Saturday, May 29, 2010

President Obama Invites All Americans to Honor America’s Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 29, 2010

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama asked all Americans to join him in remembering and honoring our men and women in uniform who have died in service to the country. The commitment these heroes have demonstrated – the willingness to lay down their lives so the rest of us might inherit the blessings of this nation – has helped make America the most prosperous, most powerful nation on earth and it is what we honor on Memorial Day.

The full audio of the address is HERE. The video is HERE.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Weekly Address
Washington, DC

This weekend, as we celebrate Memorial Day, families across America will gather in backyards and front porches, fire up the barbeque, kick back with friends, and spend time with people they care about. That is as it should be. But I also hope that as you do so, you’ll take some time to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about; on why we set this day aside as a time of national remembrance.

It’s fitting every day to pay tribute to the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America. Still, there are certain days that have been set aside for all of us to do so. Veterans Day is one such day – when we are called to honor Americans who’ve fought under our country’s flag.

Our calling on Memorial Day is different. On this day, we honor not just those who’ve worn this country’s uniform, but the men and women who’ve died in its service; who’ve laid down their lives in defense of their fellow citizens; who’ve given their last full measure of devotion to protect the United States of America. These are the men and women I will be honoring this weekend, and I know many of you are doing the same.

There are any number of reasons America emerged from its humble beginnings as a cluster of colonies to become the most prosperous, most powerful nation on earth. There is the hard work, the resilience, and the character of our people. There is the ingenuity and enterprising spirit of our entrepreneurs and innovators. There are the ideals of opportunity, equality, and freedom that have not only inspired our people to perfect our own union, but inspired others to perfect theirs as well.

But from the very start, there was also something more. A steadfast commitment to serve, to fight, and if necessary, to die, to preserve America and advance the ideals we cherish. It’s a commitment witnessed at each defining moment along the journey of this country. It’s what led a rag-tag militia to face British soldiers at Lexington and Concord. It’s what led young men, in a country divided half slave and half free, to take up arms to save our union. It’s what led patriots in each generation to sacrifice their own lives to secure the life of our nation, from the trenches of World War I to the battles of World War II, from Inchon and Khe Sanh, from Mosul to Marjah.

That commitment – that willingness to lay down their lives so we might inherit the blessings of this nation – is what we honor today. But on this Memorial Day, as on every day, we are called to honor their ultimate sacrifice with more than words. We are called to honor them with deeds.

We are called to honor them by doing our part for the loved ones our fallen heroes have left behind and looking after our military families. By making sure the men and women serving this country around the world have the support they need to achieve their missions and come home safely. By making sure veterans have the care and assistance they need. In short, by serving all those who have ever worn the uniform of this country – and their families – as well as they have served us.

On April 25, 1866, about a year after the Civil War ended, a group of women visited a cemetery in Columbus, Mississippi, to place flowers by the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen at Shiloh. As they did, they noticed other graves nearby, belonging to Union dead. But no one had come to visit those graves, or place a flower there. So they decided to lay a few stems for those men too, in recognition not of a fallen Confederate or a fallen Union soldier, but a fallen American.

A few years later, an organization of Civil War veterans established what became Memorial Day, selecting a date that coincided with the time when flowers were in bloom. So this weekend, as we commemorate Memorial Day, I ask you to hold all our fallen heroes in your hearts, and if you can, to lay a flower where they have come to rest.
President Barack Obama

Friday, May 28, 2010

Don''t ask Don''t Tell Update

Today's Top News 28 May 2010

Marine scientists fear a large plume of oil was caused by using chemical dispersants and almost 7,000 National Guard Soldiers prepare to deploy.

Naval Operations Concept

The sea services have released their vision for a maritime security strategy.

Naval Academy Graduation

Vice President Joe Biden congratulates graduating Navy midshipmen.

Caring for the Caregiver

Many people are still reluctant to seek treatment for a mental health issue - or even to see a doctor if they think they have a problem. This is also true of caregivers.

American Widow Project

While our men and women in uniform are being remembered this weekend, another group that serves alongside them will also be honored - their families.

Admiral Mullen Honored

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Michael Mullen, was honored Thursday for his commitment to families of the fallen.

Taping Interrogations

The Defense Department has updated a directive requiring the videotaping of all detainee interrogations at military detention facilities.

