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Friday, September 09, 2005

Damage to military bases near $1 billion
09/09/05 12:11 PM, EDT
Military housing, airport hangars, equipment and power lines were heavily damaged at six military bases across Louisiana and Mississippi, forcing nearly $1 billion in emergency repairs, according to base personnel and other defense officials.

My Hero...

Stephanie sends these pictures of her Hero, PFC Allen B. - as well as herself, and their beautiful children. She sends this message:

I am a 21 yr old mother of three whose boyfriend and the father of our children is currently serving over in Iraq. I would like to submit his picture b/c we all love him and miss him very much. Thank you so much.

Stephanie, these pictures are wonderful - thank you for sharing them, and thanks to your family for sharing your Hero with all of us.

Allen - as I told Stephanie, that's a beautiful family you've got there! Thanks to you for everything you do, and for being the Hero that you are. Keep your helmet on - take care, and stay safe.

Army National Guardsmen Spc. Clint Aucoia and Pfc. Christopher Tiffit attach cargo hooks supporting large sandbags to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The sandbags are being used to plug a New Orleans levee which was breached during Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Robert McRill.

Owensboro, KY Supports Our Troops

Picnic will salute military unit, families
Messenger-Inquirer Thu, 08 Sep 2005 11:37 PM PDT
A military unit recently adopted by the city will be here Saturday for a community picnic. Organizers expect about 60 soldiers and family members of Troop A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at 1 p.m. Saturday at Smothers Park.
OVER IRAQ— An F-16 Fighting Falcon moves into place behind a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission over Iraq, Sept. 8, 2005. The KC-135 is from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and the crew flying it is from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. On an average day, coalition aircraft refuel 35 aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Jacobs

In Today's News - Friday, September 9, 2005

Quote of the Day
"It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win."
-- John Paul Jones

News of Note
Hurricane Katrina
Vietnam pledges $100,000 in Hurricane Katrina aid
$51.8 billion OKd
End of Voluntary Evacuations Nears
Hurricane Relief Scams on Web
Laura Bush Slams West, Dean
Soldiers Enforce Evacuations
Louisiana Guard Comes Home
Photo Essays
Hurricane Katrina: Day 11
Locating Hurricane Survivors

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Navy: Former Iraqi Leaders Know Fate of Missing Pilot- 200 Terrorists Nabbed in Iraq
Reporter's Notebook: Heroes
Iraq's Sunnis Register to Vote in Droves
Hundreds Begin Trip Home From Duty in Baghdad
Japan to Hold Off Pulling Troops From Iraq
Mahathir triggers diplomatic walkout with attack over Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
GI Acquitted of Afghan Abuse
NATO eyes front-line role in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Blasts hit McDonald's, KFC in Karachi

The Usual Nonsense
Report: Deputy U.N. Chief Also Culpable in Oil-for-Food Scam

Remembering 9/11
The Pentagon Memorial site and the America’s Heroes Memorial located inside the building will be opened to the public for the first time since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, on Saturday, Sept.10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. Story
9/11 Loans Misappropriated

Base closing panel drops changes

It's Finally Football Season!
Patriots defeat Raiders 30-20

Fox News
Base Closure Review Nixed
200 Terrorists Nabbed in Iraq
Earthquake Rocks Pacific
PAC Linked to DeLay Indicted
Ophelia Now Hurricane Force

Reuters: Top News
Drug cash smuggling booming on U.S.-Mexico border Associated Press
Bush approves $51.8B for hurricane relief
Iraqi troops to take over airport security
Katrina divides rather than unifies U.S.
ABC to offer primetime shows in Spanish

The Seattle Times
Congress investigating Gates Foundation exec
Pensions at heart of walkout
Inhaled insulin backed by FDA panel

The Chicago Tribune
Evacuees spread across nation
Fear of epidemics ebbs
NASA may need $1 billion
Study says human brain still evolves
Former security adviser Berger fined $50,000
Yeltsin has surgery after fall in Italy

