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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

by Chief Petty Officer Dave Fliesen
November 10, 2005Soldiers from the 113th Infantry Regiment fire a mortar at the Hicacal Range during training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Chula Vista, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2005) – U.S. Navy Builder 3rd Class Mark Micks of Fredericksburg, Ohio, and Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jamie Garcia of Englepass, Texas, participate in a track clinic at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The Paralympics Military Summit tests injured military service members in archery, cycling, strength and various other athletic events. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Timothy F. Sosa

Blogwatch - Michael Yon

I had yelled goodbye to Walt just before the mission, and some hours later when a bomb tore through the bottom of his Stryker vehicle, every man in it--including Walt--was wounded.

Lying in the hospital, still in Iraq, Walt Gaya was in the United States Army, but he was not an American. Not on paper, anyway: Walt was born in Argentina. He survived the blast, but his new wounds would preclude his flight from Mosul to Baghdad in time to participate in a swearing-in ceremony that would have been his official welcome as a new American.

Sergeant Mark Bush, who was also wounded in the blast, told me that only angels could have saved them...
Read the rest of "Americans Among Us"

Travis Tritt and the Isle of Capri Casino Help out with the Soldiers Angels' Katrina Relief Fund... a BIG way!

Check it out:

I have enclosed pictures from before the Travis Tritt concert. Everyone was very nice and the soldiers had a great time. Ricky J.

My Hero...

Tina (whose husband's picture I posted here) sends this picture of her adopted Soldier. She has this to say:

This is my hero Jeff. He is an Army Specialist with the Infantry, somewhere in Iraq. I am honored to be given the chance to support such a soldier, you are in my prayers. Take care and God Bless, Tina.

OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN — A man stands with Iraqi army soldiers in Husaybah, Iraq, Nov. 6, 2005, after receiving a flag from them during Operation Steel Curtain. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael R. McMaugh

In Today's News - Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Quote of the Day
"The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect."
-- Bill Frist

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Seeing the Big Picture -- Commentary
50 Killed Near Syrian Border
Video: Iraq Offensive
Bush: Dems Sending 'Mixed Signals'
Iraqi Chalabi meets Cheney, Rumsfeld

Operation Enduring Freedom
Man, Child Killed in Kabul Suicide Attacks

Welcome Home!
Company D, 1st Battalion Returns from Afghan Duty

Homeland Security / War on Terror
U.S. May Have Captured and Released Amman Bomber
Senate to weigh Guantanamo rights compromise

Paris Burning
Chirac: Riots Reflect 'Malaise'

Hurricane Season
Tropical Depression Could Become Hurricane Gamma

Secrecy order in CIA leak case challenged by media

Supreme Court
Alito Once Wrote Constitution Doesn't Protect Abortion

Fox News
Small Tsunami Strikes Japan
Delta: Pilots' Strike Would Be 'Murder-Suicide' for Airline
Mexico Recalls Ambassador From Venezuela After Spat
A-Rod Wins Second AL MVP
Report: Politics Shaped FDA's Morning-After Pill Decision
Teen Double Murder Suspect Nabbed
Cops: Suspect cooperating
Video: Cops: Suspect Is Cooperative
Double Murder Suspect Nabbed
Police News Conference
Gas Prices Continue to Fall

Reuters: Top News
Rice haggles to reach Gaza deal
Bush wants unity with allies on North Korea
US faulted on handling nuclear threat
New Orleans judge orders action on stalled cases
Court rules against parents on special education
Vital data often stored on unsecured devices-survey
US scientist quits top stem-cell team over ethics
Judge blocks California Sequoia logging project
Pakistani quake villagers face wintry dilemma
Bernanke faces Capitol Hill balancing act
APEC aims to free blocked trade deal

AP World News
Strong Earthquake Rattles Northern Japan
Japanese Princess Leaves Palace to Marry
Israeli-Palestinian Talks Disappoint Envoy
EU Asked to Probe CIA Jail Allegations
Canadian Government Rejects Election Call
Condemned Medical Workers Appeal in Libya
Former Iran President Speaks Against Nukes
Key Ugandan Opposition Leader Arrested
Venezuela, Mexico Recall Their Ambassadors
Putin Promotes Two in Cabinet Shakeup
Uzbek Court Convicts 15 Men in Uprising
CIA Accused of Using Airport in Mallorca

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Rice: U.S. Committed to Iraqi Democracy -- Story
Rice Cites Democracy as Cause to Hope for Peace
Operation Steel Curtain Moves Into Ubaydi -- Story

