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03/31/2012

Panetta Blasts Congress for Failure to Avert Sequestration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta blasted Congress for threatening the Defense Department with sequestration he said would be devastating to the force.

03/31/2012

Panetta Credits Peleliu for Helping to Reach Turning Point in War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States has reached a turning point after a decade of conflict, but must stay the course to continue to face down terrorism and other threats, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a visit to the USS Peleliu.

03/30/2012

Official: Take Time to Honor Military Kids’ Service      

WASHINGTON - Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout April for their contributions to their families’ well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, Barbara Thompson, director of military community and family policy, children and youth, said.

03/30/2012

Officials Detail Dover Mortuary Operations Timeline  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders are determined to be as transparent as possible about military mortuary operations at the Dover facility in Delaware, a group of senior defense and military officials told Pentagon reporters.

03/30/2012

War Hero: Troops Can Draw Strength From Each Other      

WASHINGTON - Service members can draw strength from each other rather than attempt to deal with tough times alone, wounded warrior and Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry told the attendees of the Warrior Resilience Conference.

03/30/2012

F-22 Raptor Advisory Board Announces Findings      

WASHINGTON - Air Force leaders provided an update on the service’s Scientific Advisory Board study into F-22 Raptor aircraft life support systems and flight operations during a Pentagon briefing.

03/30/2012

Shinseki Vows to Support Military Members, Vets      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki offered assurances that VA will make good on its promises to veterans and those currently serving in uniform, despite growth in demand for its services and benefits and federal belt-tightening initiatives.

03/30/2012

Official: Holistic Care Builds Troop, Family Resilience      

WASHINGTON - The military is taking a holistic approach to resilience building and readiness, Army Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, deputy director of the TRICARE Management Activity, told attendees at the Warrior Resilience Conference.

03/30/2012

Service Members Must Prepare For Transition, Dempsey Says      

WASHINGTON - This is a time of transition for the U.S. military and part of that change requires service members to immerse themselves in the study of their profession, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/30/2012

Thurman: U.S. Forces Remain Ready in Northeast Asia      

WASHINGTON - As the military transitions its focus toward the Asia-Pacific region, the Korean Peninsula is a focal point where U.S. forces must maintain “unquestioned” readiness, Army Gen. James D. Thurman, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, told a House panel.

03/30/2012

North Korean Missile Tests Jeopardize U.S. Food Aid      

WASHINGTON - If North Korea goes forward with its missile test in April, the United States will stop millions of dollars in food aid for that secretive country, James N. Miller told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing as undersecretary of defense for policy.

03/30/2012

Dempsey: Military Must Keep ‘Bond of Trust’ With Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - The military must keep the bond of trust between service members, their families and their communities during difficult economic times, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury’s Warrior Resilience Conference.

03/30/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Earns Top Maintenance Award  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Blench, an avionics specialist with the 46th Maintenance Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is recognized as his service's top aircraft technical maintainer.

03/30/2012

Afghan-led Force Captures Haqqani Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-led security force captured a Haqqani leader during an operation in the Khost district of Khost province. The leader was responsible for organizing roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the district.

03/30/2012

Panetta Outlines Eisenhower’s Legacy of Leadership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Accepting the 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta offered his perspective on what he termed the “strategic turning point” facing the nation and looked to lessons from President Eisenhower to shed light on this important time.

03/29/2012

Dempsey Looks to Expand Military Ties With Brazil  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he hopes to expand military-to-military relations with Brazil, a country he said is “clearly, an economic engine globally,” after returning from a recent trip to the country.

03/29/2012

Officials: Energy Programs Vital to Defense Budget      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is striving to improve energy security for the warfighter and it needs funding to achieve that goal, defense officials told Congress during budget hearings.

03/29/2012

DOD Nominees Pledge to Advocate for Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - The nominees for the Pentagon’s top personnel and readiness post and assistant to the defense secretary for Reserve Affairs told Congress that championing the men and women in uniform while tackling budgetary challenges is at the top of their priority lists.

03/29/2012

U.S.-Pakistani Military Relations Improving, Dempsey Says      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The military-to-military relationship between the United States and Pakistan is on the road to recovery, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters.

03/29/2012

Top Enlisted Leaders Focus on Troop, Family Wellness      

WASHINGTON - The military needs to “eviscerate” societal problems plaguing the force with an unmatched and unyielding effort, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett said during a panel discussion at the Warrior Resilience Conference.

03/29/2012

Enlisted Leaders Focus on Suicide Prevention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The most senior enlisted leaders from each branch of service and the combatant commands focused on the health of the force, and specifically on suicide prevention, during a conference this week, the military’s top enlisted member said.

03/29/2012

Officials Reaffirm Pentagon’s Commitment to F-35      

WASHINGTON - Estimated costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter have increased over the life of the program, but the Defense Department is working to contain cost growth and remains committed to the fifth-generation fighter, defense officials said.

03/29/2012

Strategy Drove Budget Decisions, Dempsey Says      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he stands by his testimony that the fiscal 2013 defense budget request grew from the new strategy and was not simply a target number that planners had to hit.

03/29/2012

Policy Chief Nominee Discusses Job’s Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The strategy in Afghanistan is working, James N. Miller Jr., the Pentagon policy chief nominee, told Congress, warning that recent difficulties can’t cause the United States to abandon it in favor of a “Plan B.”

03/29/2012

Pentagon’s Top Doctor Stresses Commitment to Quality Care      

WASHINGTON - Even in this “belt-tightening era,” Defense Department officials remain committed to sustaining efforts that have led to groundbreaking medical advances in areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder, the Pentagon’s top health affairs official said.

03/29/2012

Face of Defense: Homegrown Hero Receives Purple Heart  This story contains photos.    

LUMBERTON, N.C. - Matt Ellis, a former sergeant in the Marine Corps, received his second Purple Heart in a ceremony at his old high school for injuries he suffered in an improvised explosive device strike in Afghanistan.

