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By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 — The Defense Department has launched a comparison calculator for eligible service members to analyze their estimated retirement benefits under the legacy system and the new Blended Retirement System.

The tool walks members through five screens, allowing users to adjust 12 data fields and compare benefit scenarios under both systems, Air Force Maj. Michael Odle, the Defense Department's assistant director of military compensation policy, explained.

By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WEST POINT, N.Y., June 16, 2016 - The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began yesterday evening when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event's opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy. 

"Being selected to light the torch is as much an honor and privilege as competing for Team Army," Elmlinger said. "Finishing my Warrior Games career as Team Army captain and lighting the torch at the opening ceremony is by far the most amazing experience. It's humbling to see the support from the Warrior Transition Command throughout my time on Team Army, and I graciously thank them for allowing me to participate as torch bearer in this event."

By Karen Parrish
DoD News, Defense Media Activity 

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2016 - The Defense Department's new retirement system will affect some 2.2 million people who all need to get smart on what it will mean.

Two subject-matter experts from the department's personnel and readiness branch described the issues involved to DoD News: Army Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the Defense Department's Manpower and Reserve Affairs Division, and Wayne Boswell, DoD's director of financial readiness. 

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 - In the face of recent aggressive and deceptive marketing practices of some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking aggressive action to help TRICARE beneficiaries, DHA's chief of pharmacy operations said in a recent interview.

Dr. George Jones described compounding as a way that some pharmacies prepare medications for patients who need different kinds or strengths of medications than are available in commercially available products.

By C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 - An initial Army investigation into the whereabouts of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl following his disappearance in June 2009 did not conclude that he voluntarily left his installation, an Army official, speaking on background, said today.

"My recollection is that it didn't make a conclusive finding on that," the official said. 

From an Arlington National Cemetery News Release

ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2014 - A special program will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery on June 15.

"Arlington at 150" is an hour-long live military show featuring musical performances by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band and a joint chorus composed of singers from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are on tap, as well as a wreath ceremony and historical vignettes that showcase how military conflicts have shaped the nation and the cemetery.

Wholesale Party Supplies is excited to announce the start of our Military Discount Program.

Wholesale Party Supplies is proud to support all active and inactive members of the United States Military, and their families, by offering a 10% discount on our entire inventory. We're well-aware of the sacrifices made by our soldiers, and we'd like to extend this special deal as our way of saying "Thanks for all that you do."

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 - A senior Pentagon official often requests grilled cheese with mustard and pickles, but these chefs will never divulge the individual's identity.

A long time supporter of veterans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture honored D-Day veterans and all service members today at the 19th annual USDA Farmers Market Opening. On hand were the military's top chefs, who keep the secrets of the senior leaders for whom they cook.

by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

*WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- *Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer.

The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity within the Air Force community. The program was standardized across the Air Force in March 2006 to address the needs of all military families with special emphasis on support to families across the deployment cycle. 

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 - First Lady Michelle Obama today announced an initiative to end homelessness among veterans in cities across the country by 2015.

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a partnership between the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, and it harnesses the power of federal, local and nonprofit resources.

Producers from Lighthearted Entertainment are looking for women in the Southern California area. You will be made over by world-class makeup and hair experts as well as fashion stylists giving you the look of your dreams. When the makeover is complete you will then have the chance to work with a life coach whose goal is to help you accomplish a life goal, dream, or just help you get your groove back!

All expenses related to the makeovers and life coaching will be on us!

Now casting military women/moms/wives in southern California with amazing personalities for a new gameshow!!

Do you want to be a millionaire?

Do you have bills that need to be paid?

6/28/2013 - TriCARE Release  

Understanding TRICARE health care options for National Guard and Reserve members can be confusing as it varies based on their duty status. When a member suffers or aggravates an injury, illness or disease while in a qualifying duty status, they may be eligible to receive care at the government's expense.

When activated for more than 30 days, Guard and Reserve members are eligible for TRICARE Prime. If a Guard or Reserve member gets injured or aggravates an existing injury or illness as a direct result of his or her duties during a period of activation less than 30 days, that Guard or Reserve member may be covered under line of duty (LOD) care or notice of eligibility (NOE) care for members of the Coast Guard. Weekend drill, summer training exercises and/or national disaster response are examples of activations for less than 30 days. For care received from a civilian provider, the Military Medical Support Office (MMSO) reviews the LOD/NOE case. For care received at a military hospital or clinic, the facility where care is received reviews the LOD/NOE case.

By Karen ParrishAmerican Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 - About 50,000 service members will get refunds averaging $100 -- though some will be far higher --- after an enforcement action involving auto loans that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials announced today.

The bureau is ordering U.S. Bank and one of its nonbank partners, Dealers Financial Services, to return about $6.5 million to service members across the country, CFPB Director Richard Cordray told reporters during a conference call today.

From a Department of Labor News Release

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 - More than 14,000 veterans across the nation will benefit from job training, job placement, housing help and other services, thanks to 121 grants totaling almost $29 million announced today by officials of the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service.

The grants were awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of homeless veterans.

We're searching for a fun-loving military family to follow on an all-expenses paid road trip for 4-7 days in August. Ideally, we're looking for a family where one or both parents, or a son or daughter, currently or recently has served in the U.S. military. Our 3-person camera crew would film you and your family on the road and as you experience various destinations throughout the trip.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please respond to the questions below. We are looking for thoughtful, positive and well-spoken people, so please take your time with the application and answer all questions.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 463-13
June 25, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that a soldier, missing from the Vietnam War, has been accounted for and will be buried with full military honors along with two of his crew members.

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va. 6/24/13) - 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.

InTransition, a voluntary, confidential program, supports military members and their families undergoing a change of status, relocation, or return to civilian life, said George Lamb, outreach chief for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

By Jessica Pellegrini
Armed Services Blood Program

FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 24, 2013 - The Armed Services Blood Program is launching its summer donation drive next week.

"Our summer campaign this year is a service-specific campaign," said Julie Oliveri, ASBP's communications and marketing director. "In this way, we hope to ensure our military family is 'armed' with the blood products needed for those who are ill or injured."

Starting July 1 and ending Sept. 30, the campaign will be deployed at 23 donor centers on Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps installations worldwide.

Terry Fator captures the hearts and funny bones of America with Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment. The "America's Got Talent" winner brings to life a cast of characters with comedy, singing and unparalleled celebrity impressions. Through comedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars spanning generations and genres, Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment is a one-of-a-kind experience, only at The Mirage.

Terry Fator thanks our troops with special offers and an exclusive Military Family Grand Prize Package. You and three members of your family could have the chance to go to Las Vegas courtesy of American Airlines, stay at The Mirage for 2 nights and see Terry perform live in his show, Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment.

