News Archives For September 2009

Military Provides Rescue Support
American Forces Press ServiceWhile U.S. special operators conduct a massive rescue effort after devastating flooding in the Philippines, the Hawaii Air National Guard and USS Ingraham are headed to American Samoa to support rescue and... more

Army Discusses Africa Mission
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – U.S. Army Africa and five East African countries are joining together in a multinational, globally resourced exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. more

Receive Equal Base Salary Increases
American Forces Press ServiceDefense Department employees paid under the National Security Personnel System will receive the same base salary increases this year as their General Schedule counterparts, a Defense Department official said today. more

Afghan NATO’s Important Mission
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – President Barack Obama today called Afghanistan the most important mission to NATO and underscored that the war there is a multinational effort. more

Strategy Won’t Win in Afghanistan
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan ardently believes that conventional military thinking and actions won’t win the counterinsurgency war there. more

Checks to Students Awaiting Benefits
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Checks for up to $3,000 soon will be available to students who have applied for Veterans Affairs educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment. more

GI BIll: Emergency Checks Ordered
GI BIll Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has authorized checks for up to $3,000 to be given to students who have applied for educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment. more

U.S. Army Europe Leaders Unite
American Forces Press ServiceIn front of Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army commander, and a crowd of 800 soldiers, mostly noncommissioned officers, Luster fought to keep her composure as she detailed her downward spin into depression. more

Alleged Terror Plot on Quantico
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – An indictment handed down yesterday in a North Carolina federal court charges three men with plotting to attack Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., with the intent to murder U.S. military personnel. more

Widow Finds Comfort
American Forces Press ServiceMelina Nolte and her 8-year-old daughter Alanna call this quaint Carolina town home, but not because of its close proximity to the beach or its southern hospitality. They chose Havelock because it’s the last place their Marine Corps family was together. more

U.S. Donations Help Afghan Children
American Forces Press ServiceCAMP WRIGHT, Afghanistan – More than 500 widows, orphans and disabled people from the Asadabad district of northeastern Afghanistan’s Konar province received much-needed supplies from the United States. more

Soldier Finds Rewards of Deployment
American Forces Press ServiceBAGHDAD – Army Spc. Jessica Velasquez spent years trying to muster up the nerve to talk to a recruiter. She finally found that resolve when she needed to pay for college to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. more

Need for Warfighting Specialties
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The U.S. military needs more people trained in specialties critical to the fight against global extremism, the chief of U.S. Central Command said here today. more

Resource Decision to Follow Strategy
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – A deliberative approach is best for everyone as President Barack Obama and his national security team grapple with the way forward in Afghanistan, the Pentagon spokesman said today. more

Division Chaplain Answers Call
American Forces Press ServiceARLINGTON, Va. (American Forces Press Service) – For many chaplains, providing spiritual and mental support for soldiers is a calling. But for one Minnesota Army National Guard chaplain, that’s just part of the equation. more

Obama Seeks UN Cooperation
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama today asked for global cooperation to solve pressing world problems like nuclear proliferation, terrorism and extremism, climate change and poverty during his speech before the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. more

Pact to Help Keep Country Safe
American Forces Press ServiceAn agreement between the departments of Defense and Homeland Security that calls for sharing some intelligence data with emergency operations centers nationwide is part of post-9/11 efforts to... more

U.S.-Iraqi Partnership Growing
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Iraqi security forces continue to make progress in providing security for their own country, the deputy commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said today. more

Tattoos and the Army
American Forces Press ServiceTattoos and the military have a long and colorful history. Modern pop culture credits the Navy with introducing the art of tattooing to the United States in the early 1900s, when Sailors returning from distant lands displayed their skin-art souvenirs. more

Strategy Must Focus on al-Qaida
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The fight in Afghanistan must be narrowed to its original intent of stamping out al-Qaida and hunting down Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama said today. more

One-time Enemies Become Brothers
American Forces Press ServiceThe moon was full the night of Jan. 17, 1991, and Air Force Capt. Bill Iuliano, an F-111 bomber weapon systems officer, was in the air. It was the second night of Operation Desert Storm, a U.S.-led combat operation in opposition to Saddam Hussein’s forces. more

Mullen's Stance on Diversity
American Forces Press ServiceDuring the summer of 1965, after his first year at the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike Mullen watched on television from his parents’ surburban Los Angeles home as the black neighborhood of Watts erupted in violence. more

