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08/31/2012

Army Veteran, Paralympian Encourages Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Kari Miller, a retired U.S. Army sergeant and a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women's Sitting Volleyball team that is competing in London, met with wounded warriors and offered encouragement and words of wisdom.

08/31/2012

Military Leads in Treating Traumatic Brain Injury, Expert Says      

BETHESDA, Md. - The proper management of traumatic brain injuries has become a military medical standard of care that’s returning 95 percent of service members with mild TBI back to the field within five days, said an Army neurologist who served on a Joint Chiefs of Staff panel to develop the protocol.

08/31/2012

Dempsey Hails Paralympic Experience for Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The impact of the partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic movement and programs designed to assist wounded warriors as they return to active lives has been priceless, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

08/31/2012

President Pledges Support for Service Members, Vets      

WASHINGTON - As the United States draws down in Afghanistan it remains committed to its military members, veterans and families by providing the support services they may need and opportunities to transition to meaningful civilian careers, President Barack Obama told troops during a visit to Fort Bliss, Texas.

08/31/2012

Army, NFL Team Up to Fight Traumatic Brain Injury  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met recently at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to discuss the issue of traumatic brain injury and to sign a letter of agreement to continue sharing resources to combat TBI.

08/31/2012

Pentagon Censures Ex-Navy Seal Following Nondisclosure Breach      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has sent an advisory letter of material breach and nondisclosure violation to a former Navy Seal who authored a book about his participation in the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon officials said.

08/31/2012

Obama Pledges Responsible Drawdown in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States will remain focused on the mission in Afghanistan while working toward ending the war in a responsible way that protects everything its military members have sacrificed while there, President Barack Obama told troops during a visit to Fort Bliss, Texas.

08/31/2012

Pacific Partnership Crew Monitors Philippine Earthquake Situation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Steaming toward its home port of San Diego after the four-month Pacific Partnership 2012 mission, the crew aboard USNS Mercy is watching the situation in the Philippines, where a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck, and is ready to respond, its mission commander reported.

08/31/2012

National Guardsmen Serve ‘Admirably’ During Isaac      

WASHINGTON - As Tropical Depression Isaac bounds northward into the Mississippi River valley, National Guardsmen continue to provide critical support to local emergency officials and citizens throughout the Gulf states, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

08/31/2012

DOD Partners with Cities, Countries on Biosurveillance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In line with the first National Biosurveillance Strategy, the Defense Department is working with U.S. cities and countries around the world to enhance capabilities needed to detect and track a range of natural or intentional global disease outbreaks.

08/31/2012

Fighter Jets to Protect Skies During Democratic Convention      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will protect the skies during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

08/31/2012

Obama: Improve Mental Health Access, Care for Military, Vets      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed an executive order that provides increased access to mental health services for service members, military families and veterans.

08/31/2012

Face of Defense: Guard Members Rescue Mississippi Residents  This story contains photos.    

GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi National Guard Special Forces soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) responded to Hurricane Isaac by patrolling the flooded areas of Hancock County, Miss., in their zodiac inflatable boats.

08/31/2012

Combined Force Detains Several Suspected Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Haqqani bomb maker in the Pul-e ‘Alam district of Logar province. The sought-after leader facilitates the construction of improvised explosive devices and directs their use in the district.

08/31/2012

Wounded Warriors Motivated by Paralympic Games  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - A group of Europe-based wounded warriors seized the opportunity for relaxation coupled with inspiration when they took a trip to London to watch the action at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

08/31/2012

Kosovo Force Rotation Prepares for Peacekeeping Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the next rotation to serve in the NATO Kosovo Force completes its final training, its members are looking beyond the warfighter skills they’ve refined during combat deployments to focus on the distinctly different challenges of peacekeeping.

08/30/2012

Wounded Warriors Gain Inspiration From U.S. Paralympic Volleyball Team  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Watching the 2012 Paralympic Games left a group of Europe-based wounded warriors inspired, especially after they were able to meet some of the U.S. athletes.

08/30/2012

Dempsey Honors Legacy of Paralympics  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored the legacy of the Paralympics and expressed his gratitude to the supporters of wounded warriors and disabled veterans.

08/30/2012

National Guard, Northcom Support Isaac Effort      

WASHINGTON - Governors of four states have activated more than 7,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen to deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac, Defense Department officials said.

08/30/2012

Changes Abound as Schools Open Throughout DOD      

WASHINGTON - The 194 Department of Defense Educational Activity Schools will add five courses from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula, and effective this school year, graduation will include an additional math requirement, Marilee Fitzgerald, the director of the agency, told Pentagon reporters.

08/30/2012

NORAD, Russia Train to Confront Terrorist Hijackings  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vigilant Eagle 12 marked an opportunity for the U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries to work together at the North American Aerospace Command headquarters to confront a common enemy: terrorist hijackers.

08/30/2012

Helicopter Crash Kills 2 ISAF Members in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. The cause of the crash is under investigation, officials said.

08/30/2012

Face of Defense: Married Couple Serves Deployment Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps members Staff Sgt. Luke Billingsley and his wife, Sgt. Nancy Billingsley, are serving together during a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, having their four children being taken care of by members of their family back home in San Diego.

08/29/2012

Military Advisors Reflect on Vietnam War Experiences      

WASHINGTON - Two former military advisors who served with Vietnamese units during the Vietnam War spoke about their experiences in the Pentagon and shared their thoughts on advisory programs and counterinsurgency operations.

