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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Breaking News from Fox News...

Scare at Bush Speech - Officials say a possible hand grenade was tossed near the stage, but did not explode.

Are you in the Levittown, PA Area? Come Honor Fallen Heroes

from Seamus:

Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans present the 20th Annual Donald W. Jones Flag Memorial. Over 58,000 flags, each placed in the ground by someone who cares. One flag for every American soldier killed or missing in action in Vietnam. The memorial is in the shape and exact size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. This even is held at the Falls Township Community Park, 9070 Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA, rain or shine.

* Friday, June 10, Start to plant flags at 9:00 am - volunteers welcome.

* Saturday, June 11, Free concert starts at 11:00 am featuring: Ambush, Ergo, Hellbound Blues Band, Jekyl's Hyde, Last Call, Legend, Mikey Junior, The Seven Band, Sister Blue, and Sweet Medicine. Fireworks at dusk.

* Sunday, June 12, Motorcycle Rally departs Bristol Township Municipal Building, 2501 Bath Road, Levittown, Pa at 12:30 pm. (If you are interested in participating, email me, and I'll get you the phone number to call.) Honors Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm.

Please come out to help honor these brave Americans. For more information, go to:

Warrior Day
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Master Sgt. Stacy Esposito crawls through a cloud of red smoke during the Warrior Day obstacle course competition. She is assigned to the 96th Air Base Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mike Meares)

At Work In...

The Army...

by Edward Martens
May 6, 2005 - UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters take off after delivering supplies and Soldiers to the 155th Brigade Combat Team in Forward Operating Base Hotel, near Najaf, Iraq.

The Navy...
Pacific Ocean, Calif. (Mar. 24, 2005) - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) underway in the Pacific Ocean as it makes her way back to San Diego, Calif., after completing a two-week underway period. Nimitz and Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11) were conducting a Joint Task Force Training Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Danielle M. Sosa

The Air Force...

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Senior Airman Dan Solon fires at opposing forces during a training exercise here. The three-day exercise included training on first aid, convoys and map reading to help prepare Airmen for deployment. Airman Solon is assigned to the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron's explosive ordnance disposal flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Demetrius Lester)

The Marines...

AL ASAD, Iraq (May 9, 2005) – Lance Cpl. Timothy D. Burgwald, Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 ordnance technician and native of Hudsonville, Mich., records numbers off of ordnance for inventory prior to launch. Hall and the Marines of VMFA(AW)-224 have recently surpassed 3,000 combat flight hours since their arrival here in January.Photo by Cpl. Rocco DeFilippis

VEHICLE MAINTENANCE — U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Carter works underneath a fuel truck while doing vehicle maintenance at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan, May 7, 2005. He is a mechanic with the 416th Expeditionary Mission Support Squadron's vehicle maintenance flight and is deployed from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol

In Today's News - Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Quote of the Day
"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage."
-- Thucydides Associated Press
U.S. attack in Iraq kills 100 insurgents
WWII's victors, victims honored in Moscow
Iran confirms uranium-to-gas conversion
Marines recall combat vests after tests

The US News: Iraq News
US troops kill 75 insurgents in Iraq offensive
Iraqi president calls for Iran to write off debt
U.S. Hits Back In Iraq
US in border battle to curb Iraq insurgency
Iraqi Office Weeding Out Ex-Baathists
Iraqis injured in Erbil bombing treated in Turkey
A Look at Foreigners Held Hostage in Iraq
Deadline set by kidnappers of Australian hostage in Iraq expires
Iraqi president a rare Arab leader at Latin America summit
Mom's Call From Iraq Casts Glare on Black Student Treatment
U.S. Troops Launch Offensive Against Al-Zarqawi Followers Near Iraq's Border With Syria
US focusing more on fighting extremists than Saddam loyalists
Kabul's must-see TV heats up culture war in Afghanistan
Colombian villagers want own peace deal
Six Shiite Muslims Killed in Iraq
A tougher UN starts taming Congo
Japan Confirms Security Co Worker Kidnapped In Iraq-Kyodo
Iraq's leader asks Jordan's king to resolve issue of Ahmad Chalabi's past fraud conviction
Iraqi filmmakers' new artistic freedom
Suicide bomb kills 13 Iraqis who wanted to be soldiers
Tests confirm Iraq remains mix up
Japan pledges to do its best to save Iraq hostage
Former Iraqi minister to seek refugee status in NZ: report
Iraq president says militants funded from abroad
U.N. Wins Delay in Release of Papers on Iraq Inquiry

Fox News
Iraq Blast Kills Seven
Judge Blocks Oil-for-Food Docs From Congress
Hans Blix: U.S. Not Committed to Nuke Treaty
State Dept. Won't Turn Over Bolton Docs
N. Korea Dismisses Nuke Test Concerns
Afghan Pop Star Killed After Toronto Concert
Jury Finds Greenpeace Guilty of Negligence
Georgians Offer Bush Enthusiastic Welcome
Eager Crowds Raise Concerns
Georgians: Respect Our Democracy
Leaders Meet at Red Square WWII Parade
Most Japanese Say PM Should Stop War Shrine Visits
Raw Data: Text of Putin's Speech
Bush Sits Next to Putin at Parade