Medal of Honor to Fallen Soldier
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – President Barack Obama today bestowed the Medal of Honor posthumously to the family of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti during a White House ceremony. more

Stars to Benefit Military Medicine
American Forces Press ServiceGrammy Award-winning country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are teaming up with civilian and military medical experts to further medical innovations and quality-of-life research for America's battle-wounded, ill and injured warriors. more

Missile Plan Offers Better Defense
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Changing threats and emerging technologies drove the decision to restructure the European missile defense plan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. more

Remains of Soldier Return Home
American Forces Press ServiceThe remains of a Union Civil War soldier found at the Antietam National Battlefield here will be buried today in his home state of New York on the 147th anniversary of the battle, the Civil War’s bloodiest day. more

GI Bill to Extend to More Guardsmen
American Forces Press ServiceThe current Post-9/11 GI Bill, which began Aug. 3, extends benefits only to servicemembers serving under Title 10 duty status, but the proposed law would cover those serving under Title 32 in homeland security roles. more

Improve Soldiers’ Mental Well-being
American Forces Press ServiceThe Army has confirmed 111 soldier suicides as of early September, and 54 suicides have been confirmed in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Chiarelli added that violence, alcohol and substance abuse... more

Need for More Troops in Afghanistan
American Forces Press ServiceDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates has yet to reach a final decision on the prospect of sending more troops to Afghanistan if additional forces are requested, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today. more

New Schools in Iraq
American Forces Press ServiceIraqi and U.S. officials celebrated the opening of a meeting place and the first of what will be two dozen new and refurbished schools Sept. 9 in an area northwest of Baghdad many thought to be lost to poverty and violence. more

Bees Boost Economy in Afghanistan
American Forces Press ServiceIn an effort to increase agricultural productivity and boost economic capacity, 450 families throughout Afghanistan’s Panjshir province were supplied with training and materials to operate and manage their own honey production businesses. more

Citizen-soldiers Need Stability
American Forces Press ServiceAs the Army draws down in Iraq and focuses increasingly on Afghanistan, the Army Reserve chief said he’s preparing his troops for the demands likely to be made of them -- and urging Army leadership to give them the predictability their dual citizen-soldier lives demand. more

Fort Bragg Couple Tackles Army Life
American Forces Press ServiceDeny and Catilina Caballero got married in April. By summer's end, both would be deploying to Iraq, separated by hundreds of square miles of baking sand, blast walls of their forward operating bases, and the commitment of the mission. more

Mullen at Virtual Town Hall
American Forces Press Service An endeavor that began about a month ago comes to fruition today with the airing of the first virtual town hall meeting in which the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff answers questions posed online by servicemembers and the public. more

Army Sends New Team to Train
American Forces Press ServiceThe teams are a new concept in military operations. Created to support explosive ordnance disposal units, each team member completes several months of intensive training ranging from mine detection and area clearance to explosives tracking and hazards planning. more

Post-9/11 U.S. is Safer
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Americans are safer and the country is in a better position to respond to threats and attacks than eight years ago, the top military commander over homeland defense said today. more

Rodeo Displays Help for Soldiers
American Forces Press ServiceTwo seemingly different U.S. Army organizations gathered robotics experts, technologists, academecs, soldiers and companies from across the country in search of solutions to help save soldiers’ lives. more

Families Remember Loved Ones
American Forces Press ServiceBraving a chilly rain, Darryl and other surviving family members observed a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial attended by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. more

Recalls 9/11 Attack on Pentagon
American Forces Press ServiceEight years ago, Army Lt. Col. Henry Haynes, Pentagon chaplain, had just come out of a meeting and was on his way back to his office when he heard the news: A plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers in New York. more

Revisiting Afghanistan on 9/11
American Forces Press ServiceOn this eighth anniversary of the worst attacks on U.S. soil in nearly 200 years, and with some Americans skeptical of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, it is helpful to remember how the U.S. military commitment there evolved. more

Tourney for Disabled Vets
American Forces Press ServiceJeremy LeGrand, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who returned home from combat safely only to suffer a brain injury in an off-duty car accident, is learning this week that some of the best therapy is delivered on the golf course and at the bowling alley. more