"Flags In" at Arlington

"Flags In" is a Memorial Day weekend tradition at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Security Strategy

The Obama Administration is rolling out its blueprint for national security going forward.

Obama on Oil Spill

President Barack Obama says BP has to operate at the direction of the federal government.

Oil Spill Response Latest

Coast Guard officials say British Petroleum is having some success in its efforts to plug a damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

RQ4 Aircraft

The RQ4 reconnasissance aircraft represents one of the latest technological advances in the Air Force and, it has been proven effective on the battlefield.

Hurricane Season Preps

Hurricane season begins June 1st and the National Guard says it will be ready to respond.

X-51 Makes Flight

An X-51A successfully made a 200 second-long hypersonic flight Wednesday at Edwards AFB, CA.

Missiles to Poland

U.S. and Polish military officials have welcomed the First U.S. Army- Europe's Patriot Missile battery to Poland.

Oil Spill Update

Concerns are shifting to the health of the workers who are helping clean up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

GEN Sharp on ROK Ship

The Commander of U.S. Forces in Korea denounced the sinking of a Republic of Korea warship by North Korea during a Memorial Day honor guard ceremony Thursday in Seoul.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today's Top News 26 May 2010

BP is going to try fixing the well head and Alabama National Guard is still putting up barriers protecting the shore from oil.

AF Academy Graduation

Joint Chiefs Chairman ADM Michael Mullen praised the Air Force Academy class of 2010 on having the courage to join the service.

MG Carter Briefing

The commanding general of ISAF Regional Command South in Afghanistan, MG Nick Carter, says ensuring Afghan officials are safe is key to securing the city of Kandahar.

Air Force Commencement

Top Defense officials gathered at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Wednesday to honor the Academy's 52nd graduating class - the class of 2010.

Fleet Week

The 23rd annual Fleet Week kicks off in New York City May 26th.

1 Million Flight Hours

The Army celebrated reaching 1 million unmanned flight hours at the Pentagon Tuesday.

Wounded Warrior Barbecue

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill hosted a barbecue for Wounded Warriors at their home Tuesday evening in Washington, DC.

Prepairing for Hurricanes

Army Corps of Engineers is planning for prepairing for hurricane season.

Predatory Lending

Defense officials say younger servicemembers are prime targets for predatory lenders.

USCG/Change of Command

Admiral Thad Allen stepped down as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a Change of Command ceremony on Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today's Top News 25 May 2010

National Guard troops will help with the border protection on the U.S.-Mexico Border and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could be within days from being voted on by lawmakers.

1776 The Musical - Is Anybody There?

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Lawmakers could be within days of voting on amendments that would repeal the ban on gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.

Iraq Rotations

About 2700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Iraq in the summer of 2011.

African Lion Exercise

U.S. military officers are helping local Moroccan residents vaccinate their livestock as part of exercise African Lion 2010.

Net Generation Guide

The Defense Department recently released the Net Generation Guide, a report focusing on the need for a more tech-savvy workforce.

Oil Spill Cleanup

Air crews and maintenance workers with the Missouri National Guard are joining a growing military presence supporting oil cleanup operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Afghan Fire Fight

Afghan National Army commandos, assisted by U.S. Special Forces, recently encountered and killed insurgents in an Afghan village.

HI Soldiers Deploy

Soldiers stationed in Hawaii are ready to deploy to Afghanistan. This unit hasn't deployed since the Vietnam conflict.

Oil Spill Update

National Incident Commander ADM Thad Allen says the Coast Guard is doing everything it can to stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

GEN Odierno Nominated

The Commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, General Raymond Odierno, has been nominated to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today's Top News 24 May 2010

The U.S. and the Republic of Korea will conduct military exercises and ADM Allen responds to BP not having a plan to stop the ruptured wellhead.

The State

The State is a human creation, but instead of being an instrument of fulfillment of us; is much more an instrument of oppression of us, the state is the ultimate enemy. Therefore must be controlled and limited to serve us and not become a monster as it's natural for it.
Ary Dib Dias

Ruptured Wellhead

Coast Guard Commandant ADM Thad Allen comments on British Petroleum's plans to stop the ruptured wellhead.

Troops Return Home

Troops return home after a yearlong deployment.

Women on Subs

A woman about to graduate from The University of San Diego will be one of the first women to serve on board a U.S. Navy submarine.