03/29/2012

Iraq, Afghanistan Vets Find Healing in Helping Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Five years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in combat, Chris Carver is among a growing legion of veterans from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan who have discovered the healing power of helping other wounded warriors on their road to recovery.

03/29/2012

Dempsey: Colombia Has Strategy to Take Down Terror Group      

BRASILIA, Brazil - The Colombians have a good strategy to take down the main terrorist group in the country, and they will stick with it, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters following a visit with the country's senior leaders.

03/28/2012

Chairman Visits Amazon Military Command in Brazil      

MANAUS, Brazil - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Brazil’s Amazon Military Command headquarters here today to get an idea of the range, capabilities and challenges facing the armed forces’ effort in the remote Amazonian jungle..

03/28/2012

Dempsey Pleased About U.S.-Pakistani Leaders Meeting      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is pleased that U.S. and Pakistani military leaders have met to discuss mutual concerns.

03/28/2012

Budget Proposal Slows Cost Growth, Pentagon Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget request would slow the growth in pay and benefits without negatively affecting today’s service members, senior defense leaders told senators.

03/28/2012

South Korea Mission Strategically Important, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in South Korea help to sustain an important alliance, deter an unpredictable threat and support the national defense strategy’s shift toward the Asia-Pacific region, senior defense officials told Congress.

03/28/2012

Panetta, Peru’s Defense Minister Discuss Defense Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta welcomed Peruvian Defense Minister Luis Alberto Otárola Penaranda to the Pentagon to discuss transnational organized crime, terrorism and a defense cooperation agreement.

03/28/2012

Officials Suspend North Korea Nutrition Aid Over Planned Launch      

WASHINGTON - Concerns that North Korea would resume provocative behavior on the international stage in 2012 have proven true, so the United States has suspended plans to provide nutrition aid to the impoverished nation, senior defense officials told a House panel.

03/28/2012

Services Strive to Extend Expertise Across Health Care      

WASHINGTON - Troops deployed to Afghanistan are receiving the best trauma care in the world, and the services are determined to continue that level of expertise as service members return home, the military’s top health professionals told a Senate panel.

03/28/2012

Pentagon Issues Challenge for Learning Applications      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have challenged industry to develop mobile applications that provide innovative science, technology,engineering and math learning tools.

03/28/2012

Panetta Plans Visit to Amphibious Assault Ship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will travel to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he will visit the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, which represents a naval priority for the department, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

03/28/2012

U.S. Remains Committed to F-35 Program, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

OTTAWA, Ontario - During a visit to Canada, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta reaffirmed the Defense Department’s commitment to the F-35 joint strike fighter program and to ensuring it remains within the defense strategy’s budget.

03/28/2012

U.S., Pakistani Officials Discuss Military Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officers met with their Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad, Pakistan, to discuss the future of military collaboration between the two countries, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

03/28/2012

Troops Kill Terror Group’s Senior Leader in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan special unit assisted by coalition troops killed the senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in the Shirin Tagab district of Afghanistan's Faryab province. The leader was responsible for leading attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

03/28/2012

Conference to Focus on Building Troops’ Resilience      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 750 military leaders and psychological health care experts will attend the Defense Department’s fourth annual Warrior Resilience Conference with the goal of developing resilience-building techniques and tools that can be utilized by the military community.

03/28/2012

Thurman: Keep Accompanied Korea Tours at Current Level      

WASHINGTON - Family-member-accompanied tours for U.S. service members in South Korea should not expand beyond the roughly 4,600 family members now authorized, Army Gen. James D. Thurman, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, told a House panel.

03/28/2012

Face of Defense: Medic Boosts Fellow Soldiers’ Morale  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Richard Davies wanted to be in the infantry, but he's now serving with distinction and saving lives as a medic in Afghanistan.

03/28/2012

Link Grows Between Terrorism, Organized Crime, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The two missions of fighting terrorism and combating global organized crime are increasingly linked, senior Defense Department officials told a Senate panel.

03/28/2012

Disabled Vets Experience ‘Miracles on Mountainside’  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - About 400 disabled veterans gathered at Snowmass Mountain, Colo., were advised to expect miracles during the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

03/27/2012

Panetta Attends Historic Trilateral Defense Meeting  This story contains photos.    

OTTAWA, Ontario - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta attended a historic trilateral meeting in Ottawa with defense leaders from Canada and Mexico to discuss common challenges and improve continental security.

03/27/2012

Dempsey Visits Latest Site in Colombia’s Terrorism Fight  This story contains photos.    

TIBU, Colombia - The dusty town of Tibu, Colombia, is home to the government's latest effort to defeat the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and other terror groups and criminal gangs.

03/27/2012

Senior Enlisted Leaders Meet to Tackle Troop, Family Issues      

WASHINGTON - The military’s top enlisted leaders and their spouses gathered at the Pentagon to discuss the most pressing issues affecting service members’ lives, and to identify possible solutions.

03/27/2012

Officials Seek Construction Funds, More BRAC in Budget Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s request for $11.2 billion for military construction and family housing in the fiscal 2013 budget would balance the armed forces’ needs with the nation’s economic situation, the Pentagon’s chief financial officer told the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

03/27/2012

U.S., Pakistan Need to ‘Get it Right,’ Obama Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, attending the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, met with Pakistan’s prime minister and said he welcomes the Pakistani parliament’s review of the countries’ bilateral relationship.

03/27/2012

Allen: Spring, Summer Operations Will be ‘Unique’      

WASHINGTON - Spring and summer will offer “unique operational conditions” in Afghanistan as the security transition there gains momentum, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, said at the Brookings Institution.

03/27/2012

DOD Needs Industry’s Help to Catch Cyber Attacks, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department needs private-sector cooperation in reporting computer network attacks in real time, Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the head of U.S. Cyber Command, told a Senate committee.

