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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Armed Forces Day

Thank you to all of our heroes, past and present on this, Armed Forces Day.

Make sure to stop and see BlackFive for some info on this day of recognition.

Iraq War Today Fashion Tip

In my mailbox today was my brand-ee new BlackFive T-shirt.

A great way to lead the fashion crowd, and support Soldiers' Angels while you're at it.

Don't forget to go pick yours up.

BOSTON ARRIVAL — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish, an 87-foot long coastal patrol boat homeported in Boston, Mass., enforces the Naval Protection Zone and provides a security umbrella as the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy enters the port of Boston, May 19, 2005. The Mayport, Fla.,-based Kennedy is visiting Boston in support of Armed Forces Day. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Hennings

Bicycle Ride to Support Our Troops - Update from the Road

John's latest update on his bicycle ride...

Cuthbert, Georgia, is a crossroads here in the southwest corner of Georgia. It rained last night, but i was high and dry on the porch of the Baptist Church in Sasser, back about 25 miles. Today it is nice and cool. I'm making real good time. Terrain has slacked off to nice and flat farmlands with an occasional hill. But without the heat, today is a godsend. Sleeping well. Getting as shower every evening. Only hassle is that my diet hasn't stablized yet. But I'm working on it...

This is Day 6. Slowly I am gaining my strength after wintering over in South Carolina.

Date is May 21.

Way to go, John. Keep on rollin'!

In Today's News - Saturday, May 21, 2005

Quote of the Day
The loss of every single person that's ever been under my command in battle has always hurt.
-- Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

News of Note:
First lady urges rights for Mideast women

Saddam's skivvy pictures (why does anyone want to see these?):
Paper prints more photos of Saddam in jail

In Iraq:
Sunni groups team up politically in Iraq
Iraqi leaders call for restraint
Insurgents Attack Abu Ghraib

War on Terror:
Hamas militant group agrees to end attacks
Rice broadens indictment of Syria for supporting insurgents in Iraq

Fallen Heroes:
Shreveport Soldiers Killed in Iraq
U.S. casualty count in Iraq over 1,600
Fallen Soldier’s Family Gets Home — Story Associated Press
Karzai 'shocked' over U.S. abuse report

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Son of slain lawmaker emerges as kingmaker

Ananova: War In Iraq
Blair backs calls for honour (for 9/11 hero)

The US News: Iraq News
Shiites step on U.S. flags as clashes rage in Iraq
Paper Prints More Photos Of Saddam In Jail
Red Cross welcomes Saddam investigation
Sun has published more Saddam snaps
Saddam Trial Could Come Within Months
Abu Ghraib prison attacked by insurgents
Pomeroy says Iraqi family arrives in US
U.S. condemns release of revealing Saddam photos
Push-button aircraft landing hailed
Australia sees its troops home from Iraq within a year
Rep. Kline's son to see military duty in Iraq

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Pentagon Condemns Publishing Saddam Photos

Fox News
Sunni Groups in Iraq Unite to Represent Political Minority
Hamas Agrees to Truce
General: 41 Soldiers Likely Dead in Chile Snowstorm
GOP Schedules Judicial Vote
Feds to Unveil National Sex Offender Registry Online

Department of Defense:
Rumsfeld: Troops on 'Freedom’s Side' — Story
Officials Condemn Release of Saddam Photos — Story

Guard Soldiers Train for Deployment — Story Photos
'King of Battle' Thunders in Afghanistan — Story
Multinational Forces Search Hor al Bash — Story
Soldiers Help Improve Baghdad Neighborhood — Story
Seabees, Marines Start Runway Project — Story
Operation Quick Sweep Targets Terrorists — Story

Army Aims to Improve Mail Service for Troops
Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture Back in Business
Troops Help Clinic, Deliver School Supplies
Troops Support Balad Ruz Medical Assist Program

Arctic Warriors Help Build Road, Pull Security
Task Force Rock Paratroopers Repel Ambush

Troops Build Range for Djiboutian Police, U.S. Troops

U.S. Marines Help Equip Georgian Soldiers

Law School in Marine's Future — Story

Secretary’s Message to the Troops — Message
Ariz. Pledges Support to Troops
Calif. Teen Still Thanking Troops
Actor Cosby Honors Reservist

Base Realignment and Closure 2005
Medal of Honor
Two Years in Iraq

Iraqi Army Expands Ops Area
Iraqi Battalion Prepares for Future
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)