ROK - U.S. Readiness

President Barack Obama on Monday directed U.S. military commanders to work closely with their counterparts in the Republic of Korea to deter any future aggression from North Korea.

Defying Gravity

Insurgents Attack Base

There are no reported fatalities after a group of insurgents attacked Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Obama at West Point

President Barack Obama praised the 2010 graduates of West Point, saying they represent the commitment and virtues that have served America so well throughout history.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Today's Top News 21 May 2010

DoD officials say Cyber Command has established initial operating capability and is becoming more efficient.

New Cyber Command

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announces Cyber Command is now operating.

Value of Language

ADM James Stavridis says the U.S. military can become stronger by becoming multilingual.

AIDS Conference

Representatives from more than 50 militaries met for the first time at the 2010 International Military HIV/AIDS Conference to discuss the pandemic.

Gates Visits Ft Carson

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was impressed with the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Carson, CO.

MacDill AFB Shooting

One person is dead after being shot by police while trying to escape through a gate on MacDill AFB, FL.

ADM Thad Allen Oil Spill

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen will continue to serve as National Incident Commander for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a waste of money.

Pentagon Reforms

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says there will be some belt-tightening at the Defense Department.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Afghan Reconstruction

Officials told lawmakers in Washington Thursday the reconstruction of Afghanistan is poised to become the largest overseas rebuilding operation in U.S. history.

Project Healing Waters

Dozens of wounded warriors and veterans recently gathered in Virginia to compete in a fly fishing tournament.

Haiti Aid Continues

A Nevada National Guard unit is heading to Haiti to help provide airlift relief following January's deadly earthquake.

Oil spill effects on FL

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry reports oil spill has minimal impact on Florida thus far.

Vets Self-Employment

Some younger veterans are choosing to work for themselves.

NATO Russia Cooperation

Defense officials say NATO must continue to pursue a dialogue and seek cooperation with Russia.

S. Korea vows 'firm' action against North

Pyongyang warns of 'war' if punished after South says it sank warship news services
updated 5:10 a.m. ET May 20, 2010

SEOUL - South Korea accused North Korea Thursday of firing a torpedo that sank a naval warship in March, killing 46 sailors in the country's worst military disaster since the Korean War.

South Korea said it would take "firm" measures against its impoverished and reclusive neighbor, which furiously responded that it was ready for war if Seoul or its allies imposed sanctions.

The issue has plunged already icy relations between the two Koreas deeper into the freezer, heightened tensions in the economically powerful region and tested the international position of China, Pyongyang's only major backer.

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A report by investigators, including experts from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden, concluded that a North Korean submarine sank the Cheonan corvette.

The report, announced in a nationally televised news conference, said intelligence had shown that North Korean submarines were likely in operation near the scene of the sinking, with similar vessels of other neighboring countries all inside their territorial waters.

"The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine," it said. "There is no other plausible explanation."

A senior South Korean government official said previously that the attack appeared to have been in revenge for a firefight near the disputed North-South border late last year in which the North's navy was humiliated.

'Deeply troubling'

International condemnation was immediate, with the stark exception of China, which analysts say is desperate to avoid any action that might destabilize its reclusive neighbor and lead to a spill-out into its territory.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, called the investigation results "deeply troubling," his spokesman said in a statement.

Both the United States and Britain gave their backing to the findings, with the White House calling it an act of aggression that was another sign of the North's unacceptable behavior.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today´s Top News 19 May 2010

Nearly a dozen insurgents were killed during an attack on Bagram Air Field. Also, SECDEF Gates pays tribute to the out-going NORTHCOM Commander.


Admiral James Winnefeld becomes the new Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

Change of Command

Admiral James Winnefeld took charge of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Wednesday during ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

SECDEF Gates Comments

SecDef Gates praised out-going NORAD and USNORTHCOM Commander, Gen. Renuart, for a job well done.

Tar Ball Update

Coast Guard officials say none of the tar balls collected Tuesday from the beaches of the Florida Keys is from the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

ADM Stavridis on NATO

Admiral James Stavridis discusses the future of NATO.

Oil Spill Response

RADM Peter Neffenger says the Coast Guard is employing new technology to stem the flow of oil from the ruptured wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gen Renuart Steps Down

A change of command ceremony will be held at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado on Wednesday.

