News Archives For April 2007

Army Wives Cope with Deployments
FORT DRUM, N.Y., April 30, 2007 – Being an Army wife can be difficult. Being an Army wife at the 10th Mountain Division’s Fort Drum can be even more challenging, since the 10th is one of the Army’s most deployed divisions. more

Al Qaeda Leader Taken into Custody
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2007 – The Defense Department announced today that it has taken a senior al Qaeda operative into custody at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. more

Bush to Veto War-Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2007 – President Bush today repeated his pledge that he’ll veto any congressional war-funding bills that stipulate a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq. more

Missions Rely on Cultural Awareness
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2007 – The Defense Department needs more servicemembers who understand other languages and cultures to meet current and envisioned 21st-century challenges, a senior official said at a Capitol Hill hearing. more

Terrorists Reveal Iranian Influence
WASHINGTON, April 26, 2007 – Through interrogations of key detainees in the past month, the United States has learned a great deal about Iranian involvement in terrorist activities in Iraq, specifically the financing and training of insurgent groups, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said here today. more

U.S., German Leaders Discuss Military Ties
BERLIN, Germany, April 26, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with German defense leaders yesterday on the last leg of a three-day trip to Moscow, Warsaw and Berlin to discuss U.S. plans to base a missile defense network in Europe. more

Army Moves to Fix Wounded Warrior Care
WASHINGTON, April 26, 2007 – Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s woes in wounded warrior care have either been fixed, or are being fixed, the vice chief of staff of the Army said here yesterday. more

England: Defeat Extremism With Understanding
WASHINGTON, April 26, 2007 – Dialogue and understanding among members of diverse faiths are vital to overcoming religious extremism, the Pentagon’s second-in-command said here yesterday. more

Special Ops Observes 20th Anniversary
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2007 – As it observes its 20th anniversary this week, U.S. Special Operations Command continues to face more demand for its forces than it can accommodate -- a challenge the command’s deputy commander reported yesterday won’t abate even with more special operators in the pipeline. more

Some Russians Oppose Missile Plan
BERLIN, April 25, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he is not surprised that some Russian officials have different points of view on the U.S. plan to base missile defense assets in Eastern Europe. more

General Pushes for 3-Year Korea Tours
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2007 – The top U.S. commander in Korea urged Congress yesterday to help him introduce standard three-year rotational tours for military forces in South Korea over the next several years. more

Vet Takes Lead to Improve Walter Reed
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2007 – Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Hartless, a two-time combat veteran, now will lead a new group of noncommissioned officers, many hand-picked by the sergeant major of the army, tasked with improving soldier care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. more

Myers Honored With Portrait Legacy
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 – The Defense Department honored the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today, unveiling retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers’ portrait and legacy board on The Chairman’s Corridor in the Pentagon. more

U.S. Security Tied to Success in Iraq
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 – Although most Americans would like to see the conflict in Iraq end and U.S. troops come home, America must persevere in Iraq to ensure its own future security, President Bush said here today. more

Snipers in Afghanistan Receive New Weapon
Soldiers from Task Force Fury are the first in a combat zone to receive a new sniper rifle, the XM110 semi-automatic sniper system. The new rifle has several new features, the most prominent being an improved rate of fire. more

Gates in Russia to Discuss Missile Defense
MOSCOW, April 23, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here yesterday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian security officials to discuss U.S. plans to base missile defense assets in Eastern Europe. more

Chairman Pleased with Afghan Training Center
KABUL, Afghanistan, April 23, 2007 – The progress the Afghan National Army is making was on display for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a visit to the Kabul Military Training Center here April 21. more

Iraqis Need to Hurry Reconciliation Process
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 19, 2007 – The path to reconciliation among Iraqi factions is arduous, but Iraqi leaders from all parties need to step up the pace, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today in Tel Aviv, Israel. more

Gates Urges Iraqis to Pass Laws
BAGHDAD, April 20, 2007 – The United States is committed to the success of the fledgling Iraqi government, but not to the indefinite use of American troops to secure Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