03/27/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Plays Vital Role in Unit’s Success  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Reliability is a trait that Marine Corps Cpl. Jesse R. Mendoza learned from his father while growing up in San Fernando, Calif. He has used it as a foundation to build his life upon, and it has helped him to gain recognition as his unit's noncommissioned officer of the quarter.

03/27/2012

Paralympians Provide Example, Inspiration to Disabled Vets  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - As disabled veterans gathered at the base of Snowmass Mountain to tackle their first ski runs on adaptive skis during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, they had an unexpected cheering squad: U.S. Paralympians, including two training for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

03/27/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in the Maidan Shar district of Wardak province.

03/27/2012

President Cites Progress at Nuclear Security Summit      

WASHINGTON - While progress has been made toward security and peace, it’s “undeniable” that a nuclear terror threat remains, President Barack Obama said at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.

03/27/2012

Growing Missile Threat Needs Robust Defenses, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is well protected against the current threat from limited intercontinental ballistic missile attacks, but the threat is growing, underscoring the need for a robust and flexible defense system.

03/27/2012

Dempsey Highlights Value of Southcom, Africom Missions      

BOGOTA, Colombia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the first part of a two-nation trip to view U.S. Southern Command’s mission in South America through the prism of the nation’s new defense strategy.

03/27/2012

Dempsey: Afghans Must Prevent ‘Green-on-Blue’ Violence      

BOGOTA, Colombia - The United States will do more to prevent attacks on coalition personnel by members of Afghanistan’s security forces, but ultimately it will be up to Afghans to stop these tragedies from happening, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/26/2012

Dempsey Discusses Combatting Transnational Organized Crime  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Transnational organized crime is not specifically mentioned in the new defense strategy, but leaders understand the threat, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said at U.S. Southern Command.

03/26/2012

Vietnam Wall Turns 30 as Officials Plan Education Center  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial groundbreaking, officials of the memorial's fund announced the development of an education center to inform younger generations about the war's history.

03/26/2012

Afghans, Coalition Work to Avert ‘Insider’ Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition leaders are working to prevent “insider threat” killings in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the International Security Assistance Force commander, told Pentagon reporters.

03/26/2012

Allen: Speculation About Bales Case ‘Serves No Purpose’      

WASHINGTON - As investigations continue regarding charges filed against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the NATO International Security Assistance Force commander, said speculation about the case serves no purpose.

03/26/2012

U.S. to Expand Security Role in Pacific Region      

WASHINGTON - Attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, President Barack Obama reaffirmed America's intention to take a larger role in the future of security in the Asia-Pacific region.

03/26/2012

Dr. Biden: Military Support Will Define Future Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Supporting troops, veterans and their families as they’ve supported the nation is a charge that will define America’s next generation of leaders, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, said at a 4-H youth conference.

03/26/2012

Afghan Security Forces Improving Quickly, Allen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces are improving faster than coalition leaders or they themselves anticipated, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, told Pentagon reporters.

03/26/2012

Trilateral Agreement Highlights Nuclear Security Summit      

WASHINGTON - The United States, Canada and Mexico have completed a joint nuclear security project to convert the fuel in Mexico’s research reactor from highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium to help prevent nuclear terrorism.

03/26/2012

Obama Cites Global Efforts to Stop Nuclear Terror  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The world is safer because the international community has made it harder than ever for terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama told students at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea.

03/26/2012

Face of Defense: Chaplain Helps Marines in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II - Growing up as a self-described “military brat,” Navy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Mark Tews knew he wanted to serve his country, and today he ministers to military members serving in Afghanistan.

03/26/2012

Combined Force Detains 2 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-coalition security force detained two insurgents during an operation to capture an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in the Shirin Tagab district of Faryab province.

03/26/2012

VA Secretary Opens Veterans Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 26th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., challenging more than 400 participants to draw on the qualities they demonstrated in uniform to live life to its fullest.

03/25/2012

Obama Praises U.S. Troops’ Legacy in South Korea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Visiting with U.S. troops stationed in South Korea near the demilitarized zone, President Barack Obama lauded their historic security role that assisted South Korea as it transformed itself into a democratic and prosperous nation in the years following the Korean War.

03/24/2012

Panetta Visits NSA, Cyber Command Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently met with the leader of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command based at Fort Meade, Md., to observe technology and receive key briefings, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

03/24/2012

Allen to Examine Afghanistan Force Package      

WASHINGTON - The starting point of analysis for the U.S.-coalition fighting force in Afghanistan in 2013 will be the withdrawal of 23,000 surge troops after this year’s fighting season, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the International Security Assistance Force commander, said during an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose.

03/24/2012

Allen: U.S., Afghanistan Relationship Remains Intact      

WASHINGTON - The relationship between U.S. and Afghan officials remains intact despite some recent negative events in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, said during an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose.

03/23/2012

U.S. Forces Afghanistan Prefers Criminal Charges Against Bales      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces Afghanistan formally preferred criminal charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for the alleged premeditated murder of 17 Afghan civilians on March 11, 2012.

03/23/2012

General: Space Capability Integral to All Military Operations      

WASHINGTON - During a recent Defense Writers Group breakfast, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton talked about the integral role that space capabilities like GPS satellite technology play within all military operations and outlined options for cutting related costs in a constrained fiscal environment.

03/23/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Works to Keep Afghans Safe  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - For the past six months, Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew Branch has provided security for Afghan truck drivers while they deliver fuel to forward operating bases in Helmand province.

03/23/2012

Coalition Airstrike Kills Taliban Bomb Expert      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A coalition airstrike killed a Taliban expert bomb maker and wounded another insurgent in the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Baghlan province. The airstrike targeted the two insurgents as they were planting two roadside bombs.

03/22/2012

Senior Enlisted Leaders Condemn Hazing in Military      

WASHINGTON - Senior enlisted leaders from each service denounced hazing in the armed forces and delivered a message of unity while testifying before a congressional panel.

