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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

A Blog You Should See...

Check out Schadenfreude -

The two bloggers, Dan and Mark (or -en and -on; you'll see), are active duty Special Ops NCO's. It's definitely a place in the blogosphere worth checking out.

At Work In...

The Army...

Pfc. Tiffany M. Shockley assists Capt. Michael R. Sanders in performing oral surgery on an Iraqi detainee at the 520th Area Support Medical Command’s Camp Bucca Internment Facility Aid Station. Photo by Spc. Jeremy Crisp. (from

The Navy...

ORDNANCE TRAINING — A U.S. Navy sailor, left, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6, Detachment 10, shows British explosive ordnance disposal troops, assigned to the Royal Engineers, how to properly disarm a laser guided bomb unit on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, March 13, 2005. The Truman Carrier Strike Group recently turned over its responsibilities in the Persian Gulf to the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, following nearly four months in the gulf in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Philip V. Morrill (from

The Air Force...

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Airman 1st Class Jeffery Behrick repairs a severed 5,000-volt electric cable to bring a facility's power back online here. He is an electrician assigned to the 1st Civil Engineer Squadron's operations flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Ben Bloker) (from

The Marines...

AL ASAD, Iraq -- Lt. Gen. Chip Gregson, commander, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command, talks with Chief Warrant Officer L. Scott Reinhardt, director, Al Asad Regional Police and Border Patrol Academy, about the progress being made in training Iraqi security forces here. Lt. Gen. Gregson visited Al Asad to ensure the units here are properly supplied and supported. Photo by: Sgt. Juan Vara (from

The Coast Guard...

KODIAK, Alaska (Mar. 18 2005)--Crewmen from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak carry a crewman from the 738-foot bulk freighter Zella Oldendorff. The crewman was medevaced from the freighter early today after he was injured in a fall. The ship was located in the Gulf of Alaska at the time of the medevac. The crewman was taken to Providence Medical Center on Kodiak Island for treatment. USCG photo by PA1Paul Roszkowski

In Today's News - Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
-- Patrick Henry Associated Press
Baghdad residents kill three militants
Document: Bin Laden evaded U.S. forces
Annan: Assad OKs complete Lebanon exit

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Annan says Syria withdrawing from Lebanon
U.S. monitors Iran border for insurgents
Iraq merchants, residents kill insurgents
U.S. official shot and wounded in Darfur
Palestinian fugitives celebrate handover
Israel hands over second West Bank town

The US News: Iraq News
Iraqi government comes into focus as police arrest 30 insurgents
Bulgaria plans Iraq pullout
Ordinary Iraqis Wage a Successful Battle Against Insurgents
Ukraine to Withdraw Troops From Iraq
NMCB 24 Deploys to Iraq
Military court convicts three Iraqis for terror plot against US ...

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
U.S. Monitors Iran Border for Insurgents
Ukraine president signs order for Iraq troop withdrawal
Baghdad mayor looks to future with Tigris park
Kentucky guard unit ambushed, but kills 26 – most insurgent deaths in single fight in months
Roadside bomb kills 4 civilians in Iraq
Shopping mall bomb kills 3 in Lebanon, say police
Pressure on EU over China arms ban
Iraq, Jordan diplomatic tiff dying down

Fox News
Deadly Blast in Lebanon
Annan: Syria to Withdraw
Doc: Gitmo Inmate Helped Bin Laden Flee Tora Bora
Last '60 Minutes' Figure Quits
Mosul Violence Kills Over 20

Department of Defense
Training Key to Overcoming Ambush — Story
Unit Back in Iraq with New Mission, Focus — Story
3rd Infantry Division Soldiers Win Over Iraqis
Iraqi Commandos Strike Insurgent Training Site — Story
Military Police Unit Stands Up at Guantanamo — Story

Kabul Soldier Reaches Program Milestone — Story
Training to Provide Framework for Daily Ops — Story
Iraqi SWAT Training Nears Halfway Point
U.S. Soldiers Train Iraqi Troops at Hawk Base — Story
Wounded Join Bataan Survivors for March — Story

College Tests Offered for Airmen on Detainee Duty
Services Work Together, Keep Convoys Off Streets
Guard Troops Hand Out Shoes, Teddy Bears
Army Secretary Visits Camp Liberty Troops
Calif. Reservists Train Iraqi Police in Response Tactics
Emergency Reaction Team Helps Keep Oil Flowing
Determined Iraqi Guardsmen Continue Training

Embedded Training Teams Make History
A-10s Pinpoint Location of Stranded Villagers
Army Secretary: Proud of Progress in Afghanistan
Afghan Officer Candidates Finish Basic Training

Airman Helps Form Partnerships with Slovenia, Jordan — Story

Navy Cargo Handlers Return From Deployment

Country Star Tritt Honors Troops — Story
Sailors Open Sea World Attraction
State Campaign Supports Troops
ESPN Sponsors E-Cards
Theme Park Salutes Troops


Two Years in Iraq
'Gitmo' Detainee Camp

U.S., Iraqi Troops Find Weapons
U.S. Marine Dies in Anbar Province
U.S. Troops Adequately Protected
All 27 Battalions Now Operational
New Courses Begin for Iraqi Troops
Rebuilding Provides Jobs
Firefighters Now Proud of Jobs
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghanistan Daily Update

Battle Space Requires Flexibility
Transformation Key in Terror War
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Rumsfeld in Argentina for Talks
Rumsfeld on Latin American Trip
Army Reserve Boosts Age Limit
Unit Home, But Some Opt to Stay
Exercise Incorporates OIF Lessons
Guard Focus: Family Support
Support Unit Heads to Afghanistan
National Guard, Reserve Update

Camp Renamed to Honor Soldier - Story

Today in History
- Patrick Henry declares, "Give me liberty, or give me death."
1919 - Benito Mussolini founds the Fasci di Combattimento.
1933 - Adolf Hitler's "Enabling Act" passes 441 to 84, effectively ending democracy in Germany. 1956 - Pakistan declares itself a republic.
1983 - President Ronald Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, or "Star Wars," space-based missile defense system.
1996 - Lee Teng-hui becomes Taiwan's first democratically-elected president
2001 - Russia's Mir space station's 15-year orbit ends with a splash-down in the South Pacific.
2003 - A U.S. Army convoy is ambushed in Iraq. 11 are killed, and 7 are captured, among them PFC Jessica Lynch.

- Schuyler Colfax, Vice President under U.S. Grant