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 October 1999 More Stories | Archive



Army Reservist Brings Unique Past to ROTC Classroom  This story contains photos.    

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Growing up in war-torn South Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s, Khanh Pham never dreamed he would someday escape to the United States, graduate from college and be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army. But that's precisely what he did.


The 65th Infantry Regiment, Pride of Puerto Rico  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The predominantly Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment was honored in a 1992 Army National Guard heritage painting for its record of valor during the Korean War.


Survey reveals government savings      

VIENNA, Va. - People with disabilities who find work through a federal program designed to provide employment opportunities for them ultimately save the government about $3,700 each every year. This is based on a recent survey of nearly 2,000 DoD and Coast Guard contract food-service workers.


Higher Premiums, Fewer Insurers Mar 2000 Federal Health Plan      

WASHINGTON - The Office of Personnel Management hasn't been


New Web Site Adds Up Military Pay Gains      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has posted a new site on


U.S. Noncombatants in South Korea to Receive Protective Masks      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces Korea has taken another step to


Shelton, Chiefs to SASC: Optempo, Limited Funds Erode Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Today's global military commitments, intense


DoD Panel Targets Junior Enlisted Money Woes      

WASHINGTON - When $20 is all you've got left after


Innovative Training Benefits Troops, Communities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD's Civil-Military Innovative Readiness Training is a "win-win" proposition for the military and the American public, according to defense officials here.


TRICARE Puts Remote Locales on Prime Time      

WASHINGTON - More than 80,000 active duty service members previously excluded from TRICARE Prime health care benefits because of their duty location now have Prime access.


DoD to Implement Smart Card Program      

WASHINGTON - The military adage "hurry up and wait" may


Barak, Cohen Discuss Middle East Peace      

JERUSALEM - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak discussed strategic issues and the Middle East peace process Oct. 26 during meetings here.


Amphib Landing Demonstrates Interoperability      

EL-OMAYID, Egypt - Had Bright Star's amphibious landing been solely an American exercise, it would have been nothing special -- the U.S. Marines have been amphib experts for more than 200 years.


Cohen Praises Troops for Southern Watch Efforts      

ABOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION, Persian Gulf - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen praised the sailors and Marines aboard this aircraft carrier for their part in containing Saddam Hussein.


New DoD Initiative Proves There's Power in Numbers      

WASHINGTON - If you use a personal computer at work, and chances are you do, then chances are you are or will be participating in a DoD-wide program that's avoiding millions in costs for software.


Air Chief's Kosovo Lesson: Go for Snake's Head First      

WASHINGTON - If it had been solely up to U.S. military chiefs,


Bright Star Shines in Egypt  This story contains photos.    

EL-OMAYID, Egypt - Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should pay


Memorial March Planners Expect 3,000 at 2000 Event      

WASHINGTON - Those who've trod the rugged, unforgiving terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., know the annual Bataan Memorial Death March might not kill you, but it will severely test your mettle. Those who haven't tried it will get the chance April 16, 2000.


Kuwait OKs Long-term U.S. Presence, Base Upgrades      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - The United States will maintain a long-term presence in this country and with the Kuwaiti government will upgrade U.S.-used facilities here, a senior defense official said Oct. 23.


Zinni Would Pre-position More Equipment in Gulf      

CAIRO, Egypt - Equipment for a fourth Army brigade would be pre-positioned in the Persian Gulf region if Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni is able to float the idea.


President Calls Families "Heart of our Nation's Armed Forces"      

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - "Our military families are the heart of our nation's Armed Forces," President Clinton said in his 1999 Military Family Week message, released Oct 15 through the Armed Services YMCA.


Postal Service Issues NATO Birthday Commemorative Stamp  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A U.S. postage stamp honoring NATO's 50th anniversary is now on sale at post offices throughout the United States and at military post offices worldwide.


Military Health System Completes Y2K End-to-End Testing      

WASHINGTON - All systems were "go" during a worldwide check of Military Health System computers that track patient care, patient administration and medical logistics.


U.S., North Korea End Stalemate Over MIA Remains      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Bob Jones left Oct. 21 to accept remains believed to be four Korean War GIs that North Korean officials refused to repatriate last May.


Federal Money "Put to Good Use" in Young Marines Program      

WASHINGTON - Dozens of people in uniform attended the Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Awards presentation at the Pentagon Oct. 20. But one group stood out from the crowd, mainly because they were a head shorter than almost everyone around them.


DoD Programs Lauded for Preventing Drug Abuse      

WASHINGTON - Six programs dedicated to keeping individuals off drugs received Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Awards in a Pentagon ceremony Oct. 20.


Don't Equate Anthrax Shots and PB Controversy, Cohen Says      

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - DoD's ongoing anthrax vaccination program and its use of pyridostigmine bromide during the 1991 Gulf War aren't the same -- and no one should equate the two, Defense Secretary William Cohen said Oct. 20.


Pentagon Projects More Judicious Use of Nerve Agent Drug      

WASHINGTON - The decision to give battlefield troops the anti- nerve agent drug pyridostigmine bromide won't be as easy in the future as it was during the 1991 Gulf War, DoD officials said Oct. 19 at the Pentagon.


Cohen Touts Defense Cooperation in Gulf      

DOHA, Qatar - The Cooperative Defense Initiative was one subject of discussion when Defense Secretary William S. Cohen met Oct. 19 with Qatari leaders.


Cohen Takes Aim at Iraqi Propaganda      

MANAMA, Bahrain - There was nothing diplomatic in Secretary of Defense William Cohen's warning about what would happen if Saddam Hussein is successful in his propaganda campaign to end U.N. sanctions against Iraq.


