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Y2K Arrives in Pacific Without Incident      

WASHINGTON (Dec. 31) - So far, so good. That's the message U.S. Pacific Command sent the National Military Command Center here as Y2K arrived in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan and Korea.


Cohen Adds 'Don't Harass' to Homosexual Policy, Says it Can Work      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has expanded the description of the "don't ask, don't tell" homosexual policy to "don't ask, don't tell, don't harass."


1899 to 1999 -- Documenting the American Century  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Comparing America in 1899 to the country in 1999 may not have much validity, but it is fun. And it shows how far the country has come in 100 years.


At the Dawn of the American Century  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Henry Luce, founder and owner of Time magazine, called the 20th Century "the American Century."


UPDATE: Housing Rates Set, Rate Protection in Place      

WASHINGTON - The recently released Basic Allowance for Housing rates effective Jan. 1 were computed using a new method of measuring housing costs for service members in the United States.


2000 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates Listed      

WASHINGTON - DoD released the Basic Allowance for Housing rates for 2000.


Life as a U.S. Peacekeeper in Kosovo  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Like budding crops, rows of Southeast Asian


Cohen Talks Terrorism, Quality of Life, Total Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military and civilian security officials at


Presidents Holiday Message to the Armed Forces      

WASHINGTON - During this joyous season, our hearts turn to you, our men and women in uniform, who have served and sacrificed so much for our great nation.


Celebrities Honor Troops in Italy  This story contains photos.    

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - MTV's Downtown Julie Brown bantered and joked with one and all.


Housing Rates Set, Rate Protection in Place      

WASHINGTON - The recently released Basic Allowance for Housing rates effective Jan. 1 were computed using a new method of measuring housing costs for service members in the United States.


DoD Defers Decision to Cut Reserve Components      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William Cohen has deferred plans that would have cut another 25,000 personnel from the Army National Guard and Reserve.


Thats Entertainment DoD Style  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military life can mean some tough duty, but then again, there are some really choice assignments. Ask Air Force Maj. Denise M. Hollywood and U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Will Rosser. They have one.


Civilians Given Incentives to Go or, Sometimes, to Stay (Corrected Copy)      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal 2000 National Defense Authorization Act


Congress Guarantees Veterans' Funeral Honors      

WASHINGTON - As America bids farewell to the veterans of World War II, Congress has taken steps to ensure these patriotic GIs receive their ceremonial due.


Your Military Health System: Ready for Y2K      

WASHINGTON, DC - The Military Health System (MHS) is among the most technically sophisticated healthcare systems in the world. Consequently, our preparations for Y2K have been among the most technically challenging in the healthcare industry.


Sec Def Holiday Tour Gets Underway      

WASHINGTON - William S. Cohen launched his third annual


Hamre Says DoD is OK for Y2K      

WASHINGTON - "We anticipate absolutely no problems in the Department of Defense."


Dont be Victimized by Credit Fraud      

WASHINGTON - If you have been the victim of credit card fraud or identity theft, the U.S. Secret Service recommends the following tips to assist you:


Secret Service Foils Credit Scam Aimed at Military Officers      

WASHINGTON - The United States Secret Service is in the midst of an investigation of credit card fraud perpetrated against a select group of officers in the U.S. military.


Pentagon's Y2K Director Gives Green Light for Year 2000      

WASHINGTON - Bill Curtis will be the first one to tell you that some of his friends thought he lost his senses in March 1998 when he took over as DoD's principal director for Y2K. With more than 7,000 systems that had to be examined, repaired and tested, approximately 350 separate computer domains all containing software, hardware and communications devices subject to Y2K glitches, and 637 military installations that needed to be brought into compliance - the sheer enormity of the task was enough to make even the brightest computer technician or software engineer's head spin.


Surveys Track TRICARE Progress      

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 1999 - The fourth annual survey of TRICARE beneficiaries


IG Teams to Assess Dont Ask, Dont Tell Climate      

WASHINGTON - The DoD Inspector General will assess the atmosphere surrounding the militarys homosexual service policy, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen announced Dec. 13.


NORAD Continues Santa Tracking Tradition      

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN, Colo. - On Christmas Eve children want answers to age-old -- and some not-so-age-old -- questions about Santa Claus. Is he coming? Is he real? Is he Y2K compliant?


Holiday Greetings from the Chairman      

WASHINGTON - As 1999 draws to a close, and friends and family gather together to enjoy the holiday season, every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and DOD civilian can reflect on a year of extraordinary accomplishments. Whether carrying out operations in the Balkans, providing disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, guarding against aggression in Korea, or enforcing the UN sanctions against Iraq, you met every challenge, no matter how difficult or dangerous.


