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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina Blogging

The "Blog for Relief" has raised over $184,000 so far. There are now over 1,200 blogs participating, with 131 charities listed.

You can see the current status here at TTLB....

To donate to the blog I'm sponsoring, the Soldiers' Angels Operation Katrina Soldiers' Relief fund, click here - and don't forget to log your contribution over at TTLB.

Katrina Comes to Keesler - Part III

Two Power Point shows this time -

Keesler Slideshow 1

Keesler Slideshow 2

Thanks Patti / Jim

Katrina Comes to Keesler - Part II

More pictures from the Keesler AFB area...

Thanks Patti / Jim

Blogging for Relief

I've joined the ranks of more than 900 bloggers "Blogging for Relief" to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Of course, my most recommended way to help is through the Soldiers' Angels' Operation Katrina Soldiers' Relief Fund, but you can also find a list of charities at Instapundit.

Information on Blogging for Relief can be found over at N.Z. Bear's.

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If you've contributed based on a post you saw at this blog, please stop by the Contribution logging page - NZ Bear is keeping track of the funds raised through this effort.

Katrina Comes to Keesler

By now, you probably know that Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here's a book or two about Katrina's visit:

And here is the official notice posted on the Keesler AFB website:

Keesler Air Force base has survived a direct hit by a Hurricane Katrina a Category 4 hurricane. Initial assessment shows extensive damage to our industrial and housing areas. We are deploying assessment crews and are in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and with commanders of many military bases who have offered assistance. The damage is severe enough that we are unable to leave our shelters until Thursday at the earliest in order to assure our recovery teams have cleared debris and made it safe for us and our families to return home. Brigadier General Lord and your leadership promises to keep you apprised of the progress of our recovery teams and release you to go home and assess your own damage as soon as it is safe for your family to travel. All pets at the Keesler pet shelter are in good health and weathered this extremely dangerous storm safely. We are doing everything within our power to clear the way and provide the best immediate and long term assistance to help each one of us in order to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brigadier General Lord wants you to know we are not alone and will do everything we can to keep you safe and get you home as soon as possible. Please be patient. We all need to pull together and help us all make it through this difficult time safely.
Hurricane Katrina News Release (Updated 31 Aug, 1030)
Master UCC Phone List Click here for updated shelter information
Updated: 31 Aug, 1030
Thanks, Don!
HURRICANE KATRINA RESCUE - NEW ORLEANS (Aug. 30, 2005) - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Beaty, 29, of Long Island, N.Y., looks for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina here today. Beaty is a member of an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew sent from Clearwater, Fla., to assist in search and rescue efforts. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class NyxoLyno Cangemi

"Walking With Heroes"

I ordered my copy of "Walking With Heroes" right when I found out about it - the day I posted about it. Got it a couple of days ago. Read it, cover to cover, last night.

It's good. Really good.

From the Sgt. who served as Detention Operations Non-comissioned Officer in Charge at Gitmo.... "Almost everything that I've seen in the news about Guantanamo Bay Cuba has been false..." the military wife who started Project Comfort...
"One of my goals was that no other family had to face a deployment uneducated about the emotional and mental hurdles that would be facing them..."'s the good and the bad - the real deal from the people who know. It's not all sunshine. But it is all heroes.

It's good reading, and if you click on the banner at the top of the page, you can order a copy and support the work of Soldiers' Angels at the same time - a win-win situation.
DJIBOUTI PORT SECURITY — U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Hedman, assigned to the 35th Military Police Company, Topeka, Kan., provides security at the controlled entry point of a Djiboutian dock as the U.S. Naval Ship San Jose pulls into port at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa, Aug. 31, 2005. The San Jose is loaded with pallets of cargo that will be used to restock ships underway in the area of operation. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

In Today's News - Thursday, September 1, 2005

Quote of the Day
"I will never forsake my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless, I am always there, now and forever, I Am The Infantry...FOLLOW ME!!!"
-- from The Infantryman's Creed

News of Note
Hurricane Katrina
Despair, Lawlessness in Big Easy
Health Crisis in Big Easy
Refugees Go to Astrodome
A City's Moving Dead
Bush: 'Years' Until Recovery
White House Taps Oil Reserves
Stars Plan Relief Telethons
Nation's Gas Prices to Top $3
(cheapest price around here is $2.999 for regular)
Economic Impact Limited?
Looters Pillage Nursing Home
New Orleans in chaos, Bush calls disaster historic
Anger rises among Mississippi's poor after Katrina
Biggest health worry after Katrina is clean water
Bush sees hurricane damage from air, vows to rebuild
U.N. official says Katrina among worst natural disasters
Washington prepares aid package for Katrina
NBC, MTV to air concerts for Katrina victims
Tech spending may suffer from Katrina, costly oil
U.S. spy satellites aid Hurricane Katrina recovery
Military to Aid Hurricane Victims

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Task Force Soldiers Inspect Iraqi Polling Sites — Story

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. Marines Relate Details of Afghan Ambush
Afghan, U.S. forces raid Taliban hideout

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Four charged with plotting terror attacks in L.A

Fallen Heroes
Mourners note sacrifice of two soldiers

Guantanamo inmates on new hunger strike

Other News of Note
Army’s Top Sergeant Visits Troops, Civilians Story Photos
(This is about the Sgt. Major of the Army's visit - Soldiers' Angels adoptee Sandra S. had her picture taken with him - see post here)

Fox News
Iraq Stampede Kills 769
Groups Denounce Roberts
Chimps' DNA Deciphered
Aruba Suspect in Court

Reuters: Top News
U.S. defends positions on development for U.N. summit
U.S. makes changes in Guantanamo terrorism trials
Iraq mourns as stampede loss overshadows war
U.S. struggles to revamp air traffic control system
Solidarity's Walesa says "job done" after 25 years
OPEC seen powerless to tame record high oil

