News Archives For May 2006

Radio Show Reaches Tikrit citizens
In a trailer no larger than a backyard shed sits a radio station that coalition forces are using to open the lines of communication with their Iraqi neighbors.

West Point Grads Will Clinch Victory
America will take the fight against terrorism to every battlefront with an unrelenting determination that will not cease until terrorists are defeated, President Bush said today in West Point, N.Y. The recent transformation of West Point is as significant as the transformation made six decades ago shortly after World War II ended, when the threat of Communism appeared on the horizon, Bush said.

Troops Honored at Pentagon
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2006 Hundreds of servicemembers recently back from overseas deployments were honored with a picnic in the Pentagon's parking lot today. Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shares a moment with Medal of Honor recipients at the America Supports You Memorial Day Picnic in the Pentagon's parking lot May 28. Recently deployed troops and their families gathered with troop-support organizations for the event, part of a weekend of activities honoring the nation's servicemembers. Photo by Paul X. Rutz (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

Bush Attributes Progress in Iraq to Troops
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2006 The formation of a democratic government in Iraq marks a significant victory for the cause of freedom in the Middle East and a hard-earned victory for American servicemembers who have sacrificed for their nation, President Bush said today.

Indy 500 Festivities Include Military Tributes
Today's opening ceremonies for the 90th Indianapolis 500 carried a special message for servicemembers and their families: America Supports You. Troops were greeted with thunderous applause and cheering when they rode around the two-and-a-half mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway track as part of the speedway's Military Recognition March. Just before they reached the only bricks remaining of the original track, 6,000 fans flashed placards bearing the America Supports You logo.

Border Mission Won't Hamper Other Roles
The National Guard's support for the border security mission won't detract from its warfighting and disaster support roles, but will actually sharpen its ability to carry them out, senior defense officials told Congress today. "National Guard combat readiness will not -- will not -- be degraded," Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told the House Armed Services Committee today, putting added emphasis on his second "will not." more

Nation Take Moment to Remember
More than 1,000 families and friends of servicemembers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq gathered near the Washington Monument for "A Time of Remembrance" today. The event, initiated by the White House Commission on Remembrance, was designed to remember America's heroes, military and civilian, who have lost their lives in defense of the nation's freedom.

Pentagon Tests Bio-Attack Response
A full-scale bio-exercise in the Pentagon parking lot today tested how the Pentagon police, in partnership with local emergency services, would respond to a biological attack at the military headquarters. The exercise tested the response of Pentagon police and local and federal agencies to a biological attack at the Pentagon. Photo by Sgt. Sara Wood, USA

Guard Support at Border Not New Concept
The National Guard has supported operations at the U.S. southern border for years, and the new plan announced by President Bush last night will simply expand those operations, Defense Department officials said here today. The National Guard has routinely used member's required two-week annual training period to support border control and counterdrug programs at the border, said Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense.


Resolve of Iraqis grows
Terrorists killed 14 Iraqi citizens and injured at least six others. Two explosions targeting civilians near Baghdad International Airport and attacks on Muslim holy sites marked the headlines from Iraq Sunday as terrorists continue their attempts to derail the democratic process.

Bush Assures U.S. Commitment in Iraq
President Bush today assured former and currently serving secretaries of defense and state that the United States is committed to success in Iraq. The president met with the secretaries at the White House to discuss Iraq and the broader Middle East. more

Soldier Continues Legacy
Losing a loved one to cancer is a hardship for anyone who goes through it, but one soldier deployed to Afghanistan learned how to turn his pain into motivation. The Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure's motto is: "It began with a promise & It ends with a cure." This promise became Army 1st Lt. Michael G. Clark's promise after breast cancer killed grandmother seven years ago at the age of 82. more

Stryker To Unveil Mobile Gun System
The newest version of the Stryker vehicle, designed to provide fire power to Infantry units, will be unveiled May 15 at Fort Knox's Armor Warfighting Symposium. The development of the Mobile Gun System is being managed by Fort Benning's Training and Doctrine Command System Manager-Stryker/Bradley.

President Nominates Next CIA Director
President Bush today announced Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as his choice to replace Porter Goss as next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "Mike knows our intelligence community from the ground up," Bush said from the Oval Office today. "He's been both a provider and consumer of intelligence." Hayden currently serves as the deputy to Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte. Before that, he directed the National Security Agency.

Afghan School Burning Condemned
The commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76 here condemned today a terrorist attack on a children's school in Laghman province. Eight people set fire to Katal School in Mehtar Lam on May 2, destroying the principal's office and a storage room filled with supplies, notebooks and Korans. "This is another example of the Taliban's vision for the future of Afghan children," said Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, CJTF 76 commander. "Extremists want to deny children and education in the name of religion, and they demonstrate their point by desecrating their most sacred books."

Kunar Bridge Construction Moves Forward
Coalition forces encountered water levels more than seven feet deep during previous attempts to maneuver across the river. The 397th Engineer Battalion, part of Task Force Spartan, was called to provide support. Engineers moved two Army bulldozers and two small emplacement excavator vehicles to the river crossing area. Both vehicles are used to move medium-to-large amounts of rock and sand during road construction projects. more

White House Outlines Flu Response
If a flu pandemic hit the United States, the Defense Department's top priority would be to protect the military's operational readiness so it can play a supporting role to the Homeland Security and State departments, as outlined in a national response plan released today by the White House.


U.S., Japanese Focus on Realignment
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Fukushiro Nukaga, Japan's minister of state for defense, met at the Pentagon today to continue discussions about realigning U.S. forces in Japan, including moving 8,000 Marines from Okinawa. Today's session followed the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting session May 1 at the State Department.

10 Terrorists Killed; Weapons Destroyed
Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists, three of them wearing suicide vests, and wounded one at approximately 1:30 a.m. today at a safe house located approximately 40 kilometers southwest of Balad, Iraq, while searching for an al Qaeda terrorist leader. Upon the troops' arrival, a terrorist sleeping while on guard outside the safe house woke up and attempted to engage the assault troops with a pistol. The terrorist was shot before he could fire his weapon. As the wounded terrorist fell backward, he reached toward his chest and detonated a suicide vest. None of the assault troops were harmed in the explosion.

Staying Power Critical for Security
It's critical that the American people muster up the will to see the conflict here through to victory, the commander of U.S. Central Command told civilian business, civic and academic leaders visiting Southeast Asia April 30. Army Gen. John Abizaid told participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference there's no quick, easy answer to the challenges the nation faces in Southwest Asia. But leaving too soon, without accomplishing the mission, would hand victory to extremists, he said.

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