Oil Spill Update

Coast Guard Commandant ADM Thad Allen says the growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is creating never-before-seen challenges for the Coast Guard.

Bagram Airfield Attack

Nearly a dozen insurgents were killed during a pre-dawn attack Wednesday on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today´s Top News 18 May 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the new START treaty with Russia will not affect America's deterrent to nuclear threats.

Florida Guard Oil Preps

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing concern in Florida and the state's National Guard is preparing for the worst.

Gates on START Treaty

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia signed by President Obama last month will not affect America's deterrent to nuclear threats.

START Treaty Hearing

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the START treaty between the U.S. and Russia signifies ongoing cooperation between the two countries.

Troop Drawdown

In an interview with the Pentagon Channel, Admiral James Stavridis said coalition Troops in Afghanistan are scheduled to begin a drawdown in the summer of 2011.

Recruiting Numbers

The Department of Defense has released active duty and reserve recruiting and retention numbers for the month of April.

USCG Tar Ball Response

The Coast Guard is responding to the first reports of tar balls on the beaches of Key West, Florida.

Oil Spill Update

The Coast Guard says nearly 20 tar balls have been found off the coast of Key West, Florida.

Global Force Partnerships

Pacific Theater

Kabul Suicide Bombing

At least six coalition troops are dead following a suicide car bomb attack Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Today´s Top News 17 May 2010

The Army is recalling thousands of combat helmets due to faulty construction and NATO forces are helping search for survivors of a missing passenger plane in Afghanistan.

Obesity Study

A new study led by two retired military leaders says obesity is the number one reason why people are rejected from joining the military.

Army Helmet Recall

The Army has announced a recall of nearly 44,000 advanced combat helmets because they do not meet Army specifications.

Yellow Ribbon Program

With thousands of servicemembers returning home from Iraq, the Defense Department's Yellow Ribbon program has taken on an even more important role.

Iraq Ballot Recount

U.S. forces are providing security for the ongoing ballot recount in Iraq.

Sharing Information

The Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command says the U.S. needs to share information with its allies.

Afghan Plane Crash

NATO's International Security Force has sent two helicopters to help search for survivors of a civilian passenger plane reported missing Monday in Afghanistan.

Oil Spill Update

The Unified Area Command for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to employ multiple sub-sea options to contain the oil spill.

Karzai at Ft Campbell

Afghan President Hamid Karzai wrapped up his four-day visit to the U.S. on Friday with a stop at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Today´s Top News 14 May 2010

Today's top military news headlines from the Pentagon Channel.

Gates/Karzai in Kentucky

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Fort Campbell, KY, Friday.

GEN Petraeus on Pakistan

Commander of U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus is praising Pakistan for its efforts over the last year in fighting the Taliban on its side of the border.

Oil Slick Latest

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen was on Dauphin Island, Alabama, to see the latest efforts to prevent the expanding oil slick from coming on shore.

Haiti Mission Ending

SecDef comments on more efficiency and less waste at the Pentagon. Also, Joint Task Force Haiti is preparing to end its mission by June 1st, nearly six months after a powerful earthquake rocked the island killing more than 200,000 people.

Afghan Militias

The Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan says there should be no more armed militias operating in that country.

Gen Renuart Briefing

The Commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command says threats to the defense of our nation are not going away.

Oil Spill Update

The Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Incident Command says its taking a multilayered approach to dealing with the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

Warrior Games

The first-ever Warrior Games enters the final full day of competition today in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today´s Top News 13 May 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai wrapped up his visit to the U.S. Thursday. And, the Army has released its suicide data for the month of April.

Warrior Games II

SSgt Amy Forsyth brings us a special update from the Warrior Games.

CENTCOM Shortfalls

Commander of U.S. Central Command discusses CENTCOM's operational concerns of the last year.

Air Force Oil Spill

Three Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska are supporting oil spill response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Karzai Visit

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is wrapping up his four-day visit to Washington Thursday with trip to Arlington National Cemetery to honor America's fallen servicemembers.

U.S. Should Share Intel

The Director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization says allowing the sharing of information with allies is something that should begin right away.

Military Families

First Lady Michelle Obama has issued a national challenge to support and engage military families.

Oil Spill Update

Alabama National Guard troops are busy prepping the Gulf Coast for the oil spill soon to make landfall.

