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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Missing Heroes Coming Home

Be sure to check out Andi's World and Echo9er for the stories of some of our MIA's who are on their way home...

Andi's World
Korean War Veterans Coming Home

Vietnam War Missing in Action Serviceman Identified

Reported Missing in Action on This Day

Harnawee, Tha Chan "Chip," Civilian, Air America, Thai Special Forces (Thailand); Released September, 1974 - alive and well in 1998

Graves, Richard C., USNR (MA)

Weitz, Monek, USMC (MA)
Williams, Leroy C., USMC (FL)

Springman, Richard Harold, US Army (CA); Released by PRG February, 1973

Strong, Henry H., USN (PA)

MediaSlander - BlackFive Helping to Hold the Media Accountable

BlackFive is taking a major step in the war against biased media - check out these excerpts from today's post - Media Slander - Enough is Enough!

Attention on the Net, this is Blackfive...

People that know me know that I usually can maintain my composure during most circumstances. But on a phone call with Bill Roggio of the Fourth Rail and Winds of Change, in reference to Linda Foley (after her "clarification" of her slanderous statement), I actually lost it a bit and Sergeant Blackfive came out swinging, "Can you @#$%ing believe this @#$%???!!!!".
That's what I think I said the first time I ever spoke to Bill Roggio on the phone. Of course, Bill understood my sentiment all too well. I think that we had hoped that we wouldn't need to band back together again...

I don't really care for what the motivation is...I just want them to give the military a fair shake. No suppositions, no lies, just the truth. I want them to do their job.

We gave the MSM time to react to Linda Foley. With the exception of a few sources, there wasn't much out there. Maybe they agreed with her, didn't care, or thought it wasn't newsworthy...

We just couldn't sit there and let her comments stand.

MediaSlander is born

Read the full post at BlackFive, and check the MediaSlander site out - link appearing on this page shortly.

Count me in, Sgt. BlackFive!

At Work in the US Navy

Camp Lejeune, May 18,2005 - Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) storm the beaches of Camp Lejeune, N.C., during a capabilities exercise (CAPEX). The AAVs were from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The enclosed aluminum-hull of the AAV carries up to 21 fully equipped Marines from the sea over land. The turret is mounted with a 12.7mm machine gun. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Julianne F. Metzger

Pacific Ocean, May 24, 2005 - Sailors assigned to Repair Locker Three prepare to enter a simulated fire-filled space during a general quarters (GQ) drill aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). GQ drills assist Sailors in maintaining standards of readiness, streamlining procedures and instilling habits of excellence during times of emergency. Currently under way in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the world's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Raul Quinones

Everett, WA, May 23, 2005 - Airman Jose Casillas of Redding, Calif., paints one of the ten retractable sheaves on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The sheaves allow the arresting wire to elongate for an arrested landing on the flight deck. Lincoln is currently undergoing a Planned Maintenance Availability Period while in port, Everett, Wash. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley

Pacific Ocean, May 22, 2005 - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron Four One (VFA-41), prepares to launch off the flight deck aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Roland Franklin
Quote of the Day
"We prefer self-government with danger, to servitude with tranquility."
-- Kwame Nkrumah, Founder of Ghana

News of Note:
Why We Call them Heroes
Inshore Boat Unit 21 Sailors Rescue Child
Recruiter Rewarded for Bravery After Saving Toddler
Coalition Medics Treat Injured Afghan Girl

Operation New Market
U.S. Launches New Iraq Offensive
About 1,000 troops involved in Operation New Market

Other Operation Iraqi Freedom News
U.S. cautious on Zarqawi injury claim
Peace in Iraq 'will take at least five years to impose'
Saddam Created WMD 'Ambiguity'
Suspected Iraqi Insurgent Dons Dress In Attempt To Elude Troops
FSSG Dental treats Iraqis
Humanitarian drops winning hearts and minds, and stomachs, in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Karzai to Visit Nebraska
Afghan Boy Finds Help in America’s Battalion
Task Force Thunder Prepares to Redeploy

War on Terror
ETA suspected as car bomb explodes in Madrid Associated Press
Car bomb explodes in Madrid
U.S. brochure drops arms-control deals
Embryonic stem cell debate moves to Senate
Senate ready to confirm Owens as judge

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Europe expected to get tough with Iran