03/22/2012

Officials Discuss Troop Numbers, Partnership With Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, and James N. Miller, acting undersecretary of defense for policy, told senators that training Afghan soldiers and police is going well, but it will require patience to ensure the job is done correctly.

03/22/2012

Fair Showcases Defense Progress in Traumatic Brain Injuries  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department exhibited its latest technology and practices in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries at the 11th annual Brain Injury Awareness Day Fair in Washington, D.C.

03/22/2012

Pentagon Seeks Less for Construction, More for Conservation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel.

03/22/2012

Panetta to Travel to Canada for Defense Meetings      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will travel to Canada’s capital of Ottawa on March 26 for meetings with Canadian and Mexican defense officials, Pentagon officials said.

03/22/2012

Coalition Force Finds Opium Cache      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A coalition security force found 1,300 pounds of opium in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. The troops seized a small quantity of the opium for examination and destroyed the rest, officials said.

03/22/2012

Officials Extend Deadline to Apply for ‘Stop Loss’ Pay      

WASHINGTON - Service members and veterans whose military service was involuntarily extended under the “Stop Loss” program between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay, and they now have more time to apply for it.

03/22/2012

Face of Defense: Marine is MP by Day, Mechanic by Night  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD USS ESSEX AT SEA - Every Marine and sailor aboard the USS Essex serves a crucial role in the success of the mission, but Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Sabalboro serves two.

03/21/2012

Official Details Pentagon Health Care Proposals      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top medical official detailed during a Capitol Hill hearing the Pentagon’s strategy to corral health care costs while continuing to provide a high level of care.

03/21/2012

BRAC Offers Unmatched Cost Savings, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s request for two new rounds of base realignments and closures should be compared to the cost effectiveness of the first four BRAC rounds, not those done in 2005 to transform installations to match force structure, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel.

03/21/2012

Officials: Cyber Research Needs Innovation, Talent      

WASHINGTON - Experts from Defense Department, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Security Agency discussed the department’s vulnerabilities and needs during the unclassified portion of a hearing of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities.

03/21/2012

U.S. Suspends MIA Search in North Korea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States has suspended efforts to find remains of U.S. service members lost during the Korean War due to North Korean threats to launch a ballistic missile, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

03/21/2012

Coalition Airstrike Destroys Bomb-making Facility      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A coalition airstrike destroyed an improvised explosive device-making facility in the Sangin district of Helmand province. Insurgents used the facility to build bombs and coordinate IED attacks in the area, officials said.

03/21/2012

Obama to Visit DMZ During South Korean Trip      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will visit the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea and meet with U.S. troops as part of his visit to the South Korean capital of Seoul.

03/21/2012

Official Offers Tips to Beat Summer Moving Rush      

WASHINGTON - With military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are urging service members to book their moving dates early and to remain as flexible as possible when doing so.

03/21/2012

Face of Defense: Loadmaster Soars on ‘American Idol’  This story contains photos.    

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Blaire Sieber’s 15 minutes of fame stretched out over weeks as a contestant on the Fox network's “American Idol” television series.

03/20/2012

DOD, VA Partnership Key in Treating Brain Trauma, Panelists Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said during a panel discussion.

03/20/2012

DOD Develops Cyberspace Rules of Engagement      

WASHINGTON - Whether by land, sea or air, Defense Department leaders have long crafted rules of engagement to determine how, where and when forces can attack the enemy. They expect soon to complete the same for their newest domain: cyberspace.

03/20/2012

F-35 Reaches Critical Juncture After Strong Year, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program -- the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance -- made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said.

03/20/2012

Guardsmen, Reservists Nominate Employers for Freedom Award      

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 3,000 reserve-component service members have nominated their civilian-life employers for an award that recognizes outstanding support for the citizen-soldiers and citizen airmen who work for them.

03/20/2012

Recruiting Stays on Track for Active Service Components      

WASHINGTON - All of the active service components and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical year-to-date recruiting goals for fiscal 2012 through February, Pentagon officials reported.

03/20/2012

Undersecretary Urges Continuing Counterterrorism Effort      

WASHINGTON - As the counterterrorism strategy is succeeding, now is not the time to abandon the fight in Afghanistan, James N. Miller, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Committee.

03/20/2012

First Lady Talks Military Family Support on ‘Letterman’      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Americans to rally in support of military families during a recent appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

03/20/2012

Panetta Provides Personal Account of Recent Trip  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As has been his custom for all of his foreign travels, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta provided a personal account of his recent trip to Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

03/20/2012

Obama Calls for Understanding Between Iranians, Americans      

WASHINGTON - As Iran and other nations celebrate Nowruz -- the Persian New Year -- President Barack Obama called for understanding between Americans and Iranians.

03/20/2012

Stavridis: Afghanistan Strategy Remains on Track      

WASHINGTON - Despite recent incidents that he acknowledged temporarily have set back progress in Afghanistan, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, NATO’s top military officer, said he’s confident the strategy there is succeeding and will continue to bear fruit.

03/20/2012

Allen Urges Congress to Stay the Course in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - “Stay the course in Afghanistan” was the message Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the International Security Assistance Force commander, delivered to the House Armed Services Committee.

03/20/2012

Allen: Troops Will Accomplish Afghan Mission      

WASHINGTON - Recent negative incidents in Afghanistan have been deplorable, but they will not stand in the way of accomplishing goals in that country, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the International Security Assistance Force commander.

03/20/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Saves Man From Being Stabbed  This story contains photos.    

LANCASTER, Calif. - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Escandon was on his way to lunch with his wife when heard a cry for help and stepped in to aid a person being assailed by a man in Lancaster, Calif.

03/19/2012

First Lady Lauds Minnesota’s Military Family Support      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama met with military families and support group leaders on Minnesota Air National Guard Base in St. Paul, Minn., to “shine a spotlight” on the state’s efforts to aid troops and their families.

