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October 16, 2015

Quantico Injured Military Sportsman Association accepts the Spirit of Hope Award

Story by Cpl Kathy Nunez
Date Posted:10.16.2015 17:05

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense honored the Quantico Injured Military Sportsman Association with the Spirit of Hope award Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pentagon.

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September 11, 2014

The Story of the Pentagon 9-11 Flag

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 – Anyone who saw the American flag unfurled at the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, knows how Francis Scott Key felt two centuries ago when he was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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July 22, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IDENTIFIES MISSING WORLD WAR II MARINE

By Department of Defense news, Defense Media Activity
22 July 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman lost during World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release issued July 21.

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May 24, 2014

US cancels military exercises with Thailand

Stars and Stripes
Published: May 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department announced Saturday it had canceled ongoing military exercises with Thailand as a result of the military coup in the Southeast Asian country.

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May 19, 2014

Evacuation Orders Lifted at Camp Pendleton

Courtesy Video | Pentagon Channel | Date: 05.19.2014

Operations are returning to normal at Camp Pendleton, CA, after wildfires last week

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March 25, 2014

Marines ‘Will Do Same With Less,’ Amos Says

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 – Since the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, Marines have answered the nation's call, faithfully protecting the American people and maintaining a world-class standard of military excellence, the Marine Corps commandant said today.

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June 11, 2013

Program Aids Mental Health Care for Transitioning Troops

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., June 11, 2013 – Service members and veterans transitioning from the military to Veterans Affairs for treatment or between military treatment facilities now have access to greater consistency in psychological health and traumatic brain injury care, a Defense Department official said here today.

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April 15, 2013

Hagel Replaces Distinguished Warfare Medal With New Device

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has replaced the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced today.

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March 2, 2013

U.S., Afghan officials at odds over fate of military bases

Afghans want the hundreds of bases and other outposts handed over to them as troops withdraw. But the U.S.-led coalition says Afghanistan lacks the capabilities for maintaining and defending all of them.

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Late last year, before leaving Forward Operating Base Tillman for the last time, U.S. troops took apart every inch of the remote outpost near the border with Pakistan, from the dirt-packed barricades to the flat-screen TVs in the intelligence center.

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February 15, 2013

New Medal Recognizes Changing Face of Conflict, Official Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 – The new Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the changing face of conflict in the 21st century, said Juliet Beyler, the acting director of officer and enlisted personnel management in the Pentagon.

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January 24, 2013

Defense Department Rescinds Direct Combat Exclusion Rule; Services to Expand Integration of Women into Previously Restricted Occupations and Units

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 037-13
January 24, 2013

Today, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service.

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October 1, 2012

Roth Contributions to Open to All Active-duty Troops

10/1/2012 By Terri Moon Cronk , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force will be able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said today.

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Official says MRAPs made the difference in wars

By Tom Vanden Brook - USA TODAY
Posted : Monday Oct 1, 2012 9:31:50 EDT

WASHINGTON — Data collected from roadside explosions in Afghanistan and Iraq show troops in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks are as much as 14 times more likely to survive the blast than those riding in Humvees, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official told USA TODAY.

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September 27, 2012

SecDef: Terrorists behind U.S. Consulate attack

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Sep 27, 2012 17:20:29 EDT

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday there can be no doubt that terrorists had planned and carried out the attack on the U.S. Consulate in eastern Libya two weeks ago that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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August 21, 2012

Special operators to anti-Obama groups: Zip it

By Kimberly Dozier - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 19:17:17 EDT

WASHINGTON — A group of retired special operations and CIA officers who claim President Obama revealed secret missions and turned the killing of Osama bin Laden into a campaign centerpiece are coming under criticism from some of their own.

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July 25, 2012

Pentagon launches new valor medals database

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 11:41:54 EDT

The Defense Department launched a new website Wednesday listing the 10 troops who have received Medals of Honor since 2001, the first step in the creation of an official database designed to deter fraudulent claims of military valor.

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July 13, 2012

DOD ban on DMAA

7/13/2012 By Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi , Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. — The Department of Defense has put a ban on all products containing DMAA. These products, formerly sold on base at GNC stores, were pulled off shelves at the beginning of this year. Service members are prohibited from using the supplements pending further testing on their health effects.

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July 11, 2012

Pentagon: Afghanistan exit will cost billions

By Tom Vanden Brook - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Jul 11, 2012 6:42:19 EDT

Moving the mountain of military gear out of Afghanistan after more than a decade of war will cost billions of dollars and prove far more difficult than last year’s withdrawal from Iraq, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Tuesday.

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July 10, 2012

Pentagon will consider creating medals database

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jul 10, 2012 16:09:20 EDT

After years of rejecting the idea, the Pentagon is now considering the creation of a publicly accessible database of military valor awards as a way to deter military fakers.

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April 22, 2012

DoD reports gaps in care of wounded warriors

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 22, 2012 10:06:22 EDT

A Defense Department inspector general report found gaps in the care, treatment and transition programs for wounded Marines — plus poor morale fueled by idled hands, long waits for medical review boards, mixed messages about using and abusing medications and illegal drugs, and the sense their units had forgotten them. Worse, investigators found, wounded warriors complained they were put on public display, much like in a petting zoo, when charities visited and wanted the “visibly wounded” for their events.

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March 22, 2012

Officials Extend Deadline to Apply for ‘Stop Loss’ Pay

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 – 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.

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February 24, 2012

10,000 Marines to be cut in Afghanistan

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 24, 2012 13:28:00 EST

U.S. commanders plan to cut the Marine Corps’ footprint in southwestern Afghanistan dramatically this year, from about 17,000 personnel now to about 7,000 in October, said the top officer in the region.

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February 23, 2012

78 service members to dine at White House

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Feb 23, 2012 19:05:30 EST

The Defense Department announced the names late Thursday of 78 service members who have been invited to attend the Feb. 29 White House dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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February 8, 2012

More combat opportunities for women, but still no infantry

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON — Defense officials will allow female troops to work in front-line battlefield units for the first time but still bar them from combat infantry jobs under rules announced Thursday.

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January 13, 2012

Defense secretary promises probe of Marines video

By Pauline Jelinek and Robert Burns/ Associated Press
Posted: 01/13/2012 01:01:50 AM PST

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses -- an act that appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

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January 12, 2012

Amos vows to investigate desecration of dead

Web video shows apparent Marines urinating on bodies of dead Taliban

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 12, 2012 10:58:33 EST

Commandant Gen. Jim Amos condemned a web video that surfaced Wednesday that appears to show Marines in Afghanistan urinating on dead Taliban fighters, and the Corps’ top officer has requested an investigation into the matter by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

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December 31, 2011

Afghan policy about to shift

Iraq playbook used as U.S. transitions to advisory role

Written by
Michelle Tan, Dan Lamothe and Jeff Schogol | Military Times
2:00 AM, Dec. 31, 2011

Defense Department leaders continue to apply the Iraq playbook to operations in Afghanistan as more U.S. fighting forces transition from combat missions to advisory roles.

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November 17, 2011

DoD Releases Updated Compensation and Benefits Handbook to Assist Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Their Families

By taniameireles2
– November 17, 2011

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently published the 2011 DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook, a comprehensive resource guide describing compensation and other benefits Service members and their families would be entitled to upon separation or retirement as a result of serious injury or illness.

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November 16, 2011

Obama Announces Expanded U.S. Military Presence in Australia

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 – President Barack Obama joined Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today to announce expanded military-to-military relationships between the two countries as they commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Australia-New Zealand-U.S. alliance.

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September 28, 2011

MOH Recipient Issues Scholarship Challenge

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2011 – Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer plans to raise $1 million in scholarship money for the children of wounded Marines and Navy corpsmen, and challenges the American public to match it.

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August 27, 2011

Arrival of Patients Marks New Beginning at Bethesda

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 27, 2011 – Officials here at the National Naval Medical Center declared a new chapter in military health care as a procession of ambulances delivered the last 18 inpatients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center this morning, a final milestone as the two flagship hospitals consolidate.

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August 10, 2011

At Cherry Point, Amos warns of upcoming cuts

The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 8:41:48 EDT

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The commandant of the Marine Corps is telling troops at a North Carolina aviation base that force reductions will mean not every Marine who wants to re-enlist will have that option.

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August 3, 2011

Marines prepare for drawdown in Helmand province

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
4:50 p.m., Aug. 3, 2011

Last year a surge of Marines flooded into the poppy fields and mud-walled towns of southwestern Afghanistan, where their doubled-up force confronted the Taliban in a region that had long been a bastion of the insurgency.

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Navy Surgeon General Warns of Health Effects of Spice

Story Number: NNS110803-17
Release Date: 8/3/2011 12:10:00 PM

By Shoshona Pilip-Florea, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Surgeon General cautioned his commanding officers, medical providers and personnel on the negative health effects and legal consequences of using synthetic marijuana like Spice and other designer drugs in a message sent to all of Navy Medicine Aug. 2.

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August 2, 2011

Amos seeks award for first black Marines

By Julie Watson - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 21:51:48 EDT

SAN DIEGO — The top leader of the Marine Corps said Tuesday that he wants the first black members of the Marines to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and hopes their story will inspire more black men and women to join the Corps and rise through its ranks.

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July 15, 2011

Lejeune Prepares for 'Green' Biodiesel Fuel Delivery

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:20:00 -0500
From a Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune News Release

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., July 15, 2011 - Officials here are preparing for the scheduled July 18 delivery of the inaugural shipment of biodiesel fuel that's grown, processed and blended exclusively in North Carolina for the military.

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July 11, 2011

Marines repel attack on U.S. embassy in Syria

By Matthew Lee - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jul 11, 2011 10:42:33 EDT

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will formally protest Monday’s attack on the U.S. embassy and the American ambassador’s residence in Syria and may seek compensation for damage caused when a mob breached the wall of the embassy compound before being dispersed by Marine guards.

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July 10, 2011

Marines Discuss Counterinsurgency Successes in Helmand

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan, July 10, 2011 – Progress is undeniable in Helmand province where three districts that were once the heartland of the Taliban saw an 80 percent reduction in enemy activity since August 2010, Marine commanders said here today.

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July 1, 2011

Panetta takes oath, begins a busy first day as defense secretary

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — "Welcome aboard, sir."

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Message to the Department of Defense from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 567-11
July 01, 2011

“Today, I was honored to take the oath of office to become the 23rd Secretary of Defense. I am mindful of the great responsibility the President has entrusted to me, and I will work with you -- America’s men and women in uniform and this Department’s civilian employees -- as I lead the Department of Defense in its mission to protect our citizens and our nation’s interests around the world. My long career in public service began in the 1960s when I proudly donned the uniform of this country as a young Army intelligence officer. In the decades since, my respect for the military has only grown stronger.

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June 30, 2011

Obama bids Gates farewell with the Medal of Freedom

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 30, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama surprised Defense Secretary Robert Gates by presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the president can bestow, during a warm farewell ceremony Thursday, Gates’ last day at the Pentagon.

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Outgoing U.S. defense chief weighs toll of war

By Phil Stewart, Missy Ryan and David Alexander
WASHINGTON | Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:11am IST

(Reuters) - Robert Gates, in his final interview as U.S. defense secretary, grew quiet as he tried to articulate the heavy toll his job took on him over the past four and a half years -- every day of them during wartime

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June 29, 2011

U.S. Military Searches For A Device To Stop IEDs

June 29, 2011

Homemade remote-controlled bombs, also known as improvised explosive devices or IEDs, have been one of the biggest killers of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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June 28, 2011

Allen vows to slow Afghanistan drawdown if conditions deteriorate

By Leo Shane III
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 28, 2011

WASHINGTON – The incoming head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday offered support for the president’s drawdown of American troops from that battlefield but also vowed to slow down those departures if the situation begins to deteriorate.

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June 27, 2011

U.S. to Begin 'Thinning Out' Its Afghan Forces

Petraeus says coalition forces have already shifted out of some parts of the country and handed security responsibility off to the Afghans.

By Yochi J. Dreazen and Sara Sorcher
Updated: June 27, 2011 | 9:07 a.m.
June 27, 2011 | 6:00 a.m.

President Obama’s announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many.

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June 13, 2011

Military Spouses Get Help With Professional Licenses

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2011 – A Defense Department organization is making it easier for military spouses to maintain professional licenses as they move from state to state.

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June 5, 2011

Floor mats protect against IED blasts

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 5, 2011 9:04:05 EDT

The Marine Corps and Army could soon field blast-resistant floor mats in thousands of military vehicles to protect U.S. troops in combat, military officials said.

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June 4, 2011

In Afghanistan, Gates bidding farewell to troops

By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer
Jun 4, 9:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday during his farewell trip to Afghanistan that success of the U.S. mission is paramount and the "most costly thing of all would be to fail."

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June 2, 2011

DOD to remove social security numbers from ID cards

Story by Pfc. Daniel Valle | III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs | Date: 06.02.2011

OKINAWA, Japan - All social security numbers will be removed from Department of Defense identification cards and be replaced by a DOD identification number beginning June 2011.

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May 24, 2011

Program Offers Free Museum Visits

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 – Service members and their families can visit a wide array of museums free of charge from Memorial Day through Labor Day, courtesy of the second-annual Blue Star Museums program.