Soldiers Keep Helicopters Flying
American Forces Press ServiceSoldiers assigned here with Bravo Company, 628th Aviation Support Battalion, strive to make sure the AH-64 Apaches, UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks are prepared to take anything a war zone may have in store for them. more

Recalls 9/11 Enlistment Decision
American Forces Press ServicePotential Marines usually sit with a recruiter and pick out the reasons they want to join from a stack of colorful cards featuring the words “travel” and “education” among others, that describe most of the reasons someone would decide to commit. more

Disabled Team Up with Government
American Forces Press ServiceShe was flying to New York and Washington, D.C., on the weekends for interviews, but she said the less than promising job market in the United States had prompted her to research other options more

Military Children’s Education Issues
American Forces Press Service As President Barack Obama was in nearby Arlington giving his pep talk today to America’s schoolchildren, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here in a receiving mode to hear firsthand about challenges military children face in the education system. more

DoD Launches Weekly News Podcast
American Forces Press ServiceEach podcast features five to 10 minutes of news capsules, highlighting AFPS stories related to defense operations and troops around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan - along with coverage of health, environmental, technological and legislative issues. more

Soldier Enjoys Helping Others
American Forces Press ServiceCONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) – Before she joined the Army, Staff Sgt. Katherine Fults felt her career options were limited to three things, none of which indicate an obvious path to the military. more

Labor Day Golfers Help Troops
American Forces Press ServiceAir Force Maj. Dan Rooney knows that just a dollar or more added to your golf greens fees this Labor Day weekend can provide millions of dollars to help servicemembers and their families. more

Objection to Photo of Dying Marine
American Forces Press ServiceDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the strongest terms in trying to persuade the Associated Press to refrain from running a graphic picture of a Marine taken shortly after the servicemember was wounded in southern Afghanistan. more

Assessment Looks to Defeat al-Qaida
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Enemies of America remain in Afghanistan, and the United States must stay there to defeat the terrorists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. more

Family Conference Offers Resources
American Forces Press ServiceParticipants in the Defense Department’s three-day Joint Family Readiness Conference that wraps up here today are going back to their installations better equipped to give military families the kinds of support they need. more

VA Program Adds Chat Service
American Forces Press ServiceThe suicide-prevention campaign of the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its outreach to all veterans by piloting an online, one-to-one "chat service" for veterans who prefer reaching out for assistance using the Internet. more

Enlisted Members Discuss Support
American Forces Press ServiceThe top enlisted servicemembers from each of the four services offered their appreciation to those who support military families before fielding some tough questions during a town hall-style meeting here Sept. 1. more

Wounded Warrior Offers Real Story
American Forces Press ServiceTwo days ago, I and six other reporters accompanied Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to Texas to see two high-tech operations under way: the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter Lockheed Martin is building in Fort Worth, and... more

School Project Inspires Hope
American Forces Press ServiceChildren here are getting an opportunity most of their parents never had, as they plan to move into a new school later this year as part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. “Most of the people in this area missed the opportunity to... more

Holiday Greetings Teams Set to Tape
American Forces Press ServiceSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Taping for one of the most recognizable holiday programs in America will begin soon, months before wreaths are hung and lights are strung in homes across the country. more

First Lady Begins Family Conference
American Forces Press ServiceWith personal assurance from the nation’s first lady that President Barack Obama is committed to military families, more than 1,500 people participated as the DoD’s Joint Family Readiness Conference. more

DoD to Start H1N1 Flu Vaccinations
American Forces Press Service All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it, a Defense Department health affairs official said today. more

Soldier Overcomes Suicidal Ideations
American Forces Press ServiceCapt. Emily Stehr, a physical therapist with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, is in the business of healing. But five months after returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her own internal wounds of war that had not healed. She decided to kill herself. more

Soldiers Provide Clean Water
American Forces Press ServiceBAGHDAD - A series of intertwined, water-filled canals create a patchwork of green fields, abundant in crops near the capital city area of Zooba. The irrigation system provided essential water to the local farms but not to citizens. more

Attacks Prompt Iraqi Security
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Iraqi security forces have undertaken a broad self-assessment in the wake of series of deadly attacks in the Iraqi capital last month, a U.S. commander there said today. more

Virtual Town Hall for Troops
American Forces Press ServiceThe White House launched an interactive, virtual town hall meeting yesterday that enables troops deployed within U.S. Central Command to pose their questions and get direct feedback from the commander in chief. more

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