Buffalo Soldiers Taught Him About Soldiering and History  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - John E. Wright, 83, thought he knew how to soldier


DoD Halts Some Anthrax Shots Until New Plant Passes Muster      

WASHINGTON - Failure of a new anthrax vaccine production plant


DoD Helps Governmentwide Preparations for Y2K Main Event      

WASHINGTON - It's mostly just a large open, quiet room in a downtown Washington office building right now. Almost all the workstations remain vacant. The computer screens are dark, and the large television screens suspended from the ceiling glow to a nonexistent audience.


Cohen, USO Honor Glenn, Five Troop Heroes (corrected copy)      

NEW YORK - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen honored former Ohio Sen. John Glenn and five enlisted men, Dec. 10, during the USO's 1999 Holiday Gala aboard the Intrepid Sea- Air-Space Museum in New York City.


USO Honors Senator John Glenn      

NEW YORK - The United Services Organization presented its highest and most prestigious honor, the "Spirit of Hope" Award, to Senator John Glenn at the 1999 USO Holiday Gala, Dec. 10, aboard the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.


New Lightweight Body Armor Developed      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Its natural for service members


NATO-Russian Relations Improve, but Chechnya Raises Concern      

WASHINGTON - Relations between NATO and Russia, strained


Balkan Tensions Persist, SACEUR Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Trouble in the Balkans may not be over,


Big Changes on Hand for Employee Thrift Plan      

WASHINGTON - More investment funds to choose from and daily transaction processing are among the major changes coming May 1, 2000, to the federal employees' Thrift Savings Plan.


Safety, Common Sense Help Ensure Happy Holidays  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - I've always felt there are two important


Holiday Message from the Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON - Greetings. Every year, it is my pleasure to take a moment during the holiday season to review the events of the past year and to reflect on the meaning of the season as well as on the meaning of your service.


Meet Janet Langhart Cohen, the Secretary's Outreach Partner  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As millions of folks have come to know, joining the military is a family affair. Whether you're an entry-level private or the Pentagon's top civilian leader, your family is along for the ride.


U.S., Ukraine Sign Cooperation Agreement      

BRUSSELS - The U.S.-Ukraine Defense Cooperation Plan inked here Dec. 3 will affect service members from all levels of the U.S. military, DoD officials said.


Clothing Allowances Keep Pace With Price Hikes  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Military members may have noticed a


Law Change Affects Reservists' "Forgotten Widows"      

WASHINGTON - The last of the reserve components' "forgotten widows" are now eligible for the two-year-old Annuities for Certain Military Surviving Spouses benefit.


New DFAS System Should Simplify, Speed Pay Changes      

WASHINGTON - Military and DoD civilian employees and retirees will soon be able to make many routine changes to their official pay accounts whenever they want by phone or via the World Wide Web.


Veteran Recalls Navajo Code Talkers' War in the Pacific  This story contains photos.    

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - America's World War II island-hopping campaign in the Pacific was about to start in 1942, and the U.S. military still didn't have something it desperately needed -- a communications code the Japanese couldn't break.


U.S. Proposes Five-Year Phaseout of Vieques Training      

WASHINGTON - Puerto Ricans say they want the ships, planes


NATO Charts Kosovo Progress      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - While the world is stunned by some of the acts of ethnic violence still occurring in Kosovo, NATO officials are pointing to significant accomplishments since the end of Operation Allied Force in June.


DoD Honors Last Comanche World War II "Code Talker"  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Charles Chibitty, 78, was honored here Nov. 30 as the last surviving World War II Army Comanche "code talker" during an emotional ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.


NATO's Robertson: Allies Must Spend More for Capabilities      

BRUSSELS - "The time for a peace dividend is over because there is no permanent peace in Europe or elsewhere," NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said Dec. 2 at the conclusion of the NATO Defense Ministers Meeting here.


Defense Lab Tests New Vaccine for Old Menace  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Winnona Vanson frowned as she looked at


NATO Ministers Discuss Missile Defense, Receive Kosovo Update      

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen briefed NATO's nuclear planning group about the threat of ballistic missiles Dec. 2 at the start of the NATO Defense Ministers Meeting here.


Marshall Center Relationships Important to Peace      

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - The seal of the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies here shows two hands clasped in front of the torch of learning.


Govern Reserve Health Care by Risk, not Status, Leader Says      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force Reserve technical sergeant was called to active duty in Kosovo. Before the call-up, he, his wife and their three children got their medical care from a civilian dentist through his employer's medical insurance plan. The plan didn't cover them, however, once he left for active duty.


Germany Must Increase Defense Budget, Cohen Says      

HAMBURG, Germany - Germany must increase its defense budget, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told military leaders here Dec. 1.

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