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Monday, November 07, 2005

Evansville, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2005) – U.S. Navy Reservist, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Amy Gorman of Evansville, Ind., assists with search and rescue efforts after a tornado damaged a mobile home park in Evansville. Petty Officer Gorman is assigned to Navy Reserve Operational Hospital Support Unit Great Lakes, Detachment 23. Naval Reservists assigned to Navy Reserve Center Evansville are assisting local authorities in search and rescue efforts after an F3 tornado cut a 15-mile path through the Eastern Indiana and Kentucky region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Joseph C. Garza

Project Valour-IT -- HOOOAHHH!!!

Check out that donation total at the top of the page -

Army is once again at the head of the field!

Here are the donation totals so far:

Army Team: $14,004.99

Navy Team: $12,916.00

Marine Team: $10,175.00

Air Force Team: $4,555.00

Outstanding! But Navy shot out in front once; they can do it again, so no rest for us!

And for any of you that might be concerned that the fundraising for Project Valour-IT might be detracting from Soldiers' Angels Holiday efforts:

Fundraising OPORD for the Week
Several people have expressed a concern that we might be distracting people from donating to the Christmas projects that Soldiers' Angels is also heading up. Until I spoke to Patti Bader on Friday, I shared that concern. She firmly and repeatedly told me everything was fine and that SA now had enough funding for the planned Christmas projects (donations to SA in general have been up since the call for Christmas funds went out about two weeks ago). Patti pretty much ordered me (in her inimitable way) to continue the fundraising competition and push to make it as successful as possible.

So, let's follow her orders. Milbloggers, I'll put it in language you can understand... ;)



All phases, sites, and materiel are fully operational. Methods have been refined, sights adjusted, targets acquired.

This one's for your brothers...FIRE FOR EFFECT!

May the best team win. (From Fuzzilicious Thinking via the Project Valour-IT Blog)

So make those donations, put up those blogposts, tack up those flyers, and let's get much-needed funding to this wonderful program. (And let's make sure we secure our Army Team bragging rights!)

Go Army!

Army Team Bloggers:
American Soldier
Wild Tangents
Random Thoughts
Keep My Soldier Safe
Most Certainly Not
My Life As A Military Spouse
One By One The Vultures Pick Away At My Sanity
Sgt. Hook
Some Soldier's Mom
Not Exactly Rocket Science
Just My Opinion
By The Way...Technicalities
The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill
Winds of Change
When the Smoke Clears
Pumpkin Sky
Right-Wing of the Gods
Literal Thoughts
Target Center Mass
Mr. Black And White
Texas Music
Southern By Blog
Shulz Infosystems
It's My Dime
Shared Daily
Pajama Pundits
Laughing Wolf
Logic Times
The Makaha Surf Report
Thunder And Roses
Knowledge Is Power
Eric's Grumbles
Sagas of an Inflight Missle Repairman
Lincoln Park Regulars
Joe Citizen
Redneck's Revenge
Guidons, Guidons, Guidons
and of course, me!

To see the totals for all teams, go here.

From the National Association for Uniformed Services

Ask Your Senator to Support the SBP-DIC Offset Correction

Helping Military Widows is a Responsibility

With the recent agreement to bring the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor in the near future for consideration, an opportunity now exists to aid military widows and survivors and make the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency Indemnity Compensation (SBP/DIC) Offset correction.

To offset the SBP, which is a program retired service members paid into, by the amount of the DIC, which is an earned benefit by the virtue of the service member dying from a service-connected disability, is wrong.

Tell your senators that SBP/DIC Offset correction needs to be one of the 24 amendments offered to the NDAA and that they should not support any secondary amendments to once again delay action.

Senator Warner is now looking to have this issue go back for another study - NAUS is asking you to let your Senators know that you want this issue to go through - now. NAUS has an easy way for you to do so; all you do is fill out a little information, and click to send - it will automatically go to your Senators, with a copy to you by email. It took under a minute for me to send mine. Here's the text of the pre-written letter they provide:

I am asking for your support in stopping Senator Warner's attempt to have the SBP-DIC Offset problem once again postponed by directing the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC) to conduct, yet again, another study of the problem.

There have been at least three prior comprehensive studies done. This issue does not need to be passed off to the VDBC in an attempt to delay and not give widows and survivors the benefits they are entitled to.

A vote is expected on Senator Nelson's amendment and Senator Warner's secondary amendment on Tuesday.

Please tell Senator Warner that you will not support delaying actions on a solution to aid military widows and survivors.
They also offer you the opportunity to print out, rather than email, their form letter. For more on this issue, visit:

National Association for Uniformed Services

Military Officers Association of America (a good description of what the issues are)

Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees

All of the above locations have the same type of easy form letter for you to use.

Headlines from Yahoo! News

Division Bids Farewell To Command Sergeant Major
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 6:30 AM PST
The 1st Cavalry Division will bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Citola during a ceremony Monday at Fort Hood. Ciotola has served as the division’s senior non-commissioned officer since August 2004.