03/19/2012

President Proclaims ‘National Day of Honor’      

WASHINGTON - On the ninth anniversary of U.S. forces moving into Iraq, President Barack Obama has proclaimed March 19 “A National Day of Honor.”

03/19/2012

Face of Defense: Colonel Promotes Soccer for Afghan Girls  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghanistan-deployed Air Force colonel and her daughter back in the United States have solicited donations of soccer equipment for Afghan girl players.

03/19/2012

Combined Force Kills 4 Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed four insurgents during a search mission for an insurgent leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the Shirin Tagab district of Faryab province.

03/17/2012

Iran Could Make Gross Misjudgment, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - Iranian leaders could make a gross misjudgment of American will and suffer the consequences, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/17/2012

Goals in Afghanistan Remain the Same, Dempsey Says      

WASHINGTON - While recent incidents have challenged U.S. operations in Afghanistan, the long-term objectives there remain the same, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in an interview with Charlie Rose.

03/17/2012

Army Identifies Afghanistan Shooting Suspect      

WASHINGTON - The Army has identified the U.S. soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians in a March 11 rampage as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

03/16/2012

Afghan Mission Maintains Momentum, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite some tragic incidents experienced over the past months in Afghanistan, the security strategy is working there and coalition and Afghan forces are committed to the successful conclusion of the mission, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said.

03/16/2012

Navy Leader Calls ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal ‘Non-story’      

WASHINGTON - The Navy has not seen much difference following last fall’s repeal of the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, told reporters.

03/16/2012

Donley: Air Force Will Not Tolerate Wrongdoing      

WASHINGTON - Improper management practices, such as the retaliation against whistleblowers at Dover Port Mortuary, Del., won't be tolerated, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said in a statement in response to a report by the independent Office of Special Counsel.

03/16/2012

DOD: North Korea Rocket Launch Would Destabilize Region      

WASHINGTON - The April launch of a long-range rocket announced by North Korea would violate U.N. resolutions and represent a destabilizing influence in the region, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said.

03/16/2012

Navy Looks to Bolster Capabilities in Persian Gulf      

WASHINGTON - The Strait of Hormuz is a critical global choke point for the movement of oil and the U.S. Navy is ensuring it has all the capabilities needed to keep the strait open to maritime traffic, said Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations.

03/16/2012

Allen Expresses Condolences Over Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, expressed his condolences over the crash of an ISAF helicopter in the Bagrami district of Afghanistan’s Kabul province.

03/16/2012

Face of Defense: Army Brothers Recall Afghanistan Duty  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Fort Bragg, N.C.-based Army brothers Sgt. Bryan Vinson and Spc. Duane Vinson recall their 9-month deployment together in Afghanistan.

03/16/2012

Commander Outlines Afghanistan Campaign Objectives      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Coalition troops and their Afghan partners have a new initiative and momentum going into this year’s fighting season, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, commander of ISAF Joint Command. “It’s clear to me that we’ve made a good deal of progress here in Afghanistan,” he said.

03/16/2012

Officials Offer More Detail on Failed Attack at Bastion      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense officials provided more details about an apparent failed attack conducted by an Afghan interpreter at Bastion Airfield just as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was arriving for a two-day Afghanistan visit.

03/15/2012

National Cemetery Adopts Geospatial Technology      

ARLINGTON, Va. - In an effort to streamline cemetery operations, Arlington National Cemetery began using geospatial technology this week in a move officials say makes them nearly paperless and will help ensure information accuracy.

03/15/2012

Official: DOD Improves Posture on ‘Loose Nuke’ Threat      

WASHINGTON - Though the Defense Department’s role in nuclear nonproliferation centers on dismantling weapons of mass destruction, DOD also plans, equips and trains for scenarios in which terrorists get their hands on nuclear weapons, Kenneth B. Handelman, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for global strategic affairs, told a Senate panel.

03/15/2012

Panetta Arrives in United Arab Emirates  This story contains photos.    

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to wrap up a Central Asia and Middle East trip that also took him to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. While visiting Abu Dhabi, Panetta will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nauhyan, deputy supreme commander of the Emirati armed forces.

03/15/2012

Panetta: All United in Afghanistan Strategy  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Wrapping up his sixth trip to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said U.S., Afghan and coalition leaders are unified in achieving the mission of ensuring Afghanistan never again becomes a terrorist safe haven.

03/15/2012

Military Leads in Brain Injury Care, Specialists Say      

WASHINGTON - Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps medical specialists are working closely together and with civilian experts to develop the best prevention, diagnosis and treatment practices for traumatic brain injuries, service representatives said.

03/15/2012

Navy, Coast Guard Crews Rescue Arabian Gulf Mariners  This story contains photos.    

ARABIAN GULF - Crews of the Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and Coast Guard Cutter Baranof rescued 24 Filipino mariners in the Arabian Gulf, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials reported.

03/15/2012

Veteran Job Prospects Brighter, Panetta Says      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Veteran unemployment numbers are encouraging, but the need for jobs will increase as the services trim their ranks, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

03/15/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Overcomes Life’s Setbacks  This story contains photos.    

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING COMPLEX, Ind. - Army Pvt. Travonce Marquiese Covey is grateful that the National Guard provided him the opportunity to gain his high school diploma and obtain a better life.

03/15/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and detained an additional suspected insurgent in the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Baghlan province.

03/15/2012

Suspect in Afghanistan Airfield Incident Dies      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The suspect in a car theft and possible attack at Bastion Airfield in Afghanistan’s Helmand province has died while under medical care, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said.