President Approves Changes to Manual for Courts-Martial      

WASHINGTON - ident Clinton recently signed an executive order making four significant changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial.


DoD Moves Ahead on Digital Dog Tags      

WASHINGTON - In the future, service members may wear two kinds of dog tags instead of one -- the traditional metal ID tags and a new plastic tag bearing digitized medical information.


New Study Can't Rule Out 'PB' Connection to Gulf War Illnesses      

WASHINGTON - Anti-nerve agent pills given to troops during the


Discussion With Leaders, Troops Highlight Mideast Trip  This story contains photos.    

SIGONELLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Italy - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen will observe U.S. troops participating in Exercise Bright Star and visit sailors involved with Operation Southern Watch during his nine-day visit to Southwest Asia.


DoD Leads by Example During Red Ribbon Week      

WASHINGTON - One of the most important roles service members play in the fight against drugs is as leaders in their communities, Ana Maria Salazar said.


DoD Honors Disabled Employees      

WASHINGTON - Sixteen DoD employees received special recognition Oct. 13 for their ability to overcome their disabilities to perform exemplary work.


SGLI Improvements Ease Burden on Beneficiaries      

WASHINGTON - Recent changes to the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program should ease the burden on beneficiaries immediately following a service member’s death.


DoD Studies Kosovo Lessons Learned      

WASHINGTON - NATO solidarity and resources were crucial to


DoD Striving to Increase Hispanics in Senior Level Positions      

WASHINGTON - Hispanics may be the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, but this growth is not yet reflected in the upper levels of DoD where they occupy relatively few senior civilian and military positions. Actions to fix this leadership disparity were addressed by Francis Rush, the featured speaker at DoD's Sept 29 Hispanic Heritage Month program in the Pentagon.


Veteran, Joined Navy with "Wooden Ships, Iron Men"      

WASHINGTON - Allan H. Gordon, 82, said he joined the Navy in 1934 when there were "wooden ships and iron men."


DoD to Form Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has 90 days to form a 24-member task force on domestic violence, in accordance with the fiscal 2000 Defense Authorization Act signed Oct. 5 by President Clinton.


DoD to Address Quality of Life Concerns      

NOLFOLK, Va. - Defense officials are pleased with the passage of the Defense Authorization Act that includes new pay incentives, but they say more must be done to improve the quality of service members' lives.


Hispanic Heritage Aids Official in War Against Drugs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ana Maria Salazar considers her Hispanic heritage to be the "single most important factor" that allows her to be effective in stemming the flow of drugs from Latin America.


Research Project Launches Technical Assault on Hidden, Moving Targets      

WASHINGTON - Enemy forces will have a harder time hiding from U.S. air power in the future if current research projects prove effective.


Joint Forces Command Faces the Military's Future      

NORFOLK, Va. - It was an old tradition for a new command. Adm.


Renewed Cooperation Green Lights U.S.-Philippine Exercise  This story contains photos.    

MANILA - A major combined forces exercise involving thousands of U.S. and Filipino troops is slated in early 2000, Defense Secretary William Cohen announced during a press conference here Oct. 3.


Vaccinations Continue as Army Commissions Anthrax Studies      

WASHINGTON - An interagency team of medical experts will coordinate long-term studies on the safety and effectiveness of the anthrax vaccine.


Defense Leaders Stand Firm on Anthrax Shot Program      

WASHINGTON - They offered no options -- the lives of their soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen are not negotiable. Their message was clear: Anything less than DoD's mandatory anthrax vaccination program is unacceptable.


Unified Command Plan Changes Announced      

WASHINGTON - Changes in the Unified Command Plan replace


Top Enlisted Prepares for New Battles      

WASHINGTON - The National Defense Authorization Act signed


Chinese Agree to Help U.S. Account for MIAs      

WASHINGTON - Robert Jones returned home from China Sept. 25 with hopes of future Chinese assistance in accounting for thousands of American servicemen missing in Asia since World War II.


Pay, Retirement Ride High in Authorization Act  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - People are at the heart of the first


America Delivers for Service Members, Clinton Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Today should be a proud day for our men and


Hispanics Still Underrepresented in DoD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - John U. Sepulveda said he'd never forget when he


Thousands of Guardsmen Rally to Aid Floyd's Flood Victims  This story contains photos.    

TRENTON, N.C. - "I'm scared," said Jazmine Smith, as soldiers hoisted her aboard the North Carolina Army National Guard 2½-ton truck.


DoD Plans Quality of Life Technology Conference      

WASHINGTON - E-mail, the Internet, video-teleconferencing -- defense officials plan to explore how today's information technology can improve the quality of life of military personnel and their families.


Singapore-U.S. Relations Strong, Getting Stronger, Cohen Says      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary William Cohen said he counts Singapore among the United States' strongest allies in Southeast Asia and looks forward to even stronger relations in the next millennium.


Cohen Orders Review of Alleged Massacre      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has directed the Army to investigate allegations that U.S. soldiers massacred hundreds of South Korean villagers nearly 50 years ago.


DoD Studies Mission, Family Needs      

WASHINGTON - Mission readiness depends on family readiness.


Cohen Pledges U.S. Assistance to Thai East Timor Forces      

BANGKOK, Thailand - Defense Secretary William Cohen told Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai the United States will help transport up to 1,300 Thai military forces slated to participate in the International Forces East Timor peacekeeping operation.


DoD Students Write Their Way to High Marks      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Department of Defense eighth graders are among the top student writers and readers in the country, according to test results released Sept. 28 by the National Center for Educational Statistics.


Cohen Issues Blunt Warnings on East Timor, Indonesian Democracy      

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Defense Secretary William Cohen challenged military and civilian leaders here to stop the violence in East Timor and establish a strong civilian government that controls the military as well.

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