Boston Globe: World
Attack on lawmaker puts Russian police brutality in spotlight
Legislators criticize White House for nuclear deal with India
Ukrainian government dismissed
200 suspected militants arrested near Syrian border
Canada to discuss rights with China's Hu
Saudis say 5 militants slain were in Al Qaeda
Israel shuts Gaza-Egypt border crossing as end of pullout nears
Mubarak poised to claim vote landslide

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Pentagon Officials Learned From Attack — Story
Unit Training Iraqis Changes Commands — Story
Democratic Process Continues in Iraq — Story

Army Mechanics Keep Copters Battle Ready — Story
Meeting Focus: Afghan Food Crop Production — Story
Paratroopers Beat Back Taliban Ambush — Story

Lafayette Marine Team's Vigilance Saves Lives

Marine Changes Jobs to Join Unit — Story

NASCAR Stars Salute Wounded — Story
Military Kids Gets Free Backpacks


Hurricane Katrina

Team Aids Deployed Troops
Strike Destroys Terrorist Haven
Strike Hits Safe House
City Gets $106M Electrical Work
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
- The English defeat Scotland's James IV in the Battle of Flodden Fields.
1739 - 25 are killed in a slave revolt in Stono, SC.
1776 - The Continental Congress renames the "United Colonies" - they become the "United States."
1830 - Charles Durant becomes the first U.S. aeronaut, flying a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ.
1839 - John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.
1841 - The Great Lakes steamer Erie sinks off Silver Creek NY, killing 300.
1850 - California becomes the 31st state ; the territories of New Mexico and Utah are created.
1892 - Almalthea, the 5th moon of Jupiter, is discovered.
1908 - Orville Wright makes the first 1-hr airplane flight, in Fort Myer, VA.
1912 - J. Verdrines becomes the first to fly over 100 mph (107 mph/172 kph).
1942 - In the first bombing on continental U.S. soil, Chief Flying Officer Nobuo Fujita drops incendiary bombs on Mount Emily, OR.
1943 - Italy surrenders to the Allies.
1944 - Allied forces liberate Luxembourg and Bulgaria.
1945 - Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Indochina surrender to Allies.
1948 - The People's Democratic Republic of Korea is proclaimed.
1950 - The "laugh track" is first used on TV.
1956 - Elvis Presley appears on national TV for the first time (Ed Sullivan Show).
1957 - Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School is dynamited.
1965 - Tibet becomes an autonomous region of China.
1967 - The Saturn V completes its first successful test flight.
1971 - 1,000 convicts seize Attica prison in NY.
1975 - Viking-2 is launched toward Mars.
1977 - The first TRS-80 computer is sold.
1982 - The first private commercial rocket (Conestoga 1) makes a suborbital flight.
1983 - Radio Shack announces their color computer, the Coco2.
1986 - A NYC jury indicts Gennadly Zakharov (Soviet U.N. employee) for spying.
1990 - George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Helsinki, urging Iraq to leave Kuwait.

1754 - William Bligh, nasty ship's captain (H.M.S. Bounty)
1828 - Leo Tolstoy Russia, novelist (War and Peace, Anna Karenina)
1887 - Alfred Landon (KS) presidential candidate (1932, 1936)
1890 - Harland (Colonel) Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder
1949 - Joe Theismann, NFL QB (Redskins)

- William I (The Conqueror), King of England, Duke of Normandy
1817 - Paul Cuffe, entrepreneur/ civil rights activist
1976 - Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese communist party chairman (1949-76)
1990 - Samuel K. Doe, Liberian president, killed by rebels

Reported Missing in Action
Stockdale, James B., USN (IL); A4E shot down (pilot), famous for leading Vietnam POW resistance - retired as a Vice Admiral - passed away July 2005.

Blevins, John C., USAF (TX); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Fischer, John Richard, USMC (PA); A4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered