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Gates: Terror threat moves from Iraq to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- The terrorist threat has shifted from Iraq to the safe havens of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

Gates told reporters at a Pentagon roundtable that coalition and Iraqi forces have their "foot on the neck of al-Qaida in Iraq."

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


General: Iraq violence at lowest point since war

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Violence in Iraq is at an all-time low since the beginning of the war, but challenges remain as a result of the improved security situation, the commander of coalition ground forces said today during a Baghdad news conference.

"While [coalition forces] are all encouraged by our remarkable success over the past 10 months in our movement towards achieving sustainable security, we must recognize that we are by no means finished," Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters. "In fact, security success has allowed for more challenging issues to surface."

December 18, 2008 | By Army Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military


Guardsmen sue over chemical exposure in Iraq

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Sixteen Indiana National Guard soldiers sued the big defense contractor KBR Inc. on Wednesday, saying its employees knowingly allowed them to be exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq five years ago.

December 18, 2008 | By Charles Wilson Associated Press writer | Military


Divorce rate inches up among troops

WASHINGTON -- The divorce rate among soldiers and Marines increased last year as military marriages suffered continuing stress from America's two ongoing wars.

There were an estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3,077 among Marines, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press for the budget year ended Sept. 30.

December 17, 2008 | By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press writer | Military


Gates: Military studying Iraq pullout

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled a willingness Tuesday to forge ahead with two key priorities for the incoming Obama administration: accelerating the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

As the only Republican Cabinet member asked to stay on by President-elect Barack Obama, Gates told reporters that military commanders are looking at ways to more quickly pull troops out of Iraq in light of the 16-month timetable that was a centerpiece of the Democrat's campaign.

December 17, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | Military


Some vindication for sick Gulf War vets

WASHINGTON - Ground combat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War lasted just 100 hours, but it's meant 17 years of pain and anguish for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

Those who came home and complained of symptoms such as memory loss and joint pain are even sicker. As their lives unraveled and their health further deteriorated, many were told their problems were just in their head.

December 17, 2008 | By Kimberly Hefling Associated Press writer | Military


Judge stays Army execution

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal judge in Kansas has blocked what would be the military's first execution since 1961, giving the condemned prisoner more time to appeal his conviction and sentence.

U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers issued a stay Nov. 26 in the case of Ronald A. Gray, whose execution was scheduled for Dec. 10.

December 17, 2008 | By John Milburn Associated Press writer | Military


Deputy commander promoted to brigadier general

Thomas S. Vandal, the 3rd Infantry Division's deputy commanding general of support, received his first star.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


Obama taps Gates to head Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will remain in the Pentagon's top post when President-elect Barack Obama's administration takes office.

Obama, who also announced his other nominees for top national security posts today, cited the necessity of continuity as the United States fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as his rationale for asking Gates to stay.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


Local group prepares for wreath ceremony

Their names are marked by numbers: Ssg. George Alexander Jr. is No. 269; Ssg. Steve Butcher is No. 337; and Spc. Ryan Carlock is No. 43.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

December 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Military


Officers help soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving at home

The 3rd Infantry Division's dining facilities served Thanksgiving meals for soldiers and Army families Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Military


Iraqi Freedom Minute for Nov. 27

Here is a brief video report from the military about American troops activities in Iraq.

December 13, 2008 | DVIDS | Military


Iraq OKs US security pact

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament approved Thursday a security pact with the United States that lets American troops stay in the country for three more years.

December 12, 2008 | By Qassim Abdul-Zahra Associated Press writer | Military


Iraq vote on U.S. pact delayed

BAGHDAD -- Intense dealmaking among Iraq's political factions on Wednesday delayed by one day a parliamentary vote on a security pact that would allow American forces to stay in the country through 2011 under tight Iraqi supervision.

The proposed deal meets a longtime Iraqi demand for a clear timetable for the exit of about 150,000 American troops after years of war. But the Shiite-led government was struggling to meet the demands of political blocs, including a large group of Sunni Arab lawmakers, seeking concessions in return for supporting the agreement.

December 11, 2008 | By Qassim Abdul-Zahra Associated Press writer | Military


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Hinesville man to take Honor Flight

Alvin J. Schmitt worked behind the scenes during the wars in Korea and Vietnam and later, Operation Desert Storm.

April 26, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Military


PTSD seminar at Farmers Foods

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in the May 1 print edition. U.S. Air ...

April 25, 2016 | By Dollie Gull Correspondent | Military


Saturday fundraiser benefits veteran oragnizations

The first Hinesville Wounded Veterans Charity Event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bryant Commons, 438 W. Oglethorpe Highway ...

April 25, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Military


Fort Stewart soldier receives helmet that saved his life

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Staff Sgt. Thalamus Lewis did not know what hit him, but it was close. Too close.

April 23, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Military


Winn Army Community Hospital commander suspended

Col. Patrick Ahearne, the commander of Winn Army Community Hospital on Fort Stewart, has been suspended from command, according to a news release from Terry ...

April 22, 2016 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Military


Vietnam veterans to receive certificates

More than 100 Vietnam War veterans will receive certificates of honor this week to recognize their service during the war.

April 17, 2016 | By Caitlin Kenney | Military


Brigade prepares for Polish exercise

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Soldiers from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division started drawing tanks and Bradleys from the European Activity Set at sites in ...

April 14, 2016 | By Maj. Randy Ready 1st ABCT, 3rd ID | Military


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