By Carol Casto,
Commander, Navy Installations Command Navy Housing

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As the Navy's Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) reaches its first year, Navy Housing is already working on upgrades to be implemented over the next several years.

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Navy Housing launched HEAT, the online tool for service members and their families to request housing information and begin the military family housing application process, in July 2012.

By Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel,
Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy is moving forward to open all positions previously closed to the assignment of women, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

Navy's implementation plan, submitted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and acknowledged by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has now been submitted for Congressional notification.

Request for participants: Male Military Spouses: The Impact of Military Involvement, Gender Roles, and Coping Style on Deployment Related Distress

You are being asked to participate in an online survey format, research study conducted by Sandra Diaz, M.S., a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA, under the supervision of Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza, Ph.D. The purpose of this dissertation study is to investigate male spouse's distress in response to the deployment of their military spouse.

By Chanel S. Weaver
U.S. Army Public Health Command

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., June 6, 2013 - High grass creates an ideal habitat for hungry ticks, and also provides the potential to cause serious human and animal disease.

Ticks can thrive in long grasses, according to Ellen Stromdahl, an entomologist with the U.S. Army Public Health Command here.

Brief explanation of study procedures: Participants are needed to complete a survey for doctoral research being done through Capella University in the School of Public Service Leadership.  The study will examine how a military spouse's level of role salience and balance of roles may affect their satisfaction with life. You will be asked to rate the importance of your roles along with your satisfaction with life.

By Amaani LyleAmerican Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 - The National Park Service extends free annual park passes far beyond the droves of Pentagon employees who lined up to take advantage of the offer today.

Through its America the Beautiful series, the National Park Service grants complimentary access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, national parks and wildlife refuges to active duty service members and activated Guardsmen and reservists and their families, said Kathy Kupper, National Park Service spokeswoman.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 529-12
June 25, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Emil T. Wasilewski of Chicago will be buried on June 26 at Arlington National Cemetery.  On Sept. 13, 1944, Wasilewski and eight other crew members were on a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near Neustaedt-on-the-Werra, Germany.  Only one of the crewmen is known to have successfully parachuted out of the aircraft before it crashed.  The remaining eight crewmen were buried by German forces in a cemetery in Neustaedt.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 519-12
June 20, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Capt. Clyde W. Campbell of Longview, Texas, will be buried June 21 at Arlington National Cemetery.  On March 1, 1969, Campbell was a pilot aboard an A-1J Skyraider aircraft that crashed while carrying out a close air-support mission in Houaphan Province, Laos.  American forward air controllers directing the mission in the area reported hearing an explosion that they believed to be Campbell's bombs, but later learned Campbell's aircraft had crashed.  No parachutes were seen in the area.

David Quinlan
Q13 FOX News reporter

Lakewood Wa - Con artists claiming to be from a military charity group called Freedom United States have been running a scam in Lakewood, playing on people’s emotions to donate money supposedly to honor fallen soldiers. The money goes into their pockets instead.

Lakewood police were trying to track them down Monday, when the con artists were going door to door in Lakewood seeking donations.

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 - Some 8,600 homeless veterans will benefit from $15 million in grant money for job training through the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said today.

The Labor Department has awarded the money to 64 organizations that help America's veterans, DOL officials said. The grant, officials added, will go to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and similar groups that are familiar with their homeless veteran populations, and have shown they can provide help for them.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 513-12
June 19, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, were identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Cpl. Robert I. Wax of Detroit will be buried June 20 at Arlington National Cemetery.  In August 1950, Wax and Battery A, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, were fighting against North Korean forces in a battle known as the "Bloody Gulch," near Pongam-ni, South Korea.  After the battle, on Aug. 11, 1950, Wax was listed as missing in action.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 494-12
June 14, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a group burial honoring Walling and fellow crew member, Maj. Aado Kommendant of Lakewood, N.J., at Arlington National Cemetery, on Aug. 8 -- the 46th anniversary of the crash that took their lives.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 464-12
June 05, 2012

The Department of Defense announces that the United States and India have agreed to resume remains recovery activities in parts of Northeastern India.

The Department assesses that there are approximately 400 unaccounted-for service members from some 90 aircraft crashes in the area during World War II.

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2012 - A major retirement savings tool available to all service members and DOD civilians is the Thrift Savings Plan, and soon there will be a new way to save for retirement -- the Roth TSP, a senior Defense Department official said.

The Roth TSP, which uses after-tax dollars, will begin phased implementation this month for the Marine Corps, and in July for DOD civilians, said Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department's Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth.

By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 - Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced today.

The new campaign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals, recognize service during Operation New Dawn in Iraq and the Consolidation III campaign phase in Afghanistan.

NEWS RELEASE: 11-032
June 29, 2011

DALLAS - With a value proposition of "You Save. We Give Back" and a mission to provide military shoppers with quality goods and services at competitively low prices, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has to work double-time to deliver the savings troops have come to expect.

Military shoppers trying to squeeze the most out of their dollar, of course, have an edge thanks to the tax-free advantage they find at the Exchange. But the Exchange can save troops and their families even more thanks to Market Price Coordinators  whose main duty is to compare the prices of top sellers in key categories with local competition at least once a month.

By Elaine Sanchez 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2011 - In an effort to address military spouses' employment challenges, the Defense Department today launched a program to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the skills and talents they bring to the employment table.

Flanked by military spouses and corporate leaders, top government and military officials unveiled the Military Spouse Employment Partnership during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here. The partnership encompasses more than 70 employers who have committed to opening their doors to spouse employment.

By Karen Parrish 
American Forces Press Service

MCLEAN, Va., June 29, 2011 - The parents of a Marine Corps sergeant killed in Afghanistan accepted a posthumous National Intelligence Medal for Valor on their son's behalf at the National Intelligence Directorate headquarters here today.

Sgt. Lucas T. Pyeatt, 24, a signals intelligence team leader from West Chester, Ohio, died Feb. 5 during combat operations in Helmand province. He was assigned to the 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

By Julia LeDoux 
Fort Belvoir Public Affairs Office

FORT BELVOIR, Va., June 28, 2011 - Officials gathered here yesterday to break ground on a USO center that will offer a "home away from home" to wounded warriors and their families.

The event also marked the official launch of Operation Enduring Care, USO's $100 million support initiative.

By Cheryl Pellerin 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2011 - A new program called Hero Health Hire is the health care industry's commitment to make jobs available to some of the 10,000 wounded warriors who transition each month from the military into the workforce.

