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Photo Caption: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gives his closing remarks at Yongsan Garrison during a town hall at Collier Field House, Yongsan, Korea, Oct. 21, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. James M. Bowman
Rumsfeld Lauds Troops' Dedication

With the passing of time, we will likely look back on 2005 as a year during which the world witnessed a truly impressive display of U.S. forces serving causes bigger than themselves. The gift of freedom they guarantee is unmistakable. In a world full of challenges, the men and women wearing U.S. military uniforms are a shining beacon of steadfast and noble service. We thank them for all that they do and for all that they are. More

Wall of Water
U.S. Troops Aid Tsunami Victims
American forces began 2005 by helping people on the other side of the globe. Within hours of the Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami that devastated large swaths of the Indian Ocean region, U.S. troops were mobilizing to help. Thousands of servicemembers rang in the New Year in the region or were mobilizing to go there. More
Help at Home
Military Tackles Relief Efforts in Gulf Coast Region
The Defense Department response to Hurricane Katrina was the largest, fastest deployment of military forces for a civil-support mission in U.S. history – more than twice the response to Hurricane Andrew. More
2005
TIMELINE
Pentagon Channel Year in Review Documentary
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When the Earth Shook
U.S. Responds to Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake in Pakistan
U.S. troops were on the ground providing aid within 48 hours after a massive magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck northern Pakistan Oct. 8, 2005. Officials estimate more than 73,000 people died and at least as many were injured. More
Water and Mud
Troops Aid Guatemalans Following Hurricane Stan
Joint Task Force Bravo had 50 people and seven helicopters in Guatemala the day after Hurricane Stan's heavy rains devastated the country with landslides and flooding in early October. American Red Cross officials said more than 650 people died, and up to 35,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. More
Road to Democracy
Americans Help Iraqis Rebuild Country, Maintain Security
Perhaps nowhere has liberty advanced more during the past year than in Iraq, a nation of 25 million that, thanks to the skill, dedication and perseverance of U.S. troops, has made truly herculean progress on the path to peace and freedom. More
Promoting Freedom
U.S. Presence Supports Afghanistan’s Quest for Democracy
The year 2005 witnessed watershed political progress and a renewed sense of hope for Afghanistan. “A nation that once knew only the terror of the Taliban is now seeing a rebirth of freedom,” President Bush said. “And we will help them succeed.” More
Buildings, Books, A Better Life
American Military Helps Strengthen Horn of Africa Nations
American military forces in the Horn of Africa region worked hard in 2005 to bring aid to the local population and prevent the spread of terrorism. Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa completed hundreds of projects. More
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