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May 20, 2011

Sleep loss a chronic problem for Afghanistan troops, Army says

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 20, 2011

WASHINGTON – Combat troops in Afghanistan suffer from high rates of sleep deprivation, a recent Army mental health report indicates, but not from factors that might be suspected.

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May 12, 2011

Gates to Troops: U.S. Must Sustain Force Excellence

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.,, May 12, 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke with Marines and soldiers and watched them train today at two East Coast military bases, thanking them for their service, and -- 48 days away from his June 30 retirement -- saying goodbye.

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May 1, 2011

Marines briefed matter-of-factly on 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

'I want to be clear.... We will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law,' Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos tells his troops via video. Sessions are being held at bases worldwide.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2011

Reporting from Camp Pendleton—
The presentation was direct, even matter-of-fact, giving no hint of the large-scale cultural shift that the new policy represents — or of the passionate debate it provoked among politicians, religious leaders and other civilians.

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April 27, 2011

Lt. Gen. John Allen to lead in Afghanistan

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 27, 2011 16:46:36 EDT

Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen will be nominated to replace Army Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan and is expected to take command by September, a senior White House official said Wednesday.

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April 25, 2011

More Marines now eligible to receive Purple Heart for TBI

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — It’s no longer necessary for Marines suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries to have been knocked unconscious to qualify for a Purple Heart, a retroactive change that could affect thousands of troops who have served in battle since Sept. 11, 2001.

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April 19, 2011

Pentagon rushes underwear armor to Afghanistan

By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
04.19.11

A rise in the number of troops wounded from buried bombs in Afghanistan has the Pentagon experimenting with new forms of protection, ranging from heavyweight chaps and Kevlar underwear to ground-penetrating radar systems.

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April 15, 2011

DOD Launches Sexual Assault Response Helpline

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2011 – Defense Department officials today launched the Pentagon’s newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault.

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April 12, 2011

Camp Pendleton Marine is named top Sgt. Major

By Jeanette Steele
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.

An Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran from Camp Pendleton has been named Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the highest enlisted position in the Corps.

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April 7, 2011

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III Message to DOD Workforce on Potential Government Shutdown

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 282-11
April 07, 2011

“The department remains hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted. The President has made it clear that he does not want a government shutdown, and the administration is working to find a solution with which all sides can agree. However, prudent management requires that we plan for an orderly shutdown should Congress be unable to pass a funding bill before our current funding expires on April 8.

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Shutdown Could Affect Young Troops Most, Gates Says

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, April 7, 2011 – While emphasizing that service members eventually will receive the pay they would earn during a government shutdown, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates acknowledged here today that if the government shuts down for a week starting tomorrow, their mid-month paychecks would include only the pay they earned for the first week of the month.

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March 16, 2011

Pentagon preparing for a nuclear worst-case scenario at Fukushima

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — If the deteriorating situation at a Japanese nuclear plant veers toward a worst-case meltdown scenario, people across the country — including 86,000 American servicemembers, civilian employees and their dependents — could face an unprecedented atomic disaster.

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March 15, 2011

Petraeus: Afghan war gains enable US troop cuts

Mar 15, 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid signs of deepening war weariness among Americans, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he will soon recommend a plan for beginning troop reductions, while embracing President Barack Obama's goal of pursuing a long-term military partnership with the Afghan government.

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March 14, 2011

First to Leave Afghanistan Will Be Noncombat Troops

The New York Times
By THOM SHANKER and ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: March 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The United States military is preparing to start withdrawing, as planned, as many as several thousand troops from Afghanistan in July.

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March 12, 2011

U.S. military, aid teams headed for Japan

Navy ships, Marine forces and non-governmental relief teams are being dispatched to the disaster-stricken areas of Japan to provide humanitarian assistance and to search for survivors.

By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
March 12, 2011, 8:59 a.m.

Reporting from Washington --
U.S. Navy ships and aircraft were converging on disaster-stricken Japan Saturday, while the main U.S. aid agency dispatched two urban search-and-rescue teams to help look for trapped survivors.

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March 11, 2011

Military Gears Up to Help Japan

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 – U.S. forces are swinging into action to assist Japan in the wake of a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck early this morning.

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March 9, 2011

Secretary of Defense visits FOB Jackson

Story by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 03.08.2011
Date Posted: 03.09.2011 11:19

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan – Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, during a tour of Forward Operating Base Jackson, March 8. The tour included a brief by Lt. Col. Jason Morris, commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, an address to the Marines of FOB Jackson, a question and answer period and a lunch with a few of the battalion non-commissioned officers.

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March 8, 2011

Gates Sees Crucial Test for U.S. in Afghanistan

The New York Times
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: March 8, 2011

SANGIN, Afghanistan — More American forces have died in this mountainous, hauntingly beautiful Taliban narcotics center than in any other place in the nearly 10-year-old war — 29 Marines in the last five months alone. In December, the Pentagon was so worried that helicopters might come under fire, that it canceled plans for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to visit.

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Remarks by Secretary Gates to Service Members in Sangin, Afghanistan

Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
March 08, 2011

LT. COL. JASON MORRIS: Okay. Good morning, 3/5 [3rdBattalion, 5th Marine Regiment]. Oo-rah!

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US claims to have driven Taliban out of Sangin

US defence secretary Robert Gates praises marines for 'dramatic turnaround' after British forces pulled out

* Ewen MacAskill in Sangin
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 March 2011 17.01 GMT

The US claims its marines have managed to subdue the notoriously violent Sangin district in Afghanistan within five months of their arrival, a goal that eluded British forces for four years.

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March 7, 2011

Gates Says U.S. Is in Position to Start Afghan Pullout

The New York Times
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: March 7, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the United States was “well positioned” to begin withdrawing some American troops from Afghanistan in July, but he said that a substantial force would remain and that the United States was starting talks with the Afghans about keeping a security presence in the country beyond 2014.

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March 6, 2011

US Military Intervention in Libya Carries Risks

The New York Times
By THOM SHANKER
Published: March 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — American military planners are sifting through a range of options as the United States, like other Western nations, weighs the response to the bloody Libyan military assaults on rebels trying to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

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March 1, 2011

Gates Plays Down Idea of U.S. Force in Libya

By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday played down the possibility of American military intervention in Libya, saying that there was no agreement within NATO about the use of force and that now was not the time for the United States to be entering into another war in the Middle East.

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February 23, 2011

Review calls for fewer Marines but greater capabilities

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 23, 2011

The Marine Corps is planning a “reset,” a top general said Wednesday, shrinking in size but expanding its ability to function as “the tip of the spear” in conflict or crises around the globe.

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February 22, 2011

Isle Marines' success in Afghanistan praised

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2011

The head of the Marine Corps told Kaneohe Bay Marines that the area they have operated in on recent deployments, the Nawa district in Helmand province, has become the "poster child for how things have gone well in Afghanistan."

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February 18, 2011

2010 Reserve Family Readiness Awards Presented

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
February 18, 2011

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy presented the 2010 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Awards winners today at the Pentagon.

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February 15, 2011

Pentagon denies Petraeus leaving Afghanistan post early

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan war commander Gen. David Petraeus is not leaving his post anytime soon, the Pentagon said late Tuesday, tamping down a flurry of speculation after London’s The Times newspaper reported he was on his way out.

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February 14, 2011

Gates defends plan to raise some Tricare fees

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 14, 2011 13:45:00 EST

Health care coverage rates for working-age military retirees would increase about 13 percent under a controversial plan unveiled by Pentagon officials Monday.

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February 11, 2011

Corps will shrink, top Marine says

Gen. James F. Amos makes his first visit to Kaneohe Bay since becoming commandant

By William Cole
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 11, 2011

The new commandant of the Marine Corps revealed during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii yesterday that the size of the Corps would drop to 186,800 from 202,000 after the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.

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February 10, 2011

Amos’ inaugural visit to MCB Hawaii

Story by Lance Cpl. Vanessa American Horse | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 02.10.2011

From pay freezes to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps addressed several newsworthy issues during a visit here Feb. 10.

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February 8, 2011

Gen. James Amos outlines vision of Marine Corps

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:02 pm

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered a major speech in San Francisco Tuesday evening outlining his vision for a smaller and lighter "middleweight force."

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Marine Corps will be smaller, lighter but just as deadly, commandant promises

February 8, 2011 | 7:47 pm

The Marine Corps of the future will be smaller and use lighter vehicles and lighter personal protective gear but retain its ability to respond swiftly and with intimidating firepower to any global crisis, Commandant Gen. James Amos said Tuesday night.

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Top Doctor Cites Importance of Psychological Health

Story by Lisa Daniel | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 02.08.2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Psychological health is among the military's most critical and most promising areas of medical treatment, the Defense Department's assistant secretary for health affairs said Feb. 8.

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Amos set to map out drawdown, future capabilities

Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Feb 8, 2011 11:46:35 EST

The Marine Corps’ top officer will reveal Tuesday night how he intends to shape the service once combat comes to an end in Afghanistan.

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February 4, 2011

‘Cheetahs’ Offer Swift Connection Home for Deployed Troops

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2011 – Deployed service members often count on connections home -- whether it’s e-mail, Skype, Facebook or Twitter -- for encouragement, comfort or just a welcome diversion.

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February 3, 2011

Directory Links Wounded Warriors, Families to Resources

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2011 – From benefits and compensation to education and training, an online directory is providing wounded warriors, veterans and their families a direct connection to thousands of state, local and national resources.

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January 29, 2011

Egyptian Military Protecting U.S. Embassy, Official Says

Published January 29, 2011| FoxNews.com

The Egyptian military is protecting the U.S. Embassy as protesters continue to take to the streets in opposition of President Hosni Mubarak, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

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January 25, 2011

Petraeus offers optimistic assessment of war in Afghanistan

Washington Post Foreign Service
Story by: Joshua Partlow
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

KABUL - Gen. David H. Petraeus on Tuesday offered an optimistic assessment of the war in Afghanistan, writing to his subordinates that coalition and Afghan troops in the past year "inflicted enormous losses" on mid-level insurgents and "took away some of their most important safe havens."

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New Details on Troubled F-35 Fighter

New York Times
By Christopher Drew
Published January 25, 2011

Shortly before making a final push to ensure that the Marine version of the F-35 fighter was not canceled, the service’s commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, called in a former Marine corporal for a frank talk.

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January 21, 2011

TRICARE Improves Online Communication, Access

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 – Additions to the TRICARE military health plan’s website are giving beneficiaries easier access to their personal health data, more convenient appointment scheduling and better communication with their health care providers, the top TRICARE official reported.

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Red Cross Continues Legacy of Troop, Family Support

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 – The face of the American Red Cross’ wartime mission could be conveyed through countless images of volunteers greeting wounded warriors on flightlines, offering comfort to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and providing much-needed support to family members back home.

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January 19, 2011

'Virtual World' Helps With Post-traumatic Stress

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 01.19.2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Defense Department is using virtual-world interactivity to educate and help warfighters and others who are reluctant to seek more direct care to deal with post-traumatic stress, said an official at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, also known as "T2."

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January 18, 2011

Marine commandant reconfirms Marines as expeditionary

By Cpl. Scott Schmidt/Headquarters Marine Corps
Published: January 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. — The relevance of the Marine Corps as America’s expeditionary force in readiness was among the commandant of the Marine Corps’ key talking points during a visit to the Surface Naval Association Jan. 13.

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Marine commandant reconfirms Marines as expeditionary

By Cpl. Scott Schmidt/Headquarters Marine Corps
Published: January 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. — The relevance of the Marine Corps as America’s expeditionary force in readiness was among the commandant of the Marine Corps’ key talking points during a visit to the Surface Naval Association Jan. 13.

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DoD offers free access to online studying aid

Story by Christine Cabalo | Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay | Date: 01.18.2011

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii — Students of every age on base are finding solutions to their homework problems with free access an online study aid.

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January 15, 2011

Panel: More judge advocates needed

Increased demand taxes current cadre

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Jan 15, 2011 9:49:07 EST

A recent review of the Marine Corps’ and Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps revealed a community strained by heavy workloads and in need of more personnel.

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January 13, 2011

DoD expands Tricare coverage for older children

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Jan 13, 2011 19:16:24 EST

The Defense Department has finally formalized its plan to expand Tricare coverage for dependent children through age 26, bringing the military’s policy in line with the national health care reform law enacted last year.

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January 7, 2011

Health Plan Officials Work to Improve Efficiency, Care

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 – As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presses for a modest increase in health plan premiums for working-age military retirees to help offset rising health care costs, the head of the TRICARE Management Activity reported progress already made in improving efficiencies as well as the quality of health care services.

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Health Plan to Remain Free for Troops, Officials Emphasize

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 – Though Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates seeks modest premium increases for working-age military retirees who use the TRICARE Prime health plan, the benefit will remain free to service members, defense officials emphasized today.

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Pentagon assures U.S.' short-term mission after announcing fresh troops to Afghanistan

The United States assured that the latest announcement to send more than 1,000 Marines would stay in Afghanistan for short-term and that it would not exceed the set limit of 100,000 troops in the region.