Warrior Games

An interview with Air Force Staff Sergeant Marc Espisito who is competing in several events at the Warrior Games.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Today´s Top News 12 May 2010

The first-ever Warrior Games is in its second full day of competition Wednesday.

Motivation for Recovery

A Wounded Warrior, competing in the Warrior Games, talks about his motivation to recover and compete.

New Barracks

A look at the new Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Green barracks.

Warfighting Conference

Top military officials say they're seeing an enemy using a variety of methods to threaten the U.S. and its allies.

Karzai Visits Washington

Afghan President Hamid Karzai continued his visit to the U.S. today, meeting with President Obama at the White House.

Wounded Vets Return

Ten wounded American veterans returned to Iraq Sunday, hoping to close the door on the combat that changed their lives forever.

Warrior Games Latest II

An update on the latest competition from the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Guard Shores Up Coast

Louisiana National Guard troops are using helicopters and bulldozers to shore up the state's coast line as the oil spill approaches.

Warrior Games Latest

The first-ever Warrior Games moves into its second full day of competition Wednesday with events including archery, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

Hiring Changes

Major changes are being made to shorten the time required for hiring federal government employees.

Warrior Games Update

Practice for the sitting volleyball competition is crucial since many of the players are serving from the seated position for the first time.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Today´s Top News 11 May 2010

The inaugural Warrior Games officially kicked off in Colorado Springs Monday.

Women on Submarines

Midshipman First Class Megan Bittner has been selected as one of the first two women to serve aboard a U.S. submarine.

Accessible Playgrounds

Dozens of new playgrounds being built at military installations are expected to make a difference in the lives of service members and their families with special needs.

Iraq Attacks

U.S. military officials say Monday's attacks in Baghdad and other cities across Iraq appear to have been directed at Iraqi security forces.

USCG Cutter Elm Deploys

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elm is headed from North Carolina to help combat the growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mullen on Warrior Games

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen said this week's Warrior Games are an opportunity for America's injured veterans to demonstrate their competitive spirit.

Karzai Visits U.S.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues his visit to the U.S. Tuesday by meeting with President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Warrior Games Begin

The first-ever Warrior Games competition is officially underway in Colorado Springs.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Today´s Top News 10 May 2010

Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, GEN Stanley McChrystal, says the campaign goal in Afghanistan will be successful; it will just take time.

Warrior Games Preview

Opening ceremonies get underway May 10 for the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO.

Motorcycle Safety

The Pentagon hosted its fourth annual motorcycle safety event this weekend.

Oil Spill Update

The Coast Guard says it's doing all it can to contain the oil from a wellhead gushing about 5,000 barrels of a oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

Gates Visits Leavenworth

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Army must be at the forefront of thinking to effectively deal with future conflicts.

Military Family Support

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates thanked military spouses for supporting their loved ones in uniform during a town hall on Saturday at Fort Riley, Kansas.

SECDEF Visits Kansas

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with student and faculty Friday at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Gates on Pentagon Budget II

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is ordering all military services to take a comprehensive look at how they operate as the Pentagon prepares next year's fiscal 2012 budget.

SECDEF Visits Spouses

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with military spouses at Fort Riley, KS, on Saturday.

Gates on Pentagon Budget

Defense Secretary Robert Gates used the tough budget decisions made by President Eisenhower as an example for his call for a hard look at how the Pentagon is spending its money today.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Today's Top News 07 May 2010

The Navy identifies the first woman to serve on submarines and Sailors recover from flooding at a Navy installation in Tennessee.

Warrior Transition Units

The Army's Surgeon General discusses Warrior Transition Units.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront announces the winner of its 2010 "Military Motherhood Award"

Army Transformation

General David Petraeus and General George Casey both spoke this week on the Army transformation.

Marijuana Search

Oklahoma National Guardsmen have taken to the skies in search of marijuana fields in northeast Oklahoma.

Navy SEAL Acquitted

A military jury in Norfolk, VA found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on charges of punching a suspected Iraqi terrorist.

TN Flooding

Sailors and their families at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, TN are still reeling after deadly flood waters hit the region last week.

Females on Subs

The Navy has identified the first 11 female officers who will serve onboard submarines.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today's Top News 06 May 2010

Defense leaders testify on the latest progress in Afghanistan and the Defense Department has a new online inbox for comments on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Navy Budget Priorities

Top Navy officials were on Capitol Hill Thursday to brief Senate lawmakers on the Navy's budget priorities for 2011 and beyond.