The Seattle Times
U.S. meth roundup snares 24 in Western Washington
World leaders deplore Baghdad stampede
Political challenge to Sharon may force split in leading party
5 linked to Lebanon killing Associated Press
Sheehan, war protesters leave Texas camp

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Case Closed in Navy SEAL Lawsuit Vs. AP
Bush Calls Iraq War Moral Equivalent Of Allies' WWII Fight Against the Axis
U.S. Seeks to Aid Iraqi Charter, at a Distance
Airstrikes by U.S. Continue Near Syria Border

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Bush: Support for Troops, Families Vital — Story
Military Commissions Procedures to Change — Story
Rumsfeld Visits SEALs at California Base — Story

Servicemembers Deliver Supplies to Clinics — Story

Close-air Support Mission Nabs Terrorists
Iraqi, U.S. Army Units Partner for Success

Marines, Afghans Secure Areas for Elections

Engineer Documents Soldiers’ Lives — Story

Arizona City Adds Pentagon Channel — Story

Iraqi Highway Patrol Hq. Opens
Rumsfeld Talks Iraqi Constitution
Rumsfeld Defends U.S. Role
4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in 5 Days
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

IED Strike Kills American
Afghanistan Daily Update

War on Terror Honors Past Heroes
Troops' Morale Remains High
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Anchorage Police Support Troops
Alaskan Units Deploy
National Guard, Reserve Update

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
- According to tradition, the date of the destruction of Jerusalem.
1267 - Ramban (Nachmanides) arrives in Jerusalem to establish a Jewish community.
1614 - In Germany, Vincent Fettmich expells Jews from Frankfurt-on-Main.
1666 - The Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane; it will destroy 80% of that city.
1807 - Former Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason.
1858 - After less than one month, the first transatlantic cable fails.
1859 - The first Pullman sleeping car is put into service; R.C. Carrington and R. Hodgson make the first observation of a solar flare.
1862 - Fighting at Chantilly, VA.
1865 - Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery.
1870 - Napoleon III is captured.
1914 - St. Petersburg, Russia, changes its name to Petrograd.
1916 - The Keating-Owen Act goes into effect, banning child labor from interstate commerce; it is later ruled unconstitutional.
1918 - Baseball season ends due to WWI; U.S. troops arrive in Vladivostok (Siberia); they will remain until 1920.
1923 - In Japan, an earthquake strikes Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 106,000.
1928 - Albania becomes a kingdom.
1932 - NYC Mayor James J. "Beau James" Walker resigns amid a corruption scandal.
1939 - Germany invades Poland.
1941 - The wearing of the yellow star becomes obligatory for Jews in the Reich.
1945 - Japan officially surrenders, ending WWII (9/2 in Japan).
1948 - Communists form the North China People's Republic; the U.N. establishes the World Health Organization (WHO).
1950 - West Berlin is granted a constitution.
1951 - The U.S., Australia, and New Zealand sign the ANZUS treaty.
1961 - The U.S.S.R. conducts nuclear bomb testing in central Asia.
1962 - An earthquake in western Iran kills 10,000; the U.N. announces that Earth's population now numbers three billion.
1969 - In Libya, a coup led by Colonel Moammar Gadhafi deposes King Idris.
1971 - Qatar declares its independence from Britain.
1976 - NASA launches the space vehicle S-197; Representative Wayne L. Hays (D-OH) resigns over allegations of misuse of government funds.
1977 - The first TRS-80 Model I computer is sold.
1979 - Pioneer-11 makes its first fly-by of Saturn, discovering a new moon and rings.
1982 - The Palestinian Liberation Organization leaves Lebanon.
1983 - A Korean Boeing-747 strays into Siberia and is shot down by a Soviet jet.
1985 - A joint U.S.-French expedition locates the wreckage of the Titanic, off Newfoundland.

- Sir Roger David Casement, hanged for his part in planning the Dublin Easter Rising (IRA)1907 - Walter Reuther, labor leader / president of UAW and CIO
1922 - Melvin R. Laird (Rep-MI), U.S. Secretary of Defense (1969-73)
1933 - Ann Richards (Gov-TX)

- Pope Adrian IV, the only English pope (1154-59)
1557 - Jacques Cartier, French explorer
1715 - King Louis XIV "the Great" of France (1643-1715)
1838 - William Clark, 2nd Lt. of Lewis and Clark Expedition
1862 - Oliver Tilden of the Bronx, KIA - Civil War (Oliver Tilden Triangle, Bronx, NY is named for him)
1914 - Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon, at the Cincinnati Zoo
1969 - Drew Pearson, newscaster
1983 - Henry "Scoop" Jackson (Sen-WA)
1988 - Leonor Sullivan (Rep-MO, 1955-77)
1989 - A. Bartlett Giamatti, Baseball Commissioner

Reported Missing in Action
Nichols, Hubert C., USAF (FL); A1E shot down (pilot) while on mission to locate downed F104 (Schmidt)

Schmidt, Norman, USAF (CA); F104 shot down (pilot), DIC (believed murdered during an interrogation session), remains returned March, 1974

Johnson, Robert D., USN (TX); UH1H crashed into Bassac River shortly after lift-off (assistant operations officer, w/Ott), KIA, body not recovered

Ott, Edward L. III, USN (CT); UH1H crashed into Bassac River shortly after lift-off (jet-engine mechanic, w/Johnson)

Kinkade, William L., USAF (OR); F4D shot down (aircrew)

Escobedo, Julian, Sr., USMC (TX); CH53A shot down (aircrew), KIA, body not recovered