The 2011 Hero Health Hire Employment Summit, held here today, brought together senior government officials and military leaders, federal and local legislators, and health care industry representatives.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 539-11 
June 22, 2011

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of five Army Air Forces servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 531-11 
June 20, 2011

Airman Missing in Action From WWII Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Staff Sgt. Marvin J. Steinford, of Keystone, Iowa, will be buried on June 21 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On March 24, 1945, Steinford, along with nine other crew members, bailed out of their B-17G Flying Fortress bomber over Gic, Hungary. It had been hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire while on a bombing mission over Germany. Steinford and another crew member were struck by small arms fire while parachuting into a firefight between Soviet and German forces. The remains of the other  crew member were found after the war where they had been buried by Hungarian villagers. The remaining eight members of the aircrew were captured by the Germans, held as POWs, and released at the end of the war.

According to accounts gathered by U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel in the late 1940s, Steinford's body was seen beside a German tank near Gic, but no further details about his exact whereabouts were recorded. Growing tensions in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe closed off further U.S. access to Hungary.

In January 2003, in an effort to develop archival leads in Hungary from the Vietnam War, Korean and Cold Wars and World War II, a U.S. commissioner with the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs met with Hungarian officials in Budapest. Additional follow-up in Hungary by a DPMO researcher began to uncover specific information related to Steinford's loss. A second DPMO staff member, assisted by Hungarian academics and researchers, discovered archives and interviewed villagers who related first-hand information about the B-17G crash. Shortly thereafter the U.S. Embassy in Budapest notified DPMO that a local cemetery director had information directly related to Steinford.

He related that during a 2004 excavation and transfer of Soviet soldiers' remains at a war memorial and grave site in the city of Zirc, Hungarian workers discovered remains with a set of identification tags that bore Steinford's name. The dog tags were removed and all remains were transferred to another site on the outskirts of Zirc. What was believed to be Steinford's remains were marked with the Hungarian word "Cedulas," [translation: the one with the tags] and reburied. The dog tags were returned to U.S. officials in March 2005.

From 2005 through late 2007, DPMO facilitated negotiations between U.S., Hungarian and Russian officials. Finally, in December 2007, the U.S. chairman of the commission secured agreement with the Russian first deputy minister of defense to allow a July 2009 exhumation from the war memorial site by specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC used dental comparisons in the identification of Steinford's remains.

At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover and identify approximately 79,000 Americans. Today, more than 73,000 are unaccounted-for from the conflict.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo. Photos are available of Steinford and can be obtained by calling 703-699-1169.

Airman Missing in Action From WWII Identified [ http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14590 ]

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 523-11 
June 17, 2011

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force 1st Lt. David A. Thorpe of Seneca Falls, N.Y., will be buried June 23 at Arlington National Cemetery. On Oct. 3, 1966, Thorpe's C-130E, with four other men aboard, failed to arrive at Nha Trang Air Base following their departure from Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam. Rescue personnel found their remains at the crash site in South Vietnam eight days later approximately 40 miles west of Nha Trang. The cause of the crash is not known.

*IMMEDIATE RELEASE* *No. 518-11 
June 16, 2011*

The Army announced today the promotion of a soldier listed as Missing-Captured while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom to the rank of sergeant effective June 12, 2011.

Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 25, is assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

By Elaine Sanchez 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2011 - WASHINGTON, June 14, 2011 ? The entertainment industry can help to shine the light on military families by incorporating their compelling stories into movies and television, First Lady Michelle Obama said yesterday during a panel discussion hosted by the entertainment guilds in Los Angeles.

Speaking to an audience of about 500 producers, writers, actors and directors, the first lady discussed her "Joining Forces" military-support campaign and how Hollywood can play a role in her quest to stir up national support for military families.

Hi there,

We are looking for people with a friend or family member who is on activeduty in one of the branches of our military that will be returning homesoon and have beat up/clunker/junker cars.

The Speed Channel want to surprise them upon their return with a car theycan be proud to drive.

June 10, 2011 - Elite Warrior Training Center (EWT) of Woodstock, IL recently announced that a portion of proceeds from its REAL Results for a Cause - a weight loss and nutrition program - will benefit military charities.

REAL Results for a Cause is designed to help non-profit organizations raise money while encouraging healthy eating habits and lifestyles among their members. The program offers a 35-Day REAL Food Meal Plan focused on helping participants lose weight and develop a lifetime of healthy eating habits. It includes over 100 recipes, 35-days of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, convenient lists for Go For It foods and No-No foods, and more.

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.

State Liaison and Educational Opportunity, an office of military community and family policy here, today announced that 16 states have adopted laws, or are close to doing so, to make it easier for military spouses to work in their career fields.

By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 - A month after the Veterans Affairs Department began processing applications for primary family caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans, officials report steady progress toward delivering the new services and benefits.

VA began processing applications for new services May 9, four days after President Barack Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 into law.

By Elaine Sanchez 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 - Defense Department libraries have launched a summer reading program in the hopes of inspiring children -- and adults -- of all ages to read throughout the summer.

Visitors to libraries on 270 military installations around the world are invited to join "A Midsummer Knight's Read," an activity-packed reading program with a medieval twist.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 500-11 June 13, 2011

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Cpl. A.V. Scott, 27, of Detroit, Mich., will be buried June 22 at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On Feb. 12, 1951, Scott's unit, the 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was supplying friendly forces approximately 70 miles east of Seoul, South Korea, when Chinese Communist units attacked the area and forced a withdrawal. Scott was captured by enemy forces and marched north to a prisoner-of-war camp in Suan County, North Korea. Surviving POWs  within the camp reported Scott died in April 1951.

By Elaine Sanchez 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 - When Army Staff Sgt. Hayford Owusu deployed to Afghanistan in April, he knew he'd be gone for a major milestone -- his son's high school graduation. So he offered his son, Prince, two options: he would take leave to attend the graduation ceremony, or he would travel with his son to their birthplace of Ghana upon his return.

Although Prince chose the latter, he later found out he had scored the best of both worlds. He'll get his trip to Ghana, but when he walks across the stage to accept his diploma tomorrow, his father will be watching.

By Elaine Sanchez 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 - The Defense Department has joined a national initiative aimed at ensuring the nation's youngest children, including children from military families, get off to a healthy start.

Speaking from a child care center here yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unveiled the "Let's Move!" child care initiative for parents and providers, which includes standards for healthy eating, physical activity and screen time.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 481-11 
June 07, 2011

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Capt. Darrell J. Spinler of Browns Valley, Minn., will be buried on June 18 near his hometown. On June 21, 1967, Spinler was aboard an A-1E Skyraider aircraft attacking enemy targets along the Xekong River in Laos when villagers reported hearing an explosion before his aircraft crashed. The pilot of another A-1E remained in the area for more than two hours but saw no sign of Spinler.

By Elaine Sanchez 
American Forces Press Service

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., June 4, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama lauded the graduating seniors of Quantico Middle/High School here last night for their strength, resilience and maturity as they came of age in military families during a time of war.