U.S. Must Maintain Superiority in Space
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2007 – Maintaining superiority in space will go a long way toward protecting U.S. national interests, the commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center said here. more

Iraq Cannot Become Terrorists’ Safe Haven
WASHINGTON, April 19, 2007 – The United States is facing a lethal enemy that is “smart, capable and unpredictable,” President Bush told high school students today in Tipp City, Ohio. more

Marines in Anbar Express Optimism to Gates
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 19, 2007 – Marine leaders here told Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that they are “cautiously optimistic” about the situation in Anbar province during a briefing today. more

U.S. Committed to Relationship With Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 19, 2007 – The United States is committed to continue helping Israel “maintain its qualitative military edge” over other countries in the region that threaten its security, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

General Details Iraq, Afghanistan Ops
WASHINGTON, April 19, 2007 – The recent security crackdown in Baghdad has not pushed violence into other parts of Iraq, despite various “high-profile attacks” that might indicate the opposite, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. more

Egypt Vital to Peace in Middle East
CAIRO, Egypt, April 18, 2007 – Security challenges in the Middle East are significant, but can be overcome by Egypt and the United States working closely together in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

Coalition Counter Taliban Offensive
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2007 – Coalition and Afghan National Army operations have blunted the Taliban spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel said at a Pentagon news conference today. more

Program Compensates Deployments
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2007 – The Defense Department today unveiled a program that will reward administrative leave to servicemembers whose service in combat does not meet the department’s goal for the time at home station between deployments. more

Iraq Resolution Important to World
CAIRO, Egypt, April 18, 2007 – The situation in Iraq dominates the political landscape of the United States and of Middle Eastern countries, where citizens have “watched developments in that country with growing concern,” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a group of American businessmen here today. more

Army Slows Spending, Wait for Congress
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2007 – Due to budget shortfalls, the Army announced April 16 that spending restrictions will be enforced while waiting for Congress to pass an emergency supplemental for funding requirements associated with the global war on terror. more

Suicide Bomb Attacks Present Challenge
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2007 – Suicide-bomb attacks on coalition and Iraqi troops and civilians, orchestrated by Al Qaeda and Sunni extremists, present the top challenge in establishing security and stability in Iraq, the commander of U.S. Central Command testified at a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill today. more

Gates In Israel For ‘Days of Remembrance’
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 18, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting this Mediterranean seaside city during a symbolic period, Gates’ Israeli counterpart said here today. more

Campaign Urges Military Parents to ‘Never Shake a Baby’
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 – The Defense Department is launching a new military family initiative aimed at stopping or reducing the incidence of “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a senior DoD official said here last week. Frustrated parents, especially fathers, can negatively react to their baby’s cries by shaking it, an act that can seriously harm or even kill the infant, explained David W. Lloyd, director for the Defense Department’s Family Advocacy Program. more

Campaign Urges Military Parents to ‘Never Shake a Baby’
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 – The Defense Department is launching a new military family initiative aimed at stopping or reducing the incidence of “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a senior DoD official said here last week. Frustrated parents, especially fathers, can negatively react to their baby’s cries by shaking it, an act that can seriously harm or even kill the infant, explained David W. Lloyd, director for the Defense Department’s Family Advocacy Program. more

Gates, Jordanian King Express Condolences to Virginia Tech
AMMAN, Jordan, April 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed condolences to the victims and families of yesterday’s mass shooting that killed 33 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Va. Gates’s comments came as he finished a meeting here with Jordan’s King Abdallah. “His Majesty expressed his condolences for the tragedy at Virginia Tech,” Gates said. more

Gates to Meet With Mubarak in Delayed Trip to Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt, April 18, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here this morning for a series of meetings with Egyptian leaders, including President Hosni Mubarak. The secretary was supposed to travel from Amman, Jordan, to Cairo yesterday, but the trip was delayed when severe sandstorms and high winds forced the closure of Cairo International Airport. more