08/29/2012

Gold Medalist Hancock to Visit White House With U.S. Olympic Team  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After the spotlight of the Summer Olympics, and another gold medal to add to the one he earned in Beijing four years ago, Army Sgt. Vincent C. Hancock has returned to the United States and is now reaping accolades for his performance behind a Beretta DT10 shotgun.

08/29/2012

Paralympic Basketball Team Ready to 'Get it On'  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The U.S. Paralympic basketball team had a final tune-up in London, winning a scrimmage against Great Britain's team in advance of ceremonies commemorating the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

08/29/2012

Pacom Strives to Strengthen Alliances, Build Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - Calling alliances and partnerships the bedrock of U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said he’s committed to building on them as he implements the new defense strategy focused on the region.

08/29/2012

Northern Command Assists With Hurricane Isaac Efforts      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is working to validate, plan and coordinate Defense Department support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and local response activities in response to Hurricane Isaac.

08/29/2012

Legionnaires Hear of Troops’ Selflessness, Nature of Enemy      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, the senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, lauded service members and provided his impressions of the enemy they face in remarks at the American Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis.

08/29/2012

Chairman Leads U.S. Delegation for Opening of Paralympic Games  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - A U.S. delegation led by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in London ahead of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Paralympic Games and visited with Paralympic athletes.

08/29/2012

DOD Bolsters Biosurveillance Diagnostics, Monitoring      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials routinely work to protect the nation from terrorist attacks and weapons of mass destruction. But today they’re bolstering defenses against an older threat that emerges from animals and insects, and arises in people as infectious diseases.

08/29/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Weapons Supplier      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons supplier during an operation in the Andar district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province. The supplier provided Taliban leaders in the province with improvised explosive devices, other weapons and ammunition.

08/29/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Leads Drive for School Supplies  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood, Texas-posted Army Sgt. Johnny Merical helped to organize a volunteer drive to provide school supplies to a local elementary school.

08/28/2012

Shinseki Notes Strides in Serving Nation’s Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has made great strides in meeting the challenges posed by a decade of war, and cooperation with the Defense Department is crucial to continued progress, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said.

08/28/2012

Marines Consider Increased Role for Women in Corps      

WASHINGTON - The experiences of the first two women to go through the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course next month will help shape future recommendations for an increased role for female Marines, said Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the service’s commandant. during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

08/28/2012

Navy Paralympic Athlete Inspires Others to Compete  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic swimming team encourages wounded warriors to use sports to help them recover, both mentally and physically, from injury.

08/28/2012

DLA Orders Six-month Meat Supply to Aid Industry      

PHILADELPHIA - At the direction of the president, the Defense Logistics Agency is procuring a six-month meat supply for its Defense Department customers to provide relief to the drought-stricken agriculture industry.

08/28/2012

C-130 Firefighting Effort Reaches Milestone  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Defense Department Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s reached a major mission milestone by dropping the 2 millionth gallon of retardant for the season.

08/28/2012

Paralympians Complete Preparations in London  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Members of the U.S. Paralympic team completed their team processing and remain focused amid growing anticipation for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

08/28/2012

Officials Announce DOD Maintenance Award Winners      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials announced the 2012 winners of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards for depot and field-level units. The awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon system and military equipment maintenance.

08/28/2012

Face of Defense: Warriors Wed in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Weddings generally are associated with spring and summer, champagne and cake. However, for one Army couple, the wedding was light on champagne and heavy on Army decorum.

08/28/2012

Helicopter Makes Forced Landing in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a forced landing in eastern Afghanistan. There were no reported fatalities, and initial reporting indicates that there was no enemy activity in the area.

08/28/2012

Voting Program Launches Website for Smartphones      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Service members, their families and U.S. citizens living overseas now have voting information at their fingertips with the Federal Voting Assistance program’s new mobile website that's accessible from any smartphone.

08/27/2012

Investigation Finds No Malicious Intent in Quran Case      

WASHINGTON - While U.S. service members in Afghanistan made mistakes in handling Qurans in February, there was no intent “to disrespect the Quran or defame Islam,” the general investigating the incident wrote in his report.

08/27/2012

Thousands of Guardsmen Available to Governors in Isaac’s Path  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said.

08/27/2012

Marines Disciplined for Taliban Desecration      

WASHINGTON - Three Marines pleaded guilty in nonjudicial punishment for their parts in the desecration of enemy corpses in Afghanistan, officials with the Marine Corps Combat Development Command announced recently.

08/27/2012

Allen: Insider Attack Controversy Misses Larger Point      

WASHINGTON - Stories focusing on attacks against coalition forces by Afghan security forces miss the larger point that Afghan forces are building the basis for a peaceful and stable country, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, wrote in an op-ed article.

08/27/2012

Center Strives to Build Humanitarian Assistance Preparedness  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - A unique organization within U.S. Pacific Command is gathering lessons in natural disaster response from around the world and applying them to help nations improve disaster preparedness and resilience.

08/27/2012

Fighter Jets Protect Skies During Republican Convention      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters are responsible for detecting, deterring, defending and, if necessary, defeating any aviation threat to the United States during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

08/27/2012

Face of Defense: Dog, Handler Protect Marines  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Riding in an armored truck over Afghanistan’s rutted dirt roads is scarcely a smooth or comfortable experience. But "Mader," a dog trained to detect improvised explosive devices for the Marines, is used to it.

