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Monday, March 21, 2005

SECURITY DUTY — U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Saina, assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armor Division's Task Force Baghdad, provides security along a road in Taji, Iraq. Saina, a resident of Fagatogo, American Samoa, is currently serving his third tour of duty in Iraq . U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kevin Bromley

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In the last month or so, Soldiers’ Angels has had a flood of submissions from troops looking for support. As a result, Angels are needed now! Would you like a chance to say thanks to a Hero?

The commitment is approximately 1-2 letters a week and 1-2 care packages a month. The rewards are indescribable. Supporting one of our brave Heroes gives you a tangible way to say ‘thank you.’ It allows you to be a part of protecting your country, in that you are directly supporting one of our Heroes in harm’s way.

While there are no guarantees of return correspondence, many Angels (myself included) have been fortunate enough to hear from their Hero. I cannot explain what a gift that is.

Many of our Heroes do not receive any mail or packages at all while deployed. Imagine putting your life on the line for your country, and never getting any mail from home. In some cases, troops have families who simply don’t have the means to send packages as they’d like to, and they will submit their Hero’s name for help.

Mail is vital to morale, and morale is vital to bringing home a healthy hero.

If you as an individual would like to help support a deployed Hero, or if you own or work for a company who can support a group of troops, please go to the Soldiers’ Angels website to find out more.

In Today's News - Monday, March 21, 2005

Quote of the Day
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
--Benjamin Franklin Associated Press
U.S. GIs kill 26 militants in Iraq clash
Kyrgyzstan orders probe into elections
Court-martial set for SEAL in abuse case
Nation's gas prices reach record high
Annan seeks approval for sweeping changes

Ananova: War In Iraq
Madrid bomb suspect due in court
World unites to condemn bombing

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
A changed military emerges from Iraq war

The US News: Iraq News
Blasts mar first Assembly meeting in Iraq
Iraq ; Iraqi women defy threats in fight for political clout:
Tsunami victims, Iraqis get taste of recycled water targeted for ...
One South Mississippi Family Sending Toys For Iraqi Tots
Insurgents Recycle Iran-Iraq War Weapons
U.S. Soldier Killed in Combat in Western Iraq
45 dead in Iraq unrest on 2nd anniversary of US-led invasion
Iraq and Jordan withdraw ambassadors
Iraq's new lawmakers take the oath of office
Britain will stay course in Iraq
Iraq ; Iraq Parliament meets amid 'fireworks':
Iraqi minister denies being kidnapped
Iraq, Jordan Pull Envoys in Security Spat
26 insurgents killed in Baghdad attack
Gas prices soar 13 cents to record high
WWII-era Japanese sub found near Hawaii

Fox News
U.S. Kills 26 Iraqi Insurgents
Kyrgyz Vote Probe Ordered
WW II Sub Found Off Hawaii
Survey: Gas Prices Hit Record
Al Qaeda Militants Admit Plot
Rice: Ease Taiwan Tensions
Annan Urges U.N. Reforms
Kofi Annan Report (pdf)

Department of Defense
Officials Outline Terror War Achievements — Story
Iraqi Vice President Expresses Appreciation — Story
Wolfowitz Cites Accomplishments, Challenges
Two Years in Iraq: What Do Iraqis Think? — Story Special
Two Years Later: Progress Continues on All Fronts
Pace of Iraqi Reconstruction Picking Up
Pentagon Channel: "From Dictatorship to Democracy"

Emergency Reaction Team Keeps Oil Flowing — Story
U.S. Soldiers Training Iraqi Troops

Support Battalion Convoys Take to Open Road
'Rough Riders' Push Through Ambushes
Troops, Iraqis Secure Bicycle Championships

Civil Engineers Prepare to 'Close the Gaps' at Bagram

U.S. Soldier Killed, Nine Wounded
Soldier Killed; Terror Suspects Held
U.S., Iraqi Forces Discover IEDs
U.S. Soldiers Rescue Hostage
Officials Outline Success Factors
Success in Iraq - DoD Fact Sheet
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Copters Rescue Stranded Afghans
Myers: Optimism Apparent
Photos: Chairman Visits Afghanistan
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Afghanistan Daily Update

Feith: International Effort Vital
McHale Talks Homeland Defense
Risk Management Vital to Security
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Rumsfeld Praises Troops
Rumsfeld, Pace Address Issues
Photos: Myers' Saudi, Jordan Visits
Specials Ops Requests Funding
National Guard, Reserve Update

Today in History
1617 - Pocahontas dies in England.
1788 - Most of New Orleans, Louisiana, is destroyed in a fire.
1791 - Lord Cornwallis and British troops capture Bangalore.
1801 - British troops under Abercromby defeat French defenders at Alexandria.
1806 - Lewis and Clark start their trip home after an 8,000 mile exploration of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast.
1865 - The Battle of Bentonville, N.C. ends. It is the last Confederate attempt to stop General William Sherman.
1858 - British forces lift the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
1910 - The U.S. Senate awards ex-President Teddy Roosevelt an annual pension of $10,000.
1918 - The Germans launch the 'Michael' offensive (First Battle of the Somme).
1928 - President Calvin Coolidge awards Charles Lindbergh the Congressional Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
1941 - The last Italian post in East Libya falls to the British.
1945 - The U.S. Third Army under General Patton crosses Rhine into Germany. This marks the end of operation Rhineland, and the elimination of German resistance west of the Rhine River. 7,670 Allied soldiers were killed; Germany sustains 60,000 casualties and 250,000 prisoners.
1971 - Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refuse orders to advance.
1975 - Hue and other northern towns in South Vietnam are evacuated ahead of a North Vietnamese advance.
1980 - President Carter announces the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, as a protest against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1984 - Off the coast of Japan, a Soviet submarine crashes into the USS Kitty Hawk.

1806 - Benito Juarez, President of Mexico.
1885 - Raoul Lufbery, French-born WW I American fighter pilot.