Military Runners Join Boston Marathon
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 – While thousands of runners braved the remnants of a late spring storm to run the Boston Marathon, servicemembers deployed overseas, and one in space, joined in to participate in the prestigious race. more

DoD Policy Change Boosts G.I. Bill Eligibility
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 – A recent Defense Department policy change widens the eligibility window for some Reserve-component troops who want to use their Montgomery G.I. Bill education benefits, a senior DoD official said here today. more

Defense Secretary Visits Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan, April 17, 2007 – Jordan’s King Abdallah today pledged his country’s continued support to Iraq’s fledgling democracy, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today more

Resignation of Iraqi Cabinet Positive
AMMAN, Jordan, April 17, 2007 – The resignation of six Iraqi Cabinet ministers loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr can become a positive development if the country’s prime minister appoints new ministers that are more representative of the Iraqi population, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

Gates Expresses Condolences to VT
AMMAN, Jordan, April 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed condolences to the victims and families of yesterday’s mass shooting that killed 33 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Va. more

Gates, Jordanian King Express Condolences to Virginia Tech
AMMAN, Jordan, April 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed condolences to the victims and families of yesterday’s mass shooting that killed 33 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Va. Gates’s comments came as he finished a meeting here with Jordan’s King Abdallah. “His Majesty expressed his condolences for the tragedy at Virginia Tech,” Gates said. more

Detainee Denies Running Al Qaeda Camps
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2007 – An alleged terrorist being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied U.S. government accusations that he managed al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan or facilitated a failed terrorist attack on Los Angeles in 1999, according to a transcript released today from his March 27 tribunal hearing. more

Gates Visits Jordan to Discuss Concerns
AMMAN, Jordan, April 16, 2007 – Iran and Iraq are set to be lead topics in discussions Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to have with Jordanian leaders during a visit here. more

Delay in War-Spending Bill Impacts Troops
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2007 – President Bush yesterday once again called for Congress to send him a clean emergency war-spending bill that does not include tacked on funding measures and a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. more

War-Spending Bill Delay Impacts Troops
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2007 – President Bush yesterday once again called for Congress to send him a clean emergency war-spending bill that does not include tacked on funding measures and a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. more

Top Enlisted Member Shares Outlook
The philosophy that has guided and shaped the life of the U.S. military’s top enlisted member grew from advice he received from the most decorated enlisted sailor in Navy history -- a war hero who earned the Medal of Honor and also happened to be his first cousin. “He told me, ‘Always prioritize your life. Put your God first, put your family second, and put your job third,’” Gainey said. “I was so lucky growing up in South Carolina with him in my life.” more

‘Recon’ Shares Stories of Courage
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2007 – The stories of servicemembers who earned some of the country’s highest military honors during the global war on terrorism are told in a brand new edition of the Pentagon Channel documentary “Recon” scheduled to debut April 13. more

37 Taliban Fighters Killed
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2007 - Coalition and Afghan forces have killed 37 Taliban fighters and detained three others during operations in Afghanistan over the past three days. more

Military Amputees Get Exceptional Care
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Servicemembers who have lost limbs as a result of wounds received in Afghanistan or Iraq are receiving the best medical care available, the future director of the new U.S. Army Amputee Patient Care Center annex slated to open at Walter Reed by October 2007 told Defense Health Board members here today. more

Walter Reed Among Top Medical Centers
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – “Walter Reed is one of the pivotal academic medical centers and casualty receiving hospitals for the joint medical force,” Army Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker told members of the Defense Health Board assembled at the medical center here for a meeting today. more

Reserve Funding Needed to Maintain
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Today’s citizen-soldiers, -sailors, -airmen and -Marines are committed to serving the country, but they need the manpower, training and equipment required to carry out their missions, their chiefs told Congress today. more

Guard Leaders Urge More Funding
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – The National Guard force is second to none in terms of the quality of its people, but severe equipment shortfalls are keeping it from being fully ready, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Congress today. more

