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Sunday, September 18, 2005

POW/MIA RECOGNITION – Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, troops the line with the troop commander during the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2005. Hunter is a Vietnam veteran who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 75th Army Ranger Regiment, and his father served as an artillery officer in the South Pacific during World War II. His oldest son has served two tours as a Marine in Iraq. Defense Dept. photo by Rudi Williams

Magazine Honors Six Hispanic-American Military Women

from DefenseLink

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2005 – Six Hispanic-American servicewomen were honored last week for outstanding achievements in the military services and their status as role models during the 2nd annual Latina Style Symposium awards luncheon sponsored by Latina Style magazine and co-hosted by the Defense Department.

The two-day symposium featured roundtable and panel discussions about important issues concerning the more than 7 million Hispanic women in the U.S. work force, including the military and the Defense Department. This year, Latina Style showcased active duty Hispanic women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard, and one woman representing the Army and Air National Guard.

As it did last year, DoD used the event as the kick-off for its celebration of Hispanic-American Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Capt. Kathlene Contres, commandant of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, which is the Defense Department's center of excellence for equal opportunity and human relations training, is the Navy's highest-ranking Hispanic woman officer on active duty. She maintains a $24 million compound, training more than 1,500 students annually, managing a 15,000-volume reference library of equal opportunity resources and managing the Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey used across all DoD agencies.

The Marine Corps' Latina Style plaque recipient is Col. Angela Salinas, the first woman combat service support monitor, the first woman recruiting station commanding officer and the first woman Marine Corps recruiting district commanding officer.

Salinas is the chief of staff for Marine Corps Recruiting Command, "Her leadership directly impacts and provides opportunities for America's Hispanic populace," according to her award citation.

The Army's winner is Lt. Col. Marcela G. Alvarado, the first in her family to graduate from college. Commissioned as a military intelligence officer in 1987, Alvarado has been a platoon leader, executive officer, company commander and an ROTC instructor, and has held various staff-level posts. She recently served as the executive officer for the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, where she became a key member of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse investigation team.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Susan R. Ayala was honored for her service as superintendent and senior enlisted adviser for the Air Force Review Boards Agency. Ayala developed internal agency policies for the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records, the Secretary of the Air Force's Personnel Council and Air Force Civilian Appellate Review Office.

Called the "chief who cares," Ayala climbed to the Air Force's top enlisted grade, and while doing so, she has served in numerous Air Force active duty, Reserve and National Guard positions, officials said.

Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Priscilla Melendez was attending Army warrant officer school and was therefore unable to attend the ceremony. Her boss, Col. Jackie Reaves, commander of the Operational Support Airlift Agency, accepted the award on her behalf.

Melendez was cited for outstanding performance as the agency's senior human resources sergeant while supporting more than 240 soldiers stationed throughout the United States, Germany, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

"She provides outstanding personnel services to the soldiers of her command and she empowers and encourages all members of her team to assist and support each other regardless of their task at hand," the award citation read. The Coast Guard awardee is Petty Officer 1st Class Isabel Paez, who serves on the diversity policy staff and is the ethnic policy adviser to the commandant. Her award citation states that she has been instrumental in the development of the Coast Guard's policy on the use of English and other languages in the workplace.

Paez is spearheading an effort to bring English immersion training to otherwise fully qualified entry-level servicemembers at the Recruit Training Center. She also translates much of the Coast Guard's recruiting information to Spanish in an effort to provide accurate information on the service, its mission and entry requirements to the Spanish-speaking community.
SECURE CELEBRATION — Iraqi security forces celebrate after detaining high-level anti-Iraqi suspects in a raid in Tal Afar, Iraq, Sept. 13, 2005. Iraqi army security forces with assistance from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, provide security for the region of Tal Afar in order to disrupt insurgent safe havens and to clear weapons cache sights in the area. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Alan D. Monyelle

In Today's News - Sunday, September 18, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Our troops are the best-trained, the best-equipped, the best professionals, the finest fighting force the world has ever seen."
-- John Spratt

News of Note
Hurricane Katrina
Relief Chief: Not So Fast
Man Rescued After 18 Days in Attic
Cemeteries Still Intact
Where Will the Garbage Go?
Hurricane Relief
Should Bush Raise Taxes?
Wall Street Assesses Bush Plan
Photo Essay: Hurricane Heroes
Doctors brace for 'second disaster' after Katrina

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Legislator Assassinated
Roadside Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier

Operation Enduring Feedom
Afghanistan Holds Elections
Afghans out to vote despite Taliban raids
French Soldier Killed

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Man charged with conspiracy to aid terror group

Able Danger
Weldon: Worker was told to destroy hijacker papers

U.N. News
Rice: U.N. Must Launch 'Revolution of Reform'
Iran warns IAEA over Security Council referral
Annan defends summit
Iraq offers UN rosy picture of its progress
At UN, Chavez causes rumble in fiery condemnation of US
UN forces in Congo battle a reputation for ineffectiveness

Other News of Note
Oldest Buffalo Soldier to be buried at Arlington
Naval Academy adds Jewish chapel

Fox News
Iraq Violence Kills 52
Palestinians Seal Gaza Border
Iran: Nuke Program a Right
Train Derails in Chicago
Schroeder, Merkel Stump for Votes in Germany
Minn. Abortion Law Blocked
Fallout for Fishermen
US Airways Gets OK to Emerge From Chapter 11
Chrysler Recalls 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees
Wiretapping Mosques?
Bush: No Tax Hikes to Pay for Relief
Congress Wants Sept. 11 Report Made Public
Transcript: Bush's Weekly Radio Address
Democrats' Radio Response
Junk Science: Senate Barely Squelches Mercury Panic
Guest Columnist: German Election May Revive U.S. Relations
Terror Survival Handbook

