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Monday, August 29, 2005

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A Good Deal for the Military and Federal Employees Past and Present...

All military and federal employees are eligible for a discount on their personal cell phones by calling their carrier and mentioning the "Federal Telecommunications Act 1996 Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present."

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Soldiers' Angels Germany and the ARNG Liason at LRMC

Last Friday we made another visit to the ARNG Liaison Office at LRMC to replenish their supply of Transitional Backpacks and phone cards.

Soldiers really appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes in to filling and providing one of the backpacks...

Thank you!
ARNG Liaison Officer

We unload 25 backpacks from our car through their office window. We’ve developed this somewhat unusual delivery method because it saves us the walk to the entrance on the other side...

Read the rest at Soldiers' Angels Germany

My Hero...

Sara sends this picture of her Hero, Sandra S., and the Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston!

For those of you who may not know, (from the US Army Website):

The Sergeant Major of the Army serves as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life.

The SMA devotes the majority of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training, and talking to Soldiers and their families.

The SMA sits on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families and is routinely invited to testify before Congress.

Great picture, Sandra! Thank you for everything you do for all of us. Keep your helmet on - take care, and stay safe.

Wounded Hero Noah Pincusoff Needs Our Help

A message from Noah's Mom....

Noah’s Coming Home???

Back in January of this year, just a week after our son, Noah, deployed to Iraq , I wrote Every Parent’s Nightmare in which I said:

I believe that it is every parent's nightmare that something will happen to their child and that they can't get there. My sleeping and waking nightmare is hearing any of my children crying out for me and I'm not able to get to them… I could not bear the thought that there might be an emergency and I would not be there when my child needed me.

And, of course, that call on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 confirmed that nightmare tenfold!! This has been a truly overwhelming experience – and we’re just 4 days into the journey!

We have been blessed that Noah’s injuries were far less drastic than originally thought, and his Command called to tell us that Noah may be shipped back to the U.S. next week to an Army medical facility to continue treatment and rehabilitation!! (We know he won’t be especially happy with returning stateside – principally because we know he is adamant that he get back with his unit and he shared the other day that he believes that there is a better chance of that happening if he rehabs in Germany … Be that as it may…)

We have been told that he probably will not be sent to Walter Reed (so we are assuming that is more good news!) In fact, they tell us that they could even decide to send him to the hospital at his Division’s stateside base! We have not yet heard from Noah so do not yet know foremost, how he’s feeling, but also importantly, what the tests revealed and what diagnosis has been made, what the prognosis is, what the treatment may be and how long his expected recovery might be. Whatever the details of the “plan,” I will travel from our home to wherever Noah’s final destination is and stay as long as I can be useful to him.

Since the military only covers travel expense for immediate family of "seriously injured soldiers" and as Noah is no longer considered seriously, neither the costs of travel nor living expenses of his family to be with our soldier are covered or reimbursable. . We have had many inquiries of how people wishing to help Noah and our family, so an account has been set up to help defray the costs of Noah’s continuing care… If you would like to contribute, PayPal donations may be

Funds not used for Noah will be donated to Soldiers Angels and/or the Wounded Warrior Project.
We thank all again from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and compassion and affection.

Some Soldier’s Mom

For checks or money orders:
Noah P. Wounded Warrior Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
825 Miller Valley Road
Prescott, AZ 86301

Cards and letters may be send to:
Noah P. Wounded Warrior
1042 Willow Creek #101
PMB 279
Prescott, AZ 86301

UPDATE: Soldiers' Angels Germany were able to see Noah, and they have an update at their blog!

Hero Flashback...

Thanks, Karen!

The Latest from Willie of Soldiers' Angels

Nita, Mary Ann and me we brought on the 26th August:

25 filled backpacks to the National Guard (with blanket)
35 filled backpacks to the Marines (with blanket)
25 sportbags, empty to the Chaplains storage
25 backpacks, empty to the Fisher House.

On the 29th August Nita is with more backpacks on the way to Landstuhl.

We have filled the new 60 backpacks I ordered last week with the items from the Scout Marvin Marroquin project. Nita has with her more phone cards for the Nationalk Guards, too and 8 poster from the scout project for the wards in LRMC:

25 filled backpacks to the National Guard (with blanket)
35 filled backpacks to the Marines (without blanket)

Mary Ann writes the stories this time and she does it on the German Angel blog
MUNITIONS SEARCH — U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Corey Bloomfield, a rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, searches for munitions and explosives outside a house in Fallujah, Iraq, Aug. 20 during Operation Hard Knock. The 25-year-old Tecumseh, Mich. native, fellow Marines and Iraqi Security forces have conducted several of these operations since June to search for weapons and gather census data on the local citizens. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mike Escobar

In Today's News - Monday, August 29, 2005

Quote of the Day
"I admire men of character, and I judge character not by how men deal with their superiors, but mostly how they deal with their subordinates, and that, to me, is where you find out what the character of a man is."
-- General H. Norman Schwartzkopf

News of Note
Video: Katrina Is Coming
Video: Mississippi Prepares
Facts: Hurricane Categories
New Orleans in Dire Peril
Video: Mass Exodus
Video: Preparing for Katrina
Video: Direct Hit Expected
State of Emergency Declared
Photos: New Orleans Braces
Photos: Katrina Gains Strength
Storm Fears Push Oil Past $70
Video: Oil Production Halted
Bush Urges Residents to Flee
Video: Bush Urges Evacuations