Area soldier dies of heart attack
The Tribune Chronicle
Sun, 06 Nov 2005 9:28 PM PST
AUSTINTOWN - About five weeks before he was scheduled to return home and just five days before his 20th wedding anniversary, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel J. Pratt died in Iraq from an apparent heart attack that was not combat-related, according to a release from the Department of Defense.
Sgt. Mitchell Levart, from 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, keeps an eye out for insurgents in Namla village, Iraq. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway.

Today in History

1631 - Pierre Gassendi observes the transit of Mercury predicted by Kepler.
1775 - Lord Dunmore promises freedom to male slaves who join the British army.
1805 - Lewis & Clark first sight the Pacific Ocean.
1811 - At the Battle of Tippecanoe, Benjamin Harrison gets a presidential slogan ("Tippecanoe and Tyler too!").
1837 - Abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy is murdered by a mob in Alton, IL.
1865 - The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is founded.
1872 - The Mary Celeste sails from NY bound for Genoa; it is found abandoned four weeks later.
1874 - The first cartoon depicting the elephant as the Republican Party symbol, by T. Nast, appears.
1875 - Verney Cameron becomes the first European to cross equatorial Africa.
1876 - Edward Bouchet becomes the first Black to receive a Ph.D. in a U.S. college (Yale); President Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden both claim a presidential victory as the electoral college returns are disputed.
1885 - The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed at Craigellachie.
1916 - Jeannette Rankin (Rep-MT) becomes the first woman Representative; Woodrow Wilson is re-elected as President.
1917 - The British capture Gaza Palestine from the Turks; As the October Revolution (Oct. 26th, O.S.) continues in Russia, Lenin seizes power.
1918 - Goddard demonstrates tube-launched solid propellant rockets; The United Press erroneously reports that a WWI armistice had been signed.
1933 - Pennsylvania voters overturn a blue law, thereby permitting Sunday sports.
1934 - Arthur L. Mitchell becomes the first Black Democratic congressman (IL).
1940 - In Washington State, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ("Galloping Gertie") collapses.
1942 - FDR becomes the first U.S. President to broadcast in a foreign language (French).
1943 - In the last scoreless tie in the NFL, the Detroit Lions and the NY Giants end their game with nothing on the board.
1944 - FDR wins a fourth term in office.
1951 - The Constitution of Jordan is passed.
1955 - The Baltimore Supreme Court bans segregation in public recreational areas.
1962 - Richard Nixon "quits" politics, stating "You won't have Nixon to kick around."
1966 - Lunar Orbiter-2 is launched by the U.S.
1967 - Carl B. Stokes becomes the first Black mayor of a major city (Cleveland, OH); LBJ signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1972 - President Nixon (back in politics), is re-elected.
1983 - A bomb explodes in the U.S. Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries.
1984 - The planned STS 51-A launch is scrubbed due to high shear winds.
1985 - Colombian troops end their 27-hour siege of Bogota's Palace of Justice.
1989 - Douglas Wilder becomes the first Black U.S. governor (VA); NYC elects it's first Black mayor (Dinkins), and first female comptroller (Holtzman).
1991 - Magic Johnson announces that he has the HIV virus, retiring from the Lakers.

- Muhammad ibn Hazm, historian / jurist / writer of Islamic Spain
1096 - Herbert R. O'Connor, (Sen-MD) / TV narrator (Crime Syndicated)
1867 - Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie, discoverer of Radium, Nobel Prize winner (1903, 1911)
1876 - Culbert Olson, (Gov-CA)
1879 - Leon Trotsky, Russian Communist theorist, Bolshevik
1888 - Sir Chandrasekhara Raman India, physicist, Nobel Prize winner (1930)
1903 - Konrad Lorenz, zoologist / ethologist / writer, Nobel Prize winner (1973)
1930 - Rudy Boschwitz (Sen-MN)

- Solomon Luria (Maharshal) talmudic author (Yam Shel Shelomo), dies
1837 - Elijah P. Lovejoy, publisher / abolitionist, murdered by proslavery mob
1962 - Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady
1980 - Steve McQueen , actor (The Great Escape, Bullitt, Papillon)

Reported Missing in Action
Diehl, William Calvin, USAF (OK); F105 shot down, DIC, remains returned March, 1974

Ellis, Leon F., USAF (GA); F4C shot down (w/Fisher), released by DRV March, 1973 – retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Fisher, Kenneth, USAF (NY); F4C shot down (w/Ellis), released by DRV March, 1973 – retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Brown, Robert M., USAF (VA); F111A shot down (pilot, w/Morrissey)

Carroll, John L., USAF (GA); O1 shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Morrissey, Robert D., USAF (NM); F111A shot down (weapons systems officer, w/Brown)
FLYOVER — Crew members observe a flyover of Carrier Air Wing 11 aircraft in formation during an air power demonstration aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon E. Renfroe

