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U.S. deaths in Iraq drop in 2008

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2009 - The number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq in 2008 fell two-thirds compared to the previous year, underscoring an improvement in security amid upcoming provincial elections.

January 02, 2009 | By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service | Military


U.S. readying south Afghan surge against Taliban

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The U.S. is preparing to pour at least 20,000 extra troops into southern Afghanistan to cope with a Taliban insurgency that is fiercer than NATO leaders expected.

January 02, 2009 | By Jason Straziuso and Rahim Faiez The Associated Press | Military


U.S. turns Green Zone over to Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2009 - The United States formally transferred the Republican Palace back to the Iraqi government today, a concrete symbol of the continuing improvement in the country.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


Army expands funeral honors for soldiers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2008 - Starting early next year, the Army will allow full military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for all soldiers killed in action.

January 02, 2009 | By Sara Moore American Forces Press Service | Military


Deployments to Iraq continue

FORT DIX, N.J. - Over his holiday leave, 1st Sgt. Lewis Walls will put a ring on his new bride's finger, hold their baby boy one last time, and then report back to deploy to Iraq.

Even as signs point toward the winding down of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, there's been no slowing in the deployment schedule for Walls and more than 4,000 other members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

December 30, 2008 | By Kimberly Hefling Associated Press writer | Military


Spirit of Christmas in the sand

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Military


Sons of Iraq transitioning to Iraq control

BAGHDAD, Dec. 30, 2008 - The once-restless and violent western Iraqi province of Anbar produced a grassroots security movement in June 2007 that came to be known as the "Awakening." The movement grew rapidly throughout the country with coalition help, speeding the nation's return to peace and stability.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Military


Rice: Iran scaling back operations in Iraq

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday Iran has chosen to scale back much of its most troubling interference in Iraq, and she credits the strength of U.S. pressure.

"I don't think it's goodwill," Rice told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview covering two wars, the fight against pirates, Mideast peace prospects and more.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | Military


DoD releases 2009 BAH rates

WASHINGTON -- Housing allowances for military members will go up an average of 6.9 percent in 2009, Defense Department officials announced today.

The increase comes to an average of about $95 per month across the board for the 950,000 servicemembers expected to draw basic allowance for housing, or BAH, in 2009, but some servicemembers will not see any increase at all, and others will see less than that the average increase, Susan A. Brumbaugh director of the Defense Department's BAH program, said in a Pentagon Channel interview.

December 30, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Military


Bush pays final visit to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 - In his final trip to Iraq and Afghanistan as commander in chief, President George W. Bush brought season's greetings from "a proud and grateful nation" to deployed U.S. troops yesterday and early this morning and thanked them for their service.

December 30, 2008 | By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military


2,000 Iraqis return to Baghdad, reclaim homes

BAGHDAD, Dec. 28, 2008 - Iraqi officials recently reported that more than 2,000 Iraqi families have returned to their homes in eastern Baghdad this year.

December 29, 2008 | Multinational Corps Iraq Special to American Forces Press Service | Military


Gates: Some troops to stay in Iraqi cities

BALAD, Iraq (AP) - Despite a summer deadline to pull American combat troops from urban areas, thousands will stay in cities to support and train Iraqis, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday.

Even with the mandate in the recently approved U.S.-Iraq security agreement, there have been suggestions some troops would not leave urban areas. But Gen. Raymond Odierno was the first military leader to acknowledge some forces would remain at local security stations, as training and mentoring teams.

December 28, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | Military


1st BCT training for homeland response

INDIAN HEAD, Md. – The first active-duty unit dedicated to supporting U.S. civilian authorities in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack is wrapping up three days of intensive training its members hope they never have to apply in real life.

December 27, 2008 | By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service | Military


Comments sought on spouse employment

WASHINGTON - The public is invited to comment on proposed rules to speed up the hiring process for some military spouses seeking federal jobs.

December 27, 2008 | By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service | Military


Troops getting enthusiastic welcome

The crowd went wild at Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field early Thursday morning as the 3rd Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team continued its trek home.

December 27, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military


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What is happening for area’s military community

Here's a little of what MWR is bringing to the military community on Fort Stewart:

June 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Military


CSM Tagalicud becomes top NCO in I Corps

Before he left Fort Stewart in May, 3rd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Rainey called Command Sgt. Maj. Walter "Tag" Tagalicud the "best command ...

June 12, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Military


Army colonel, others indicted in $20M bribery, fraud scheme

An Army colonel stationed at Fort Gordon near Augusta and two others were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Savannah for their ...

June 08, 2017 | Coastal Courier | Military


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