08/27/2012

Coalition Forces Capture Key Taliban Leader      

KABUL - The mid-level Taliban leader, Haji Padcha, was one of several insurgents detained during an operation in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak district. Padcha was a weapons facilitator responsible for supplying insurgents with the rockets used in numerous attacks against Kandahar Airfield.

08/27/2012

Stavridis Expects Busy Autumn for NATO, Eucom      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that the mission in Afghanistan remains “job one,” NATO’s supreme allied commander said a busy season lies ahead as the transition there continues.

08/26/2012

Military Units in Southeast Prepare for Isaac's Impact      

WASHINGTON - Military units in the southeastern United States are preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is barreling past the Florida Keys and may grow to a hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the northern Gulf coast sometime Tuesday.

08/25/2012

Panetta Praises Neil Armstrong’s Legacy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he was deeply saddened by death of Neil Armstrong, calling the pioneering astronaut “one of America’s greatest heroes and naval aviators.”

08/24/2012

National Guard Prepares For Tropical Storm Isaac      

WASHINGTON - National Guard Coordination Center officials are stepping up efforts to prepare for the possibility that Tropical Storm Isaac, now in the Caribbean, could strengthen and affect the U.S mainland.

08/24/2012

McRaven Warns Special Ops Community About Disclosing Classified Information      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command is expressing concern about former members of the community who he said “are using their ‘celebrity status’ to advance their personal or professional agendas,” and warned those who divulge classified information will be held accountable.

08/24/2012

Ulchi Freedom Guardian Promotes Stability on Korean Peninsula      

WASHINGTON - As the United States and South Korea observe the 59th anniversary of the armistice that brought an unofficial end to the Korean War, their forces are sharpening their defensive capabilities through the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise.

08/24/2012

Sailors: Early Deployment Tough, but ‘We’re Needed’      

NAVAL BASE KITSAP, Wash. - In July, the crew of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis learned their ship would deploy four months earlier than planned, and to a different part of the world than expected. Less than two months later, they report they’re ready to go.

08/24/2012

Aircraft Relocated in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials say the military has moved aircraft out of the way of the possible path of Tropical Storm Isaac and 1,700 Florida National Guardsmen stand by for disaster response duties should the storm make landfall on the state.

08/24/2012

Combined Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents and seized multiple weapons and ammunition during an operation to arrest an al-Qaeda associated Taliban leader in the Andar district of Afganistan’s Ghazni province.

08/24/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Recruit Strives for Leadership Role  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Goals in life sometimes take more time to achieve than expected and for one Marine recruit, it took most of boot camp to get within reach of a leadership billet.

08/23/2012

Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals Through July      

WASHINGTON - All four active services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2012 through July, Pentagon officials reported.

08/23/2012

Amos: Asia-Pacific Shift Won’t Overlook Other Regions      

WASHINGTON - Enemies of the United States would be making a mistake if they conclude the U.S. shift in defense strategy toward the Asia-Pacific means less focus on other important regions, the commandant of the Marine Corps said.

08/23/2012

Marines Remain America’s Crisis Response Force, Amos Says      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps will remain America’s crisis response force for the foreseeable future, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos told reporters during a roundtable discussion.

08/23/2012

‘Hurricane Hunters’ Track Isaac as Southcom, Northcom Prepare      

WASHINGTON - With Tropical Storm Isaac threatening to strengthen over the eastern Caribbean, the “Hurricane Hunters” from the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are in the air, relaying critical data to forecasters in Miami.

08/23/2012

Dempsey, Japanese Counterpart Bolster Partnership Across Domains  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed his Japanese counterpart to the Pentagon as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen military ties between both countries.

08/23/2012

Summer ‘Highly Successful’ for ISAF and Afghan Forces, Allen Says      

WASHINGTON - Partnered with Afghan forces, the International Security Assistance Force has been able to limit the enemy’s freedom of movement and disrupt their logistics thanks to their tireless efforts in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, ISAF commander, said.

08/23/2012

Allen Predicts Period of Hope, Challenge in Afghanistan’s Future      

WASHINGTON - After the International Security Assistance Force mission ends in December 2014, Afghanistan will experience a period of hope combined with lots of challenges, the ISAF commander said.

08/23/2012

Trauma Chief Cites Sweeping Changes in Critical Care      

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - From battlefield innovations to revamped health care systems, the military has radically transformed its trauma care over the past decade, a trauma expert said.

08/23/2012

Allen: Closer Ties With Partners May Reduce Insider Attack Threat      

WASHINGTON - The closer their relationship is with their Afghan partners, the safer coalition forces are from insider attacks, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

08/23/2012

Combined Forces Arrest Taliban Weapons Supplier      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons supplier in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province. The weapons supplier acquired and distributed mortars and other weapons to Taliban fighters in the district.

08/23/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Keeps 300 Comrades Fed  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Afghanistan - Whether preparing the ingredients to be used for a meal, preheating ovens or making sure the food doesn’t overcook, feeding 300 people can be a difficult task.