In Today's News - Monday, November 7, 2005

Quote of the Day
"...destroyermen have always been a proud people. They have been the elite. They have to be proud people and they have to be specially selected, for destroyer life is a rugged one. It takes physical stamina to stand up under the rigors of a tossing DD. It takes even more spiritual stamina to keep going with enthusiasm when you are tired and feel that you and your ship are being used as a workhorse. It is true that many people take destroyers for granted and that is all the more reason why destoyermen can be proud of their accomplishments."
-- Admiral Arleigh Burke

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Philippines: Terror suspect wanted by U.S. captured
Australia warns of terror attacks in Indonesia

Midwest Tornado
Midwest Twister Death Toll Hits 22

Paris Burning
10 French Cops Shot
Video: Violence Gets Worse

Supreme Court
Biden: Alito Filibuster Unlikely

Fox News
Philadelphia Transit Strike Ends
Document: Al Qaeda Captive Lied About Iraq Link
U.S. Presses Offensive in Iraq
Six Injured in Pit Bull Attack
Lundberg Survey: Retail Gas Prices Fall $.23
Brazil Says No to Bush-Backed Trade Zone
Transcript: McCain on 'FNS'
Anti-Bird Flu Cockfighting Bill Stalls Despite Support
Severe Aftershock Hits Pakistan Quake Zone
Pirates May Have Also Attacked U.N. Ship
Escaped Death Row Inmate Nabbed

Reuters: Top News
Marine, 17 insurgents die in west Iraq assault
Experts meet to draw up bird flu battle plan
Philippines seeks to quiz U.S. troops in rape case
Iran to propose peace solution to UN
Bush to pursue US-Panama trade deal
Schwarzenegger faces critics in last debate
Bird flu triggers concern over consumption of eggs
Thai PM to visit Kenya for wildlife talks

AP World News
China Closes All Beijing Poultry Markets
Ex-Peruvian President Arrested in Chile
Agency Cites Azerbaijan Election Problems
U.N.: 100,000 Quake Survivors Get No Aid
Attack on Ship Shows Pirates Emboldened
Iran Tries Charm to Counter Israel Remarks
Talks on North Korea to Last Three Days
North China Quarry Cave-In Kills 18
Traffickers Use 'Go-Fasts' to Elude Police
Sharon Warns Against Hamas Participation
Vatican Sees Sainthood for Mother of 11
Red Tape, Security Delay Kashmir Opening
Azerbaijan Opposition Alleges Vote Fraud
Somalia's Prime Minister Escapes Attack
Colombian Police Seize 2.6 Tons of Cocaine

The Seattle Times
Private drug tests a risky business
Child molester opts to stay in prison
State considering change regarding use of pesticides
WWI-era explosive used in killing whales
Cheney battling abuse and torture ban, officials say
Democrats defend call for intelligence report
Dems say they're approaching Alito with open minds
Study: 2 million kids at risk for diabetes
Chirac promises return to order in France

Chicago Sun-Times
FBI went high-tech to nail mobster
Live-in boyfriend puts kids at risk: study
What chemicals lurk in your shampoo?
Book:Hoover ruined famous Chicago crime fighter
Iran lets in nuke inspectors, proposes new talks
An asteroid's coming -- who you gonna call?
Taser Cam to tell whole truth, firm says
Quake victims suffer as countries' bickering delays help
Monumental Hindu temple debuts in New Delhi

Boston Globe: World
Troops press raids in western Iraq
Palestinian boy's organs go to 6 Israelis
China shuts down a rights lawyer's firm
U.S. Troops Battle Al-Qaida
Army Offers new Incentives to Officers
Two Cuban Migrants Die in Boat Accident
U.S. Victory Lost in History
Pentagon Spending Cuts may Affect Boeing
Senator as a Military Judge Scrutinized
Hill Hearing Focuses on War's Progress
Online Course on Dangers of People Smuggling Required
Walsh Assumes Command of 5th Fleet
Trial Delayed for Soldier Accused of Drug Smuggling
Military Times Photographer Wounded in Offensive
Hawaii GIs Lending a Hand to Pakistani Quake Victims
A Junkyard Solution to IEDs

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Steel Curtain Kills at Least 17 Terrorists — Story
Patrol Finds, Destroys Weapons Cache — Story
Rumsfeld, Israeli Leader Discuss Terror War — Story
Troops Fight Insurgents in Husaybah — Story
Referendum Security Boosts Confidence — Story Video

Virgin Island Reservists Serve in Afghanistan — Story
Dragon Eye Protects Troops, Expands Recon —Story

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Suspects, Weapons Captured
Soldiers Killed; Bomb Kills Terrorists
DoD Works to Combat IEDs
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Interior Ministry Reforms Rank, Pay
Weapons Cache Found
Afghanistan Daily Update

NORTHCOM Focuses on Defense
Health Program to Help Veterans
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

USS Nassau Loads 22nd MEU Gear
Leaders Highlight Troop Quality
Re-enlistment, Camaraderie Linked
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty — Story