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Military Helps Fight California Wildfires
 TOP NEWS
Bush Pledges Military Will Continue to Provide Fire Aid
President Bush pledged that military assets will continue to be available to state and local authorities fighting wildfires in Southern California.  Story | Video
Firefighters Hopeful as
Santa Ana Winds Subside
The Santa Ana winds in Southern California are subsiding, allowing firefighters – both military and civilian – to make progress against wildfires that are rampaging through the area, California National Guard officials said.  Story | Video
Army National Guard Troops
Attack Wildfires by Air, Land
Army National Guard helicopters are attacking southern California’s ferocious wildfires, and Guard soldiers on the ground are manning traffic control points and preparing to provide people who had lost their homes with some of the necessities of life Story
Military Planes Douse Wildfires
Military C-130s with modular air firefighting systems are dropping fire retardant and water on wildfires plaguing California. A total of 16 wildfires have burned more than 360,000 acres in Southern California. StoryPhoto: An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter drops water on fire.
• Bush Calls Wildfires Major Disaster
• Photo Essay: Army Supplies Equipment
• Photo Essay: Schwarzenegger Gives Update
• Photo Essay: Squadron Helps Firefighters
• Photo Essay: Fire at Camp Pendleton
• Photo Essay: Troops Help Fight Wildfires
• Photo Essay: Military Aids Evacuees
IRAQ
More Soldiers, New Firearms, Better Procedures, Make Iraqi Army Stronger
Vast improvements to Iraq’s national army are leading to a force that will eventually stand on its own, a coalition commander said. Story
• Forces Disrupt Terrorist Networks
BUSH, SCHWARZENEGGER IN CALIFORNIA - President George W. Bush shakes hands with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as he talks with the media after touring the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood, Oct. 25, 2007, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California., and FEMA Director David Paulison. White House photo by Eric Draper   Hi-Res | Story | Video
BUSH, SCHWARZENEGGER IN CALIFORNIABUSH VISITS FIREFIGHTERSBUSH CONSOLES WILDFIRE VICTIMSFIRST LADY VISITS KUWAITNATO-RUSSIA COUNCIL MEETINGGATES VISITS MARINES
MILITARY NEWS
First Lady Thanks Troops for Sacrifices
First lady Laura Bush visited troops in Kuwait to thank them for their service, calling them a force for good in the Middle East.  Story
Chairman Supports All-Volunteer Force
The all-volunteer force has made the nation’s defense the strongest it’s ever been, the U.S. military’s top officer said, adding that he would not want to return to a Vietnam-era military by implementing a draft. Story
• Photo Essay: Chairman Gives First Public Speech
• Photo Essay: Chairman Visits Fort Riley
• Chairman Reaches Out to Ground-Force Troops
• Vice Chairman Receives Executive of Year Award
GATES' TRAVELS
Gates Calls U.S. Offers to Russia on Proposed Missile Defense System for Europe Sufficient
The United States has given Russia sufficient concessions regarding a proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe and supports diplomatic and economic measures to rein in the Iranian missile threat. Story
Gates: NATO Nations Must Step Up Afghanistan Contributions, Eliminate Restrictions on Forces
Defense Secretary Robert M Gates urged European military leaders to step up their countries’ contributions in Afghanistan and eliminate restrictions on their forces that threaten the mission’s success.  Story | Video
• NATO Response Force Needs Allies’ Support
• NATO-Russia Relationship Dominates Talks
AFGHANISTAN
Three Militants Caught in Afghanistan Operations
Coalition forces detained three suspected militants in the Nerkh district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province. Story
• Afghans, Americans Provide Local Medical Care
ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ
Coalition Works to Rebuild Country
Coalition forces with Multinational Division North continue to work with the government of Iraq to rebuild infrastructure and improve quality of life for people of northern Iraq.  Story
INSIDE AFGHANISTAN
Supply Airmen Help Take Fight to Enemy
Keeping aircraft flying and warfighters supplied in Afghanistan is a challenging job, but one done gladly by members of the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Supply Flight here. Story
MD National Guard Sendoff
A ceremonial sendoff was held Thursday for members of the 290th Military Police Company of the Maryland National Guard.
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WHY WE SERVE
Patriotism Prompts Nurse to Rejoin the Air Force
A sense of duty and patriotism caused a specialist in women’s health care to rejoin the Air Force at age 42. Story
FACE OF DEFENSE
Guardsman Chooses Army Full-Time
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a National Guard helicopter pilot realized his dream of making the Army a full-time career. Story
Airman Helps Afghans
Though Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joy Flumerfelt's main concern is the care of deployed servicemembers, she also provides medical support to local communities.  Story
• Airborne Buddies Are Friends for Life
• Retiree Trains for Run
AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU
Literacy Group Reaches Out to Military Families
More than 12,000 children of servicemembers each year are getting a foundation for lifelong literacy from their doctors through an effort called “Reach Out and Read.”  Story
'Above and Beyond’ Awards Voting Begins
Americans can now visit an online ballot to cast their vote for five people whose extraordinary contributions to the military go above and beyond the call of duty. Story
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