photos.    

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghaninstan-deployed Army Pfc. Brennon Van Luven has been shot at by insurgents yet remains undeterred as he serves with his military comrades. He also learned a new skill in Afghanistan -- how to drive a vehicle.

12/04/2012

Military Judge Removed From Hasan Court-martial      

FORT HOOD, Texas - Citing the appearance of bias, the highest military appellate court ordered the removal of Army Col. Gregory Gross as trial judge in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist accused in a November 2009 shooting spree at a deployment center on Fort Hood, Texas.

12/04/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader in Kandahar Province      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader during a security operation in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province.

12/03/2012

Obama Warns Syria Against Using Chemical, Biological Weapons  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama warned Syria’s Bashar Assad regime that the use of chemical and biological weapons would be “unacceptable.”

12/03/2012

Panetta Awards Nunn, Lugar Highest Civilian Defense Honors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recognized the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program’s founders with the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award.

12/03/2012

Official Discusses Enhanced Sustainability, Cost Reduction      

WASHINGTON - The assistant secretary of defense for maintenance and policy outlined the issues and challenges facing the maintenance community with consideration to current conflicts and steep costs.

12/03/2012

Official Explores Cost-saving Logistics Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official underscored the importance of contractors, industry partnerships and allies at a time of fewer federal dollars and amid a transition to a post-war era.

12/03/2012

Collaborating Extremist Groups Worry Africom Commander      

WASHINGTON - Extremist groups collaborating in Africa pose a threat beyond the region that extends to Europe and the United States, U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer said.

12/03/2012

Partnerships to Remain Keystone of Transcom’s Success      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The partnerships that have enabled U.S. Transportation Command to support wartime operations and other contingencies around the world will remain vital in the post-conflict era, its commander says.

12/03/2012

NORAD Provides Website, Apps to Track Santa      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

12/03/2012

Website Informs Employers Seeking to Hire Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Labor Department, in concert with two other federal agencies, has provided a tool to guide potential employers seeking to hire disabled veterans.

12/03/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader in Balkh Province      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested the senior Taliban leader for eastern Chimtal district in Balkh province.

12/03/2012

Face of Defense: Chaplain Serves Deployment in Antarctica  This story contains photos.    

MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica - As the cool winter air begins to roll into Sioux City, Iowa, Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) William Vit is feeling a much colder breeze.

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