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Sunday, June 26, 2005

A Hero and His Gal... - Repost

NOTE: Originally posted yesterday, 6/25, I'm leaving this up at the top today to allow our friend Phil B. to see it if he hasn't already...

If you've read the comments from yesterday's "My Hero..." post, you'll see that we were able to make a little "electronic connection" between a Hero and his adoring fans back at home (and you guys are Heroes, too!). They have a special post just for him today...

Phil, this is for you:

Seth and Cody say thanks to their hero for all he is doing over in Iraq

Thank you to our hero from your girl and Cody... We love you and God Bless

OK, folks, now it's your turn...please leave your hellos and good wishes for Phil in the comments for this post!

MAKING FRIENDS — U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cindy Huerta teaches a local child how to "high five" during a humanitarian mission near Ali Base, Iraq, on June 18, 2005. Huerat is assigned to the 407th Air Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, which distributed a large truckload of clothing, toys, food and water to six needy families. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Maurice Hessel

A Hero Heals - Jeffrey's Update - 6/05

Since the last update that was sent out, Jeffrey’s progress has continued to be somewhat slow.
This has been due in large part to another necessary surgery that was performed here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That procedure took place approximately 2 weeks ago and as expected it is taking some time for the healing process to run its course.

According to the surgeon, everything went very smooth. The excess bone growth was removed and the leg bone was repositioned more in the center of the residual leg.

The doctor explained the presence of the bone growth as a product of bone fragments being dispersed into the tissue when the initial injury occurred. These fragments did as all good bone should do and tried to grow; just as they would do to mend a broken bone. Having no break to mend resulted in the random bone growth that was causing pain when Jeffrey tried to walk on his prosthetic leg.

Based on the time it took for Jeffrey to walk on his prosthetic leg in mid-January following being released from the hospital at the end of December, I think he will be able to get back on his artificial leg by the end of this month.

Although the frustration of dealing with the slow progress gets to him from time to time, Jeffrey has acclimated back into Louisiana quite well and is glad to be home.

He has been less mobile since the surgery, but prior to that he was able to get out, go places, and visit friends. This week he plans to go to Shreveport and spend some time with Katie.
Will S----, a close friend and another lieutenant with the La. National Guard was on 2 weeks R&R in May. He and Jeffrey got to spend some time together.

Other adventures have included spending some time in Shreveport with Katie (about 5 hours away) and going saltwater fishing with a friend.

The block party that was given in mid May in Jeffrey’s honor was well attended and everyone had a good time. We really appreciate all that was done.

Our local state senator throws an annual luncheon for members of the legislature and state and local government officials. This year’s meeting was held at a location near our home and Jeffrey, along with Mike M---------- (a LA. National Guardsman who lost his right leg in Afghanistan), attended and were recognized as special guests.

Following lunch, Mike and Jeffrey went to the state capitol and were recognized for their service on the floor of the state senate.

Jeffrey continues to stay in close touch with his unit in Baghdad. As each day passes they become more seasoned and the time for them to return home gets closer. The number of casualties continues to mount, however, and everyone, here at home and in Iraq looks forward to there return home.

Please keep all of the soldiers who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in your thoughts and prayers. Continue to pray for their safe and speedy return home to their loved ones....

We will continue to keep you informed of Jeffrey’s progress and will try to include some photographs in future mailings.

Thanks so much for your continued support and concern.

1st Lt. Jeffrey Adams was wounded in Iraq when an IED detonated near his patrol. The blast resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee. He also received several other injuries.

To find out how you can help provide Kevlar armor to assist with protecting our Heroes against IED's, visit Soldiers' Angels and check out their Armor-Up project.

Operation Armor-Up in the Blogosphere...
Michelle Malkin , BlackFive , Holly Aho , and Basil's Blog are also talking about Armor-Up...