Reporter: AHN Staff
Location: Pentagon, United States Published: January 7, 2011 06:47 am EST

In an attempt to accelerate the pace of progress in southern Afghanistan, the United States has announced to dispatch nearly 1,400 additional Marines later this month.

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January 6, 2011

DOD Directs Army, Marine Drawdowns for 2015, 2016

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 – Budget pressures that have proven greater than anticipated mean the Defense Department will trim end strength in its ground forces beginning in four years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

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Marine Unit Deploys About 1,400 Troops to Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 – About 1,400 service members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy to southwestern Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command officials announced today.

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Pentagon Seeks Biggest Military Cuts Since Before 9/11

By THOM SHANKER and CHRISTOPHER DREW
Published: January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that the nation’s “extreme fiscal duress” now required him to call for cuts in the size of the Army and Marine Corps, reversing the significant growth in military spending that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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January 4, 2011

U.S. Boosts Afghan Surge

Pentagon Plans to Send 1,400 Extra Marines to Supplement Spring Campaign

By ADAM ENTOUS And JULIAN E. BARNES
* JANUARY 4, 2011


WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to send an additional 1,400 Marine combat forces to Afghanistan, officials said, in a surprise move ahead of the spring fighting season to try to cement tentative security gains before White House-mandated troop reductions begin in July.

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Anthony Henderson Triggered A Marine Triumph In Afghanistan

By VICTOR REKLAITIS, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 01/04/2011 05:24 PM ET

One key for leaders is to find a balance between getting out front and sitting back to see the big picture, says Lt. Col. Anthony Henderson.

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January 2, 2011

Policy puts troops at risk for identity theft

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jan 2, 2011 9:37:01 EST

U.S. troops may be among the most vulnerable Americans to identity theft. That’s because the U.S. military is overusing Social Security numbers and putting at risk troops’ most basic personal information, according to a recent report from several professors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

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December 26, 2010

$250M Unclaimed in Stop Loss Compensation Act

Just 69,000 of 145,000 Eligible Servicemen and Women Filed for Compensation for Serving Past Their Original Discharge Date

By Byron Pitts
Dec. 26, 2010

(CBS) Michael Pereira served his country with honor -- in Afghanistan. Four years ago, he looked forward to leaving the service to be with his wife and family. But he was forced to put his civilian life on hold, reports CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts.

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December 21, 2010

Transformative Year in Afghanistan Leaves Many Challenges for US in 2011

Al Pessin | The Pentagon
21 December 2010

2010 was a transformative year for the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, with 30,000 additional troops and thousands more civilians flowing into the country to implement President Barack Obama's revised strategy for winning the now nine-year-old war.

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December 20, 2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents, Find Weapons

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
U.S. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 – Afghan and coalition forces killed and detained several insurgents in operations today throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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December 16, 2010

White House report cites progress in Afghanistan

By Jeanette Steele
Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 7:31 p.m.

A much-anticipated White House report card on the Afghanistan war concludes that the Taliban are hamstrung in many regions and that al-Qaeda leaders have suffered grave losses since the American military surge began early this year.

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Mullen Gets Unvarnished Look at Afghanistan Mission

Story by Jim Garamone | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.16.2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen got the clear and unvarnished truth about conditions in some of the toughest areas in Afghanistan when he stopped at forward operating bases in Helmand and Kandahar provinces Dec. 16.

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December 14, 2010

Mullen Discusses Surge Successes in Afghanistan

Story by Jim Garamone | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.14.2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Though the last of the U.S. surge troops only reached Afghanistan last month, they already are achieving successes, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pakistani reporters here Dec. 14.

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Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — The nation’s top Marine Corps officer said he read the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” report and troop survey repeatedly, thoughtfully, and without prejudice before deciding he could not endorse a change that might bring distractions or endanger the lives of Marines in combat.

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December 10, 2010

Bleak Afghan and Pakistan intelligence reviews

By KIMBERLY DOZIER and ANNE GEARAN
Associated Press Writers
Dec 10, 7:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New U.S. intelligence reports paint a bleak picture of the security conditions in Afghanistan and say the war cannot be won unless Pakistan roots out militants on its side of the border, according to several U.S. officials who have been briefed on the findings.

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December 8, 2010

Gates Visits Marines on Camp Leatherneck

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today noted the value of the work the 1st Marine Logistics Group does here for the war effort, and extended his personal thanks.

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Commanders Re-balance Strategy in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 – Commanders in Afghanistan are re-balancing the strategy to confront the realities on the ground, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

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Top-Ranking Marine Confident In Afghanistan Effort

Gen. James Amos Is New Marine Corps Commandant

POSTED: 6:26 pm PST December 8, 2010
UPDATED: 7:18 pm PST December 8, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- Gen. James Amos, the newly appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps, said he believes the tide is turning in Afghanistan and that Marines are making a difference.

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December 7, 2010

‘Aggressive winter campaign’ in Helmand

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Dec 7, 2010 21:49:09 EST

Marine forces in Afghanistan have launched an “aggressive winter campaign” in Helmand province that will include special operations raids, conventional military operations and efforts to improve the economy by creating jobs, said the senior Marine commander in Afghanistan.

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US general: Battle in Marjah is over

By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press
Dec 7, 4:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Marine general in Afghanistan on Tuesday declared the battle in the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah "essentially over."

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Afghanistan war: why IEDs are taking a mounting toll

As US troop levels have surged in the Afghanistan war, so has the number of IEDs – and their effectiveness. Their simplicity is making them hard to detect.

By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / December 7, 2010
Washington

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is touring Afghanistan this week to gauge progress on the ground, but back in Washington, the Pentagon is already wrestling with what to do about the “significant” increase in the number and effectiveness of roadside bombs throughout the country.

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Gates Visits Afghanistan Bases

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Afghanistan today for troop visits and meetings with key U.S. leaders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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December 6, 2010

Time, Trust Key to Progress in Afghanistan

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 12.06.2010

WASHINGTON - Before he went to the southern area of Afghanistan's Helmand province in October 2009 he wondered whether success was possible, a Marine Corps colonel said during an interview here, Dec. 6.

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December 4, 2010

Senior Official Details Success, Challenges in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2010 – Enemy sanctuaries throughout southern Afghanistan are being cleared, and the results are encouraging, a senior military official said on background recently.

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December 2, 2010

U.S. cracks down on IED chemical in Afghanistan

By Giulia Lasagni - Medill News Service
Posted : Thursday Dec 2, 2010 15:42:00 EST

While improvised explosive devices are killing an increasing number of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan, American officials are trying to limit the flow of one the key ingredients in the bombs.

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November 30, 2010

Marines’ Instant Gunship Blasts Taliban, Pentagon Bureaucracy

* By David Axe Email Author
* November 30, 2010 |
* 11:41 am |

At first glance, the Marine Corps’ hottest new weapon looks just like a standard cargo plane. For the “Harvest Hawk” gunship, the external differences are subtle. A sensor pod jutting from one of the under-wing fuel tanks of the KC-130J aircraft. A rack under the left wing for four Hellfire missiles. A clutch of 10 smaller Griffin missiles fixed to the ramp. With these $10-million add-ons, plus extra training for the crew, any similar plane in the Marine Corps inventory becomes a cheaper version of the Air Force’s powerful, custom-made AC-130 gunship.

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November 28, 2010

Gates Seeking to Contain Military Health Costs

By ELISABETH BUMILLER and THOM SHANKER
Published: November 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — Francis Brady enjoys a six-figure salary and generous benefits at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, but as a retired Marine lieutenant colonel he and his family remain on the military’s bountiful lifetime health insurance, Tricare, with fees of only $460 a year. He calls the benefit “phenomenal.”

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November 23, 2010

Pentagon offers grim status report on Afghanistan

The Taliban's foothold has grown and violence has reached new highs, it says, although some areas in the south have seen modest security gains.

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010|6:19 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —
The Taliban insurgency has spread to more of Afghanistan in recent months and violence has reached new highs, though there have been "slow and incremental" security gains in areas of the south where tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops have deployed, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday.

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Afghanistan Report Shows Security, Governance Gains

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2010 – Progress across Afghanistan remains uneven, with modest gains in security, governance and development in key areas, according to a Defense Department report sent to Congress today.

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November 19, 2010

DOD Establishes Wounded Warrior Task Force

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1075-10
November 19, 2010

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announced today the names of 14 people who will serve on the Department of Defense Task Force for Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces.

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November 18, 2010

Defense Logistics Agency to Provide Holiday Meals for Troops

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1070-10
November 18, 2010

Although thousands of miles from wherever they may call home, America’s military won’t miss the tastes and smells of a hearty Thanksgiving meal later this month. Preparations for providing 244,000 pounds of turkey, 8,600 cans of sweet potatoes and more than 38,000 pies began in the early spring. By now, dining facilities and other distribution points throughout Iraq and Afghanistan have received the food to be used in preparing Thanksgiving meals. In all, about 225 locations are serviced.

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November 16, 2010

Pentagon's internal threat review for all military branches released

* November 16th, 2010 6:18 am ET
Jim Kouri

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps will update their policies and procedures to better assess internal security threat such as last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, according to American Forces Press Service's Lisa Daniel.

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November 10, 2010

Portal Helps Vets, Reserves, Guardsmen Land Jobs

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 – Just in time for Veterans Day, a new, state-of-the-art Web portal is being rolled out tomorrow to help veterans – as well as reserve-component members, their families and wounded warriors – land jobs with civilian employers who value their military experience.

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November 4, 2010

Spokesman Explains Significance of July 2011 in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 – The July 2011 target to begin handing over territory in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces is a marker for the Afghan government, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

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Chairman and Wife Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 – With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans.

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Health care costs on the front lines

By GORDON LUBOLD | 11/4/10 4:35 AM EDT

Looking to push his cost-cutting reforms to new realms, Defense Secretary Robert Gates may set his sights on runaway military health care costs — an area that members of Congress have so far been reluctant to tackle.

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November 3, 2010

Amos offers vision for U.S. Marine Corps' future at town hall

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 3, 2010

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Two weeks after becoming the new top Marine, Commandant Gen. James Amos laid out his vision for a “middleweight” expeditionary force responding to global hotspots and coastal cities rendered unstable by poverty, competition for resources, and ideological extremism.

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October 29, 2010

‘Stop Loss’ Special Pay Application Deadline Approaches

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2010 – Defense Department officials are working to remind veterans and current servicemembers who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called “Stop Loss” program to apply for special pay before the Dec. 3 deadline.

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Mullen Renews Commitment to 'Military Health Issue of Our Era'

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.29.2010

WASHINGTON - Calling post-traumatic stress "the military health issue of our era," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last night re-emphasized his commitment to ensuring that war veterans and their families get all the help they need to deal with war's invisible scars.

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2010 Commandant's Planning Guidance

10/29/2010 By Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — The 35th commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, tells Marines to prepare for what the future holds – a transformed, flexible and lighter force ready to respond to any contingency.

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October 28, 2010

Marine commandant vows to make Corps lighter, more mobile

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — Tasked to redefine the future of the Marine Corps, Commandant Gen. James Amos has pledged to aggressively experiment with unit sizes and the Corps’ overall structure in a rebalancing effort he says will make the Marines a lighter force, ready to fight anywhere they’re called.

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October 27, 2010

Commandant spells out priorities for Corps

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 27, 2010 20:07:25 EDT

Gen. Jim Amos issued his first major communiqué as commandant Wednesday, a sweeping set of tasks that target areas of the institution for improvement, consolidation and efficiency, and direct an increase in personal and professional development opportunities for individual Marines.

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DOD Unveils Smart Phone Mental Health Application

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 – A free smart phone mobile application that will help servicemembers, veterans and family members track their emotional health is now available, Defense Department officials announced this week.

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Insurgents Lose Momentum in Helmand, NATO General Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 – Insurgents in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have lost the momentum to NATO and Afghan forces, and those forces will continue to take on the Taliban all through the winter, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command Southwest said today.

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Chairman Notes Persistent Conflict's Long-term Impact

Story by Lisa Daniel | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.27.2010

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 27 offered a warning of what to expect for veterans, the military services and the nation after a decade of war

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Neighborhood watch gaining foothold in Marjah

By Megan McCloskey
Published: October 27, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — Neighborhood watch programs, typically the domain of riled-up, would-be crime stoppers in community associations across America, are apparently catching on in the Marjah district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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October 22, 2010

Amos Succeeds Conway as Marine Commandant

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Photo by Jim Garamone
Date Taken: 10.22.2010
Photo ID:331843
VIRIN:101022-D-7203C-018
Location:WASHINGTON, DC, US

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presents an award to Gen. James T. Conway during a Passage of Command of the United States Marine Corps ceremony at the Marine Barracks, Washington, Oct. 22.

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October 20, 2010

Officials Tout Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2010 – With more than 260,000 students attending about 6,000 colleges and universities this fall under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are continuing an active outreach effort to ensure current military members and veterans don’t miss out on the new program’s education benefits.

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October 19, 2010

Online Ballots Can Help Overseas Votes Count

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
By Karen Parrish
Date 10.19.2010

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas service members and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven't received an election ballot: get it online.

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Pentagon cautions news media on WikiLeaks documents

19 Oct 2010 02:00:43 GMT
Source: Reuters
By David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The Pentagon urged news organizations on Monday not to publish classified U.S. documents due to be released by WikiLeaks as U.S. officials brace for a mass disclosure of leaked Iraq war files by the whistle-blower website.

