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U.S. Air Force Airmen perform honor duties for a cordon in honor of U.S. Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, as prepares to depart Osan Air Base, South Korea.

Photo by Chad Strohmeyer / U.S. Air Force Photo

The President Speaks via Satellite to the Republican National Convention (August 31, 2008)
The President Attends a Briefing in Washington on Hurricane Gustav (August 31, 2008)
The President Delivers a Radio Address on the Nation’s Economy (August 30, 2008)
The President Meets with President Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania (August 29, 2008)
The President Declares a Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks of 2001 (August 28, 2008)
The President Declares National Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month (August 27, 2008)
The President Condemns Actions Taken by the President of Russia on Georgia

President Bush Discusses Free Trade Agreements
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for the warm welcome. It’s great to be in Miami. I’ve been looking for my little brother. (Laughter.) He must have finally found work. (Laughter.) Just kidding, Jeb.
     I thank the Center for Hemispheric Policy and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event. And I appreciate you all coming. I appreciate the support that you give for enterprise here in South Florida.
     I know you know that — as business leaders and foreign policy thinkers, that one of the pivotal issues facing our country is expanding trade and investment. And that’s what I want to talk to you about today. It’s a timely message because Congress has some important decisions coming up. I made my mind about the importance of trade and investment, and now Congress is going to have to make up its mind about trade and investment — especially when it comes to free trade agreements with Peru, Panama and Colombia. (Full Remarks)

Bush Proclaims ‘National Days of Prayer and Remembrance’
President Bush is urging Americans to light candles and ring bells to honor terrorism victims and servicemembers during “National Days of Prayer and Remembrance”.
     Bush carved out the symbolic calendar days to encourage Americans to remember the 2,974 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and to reaffirm the global terror war’s foundation, according to a proclamation the White House released. (Full Story)

Medal of Honor Heroes Set the Standard, England Says
Medal of Honor recipients are heroes, despite their many humble objections to the label, and are important to the fabric of our society, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told those gathered to celebrate the official naming of March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day.
     Medal of Honor recipients and their families, politicians, senior military members and others packed the historic caucus room in the Russell Senate Office Building to honor those wearing the nation’s highest military award for bravery.
(Full Story)

Changes Needed to Ensure Long-Term Guard Readiness
The National Guard has problems that affect its readiness, particularly at home, but fixing them requires a sweeping, intergovernmental effort, the chairman of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves told Congress.
     Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro told the House Armed Services Committee many of the problems facing the Guard boil down to the fact that it changed from a strategic to an operational force, but without the benefit of other changes needed for it to succeed. (Full Story)

Radio Interview with General Bell on the Rusty Humphries Show
MR. HUMPHRIES: General B.B. Bell, it is an honor to have you on "The Rusty Humphries Show." Thank you for dropping by today. I appreciate it.
     GEN. BELL: Thank you, Rusty. I’m glad to be here.
     MR. HUMPHRIES: Now, you’ve got one of those really, really long but important titles. Let me see if I have it right. It’s commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea. What does that mean? (Full Story)

Rates Change for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) — The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently approved new Foreign Language Proficiency Pay rates that will increase entitlements for eligible and qualified military members, while eliminating FLPP for others.
     The highest maximum pay rate for a single-language proficiency increases from $200 to $500 per month; likewise, the maximum pay rate for multiple-language proficiency increases from $300 to $1,000 per month. (Full Story)

New Personnel System to Benefit All in DoD, Deputy Says
The Defense Department’s new civilian personnel system will create a better environment for employees and will contribute to the overall transformation of the department, the deputy secretary of defense said in Baltimore.
     The National Security Personnel System will be more responsive and agile and will help DoD link organizations at low levels, Gordon England said at the Office of Personnel Management Federal Workforce Conference. (Full Story)

Sergeant Recognized at White House for Service
(U.S. Army) A Soldier stationed at the Pentagon was recognized for his service during a Black History Month ceremony at the White House in February 2006
     Staff Sgt. Shajn Cabrera met the President Bush and the Vice President Cheney, before the ceremony so the commander-in-chief could thank them for him and other African-American service members for their service. (Full Story)

Soldier’s Valor Recognized with Silver Star
(U.S. Army) A 3rd Infantry Division platoon sergeant who was part of the initial invasion into Baghdad was awarded the Silver Star for his actions to secure an area near Baghdad International Airport on April 3, 2003.
     Sgt. 1st Class Terry Mulligan, then a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, was serving as a scout – the forward eyes and ears of the division as they moved to take Baghdad. As a platoon sergeant, he was responsible for about 35 Soldiers. (Full Story)

U.S. Navy Quartermaster 3rd Class Johnnie White releases the U.S. flag as it is hoisted aloft from the signal bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis. Stennis is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations.

Photo by Josue Escobosa / U.S. Navy Photo

Dr. George Durrick, directs the Tinker Elementary School Choir, through a chorus, of "On This Day," a Charles Strouse composed, White House Commission on Remembrance endorsed, song, dedicated to honor the more than one million Americans who died in service to our country, at Memorial Park, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Photo by Kenneth Bellard / DoD Photo

U.S. Navy personnel of Helicopter Sea Control Squadron Twenty Five work on an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while under way in the East Java Sea.

Photo by Michael D. Kennedy / U.S. Navy Photo