"I think that all of you are incredibly special," Obama told the class of 36 students, who greeted the first lady with a standing ovation and a resounding cheer at their commencement.

Have you and a relative been torn apart by a long-standing rift?

Have you gone years without speaking?

Is a life-changing event or circumstance (deployment, pregnancy, wedding, illness, etc.) now shining a light on the void it's left in your family?

By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 - As part of an interagency effort to support America's veterans, the Labor Department today announced $37 million in grants to provide job training for about 21,000 veterans, many of them homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced the grants today, awarded to continue successful programs into their second and third years.

Army News Service

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 - An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow soldiers will be the second living Medal of Honor recipient from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On July 12, President Barack Obama will present the nation's highest award for battlefield gallantry to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry for his actions during May 26, 2008, combat operations against an armed enemy in Afghanistan's Paktia province.

By Heather Forsgren Weaver 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 - "Heather Forsgren Weaver, a colleague of mine at American Forces Press Service, is a regular contributor to Family Matters. Heather's been heavily involved in this blog from the start. She edits, helps write and posts content on a daily basis." 

By Lisa Daniel 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 - The Army is taking every measure possible to fix the problems at Arlington National Cemetery, and it should continue to manage the nation's "most hallowed ground," Army Secretary John M. McHugh told a congressional committee today. 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 555-10 
June 29, 2010 

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 

By Elaine Wilson 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2010 - For many people, $2,000 doesn't add up to much money in the long haul; it won't, after all, buy a new car or a house. 

TAMPA, Fla., June 25, 2010 - A month-long campaign culminated yesterday with a $1 million gift from a restaurant chain to a nonprofit troop-support organization. 

Operation Homefront received the donation at a reception held in an Outback Steakhouse restaurant here. 

by Sgt. Rebekah L. Malone
Louisiana National Guard

PINEVILLE, La., (6/21/10) - Annual training is not just for Guardsmen anymore.

Last week, more than 170 children from across Louisiana reported for roll call here at Camp Beauregard to begin four days of barracks sleeping, cadence calling, obstacle course running and marching, to learn what it’s like to be a Louisiana National Guard member.

By Elaine Wilson 
American Forces Press Service 

FORT BELVOIR, Va., June 22, 2010 - Top U.S. and military leaders took part in a roundtable discussion with parents at the elementary school here today to gain greater insight into the education challenges military families face. 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 519-10 
June 22, 2010 

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War I, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 

By Elaine Wilson 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 - Servicemembers and their families who were born in Puerto Rico will need to obtain a new birth certificate starting July 1, although the Defense Department will honor the certificate they used to establish their identity and to enroll for military benefits prior to that date, a defense official said. 

By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is grappling with the best way to reopen the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program to new applicants, concerned that the program has morphed beyond its original intent and cost estimates, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today. 
By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010 - With the busiest season for permanent-change-of-station moves under way, officials at U.S. Transportation Command are encouraging servicemembers to take advantage of new systems designed to make the process more convenient and efficient. 
By Elaine Wilson 
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2010 - Defense Department libraries have embarked on their first departmentwide summer reading program in hopes of encouraging military children to keep their reading skills sharp during the summer. 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 490-10 
June 14, 2010 

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors. 

From a Louisiana National Guard News Release 

BATON ROUGE, La., June 14, 2010 - The Louisiana National Guard started shore protection operations in Cameron Parish June 12 by staging Hesco barrier wall equipment that will be placed along eight miles of shoreline by members of the 928th Sapper Company, 769th Engineer Battalion. 
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden 
American Forces Press Service 

ARLINGTON, Va., June 14, 2010 - The nation may never become entirely "paperless" in the way it documents patient medical records, but the military and veterans health care communities are on the right path and have the technologies in place to one day be very close, officials said last week. 
By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Amy Forsythe 
Defense Media Activity - Marine Corps 

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., June 14, 2010 - First Lady Michelle Obama greeted more than 3,500 servicemembers, civilians and their family members yesterday at the Mainside parade field here. 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 485-10
June 11, 2010

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman missing in action from World War II has been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Sgt. David Bruce
Indiana National Guard

CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind., (6/10/10) -- It is a comfortable room. The walls are painted with colorful murals. There is an electric fireplace and the bookshelves are loaded with an assortment of books. The room is decorated with stuffed animals and Raggedy Anne and Andy are perched atop an end table.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 479-10
June 10, 2010

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of nine U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been accounted-for and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 - A program announced last week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $58.6 million to get homeless veterans off the streets this year. 
by Jon Hanson
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - The 2010 Air Force Assistance Fund wrapped up recently with $7,492,512.94 in total contributions. This exceeded last year's contribution record by more than $20,000.

By Christopher Lagen 
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 8, 2010 - World War II-era Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube, 88, the last living survivor of the sinking of the USS Leopold, was presented the Purple Heart Medal during a June 4 ceremony at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 

By Maj. Belinda Petersen
Air Force Services Agency Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (6/7/10) - Air Force Services Agency officials are accepting photograph entries on MyAirForceLife.com, now through July 4, as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.

MMEDIATE RELEASE No. 463-10
June 04, 2010

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

As a way to show our appreciation for your steadfast support for your soldiers, sailors and pilots who have been serving our nation, William Morrow book publishers and author Dorothea Benton Frank would like to give you the chance to win a free signed copy of Dot Frank's novel, Lowcountry Summer.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 - Deployed servicemembers with children graduating from Department of Defense Education Activity-managed schools in Europe this month will be able to view a live broadcast of the ceremonies.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 453-10
June 02, 2010

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2010 - Trevor Jones peers into the vivid blue sky, tightly gripping the string holding his balloon.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2009 - A Maryland-based troop-support group is planning a "National Day of Awakening" to highlight the merntal health needs of military families and the services available to them.

American Forces Press Service

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq, June 29, 2009 - Six wounded soldiers, all amputees, returned here last week hoping to close the door on the combat that changed them forever.

By Army Sgt. Frank Vaughn
Special to American Forces Press Service

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 26, 2009 - The familiar refrain of "There's nothing to do around here after work" will hopefully be a thing of the past here with the opening of a new center for rest and relaxation.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2009 - It's official. The Defense Department signed off yesterday on policies and procedures servicemembers will use to transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children, a Pentagon official said today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 - Defense Department officials are working aggressively to reduce the impact of multiple deployments on the children of military families.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2009 - A foundation formed by the family of a fallen Marine whose story was told in the HBO movie "Taking Chance" has donated $10,000 to a group that works to help wounded veterans and their families.