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October 18, 2010

76 Marines killed in Afghanistan since May 1

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 18, 2010 18:25:26 EDT

Last November, President Obama announced that 30,000 additional U.S. troops, including 8,500 Marines, would deploy to Afghanistan. The troops would push the Corps’ footprint in hostile Helmand province to more than 20,000.

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October 17, 2010

Pentagon braces for huge WikiLeaks dump on Iraq war

17 Oct 2010 17:45:48 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Sunday it had a 120-member team prepared to review a massive leak of as many as 500,000 Iraq war documents, which are expected to be released by the WikiLeaks website sometime this month.

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October 16, 2010

'Time. It will take some time’

Camp Pendleton-based Marines said it could take years, even decades, to achieve long-term stability in the impoverished and insurgent-filled country

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10:21 p.m.

HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — Halfway around the world on U.S. bases planted in the lush river valleys and barren deserts of southern Afghanistan, there is no escaping the headlines.

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WikiLeaks Set to Release 400,000 Secret Iraq War Docs

Published October 16, 2010
FoxNews.com

WikiLeaks is believed to be preparing to release around 400,000 classified Pentagon documents on the Iraq war this week, the Associated Foreign Press reported Friday.

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October 15, 2010

Gates: Limited damage from WikiLeaks

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Oct 15, 2010 16:46:54 EDT

WASHINGTON — No U.S. intelligence sources or practices were compromised by the posting of secret Afghan war logs by the WikiLeaks website, the Pentagon has concluded, but the military thinks the leaks could still cause significant damage to U.S. security interests.

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US hopes to keep Kyrgyzstan base, sees stability

15 Oct 2010 00:56:27 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The United States hopes any Kyrgyz government formed after Sunday's inconclusive elections will allow a U.S. air base to remain and it is ready to work with all the parties, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

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October 10, 2010

Blunt US warnings to Pakistan prompted by terrorism fear

10 Oct 2010 16:41:04 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Washington's push on Pakistan to get tough on militants on its territory is prompted by worries about an attack on U.S. soil, a concern the United States will press in talks with Islamabad later this month.

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October 8, 2010

Coalition Condemns Afghanistan Mosque Killings

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

WASHINGTON - The International Security Assistance Force condemned the Oct. 8 brutal attack by insurgents at a mosque in Afghanistan that killed 12, including the governor of Kunduz, and wounded 18 others, military officials reported.

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October 7, 2010

Don’t Pimp My Ride: Marines May Stick With Humvees

By Noah Shachtman
October 7, 2010 | 1:59 pm

U.S. troops first started driving Humvees in the 1980s. At the rate things are going, they may keep on driving ‘em forever. In recent days, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Army officials have complained that the Hummer successors are too heavy and too expensive. Which may put a decade-long effort to restock the military’s light tactical vehicle fleet in the ditch. Again.

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Pakistan spy agency's militant links worrying - US

07 Oct 2010 19:13:39 GMT
Source: Reuters
By David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Top U.S. defense officials are concerned some elements of Pakistan's spy agency may be interacting improperly with the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

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October 5, 2010

Rollover alert sought for use on MRAPs

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 5, 2010 9:33:22 EDT

To combat the danger of rollovers, the joint program office that provides Mine resistant vehicles for the Marine Corps and Army is working to field a new detection device that will alert drivers when an MRAP rollover is likely. The aim is to avoid potentially fatal accidents or, in worst-case scenarios, alert passengers that a rollover is imminent so they have time to brace for it.

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October 4, 2010

U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: October 4, 2010

With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.

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October 3, 2010

Latest Afghan civilian killings may be most gruesome

By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times
Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 7:26 pm

WASHINGTON -- Over the past nine years, as the Army has cycled hundreds of thousands of soldiers through combat duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has also court-martialed 34 on murder or manslaughter charges in the killings of civilians in those conflict zones. Twenty-two were convicted, and 12 acquitted.

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October 2, 2010

Pentagon pressured over few recent Medals of Honor

Some experts point to battlefield changes; others cite politics

By David Zucchino, Tribune Newspapers
4:30 p.m. CDT, October 2, 2010

President Barack Obama approved Medal of Honor awards last month for two soldiers who fought in Afghanistan, but the number of honorees from the conflicts there and in Iraq is far lower than for previous wars.

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October 1, 2010

Joint Chiefs head says Pakistan rift can be fixed

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press Writer
Fri Oct 1, 8:40 pm ET

TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. and Pakistan can work through a rift that has led to the closing of a key supply route for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday.

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September 30, 2010

Afghan Culture Lessons Help U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Christen McCluney
Date 09.30.2010

WASHINGTON - A select number of service members are learning ways to become experts in Afghan culture through the Afghan Hands Program.

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NATO Leaders See Security Gains in Western Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
Date 09.30.2010

WASHINGTON - Some parts of western Afghanistan could begin transitioning security to Afghan forces within six to nine months, the top NATO force commander in the region said Sept. 30.

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Senate confirms Amos as next CMC

Dunford confirmed as assistant commandant, gets 4th star

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Sep 30, 2010 14:25:36 EDT

The Senate has confirmed Gen. Jim Amos to become the Marine Corps’ 35th commandant.

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Deadline extended to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay

By Jeff Schogol
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — Congress has extended the deadline to December for veterans to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay.

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Dogs' sensory skills valued in war

By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
Thursday Sep 30, 2010 19:14:15 EDT

WASHINGTON — A dog's nose can be a troop's best friend.
Makeshift bombs account for two-thirds of all troops wounded in Afghanistan, and improvised explosive devices are the No. 1 killer. High-tech devices to find them and prevent them from exploding are proven lifesavers.

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September 29, 2010

Defence chief says most Americans detached from wars, see service as something others do

Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday September 29th, 2010

DURHAM, N.C. - Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and see military service as "something for other people to do."

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Afghan War `Progress' Signals Little Change Needed, Mullen Says

By Viola Gienger
Sep 29, 2010 11:20 AM PT

The war in Afghanistan is showing “signs of progress,” and the U.S. strategy probably won’t require significant changes in a status review in December, President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said.

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Taliban contacts still at embryonic stage-NATO envoy

29 Sep 2010 01:47:08 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Some senior Taliban leaders appear to be open to reconciliation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, but contacts are in the embryonic stage and not likely to bear fruit soon, NATO's top civilian in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

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September 28, 2010

Committee OKs Amos, Dunford noms

Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Sep 28, 2010 13:52:14 EDT

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved this morning Gen. Jim Amos’ nomination to become the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps and Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford’s nomination to become assistant commandant.

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September 27, 2010

Demand for spy balloons in Afghan war hits high

By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
September 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — The hottest U.S. weapon in Afghanistan lacks a lethal capability, floats thousands of feet in the air and doesn't carry troops.

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DOD Announces Absentee Voting Week; Launches Electronic Voting Support Wizard

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
No. 876-10
September 27, 2010

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today Absentee Voting Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. The week will encourage all citizens voting under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act who have not received their absentee ballot to go to http://www.FVAP.gov to fill it out as soon as possible.

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C.I.A. Steps Up Drone Attacks on Taliban in Pakistan

By MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: September 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan in recent weeks, American officials said. The strikes are part of an effort by military and intelligence operatives to try to cripple the Taliban in a stronghold being used to plan attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.

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Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan

By Bob Woodward
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 27, 2010; 12:34 AM

The first of three articles adapted from "Obama's Wars" by Bob Woodward.

President Obama was on edge.

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September 24, 2010

Gates says he has no doubts about war strategy

By ANNE GEARAN, AP
posted: September 24, 2010

WASHINGTON -Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that the Obama administration's redrawn Afghanistan war strategy is sound, answering claims in a new book that the plan was a politically driven hodgepodge.

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September 23, 2010

US Afghan war review unlikely to prompt big changes

23 Sep 2010 21:10:20 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart and David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's defense chief and top military officer on Wednesday played down chances for any major changes in Afghan war strategy at a White House review in December, saying they saw "tweaks" instead.

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Afghan, Coalition Forces Pursue Taliban Commanders

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 09.23.2010

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces continued their pursuit of Taliban commanders in recent operations, taking numerous insurgents into custody in the process, military officials reported.

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September 22, 2010

Official Urges Protection Against Identity Theft

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Heather Forsgren Weaver
Date 09.22.2010

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are urging service members to be aware of identity theft and are providing ways for them to protect themselves, the director of DOD's personal finance office said.

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Reuters Summit-Petraeus identifies areas for Afghan transition

22 Sep 2010 20:31:42 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart and David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - General David Petraeus said on Wednesday he has completed a draft plan to start thinning NATO forces in parts of Afghanistan next year, but cautioned that the transition process would be slow.

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September 21, 2010

Amos: Marines ‘Ready to Respond to Any Crisis’

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2010 – Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos today vowed to make winning in Afghanistan his top priority if he is confirmed as the 35th commandant of the Marine Corps.

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More Troops Provide 'Game-Changer' in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
Date 09.21.2010

WASHINGTON - The addition of U.S. forces in northern Afghanistan has changed the face of the NATO mission there, the top U.S. commander for the NATO International Security Assistance Force element in the region said, Sept. 21.

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Man chosen to lead Marines against lifting gay ban

By ANNE FLAHERTY (AP) – September 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she'll vote against a bill that would allow gays to serve openly in the military unless Democrats agree to extend debate so that her colleagues can weigh in on other issues.

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September 20, 2010

Pakistan Aid Approaches 8 Million Pounds

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2010 – U.S. military personnel continue to aid millions of Pakistanis affected by flooding in the country, defense officials said today.

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Forces Protect Afghans During Elections

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 09.20.2010

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces protected Afghan citizens from numerous attacks planned for the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections and in the days surrounding them, military officials reported.

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Attacks Down, Voting Up in Afghan Elections

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 09.20.2010

WASHINGTON - Insurgent attacks during Afghanistan's Sept. 18 parliamentary elections were down a third from the 2009 Afghan presidential election, and fewer than 1 percent of polling stations experienced significant violence, a Pentagon spokesman said, Sept. 20.

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September 17, 2010

Intelligence, Tips Drive Operations in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date09.17.2010
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON - Intelligence information and tips from local Afghans have driven several recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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Once Wary, Obama Relies on Petraeus in Afghanistan

By HELENE COOPER, DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER.
Published: September 16, 2010

WASHINGTON — When President Obama descended into the White House Situation Room on Monday for his monthly update on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the new top American military commander, Gen. David H. Petraeus, ticked off signs of progress.

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September 16, 2010

Gates: Surge Seems To Be Working In Afghanistan

US Defense Chief Sees Signs Of Progress In Afghanistan But Says He'll Remain Cautious

Sep. 16, 2010

(AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - Evidence is building that the Obama administration's surge strategy is working in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, citing recent assessments from the new top U.S. and NATO commander and Gates' personal impressions from a recent trip to Afghan battlefields.

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September 15, 2010

Conway says Marines exercising patience in Afghanistan

Commandant says living Marine may be in line for Medal of Honor

By MARK WALKER
North County Times
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:56 pm

Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province are showing restraint as insurgents increasingly use children and teenagers as human shields and to plant roadside bombs, the commandant of the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

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'NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan will be gradual'

(AFP) – September 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — NATO's withdrawal from Afghanistan will be gradual and not a brusque "lights out" next August, the commander of international forces there, US General David Petraeus, said Wednesday.

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September 14, 2010

TRANSCRIPT: Gen. Petraeus ABC News Exclusive Interview

ABC News' Martha Raddatz Asks Petraeus About Koran, Afghan War, Troop Drawdown

AFGHANISTAN, Sept. 14, 2010

Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent ABC News' Martha Raddatz interviewed International Security Assistance Force Commander U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan.

MARTHA RADDATZ: General, let's start with the developments overnight. And we spoke yesterday -- in the helicopter on your battlefield circulation about what was happening with the planned burning of the Koran. It looks like now, that the pastor in Florida says he will either put it on hold or not go ahead with it. Your reaction to that and whether the damage is already done.

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Gen. Petraeus Exclusive Interview: Progress in Afghanistan Like Watching 'Paint Dry'

Exclusive: Petraeus Concedes War in Afghanistan Could Take Another 10 Years

By MARTHA RADDATZ and KRISTINA WONG
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2010

Upon the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, ABC News' Martha Raddatz interviewed four-star Gen. David Petraeus, who was appointed to replace former Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan in June.

In an exclusive interview, Petraeus explained his decision to speak out against a Florida preacher's plan to burn Korans, and conceded that a successful counterinsurgency campaign could take up to 10 more years, but said he intended to stick to the 2011 drawdown date.

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Gen. David Petraeus: U.S. To Pursue 'More Nuanced' Operations In Kandahar

By Corey Flintoff
Tue., September 14, 2010 5:28pm (EDT)

Gen. David Petraeus tells NPR that U.S. and NATO forces are set to begin "more nuanced" major operations around Kandahar to win back areas that, despite the presence of international forces for years, "were never cleared."

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DoD extends cutoff on MyCAA class dates

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 14, 2010 17:10:56 EDT

Defense officials have expanded the time frame for classes that qualify for payment under the current Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program.