08/23/2012

Judge Postpones 9/11 Hearings as Guantanamo Prepares for Storm  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Scheduled motion hearings for five detainees charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were postponed as Tropical Storm Isaac posed a threat to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

08/22/2012

Panetta Visits USS Stennis, Thanks Sailors Deploying Early  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL BASE KITSAP, Wash. - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Stennis that they and their ship, and others like it, are the “heart and soul” of the nation’s defense strategy.

08/22/2012

'Joining Forces' Exceeds Hiring Goals for Vets, Spouses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The White House Joining Forces initiative has led to employment opportunities for more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced.

08/22/2012

U.S. Military Athletes Leave Marks on London Olympics      

LONDON - More than 20 U.S. military athletes, coaches, training partners, family members and support personnel served as sports ambassadors to the world during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

08/22/2012

DOD Has Running Start on Biosurveillance Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The White House has issued the first U.S. National Strategy for Biosurveillance to quickly detect a range of global health and security hazards, and the Defense Department has a running start in implementing the new plan, a senior defense official said.

08/22/2012

Face of Defense: Apache Pilot Fulfills Lifelong Dream  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Although Chief Warrant Officer 2 Laura Tanski first “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” as an Army aviator two years ago, she has been living in the clouds for most of her life.

08/22/2012

Ham Reports Progress Against al-Shabab in Africa      

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE - Calling the elimination of safe havens and support for terrorist groups in Africa his top priority, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, reported that U.S. support for Somalia’s military has had a direct impact in degrading the al-Shabab terror organization there.

08/22/2012

DODEA Focuses on Teacher Development for New School Year      

WASHINGTON - Students heading back to Defense Department schools over the next few weeks are likely to see many improvements including modernized classrooms, the latest technology, new course offerings, healthier school lunches, and even some new academic requirements.

08/22/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. The leader conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and moved weapons and explosives to other Taliban fighters in the area.

08/22/2012

People Fuel Military Cooperation, Dempsey Says  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The “software” of personal relationships is more important than hardware in building military-to-military ties between nations, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while returning from a visit to Afghanistan and Iraq.

08/22/2012

Dempsey: Political Activity Erodes Public Trust in Military      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Using the uniform for partisan politics erodes the trust the American people have in their military, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

08/21/2012

Dempsey Finds Familiar, Unfamiliar in Baghdad      

BAGHDAD - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, where he found what he called a sense of normalcy from his days as a commander on the ground there.

08/21/2012

Labor Department Awards Grants for Veteran Job Training      

WASHINGTON - The Labor Department awarded grants totaling $11.53 million through the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program to provide an estimated 5,500 veterans with job training and skills development services.

08/21/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Stays Focused in First Firefight  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan - It’s a moment of truth for many Marines: the first time they are in combat and their training is put to the test. When his squad took enemy contact during a recent patrol, Marine Corps Pfc. Timothy Workman found his moment.

08/21/2012

Airstrike Kills Insurgents in Kunar Province      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An airstrike in the Watahpur district of Afghanistan’s Kunar province killed several insurgents, including an al-Qaida affiliated Taliban leader. The leader was responsible for passing critical information among senior al-Qaida-associated Taliban leaders in the province.

08/21/2012

Motion Hearings to Begin for 9/11 Defendants      

WASHINGTON - Three months after the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants, those accused of planning and executing the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be back in court for hearings on motions made by the defense and prosecution.

08/21/2012

Ham Welcomes Regionally Aligned Brigade Focused on Africa  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said he welcomes the arrival next spring of an Army brigade to support U.S. engagement and missions on the African continent.

08/21/2012

Dempsey Arrives in Baghdad for Talks With Iraqi, U.S. Officials      

BAGHDAD - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi and American leaders.

08/21/2012

Rocket Attack Hurts 2, Damages Aircraft at Bagram      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A rocket attack at Bagram Airfield slightly injured two Air Force maintainers and damaged a C-17 aircraft that had transported Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Afghanistan.

08/20/2012

Vice Chairman Receives Award, Welcomes War College Students      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was recognized with a leadership award from the nation’s oldest war college as he spoke to its newest class of students in Newport, R.I.

08/20/2012

Obama ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Afghanistan Insider Attacks      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he, senior coalition military leaders and their Afghan counterparts will continue to intensify measures to thwart the spate of insider attacks against coalition forces by people wearing Afghan military and police uniforms.

08/20/2012

Ham to Seek More National Guard Partnerships in Africa  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - As the North Carolina National Guard builds on successes of the Southern Accord 12 exercise that wrapped up last week in Botswana, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said he’ll press to expand the State Partnership Program on the continent.

08/20/2012

Taliban Suffer Reversals, NATO Official Says      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban have suffered a series of reversals during the current fighting season in Afghanistan, a senior NATO intelligence official said.

08/20/2012

Insider Attacks Mask Full Afghan Story, Little Says      

WASHINGTON - The focus on insider attacks belies the fact that the Taliban are under severe pressure and have been forced to shift tactics, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

08/20/2012

Joint Task Force Aims to Keep Drug Money From Taliban      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Corruption is not inevitable in Afghanistan, but is a more recent phenomenon that the government is making progress against thanks to help from coalition forces, the commander of Joint Task Force Shafafiyat said.

08/20/2012

Pentagon Aids Search for Missing Philippine Official      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is helping the Philippine government search for the nation’s interior secretary, who has been missing since his plane crashed two days ago.

08/20/2012

Dempsey: Afghans Share Concern Over Insider Attacks      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan leaders are just as concerned as coalition authorities are about insider attacks, U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said following a host of defense meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan.

