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Monday, September 26, 2005

Score Another One for the Good Guys...

from Fox News:

Al Qaeda's No. 2 in Iraq Killed by U.S. Forces
Special Forces take down top deputy of terror mastermind Zarqawi during Baghdad raid Sunday

ELLINGTON FIELD, Texas (AFPN) -- Members of the Texas Air National Guard's 136th Tanker Airlift Control Element pick up an off loaded pallet of equipment as the sun sets on the flightline here. The Airmen are assigned to Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base in Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin)

Artist Uses Talent to Honor Fallen Heroes

Darla Dixon is an artist who is offering her talents free of charge to the families of our fallen heroes, through her Military Fallen Heroes project. She does portraits in pencil from photographs (see sample below).

Family members of fallen heroes may contact her at the email and website addresses listed in this post. If you would like to make a donation to assist Darla in providing these free portraits to military families, you can do so at her website by clicking on the "Military Fallen Heroes Project" link.

Portraits Drawn Free of Charge for Families of Fallen Military Personnel
If you had an immediate family member die in Iraq/Afghanistan/War Against Terrorism and would like one FREE pencil portrait done from photographs of the loved one, please just email artist Darla Dixon to make a request and for instructions of where to mail reference photos.

There is no catch, except that Darla would like the request to be made only by the parent, spouse, or immediate family member of the person.

These 9"x12" or 11"x14" portraits will be completed on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Darla Dixon
Portrait Art & Illustration

Thanks, Darla, for honoring our fallen heroes.

New Orleans (Sept. 24, 2005) – U.S. Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Scott Wilson, a search and rescue (SAR) swimmer assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight (HSL-48), prepares to be lowered during a search and rescue mission over New Orleans. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Rita humanitarian assistance operations are led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Williams

A Message from Soldiers' Angels Germany

Dear Angels and Friends,

The primary mission of SA Germany is to support our wounded Heroes who are transitioned through Germany from Iraq and Afghanistan.

We provide Transitional Backpacks for the inpatients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. We also provide other forms of support for the outpatients at nearby Kleber Barracks (picnic visits, day trips, snacks and microwave meals, pictures and letters of support, etc.).

1. Just a reminder that there is only one official shipping address for SA Germany:
Nita Patton-Villalobos
Attn: Soldiers' Angels
A Company 2nd MIBNCMR 440
Box 901
APO AE 09175

Nita is Patti's sister and is currently living in Germany during her husband's deployment to Afghanistan.

2. For our November, December, January and February backpacks we are in need of the following donations:
240 International phone cards240 Blankets of Hope240 Sweatpants and Sweatshirts (or Jogging Suits) for cold winter weatherUnderwear:240 T-Shirts (solid color, L, XL, or XXL) 240 Boxerbriefs (L, XL, or XXL 240 Socks240 Cards and Letters of EncouragementSnacks and Goodies Personal hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, etc.)

3. The Army National Guard Liaison Office at Landstuhl also has a current need (October) for International Phone Cards.

4. Microwaveable meals, cookies, fruit cups, and other snacks for Kleber Barracks. Soldiers often arrive at Kleber from Iraq or Afghanistan in the evenings after regular meal hours. If you can donate these items, or can volunteer to write letters requesting donations from companies, please contact us!

Please notify us when items are shipped so we can look out for them and confirm their arrival.

All donations are delivered directly through Willie, Nita, or MaryAnn to Landstuhl hospital and Kleber Barracks.

Thank you all for your support of our wounded Heroes!

-- Willie, Nita, & MaryAnn
Soldiers' Angels Germany
Soldiers' Angels Foundation

IN SUCCESSION — U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Graham Goodman, Jimmy Nettavong, and Steven Jacobs fall to the ground and start firing at various targets during their last competition at the Stony-Athi Range Sept. 23, 2005. Approximately sixteen U.S. servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, are participating in the East African Armed Forces Rifle Championship in Nairobi, Kenya. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

In Today's News - Monday, September 26, 2005

Quote of the Day
"There is no possible negotiation with these killers. Our aim is to win over terrorism. Only by being firm we can stop terrorism. We must be firm fighting the terrorists and opposing the final aims they want to achieve."

-- Jose Maria Aznar

News of Note
Hurricane Season

Video: Hurricane Animation
Photos: Trail of Devastation
Bush Focuses on Energy
Video: Bush, Blanco on Rita
N.O. Dry Within Week?
Houston Returns to Normalcy
Dallas Bus Blast Probed
Video: Serious Damage
Rita in Pictures and Videos
Texas in 'pretty good shape,' but widespread floods across state line
Rita's toll, damage less than feared
LA governor asks for $32 billion for repairs
Bush mulls lead role for military in disasters
After Katrina, political agendas drive policy

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Officer Commands Respect From Locals
Roadside Bombs Kill Three U.S. Soldiers

Operation Enduring Freedom
New Guns, new Drive for Taliban

Troops on Trial
Closing arguments ahead in Abu Ghraib abuse case

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Spain Convicts 9/11 Plotter
Officials: Bin Laden Isolated
France Nabs 9 in Terror Sweep
IRA has scrapped its entire arsenal, monitors say