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- June 17, 2009  Air Force officials have modified two permanent change of station policies to give Airmen more flexible assignment options and better force development opportunities.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2009 - With the economic downturn causing a spike in consumer scams, the Federal Trade Commission is encouraging servicemembers and their families to report their complaints to an online site so it can better target its investigations.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2009 - As it gears up for its 7th Annual Children's Freedom Art Contest, a North Carolina-based troop-support group is looking for patriotic drawings or paintings that signify the unyielding spirit of America after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Army today announced that it will transfer the first 10 installations under the Army's Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program on August 15, 2009. The transfer is a reinforcement of the U.S. Army's commitment to improving its transient lodging to enhance the quality of life of soldiers and their families.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2009 - The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation recently raised more than $300,000 at its 23rd Annual Washington Gala to benefit high school and college students from families of active-duty and former Marines.

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

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2009 - Citing the organization's long history of selfless service and sacrifice, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III helped to commemorate the Army's 234th birthday today at a Pentagon ceremony.

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

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2009 - President Barack Obama's latest efforts to look after home renters gives military members additional protection if the homes they rent are foreclosed, a Defense Department official said today.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 12, 2009 - NATO officials dedicated a monument here today to personnel killed during alliance operations.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2009 - This year, as it's been for the last five, no high school senior graduating from a Department of Defense Education Activity school in Europe will look around wishing a parent could be there as the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" fills the air.

By Army Sgt. Amber Robinson
Special to American Forces Press Service

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, June 3, 2009 - Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Shank here gathered May 27 for the dedication of the first "USO in a Box."

BALTIMORE, June 3, 2009 - Married "single" mothers, let your voices be heard! Professional writer Kelly White is looking for military wives to interview for an article she is authoring for Parents magazine.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2009 - Having been part of their tightly knit community all her life, Teresa Vance always has had an interest in military families. Her father made a career out of the Army, serving in World War II and Korea. Her husband was a career surface warfare officer in the Navy, and her son spent four years in the Marine Corps.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2009 - President Barack Obama today announced that Congressman John McHugh is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Army.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2008 - The goal of a troop-support group's new Web-based campaign is simple: tell the troops "thank you" a million times over, starting today.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 549-08
June 30, 2008
         
The Defense Department announced today the establishment of a new Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to review disability ratings of wounded warriors and provide another avenue of administrative recourse for our wounded veterans. The Air Force has been designated as lead DoD component for operation and management of the PDBR.  

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 548-08
June 30, 2008

The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The announcement involves four brigades and two regimental combat teams consisting of approximately 33,000 personnel.          

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 544-08
June 27, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.            

By Army Spc. Andrew Orillion
Special to American Forces Press Service

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 27, 2008 - On Aug. 19, 2006, the life of Army Capt. James Barclay IV changed forever.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2008 - Sunny days will be just around the corner when Elmo and his friends bring "The Sesame Street Experience" to 43 military installations to help children trying to cope with parents' deployments.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 533-08
June 25, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2008 - Some troops recovering from injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and their families will receive the gift of music July 5, when they are presented with Gibson guitars.

By Meghan Vittrup
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2008 - Veterans can once again enjoy an afternoon cruising Lake Michigan, sharing tributes and building relationships thanks to one Illinois group.

By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2008 - Army and Air National Guard members from California and North Carolina are supporting firefighting efforts in Northern California today following a state active-duty call-up by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a request for airborne firefighting assets by the Interagency Fire Center.

By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2008 - Calling the issue "hugely important," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today said the nation must fully integrate efforts to help homeless veterans.

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2008 - Military family members looking to further their education have a friend in a support organization called Thanks USA.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2008 - Losing a parent or sibling who served in the military can be devastating to children, but they don't have to cope alone.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 526-08
June 23, 2008

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody of the Army for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as commander, Army Materiel Command. 

By Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2008 - Missouri is the latest Midwestern state to see increasing numbers of National Guard citizen-soldiers and airmen on duty in the face of the region's worst flooding in 15 years.

By Amy May
Special to American Forces Press Service

BUTLERVILLE, Ind., June 23, 2008 - The scene in Building 7 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center here was chilling.

By Army Sgt. Charles Brice
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, June 23, 2008 - Imagine being a soldier out on the border of eastern Afghanistan and your only connection to the rest of the world is a pallet of supplies on the back of a foreign helicopter. That is what it is like for coalition forces cut off and isolated throughout parts of Afghanistan.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 519-08
June 20, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2008 - Defense Department officials have issued information to assist federal employees and agencies affected by the recent flooding throughout the Midwest and Mississippi River Valley, military officials said.

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash., June 19, 2008 - For the first time since the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff began touring the world talking to troops, the increasing cost of gas is popping up on their list of concerns.

By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2008 - A Defense Department program is working to ensure overseas government employees, civilian contractors, servicemembers and their spouses have all the information they need to make their vote count.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2008 - A congressman from Arizona has recognized a group from his state for its continued dedication to supporting the troops.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2008 - Thousands of National Guard troops in the Midwest have moved into high gear reinforcing levees, conducting security patrols, and delivering food, water and relief supplies as record-breaking floods surged through the heartland.

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2008 - Mental Health practitioners nationwide are donating their time and services to provide free, confidential counseling to military people and their families.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

FORT STEWART, Ga., June 17, 2008 - While 3rd Infantry Division was serving its third deployment to Iraq within five years, its soldiers set records amassing college credits during precious downtime between missions.

By Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen G. Krenke
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2008 - More than 600 National Guard members in Illinois and Missouri are continuing sandbagging operations along the Mississippi River today in an effort to thwart the flood waters that are subsiding in Iowa.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2008 - The relationship between servicemembers and their coffee is so storied that the hot black liquid has a role in nearly every war movie ever made.

By Melinda L. Larson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2008 - Hundreds of troops and their families were treated to a professional soccer match on Flag Day during D.C. United's 9th Annual Armed Forces and Veteran's Appreciation Day at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the nation's capital.

By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2008 - The Army displayed its latest product line of clothing and equipment here today in the Pentagon courtyard.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2008 - For the last few years, a group has fought to have wounded servicemembers recognized with a Silver Star banner for servicemembers wounded in combat, much like a Blue Star banner displayed by those with a loved one deployed on the front lines.

By Elaine Wilson
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, June 13, 2008 - A new lifesaving standard of care has garnered the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research here a prestigious recognition: invention of the year.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 - The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Jim Laychak sat in his Alexandria, Va., home watching televised coverage of the attacks on the World Trade towers. Then he heard his windows shake.