The US News: Iraq
Iraq seeks more international aid
14 U.S. Troops Killed In 3 Days Of Iraq Violence
Web Posting: Iraq al-Qaida Leader Injured
Blast rocks Baghdad following day of carnage
U.S.-Syria relations deteriorate over Iraq
Dozens killed in Iraq attacks
Al-Zarqawi injured in Iraq: website

Various Sources
About 1,000 U.S. troops launch new anti-insurgent offensive in western Iraq
Pfc. England's abuse case goes 'back to square one'
Reagan National Airport to be reopened to private planes
Pastor defends church sign that says Quran 'should be flushed'
Shiite leader says he's sure civil war can be avoided Iraq
Proposal to divide Iraq into semi-autonomous states gains ground
House bill would provide $45B more for war
Attacks, kidnappings claimed by al-Zarqawi
Iraq car bomb blast kills 3 U.S. troops
Six killed in Baghdad car bomb blast

Fox News
Web Site Claims Zarqawi Injured
Shiite Leader: Civil War Avoidable
Iraq Forms Constitutional Committee
Terrorists Fight Against Offensive
Judge Owen to Get Senate Up-or-Down Vote Today
House OKs Stem Cell Bills
Amnesty Int'l Slams U.S.
Sen. Voinovich: Reject Bolton
Madrid Car Bomb Hurts 18
Abbas Ready to Meet Bush
Analyst Faces Spying Charge

Department of Defense
Project Pumps Fresh Water to Zafaraniya — Story
Iraqi Army Aid Missions Foster Goodwill — Story
Campaign Aims to Teach IED Awareness —Story
Afghan Army Launches First Vaccine Program — Story

Tenn. Reservists Bring Pride, Tradition to Fallujah
Border Fort Opens on Iran-Iraq Border
Mud School Replacement Projects Finished in Province
Airfield Ops Squadron Works Out of 'Tree House'
Maritime Security Detachment 22 Departs Oil Terminals
Multinational Forces Search Hor al Bash

USS Kearsarge Offloads Marines in Kuwait

Kearsarge Sailors, Marines Make a Difference

Secretary’s Message to the Troops — Message
USO-BWI Supports Troops — Story
Foundation Helps 9-11 Families

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

Attacks Kill Soldiers; Terrorists Held
Operation Aim: Terror Crackdown
Al-Hartha Police Station Opens
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Bush, Karzai Formalize Partnership
Photos: Karzai Visits Pentagon
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update

Bush Topics: Freedom, Terrorism
WMD Support Team Holds Exercise
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Wounded Return Home to Recover
Official Addresses EO Conference
Troops Prepare Bosnians to Deploy
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualties — 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
585 BC - In Greece, Thales makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse.
1085 - Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims.
1706 - The British fleet captures the island of Majorca.
1787 - The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1810 - Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain.
1851 - Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina leads a rebellion against his former ally.
1911 - Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, resigns his office.
1914 - The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule.
1925 - John Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school.
1940 - The German Second Panzer Division captures the French port of Boulogne.
1946 - Jordan gains independence from Britain.
1953 - The first atomic cannon is fired.
1969 - A military coup overthrows the Sudanese government.
1978 - "Star Wars" is released.
1979 - Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt; American Airlines Flight #191, a DC-10, loses its left-side engine upon takeoff and crashes, killing 273 on board and 2 on the ground. It remains the worst air disaster in U.S. history.
1982 - Iran reconquers Khorramshar.
1983 - "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars Episode VI) is released.
1989 - Mikhail Gorbachev is elected Executive President of the Soviet Union.
1991 - Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews.

1889 - Igor Sikorsky, American aviation engineer; developed the first helicopter.
1927 - Robert Ludlum, spy novelist (The Bourne Identity)
1932 - Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)
1933 - Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H)
1944 - Frank Oz, puppeteer (Sesame St, Muppet Show)

0946 - Edmund the Older, king of Wessex/England
1125 - Hendrik V, last Salische German king
1926 - Symon Petlyura, leader of Ukraine (pogroms), assassinated
1946 - Patty Smith Hill, songwriter (Happy Birthday To You)
1949 - Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II)
1968 - George KFW von Kochler, German marshal
1986 - Chester Bowles, U.S. senator/ambassador
1992 - Philip C. Habib, U.S. diplomat (Middle-East/Asia) ; Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist
1996 - David W. Howe, test pilot
1997 - Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq 1953-54