Department of Defense
Vice Chairman Nominee Visits Troops — Story
Afghan Soldiers Take Over Security Mission — Story
Troops Catch Abu Ghraib Attack Suspect — Story

Battle Assessment Reviews Hero's Fight — Story
Soldiers Transform Bunker into Coffee Shop — Story
Infantry Soldiers Hunt for Weapons Caches — Story

U.S. Pilots Train Iraqis to Fly C-130 Hercules
Combat Medics Keeps Soldiers Healthy
Mechanic Reunites with Parents on Television
Coalition Helps Rebuild Mosque, Buildings
Soldiers Help Ensure Agricultural Success
Joint Force Eliminates Lines at Gas Pumps

Medical Logistics Unit Wraps Up Deployment
Norway Donates Tent Kits to Afghan Army

Air Force Honors Couple for 55 Years of Service — Story

Youth Camp Deadline Approaches — Story

Three Marines Killed in Iraq
Forces Net 109 Terrorists
Second Soldier Killed in Samarra
Troops Capture Zarqawi Associate
Terrorist Leadership Diminishing
Success in Iraq - DoD Fact Sheet
Year in Review 2004 Fact Sheets (pdf)
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Two U.S. Marines Killed in Firefight
Insurgents, Afghan Soldiers Killed
Drugs Seized in Ghazni Province
Afghanistan Daily Update

Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Military to Improve Training
DoD Committed to Childcare Needs
'Geospatial Intel' Saves Lives
War Game Contemplates 'What If'
National Guard, Reserve Update

Reorganization Will Maintain Edge – Story

from The Weather Channel

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Today in History
1267 - Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear distinctive garb.
1278 - Jews in England are imprisoned on charges of coining.
1291 - Scottish nobles recognize English King Edward I as sovereign.
1427 - Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland.
1497 - Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci sets sail on his first voyage to the New World.
1503 - Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands.
1655 - Jamaica captured by English.
1676 - Frontiersmen begin Bacon's Rebellion, against the government of Virginia.
1752 - Benjamin Franklins tests the lightning rod for the first time.
1774 - Louis XVI ascends to throne of France.
1775 - 2nd Continental Congress convenes in Pennsylvania, issuing paper currency for the first time, and naming George Washington as supreme commander.
- Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, NY.
1796 - Napoleon defeats Austria in the Battle of Lodi Bridge.
1797 - The first Navy ship, the "United States" is launched.
1823 - The first steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort Snelling.
1861 - Union troops march on the state militia in St. Louis, MO.
1864 - Battle at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Irwinsville, GA.
- Major General 'Sam' Jones (CSA) surrenders to Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook.
1869 - A golden spike is driven to mark the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
1872 - Victoria Woodhull becomes the first American woman to be nominated for president.
1915 - A German Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea.
1917 - Atlantic ships are given destroyer escorts to stop German attacks.
1918 - The HMS Vindictive is scuttled to block the entrance of Ostend Harbor.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of the FBI.
1933 - Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
1940 - Nazi armies invade the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg.
- Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister.
1941 - Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland.
- German bombs destroy England's House of Commons and the Holborn Theater.
1944 - Chinese launch an offensive in West-Yunnan.
1945 - The Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese .
- Russian troops occupy Prague
1956 - French Government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
1959 - Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan.
1960 - USS Triton (atomic sub) completes the first underswater circumnavigation of the globe.
1968 - Peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam begin in Paris.
1969 - Apollo 10 transmits the first color pictures of Earth from space.
- U.S. troops begin their attack on Hill 937 (Hamburger Hill).
1984 - The International Court of Justice rules on the U.S. blockade of Nicaragua.
1989 - General Manuel Noriega's government nullifies the country's elections, in which the opposition had won by a margin of 3-1.
1994 - Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's first black president.
- Silvio Berlusconi forms the Italian Government with 5 neo-fascists.
1995 - Britain lifts a 23-year ban on talks with Sinn Fein.
1996 - 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint U.S. and British war games.

1730 - George Ross, U.S. judge / signer of Declaration of Independence
1810 - James Shields, Union Brigadier General
1824 - Charles Henry Van Wyck, Union Brigadier General
1837 - Pinckney B.S. Pinchback, Lt. Governor (Louisiana)
1838 - John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln
1878 - Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor
1908 - Carl Albert (D), speaker of the House
1919 - Ella Grasso, Governor (CT)
1943 - James Earl Chaney, U.S. civil rights activist
1951 - Steve Gunderson (Representative-WI)
1958 - Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D / Astronaut (STS 56, 66)
1958 - Rick Santorum (Representative-PA)
1963 - Lisa M. Nowak, Lt. Commander, USN / astronaut