08/20/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader in Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The leader acted as a go-between for senior Taliban leadership in the province by communicating attack orders to subordinate Taliban fighters.

08/20/2012

Face of Defense: Four Pairs of Brothers Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - Four pairs of brothers, all from Nevada, recently arrived at Kabul, Afghanistan, to begin their mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

08/19/2012

Dempsey to Visit Iraq to Check Security Cooperation      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he will visit Iraq to check the status of security cooperation between the United States and Iraq.

08/19/2012

Dempsey Arrives in Afghanistan to Meet with Leaders      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has arrived on Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan for consultations with coalition and Afghan leaders.

08/19/2012

Panetta Discusses Afghanistan Progress With Karzai      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a recent telephone conversation, discussing the “significant progress” of American and Afghan forces as the transition process moves forward.

08/18/2012

New Program Aims to Better Help Troops Transition to Civilian Life  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is conducting pilot classes of a new program designed to better prepare service members transitioning out of the military to civilian life.

08/17/2012

Marines Apply Lessons From MV-22 Crash Throughout Force      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., chief of Marine aviation, said the recently concluded investigation of an MV-22 Osprey crash in Morocco this past April found no mechanical or material failures and pilots are already applying lessons learned throughout the force.

08/17/2012

Dempsey: Transition in Military Uncomfortable, But Necessary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a town hall meeting in Rosemount, Minn., Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told troops that determining the best way to transform the military in the years ahead isn’t just about what’s best for the armed forces, it's also about what's best for the country.

08/17/2012

Face of Defense: Lessons Learned on Court Help NCO Lead Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - He initially joined the Army in hopes of one day playing for the all-Army men’s basketball team, a goal he later achieved. But Staff Sgt. Terrell Moorer said he never imagined the tools the game of basketball would give him in leading his soldiers.

08/17/2012

Ham Looks Toward More Multilateral Exercises in Africa  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - Wrapping up one of the largest bilateral exercises ever on the African continent, the commander of U.S Africa Command said he looks forward to expanding future engagements to make them multilateral.

08/17/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Seizes Weapons, Drugs      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in the Alisheng district of Laghman province. The leader supplied heavy weapons and explosives to insurgents in the area and directed insurgent attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

08/16/2012

Ham Closes Southern Accord Praising U.S.-Botswana Partnership  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - The commander of U.S. Africa Command closed one of the largest joint exercises ever conducted on the African continent, praising the Botswanan military as a capable partner and an important and positive influence throughout southern Africa.

08/16/2012

Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader, Detains Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - In the Muqer district of Ghazni province, a combined force searched for, engaged and killed Taliban leader Jihadmal.

08/16/2012

Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills 11      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Eleven people were killed when their International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan. The cause of the crash currently is under investigation.

08/16/2012

Face of Defense: Navy Petty Officer Enjoys Serving With Marines  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Armando Arias, a religious program specialist, enjoys working with his Marine Corps comrades during his deployment in Afghanistan.

08/15/2012

Defense Department Employees Collect Food for the Hungry  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department employees are doing their best to feed those in the National Capital Region who go hungry with help from the government-wide “Feds Feed Families” campaign, a nationwide program that provides food to 3.9 million people.

08/15/2012

Report Details Military’s Energy Investments      

WASHINGTON - In the second report of its kind, a top DOD official has certified that the Defense Department’s proposed 2013-2017 budget effectively funds initiatives to provide troops with better energy options.

08/15/2012

U.S. Marines, Soldiers Share Tactics With Botswanan Troops  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - Marine Cpl. Kyle Swanson watched as soldiers from the Botswanan Defense Force engaged targets with rubber balls and “flash bangs,” high-powered grenades that emit an ear-splitting boom and intense light, but no shrapnel.

08/15/2012

Flynn: Integrated Intelligence System Provides Advantage      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has become the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at a time when 17 intelligence agencies and organizations -- an enterprise whose transformation began on 9/11 -- are maturing into an integrated community that he calls a strategic advantage for the nation.

08/15/2012

U.S. Helps Botswana Build Medical Evacuation System  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - When the Botswana Defense Force set out to build an aeromedical evacuation capability within its forces, it looked to the U.S. military, which has become the world’s expert in evacuating wounded troops from the battlefield.

08/15/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Saves Little Girl at Beach  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Proffitt reacted quickly at the beach at Sullivan's Island, S.C., to save the life of a drowning little girl.

08/15/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Weapons, Explosives Dealer      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons dealer in the Sangin district of Helmand province.

08/14/2012

Panetta: Iran Increases Support to Assad Regime  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iran is increasing its presence in Syria through apparent efforts to bolster the Bashar Assad regime by training a militia and other tactics, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing.

08/14/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Reassured By Talks with New Egyptian Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that they spoke with their new Egyptian counterparts and have good relations with the newly appointed national defense leaders.

08/14/2012

Remember Progress, Sacrifices in Afghanistan, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Amid a news-filled summer at home and the nation’s attention focused on the just-concluded Olympics, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urged Americans to remember a war is still going on in Afghanistan, and called on them to honor the sacrifices troops are making there.

08/14/2012

U.S., Botswana Forces Build Capability, Partnership  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - An exercise under way in Botswana between the U.S. military and the Botswana Defense Force is building capability in a growing African partner and helping to set conditions for long-term peace, stability and security on the African continent.

