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Thursday, July 14, 2005

My Hero...

Texas Soldiers' Angel Cathy sends these pictures of Jeff K., currently deployed with the U.S. Air Force.

Jeff, thanks for all you do - keep your head down, and your helmet on!

Take care, and stay safe!

Working Dogs Secure Al Asad

Dany, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, checks the luggage of passengers arriving in Al Asad, Iraq, with his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robert La Place, a native of Sacramento, Calif. The military working dogs inspect cargo and luggage every day. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. C. Alex Herron

A military working dog, Marco, walks away from a truck after checking it for explosive devices. The military working dogs sweep every vehicle that comes into Al Asad, Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. C. Alex Herron

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alissa Jones, a military working dog handler and native of Loveland, Colo., gets her military working dog, Marco, to check the grill of a truck of a local Iraqi in Al Asad, Iraq. The military working dogs are on strict rest and work cycles to ensure they are in top form at any moment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. C. Alex Herron

Dany, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, checks the luggage of passengers arriving in Al Asad, Iraq, with his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robert La Place. The military working dogs inspect cargo and luggage every day. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. C. Alex Herron

A military working dog, Fido, leaps at the “bite-sleeve” worn by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Stephen Babbit, a native of New Orleans, La., during training in Al Asad, Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. C. Alex Herron

Fido, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, “attacks” a military working dog handler, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Stephen Babbit, during training in Al Asad, Iraq. Fido and his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Moulton, are from Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. C. Alex Herron
IRAQ WEATHER — U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Julie Moretto, left, and Senior Airman Steven Hollatz check their weather observation equipment on the roof of the Tactical Operations Center at Camp Taji, Iraq. U.S. soldiers assigned to the 3rd Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, depend on Moretto and Hollatz to provide up-to-date weather forecasts, critical to mission success and troop safety. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Derek Del Rosario

In Today's News - Thursday, July 14, 2005

Quote of the Day
"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class—it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity."
-- Anna Julia Cooper

News of Note
London Bombings
Two Minutes of Silence - Britons remember attacks
Suspect's Mom Gave Cops Lead
Bombers May Be Homegrown
Profiles: Suspected Bombers
Profiles: Identified Blast Victims

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Army Foils 3 Terrorist Attacks

Operation Enduring Freedom
Renovated Bank Opens in Kabul

General Testifies on Alleged Detainee Abuse

Homeland Security / War on Terror
U.S.-Based Islamic Scholar Gets Life for Encouraging Followers to Fight After Sept. 11 Attacks

Other News of Note
Military Programs Help Soldiers Haunted by War
Chaplain Helps Heal Battle Stress

Fox News
Nine Wounded in Iraq Attack
Sunni Leaders Urge Unity
Gaza Settlers Defy Soldiers
Laura Bush Tours Rwanda
Rehnquist Back in Hospital
Cooper to Detail Rove's Role
Kenya Attacks Kill 71

Bombers May Be British
Police Hunt Ringleader
Police Discuss Probe Wednesday
British Police Raid Homes

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Iraqi bombers strike near Green Zone
Some Sunni leaders urge community to vote
Judge: Saddam trial could begin next month
Egypt's opposition groups unite
Egypt seeks help in getting back artifacts
Iraqi Sunnis allege human rights abuse
Iran: U.S. should leave dissident alone
Palestinian kidnappers free aid workers
Abbas seeks ouster of Greek patriarch
Palestinian poet lashes out at militants
Turkey asks Iraq to extradite two suspects

Reuters: Top News
Europe falls silent for London bomb victims
Suicide barrage on Baghdad govt compound, two dead
Taliban say Qaeda escapees safe in guerrilla haven
NASA delays shuttle launch till Saturday
Suicide barrage on Baghdad govt compound, two dead
South Korea, Japan, U.S. discuss extending talks
Bush says won't prejudge CIA case, Rove's role

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Suicide barrage on Baghdad govt compound, two dead
Americans losing faith in Bush, but not in Iraq war: poll