Reuters: Top News
Gaps sealed in Gaza-Egypt border to end chaos
Pakistan leader urges U.S. Jews to help make peace
US tells Libya it is committed to closer ties
Rice tells Iran to get back to nuclear talks

AP World News
China's New North Korea Proposal
Kurdish Member of Iraqi Parliament Slain
Polls Show Merkel With Edge in German Vote
Clark Moves Forward After New Zealand Win
Indonesian Troops Withdraw From Aceh
Chavez Backpedals From Recent Remarks
Gunmen Kill Member of Iraqi Parliament
Toledo Calls Peru Economic Success Story
Iraqi President Extends Hand to Opponents
Hu Sticks to Trade Issues in Canada
Annan Urges World Leaders to Fight Terror
Report: 6 Charged in Brazil Bank Robbery
Japan Opposition Party Elects New Leader

The Seattle Times
Ophelia bypasses Mass. with little effect
N.Korea nuke talks may end without accord
Bush turns attention to 2nd court vacancy
Bush sees 'bright dawn' emerging in Gulf
Afghan vote: Getting face time
Warlords on ballot raise fears
Doctor wants to try a face transplant
Luminaries flock to jailed reporter
Erroneous cremation adds to parents' grief
German vote could create political gridlock
Foreign takeover of corporations worry the French
Bomber targets outdoor market
Ex-Peruvian leader maps return from Tokyo
Palestinian police move to assert control in Gaza
Looters plunder ancient city in Peru, says discoverer's son
Trauma unit is Iraq's version of MASH

Chicago Sun-Times
2 killed, 80 hurt in Metra derailment
City near lucrative Wi-Fi deal at airport
Star U.S. prosecutor finds new challenge
Foxx defends Kanye West for Bush remarks
Palestinians struggle with border breaches in Gaza
Saudi tells Israel: leave Arab lands
Iran invites foreigners to take part in nuke program
NASA aims to put man back on the moon by 2018
U.S. hoping for opposition win in Germany
Company making plans for human settlement on Mars
Danish police nab 4, recover Rembrandt work
6 charged in $70 million Brazilian heist

Boston Globe: World
17 Colombians face drug charges in US
North Korea nuclear talks extended
30 killed in bombing at Iraq market
Shootings put security contractors under scrutiny in Iraq
After Gaza pullout, Egypt border is new division
Palestinian officials criticize Sharon for remarks on election
New Zealand ruling party likely to serve a third term
East Timor massacre survivors pursue justice
Chinese brush up on please, thank you

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Bush, Putin Pledge Fight Against Terrorism — Story Remarks
Raids Net Suspected Terrorists, Weapons — Story

Military Working Dogs Save Many Lives — Story
Paratroopers Prepare City for Election — Story

D.C. Rocks to Raise Money for Troops — Story

Hurricane Katrina

Forces Defeat Foreign Fighters
Terror Occurs During Progress
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)

Bomb Kills Afghan Interpreter
Afghanistan Daily Update

Marine Killed, Forces Raid Complex
Anti-Terror Teams Prove Worth
Bush Urges U.N. to Support Iraq
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

NATO Transforms for Future
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
1739 - In the Treaty of Belgrade, Austria cedes Belgrade to the Turks.
1755 - Fort Ticonderoga, NY opens.
1759 - The British capture Quebec (French and Indian War)
1793 - Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol building.
1810 - Chile declares independence from Spain.
1830 - Near Baltimore, a horse beats the first American-made locomotive.
1851 - The NY Times starts publishing, at 2 cents a copy
1895 - D.D. Palmer of Iowa becomes the first chiropractor.
1911 - The Short S-39, Britain's first twin-engine airplane, is test flown.
1914 - The Germans defeat the French at the Battle of Aisne.
1919 - Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along the Gulf Coast.
1926 - A hurricane hits Miami, killing 250.
1948 - Ralph J. Bunche is confirmed as acting U.N. mediator in Palestine.
1959 - Vanguard-3 is launched into an Earth orbit.
1962 - Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica and Trinidad admitted to the U.N.
1965 - "Get Smart" premiers on TV.
1975 - Heiress/bank robber Patricia Campbell Hearst is captured by the FBI.
1977 - The U.S.'s Voyager-I takes the first space photograph of the Earth and Moon together.
1980 - Soyuz-38 carries two cosmonauts (one of them Cuban) to the Salyut-6 space station.
1982 - In Lebanon, Christian militiamen begin the massacre of 600 Palestinians.
1984 - Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.
1989 - Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico.
1991 - Space shuttle STS-48 (Discovery-14) lands.

1733 - George Read, lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1779 - Joseph Story, U.S. Supreme Court justice (1812-45)
1895 - John G. Diefenbaker, 13th Canadian PM (1957-63)
1916 - John J. Rhodes (Rep-AZ)
1932 - Nikolai N. Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33)
1944 - Charles Lacy Veach, astronaut (STS 39)
1955 - Jeana Tomasino, Playboy playmate (Nov, 1980)

- Dag Hammarskjold, U.N. Secretary General, in an air crash over the Congo
1970 - Jimi Hendrix rock guitarist

Reported Missing in Action
Barber, Robert Franklin, USN (WA); A6A shot down (aircrew, w/Vogt), KIA, body not recovered
Vogt, Leonard F., Jr., USN (OH); A6A shot down (pilot, w/Barber), KIA, body not recovered

Woods, Brian D., USN (CA); A7A shot down (pilot), released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Cline, Curtis R., US Army (MI); swept downstream while crossing river

Keesee, Bobby Joe, Civilian; criminal who stole plane in Thailand, ran out of fuel, and made forced landing in North Vietnam; released by DRV March, 1973 - later imprisoned numerous times for various crimes - read his story here.