03/14/2012

Window Closing for Iran to Act, Obama, Cameron Say      

WASHINGTON - Sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Iran are working and need more time, but the window for Iran to act is closing, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

03/14/2012

U.S. Military Flies Shooting Suspect Out of Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has airlifted out of Afghanistan the U.S. soldier accused of going on a shooting rampage targeting Afghan civilians. The soldier, whom the military has yet to identify, was taken out of the country because there was no appropriate place to detain him there, a Pentagon spokesman said.

03/14/2012

U.S., Britain Will Stick With Strategy in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed the two nations will continue to follow the strategy for Afghanistan that calls for all combat troops out of the country by the end of 2014.

03/14/2012

Spokesman Says Fire at Camp Bastion was ‘No Danger’ to Secretary      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - A fire at Bastion Airfield in Afghanistan appears to be unrelated to the fact that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was supposed to land there, Pentagon and NATO International Security Assistance Force officials said.

03/14/2012

Panetta Visits, Commends Georgian Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited Georgian 31st Battalion troops on Combat Outpost Shukvani, Afghanistan, and read a letter from their former commander, who was wounded and is undergoing treatment in the United States.

03/14/2012

Obama Welcomes ‘Rock-solid’ Ally to White House      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed the “rock-solid” alliance between their two countries during a White House welcome ceremony. The two men and their staffs plan to discuss a range of issues from Afghanistan and NATO to economic policy and trade.

03/14/2012

Prayer Breakfast Features Army Medal of Honor Recipient      

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, the Army’s most recent Medal of Honor recipient, cited the “miracles” that saved his life one fateful day in Afghanistan during the Pentagon’s national prayer breakfast, which featured spiritual resilience to overcome adversity as its theme.

03/14/2012

Panetta: Partnership Tested, Proven After Horrific Events  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Coalition forces are achieving their mission of helping Afghanistan transform its future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told U.S., Afghan and coalition troops during his visit to the country.

03/14/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Keeps A-10s Flying in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Air Force Senior Airman Shawn Watters uses his technical skills to help keep A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft flying in Afghanistan.

03/13/2012

Northcom Prioritizes Homeland Defense, Cyber, Partners      

WASHINGTON - Priorities for U.S. Northern Command include expanding partnerships, keeping eyes on air, space, cyberspace, land and sea domains, and outpacing all threats, the Northcom and the North American Aerospace Defense Command commander told a Senate committee.

03/13/2012

Panetta Visits Kyrgyzstan Defense Officials  This story contains photos.    

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta thanked Kyrgyzstan Minister of Defense Taalaybek Omuraliev and Secretary of Defense Council Busurmankul Tabaldiev for Kyrgyzstan’s contribution to regional stability while visiting the country as part of a Central Asia tour.

03/13/2012

Southern Command Targets Transnational Organized Crime      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Southern Command is focused on stopping transnational organized crime and building partners’ capabilities, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/13/2012

Obama Promises Full Investigation of Afghanistan Shootings      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said the United States takes seriously the March 11 murder of Afghan civilians and promised Afghan leaders that U.S. defense officials will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. He said the investigation "will follow the facts wherever they lead us."

03/13/2012

Face of Defense: Rabbi Ministers Across Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Avi Weiss, the only U.S. military rabbi now serving in Afghanistan, employs the Internet and other means to extend his reach across the country.

03/13/2012

Combined Force Captures Haqqani Network Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader, responsible for directing attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces, during an operation in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

03/13/2012

Panetta Cites Value of Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan  This story contains photos.    

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is in Kyrgyzstan, which is home to a transit center for all U.S. troops entering or leaving Afghanistan, to meet with government leaders and U.S. service members there.

03/12/2012

Panetta: Afghanistan Strategy on Track Despite Recent Events  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Recent tragic events in Afghanistan highlight important lessons, but should not detract from significant progress achieved or derail the overall International Security Assistance Force objectives there, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

03/12/2012

Active-duty Downsizing Should Benefit Reserve Forces, Board Says      

WASHINGTON - A policy board plans to ask Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to highlight service in the reserve forces as a good option for outgoing active-duty members during downsizing.

03/12/2012

DOD Demonstrates Nonlethal, Directed-energy Prototypes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A state-of-the-art millimeter-wave system gives warfighters something more persuasive than shouting but less harmful than shooting when dealing with potentially hostile crowds, Defense Department experts said during a demonstration.

03/12/2012

Sesame Street, USO Launch Tour for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Sesame Street and USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling tour, will kick off April 7 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and will visit military families on more than 70 installations over the next eight months.

03/12/2012

Officials Believe Gunman Acted Alone, Press Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Officials believe a lone service member was involved in the shooting deaths of civilians in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

03/12/2012

Military Children Earn Top Honors for Service, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - For their service and sacrifice, five military children have earned Operation Homefront’s 2012 Military Child of the Year Award.

03/12/2012

Combined Force Captures 2 Haqqani Leaders      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured two Haqqani network leaders and five additional suspected insurgents in the Pul-e Alam district of Afghanistan’s Logar province.

03/12/2012

Face of Defense: Petty Officer Reaches for Stars  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - For Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason F. Figgeroa, a hospital corpsman with Medical Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, the military was his ticket to a better and exciting life.

03/11/2012

Officials Condemn Afghanistan Shooting, Offer Condolences      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and senior military leaders condemned a shooting incident in Southern Afghanistan, and they pledged to work with Afghan authorities in fully investigating the incident.

03/10/2012

Dempsey Details Fiscal Concerns Facing Department  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The environment facing the military comes down to balancing strategic challenges with fiscal realities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a town hall meeting on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

03/09/2012

Willard Passes Pacific Command’s Reins to Locklear  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, who passed command of U.S. Pacific Command to Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, praised Locklear for his ability to lead the command forward.

03/09/2012

Pentagon Leaders Praise Willard, Welcome Locklear to Pacom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saluted outgoing U.S. Pacific Command chief Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard and welcomed his successor, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, during a ceremony on Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

03/09/2012

Official: 2013 Budget Targets Space Capability Resilience      

WASHINGTON - The $9.6 billion for space programs within President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request will boost resilience for U.S. space capabilities but cut some modernization and other programs, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, told a House panel.