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September 10, 2010

Trainer Sees Positive Trends in Afghan Army

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Staff Sgt. James Lally
Date09.10.2010
By J.D. Leipold
Army News Service

WASHINGTON - The quantity and quality of officers, noncommissioned officers and recruits in the Afghan army is rising, the deputy commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan said this week.

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September 9, 2010

Gates Urges Florida Church to Nix Quran Burning

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today personally called a Florida pastor to try to stop him from burning the Quran on the 9th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Gates and other senior administration officials feared the pastor's pledge to burn the Muslim holy book would put U.S. forces at risk.

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September 5, 2010

Sources: As many as 2,000 more troops may be going to Afghanistan

From Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
September 5, 2010 8:17 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) -- As many as 2,000 additional troops -- including a number of U.S. forces -- may be headed to Afghanistan in the coming weeks under a plan being proposed by Gen. David Petraeus, CNN has learned.

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September 3, 2010

Mullen Gets Afghanistan Updates in Kabul

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by John Banusiewicz
Date09.03.2010

KABUL - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed progress and challenges in Afghanistan with top military and diplomatic officials during a three-hour visit here today.

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Gates meets US troops in Afghan Taliban heartland

by Daphne Benoit Daphne Benoit – September 3, 2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates Friday met US soldiers at the "tip of the spear" in the Taliban's Afghan heartland as a pivotal surge of 30,000 extra troops neared completion.

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September 2, 2010

Gates, Karzai Discuss Way Ahead in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Jim Garamone
Date09.02.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - There are now enough resources in Afghanistan to deliver "tangible and lasting results," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai here Sept. 2.

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Afghan insurgents' opium earnings cut-U.S. general

02 Sep 2010 17:02:34 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Insurgents in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Taliban's opium-producing heartland, are operating with less than half the cash they had a year ago, the commander of coalition forces in the area said Thursday.

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US defence chief Gates on surprise Afghan visit

by Daphne Benoit Daphne Benoit – September 2, 2010

KABUL (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Kabul Thursday on a surprise visit following a trip to Iraq, where he attended ceremonies to mark the formal end of the American combat mission there.

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TRANSCRIPT: FOX News Interview with Defense Secretary Robert Gates

by James Rosen
Published September 02, 2010

JAMES ROSEN: Mr. Secretary, thank you for this honor. I’m told by my friend, Geoff Morrell, I only have seven to ten minutes for this.

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August 31, 2010

Officials Confirm Capture of Insurgent Leader

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

WASHINGTON - A senior insurgent leader believed to be responsible for coordinating the movement of fighters across three provinces in Afghanistan was captured by Afghan-led security forces, military officials reported, Aug. 31.

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Gates: Commanders Have Resources to Win in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Jim Garamone
Date08.31.2010

MILWAUKEE - The U.S. military has fought two separate wars in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the American Legion here today.

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Afghan withdrawal won't be a "hand-off" - Petraeus

31 Aug 2010 09:52:58 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Paul Tait

KABUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan from next July will begin with a general "thinning out" of forces rather than any large-scale drawdown, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Tuesday.

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August 30, 2010

Congressman calls meeting with Karzai disturbing

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer - Mon Aug 30, 5:46 pm ET

WASHINGTON – A Democratic congressman, just back from Afghanistan, criticized Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday for failing to stem corruption infesting his country's government.

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August 27, 2010

Under attack, Obama holds cards on Afghan pullout date

by Shaun Tandon Shaun Tandon – Fri Aug 27, 12:06 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Faced with mounting criticism over Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama is leaving a persistent -- and, some say, strategic -- ambiguity about a July 2011 goal to start withdrawing troops.

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August 26, 2010

U.S. concerned over Afghan voter turnout, violence

By Sue Pleming and Phil Stewart
WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:43pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects the Taliban to increase attacks in next month's parliamentary elections, including in Afghanistan's north where insurgents have made inroads, a senior U.S. defense official said on Thursday.

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WikiLeaks posts 'classified' CIA document

From correspondents in Washington
From: AFP August 26, 2010 4:48AM

WIKILEAKS today released a CIA memo analysing the risks of terrorists operating from the United States, but the document offered no dramatic revelations of government secrets like the website's earlier leaks.

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American Support Boosts Troop Morale, Mullen Says

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
Date08.26.2010

CHICAGO - At last night's Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles here, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff couldn't help but notice the difference between the nation's support for today's service members and veterans and the reception returning servicemembers received when they came home from Vietnam early in his military career.

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August 25, 2010

Official: U.S. may refocus counter-terrorism fight on Yemen

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 25, 2010 1:32 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) -- In what would mark a major shift in counter-terrorism strategy, the Obama administration is considering adding military assets to the fight against al Qaeda in Yemen, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

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2008 Attack on Military Computers Is Confirmed

By BRIAN KNOWLTON
Published: August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — A top Pentagon official has confirmed a previously classified incident that he describes as “the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever,” a 2008 episode in which a foreign intelligence agent used a flash drive to infect computers, including those used by the Central Command in overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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August 24, 2010

Marines Need To Regain 'Maritime Soul,' Gates Says

by Tom Bowman
August 24, 2010

For more than 200 years, the Marine Corps has prided itself on dramatic amphibious landings.

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Taliban may be misleading its forces on U.S. timetable, U.S. general says

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 24, 2010; 8:43 PM

The commandant of the Marine Corps said Tuesday that Taliban leaders may be misleading their own forces into believing that they only have to keep fighting through the middle of next year, when U.S. troops are slated to begin pulling out of Afghanistan.

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Obama's Afghan withdrawal date bolsters enemy-Marines

24 Aug 2010 15:14:23 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart and Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's July 2011 date to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents, who believe they can wait out NATO forces, the top U.S. Marine said on Tuesday.

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Marine commandant predicts that Marines will be in Afghanistan for 'a few years' to come

By ANNE FLAHERTY , Associated Press
Last update: August 24, 2010 - 9:19 AM

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway says it will probably be a "few years" before Afghanistan will be secure enough for the Marines to leave.

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August 23, 2010

Operations in Afghanistan Result in Insurgents Killed, Captured

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

WASHINGTON - Numerous insurgents were killed or captured in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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Afghan security force training faces big hurdles

23 Aug 2010 21:20:23 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - High drop-out and illiteracy rates mean it will take until late October 2011 to build up Afghanistan's police and military so they can take the lead in more areas, a senior U.S. commander said on Monday.

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War documents link Taliban, al-Qaida

Published: Aug. 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida might play a larger part in the war in Afghanistan than previously believed, The Washington Post reported.

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August 20, 2010

Insurgent Attack Fails at ISAF Base

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Date08.20.2010

WASHINGTON - Insurgents launched an unsuccessful attack on International Security Assistance Forces at Forward Operating Base Bostick, located in the Nari District of eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province Aug. 20, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials reported.

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August 18, 2010

Pentagon denies WikiLeaks talks about documents

By PAULINE JELINEK
Associated Press Writer
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

WASHINGTON The Pentagon is denying it had direct contact with WikiLeaks and says the military is not interested in helping the website review classified war documents to post online.

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Pentagon Releases Letter Sent to Purported WikiLeaks Attorney

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Date08.18.2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense Department officials today released a letter the Pentagon's top lawyer sent to a man purported to be an attorney for the WikiLeaks website, which published tens of thousands of classified documents last month and is threatening to release 15,000 more.

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August 16, 2010

Ex-U.S. commander in Afghanistan to teach at Yale

16 Aug 2010 14:59:40 GMT
Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The former U.S. Army commander of forces in Afghanistan who was fired for making disparaging comments about his civilian superiors has been hired to teach at Yale, one of America's top universities.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Gates says to retire in 2011

16 Aug 2010 14:22:01 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will retire sometime in 2011, CNN reported on Monday.

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August 15, 2010

Petraeus sees 'areas of progress' in Afghan war

15 Aug 2010 14:34:55 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan said he sees "areas of progress" in the war but meeting President Barack Obama's goal of beginning a pullout of U.S. troops in July 2011 will depend on conditions at the time.

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Petraeus: Progress in Afghanistan will take time

By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer
Aug 15, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Progress in Afghanistan only began this spring and needs time to take root, Army Gen. David Petraeus said in comments broadcast Sunday that were aimed at shoring up American support for the war.

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Petraeus cites Bush-era shortcomings in Afghanistan

‘We did not have the organizations that are required,’ U.S. commander says

msnbc.com
August 15, 2010

U.S. military leaders inherited a faulty strategy for the war in Afghanistan at the end of the Bush administration and are still working to “refine the concepts,” the U.S. commander said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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August 13, 2010

Operations in Afghanistan Net Haqqani, Taliban Leaders

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Date08.13.2010
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Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces captured several Haqqani terrorist network and Taliban leaders in Afghanistan this week during 48 separate operations, military officials reported.

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Petraeus hedges on July 2011 Afghan pullback goal

Associated Press
August 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the goal of starting an American pullback by July 2011 will depend on conditions at the time.

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August 12, 2010

Defense chief Gates orders review of Marines' role

Acknowledging concerns among current and former Marines that the Corps has evolved into another ground combat force, the Defense secretary aims to define the service's future path.

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2010

Reporting from San Francisco —
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is ordering a review of the future role of the Marine Corps amid " anxiety" that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had turned the service into a "second land army."

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Afghan, Coalition Forces Keep Pressure on Insurgents

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Date08.12.2010
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WASHINGTON - Partnered Afghan and coalition forces continue to put pressure on insurgents in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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Pentagon cautions WikiLeaks over new document dump

12 Aug 2010
Source: Reuters

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug 12 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday told WikiLeaks it would be the "height of irresponsibility" if it went through with a new threat to publish outstanding documents it had on the Afghan war.

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August 11, 2010

US braces for Kandahar fight, anti-corruption battle

WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Targeted strikes by U.S. special forces against insurgents around Kandahar are yielding results, but war planners expect tough fighting ahead and more casualties, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

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Al Qosi Sentence Announced

The Department of Defense announced today that Ibrahim al Qosi was sentenced to 14 years in confinement for conspiracy and providing material support to al Qaeda.

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USS Peleliu to Provide Helos for Pakistan Relief

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 11, 2010 – The USS Peleliu will provide helicopter capabilities to aid Pakistan as the government there works to combat floods that are affecting 14 million people.

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CORRECTED-US braces for Kandahar fight, anti-corruption battle

12 Aug 2010
By Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Targeted strikes by U.S. special forces against insurgents around Kandahar are yielding results, but war planners expect tough fighting ahead and more casualties, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

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US military sees heavier fighting in fall

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Associated Press
By ANNE GEARAN AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States expects heavy fighting around the key Afghan city of Kandahar through this fall, one Pentagon official said Wednesday, dimming hopes for big gains in the war ahead of U.S. elections and a White House review of its war strategy.

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August 10, 2010

Afghanistan says time running out for security firms

KABUL, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai will set a deadline for disbanding all private security firms, his office said on Tuesday, but the U.S. military played down the announcement and said no decision had yet been reached.

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August 9, 2010

Mattis to be sworn in Wednesday

Marine Gen. James Mattis will be sworn in as commanding general of U.S. Central Command at a Wednesday evening ceremony.

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Officials Provide Details of Afghanistan Operations

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials have provided details on numerous recent operations throughout Afghanistan.

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Gates: Cut contractor use, close JFCOM

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department plans to shed one of its 10 major military commands as Defense Secretary Robert Gates tries to pare billions from the Pentagon budget, Gates said Monday at a news conference.

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August 7, 2010

DoD to troops: Tell buddies about stop-loss pay

With an Oct. 21 deadline approaching to apply for a $500 monthly stop-loss allowance, the Defense Department appears to have exhausted most conventional means of trying to contact eligible veterans and is now asking current service members to get involved by calling any buddies who may be eligible.

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Can the government actually plug the WikiLeak?

WASHINGTON— An online whistle-blower’s threat to release more classified Pentagon and State Department documents is raising difficult questions of what the government can or would do, legally, technically or even militarily to stop it.

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August 5, 2010

Pentagon demands return of leaked documents

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon demanded Thursday that a website that solicits leaked government secrets cancel any plan to publish more classified military documents and pull back tens of thousands of secret Afghan war logs already posted on the Internet.

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Corruption Battle Continues in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - It can't be shot, it can't be destroyed with a mortar or rocket-propelled grenade, and most of the time it can't even be seen. But corruption within police and military units is one of the biggest threats facing the Afghan national security forces.

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More Afghans killed by IEDs in 2010

WASHINGTON — Bombs planted by insurgents have killed 75 percent more Afghan civilians this year than in 2009 as the Taliban increasingly target villagers in a campaign of intimidation, according to military reports provided to USA Today.

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Petraeus reloads rules of engagement

The top commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday issued updated rules that limit the use of artillery and airstrikes but recognize the right to use firepower in self-defense.

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August 4, 2010

US Senate panel confirms Mattis as Centcom commander

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - A Senate panel on Wednesday voted to confirm General James Mattis as the new head of the U.S. military command overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Coalition, Afghan Forces Capture Taliban Leaders, Others

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have detained more than 50 insurgents in Afghanistan in recent days, including a senior Taliban explosives expert and an arms and drug trafficker, military officials reported.

