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Tax Exemption Requested for Joint Endeavor Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton is sending a bill to Congress to grant tax relief to some Operation Joint Endeavor forces. If passed, the proposal would exempt the income of eligible service members from Nov. 21, 1995 the date U.S. troops first entered Bosnia.


Accounting for Korean War Missing      

WASHINGTON - Meetings with a North Korean delegation in Hawaii were constructive, but compensation remains a roadblock to recovering remains of U.S. service members lost during the Korean War.


Haiti Mission Ends      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and U.N. operations in Haiti are an example of success, the head of U.S. Atlantic Command said, on the eve of the U.S. forces' final withdrawal from the Caribbean nation.


LeatherNet: Creating Synthetic Infantry  This story contains photos.    

TWENTYNINE PALMS, CALIF. - Outdoors, Marines maneuver combat vehicles across the high desert plain. Indoors, they maneuver troops, tanks and tracks across a 10foothigh, 24footwide panoramic video screen.


Some Missing May Never Be Accounted For (CORRECTED VERSION)      

WASHINGTON - "We dont think well ever be able to recover remains for 567 of [the 2,162 Americans still missing in Southeast Asia]," said James Wold, deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW/MIA Affairs.


Reserve Components to Cut 16,000 Positions      

WASHINGTON - DoD will inactivate hundreds of reserve component units across the country, cutting nearly 16,000 people by Sept. 30, according to a recent Pentagon announcement.


Messages from Home Keep Troops in Touch With Families      

WASHINGTON - "We miss you. We hope you come home safe. We also would like you to come home because we are getting tired of Dad's cooking." That's what Kati, Tiffany, Jason and Eddie Brown wrote their mother, Army Spc. Eddie Brown, who is participating in Operation Joint Endeavor.


Commissaries Receive New Check`out System      

WASHINGTON - Fifty commissaries will receive new grocery checkout systems beginning this spring, according to Defense Commissary Agency officials.


Public Service Recognition Week Set May 6-12      

WASHINGTON - The 10th annual Public Service Recognition Week is set May 612. As in the past, federal, state and local governments will host open houses, award ceremonies, teachins and many other events to highlight the contributions of government workers.


Some Missing May Never Be Accounted For      

Washington - We dont think well ever be able to recover remains for 567 of [the 2,162 Americans still missing in Southwest Asia], said James Wold, deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW/MIA Affairs.


Task Force Eagle Deployment Complete      

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Army Europe has completed deployment of Task Force Eagle, the American part of the NATO-led peace implementation force in Bosnia, according to U.S. Army Europe officials.


Keeping Service Members Informed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - Service members in Bosnia may not be able to have a beer, but they do get their daily newspaper. They may not have "three hots" a day, but they do have TV and radio.


Deadline Approaches for Military Photography Contest      

WASHINGTON - Deadline is March 1 to enter the 1995 Military Photographers of the Year competition. Judging begins March 27 at the Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Md.


U.S. Troops in Bosnia Remain Vigilant Against Threats      

WASHINGTON - Reported threats against U.S. troops in Bosnia are taken seriously even if they're unconfirmed, according to Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon.


DoD Sends Mine Data Disks to Bosnia      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops in Bosnia will soon add another tool to their demining kit, according to defense officials.


Alliances for Peace: Building Trust and Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Like the World Wide Web, new defense ties are stretching around the globe. They're linking steadfast friends and former foes in Central and South America, throughout Europe, Central Asia and even Russia.


Tax Extensions Now Available for 11 Operations      

WASHINGTON - Service members participating in 11 current operations receive the same tax filing extensions given to Operation Joint Endeavor personnel.


Congress to Examine Tax Exemptions for Bosnia Duty      

WASHINGTON - Congress will soon consider tax proposals to exempt the income of service members deployed on the Bosnia peacekeeping mission.


Leave Duds and War Trophies Alone!  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Leave unexploded ammunition alone, said ordnance disposal specialists to service members in Bosnia. The warning comes as DoD's investigation continues into the death of an Army sergeant in Bosnia.