In Today's News - Sunday, June 26, 2005

Quote of the Day
"We do not admire a man of timid peace."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

News of Note
Supporting our Heroes
Abizaid Addesses Issue of Public Support

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Despite Perception, War in Iraq Going Well
Car Bomb Strikes Marine Convoy
GI, 30-plus others die in Iraq
Report: U.S. Met with Iraq Insurgents

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghanistan Explosion Kills 7

Pols: Gitmo Has Improved

Fallen Heroes
Special Forces Soldiers Honored

Other News of Note
Libya opposition seeks Gadhafi's ouster

Fox News
U.N.: Haiti Peacekeepers Should Stay

Rumsfeld: Patience on Iraq
Iran President-Elect: We Will Pursue Peaceful Nukes
Official: China, Vatican Will Establish Ties
Iraq Cops Targeted

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
U.S. to Israel: Stop expanding settlements
Iran president-elect vows to pursue nukes
Rumsfeld: Iraqis must defeat insurgency
Israel begins demolishing empty Gaza homes
Syrian human rights activist acquitted
Syria denies U.S. allegations over troops
U.S. praises Kuwait on women's rights
Western nations condemn Iran vote outcome
Newsview: Economy key to Iranian election

Reuters: Top News
Iran's Ahmadinejad committed to nuclear program
Bush hones Iraq message as war support wanes
U.S., Iraqi officials say insurgent talks going on
Ahmadinejad 'no friend' of democracy -Rumsfeld
Blair's son to intern with U.S. Republicans
Gaza settlers scuffle with troops over demolition
Torture rife in Kenya, police to blame - studies
Ahmadinejad 'no friend' of democracy -Rumsfeld

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Bush Discusses Iraq Strategy for Victory — Story
Guantanamo Troops Make War Contribution — Story
Marines Confirmed Killed in Car-Bomb Attack — Story
Bush: No Troop Departure Timetable Set — Story
Cheney Discusses Iraqi Progress, Insurgency — Story Transcript
Rumsfeld: Results Worth Sacrifices in Iraq
U.S. Strategy in Iraq is Correct, Myers Says
Commentary: Support for the Troops Never Stronger

Explosives Disposal Tests Experts in Iraq — Story

Troop K Keeps Routes Safe, Trains Iraqi Army
Airmen Add Armor to Convoy Vehicles
Marine Unit Spearheads Operation Spear Photos

Bagram Airfield Hooks Marine Prowlers
Afghan Crash Site to Become Training Area

Washington Nationals Salute Troops — Story
Camp Supports Military Children
‘Homes’ Program Recognized
Summer Camps Start Second Year
Vietnam Vet Walks for Families
Austin Kids, Art Support Troops

World Community Pledges Support
Political Process on Schedule
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction

Soldiers Discover, Neutralize IEDs
Afghanistan Daily Update

Forces Destroy Zarqawi Hideout
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Review Looks at Instructor Training
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty 05 — 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
1483 - Richard III seizes the English throne.
1862 - Union troops repel Confederates at the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek.
1917 - The First American Expeditionary Force arrives in France.
1924 - U.S. troops withdraw from the Dominican Republic, after 8 years of occupation.
1940 - The U.S.S.R. ends use of its experimental calendar, and readopts the Gregorian one a day later.
1941 - Finland enters WW II, against Russia.
1945 - Fifty nations sign the UN Charter.
1948 - The U.S. denounces the Soviet blockade of Berlin.
1958 - Vanguard SLV-2 is launched for an Earth orbit; it fails.
1960 - Somalia gains independence from Britain.
1963 - President John F. Kennedy visits West Berlin, making his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech.
1968 - The U.S. returns Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands to Japan.
1978 - Brittany separatists bomb France's Palace of Versailles.
1982 - The U.S. vetos a UN Security Council resolution for a limited withdrawal of Israeli and P.L.O. forces from Beirut.
1984 - The first flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery (41-D) isscrubbed at T -4 seconds.

1742 - Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1901 - Stuart Symington (Sen-Mo)
1925 - Pavel Belyayev, cosmonaut (Voskhod 2)
1934 - John V. Tunney (Rep/Sen-Calif)
1939 - Charles Robb (Sen-Va)/Lynda Bird Johnson's husband
1964 - Zeng Jinlian Hunan China, tallest woman known (8'1")

Reported Missing in Action
Cornelius, Johnnie C., USAF (AZ); O2A shot down, KIA, body not recovered
Woods, Robert Francis, USAF (UT); O2A shot down, KIA, body not recovered