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 January 2000 More Stories | Archive



U.S., China to Resume Military Relations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Chinese defense leaders agreed Jan. 26 to resume military-to-military relations.


Clinton Cites U.S. Progress in State of Union      

WASHINGTON - Terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction were among the national security concerns President Clinton addressed Jan. 27 in his State of the Union message here. He noted, though, that even with these concerns, the state of our union is the strongest it has ever been.


Win $2,500 in Military Innovation Essay Contest      

WASHINGTON - June 30 is the entry deadline for Joint Force Quarterly magazine's essay contest on innovations that can help the U.S. armed forces remain on the cutting edge of warfare in the 21st century.


Vacation Club Opens to Overseas Personnel, Goes Online      

WASHINGTON - The terms "cheap" and "vacation" don't often go together, but the Armed Forces Vacation Club manages the feat.


Amputee War Hero U.S. Senator Still Fights for Survival  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Max Cleland, 57, used to be a 6-foot-2, 215- pound athletic hunk of a guy whose youthful goal was "to be something great and to do something good with my life." An accidental grenade explosion in Vietnam 31 years ago changed his life forever, but not his mission.


Chinese New Year: A Festive Time for Goodwill      

WASHINGTON - The Chinese New Year is a time for mingling, sharing stories, giving wishes of peace and happiness to family and friends and celebrating with plenty of special holiday foods -- a festive time, said Belkis Leong-Hong.


Postal Service Issues 'Year of the Dragon' Stamp  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A U.S. postage stamp was issued in San Francisco Jan. 6, 2000, honoring the Year of the Dragon in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins Feb. 5.


2000 Census Important for Service Members, Families      

WASHINGTON - Counting the population of the United States is so important, it is an integral part of the Constitution.


Shelton Outlines Role of Military in 21st Century      

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - "The military makes a great hammer in America's foreign policy toolbox, but not every problem that we face is a nail," the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told more than 200 people at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government here, Jan. 19.


Y2K: Looking Ahead, Looking Back      

WASHINGTON - Afterr more than a year of intense preparation as well as media hype and occasional hysterics for a millennium bug that, in the end, barely took a nibble out of key information systems throughout the world, it might be hard to do little more than yawn as the next Y2K deadline draws near.


Depleted Uranium: The Rest of the Story      

WASHINGTON - There's more to the story on depleted uranium than what people saw on the CBS news program "60 Minutes," says Bernard D. Rostker, head of DoD's office on Gulf War Illnesses.


Infrared Systems Cause Missile Test to Fail      

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Preliminary data indicates two infrared sensors aboard the exoatmospheric kill vehicle, an experimental DoD missile, caused the failure of a National Missile Defense test Jan. 18.


Clothing Allowances Help Enlisted; Leave Officers Cold      

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Clothing allowances help enlisted service members to replace worn-out uniform items and to purchase new items. But, thanks to a 50-year-old law, officers are left cold.


Rostker Named as Undersecretary for Personnel, Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Army Undersecretary Bernard D. Rostker is Defense Secretary William S. Cohen's candidate for undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.


DoD Releases Final Reports on Two Gulf War Incidents      

WASHINGTON, D.C. - DoD released two "final reports" Jan. 13 on investigations into the possible detection of chemical or biological warfare agents during the Gulf War.


Personnel Exempted From .38 Percent Budget Cut      

WASHINGTON - Service members will barely notice congressionally mandated federal budget cuts, Pentagon officials said Jan. 11.


Overseas Schools Move to Hire More Teachers      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The agency that administers DoD schools on military bases overseas is about to make it easier for spouses of military service members to get teaching jobs.


DoD to Remedy TRICARE Ills      

WASHINGTON - Complaints about TRICARE have not fallen on deaf ears. Defense leaders say they have heard about service members' frustrations, and plans are under way to fix the system.


Task Force Counters Terrorist WMD Threat      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists have been a fact of life for hundreds of years.