08/14/2012

Defense Has Vital Role in Catastrophe Planning, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department makes valuable contributions in U.S. disaster preparedness planning, Paul N. Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security, said during a panel discussion sponsored by the Heritage Foundation.

08/14/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Credits Success to Mentorship  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher P. Lukas, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader, credits his mentors for his receipt of the Marine Corps Engineer Association’s 2012 EOD Technician of the Year award.

08/14/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Weapons Dealer      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons dealer and detained two suspected insurgents in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. At the time of his arrest, the dealer was trying to arrange weapons training for area insurgents.

08/14/2012

U.S. Medics Support Botswana HIV Prevention Efforts  This story contains photos.    

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana - A U.S. military medical team in Botswana for the Southern Accord 12 exercise is helping the Botswana Defense Force confront its country’s most pressing health crisis one circumcision surgery at a time.

08/14/2012

Families, Friends Support Military Olympians  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - U.S. military athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games had more than just fans cheering them on throughout the games; they also had a support network of family members and fellow soldiers who came to help them train and to provide motivation.

08/14/2012

Pacom Works to Advance U.S.-India Strategic Partnership  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - As U.S. Pacific Command strives to build stronger alliances and partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region, one of its big focuses is on taking the military-to-military relationship with India to the next level.

08/13/2012

Virginia Teen’s ‘Operation Hawkeye’ Pays Tribute to 30 Fallen Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One of the most tragic moments of the war in Afghanistan has inspired an American teenager to honor the memory of 30 fallen service members and to help their families -- by shooting hoops.

08/13/2012

U.S. Hopes Egyptian Civilian, Military Leaders Work Together      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials were expecting Egypt’s new president to name his own defense team and hope civilian and military leaders can work together to address the country’s problems, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

08/13/2012

Army Athlete Finishes 32nd in Olympic Modern Pentathlon      

LONDON - Spc. Dennis Bowsher of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program finished 32nd here in the Olympic men’s modern pentathlon.

08/13/2012

Forest Service Requests More Aircraft for Firefighting Operations      

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Additional forest fires have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to call in additional C-130s equipped with the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System.

08/13/2012

Soldier Finishes 43rd in Olympic 50-kilometer Race Walk      

LONDON - Army Staff Sgt. John Nunn finished 43rd in the Olympic 50-kilometer race walk in London with a personal-best time of 4 hours, 3 minutes, 28 seconds.

08/13/2012

Face of Defense: Day Makes Difference for Deployed Siblings  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, Afghanistan - Much-travelled Army Sgt. 1st Class Mica Snell and his brother, Army Staff Sgt. Justin Snell, were able to enjoy a temporary reunion in Afghanistan.

08/13/2012

Combined Force Arrests Senior Insurgent Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group leader in the Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province.

08/13/2012

North Korea Remains Key Focus for Pacific Command  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - Nearly six decades after an armistice agreement established a cease-fire that ended the Korean War, maintaining the fragile peace there and ensuring South Korean and U.S. troops are prepared to respond to aggression remains a top priority for U.S. Pacific Command.

08/10/2012

Schwartz, Welsh Pay Tribute to Airmen at Air Force Transition      

WASHINGTON - Both the incoming and outgoing Air Force chiefs of staff took a moment to pay tribute to airmen and the impact their dedicated service has made within the Air Force during the service's transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

08/10/2012

Panetta: New Marine Officers Will Add to Legacy of Excellence      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta offered congratulations and a challenge to a group of newly minted Marine Corps officers during a commissioning ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va.

08/10/2012

Pacom Supports Partnership, Stability Through Health Engagements  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - U.S. Pacific Command is helping to build stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region one inoculation, one cataract surgery and one first-responder training class at a time.

08/10/2012

Schwartz Honored for Exceptional Service as Air Force Chief      

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was joined by Defense Department leaders as they bid farewell to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz during a ceremony marking his 39 years of service.

08/10/2012

North Carolina Air Guard Back to Firefighting Mission      

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing will return to flying Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System missions on Aug. 14, six weeks after four of the unit's airmen were killed in a C-130 aircraft crash during a firefighting mission in South Dakota.

08/10/2012

Post-9/11 GI Bill Celebrates Start of Fourth Year      

WASHINGTON - August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 veterans and their family members.

08/10/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Realizes Dream of Flying  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - An airman with the 86th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate office has realized his dream of being a pilot, at least for one exciting mission over Germany.

08/10/2012

General: High Readiness Key to Deter North Korean Threats  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Maintaining a high state of military readiness is imperative to deterring North Korean threats on the Korean peninsula and in the region, the 8th U.S. Army’s deputy commander said during a ceremony in Seoul.

08/10/2012

New DIA Director Expects Intensified Demands for Intelligence      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence.

08/10/2012

Combined Force Detains Numerous Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Haqqani leader in the Shwak district of Paktiya province.

08/09/2012

DeLoach Takes Bronze in Olympic Long Jump  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Air Force family member Janay DeLoach leaped 6.89 meters at London's Olympic Stadium to take the bronze medal in the women’s Olympic long jump.

08/09/2012

Panetta: National Guard, Reserve Key to Defense Strategy  This story contains photos.    