By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 - Governors in four of six Midwestern states affected by heavy rains and subsequent flooding called out more than 2,000 National Guard members this week as flood waters forced residents from their homes, left thousands without power and damaged infrastructure.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

FORT STEWART, Ga., June 12, 2008 - Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch lost too many soldiers during the 3rd Infantry Division's third and longest deployment to Iraq. But now that most of the division is finally home, Lynch told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday he's not willing to take a single additional casualty to a motorcycle accident.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

FORT STEWART Ga., June 12, 2008 - Three additional trees were planted here today along Warriors Walk, bringing to 411 the number of Eastern redbud trees in the memorial honoring fallen 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who died in Iraq.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 - President Bush issued a proclamation urging Americans to observe National Flag Week and Flag Day on June 14, and to recognize the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers have made through U.S. history to protect the freedoms for which the flag stands.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 - An offshoot of a nonprofit educational program founded in England during World War II to prepare young sailors to endure adversity at sea during wartime is helping U.S. war veterans today.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2008 - The Defense Department will now be able to pay its troops and civilians through the end of next month, thanks to budgetary-related actions approved by Congress, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters here today.

By Meghan Vittrup
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2008 - Hurricane season officially began June 1, and people across the country are gearing up for another season of strong winds, torrential rains, hail and flying debris.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2008 - Servicemembers, veterans and their families going through problems related to deployments can get help from a California-based troop-support organization.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2008 - Defense Commissary Agency officials have pulled some kinds of tomatoes off the shelves of military commissary stores -- except those in Europe -- after the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that a recent salmonella outbreak has been linked to consumption of certain raw red tomatoes.

American Forces Press Service

INDIANAPOLIS, June 10, 2008 - The Indiana National Guard is preparing to continue a long flood fight across the southern part of the state.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 489-08
June 09, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Jennings
Special to American Forces Press Service

TERRE HAUTE, Ind., June 9, 2008 - As members of the Air National Guard's 181st Intelligence Wing and the Army National Guard's 519th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion made their way toward Hulman Field here, they had an idea what their mission was going to be during June's drill weekend.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2008 - With symbolic glasses raised on high, Jim Beam distillery offered a toast to U.S. servicemembers and their families with a $175,000 donation to Operation Homefront.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2008 - Walter Reed Army Medical Center rolled out a sophisticated new vehicle today that will make wounded soldiers' ride to the Army hospital safer and smoother.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2008 - In Ohio, a new team is taking a community approach to supporting troops and military families.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2008 - For deployed servicemembers and their loved ones, maintaining close family ties takes more than the occasional phone call or e-mail.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 476-08
June 04, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2008 - Medal of Honor recipient Army Spc. Ross A. McGinnis joined a select group of military heroes during a Pentagon ceremony here today.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2008 - The University of Kansas national champion men's basketball team began their victory lap in the nation's capital yesterday by visiting wounded warriors and signing autographs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2008 - A new arm of an existing program is giving military children an opportunity to grow closer to their grandparents, who can help them through some of the trauma of having a parent in harm's way.

By Tech. Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Special to American Forces Press Service

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., June 3, 2008 - Just days into the 2008 hurricane season, the Florida Department of Military Affairs and Florida National Guard are actively preparing in case a devastating storm strikes the state this year.

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2008 - Building or remodeling homes to accommodate the needs of severely wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is the way Kirt Rebello and everyone else involved with "Homes for Our Troops" have chosen to thank servicemembers for their sacrifice.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2008 - President Bush presented the Medal of Honor to fallen Army hero Spc. Ross A. McGinnis' parents during a White House ceremony here today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2008 - For the past two years, one troop-support organization has made sure children of fallen servicemembers have an avalanche of fun.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 817-07
June 29, 2007
 
The Department of Defense has changed the status of two soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from duty status whereabouts unknown (DUSTWUN) to missing-captured.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 - As the nation's servicemembers continue to fight the global war on terrorism, a group is working to make sure the Americans they're defending are aware of their sacrifices.
"The Greer Foundation raises public awareness of the sacrifices of serving the nation through outreach and commentary on the war on terror," said Steve Greer, the group's founder.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 - The Defense Department recognized a troop-support group and two of its key players at the Pentagon yesterday for their outstanding support of the nation's servicemembers.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 - Famous television Chef Emeril Lagasse will salute the military with two programs showcasing recipes created by the men and women who keep the troops fed and happy.

American Forces Press Service

DALLAS, June 28, 2007 - When it comes to showing support for America's troops, Missouri is living up to its nickname as the "Show Me State" by sending nearly 4,000 base and post exchange gift certificates to soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2007 - A New York State-based business owner made a seven-figure donation in frequent-flyer miles to the Fisher House Foundation as part of a Memorial Day-weekend promotion sponsored by CNN, a Fisher House official reported.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2007 - Finances are no longer a reason to keep a Marine's family from attending his or her basic training graduation, thanks to the Marine Graduation Foundation.

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2007 - Tiger Woods will honor soldiers and military families July 4 at the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am Tournament, part of the AT&T National PGA Tour event, scheduled for July 3 - 8 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

SAN DIEGO, June 26, 2007 - Educators attending the Military Impacted Schools Association's summer meeting here today got a warm thank you from the Defense Department and a lesson on how students can express support for servicemembers.

By Megan Han
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORT DRUM, N.Y., June 25, 2007 - Imagine being married for almost 18 months, but spending only one of those months together. That is exactly what Scott and Katie Horrigan experienced when Scott -- an Army captain who commands the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment's Alpha Company -- deployed with the 10th Mountain Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2007 - It only takes two simple words to express infinite gratitude and appreciation to the nation's veterans, past and present, according to The Thank You Foundation's mission statement.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2007 - The U.S. military could begin drawing down the number of troops in Iraq next spring if Iraqi security forces continue to improve and succeed, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said today on a television news show.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 - National Guard troops are helping to search for people still missing after flash floods deluged the southern Catskill Mountains, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in a statement today, and Alaska Guardsmen are fighting spreading wildfires in the nation's largest state.

By Meghan Vittrup
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 - A North Carolina group has taken a creative approach to supporting the military by promoting patriotism through the arts.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 - In celebration of Independence Day, "America's Legendary Music Hall" will offer a patriotic salute to servicemembers and their families.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 - While the country is getting ready to celebrate its 231st birthday with fireworks, picnics and other summer activities, Arizonans Mike and Malinda Brown already are planning for Christmas.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2007 - The Army Reserve has transformed into an operational force, but needs to make more changes to better meet current and future needs, the top Army Reserve commander told reporters at the Foreign Press Center here yesterday.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2007 - Laura Stultz may have never been in the military herself, but she's had lots of experience holding down the home front, far from the nearest military installation, when her soldier deploys.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2007 - One lucky patriot serving overseas will find another type of patriot awaiting his or her return home, thanks to an America Supports You organization and a Jeep dealers association.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 - The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about an identity-theft scam targeting families of military members.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 - As the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, America Supports You is gearing up for its third annual Freedom Walk on Sept. 9 in the nation's capital.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 - Two Massachusetts teens are working to turn Americans' unwanted cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid talk time for the nation's troops.