DoDs POW/MIA Office Holds Prayer Breakfast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Accused of being a spy, Larry Zellers sat on death row wondering whether hed live or die. His anxiety intensified when two smiling young North Korean soldiers were introduced as his executioners.


Arizona Test Center Keeps Communications Working in Bosnia  This story contains photos.    

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - Defense communicationsofficials have found many commercial vendors and service programmanagers sent untested equipment and software to troops in Bosnia.


DoD Delays Discharge of HIV-Positive Personnel      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton directed DoD to delay enforcing a Defense Authorization Act provision requiring discharge of HIVpositive service members.


More Missions for National Guard and Reserve      

WASHINGTON - Reserve component units can expect to see more deployments in the year ahead, according to Defense Secretary William J. Perry.


Women's Memorial Contractor Selected      

WASHINGTON - The Women in Military Service for America Foundation selected the Clark Construction Group, Inc., of Bethesda, Md., to build The Women's Memorial.


Defense Announces Research Center Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - DoD announced plans to manage more efficiently the work of federally funded research and development centers and universityaffiliated research centers.


Predators Bound for Bosnia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Unmanned drones fly overhead, taking pictures, gathering data. They are electronic eyes watching for signs of trouble.


Blacks Must Legitimize Contributions in Korean War, Vet  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - By his own admission, Ernest K. "Ernie" Shaw is a softspoken, mildmannered fellow, who grew up milking cows, slopping hogs, herding cattle and doing all the other things farm boys do. But don't let his demeanor fool you. Shaw can rise to the occasion whatever it is.


Defense Secretary, Top NCOs Check Out Training  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AFB, Texas - "Do our people get enough training? When time is so limited and there are so many to teach, what techniques do you use?"


DoD Accepts Donations for Bosnia Service Members      

WASHINGTON, DC - DoD announced today it will accept and transport bulk donations from U.S. citizens and organizations to U.S. military units in Bosnia. Defense officials said the program will begin next month.


Cavalry Soldier Becomes First Joint Endeavor Fatality  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - An Army noncommissioned officer died in an explosion Feb. 3 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, becoming the first U.S. service fatality of Operation Joint Endeavor.


Operation Provide Promise: Mission Complete      

WASHINGTON - The longestrunning humanitarian airlift in history officially ended Jan. 9 during a ceremony at Sarajevo airport, according to DoD officials.


Sergeant's Death Heightens Mine Awareness      

WASHINGTON - At the moment, no one knows exactly what U.S. Army Sgt.1st Class Donald A. Dugan found in that muddy field near Gradacac, 40 kilometers north of Tuzla. It may have been a mine, a dud artillery round or booby trap.


Military Voter Registration Campaign Slated for August      

WASHINGTON - Installation commanders worldwide are targeting military and civilian voters during a weeklong voter registration campaign Aug. 2531.


President Nominates National Security Agency, Defense      

WASHINGTON - The White House announced President Clinton is nominating two general officers for top national security and defense intelligence positions.


Executive Order Creates Armed Forces Service Medal      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton signed an executive order authorizing the Armed Forces Service Medal. The new medal will go to service members participating in peaceful U.S. military operations on or after June 1, 1992.


Perry Names 11 New Members to DACOWITS      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William J. Perry selected 11 new members for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.


Airman Wins $5,000, Recording Session in Talent Search  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At first, Senior Airman Larry Fialas wife Mendy didnt believe hed won the $5,000 grand prize playing accordion in the USO and AT&T Countdown to Stardom overseas musical talent competition.


DoD Records One of Safest Years On Record      

WASHINGTON - 1995 was one of DoD's safest years, Defense Secretary William Perry announced today. He said the accomplishment is noteworthy in an era of increasing operational tempo, numerous worldwide deployments and continued restructuring.


Army Parachute Team Announces 1996 Schedule      

WASHINGTON, DC - Performances in England, Canada and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta highlight the U.S. Army Parachute Team's 1996 schedule.


Black Confederates      

WASHINGTON - Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne was a born fighter. A division commander in the Army of Tennessee, Cleburne hated to lose.

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