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 August 1997 More Stories | Archive



Central Command Chief Talks Anti-terrorism      

WASHINGTON - "Street smarts." That's what Central Command's new commander says U.S. troops need to counter terrorism.


Clinton Names Hamre to Protection Panel      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton named Deputy Defense Secretary John J. Hamre to the steering committee of the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, White House officials announced Aug. 27.


Bosnian Serb Crowds Harass U.S. Forces      

WASHINGTON - White House officials warned Bosnian leaders to back off after about 1,000 Bosnian Serb civilians attacked U.S. troops Aug. 28 in the town of Brcko.


DoD Revises Web Policy Guidelines      

WASHINGTON - A new DoD policy sets guidelines for establishing and maintaining a publicly accessible DoD information service on the Internet's World Wide Web.


Bosnian Marker Honors U.S. Envoys      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Bosnian officials commemorated the sacrifice of three American peace envoys Aug. 19, unveiling a marker at the site in Bosnia where the men died two years ago.


U.S. Forces Support SFOR Raids      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Apache and Black Hawk helicopters provided overhead security Aug. 20 as NATO troops raided five civil police facilities in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and netted up to 3,000 illegal weapons.


Help Arrives in Battle of the Bulge      

FORT LEE, Va. - Everyone agrees: Fat is bad.


Joint School Launches New Navigators  This story contains photos.    

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Navy Lt. Dave Huntley deftly guided the Air Force T-43A twin-engine jet 35,000 feet above the New Mexico desert. With nearly a dozen navigators aft, there was no chance he'd get lost.


U.S. to Join Canadian-led Land Mine Talks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States will join Canadian-led talks aimed at banning anti-personnel land mines worldwide, White House officials announced Aug. 18.


A Breed Apart: Marines Train Enlisted Navigators      

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - The youngest student in the current class of Marines was only 17 when he began learning to guide Marine Corps C-130 aircraft. Now nearing graduation, he's attained the ripe old age of 18.


Clinton Calls for Religious Freedom in Federal Workplace      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton issued new guidelines Aug. 14 defining when federal employees can participate in religious activities in the workplace.


Commissaries Go Electronic With Price Labels      

FORT LEE, Va. - The commissaries at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Hurlburt Field, Fla., are the first in DoD to use electronic labels that assure the price accuracy of groceries.


NAACP Honors 12 Service Members, DoD Civilians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Twelve service members and DoD civilian employees are recipients of top NAACP annual awards for their efforts in creating policies and programs affecting the employment and advancement of minorities and women.


Army Defends Armed Forces Women's Softball Title  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Army women's softball team repeated as the armed forces champions -- for the 12th straight time -- at the interservice tournament here July 29-31.


Pang Says DoD Will Continue Fight Against Discrimination  This story contains photos.    

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Today's military is the most diverse in history and the most integrated major institution in American life, but it's not without problems, Fred Pang told Hispanic veterans and guests here at the American GI Forum National Education and Training Conference Aug. 8.


Gore Vows Support for Vietnam, Gulf War Veterans, Families  This story contains photos.    

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "Vietnam is our generation's war. It's a bond between veterans which cannot be broken," Vice President Al Gore told more than 1,000 Vietnam veterans and guests here Aug. 7 at the Vietnam Veterans of America's 8th National Convention.


Shalikashvili Reflects on Bosnia and His Career  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While diplomats struggle with the frustrations caused by Bosnians who don't agree on even the smallest details of the Dayton peace accords, America's top military leader says the success of the military mission there continues to impress him.


One Crash Victim Dies, Three Cling to Life at Burn Center      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - One of four victims of the Korean Air Lines Flight 801 crash in Guam who were transported to the Army burn center here died Aug. 10 following surgery.


Support of Category B Travel Needed to Sustain Airlift      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. military leaders must support Category B international charter flights or they may lose critically needed airlift in the future.


DoD Inspector General Reviewing Noncombat Deaths      

WASHINGTON - The DoD Inspector General Office is looking into military deaths not related to combat or terrorism.


Service Members Rescue Crash Victims      

WASHINGTON - Military rescue workers rushed to the scene when Korean Airlines Flight 801 out of Seoul crashed Aug. 5 less than three miles from a U.S. Navy housing area in Agana, Guam.


Navy Doctors Report Transplant Breakthrough      

WASHINGTON - Navy medical researchers have discovered a way to teach the human immune system to accept even completely mismatched transplanted organs.


Across America & DoD, Youth Face Greatest Road Risks      

WASHINGTON - The good news is fewer service members will be killed this year in off-duty motor vehicle accidents. The bad news is an estimated 255 will die from injuries sustained in private automobile and motorcycle accidents in fiscal 1997. According to statistics, the victims will be mostly male and young.


Pentagon Guard Tackles Gun-wielding Intruder      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials here recently got a taste of the threat U.S. forces face around the world from those who use violence to achieve their goals.


DoD Reviews Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials are reviewing DoD's policy on homosexuals in the military.


U.S. Special Forces Train African Peacekeepers      

WASHINGTON - Civil war produces devastation and refugees. Drought produces famine and disease. When crises arise, grief-stricken faces appear on television news broadcasts, pleading for help.


1997 Armed Forces Chess Championship Sets Dates      

WASHINGTON - Registration deadline is Oct. 3 for the 38th Annual Armed Forces Chess Championship scheduled Oct. 11-13 at the U.S. Chess Center here.


Computer Redistribution Program Saves Millions      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The computer on your desk may seem an antique, but in other offices it may be the stuff of Star Wars.


Congress Approves Retiree Health Care Demonstration      

WASHINGTON - Congress has approved a DoD plan to demonstrate health care delivery to military retirees over age 65.


Retiree Dental Plan Delayed      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees will have to wait a little longer for a dental plan. Responding to concerns from the dental care industry, Congress wants DoD to consider changing from a single national premium to a local or regional rate schedule.


Ryan Nod Marks Air Force Family Legacy      

WASHINGTON - For the first time in U.S. military history, a son will follow his father as a service chief of staff, William S. Cohen announced here July 31.


Budgetary Concerns Challenge Medical Leadership      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Reduced budgets for fiscal 1998 and beyond present a formidable, but not insurmountable, challenge, Dr. Ed Martin told participants at the 1997 summer TRICARE conference here July 29-31.


Service Members Build, Run Scout City  This story contains photos.    

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. - At 8 a.m. July 27, this post in northern Virginia looked like a ghost town. By noon, it was a thriving city of 35,000.


Cohen Denies Promotion to Dhahran Commander      

WASHINGTON - While he did much to safeguard his troops at Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia, certain lapses will cost the commander his second star, Defense Secretary William Cohen announced July 31.


Commander's Experience Promotes Breast Health      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Halfway through her keynote speech at the 1997 DoD breast cancer conference, Dr. (Rear Adm.) Bonnie Potter got personal.


Conference Addresses Breast Health Issues      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Military health care professionals met here July 28-29 to discuss and learn how to better detect, diagnose and treat breast cancer.


Military Counterdrug Mission Under Review      

WASHINGTON - DoD pulled U.S. troops from patrols along the U.S.-Mexican border while defense officials review the role of military troops in counterdrug activities.



WASHINGTON - The remains of two U.S. Air Force pilots previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial in the United States.


Get Breast Care Information on Internet      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of World Wide Web sites offer information about breast health issues, including how to conduct a self-examination.

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