By Army Spc. Juliana Morrison
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, June 19, 2007 - Soldiers here recently received a special gift from a complete stranger who had read about them in a newspaper.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2007 - Texas National Guard land and air forces are on standby to assist flood-stricken citizens in northern Texas, a Texas Guard official said today.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2007 - Two Wisconsin National Guard helicopters and another chopper from the Michigan Guard have been assisting in the search for a Wood County, Wis., boy missing since June 14, a Wisconsin Guard official said today.

American Forces Press Service

NORFOLK, Va., June 19, 2007 - Operation Smile, a worldwide children's medical charity that provides free surgery to children in developing countries born with facial deformities, is participating with the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort's summer humanitarian assistance deployment.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2007 - The beginning of a new offensive targeting al Qaeda in the Iraqi city of Baqubah highlights recent operations reported by military officials in Iraq.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2007 - A group that recognizes high school students whose lives are affected by extreme circumstances is offering trips to the nation's capital for teens with a deployed parent.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2007 - In Chelsea, Ala., offering servicemembers and their families encouragement is just plain monkey business.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2007 - The most successful team in Major Leagues Soccer's 11-year history paid special tribute to America's military men and women here last night.

No. 750-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2007

 The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2007 - After watching her own son return home from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, an Army mom wants to share the lessons she learned -- and resources she found -- with others who find themselves faced with the same challenges.

By Sgt. Matthew Clifton, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, June 15, 2007 - A large line could be seen extending from the chow hall here as the aroma of steak floated across the base June 13.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2007 - The Army celebrated its 232nd birthday here today in the Pentagon courtyard by displaying some of the newest clothing, personal equipment and weaponry coming on line to support warfighters.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2007 - A national motor oil company is partnering with a volunteer troop-support group to keep spouses of servicemembers deployed overseas on the road.

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007 - Medical Engineer Technician Carlos Villamizar uses a dental pick to scratch between the crevices of a hard plastic model.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007 - A group founded in 2002 as a way for Pennsylvania servicemembers to stay connected with family and friends has morphed into a group providing a morale boost to deployed troops all over the world.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007 - On June 17, most fathers will awake to smiles, hugs and maybe even another tie for their collection. For more than 150,000 American fathers, sons and daughters serving in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, their Father's Day will be much different.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2007 - The nonprofit group "Operation Homelink" provided 100 Massachusetts National Guard families with refurbished desktop computers earlier this month to ensure they can communicate with deployed loved ones via e-mail.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2007 - Until every servicemember comes home, one dedicated group of volunteers will make sure they know they're remembered.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2007 - For one Connecticut troop-support group, it's all about giving back to those who sacrifice so much for their country and making sure servicemembers know those at home care.

By Bernard S. Little
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2007 - Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials yesterday activated the second and third companies focused solely on overseeing the health, welfare and morale of "warriors in transition."

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2007 - After having breakfast with some of her fans in Nashville, Tenn., yesterday, country music singer LeAnn Rimes, as one of her songs says, had absolutely "Nothin' Better to Do" than present a handicap-accessible van to a severely injured veteran.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2007 - Inspired by pro golf's support of the troops, about 100 golfers hit the links each weekend for friendly competition that ultimately benefits injured servicemembers.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2007 - Reality met Hollywood last month when the cast and crew of the Lifetime Network's new series "Army Wives" hosted a picnic honoring real Army wives in Charleston, S.C., where the series is filmed.

No. 689-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 04, 2007

 The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that an electronic database listing the names of servicemembers still unaccounted for from World War II is now available for family members and researchers.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2007 - Coalition and Iraqi troops continue to search for two missing U.S. soldiers abducted by terrorists after a complex attack in Iraq on May 12.

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 - With frequent moves preventing them from moving up the career ladder in a single workplace, military spouses face unique career challenges, a military spouse career counselor told more than 150 spouses attending a recent Military Spouse Career Expo at Fort Belvoir, Va.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 - The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center's commander said here today.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 - The stolen Department of Veterans Affairs laptop computer and hard drive containing the personal information of more than 26 million veterans were turned in to the FBI yesterday, the Veterans Affairs secretary said before Congress today.

By Spc. Jo Michael, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa., June 30, 2006 - More than 1,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were involved in water rescues, evacuations and other emergency operations during the past days as widespread flooding caused a disaster emergency to be declared in 46 of the state's 67 counties.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2006 - Operation First Response, an organization dedicated to supporting the nation's wounded servicemembers and their families, got a little support of its own recently.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2006 - The U.S. and Australian defense leaders today reaffirmed their governments' commitment to work together to counter terrorism and other threats, with Australian Minister of Defense Brendan Nelson vowing that his country will remain a solid partner in Iraq.

American Forces Press Service

MANAMA, Bahrain, June 28, 2006 - Italian Navy Rear Adm. Salvatore Ruzittu relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ray Spicer as commander of Combined Task Force 152 today, marking the first time that all three of the major maritime task forces in the region have been commanded by officers from nations other than the U.S. or United Kingdom.

By Tim Hipps
Special to American Forces Press Service

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 28, 2006 - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can now register for a shot at becoming the second Military Idol.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 608-06

Missing World War II Airmen are Identified

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that nine airmen missing in action from World War II have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2006 - The U.S. military is conducting an aggressive investigation to find those responsible for the deaths this month of three U.S. soldiers - one of whom died in an initial attack on the checkpoint the soldiers were manning, and two of whom were found dead four days later not far from the checkpoint, a top general in Iraq said today.

By Monique Reuben
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2006 - Servicemembers in uniform can now watch their favorite World Wrestling Entertainment superstars in action free of charge.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

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

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2006 - The Defense Department has no plans to discontinue its smallpox vaccination program, despite yesterday's announcement that vaccinations may have caused a soldier's death.

By Monique Reuben
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2006 - The clock will begin ticking July 7 at 8 p.m. Floodlights will illuminate the area surrounding the Perrine Memorial Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, giving spectators the chance to see one man's mission to support a cause he believes in.

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2006 - Civil servant Ronald A. Rosenfeld demonstrated his heartfelt commitment to helping wounded troops in dramatic fashion -- he donated $150,000, the equivalent of his annual salary, to the Walter Reed Society.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 586-06

Airman Missing from Vietnam War is Identified

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

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, June 22, 2006 - The pen is mightier than the sword, and sometimes in the war of words we unwittingly give the advantage to the enemy.