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Rolling Stone writer denied embed permission

By Anne Gearan - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Aug 4, 2010 14:42:09 EDT

WASHINGTON — The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied permission to join U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

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August 2, 2010

Defense Department Launches 'Lessons Learned' Blog

WASHINGTON - For anyone who has served in the U.S. military, whether in uniform or as a family member, the concept of sharing lessons learned is a familiar one. A new Defense Department blog that launches today seeks to bring those lessons to an accessible online platform.

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Hunter seeks loophole to let troops get smokes

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 2, 2010 17:52:24 EDT

A Marine veteran in Congress wants to lift new restrictions on tobacco being sent through the mail so that families and friends can continue to send cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to troops in combat.

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July 30, 2010

U.S. worried more secret documents may be released

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - U.S. officials are worried about what other secret U.S. documents the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks may possess and have tried to contact the group without success to avoid their release, the State Department said on Friday.

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Petraeus COIN guidance put online, taken down

By Kate Brannen - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jul 30, 2010 17:22:21 EDT

Soon after the new Afghan counterinsurgency guidance issued by Army Gen. David Petraeus went up on two Internet sites, it was pulled off again. But it is not expected to change drastically when it is rereleased publicly.

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Soldier accused of leaks would be tried in U.S.

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jul 30, 2010 14:47:49 EDT

WASHINGTON — The Army says a soldier charged with leaking U.S. war secrets to the Wikileaks website would be tried at a military installation in the Washington area if a general court-martial is ordered.

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Wikileaks Afghanistan: Taliban 'hunting down informants'

The Taliban has issued a warning to Afghans whose names might appear on the leaked Afghanistan war logs as informers for the Nato-led coalition.

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Gates, Mullen: Leakers are endangering troops

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jul 30, 2010 8:49:47 EDT

The Defense Department’s top civilian and military officials blasted the leak and subsequent publication of 91,000 pages of classified documents this week relating to the war in Afghanistan.

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July 29, 2010

WikiLeaks may have blood on its hands, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks may have blood on its hands, the Pentagon said on Thursday, warning its unprecedented leak of secret U.S. military files could cost lives and damage trust of allies.

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WikiLeaks may cause tighter access to secrets

By Kimberly Dozier - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Jul 29, 2010 9:27:24 EDT

WASHINGTON — Call it the big information chill, looming across the military and intelligence communities. After the massive Afghan war data spill by WikiLeaks, some veteran intelligence officers and experts are calling for a tightening of access to information and more monitoring in the spy community's lower levels.

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July 28, 2010

Holbrooke tries to ease lawmakers' Afghan war fears

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - Richard Holbrooke, the top U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, sought on Wednesday to allay growing concerns in Congress over the course of the war, saying the task is difficult but can succeed.

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Document Leaks Could Endanger Afghan Civilians

WASHINGTON - The classified military documents released by the group WikiLeaks.org could not only threaten the lives of U.S. troops, but the Afghan civilians with whom they work, a top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said July 28.

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US general wants Afghan militants branded terrorists

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's pick to lead the U.S. military command overseeing operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere said on Tuesday he wanted top leaders of two major insurgent groups designated as terrorists.

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July 27, 2010

Victory in Afghanistan is possible, Mattis says

By Anne Flaherty - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jul 27, 2010 17:46:44 EDT

WASHINGTON — The general chosen to lead U.S. Central Command said Tuesday that victory in Afghanistan was possible and expressed optimism that troops would start coming home in a year.

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July 25, 2010

US drones kill 12 militants in NW Pakistan

By Ishtiaq Mahsud - Associated Press Writer
Posted : Sunday Jul 25, 2010 14:10:08 EDT

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired missiles at houses in two different parts of northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 12 militants in attacks that occurred hours apart, intelligence officials said.

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July 23, 2010

McChrystal retires in military ceremony

By Anne Flaherty - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Jul 23, 2010 21:38:49 EDT

WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley McChrystal ended his 34-year career as an Army officer Friday in an emotional retirement ceremony at his military headquarters here, marking the last chapter of his swift and stunning fall from grace.

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McChrystal Ends Service With Regret and a Laugh

WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal retired on Friday with the full pageantry of a 17-gun salute, an Army marching band and an emotional send-off from the secretary of defense, but with his own acknowledgment that he was not leaving the military on his own terms.

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July 21, 2010

DoD officials explain new spouse tuition rules

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 11:58:03 EDT

The My Career Advancement Accounts tuition program for military spouses will reopen to new enrollees Oct. 25, with some major restrictions on eligibility and funding, defense officials announced Tuesday.

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Numerous Insurgents Killed, Captured in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Numerous insurgents were killed or captured during recent Afghan-coalition operations conducted across Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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Better NCO Training Boosts Afghan Army's Capabilities

WASHINGTON - The influence of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in the development of Afghanistan's military forces is possibly most apparent in its training regimen.

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July 19, 2010

Language Lab Helps Afghan Air Force Take Off

WASHINGTON - The global air community relies on English as the standard language in the cockpit, which poses a big challenge for getting the Afghan air force off the ground quickly.

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July 16, 2010

DOD yet to proceed on proposed smoking ban

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The future of a smoking ban in the U.S. military remains uncertain a year after it was proposed.

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July 14, 2010

Petraeus wants Taliban in Pakistan on terror list

The new military commander in Afghanistan and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee are urging the State Department to add to its terrorist list some Afghan insurgent commanders who operate from hiding places in neighboring Pakistan.

WASHINGTON —

The new military commander in Afghanistan and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee are urging the State Department to add to its terrorist list some Afghan insurgent commanders who operate from hiding places in neighboring Pakistan.

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July 9, 2010

Officials in Afghanistan Describe Recent Operations

WASHINGTON - Military officials have provided details on numerous recent operations in Afghanistan.

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Pentagon picks Mattis to take over CENTCOM

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jul 9, 2010 14:10:51 EDT

Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis has been recommended by the Defense Department to lead U.S. Central Command.

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July 8, 2010

Command Works on Integrated Training for Afghan Forces

WASHINGTON - NATO Training Mission Afghanistan is developing a system that will help integrate training provided to Afghanistan's security forces and civil servants.

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July 6, 2010

Forces Conduct Operations in Three Afghan Provinces

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international security forces conducted combined operations in Afghanistan's Ghazni, Helmand and Logar provinces last night, detaining a Taliban commander and several suspected insurgents, military officials reported.

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July 2, 2010

Conway eyes additional testing for auto-rifle

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Jul 2, 2010 14:22:15 EDT

Commandant Gen. James Conway has given Marine acquisitions officials approval to buy hundreds of 5.56mm infantry automatic rifles, Marine officials said, but it still isn’t assured the weapon will be widely fielded.

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July 1, 2010

Gates taps maj. gens. for third star

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jul 1, 2010 12:16:23 EDT

The Marine Corps will gain two more three-star generals with the promotions announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates

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June 18, 2010

War zone corruption allegations rise sharply

By Aamer Madhani - USA Today
Posted : Friday Jun 18, 2010 10:27:35 EDT

The U.S. government, which is pressing Iraqi and Afghan leaders to get tough on internal corruption, is doing the same in its ranks.

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June 6, 2010

Gates courts put-out Azerbaijan, a key Afghan hub

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to soothe the put-out authoritarian leader of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic that helps move supplies and soldiers to the war in landlocked Afghanistan.

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June 1, 2010

U.S. stops refueling tanker planes at Manas

By Anne Flaherty and Pauline Jelinek - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jun 1, 2010 17:25:28 EDT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has stopped refueling tanker planes at its Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan as the U.S. renegotiates fuel prices with the Kyrgyz government, officials said Tuesday.

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May 29, 2010

Battle for Kandahar will be non-traditional

By Anne Gearan - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday May 29, 2010 10:33:38 EDT

WASHINGTON — In the make-or-break struggle for Kandahar, birthplace of Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency, U.S. commanders will try to pull off the military equivalent of brain surgery: defeating the militants with minimal use of force.

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May 28, 2010

U.S. toll passes 1,000 deaths in Afghanistan

By Robert H. Reid - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday May 28, 2010 9:06:07 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 at a time when President Barack Obama's strategy to turn back the Taliban is facing its greatest test — an ambitious campaign to win over a disgruntled population in the insurgents' southern heartland.

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May 13, 2010

McChrystal: Months to see results in Kandahar

By Matthew Lee and Pauline Jelinek - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday May 13, 2010 16:59:18 EDT

WASHINGTON — Shortly after the president of Afghanistan walked among the graves of American military who died for his country, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the success or failure of a push for control of an area considered key to winning the war can’t be judged until the end of the year.

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McChrystal: No need for a different medal

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday May 13, 2010 18:14:23 EDT

The top general in Afghanistan said Thursday he believes the concept of “courageous restraint” should be recognized but that a new medal to do so isn’t the answer.

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Afghan Perceptions Key to Success, McChrystal Says

WASHINGTON - Changing the perceptions of the Afghan people about the coalition, their own government and the Taliban will be key to success in that nation, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said here, March 13.

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Cartwright: Expect war for 5-10 more years

By John T. Bennett - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday May 13, 2010 14:14:35 EDT

For the next “five to 10 years,” the military likely will remain engaged in the same kinds of conflicts it has been fighting since 2001, said Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright.

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May 10, 2010

Officials Warn of 'Phishing' Scams Targeting Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Strategic Command officials are urging renewed vigilance against Internet-based identity theft after detecting a widespread "phishing" expedition against service members.

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Defense Media Activity Launches Podcast Widget

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel, the Defense's Department's broadcast vehicle for the latest Defense Department news, has unveiled its latest "widget" for podcasts.

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May 6, 2010

US says too few Afghans to take control in Marjah

WASHINGTON — Not nearly enough trained Afghans are available to take control of key Taliban strongholds like Marjah after the military has pushed out the enemy, U.S. officials told a Senate panel on Thursday.

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May 5, 2010

Obama Signs Veterans, Caregivers Legislation

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2010 – President Barack Obama signed legislation today to improve health care for veterans and to recognize the important role that family caregivers play in the recovery of wounded personnel.

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May 3, 2010

Navy, Marines Need Adaptable People, Gates Says

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., May 3, 2010 – The types and numbers of Navy ships will change, but the quality of the sailors and Marines aboard those ships and serving ashore must endure, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

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Gates: Sea Services Must Question Embedded Thinking

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., May 3, 2010 – The Navy and Marine Corps are going to have to question some embedded thinking, such as whether the Navy needs 11 carrier battle groups or whether the Marines ever will launch another amphibious landing, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

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May 1, 2010

Afghan surge strips UAVs from forces elsewhere

Posted : Saturday May 1, 2010 10:02:01 EDT

The U.S. military has sent so many of its 6,500 UAVs to the Middle East that other operating theaters are going without, says Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Glenn Walters, deputy director for resources and acquisition for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

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April 30, 2010

Training Begins

FORT CARSON, Colo. – The All-Marine Warrior Games Team training camp kicked off with a dinner for athletes and staff April 27, at the Colorado Inn. The team, guests and staff celebrated the beginning of the training, as well as the mark of a new tradition when the games commence May 10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

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April 20, 2010

Face of Defense: Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan, April 20, 2010 – An Afghan National Army Air Corps C-27A Spartan cargo aircraft took off from Kabul International Airport to conduct an International Security Assistance Force mission transporting weapons and cargo for Afghan National Police.

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April 14, 2010

Afghanistan war readiness forces tradeoffs

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Apr 14, 2010 17:07:11 EDT

Equipment and supplies for the 30,000 U.S. ground troops surging into Afghanistan is there waiting for them as a result of an all-out logistics effort, senior military officials said Wednesday.

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April 13, 2010

Gates Expresses Confidence in Continued Manas Access

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 13, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence today that political upheaval in Kyrgyzstan won’t cause the United States to lose use of an air base that’s critical to supplying operations in Afghanistan.

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April 9, 2010

Best military installations honored

One from each branch honored with annual award

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Friday announced the winners of the 2010 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

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April 8, 2010

Counter-IED Organization Concentrates on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 – The number of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan has doubled. So has the number of American casualties.

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Immersion Training Prepares Troops for Reality of War

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 – U.S. Joint Forces Command has developed a computerized training program that immerses ground troops in the sights, sounds and smells of war, officials there say.

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April 5, 2010

Department Employs Cameras in Counterinsurgency Fight

WASHINGTON - In the lead-up to the summer fighting season in Afghanistan, the Defense Department is focused on helping troops counter the threat of makeshift bombs, employing among other things, cameras to catch insurgents in the act of planting explosives, a senior department official said last week.

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Marines Tap Social Sciences In Afghan War Effort

U.S. forces in Afghanistan are using a controversial tool in their efforts to hold the ground recently captured from the Taliban. It is the work of civilian anthropologists and other social science researchers, who advise military commanders on how to win the hearts and minds of local people.

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April 3, 2010

Regional Command East Boosts Security, With Afghan Participation in DoD's Reward Program

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - In order to develop a more secure environment for the people of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan national security forces and coalition forces encourages Afghans to participate in the Department of Defense's Rewards Program.