DoD Helps Hometown USA Confront Terrorism (corrected copy)  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Until Timothy McVeigh detonated a 5,000-pound truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995, most Americans probably believed terrorist attacks only happened on foreign soil.


Guard Teams to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction      

WASHINGTON - DoD announced plans Jan. 13 to form 17 more Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams, bringing the total nationwide to 27.


Millennium Veterans Act Beefs Up Long-term Care      

WASHINGTON - Veterans will be entitled to improved long- term care and other benefits thanks to a new law signed by President Clinton in November.


Online Calculator Helps With Redux Retirement Decision      

WASHINGTON - DoD has unveiled an online calculator designed to help service members decide which military retirement plan is best for them.


West Point, Colorado Walks Among Best in U.S.      

WASHINGTON - Volksmarching clubs at West Point, N.Y., and Colorado Springs, Colo., sponsored year-round walks voted among the nation's best last year by members of the American Volksporting Association.


President Salutes Hamre's Defense Achievements      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton has thanked departing Deputy Defense Secretary John J. Hamre for his service to America, calling him a "respected, decisive and forward- leaning leader," and praising him for his work in implementing the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review and the Defense Reform Initiative.


Armed Services YMCA Announces Annual Art, Essay Contests      

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Entry details and deadlines were announced Jan. 4 for the Armed Services YMCA Millennium 2000 art and essay contests for the youth of military communities worldwide.


Space Command Plans for Computer Network Attack Mission      

WASHINGTON - If Y2K was the first major battle of the information age -- and by all accounts it was -- then it may have given the world a glimpse into how war could be waged in the future.


African Americans Make History in the Army Reserve      

WASHINGTON - African Americans in the Army Reserve have made and continue to make more history than can be confined to Black History Month in February.


De Leon Named to Succeed Hamre as Deputy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has recommended the president nominate Rudy de Leon to replace Deputy Defense Secretary John J. Hamre, who will step down from his Pentagon post March 31.


Cohen Proposes Cutting Out-of-Pocket Housing Costs  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Before 700 Marines here Jan. 6, Defense Secretary William Cohen unveiled plans to put more money in service members' pockets and improve the quality of military housing.


Leathernecks Get VIP Welcome Home  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - About 200 Marines returning from a six-month Pacific deployment got more than they expected at their welcome home celebration here Jan. 6. Defense Secretary William Cohen and his wife, Janet Langhart Cohen, crashed their party.


Quality of Life Technology Conference Set for February      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials plan to explore ways today's information technology can improve quality of life for military personnel and their families.


Defense Leaders Champion Troop Needs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America's troops deserve better -- better pay and retirement, better housing and health care. It's that simple. To keep quality people, the military must meet their basic needs.


DoD Stands Down Y2K Operations Center      

WASHINGTON - Characterizing the Y2K rollover period as "a remarkably successful weekend," Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre announced Jan. 4 that DoD was standing down its Y2K operations center.


Soldier, Set Your Weapon on Stun  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There comes a time in many "Star Trek" episodes when the captain tells armed crewmen, "Set your phasers on stun." Don't you wish you could do that?


Commissaries Change Visitor Policy      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to a recent change, authorized customers can now bring guests in while they shop at most commissaries.


Fort Carson Awards Housing Privatization Contract      

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Army officials signed a 50-year, multi-billion-dollar contract in November to privatize on- post family housing, here.


In the Spirit of Bob Hope  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Okay troops, here's how it is. You march. You drill. You train. You also polish boots, scrub


Carson Project Points Way to DoD Housing Solution      

WASHINGTON - The DoD military housing privatization effort made a great step forward with the award of a contract to privatize all housing on Fort Carson, Colo. in November.


Y2K has Little Effect on DoD, Hamre Says      

WASHINGTON - The Millennium Bug made few appearances on DoD installations around the world.


Sub Straddles Dateline, DoD Systems Green      

WASHINGTON - As the clock struck midnight Dec. 31, the USS Topeka, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, straddled the equator and the international dateline 400 feet below the Pacific Ocean's surface.

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