03/09/2012

Program Inspires DOD Students to Aim for Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two Department of Defense Education Activity students were among the more than 100 student delegates to the 50th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program who stopped by the Pentagon to hear from senior leaders and to gain insight on national defense.

03/09/2012

Defense Department Releases Energy Conservation Roadmap      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released an implementation plan for cutting energy consumption in military operations. In the plan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta reiterates that the department must do its part to reduce U.S. fuel consumption to save money and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

03/09/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Provides Security, Keeps Morale High  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew J. Kirby employs his sense of humor and leadership skills to keep up the spirits of his fellow Marines in Afghanistan.

03/09/2012

Health System Seeks Savings While Retaining Excellence      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders want to retain excellence in military health care while cutting costs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

03/09/2012

U.S. Leaders Recall Japan Disasters, Relief Efforts      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta have issued statements marking the upcoming one-year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters that devastated Japan.

03/09/2012

Combined Force Captures Several Taliban Leaders      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force captured several Taliban leaders during an operation in the Maidan Shahr district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

03/09/2012

Panetta Discusses U.S. Focus on Pacific, Middle East      

WASHINGTON - The Pacific will be a growing focus for the American military in the years to come, but the Middle East also must remain a priority, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters in Hawaii.

03/09/2012

U.S., Afghanistan Agree to Turnover of Parwan Detention Facility      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak signed a memorandum that Allen called “an important step forward in our strategic partnership negotiations.”

03/08/2012

Pentagon Official Makes Case for New BRAC Rounds      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department needs two rounds of the Base Realignment and Closure process this year and next to shed excess building space and save money, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a congressional panel.

03/08/2012

Pentagon Ties Strategy to Installation Decisions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to ensure that it has the right makeup of forces and facilities in strategic locations, and that includes moving U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a congressional panel.

03/08/2012

Defense Department Teacher Aims for National Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department teacher’s quest to bring lessons alive for her students from military families has landed her a spot as a finalist for 2012 National Teacher of the Year honors.

03/08/2012

Geospatial Mapping Enhances Arlington Cemetery Management      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Officials at Arlington National Cemetery will use an Army-designed geospatial mapping system to manage cemetery operations, the executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program said.

03/08/2012

Experts Testify on DOD Missile Defense System      

WASHINGTON - Technical challenges remain for the complex ballistic missile defense system designed to protect the United States and its allies, but the capability is crucial to the nation’s defense posture, Defense Department experts told a congressional panel.

03/08/2012

ISAF Commander Condemns Spin Boldak Murders      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning a terrorist attack that killed four people and wounded eight others.

03/08/2012

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Becomes Women's Advocate  This story contains photos.    

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For Army Sgt. Kristina R. Melton, a member of the Illinois National Guard’s 1344th Transportation Company in East St. Louis, Ill., no field manual could have prepared her for what she learned during a health examination. She had cervical pre-cancer cells.

03/08/2012

Therapist Uses Art to Help Troops Heal  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Art therapist Melissa Walker uses her talents to help service members to heal from traumatic brain injuries and psychological health issues at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md.

03/08/2012

New Pathology Center Continues Quest for Top-notch Care  This story contains photos.    

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Joint Pathology Center in Silver Spring, Md., a new Defense Department organization, has assumed the human and veterinary pathology mission from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, which closed in September.

03/07/2012

Iran Will Be Biggest Loser When Assad Falls, Panetta Says      

WASHINGTON - Iran will be the biggest loser when Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime falls, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee while testifying on the situation in Syria.

03/07/2012

Program to Expedite Security for Troops at Reagan Airport      

WASHINGTON - Some service members traveling out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport soon will be able to speed through security as part of a joint Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration program.

03/07/2012

Southcom ‘Part of Solution’ to Drug Crime, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Southern Command’s central mission -- disrupting transnational trafficking in drugs, weapons, cash and people in Central and South America –- is too large and complex for even a U.S. combatant command to tackle alone, said Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, Southcom’s commander.

03/07/2012

NHL Team Donates $100,000 to Help TAPS Families      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked the owners of the Washington Capitols ice hockey team for their $105,742.76 donation to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors program.

03/07/2012

Panel Aims to Boost Support to Special-needs Families      

WASHINGTON - Military families with special-needs members would benefit from better communication and education, according to members of an exceptional family member panel.

03/07/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Calls Army Home  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - Once homeless, Army Staff Sgt. Sharalis Canales often shares her military success story with young soldiers at Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass.

03/07/2012

U.S. Will Continue to Assess Syria, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Syrian regime will fall, and the United States will help to speed that day through political and diplomatic efforts, said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/07/2012

Air Weapons Team Kills Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A coalition air weapons team killed several insurgents in the Asadabad district of Kunar province. No civilians were harmed during the exchange, officials said.

03/06/2012

Special Ops Provide Great Return on Investment, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces remain focused on Afghanistan, but they also are active across the globe, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/06/2012

Socom Commander Discusses Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces now are leading all of the night raids U.S. special operations forces conduct with them in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told senators.

03/06/2012

Obama Discusses Situations in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama took questions from reporters during a press conference aimed at learning more about his administration’s policies and intentions on situations in Iran, Syria and Afghanistan.

03/06/2012

Troops, Veterans Will Benefit From Housing Settlement, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of service members and veterans whose mortgages were wrongfully foreclosed on, or who were improperly denied lower mortgage interest rates in the national housing crisis, can receive “significant relief,” President Barack Obama announced.

03/06/2012

Mattis Explains Challenges in Syrian Situation      

WASHINGTON - As al-Qaida takes advantage of the unrest in Syria, Iran is working desperately to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in power to support its own agenda, the U.S. Central Command commander told Congress.