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2006 - More than 150 military spouses from around the Washington Metropolitan area attended the first daylong Military Spouse Career Expo at Fort Belvoir, Va., on June 17.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2006 - Yesterday's announcement of deployment orders for Iraq issued to four more combat brigades should not be viewed as an indicator of future force levels there, a top Defense Department spokesman said here today.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2006 - It won't be the traditional "Air Force-Navy" game most people might think of, but Little Leaguers from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., and Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., are gearing up for one heck of a T-ball game later this week at the White House.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2006 - Defense Department officials are heralding several measures adopted this week by the commonwealth of Virginia in support of the military, including one that will extend in-state college tuition rates to the children of servicemembers stationed there.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, June 20, 2006 - Coalition forces recovered the bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing since an engagement with insurgents at a traffic checkpoint June 16, a senior Multinational Force Iraq official said here today.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

CAMP AL QAIM, Iraq, June 19, 2006 - Nestled between two giant railway buildings sits one of the most important buildings on this Marine base in western Iraq: the forward resuscitation surgical suite.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

LAUREL, Md., June 19, 2006 - Corporate and grassroots supporters came together here yesterday both to honor military and civil service dads and to teach them something new about raising young children.

New Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Selected

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen announced today that he has selected Master Chief Petty Officer Joe R. Campa to succeed Master Chief Petty Officer Terry D. Scott as master chief petty officer of the Navy.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 - Covered in blood and only able to stagger a few feet before collapsing in a heap, Army Sgt. Nicholas Beintema was one of the lucky ones. Many of his fellow soldiers did not survive the blast that ripped through his convoy near Tal Afar, Iraq, last year.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 - In a solemn ceremony under sunny skies, the ground that nearly five years ago was the scene of a catastrophic attack was today dedicated to the memory of those who were killed.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 - Iraqi forces captured a high-ranking terrorist network commander during an early morning ground assault raid in Karbala, Iraq, today and coalition forces in eastern Baghdad stopped an alleged kidnapping June 13, military officials reported.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, June 15, 2006 - Al Qaeda in Iraq is in disarray and confusion following the death of its terrorist boss, and the Iraqi government is moving forward quickly to provide security for its capital city, coalition officials said today at a news conference.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 - Now that they have collected the goods, it's time to send them.

Checkers/Rally's, the nation's largest double drive-through restaurant, has teamed up with a grassroots troop support group called Operation Gratitude in a drive to collect packages for America's servicemembers overseas. The partnership, called the Patriotic Drive, started on May 8 and end yesterday with 720 drive-through restaurants across the country offering drop-off points. Packages will be delivered to the troops by July 4th.

By Sgt. Jeff Lowry, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, June 14, 2006 - President Bush's surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday caught the troops here unawares. But most were thrilled their commander in chief made the perilous trip.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2006 - President Bush's visit to Iraq and the historic joint meeting of the U.S. and Iraqi Cabinets yesterday represent an important sign of solid U.S. support for Iraq's new government, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2006 - On a surprise visit to Baghdad today, President Bush told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki he is impressed with Maliki's choices for top Iraqi Cabinet officials.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2006 - She's a "grand ole flag," and she'll be waving at nearly 500 shopping malls across America on Flag Day, June 14, thanks to a celebration hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2006 - President Bush arrived in Baghdad today on a surprise visit to new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Bush had been meeting at Camp David, Md., with his national security team to discuss the way forward in Iraq. He was to have met with Maliki and other Iraqi leaders via teleconference today, but traveled to Baghdad in secret overnight.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2006 - The Pentagon Memorial will be an important way to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and will be a place for their family members and others to gain solace and inspiration, a top Defense Department official said here today.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, June 12, 2006 - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi died of blast injuries sustained by the coalition bombing of his safe house June 7, coalition officials said today.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2006 - The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is great news for Americans and Iraqis alike, but ultimate victory in Iraq depends on the success of the country's new government, President Bush said today.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

CAMP AL QAIM, Iraq, June 9, 2006 - The security situation in Iraq is like a relay race. Coalition forces have the baton for the first leg. They pass it to the Iraqi army, who in turn pass the baton to the Iraqi police.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2006 - Wounded veterans cruised the Potomac River in style yesterday aboard the presidential yacht USS Sequoia, while area businesses and Defense Department officials honored their sacrifice.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2006 - Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi initially survived the June 7 air strike but died from his wounds while lying on a stretcher shortly thereafter, a senior U.S. military officer in Baghdad said today.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2006 - As another sign of progress toward establishing a lasting tribute to the 184 people killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the start of on-site construction for the Pentagon Memorial will be marked with a June 15 ceremony here.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2006 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is revamping its data security procedures following last month's theft of a VA laptop computer that contained personal information of veterans and military personnel still in uniform, the secretary of the VA told a congressional committee today.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 527-06
The Defense POW/Missing Personnel (DPMO) announced today that three servicemen missing in action from World War II have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2006 - The death of al Qaeda's top operative in Iraq will hit the terrorist organization hard, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2006 - The death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi is a victory in the war on terror and is an opportunity for the Iraqi government to turn the tide of the struggle with insurgents, President Bush said here today.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2006 - The Defense Department is working to determine exactly how many active duty and Reserve servicemembers could be affected by the recent theft of personal information from a Department of Veterans Affairs employee's home, a DoD official said here today.

American Forces Press Service

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.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 - As part of Operation Jump Start, the National Guard will place about 2,500 troops along the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the month to support efforts to curb illegal immigrants from entering the country, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said yesterday.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 - Active-duty servicemembers and members of the National Guard and Reserves may be affected by the recent personal data loss by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA announced today.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 - "Sweet Freedom," a 2-year-old racehorse, has started off his racing career with a bang, doing his part to support America's war wounded.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

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.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 - The commander of American and coalition forces in Iraq reminded U.S. servicemembers in a letter published yesterday that their conduct must reflect the law as well as professional military values.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

HANOI, Vietnam, June 6, 2006 - Aging witnesses and more urban areas are making it harder to find remains or evidence of missing American servicemembers in Vietnam, but a select group of experts here works year-round to fulfill the U.S. military's pledge to leave no man behind.

By Ashleigh Covington
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2006 - An Army Reserve soldier who received care packages from Americans while serving for a year in Iraq is taking that effort to another level through a program he started in Fairfax, Va.

By Capt. Audricia McKinney and Bonnie Powell
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORT LEE, Va., June 5, 2006 - Military families are being encouraged to "load up their pantries" as the Defense Commissary Agency launches an awareness campaign encouraging military families to keep nonperishable foods, water and other necessities on hand for emergencies.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2006 - While Americans are supporting troops serving overseas in a variety of ways, Cameron Schilling has found a way to memorialize the sacrifices of Illinois servicemembers who don't return home safely.