Department of Defense
Blum Praises Homeland Defense Strategy — Story
New Ambassador Ready to Help Iraq

Afghanistan Unit Takes on New Mission — Story
Civilians Earn Combat Pin for Service — Story
Weather Forecasts Can Be Life-or-Death in Iraq — Story
Australians Thank Iraqis for Hostage Rescue — Story
Sewing Center Helps Rebuild Iraqi Economy — Story

U.S. Marines Control Air Space Around Kalsu
KC-130J Pumps Up Volume Over Iraq
Airmen Teach C-130 Operations to Iraqis
U.S. Unit Helps Bring Water to Iraqi Farmers

Brigade Reflects on Afghanistan Deployment
Vehicle Brings Medical Aid to Remote Regions
Coalition Works to Help Kabul Residents

Injured Airman Fights His Way Back to Iraq — Story

Company Sends Comfort to Troops — Story
Wounded Make Cross-Country Trek
Supporters Earn Freedom Award
New York City Salutes Seabees
Marines Honor Iraqi Freedom Vets

Iraq Transition of Power

Bomb Kills Soldier, Iraqi Children
Land Mine Kills U.S. Soldier
Two Marines Killed in Action
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
'Eye on Iraq' (pdf)

Enemy Killed; Contractors Injured
More U.S. Forces to Deploy
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Myers Stresses Political Progress
Italy Reaffirms Anti-Terror Stance
Singapore, U.S. Sign Agreement
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Test Assesses Language Proficiency
Defense Review Looks to the Future
June Recruiting, Retention Stats Up
National Guard, Reserve Update

Soldiers Honor Fallen Comrade — Story

Officials Identify Army Casualty — Story

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
1789 - Bastille Day-citizens of Paris storm the Bastille prison, and free the 7 inmates therein. Rallying point that further inspired the peasants during the start of the French Revolution. Celebrated in France as Fête nationale or 14 juillet.
1798 - The Sedition Act bans "false, scandalous and malicious" writing against the U.S. Government.
1850 - The first public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration.
1853 - Commodore Perry requests trade relations with Japan.
1914 - Dr. R. Goddard is given the first patent for the liquid-fueled rocket design.
- R.E. Wayne is awarded the first Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea.
1958 - The Iraqi army overthrows King Faisal II, assassinating his entire household; the Hashemite dynasty is replaced with a republic.
1959 - The USS Long Beach, the first atomic-powered cruiser, launches from Quincy, MA. It was decommissioned in May, 1995.
1965 - The US Mariner IV, the first Mars probe, passes the planet at a distance of 6,100 miles (9,800 km).
1967 - Surveyor 4 is launched to the Moon; it explodes just before landing.
1976 - Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic presidential nomination.
1978 - Anatoly Shcharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
1986 - Richard W. Miller becomes the first FBI agent convicted of espionage.
1987 - Lt. Colonel Oliver North concludes six days of Congressional testimony in the Iran-Contra hearings.
1987 - In Taiwan, 37 years of martial law come to an end.

- Tom Carvel, ice cream mogul
1912 - Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie, folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
1913 - Gerald R. Ford, 41st U.S. Vice President / 38th U.S. President
1917 - Douglas Edwards, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
1927 - John Chancellor, news anchor (NBC, VOA)
1936 - Robert F. Overmyer, Colonel, USMC/astronaut (STS 5, STS 51B)

1958 - King Faisal II of Iraq, assassinated in Baghdad

Reported Missing in Action
Blewett, Alan L., Civilian Pilot for B.I. Bird & Sons Co.; disappeared while flying US contract mission inside Laos - air and ground search negative
Parks, Raymond F., US Army SF (OH); disappeared while on mission inside Laos (see above)

Kipina, Marshall F., US Army (MI);OV1C disappeared while on surveillance mission
Nopp, Robert, US Army (OR); OV1C disappeared while on surveillance mission

Fuller, Robert B., USN (FL); F4C shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Butler, Dewey R., US Army (Wash., D.C.); UH1B collided with OH6A, KIA, body not recovered