Pakistan Safe Havens

Both U.S. and Pakistani leaders agree that all terrorist safe havens in Pakistan must be dealt with to succeed in the war on terrorism.

Drilling for Red Square

Seventy-five Soldiers from the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Baumholder, Germany, will march into history this weekend in Russia.

Afghan Operations

A member of the Joint Staff says the operation to regain control of Marjah in the Helmand Province is a work in progress.

Flournoy on Afghanistan

The Pentagon's top policy official testified before Congress Wednesday that she is cautiously optimistic about progress in Afghanistan.

Redstone Arsenal Blast

Two men have died from injuries sustained in an explosion Wednesday at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

Warrior Transition Units

The Army's Warrior Transition Units are designed as a place where Soldiers can concentrate on healing from wounds or injuries.

Containment Dome Arrives

A 100-ton concrete and steel chamber designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico has arrived at the site of the damaged well.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Today's Top News 05 May 2010

The National Director of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Brain Injury Center says the high rate of traumatic brain injuries is felt throughout the DoD.

Veterans Health Care Bill

President Barack Obama signed key legislation on Wednesday designed to improve health care services for veterans and their families.

MRAPS to Afghanistan

Third Army has shipped more than 3,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Afghanistan since the build-up of forces began there earlier this year.

Gold Star Mothers

Mother's Day is a time when organizations like Gold Star Mothers offer support to those who have lost their children in service to their country.

Flournoy on Afghanistan

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy discusses the Defense Department's strategy in Afghanistan.

Oil Spill Economic Impact

The Coast Guard has begun assessing the economic impact of the massive oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

Vets Names Added

The names of six more Americans are being added to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.

Oil Spill Latest

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved requests for 11,000 more National Guardsmen to help contain and clean up the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Today's Top News 04 May 2010

The U.S. is declassifying details of its nuclear arsenal in an effort to promote transparency and stop nuclear proliferation.

USCG Skimming Preps

The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to send ships to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to skim the oil off the surface of the water.

Oil Spill Update

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved requests from the governors of three additional Gulf Coast states for National Guard troops to support oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prescription Drug Use

National experts say the accidental drug overdose rate is up five times the rate from a decade ago.

Floods Affect Navy

Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, TN, has been affected by major flooding across the Southeast.

Navy Challenges

Defense officials say, although the U.S. Navy is currently unsurpassed in size and firepower, it must still be wary of future threats from nations seeking to challenge that supremacy.

CIC Presents Trophy

President Barack Obama presented the Commander In Chief Trophy to the Naval Academy football team Monday.

Nuclear Declassification

The United States is declassifying details of its nuclear arsenal in what Defense Department officials say is an effort to promote transparency and stop nuclear proliferation.

TN Guard Flood Response

Nearly 80 members of the National Guard are responding to flooding in Tennessee caused by heavy rains and a levee break.

USCG/Oil Spill Response

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to work around the clock to secure the damaged well that is leaking thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Today´s Top News 03 May 2010

Commander of U.S. Central Command, GEN David Petraeus is warning of tough times ahead as U.S. and Afghan troops try to drive the Taliban out of Kandahar.

SECDEF Attends Exposition

Monday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates attended the Navy League Sea, Air, Space Exposition in Maryland.

Oil Spill Response Latest

Three more states have requested the federal mobilization of National Guard troops to aid oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.


They're called AFPAK Hands - military language specialists training in both Afghan and Pakistani cultures.

Guard Distributing Water

The Massachusetts National Guard is assisting the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency with the transportation and distribution of bottled water.

GEN Petraeus in Kandahar

The commander of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, is warning of tough times ahead as U.S. and Afghan troops try to drive the Taliban out of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

Guard Responds to Floods

National Guard troops are on duty in Tennessee and Arkansas responding to flooding and damage from storms that hit the region this weekend.

Guard Response to Spill

Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated in both Louisiana and Alabama to support oil spill response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Spill Update

Officials are calling the potential environmental outlook for the Gulf Coast oil spill a very grave scenario.

Obama Visits Gulf

President Barack Obama visited the Coast Guard station in Venice, Louisiana, on Sunday to get an update on the fight against the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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