03/06/2012

Mattis Defends Afghan Strategy, Warns of Iran, Al-Qaida Threats      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, the commander of U.S. Central Command, staunchly defended the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan before Congress, saying that, despite recent violence over the Quran-burning incident, he believes it is bearing fruit.

03/06/2012

Dempsey: Military Contracting Costs Must Shrink      

WASHINGTON - Declining defense budgets mean the U.S. military must reduce its contracting costs, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said while speaking at the fifth annual Joint Operational Contract Support Leaders Conference.

03/06/2012

Exercise Promotes U.S.-Guyana Special Ops Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A special operations exercise under way in Guyana is enhancing capabilities of both U.S. and Guyanese special operators and ensuring they have a foundation to respond together in the event of a common threat.

03/06/2012

Panetta: U.S.-Israel Partnership Will Become Closer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense cooperation between the U.S. and Israel is already close, and it will get closer as both countries face common future threats, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said while addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

03/06/2012

Dempsey Reaffirms U.S.-Japan Alliance at Earthquake Anniversary Event      

WASHINGTON - As the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Japan’s northeast region approaches, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reaffirmed the U.S.-Japan partnership, saying it grew stronger in the face of adversity.

03/06/2012

Panetta: U.S. Will Act to Prevent Iran From Developing Nuclear Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that the United States “is determined to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

03/06/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Taliban weapons supplier during an operation in the Aliabad district of Kunduz province.

03/06/2012

Face of Defense: Former Marine Gets Medal For Heroism  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Charles P. Barrett Jr. received the recognition the Marine Corps says he was due for his heroic actions 60 years ago.

03/05/2012

Mrs. Dempsey Urges Spouses to Share ‘Amazing’ Stories  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Military spouses have amazing stories that all Americans need to hear, Deanie Dempsey, wife of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told a group of military spouses attending Military.com’s 2012 Military Spouse Summit.

03/05/2012

Military Must Examine Barriers to Service, Admiral Says      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The military needs to examine the barriers that can prevent the best people from serving, Navy Vice Adm.William E. Gortney, the director of the Joint Staff, told participants at the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.

03/05/2012

Small Businesses Important to DOD Energy Plans, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Small businesses are an important part of the Defense Department’s plans for better managing how it uses energy, said Sharon E. Burke, the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs.

03/05/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader in the Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province.

03/05/2012

Face of Defense: Guard Couple Deploys Together      

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - For military marriages, deployment normally means a yearlong separation. But that’s not the case for two Kansas Army National Guard soldiers serving together at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

03/05/2012

Guardsmen Provide Aid to Tornado-stricken Areas  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 700 National Guard soldiers and airmen are supporting civilian authorities in four states recovering from tornadoes and floods.

03/03/2012

National Guard Troops Respond to Midwestern, Southern Tornadoes  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 500 National Guard members are supporting civilian authorities in five states after devastating tornadoes in the Midwest and the South.

03/02/2012

Panetta: Taliban’s Murder Tactics Show Their Weakness  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - The Taliban’s adoption of murder tactics is a sign of their weakness, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said while visiting service members and Gold Star families on Fort Campbell, Ky.

03/02/2012

Talks Reaffirm Growing U.S.-India Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Recent bilateral security talks between the United States and India reaffirmed the importance of the partnership between the two nations and the growing U.S. interest in advancing it, said Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia.

03/02/2012

Changes Aim to Strengthen Military Health System      

WASHINGTON - A proposed new governance structure will make the military health system more effective and produce savings, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the Pentagon’s top health affairs official.

03/02/2012

Face of Defense: Former POW Shares Reintegration Tips  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Retired Air Force Col. Lee Ellis, a former prisoner-of-war during the Vietnam War, uses his experiences to help redeployed reservists reintergrate with their families.

03/02/2012

Service Science Chiefs Discuss Technology, Budget Gaps      

WASHINGTON - In talks with science chiefs from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, House Armed Services Committee members targeted technology advances, cyber security and gaps left by mandated cuts in the 2013 defense budget.

03/01/2012

Risk of Major Cyber Attack Worries Secretary  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was asked following a speech at the University of Louisville what keeps him awake at night, he didn’t hesitate: a major cyber attack.

03/01/2012

U.S. Must Maintain Military Might, Secretary Says  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Success in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan does not mean the U.S. military should be dismantled, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told an audience at the University of Louisville.

03/01/2012

Strategic Guidance Drives DOD Science Enterprise, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s new strategic guidance drove science and technology budget requests that include funding for projects ranging from hypersonics to electronic warfare, DOD officials told a congressional panel.

03/01/2012

‘Green on Blue’ Deaths Won’t Derail Strategy, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the deaths of two U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan, U.S. military leaders are working to strengthen security measures at partnered facilities, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

03/01/2012

Europe Remains Committed to Afghan Mission, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - European countries strongly support continuing with the mission in Afghanistan despite violent uprisings there, and NATO is likely to continue its partnership with Afghanistan well past the end of combat operations, said the alliance’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

03/01/2012

National Guard Responds to Midwest Tornadoes      

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 90 National Guard members are supporting civilian authorities responding to tornadoes that ripped through communities throughout the Midwest.

03/01/2012

Face of Defense: Hard Work Pays Off for New York Native  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kenny Jeanfelix credits a person who was closest to him for influencing his decision to join the Marine Corps.

03/01/2012

Pentagon Leaders Join White House in Honoring Iraq War Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s top leaders joined President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in paying tribute to Iraq War veterans and their families during a White House dinner held in their honor.

03/01/2012

Obama, Biden Celebrate Military’s Virtues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama honored troops for their devotion, strength and resolve while Vice President Joe Biden praised the “9/11 Generation” during a tribute to Iraq War veterans and their families.

03/01/2012

White House Pays Tribute to Iraq War Veterans, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a White House tribute to Iraq War veterans and their families to honor them for their service, sacrifice and commitment to the nation.

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