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The spirit of public service exemplified by the Reserve and National Guard is essential to democracy and plays a critical role in the nation's defense strategy, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

08/09/2012

Face of Defense: Book’s Profits Benefit Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBERG, Germany - A group of Air Force veterans have released a compilation of science-fiction stories in a book called "Battlespace," to raise money for a Washington, D.C.-based charity that assists wounded warriors through the donation of musical instruments and lessons for music therapy.

08/09/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban-affiliated Insurgent      

WASHINGTON - In the Andar district of Ghazni province, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban-affiliated insurgent responsible for acquiring and emplacing improvised explosive devices along Highway 1.

08/08/2012

Marines Continue Pushing Enemy, Teaching Afghan Forces      

WASHINGTON - As Marines keep pushing insurgents out of Afghanistan’s Helmand and Nimruz provinces, Afghan soldiers and police are taking the reins and protecting the population, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, the commander of 1st Marine Division (Forward), said via teleconference from Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.

08/08/2012

Soldier Finishes Eighth in Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling      

LONDON - Army Spc. Justin Lester -- or Harry Lester, as some know him -- finished eighth Aug. 7 in the Olympic men’s Greco-Roman 66-kilogram tournament at the ExCel North Arena 2 in London.

08/08/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Declines Scholarship to Serve  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST JAKER, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Taylor declined a full-ride scholarship to college to join the Marine Corps.

08/08/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The leader controlled an insurgent cell responsible for multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region.

08/07/2012

Leadership Speakers Tout Community Partnerships      

MONTEREY, Calif. - Leaders from each of the services shared their perspectives on how to maintain community ties in an era of efficiencies, stewardship and renewable energy pursuits at the Association of Defense Communities annual conference .

08/07/2012

DOD Increases Hiring of People with Disabilities      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s hiring of wounded warriors and others with disabilities is on an uptick, making it No. 2 among cabinet agencies for hiring those with disabilities, an official said.

08/07/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier is Giant in Ultramarathon Community  This story contains photos.    

MOUNT WHITNEY, Calif. - Standing at 5 feet 4 inches and weighing in at 130 pounds, Army Master Sgt. Mike Morton is a giant in the ultramarathon community.

08/07/2012

Service Leaders Weigh In On BRAC, Renewable Energy      

MONTEREY, Calif. - Service leaders discussed renewable energy milestones, force structure changes and the impact on military and surrounding communities affected by base realignment and closure during an Association of Defense Communities conference in Monterey, Calif.

08/06/2012

Panetta Describes Strategy, Warns Against Sequestration      

MONTEREY, Calif. - As the Defense Department seeks to maintain the U.S. military’s global presence while absorbing $487 billion in spending reductions over the next decade, the prospect of an additional $500 billion cut during the same period would be “a disaster” for both national defense and for defense communities, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

08/06/2012

Law Allows VA Health Benefits for Camp Lejeune Water Victims      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed into law legislation enabling the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health benefits to veterans and families diagnosed with diseases related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

08/06/2012

Panetta: DOD-Community Partnerships Essential in Austerity  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Partnerships between the Defense Department and civilian communities always have been important, but are essential in a challenging fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

08/06/2012

Olympic Day Ends Early for Army Wrestler      

LONDON - U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Greco-Roman wrestler Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers was eliminated from the Olympic heavyweight tournament after splitting two matches at ExCel North Arena 2 in London.

08/06/2012

Defense, Interior Departments Join Forces on Renewable Energy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have signed a memorandum of understanding that encourages appropriate development of renewable energy projects on public lands set aside for defense-related purposes and other onshore and offshore areas near military installations.

08/06/2012

Employers Court Troops, Spouses, Vets at Job Fairs  This story contains photos.    

HAMPTON, Va. - Transitioning service members, military spouses and veterans attending job fairs around the country are finding themselves on the proverbial red carpet as employers pack arenas to add those closest to the armed forces to their payrolls.

08/06/2012

Gray Earns Olympic Gold in 3-positions Rifle  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Jamie Gray, wife of U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Staff Sgt. Hank Gray, won an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 50-meter rifle 3-positions event Aug. 4 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

08/06/2012

Airstrike Kills Several Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A coalition precision airstrike killed several insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. Afghan and coalition forces confirmed that only those insurgents that attempted to attack the security force during the operation were affected.

08/06/2012

Face of Defense: Third-generation Pilot Flies in Enduring Freedom  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - With each sortie that Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Rose flies over Afghanistan, he adds to his family’s rich military history.

08/05/2012

NFL Team Honors Military With Appreciation Day  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Ravens football team recently welcomed area service members to its 5th annual military appreciation day at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., where they were honored during an open training camp practice.

08/03/2012

Panetta: Ospreys Key to Asia-Pacific Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the military has "tremendous confidence" in the MV-22 Osprey aircraft it recently delivered to Marines in Japan, and that the aircraft are key to U.S. military operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

08/03/2012

Additional Firefighting Aircraft Head to Rocky Mountain Region      

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Forest Service has requested two more Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 aircraft to help combat wildfires that continue to burn throughout the Rocky Mountain area.

08/03/2012

Panetta Asks Board to Review Military Justice in Deployed Areas      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has asked an independent board to review the application of military justice in deployed areas to ensure the system is efficient, fair, dependable and credible, Pentagon General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson announced.