Supporting our Troops
Hundreds Turn Out for Pro-Soldiers Rally

Supreme Court
Senate to Debate Roberts

Fox News
10 Killed by Iraq Bomb
Earthquake Rattles Peru
Israel Bombs Gaza Militants
Crime Rate Holds Steady
Stocks to Watch
Boeing, Union Reach Deal
China Orders 'Healthy' Web
Bomb Hurts Lebanese Journo

Reuters: Top News
Around 1,000 to be freed from Abu Ghraib as gesture
Bush to be briefed on US energy supply
PICTURES: Central Baghdad Suicide Bomb
New Israeli air strikes as Sharon faces Likud vote
Iran slams IAEA board vote, but no retaliation
Cheney leaves hospital after surgery
China sets new rules on Internet news
Genetically modified vines worry French winemakers

AP World News
Israel Presses Forward With Gaza Offensive
Lebanon Struggles to Find Bombers
Powerful Earthquake Rocks Northern Peru
Typhoon Damrey Slams Into Southern China
Center-Right Wins Poland Election
Possible Annan Successor Eager to Get Job
Iran Official Blasts IAEA Resolution

The Seattle Times
Union, Boeing nail down contract
Ferry drill tests rescuers
Defense "earmarks" help boost local firms
Navy hired planes to fly captured terror suspects
New public-diplomacy chief takes U.S. message to Mideast
Unmanned vehicles compete in Pentagon's desert challenge
Acting FDA chief predicts new kind of medical care
Advances would inflate Medicare costs, study says

Chicago Sun-Times
Pakistan: Bin Laden's network destroyed
Iraqi patrol ambushed in Baghdad

Boston Globe: World
Resurgence of violence hits Baghdad
In unusual sight, Hong Kong lawmakers tour
Leader says Hamas to stop firing rockets
Polish government ousted, exit polls say

CENTCOM: News Releases
Soldiers Have Army Records Stolen
Generals Reassess Enemy in Iraq
Pentagon Seeks Flashy Robots for Combat
An Anxious Hide and Seek

Department of Defense
Troops Understand Importance of Mission — Story
Coalition, Iraqi Forces Net Successes — Story

New Garrison Opens Doors to Afghan Troops

Families Rally for Deployed Troops — Story Photos


Hurricane Coverage

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq
Iraqis Take Steps for Freedom
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghanistan Daily Update

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

Enlisted Honor Chairman, Wife
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


National Hurricane Center

Today in History
1687 - The Parthenon is destroyed in a war between the Turks and the Venetians.
1777 - British troops occupy Philadelphia.
1789 - Thomas Jefferson is appointed as the first U.S. Secretary of State; John Jay becomes the first Chief Justice; Samuel Osgood becomes the first Postmaser; Edmund J. Randolph becomes the first Attorney General.
1890 - The U.S. stops minting the one- and three-dollar gold coins and the three cent piece.
1914 - The Federal Trade Commission is formed to regulate interstate commerce.
1918 - The Meuse-Argonne offensive against Germany begins.
1934 - The British luxury liner Queen Mary is launched.
1950 - Because of a forest fire in British Columbia, a blue moon appears in England; U.N. troops in Korean War recapture Seoul.
1954 - A typhoon strikes Kakodate Bay, Japan, killing over 1,600.
1960 - Nixon and Kennedy have the first of 4 TV debates; Fidel Castro gives the longest speech in U.N. history (4 hrs, 29 min).
1962 - "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiers on CBS-TV; the Yemen Arab Republic is proclaimed.
1972 - The American Museum of Immigration is dedicated.
1980 - The Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor, ending the "freedom flotilla"; Soyuz-38 returns to Earth.
1983 - Cosmonauts Titov and Strekalov are saved from their exploding Soyuz spacecraft.
1984 - President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa.
1986 - Antonin Scalia becomes a U.S. Supreme Court Justice; William Rehnquist becomes Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1988 - NYC's Rockefeller Center is declared a national landmark; the U.S. space shuttle STS-26 is launched.
1990 - The Motion Picture Assn of America creates a new NC-17 rating.

- John Chapman, better known as "Johnny Appleseed, frontier nurseryman
1888 - T.S. Eliot, poet/dramatist/critic, Nobel Prize winner (1948)
1889 - Martin Heidegger, German Existentialist (Being & Time)
1897 - Pope Paul VI, 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78)
1898 - George Gershwin, composer (Rhapsody in Blue)
1914 - Jack LaLanne, exercise mogul
1932 - Clifton C. Williams, Jr., Major USMC/astronaut
1948 - Vladimir Remek, first Czechoslovakian space traveler (Soyuz-28)

1820 - Daniel Boone, frontiersman

Reported Missing in Action
Ballard, Arthur T., USAF (SC); F105D shot down (pilot), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 2000

Mosburg, Henry L., US Army (OK); UH1B shot down (pilot w/Phillips); KIA, body not recovered

Phillips, Marvin F., US Army (TN); UH1B shot down (gunner, w/Mosburg); KIA, body not recovered

Geist, Stephen J., US Army SF (MD); O1D shot down (observer, w/Huddleston)

Huddleston, Lynn R., US Army (TX); O1D shot down (pilot, w/Geist)

Moe, Harold John, USMC (Wi); F4B shot down (pilot)

Olson, Barry A., US Army (MN); riding on top when M113 hit by anti-tank round

Walsh, James P., USMC (CT); A4E shot down, released by PRG (from Cambodia) February, 1973, alive as of 1999