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April 1, 2010

DoD Unveils Gunslinger Package

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Department of Defense (web) has unveiled a new weapons system that'll be used on the ground in Afghanistan. The Gunslinger Package, as it's known, is designed to help give soldiers an extra set of eyes and ears when it comes to distinguishing friend and foe in a warzone.

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March 31, 2010

Chairman Emphasizes Eliminating Civilian Casualties

KABUL - The coalition record on civilian casualties has improved significantly as a new strategy has gone into place in Afghanistan, but American leaders continue to hammer home how important it is to avoid killing civilians.

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March 30, 2010

Pentagon: Operations Underway Against Taliban in Kandahar

The U.S. Defense Department says efforts to seize control of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar are well underway in advance of what is expected to be a major military operation in June against militants in southern Afghanistan.

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March 16, 2010

New Protocol to Provide Early Brain Injury Detection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Defense Department is rolling out a new set of guidelines for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury among service members in combat areas.

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March 1, 2010

MilitaryHOMEFRONT NFL Players Donation: Privacy Advisory

Note: DoD and MilitaryHOMEFRONT do not endorse the organization sponsoring this donation and do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. Please see detailed Disclaimer statement below.

MilitaryHOMEFRONT is pleased to announce "NEW INFORMATION" about the NFL Players Donation that is available to all Armed Forces personnel, including members of the Reserves, Active Duty, and their families. The program has been extended to military families and veterans for a fourth consecutive year. Through the Victory Sports Group (VSG) sponsorship, and NFL players associated with VSG, military personnel can obtain SAT/ACT Standard Power Prep program(s) for only shipping and handling costs. The SAT/ACT Standard Power Prep programs normally cost $199.00. The SAT/ACT Power programs are available as a DVD ROM set. Families may now use the program for an entire year even if the program is requested the last day of the sponsorship.

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February 27, 2010

DoD opens access to social media sites

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Feb 27, 2010 9:15:28 EST

Users of unclassified .mil computers are now allowed to access social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter — subject to local control if bandwidth demand or web integrity become issues.

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February 26, 2010

DOD Releases Policy for Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities

Today the Department of Defense released a policy memorandum regarding the safe and effective use of Internet-based capabilities, including social networking services (SNS) and other interactive Web 2.0 applications.

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January 7, 2010

Overseas military will have to register again to get ballots this year

By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
Stars and Stripes online edition, Thursday, January 7, 201

WASHINGTON — Military members serving overseas will have to resubmit their voter registration this year if they hope to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections.

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6 tons of illegal drugs seized in Afghanistan

Staff report
Posted : Thursday Jan 7, 2010 13:34:03 EST

Marines and Afghan border police recently seized more than six tons of illegal drugs during operations in southern Afghanistan.

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December 18, 2009

2 million troops have deployed since 9/11

By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Dec 18, 2009 16:30:29 EST

In the eight years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, American troops have deployed almost 3.3 million times to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Defense Department data.

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December 7, 2009

Numerous Lejeune units to deploy in surge

By Dan Lamothe and Trista Talton - Staff writers
Posted : Monday Dec 7, 2009 16:26:51 EST

The Pentagon announced Monday that 8,500 additional Marines will deploy to Afghanistan, including 1,500 by the end of the month as part of battalion task force headed by Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 1st Battalion, 6th Marines.

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October 28, 2009

Postal Service Announces Holiday Mailing Guidelines

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2009 – U.S. Postal Service officials have announced recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

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October 20, 2009

Pentagon Officials Announce 2010 Afghanistan Deployments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2009 – Pentagon officials today announced additional replacement units scheduled to deploy next year to Afghanistan as part of the requirement to maintain the current level of security efforts there, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today.

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October 14, 2009

Marines, Sailors Join Coalition in Exercise

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Oct. 14, 2009 – U.S. Marines and sailors were part of a four-nation coalition that stormed the beaches near here during a major amphibious assault demonstration Oct. 12.

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Marines Spread Good Will With Vet Care

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 14, 2009 – Marines here have brought new meaning to the expression “goat rope” by helping local farmers with free veterinary care for their goats, sheep and cows.

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October 6, 2009

Defense Department Launches Photography Widget

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2009 – American Forces Press Service, the Defense Department’s vehicle for news and feature content on the Defense.gov Web site, has unveiled a “widget” for photographs.

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September 28, 2009

VA to Provide Emergency Checks to Students Awaiting Benefits

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2009 – Checks for up to $3,000 soon will be available to students who have applied for Veterans Affairs educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment

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September 4, 2009

Gates Objects to News Photo of Dying Marine

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the strongest terms in trying to persuade the Associated Press to refrain from running a graphic picture of a Marine taken shortly after the service member was wounded in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today.

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Gates: AP decision 'appalling'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is objecting “in the strongest terms” to an Associated Press decision to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life, calling the decision “appalling” and a breach of “common decency.”

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August 12, 2009

Effort Aims to Secure Southern Afghanistan for Elections

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2009 – Hours into the new Operation Eastern Resolve II in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, defense officials report that U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers are confronting “some resistance” as they work to secure the area for the Aug. 20 elections.

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August 4, 2009

Pentagon reviews social networking on computers

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is reviewing the use of Facebook and other social networking sites on its computers with an eye toward setting rules on how to protect against possible security risks.

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May 7, 2009

Former Marine NCO Takes Military Spouse of the Year Honors

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2009 – Tanya Queiro, a former Marine Corps noncommissioned officer, was named the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year at a ceremony held here today.

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April 30, 2009

DoD Defines New GI Bill Transfer Rules

New GI Bill Transfer Rules Give Members More Control

Servicemembers nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations.

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April 14, 2009

Singer Uses Stage to Bring Attention to Servicemembers’ Sacrifices

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – A former Marine sergeant turned country-music artist is using his newfound fame to urge Americans to do more to support the men and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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April 1, 2009

Gates Signs Policy Change for Dignified Transfer Operations at Dover

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has approved a policy change that, under strictly delineated conditions, allows media filming of dignified transfer operations of fallen servicemembers’ remains at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

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February 17, 2009

DoD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment

Pursuant to President Obama’s decision today, Secretary Gates ordered the deployment of two additional combat units, totaling more than 12,000 troops, to Afghanistan. The 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), from Camp Lejeune, N.C., with approximately 8,000 Marines will deploy to Afghanistan in late Spring 2009.

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February 6, 2009

Toys for Tots Successful Despite Slow Economy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2009 – Sixteen million new toys were distributed to 7.6 million children over the Christmas holiday through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

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February 2, 2009

New GI Bill Carries Different Eligibility, Benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2009 – A series of educational assistance programs administered by the Veterans Affairs Department, commonly called the GI Bill, have helped servicemembers pursue post-secondary learning for decades.

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January 29, 2009

Face of Defense: Country Music Star Earned Stripes in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 – Stephen Cochran was a normal 19-year-old with a dream of making music his life when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks led him down an unplanned path to the Marine Corps.

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January 28, 2009

Navy Honors Civilian Journalist for Saving Marine’s Life

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2009 – A civilian journalist received a top Navy honor in Iraq on Jan. 24 for his heroism in saving a Marine’s life while in Afghanistan.

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January 27, 2009

Marine Corps Museum Attracts Half-million Visitors in 2008

TRIANGLE, Va., Jan. 27, 2009 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps here has maintained its position as a top Virginia attraction, with more than 500,000 visitors recorded in 2008, museum officials said.

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January 7, 2009

DOD expands medal eligibility

By Jeff Schogol and John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. troops serving in Morocco and Burkina Faso or who are helping share intelligence with Turkey are eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

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December 24, 2008

Mullen Uses Trip to Assess Situation in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2008 – The highest-ranking U.S. military officer often says he learns as much from the troops as he does from commanders.

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December 13, 2008

Disability reforms bring higher ratings, faster pay

By Tom Philpott, Special to Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Saturday, December 13, 2008

The pilot for a new, jointly-developed DoD-VA disability evaluation system (DES), set to expand from five to 22 military bases by May, does much of what proponents hoped it would.

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November 20, 2008

Chairman Notes Military Family Appreciation Week

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2008 – Military Family Appreciation Week begins tomorrow, and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a message today noting the observance.

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November 14, 2008

Changes to Leave Act Benefit Wounded Warriors, Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 – Recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act will extend the period of unpaid, job-protected leave that eligible family members can take to care for wounded warrior spouses, Labor Department officials said.

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Pentagon launches its own version of YouTube

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Nov 14, 2008 12:43:37 EST

Eighteen months after banning access to YouTube and other social networking and entertainment sites on Defense Department computers, the Pentagon has launched a site where troops and families can upload and share videos.

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November 12, 2008

Troop Support Group Launches New Web Site

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2008 – A troop-support group that provides education on the brain’s and body’s natural responses to stress launched its redesigned Web site yesterday.
“Our Web site is completely redesigned to power our mission of providing the best education, training and resources for supporting strength and resilience in all areas of military life,” said Elizabeth Hawkins, executive director of “One Freedom.”

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November 3, 2008

Warrior Care: Compensation, Benefits Handbook Consolidates Warrior Care Information

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said a new handbook is another step in improving the care and support wounded, ill or injured troops and their families deserve. The handbook compiles the myriad information they need in one succinct, easy-to-read publication.

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October 15, 2008

DoD to hold family support summit Oct. 20

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 15, 2008 12:51:27 EDT

Troops and family members are invited to join a live Oct. 20 Webcast of a Pentagon summit meeting that will explore the best ways to support families of service members who are killed, seriously wounded or become ill or injured.

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October 5, 2008

DOD, YMCA team up to offer free memberships

Sunday, October 5, 2008
Stars and Stripes

The Department of Defense has announced free family memberships for many servicemembers and their families at participating YMCAs. The new program is effective immediately.

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October 2, 2008

Officials Urge Military Voters to Send in Absentee Ballots

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2008 – Overseas-deployed servicemembers and other troops serving outside their home states need to fill out and forward their absentee ballots so their votes can be counted as part of the Nov. 4 federal and state elections, Defense Department officials said today.

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September 16, 2008

DoD announces new Afghanistan rotation

By Bryan Mitchell - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 16, 2008 9:57:26 EDT

Up to 2,000 Marines will deploy to Afghanistan in November to replace the 3,400 leathernecks scheduled to return home in the coming months, the Defense Department announced Monday.

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September 15, 2008

Defense Department Announces New Forces for Afghanistan Mission

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2008 – The Defense Department announced today the deployment of two additional units to Afghanistan, following up on President Bush’s announcement last week that he will beef up the U.S. presence there while reducing it in Iraq.

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September 9, 2008

Bush Announces Iraq Troop Cut

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C., Sept. 9, 2008 – The United States will continue to reduce its troop strength in Iraq, but will increase its footprint in Afghanistan, President Bush said here today.

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September 5, 2008

Deadlines Approach for Absentee Voting

SCHINNEN, Netherlands, Sept. 5, 2008 – With the Democratic and Republican national conventions now behind us, the 2008 presidential campaign enters the home stretch as Americans look toward Election Day, Nov. 4.

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August 20, 2008

Afflicted Soldier Exemplifies ‘America’s Heroes at Work’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2008 – After being medically retired from the Army last year as a result of mental wounds he suffered in Iraq, Michael Bradley faced a daunting challenge that would later prove pivotal in his recovery: holding down a job in the civilian world.

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August 12, 2008

Official Travelers Can Claim Reimbursement for Excess Baggage Fees

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2008 – Servicemembers traveling for official business, including deployments, will continue to receive full reimbursement for reasonable, authorized excess baggage fees, defense officials said.

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June 13, 2008

Flag Day: Four Personal Perspectives

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2008 – Tomorrow the United States observes National Flag Day, an annual tribute to the American flag, the ideals it stands for and the sacrifices made to preserve them.

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May 5, 2008

President's Proclamation Honors Troops' Spouses

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2008 – Military spouses embody the courage, nobility of duty, and love of country that inspire every American. On Military Spouse Day, we pay tribute to the husbands and wives who support their spouses in America's Armed Forces during times of war and peace.
The legacy of military spouses began when colonial Americans were fighting for independence. Martha Washington boosted the morale of her husband's troops by visiting battlefields and tending to the wounded. Since then, members of our Armed Forces have served our Nation accompanied by the steadfast love and support of their spouses and families.

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April 3, 2008

Department to Phase Out Full Social Security Numbers on IDs

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2008 – As a means of combating identity theft, the Defense Department will issue identification cards without full Social Security numbers printed onto them, a senior official said here today.

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March 16, 2008

America Supports You: Award Honors Military Moms

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2008 – A new award administered by troop support groups and sponsored by a major corporation aims to recognize the sacrifices made by military moms.
The Operation Homefront Military Motherhood Award will provide the winner with $5,000 and a free trip to the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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March 10, 2008

DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Kelly from Iraq

BRYAN WHITMAN (deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Public Affairs): Yeah, let's go for it. It is 9:00. Let me thank you all for returning this week and see if we got General Kelly, if he can hear me okay. General Kelly, it's Bryan Whitman at the Pentagon. How are you?

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February 26, 2008

DoD: Hot line calls rise 40 percent every year

By Gregg Zoroya - USA Today
Posted : Tuesday Feb 26, 2008 6:06:57 EST

Rows of hot line operators with muted voices mask the desperation of incoming calls on a recent afternoon: a soldier back from Iraq with a drinking problem and a broken marriage; an Army recruiter in the throes of depression; a Marine in Iraq eager to reach his wife after the birth of his son.