08/03/2012

Face of Defense: Wounded Aviator Gets Airborne Again  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Justin Callahan is airborne again, flying a C-12 Huron twin-engine airplane in support of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

08/03/2012

Pacom: Asia-Pacific Focus Represents ‘Whole of Government’ Rebalance      

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - Recognizing that the new focus on the Asia-Pacific region is a national strategy and one not just for the Defense Department, U.S. Pacific Command is reaching out to its interagency and non-governmental partners to roll it out in an efficient, well-coordinated manner.

08/03/2012

DOD Officials Detail Defense Posture in Asia-Pacific      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains focused on building and strengthening defense initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region to reach the goals outlined in the U.S. defense strategic guidance, senior DOD officials said while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee.

08/03/2012

Kelsey Finishes Fourth in Olympic Fencing  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Air Force Reserve Capt. Seth Kelsey finished one touch away from a medal Aug. 1 in Olympic épeé individual fencing at the ExCel Centre in London.

08/03/2012

Edinburgh Tattoo Uses Music to Foster Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

EDINBURGH, Scotland - Sailors from the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band are among about 1,000 international military and civilian musicians and dancers preparing to perform in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo held outside Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

08/03/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Financier      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban financier in the Zurmat district of Paktiya province. The financier extorted money and supplies from local villagers to fund Taliban operations and directed improvised explosive device attacks throughout the district.

08/03/2012

Allen Congratulates New U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, has congratulated the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham.

08/02/2012

Hale, Woodson Detail Defense Health Reprogramming Request      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s June 29 request to Congress to move $708 million in excess funds from the military health budget to other budget areas does not shortchange military health programs, Pentagon officials said.

08/02/2012

HHS Grants to Help Veterans Get Jobs as Physician Assistants      

WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $2.3 million in grants to train primary care physician assistants and help veterans transition from the military to civilian physician assistant careers.

08/02/2012

Face of Defense: Army Couple Deploys Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Being a married Army couple has both its advantages and disadvantages, but Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Latch and his wife, Staff Sgt. Carmelita A. Latch, focus on the positives to help them through their second deployment together.

08/02/2012

Combined Force Detains Several Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while conducting an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Andar district of Ghazni province.

08/02/2012

Allen Meets With Pakistani Military Chief      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met with Pakistan’s chief of army staff to discuss building upon the growing operational cooperation among the Afghan national security forces, Pakistani military and ISAF officials said.

08/02/2012

Task Force Stems Chemical Trafficking in Asia-Pacific  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Interagency Task Force West passes along information to regional partner nations' law enforcement organizations to help stem the transit of precursor chemicals that are trafficked to the Western Hemisphere to produce methamphetamine.

08/02/2012

Panetta Pledges Help to Jordan for Syrian Refugees      

WASHINGTON - A meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and King Abdullah in Amman, Jordan, focused on regional security challenges, most notably Syria and recent refugee flows into Jordan.

08/01/2012

Valor Website Now Includes Service Crosses      

WASHINGTON - A website launched last week that lists recipients of the military’s highest awards for valor for actions since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been updated with service cross recipients, Defense Department officials announced.

08/01/2012

Agreement Bolsters Reservist, Veteran Employment Opportunities      

WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley signed an agreement to increase employment opportunities for reserve members and to facilitate connecting military families with America’s outdoors, history and culture.

08/01/2012

Face of Defense: Reservist’s Civilian Skills Benefit Unit Safety  This story contains photos.    

FORT McCOY, Wis. - Army reservist Spc. Ed Lewis employs his civilian job skills as an emergency medical technician to ensure his fellow soliders follow safety standards during military training.

08/01/2012

Afghan Force Development Director Outlines Priorities      

WASHINGTON - With Afghanistan’s army and police forces working more independently at the kandak, or battalion, level and below, coalition efforts increasingly are aimed at developing Afghan capabilities at higher unit levels, a senior NATO International Security Assistance Force officer told reporters.

08/01/2012

Carter Describes Possible Unintended Effects of Sequestration Law  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department can foresee the harmful effects of sequestration, the nature of the legislative mechanism makes it impossible to devise a plan that eliminates or substantially mitigates those effects, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told a House panel.

08/01/2012

Combined Force Detains 2 Taliban Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents and seized improvised explosive device-making components and ammunition during an operation in the Pul-e Khurmi district of Baghlan province.

08/01/2012

Iron Dome System Demonstrates U.S-Israeli Partnership      

ASHKELON, Israel - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited an Iron Dome anti-missile site in Ashkelon, Israel, that is part of a network designed to track and shoot down missiles fired at Israeli cities.

08/01/2012

Strait of Malacca Stands as Model of Multilateral Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Pacific Command is holding up a multinational partnership with several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as a model for the type of cooperation the command is working to promote to deal with transnational threats.

08/01/2012

Air Force Assures F-22 Readiness Following Extensive Testing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Following months of life support systems components testing in the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, officials have “determined with confidence” the source of previously unexplained physiological incidents, Maj. Gen. Charles W. Lyon, director of operations for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, told reporters.

08/01/2012

Iranian Nuke Program Dominates Panetta’s Talks in Israel      

JERUSALEM - Iran must be prevented from obtaining nuclear arms and the United States remains a firm friend and ally of Israel, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

08/01/2012

U.S., Israeli Leaders United Against Iranian Nuke Efforts      

ASHKELON, Israel - If diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions fail, the United States has military options to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Ashkelon, Israel.

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