Former Chief Talks Afghanistan
Raid Nets Three Insurgents
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update Maps
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Device Detects Biological Weapons
Jointness Key to Victory
Pentagon 'MAJIIC' Can Share Intel
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Pentagon Channel Marks 1st Year
Army Honors Logistics Personnel
Texas-Size Salute Greets Soldiers
Airmen Train for Chemical Attacks
CAP Tests D.C. Warning System
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty — Story

Today in History
1420 - King Charles VI gives Franct to the English in the Treaty of Troyes.
1804 - Lewis & Clark begin their expedition.
1832 - The first Democratic National Convention takes place in Baltimore
1846 - The first steamship arrives in Hawaii.
1856 - Pro-slavery forces capture and sack Lawrence, KS.
1861 - North Carolina becomes the tenth state to secede from the Union.
1871 - 17,000 die when French regular troops attack the Commune of Paris.
1881 - Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross.
1917 - Leo Pinckney becomes the first WWI American draftee.
1918 - The House of Representatives amends the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
1927 - Lindbergh lands in Paris after successfully completing the first transatlantic solo air flight.
1932 - Amelia Earhart completes the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman.
1940 - The Allies counterattack at Atrecht (North-France).
1941 - The SS Robin Moore becomes the first American ship sunk by a U-boat; the German airforce occupies the airport at Maleme Kreta; Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau.
1944 - Hitler begins an attack on English/American "terror pilots."
1945 - Heinrich Himmler is captured.
1950 - Vietnamese troops attack Cambodia.
1953 - The French government of Mayer resigns.
1954 - A proposed Amendment to give 18-year-olds voting rights fails.
1956 - The U.S. explodes the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll.
1957 - The French government of Mollet resigns.
1958 - Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island.
1964 - In Chesapeake Bay, the first nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations; U.S. intelligence flights above Laos begin.
1968 - The Scorpion, an American nuclear sub with 99 men aboard, is reported missing. It is later found at the bottom of the ocean off the Azores.
1969 - Robert Kennedy's murderer - Sirhan Sirhan - is sentenced to death.
1970 - The National Guard is mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
1971 - The National Guard is mobilized to quell a riot in Chattanooga, TN.
1979 - Elton John becomes the first western rocker to perform live in the U.S.S.R.
1980 - Ensign Jean Marie Butler is the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy.
1981 - François Mitterrand becomes President of France.
1982 - British troops land in the Falkland Islands.
1991 - Mengistu Haile Mariam, Ethiopia's Marxist president, resigns.
1993 - Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor is sentenced to life.
1994 - South Yemen secedes from Yemen.

427 BC - Plato (Aristocles)
1527 - Philip II, King of Spain & Portugal
1822 - Confederate Major General Dabney Herndon Maury; Confederate General Mosby Monroe Parsons
1825 - Union Brevet Major Genreal George Lafayette Beal
1835 - Union Brevet Major Genreal Newton Martin Curtis Brevet Major General
1878 - Glenn Hammond Curtiss, American inventor of the hydroplane.
1921 - Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist, human rights worker, Nobel prize winner
1941 - Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4)
1942 - Robert C. Springer, Colonel USMC / astronaut (STS-29, STS-38)

1481 - Christian I, King of Denmark/Norway/Sweden
1542 - Hernando de Soto, while searching for gold near the Mississippi River
1703 - Roemer Vlacq, Dutch Admiral, in battle
1935 - Jane Addams, ACLU co-founder
1993 - John Frost English, Lieutenant-Colonel (operation Market Garden 1944
1994 - John Henry Weidner, Dutch/American resistance fighter
1995 - Les Aspin, US Secretary of Defense

Reported Missing in Action
Brace, Ernest C., civilian, USAID; Released by PL March, 1973 - alive and well in 1998

Buckley, Louis, Jr., US Army (MI)
Thackerson, Walter A., US Army (AL)

Simpson, Walter S., US Army (NJ)
Wrobleski, Walter F., US Army (NJ)

Lemcke, David E., US Army (NY)

Albert, Keith A., US Army (LA); Released by PRG February, 1973 - alive in 1999

OK, how long will it be before the media picks THIS up?

OK, now we've finally done it. Apparently, in all of our "being the world's police" stuff, we've absconded with a Russian lake. How dare we?

Lake disappears, baffling villagers