Protests Serve as Signs of Iraqi Freedom
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Organized protests in Iraq four years after the country’s liberation are symbols of new political freedom that was suppressed by Saddam, a coalition spokesman in Baghdad said today. more

Army Values Posters Get a Makeover
New Army values posters are going up in offices and barracks worldwide. The original Army values posters were first published nine years ago. "This update is important because the Army Values posters serve as a visual reminder of our culture,"; said Ms. Kittie Messman, values project manager in the Army G-1's office. more

Each Service Plays Crucial Role
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan, April 11, 2007 – The Defense Department needs the contributions of each service to succeed, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told airmen, soldiers and sailors here today. more

Gates Extends Iraq Tours to 15 Months
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – All soldiers in the U.S. Central Command area of operations will serve 15-month tours in the region beginning immediately, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today. more

Guard Leaders Urge Funding to Close Gaps
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – The National Guard force is second to none in terms of the quality of its people, but severe equipment shortfalls are keeping it from being fully ready, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Congress today. more

Army Improves Vehicle Crewman Coverall
The Army has developed an improved one-piece uniform for mounted Soldiers that provides better fit and enhances fire resistance and durability. The improved Combat Vehicle Coverall is being evaluated by 2,000 Fort Knox, Ky., Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Division and 16th Cavalry Regiment. Widespread fielding is expected later this year. more

Army to Field Improved Body Armor
The Army continues to upgrade body armor to increase protection from bullets and fragments, and soon will field the Improved Outer Tactical Vest to Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. more

Bush Urges Vigilance For Iraq Succeeding
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2007 – It’s time for the Iraqi government to step up and “do hard work,” but withdrawing U.S. troops too quickly would ultimately backfire, President Bush told an American Legion post in Fairfax, Va., today. more

Guard Units Alerted for Iraq Rotations
Army officials confirmed today that four National Guard brigade combat teams - totaling more than 12,000 Soldiers - have been alerted for deployment to Iraq. The first BCT will deploy in December, and the remaining three in 2008. more

Army Guard Helicopters Go To Border
The first of three-dozen upgraded and overhauled OH-58 Kiowa helicopters are scheduled to arrive on the U.S. border with Mexico this month to boost... more

Troops’ Hard Work Will Impact the World
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 – The hard work U.S. troops are doing in Iraq is “laying the foundations of peace for generations to come,” President Bush told soldiers and family members today at Fort Irwin, Calif. more

Delay in War Funds Will Hurt Readiness
Further congressional delay in forwarding an appropriate emergency war spending bill to the White House will damage military readiness and morale as well as endanger the nation, President Bush told reporters today at a White House news conference. “Congress’s failure to fund our troops on the front lines will mean that some of our military families could wait longer for their loved ones to return from the front lines, and others could see their loved ones headed back to the war sooner than they need to,” Bush said. more

Black Jack Performs Mission in Baghdad
As Haifa Street residents begin coming back out into the streets that were once too dangerous to step into, coalition and Iraqi security forces are... more

Supplemental Funds for Troops
Army reserve-component training and equipment reset will be immediately affected if an emergency supplemental funding request isn't signed into law by April 15, Defense Department officials said here yesterday. Further, there will be serious repercussions for deployed servicemembers if the supplemental funding isn't approved by May 15, the officials said. more

Army Casualty Program Assists Fallen
When the Army notifies families of the loss of their Soldier, it does so with the best information available at the time of death as well as within four hours of the Soldier's death. However, follow-on investigations, sometimes yield different results with regard to the circumstances behind a Soldier's death. In a few cases, the news media reported the Army had made mistakes in the reports to families on the circumstances behind their Soldier deaths. more

‘Why We Serve’ Public Outreach Mission
Eight servicemembers with duty experience in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa, who have been selected to tell the military’s story to the American public, met with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England here March 30. more

Working Together to Secure Tal Afar
March 31, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi forces are working with city leaders to secure the Iraqi city of Tal Afar after a bombing at a market killed more than 80 people earlier this week, a military official said today in a briefing from the city. more



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