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Bush Lauds Progress of Young European Democracies

President George W. Bush shakes hands with President Stjepan Mesic of Croatia during arrival ceremonies in honor of the President and Mrs. Bush Friday, April 4, 2008, at the Office of the President in Zagreb. White House photo by Chris Greenberg
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2008 – NATO’s invitation of membership to Albania and Croatia signifies the countries are on the right track in growing their fledgling democracies, President Bush said in his weekly radio address today. Story

Gates Leaves NATO Summit
Pleased With Outcomes

ENROUTE TO MUSCAT, Oman, April 4, 2008 –
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that he is pleased with the results of the three-day NATO summit that wrapped up today. Story 

U.S. May Send More Troops to Afghanistan in 2009, Gates Says

EN ROUTE TO MUSCAT, Oman, April 4, 2008 – The United States may send more troops to Afghanistan in 2009, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed today. Story 

NATO Members Debate
Direction of Alliance

President George W. Bush talks with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice prior to the kickoff of the Bucharest NATO Summit, Romania, April 3, 2008. NATO defense ministers and other world leaders gathered for the three-day summit to discuss new additions to NATO and its role in Afghanistan. Defense Dept. photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison BUCHAREST, Romania, April 3, 2008 – The second day of NATO’s summit conference wrapped up here today with clear support for more troops in Afghanistan, a missile defense system for Europe and the hopes of eventually adding at least five more countries to the alliance. Story 

NATO Offers Membership
To Two of Three Balkan Candidates

BUCHAREST, Romania, April 3, 2008 – NATO formally offered membership today to two of the three Balkan nations President Bush had strongly advocated for acceptance. Story 

Bush Pushes NATO
To Accept Balkan Nations

President George W. Bush emphasizes a point as he delivers remarks Tuesday, April 2, 2008, at the National Bank of Savings in Bucharest. White House photo by Shealah CraigheadBUCHAREST, Romania, April 2, 2008 – President Bush today called NATO’s upcoming decision on whether to accept three Balkan nations for membership into the alliance “historic” and said the United States strongly supports their membership. Story 

Gates Arrives in Bucharest

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates look on during a speech by President George W. Bush at the kickoff of the Bucharest NATO Summit in Romania, April 2, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry MorrisonBUCHAREST, Romania, April 2, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates landed here today for the start of the NATO summit. Story 

Bush Supports Ukrainian, Georgian Aspirations for NATO Membership

Bucharest's Palace of the Parliament, where NATO's Summit will take place, is one of Europe's most stunning buildings. It has 1,100 rooms, is 12 stories high, measures 240 x 270 meters, and has an underground section which reaches 92 meters down.WASHINGTON, April 1, 2008 – President Bush strongly endorsed Ukraine’s and Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO during a news conference with reporters in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv today. Story 

U.S. Silver Star Recipient
Honored at NATO Summit

Army Spc. Monica Brown, far right, stands with 25 other soldiers representing all 26 nations of the NATO alliance during an April 3, 2008, ceremony during the NATO Summit Conference in Bucharest, Romania, honoring those who have served in NATO operations around the world. Brown received the Silver Star for heroism in combat in Afghanistan. NATO photoBUCHAREST, Romania, April 3, 2008 - Deep within the cavernous marble walls of the Palace of the Parliament here today sat two Texans, casually talking about - what else - Texas. The first was President Bush, here for the first full day of NATO talks. The second was Army Spc. Monica Brown, here to help kick off the first full day of the talks. Story

NATO Looks to Expand Membership

Croatian Senior Chief Ivan Orlandini makes a briefing schedule during Exercise Combined Endeavor 2007 at Lager Aulenbach, Baumholder, Germany, April 30, 2007. The exercise was the largest security cooperation and communications and information systems military exercise in the world, with participation from more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel from 42 countries and two multi-national organizations. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dayton MitchellFor only the sixth time in its 59-year history, NATO is poised to expand its membership this week. At the alliance’s three-day summit conference officials are expected to extend an invitation to Albania, Croatia and Macedonia for NATO membership. Story

New World Leads to Transformation

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert D. Bishop Jr., the commander of 3rd Air Force, answers questions from the media while meeting with Bulgarian air force officials at Graf Ignattevo Airfield, Bulgaria, Oct. 18, 2007. Over 250 U.S. Air Force Airmen from AvianoAir Base, Italy, trained with Bulgarian air force airmen during exercise Rodopi Javelin 2007 at the airfield. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. HolzworthNATO’s creation in 1949 provided a unique framework for Western military cooperation in an era of Soviet expansion, and subsequently throughout the Cold War. Story

NATO Grows with Afghan Experience

Polish army Maj. Thomas Stachera, the commander of Polish Battle Group Company Bravo, talks with village elders in Ghazni province of Afghanistan June 23, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. ClareNATO’s effort in Afghanistan shows not only how far the alliance has come from its original mission of confronting the Cold War era’s Soviet threat, but also how far it has to go to become a force for the 21st century. Story

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