Moonbat Watch
Sharpton, Martin Sheen visit antiwar camp

Fox News
Bomber Injures Two in Israel
Israeli PM's Son Indicted
Iraqis Finish Constitution
Bush: Iraqis Will Work Together
Senators Talk Iraq on 'FNS'
U.S. Senators Held in Russia
Jackson: Lay Off Chavez
Gas Prices Set Record Again
63 Hurt in Spanish Bull Run
Study: Coffee Top SourceOf Antioxidants in U.S. Diet
Bomb in Ferry's Trash Can Injures 30 in Philippines

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Egypt orders bail of Muslim Brotherhood
Key changes in Iraq constitution
Highlights of draft Iraqi constitution
Security forces hunt militants in Sinai
Newsview: Iraqi constitution angers Sunnis
Palestinian leader condemns suicide bomber
Iraqi state company to repair oil wells
Sharon's son indicted for corruption
Suicide bomber strikes Israeli bus station

Reuters: Top News
Japan sees no sign of U.S.-N.Korea nuclear deal
Reuters soundman killed in Baghdad, police blame US
Palestinian suicide bomber strikes in Israel
Iraq assembly finishes charter, Sunnis opposed
Bush touts Iraq charter but warns of new threats Associated Press
Bush hails Iraqi draft constitution

Department of Defense
Draft Iraqi Constitution Meets Needs — Story
Rice Congratulates Iraqis on Constitution
Detainee Escapes from Abu Ghraib Facility — Story
Efforts in Iraq Require Time, Sacrifice — Story Transcript

Comic’s Duty to Support Troops — Story
Former Marine Thanks Troops
'Nashville Star' Gives to Families

Five Terror Suspects Captured
282 Iraqi Police Graduate
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq

Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

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

National Guard, Reserve Update

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
1708 - Haverhill, MA, is destroyed by the French and Indians.
1758 - The first American Indian reservation is established.
1776 - Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester, NY.
1786 - Shay's Rebellion occurs in Springfield, MA.
1854 - Daniel Halladay receives a patent for the self-governing windmill.
1862 - The Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins; the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing begins operations.
1883 - Seismic sea waves created by the Krakatoa eruption create a rise in the English Channel 32 hours later.
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler receives a German patent for a motorcycle.
1896 - Chop suey is invented in NYC by the visiting Chinese Ambassador's chef.
1909 - A.H. Latham of France sets a world airplane altitude record of 155 m; American Glenn Curtis wins the world's first air race (Rheims, France)
1914 - The Arizonan is the first vessel to arrive in San Francisco via the Panama Canal.
1916 - The steamer Hsin Iu sinks off China coast; 1,000 drown.
1929 - The German airship Graf Zeppelin ends its round-the-world flight.
1939 - Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II.
1944 - 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down the Champs-Elysees.
1949 - The U.S.S.R. detonates its first atomic bomb.
1953 - The U.S.S.R. detonates its first hydrogen bomb.
1957 - The U.S. Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
1958 - The Air Force Academy opens.
1965 - Astronauts Cooper & Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5
1975 - Star in Cygnus goes nova becoming 4th brightest in sky
1988 - USSR launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
1990 - A C-5 transport plane crashes at Ramstein AFB, Germany, killing 13; Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, physician / author (Old Ironsides)
1899 - Lyman L. Lemnitzer, US Army General (WW II), US Army Chief of Staff, NATO Commander
1915 - Ingrid Bergman, actress
1920 - Charlie "Bird" Parker famous African-American jazzman
1925 - Donald O'Connor, dancer/actor (Singing in the Rain)
1934 - David Pryor (Sen-AR)
1938 - Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H); Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC TV)
1941 - Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous)
1948 - Charles D. Walker, astronaut (STS 41D, STS 51D, STS 61B)

29 - John the Baptist, beheaded (date is questionable )
1533 - Atahualpa, last Incan King of Peru, murdered by Spanish conquerors
1769 - Edmond Hoyle, games expert
1877 - Brigham Young, second president of Mormon Church
1960 - Hazza el-Majali, PM of Jordan, assassinated
1967 - George Rockwell, American Nazi party leader, murdered
1982 - Ingrid Bergman, actress, on her 67th birthday
1987 - Lee Marvin, actor

Reported Missing in Action
Byrne, Ronald E., Jr., USAF (NY); F105 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

McWhorter, Henry S., USN (GA); RF8A shot down, KIA, remains returned February, 1987

Taylor, Edd David, USN (AR); A1H shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Wells, Norman L., USAF (VA); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Newburn, Larry S., US Army (IN); raft tipped over while crossing stream, Killed, body not recovered

Ashall, Alan F., USNR (MT); A6B shot down (B/N, w/Duncan), survival unlikely

Duncan, Robert R., USN (FL); A6B shot down (pilot, w/Ashall), survival unlikely

Graf, Albert Stephen, USMC (NJ); F4B shot down (aircrew)

Zimmer, Jerry Allen, USMC (NY); F4B shot down (pilot)