New Radios Aid Afghan Border Police Ops -- Story
Troops Give Blankets to Tall Afar Residents -- Story Photos
Iraqi Army Takes Delivery of Tanks, Vehicles -- Story

'Dirty Boyz' Sweep Away FOD Hazards

Injured Corpsman Continues to Care for Marines -- Story


Iraq Transition of Power

Rice Inaugurates First PRT in Iraq
Project Improves Drinking Water
Rice, Annan Focus on Progress
Al-Duri's Death Questioned
Forces Raid Al Qaeda Safe House
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Daily Update

President Reaffirms Commitment
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Chertoff Pledges Support
Iron Soldiers Prepare to Deploy
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
1492 - Christopher Columbus notes the first recorded reference to tobacco; in Spain, 6 Jews and 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic.
1763 - Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland.
1777 - The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress.
1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak.
1864 - Sherman burns Atlanta.
1869 - Free postal delivery is formally inaugurated.
1881 - In Pittsburgh, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded.
1884 - The colonization of Africa is organized at the international conference in Berlin.
1889 - Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, is deposed; a republic is proclaimed.
1919 - The Senate first invokes the cloture rule (Rule 22) to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty).
1920 - In Geneva, the League of Nations holds its first meeting; the Free City of Danzig is established under League of Nations protection.
1937 - For the first time, a Congressional session is held in air-conditioned chambers.
1939 - Nazis begin the mass murder of Warsaw Jews; the Social Security Administration approves the first unemployment check.
1940 - The first 75,000 men are called to armed forces duty during peacetime.
1941 - The Cow Palace opens in San Francisco.
1948 - William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as PM of Canada.
1954 - The first regularly scheduled commercial flights over the North Pole begin.
1957 - The U.S. sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years and $3,000.
1965 - Craig Breedlove sets a land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph).
1966 - Gemini XII returns to Earth.
1967 - Michael Adams reaches 80 km in the X-15.
1969 - In Washington, DC, 250,000 peacefully demonstrate against the Vietnam War; Janis Joplin is accused of vulgar and indecent language in Tampa, FL.
1972 - The Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 is launched to study gamma rays.
1977 - President Jimmy Carter welcomes the Shah of Iran.
1979 - ABC-TV announces it will broadcast nightly specials on the Iran hostage crisis; the British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt as the fourth man in a Soviet spy ring.
1980 - Pope John Paul II begins a five-day visit to West Germany.
1982 - Funeral services are held in Moscow's Red Square for Leonid I. Brezhnev.
1983 - The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is proclaimed.
1987 - 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9 die in a crash at Denver.
1988 - A 91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV collapses; the PLO proclaims the State of Palestine, and recognizes Israel; the Soviet space shuttle makes its unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits).
1990 - President Bush signs the Clean Air Act of 1990; the U.S.' 68th manned space mission (STS-38 / Atlantis 7) launches into orbit.

1397 - Nicholas V, pope (1447-55); ended schism, founded the Vatican Library
1708 - William Pitt the Elder (Whig), UK PM (1756-61, 66-68), the `Great Commoner'
1738 - Sir William Herschel, astronomer (discovered Uranus)
1815 - John Banvard, painted the world's largest painting (3 mile canvas)
1882 - Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1939-62)
1887 - Georgia O'Keeffe, painter (Cow's Skull)
1891 - Erwin Rommel, German field marshall (WW II-African campaign); W. Averell Harriman, (Gov-NY) / ambassador to the U.S.S.R. (1943-46)
1925 - Howard Baker (Sen-TN), presidential chief of staff

1630 - Johann Kepler, German astronomer
1978 - Margaret Mead, anthropologist
1984 - Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at California medical center

Reported Missing in Action
Keiper, John C., USMC (PA); U6A crashed (passenger, w/Ravenna)

Ravenna, Harry M. III, US Army (TX); U6A crashed (pilot, w/Keiper)

Timmons, Bruce Allan, USN (FL); KIA; drowned when craft overturned, body not recovered

Birchim, James D., US Army SF (CA); fell during extraction, Killed, body not recovered

Graf, John G., USN (CA); OV1C shot down (crew, w/White) died escaping February, 1970

Suber, Randolph B., US Army SF (MO); KIA when ambushed during reconnaissance mission, body not recovered

White, Robert T., USN (IL); OV1C shot down (pilot, w/Graf), released by PRG April, 1973 - retired as a Major - alive as of 1998