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January 15, 2008

Marine Deployment to Afghanistan ‘One-Time Deal,’ Official Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2008 – The deployment of 3,200 U.S. Marines to Afghanistan this spring represents a one-time troop movement that partially fulfills a long-time request by NATO commanders for additional forces, a senior Pentagon spokesman said here today.

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December 18, 2007

Red Cross to Deliver Holiday Cards to Wounded

This holiday season, the American Red Cross will make sure holiday greetings generically addressed to wounded servicemembers at military medical facilities around the country will find a home.

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September 14, 2007

Why We Serve: U.S. Helping Iraqis to Achieve Freedom, Marine Says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – When people ask him why the U.S. military should be helping Iraq establish a free and stable society, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy M. de Vries cites how France helped the American colonies gain their independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

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New Center Makes Good on Military’s Commitment to Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – The new Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here represents “an evolution in how we embrace, treat and honor,” wounded warriors, the Army vice chief of staff said at yesterday’s opening ceremony.

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September 13, 2007

New Amputee Care Center Opens at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2007 – Army National Guard Spc. Marco Robledo wants to go home to Arkansas in November standing on his own two feet. A roadside bomb claimed the combat engineer’s left leg and arm in Iraq in May. Since then, he has been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

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America Supports You: Troops Invited to Submit Original Songs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2007 – The Dallas Songwriters Association is inviting aspiring songwriters who happen to wear a military uniform to enter their original tunes in its 2007/2008 “Songs from the Soul of Service” contest.

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September 12, 2007

Bush Nominates Mattis to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2007 – President Bush has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis to receive his fourth star and to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday.

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August 6, 2007

Senate Confirms Mullen, Cartwright for Top Military Positions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2007 – The Senate confirmed Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen and Marine Corps Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively, Aug. 3.

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May 14, 2007

Defense Department Blocks Internet Sites to Protect Grid

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2007 – The Defense Department is blocking access to many popular Internet sites from department-owned computers due to bandwidth issues, U.S. Strategic Command officials said today.

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April 18, 2007

DoD Announces Program to Recognize Frequent Deployment

The Department of Defense announced today a program to recognize service members who deploy or mobilize beyond the established rotation policy goals. The goals for the Active and Guard/Reserve units are one year deployed to two years at home station (1:2) and one year mobilized to five years demobilized (1:5) respectively.

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April 5, 2007

Department Of Defense Announces Partnership With The Florida Agency For Health Care Administration

The Department of Defense, together with Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, has partnered to pursue an interoperable network for sharing electronic medical information. This marks the first time that DoD has formed a network with and a non-federal entity to share electronic medical records.

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March 27, 2007

Marine Reservists Involuntarily Recalled

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is recalling 1,800 reservists to active duty, citing a shortage of volunteers to fill some jobs in Iraq.

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March 26, 2007

Marines to Alert 1,800 Individual Ready Reservists for Reactivation

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2007 – Over the next week, 1,800 Individual Ready Reserve Marines will receive notice from the Marine Corps that they are needed in Iraq, an official announced today.

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March 23, 2007

DoD Investigates Hacking of Troops’ Personal Computers

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2007 – Defense Department officials have launched an investigation into recent computer hackings of servicemembers’ home computers that compromised personal information and led to the redirection of funds from their military pay accounts.

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February 20, 2007

PBS Documentary ‘The Marines’ Captures Corps’ Values

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2007 – “The Marines,” a PBS documentary highlighting the history and heart of the smallest branch of the U.S. armed services, airs tomorrow on PBS stations nationwide at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
Filmmakers given access to Marine Corps training facilities in Parris Island, S.C.; Quantico, Va.; and Twentynine Palms, Calif., aimed to capture how a warrior culture and ethos is instilled at the Marine Corps the moment a recruit arrives at boot camp.

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January 21, 2007

12 U.S. Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2007 – Twelve U.S. soldiers were killed when the Blackhawk helicopter in which they were riding crashed northeast of Baghdad Saturday afternoon, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.
Initial reports erroneously claimed that 13 individuals were killed, officials said.

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January 12, 2007

Medal of Honor Recipient Honored at Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2007 – The second servicemember to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in the Iraq war was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes today.

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November 13, 2006

Rumsfeld Welcomes New Marine Corps Commandant

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2006 – The Defense Department’s top civilian welcomed the Marine Corps’ new commandant today during a change-of-command ceremony at the Marine Barracks here.

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November 6, 2006

President, Senate Recognize National Veterans Awareness Week

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2006 – President Bush officially declared this week National Veterans Awareness Week and urged all Americans to honor veterans who “stepped forward when America needed them most.”

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August 28, 2006

Summer Reading Program wraps up with 'Pirate' party

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (Aug. 28, 2006) -- This year’s Summer Reading Program, coordinated by Marine Corps Community Services here, and the Base Library, officially came to end Aug. 12 during an official Wrap Up Party held in the Reading Room of the library. The festivities began at 1 p.m. and ended at 2 p.m.

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August 21, 2006

Bush: U.S. Will Assist U.N. Stabilization Plan In Lebanon

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2006 – The United States will provide funding and other assistance to support a U.N. plan to end warfare between Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel, President Bush said here today.
Recently passed U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 has authorized a 15,000-strong international force to deploy as a buffer between Israel and Hezbollah. A brokered cease-fire has reduced fighting between the two antagonists after they fought a month-long trans-border battle using rockets, mortars and ground troops.

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August 18, 2006

DoD tightens parameters on Web logs

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – (Aug. 18, 2006) -- Before “blogging” was a household word, Marines and sailors used word-of-mouth, underground newsletters or television interviews to discuss concerns and state their sentiments for their beloved Corps. Today, some service members are using Web blogs on the World Wide Web to converse on several topics, including personal views on the war and opinions about their chain of command. Devil dogs and seamen must know the guidelines just released by the Department of Defense before typing their next blog entry.

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August 16, 2006

Navy Christens New Amphibious Assault Ship Makin Island

The U.S. Navy will christen Makin Island, the newest and last ship in the Wasp-class of amphibious assault ships, on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss.

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August 8, 2006

Missing WWII Marine is Identified

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that a U.S. Marine missing in action from World War II has been identified and is being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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July 13, 2006

Navy Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Green Bay

The Navy will christen the newest San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Docking ship Green Bay at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, July 15, 2006, during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems – Avondale Operations, Avondale, La.

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July 11, 2006

Pace Talks About Immigrants in the Military

MIAMI - The nation's top general testified emotionally Monday about the importance of immigrants in the military, recalling his father's struggles as an Italian immigrant and his own service in Vietnam.

Marine Gen. Peter Pace paused several times as he spoke at a Senate committee hearing on immigration and appeared choked up as he discussed his parents' hardships and his siblings' success now.

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July 7, 2006

DoD Makes Changes to Qualifications for TRICARE Reserve Select

The Department of Defense announced today the eligibility determination period for the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program, and as a result, every member of the selected reserve will now have the option to purchase their health coverage from TRICARE.

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June 27, 2006

Guam educators planning for influx of Marine families, DODEA planning to hire staff, expand infrastructure

By Teri Weaver, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Tuesday, June 27, 2006

U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL, GUAM — Like most other military and Guam governmental agencies, Guam’s military school system awaits details to begin planning the major construction and staffing increases needed as 8,000 Marines come to the island.

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June 26, 2006

Pentagon Display Honors Military Chaplains

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2006 – A new display commemorating the service of military chaplains was dedicated June 23 in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, speaks during an exhibit dedication ceremony to military chaplains at the Pentagon, June 23. The display is the first in the Pentagon to specifically honor chaplains. It consists of four backlit panels that highlight the accomplishments and service of military chaplains. It is located on the fifth floor of the building's A ring

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June 21, 2006

Marines, Sailor Face Charges in Iraqi Civilian's Death

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2006 – Seven Marines and a sailor were charged today with kidnapping, murder and conspiracy in connection with the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania, Iraq, in late April.

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June 20, 2006

DoD Establishes Mental Health Task Force

The Department of Defense announced today the formation of a congressionally-directed task force to examine matters related to mental health and the Armed Forces.

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June 14, 2006

DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Ham from the Pentagon -- excerpt: regarding Ramadi

GEN. HAM: Good afternoon. ..
...And with that, I'd be glad to take your questions. Please, sir.

Q General, President Bush said today that Iraqi and U.S. forces are working to restore security in Ramadi. Could you tell us specifically what's being done in Ramadi? Also, the U.S. military death toll is nearing 2,500, and could you give us your thoughts on the mounting toll?

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June 8, 2006

Coalition Forces Kill Top Terrorist in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 8, 2006 – Jordanian terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi died in an air strike north of Baghdad yesterday evening, U.S. officials have confirmed.

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June 6, 2006

Commentary: Soldiers, Marines Drive on Through Adversity

HIT, Iraq, June 6, 2006 – The soldiers and Marines here put up with more adversity in their deployment than most Americans will see in a lifetime. And they do it with a great attitude.

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June 4, 2006

Marine Adviser Building Iraqi 'Super Company' in Hit Region

HIT, Iraq, June 4, 2006 – Bringing the Iraqi army to the lead in the country's beleaguered Anbar province is a tough assignment. But Marines assigned to the military transition team at Firm Base 4 here have taken it on.

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May 31, 2006

Ogden Cooks Serve Hot Meals in Iraq

Culinary specialists assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) are cooking four daily meals aboard Iraq 's Al Basrah (ABOT) and Khawr Al Amaya (KAAOT) Oil Terminals for the Sailors assigned to Mobile Security Detachment (MSD) 71.

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May 30, 2006

President Signs New Tax Legislation for Military Personnel

On May 29, President Bush signed the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow service members to still exclude their military compensation from federal income tax, but also contribute to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) while serving in a combat zone tax exclusion area.

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April 3, 2006

Eight Marines, One Sailor Killed in Iraq Incidences

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2006 – Eight Marines and a sailor died in two separate incidents in Iraq yesterday. Three servicemembers also are missing after a vehicle accident in floodwaters, military officials reported today.
A U.S. Marine Corps 7-ton truck rolled over in a flash flood near Asad, resulting in five Marines dead, one injured, and two Marines and one sailor missing. The vehicle was on a combat logistics convoy in Anbar province with eight Marines and one Navy corpsman on board.

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January 27, 2006

Iraqi Army Division Takes Security Lead in Two Provinces


WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2006 – The 8th Iraqi Army Division now has responsibility for military operations across two large provinces, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad yesterday.

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International Coalition Strong Heading into Fifth Year

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 27, 2006 – Just one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, nations around the world mobilized and formed a military coalition. Their goal: to combat global terrorism.

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January 26, 2006

Marine Corps Special Ops Will Add to Military Capability, Commander Says


WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2006 – The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, the newest addition to the special operations community, will be a complementary force that will ease the strain on other services' elite units and will contribute to the nation's readiness in the global war on terror, the new unit's commander said here today.

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January 24, 2006

Military Culture Must Change for 'Long War'


As the United States confronts terrorism, military personnel have to make a cultural shift as they fight what officials now call "the Long War," senior DoD officials said.

Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview that the generation of servicemembers entering the military today must focus on how the United States will deal with extremist networks that threaten America and its allies.

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January 23, 2006

U.S., Coalition Efforts Helping Improve Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2006 – Humanitarian efforts continue in Afghanistan as coalition forces helped remove snow from impassable roads and built "hygiene facilities" at a small school. In addition, international diplomats visited a provincial reconstruction team Jan. 21.

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America Supports You: Virginia Group Supports Wounded Troops, Families

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2006 – Wounded servicemembers have an extra helping hand thanks to Operation First Response, a group specializing in providing them supplies and funds during their recuperation.

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Bush: Progress Continues in Terror War, But Threat Remains


WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2006 – President Bush said today he will listen to military ground commanders, not polls or focus groups, when making decisions about force levels in Iraq.

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Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue Operation Koa Canyon

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2006 – Eight days of back-breaking searches through villages and fields along the western Euphrates River Valley have yielded thousands of pieces of ordnance as Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines continue Operation Koa Canyon in Iraq's Anbar province. (22nd MEU)

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Commentary: Bond of Wounded Warriors Crosses Generations

BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Texas, Jan. 23, 2006 – "Hey doc, when am I going upstairs? Hey doc, this bed is uncomfortable, when am I going to be admitted?"

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January 22, 2006

Actor Discusses Support for Troops, Iraqi Children

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2006 – When not appearing on the CBS show "CSI: New York" as Detective Mac Taylor, actor Gary Sinise devotes much of his time to raising support for U.S. troops.

Sinise, who is planning his third trip to Iraq with the United Service Organizations, appeared on ABC's "This Week" today to talk about his new venture to help the children who have felt the effects of the war in Iraq.

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January 10, 2006

Operations Security and Internet Safety

OPSEC- great thing to reaccquaint yourself with.

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December 5, 2005

Rumsfeld: Quitting Is No Option in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2005 – Quitting in Iraq before the mission is finished would be an invitation to more terrorist violence against the United States, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

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Corps of Engineers Restructures Contracting Support in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2005 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engine