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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Venture into the BrunZone!

Written by a deployed hero - here is his description of the site:

I am a United States Soldier deployed to the middle east. My goal is to provide you with fun and interesting information about the military and other related topics. I hope you enjoy what the site has to offer and please come back and visit again :)

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Sunset Raptor

OVER CALIFORNIA -- An F/A-22 Raptor flies a training mission here.
(U.S. Air Force photo)


National Gulf War Resource Center

The National Gulf War Resource Center (see their link at right) is hosting a Reunion and Conference in May.

Founded in 1995, and based out of the offices of Vietnam Veterans of America in Washington, D.C., this non-profit group assists Veterans in a number of ways. Below is their mission statement:

The National Gulf War Resource Center is an international coalition of advocates and organizations providing a resource for information, support, and referrals for all those concerned with the complexities of Persian Gulf War issues, especially Gulf War illnesses and those held prisoner or missing in action.

Here are some details on the conference:

The National Gulf War Resource Center Reunion and Conference in Orlando, Florida
May 6-8, 2005
Crowne Plaza Hotel
5555 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, FL. 32812
For more information on the NGWRC, to register for the conference, or to donate, go to:

In Today's News - Thursday, April 7, 2005

Quote of the Day
History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they've answered the call in bravery and sacrifice.
-- Timothy Pawlenty

Note: Scroll Down to the Deparment of Defense stories and look for "Businessman Helps Families" to read about James Lee and! Associated Press
Kurdish leader sworn in as Iraqi president
Annan: U.N. needs new human rights body

The US News: Iraq News
Iraqi officials seize four tonnes of hashish
Ambassador to Afghanistan named to Baghdad post .....
Iraqi government starts to take shape

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Iraqi government starts to take shape
Handoff to Iraqi forces tested
Iraq's Kurdish President to Be Sworn In, PM Named
South Korea mulls pulling nearly 300 troops from Iraq
Talabani leads renaissance of Iraqi Kurds
From jail, Saddam Hussein sees old foe take power

Ananova: War In Iraq
Mixed response after Adams IRA call
U.S. military says 13 troops, three civilians died in chopper crash

Fox News
Girls Held on Terror Charges
Kashmir Bus Service Returns
Iraqi Prez Sworn In

Kurdish leader sworn in as Iraqi president
13 U.S. troops killed, 2 missing in copter crash
Britain probes fake bomb at wedding castle

Department of Defense
Army Hero Honored at National Cemetery — Story Photos Special
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith: A Real Soldier's Soldier
Army Sergeant Honored at Hall of HeroesPhotos
Adaptability Was Key to Success for 1st Cav — Story

Army Infantry Soldiers Re-Enlist En Masse — Story
Early Morning Raid Nets Known Insurgents — Story
MPs Provide Skills, Gear to Afghan Police — Story
Deployed Guard Troops Extend Their Service — Story
Navy Seeks Robots to Meet IED Threats — Story

Medics Save Infant Girl's Life After House Fire
Balad Medics Perform Critical Care Mission
Fighter Aircraft Flying New Missions
Military Police Partner with Iraqi Police

Orphanage Construction Ushers in Italians
Soldiers Carry on Tradition of Forefathers
Pat Tillman USO Center Opens in Afghanistan
Operation Captures Suspected Terrorists
Airman Teaches Soldiers to Call for Close Air Support

Journalist Tells Troops' Stories — Story

Businessman Helps Families – Story

Two Years in Iraq
'Gitmo' Detainee Camp

Bush Nominates Iraq Ambassador
U.S. Soldier Dies In Iraq Ambush
Al Qaeda Group Still Deadly
Success in Iraq - DoD Fact Sheet
Year in Review 2004 Fact Sheets (pdf)
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Nine Dead in Helicopter Crash
Anti-coalition Attacks Increase
Power of Freedom Evident
Missing Aircraft Search Continues
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update

Space Important to U.S. Security
U.S. Pledges to Help Ukraine
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Army Attacks Recruiting Shortfalls
Wolfowitz Praises Clinic Volunteers
Paralyzed Marine Provides Example
Team Helps Returning Troops
Communication Key to Jointness
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Casualties — Story

Today in History
1652 - A Dutch settlement is established at Cape Town, South Africa.
1712 - A slave revolt erupts in New York City.
1798 - The territory of Mississippi is organized.
1862 - The Union forces under Gen. Grant defeat Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn.
1914 - The British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill.
1922 - U.S. Secretary of Interior leases the Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.
1933 - President Roosevelt signs legislation ending Prohibition.
1939 - Italy launches an invasion of Albania.
1943 - British and American armies meet between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar, North Africa, forming a solid line against the German army.
1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato (the world's largest), is sunk during the battle for Okinawa.
1963 - Yugoslavia proclaims itself a Socialist republic.
1971 - President Nixon pledges he will withdraw 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.
1975 - North Vietnamese forces begin preparations for a final offensive.
1980 - The United States cuts off relations with Iran.
1983 - Story Musgrave and Don Peterson make first the Space Shuttle spacewalk.
1990 - John Poindexter is found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1994 - The Rwandan massacres begin.

1897 - Walter Winchell, American newscaster and columnist.

Must-See Slide Shows

From Jim Hansen come these fantastic slideshows of our heroes. You absolutely have to see these!!

Heroes of Iraq -

Brave Tankers Then and Now -

Jim's son, James, is currently serving in Iraq. The first slideshow is a tribute to James and those in his company. Both are superb. Don't forget to turn your speakers on!!

James, thanks for passing these along. Our best to your son, and our heartfelt thanks to him and to those with whom he serves.