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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Received by Soldiers' Angels

I am a solider on your website. I would like to stop any packages from being sent. We are leaving sometime next month. I would like that Thank everyone for everything they did for us. Also I have enclosed a group picture and a picture of myself. Thanks again I am honored to serve for my country and the wonderful people that live in it. We appreciate everything everyone did for us.

SrA Gretchen A-----

Gretchen, thank you for all you've done for all of us. Safe trip home.

And check out this thank you note, also received by Soldiers' Angels.

The liars of the Anti-War Movement

by Melanie Morgan of Move America Forward

For the past two years, the old-line media has been more than willing to help broadcast the allegations made by the anti-war crowd that "Bush lied, soldiers died."

However, no matter how many times the likes of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan have made this allegation, they've never been able to make it stick.

The only thing they've proven thus far is that they hold a twisted hatred of this country and feel consumed with resentment toward America's economic, military and political superiority.

It turns out that it's not George Bush or Dick Cheney who has been lying to the American people, but the very anti-war/anti-military folks who have been pointing fingers at the administration all along.

The record of deception by the anti-war crowd reached a new low this week when we learned that was broadcasting an anti-military ad that purported to show U.S. troops in Iraq who, the ad said, should be pulled out of Iraq straight away.

A sharp-eyed American soldier brought it to the country's attention that the soldiers in the ad weren't American – they were British. can't be blamed, of course, because they wouldn't recognize or appreciate an American military uniform if you paid them....

Read the rest at World Net Daily
Flightdeck Marines and sailors look skyward as an AV8B Harrier II attack jet from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), comes in for a landing onto the USS Nassau, Dec. 2, 2005. The MEU is currently deployed as the landing force for Expeditionary Strike Group 8.Photo by: Sgt. Richard D. Stephens

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Christmas Stocking for Patients in Landstuhl
This year we are looking again for christmas stocking for the wounded and ill soldiers here in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and Kleber Barracks in Kaiserslautern.

We need for the soldiers:

60 for inpatients at Landstuhl Hospital
40 for the outpatients at Ramstein Inn next to Landstuhl
60 for the Marines and Navy liaison office
30 for the National Guard liaison office
20 for the Army Reserve liaison office
30 for the Fisher House
150 for the outpatients at Kleber Barracks Kaiserslautern.

Small Christmas Stockings - approximately 5" wide by 8" tall - are fine.

You can put in the following:

- A nice Christmas card with your return address
- Candy, cookies, other goodies
- Individual packets of hot chocolate or apple cider mix, or instant oatmeal
- A small gift like a book, a scarf, a pair of socks, or a small stuffed animal

- International Phone Card
- Lip balm or moisturizing cream. If included, please put in ziplock bags so they don't give the candy and cookies a funny taste.

Please send all items to:

HHC, 21st TSC
ATTN: Medical Transient Detachment
UNIT 23203
APO AE 09263

Shipments must be received by 10 December. Shipping time from the US is 2 - 3 weeks.


Blue Angels Announce 60th Anniversary Show Schedule

Seattle (Aug. 6, 2005) - The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the "Blue Angels," perform a maneuver over Lake Washington during Seattle Seafair events in Seattle, Wash. The Blue Angels fly the F/A-18A Hornet, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration lasting over an hour. Seafair is Seattle's month-long traditional summer festival, which includes parades, amateur athletics, air shows and boat racing. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Douglas G. Morrison

From Navy Flight Demostration Squadron (Blue Angels) Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced their schedule for the 2006 show season Dec. 1.

Following winter training, the team will begin its 60th season at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., March 11, 2006. The season will conclude Nov. 11 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 70 demonstrations at 36 air show sites throughout the United States, Canada and the Netherlands during the 2006 season.

Demonstration sites are selected in support of the objectives of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense. Performances greatly assist Navy and Marine Corps recruiting and retention goals, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the armed forces to the American public.

“The Blue Angels are fired up and ready for a safe and exhilarating 60th anniversary show season,” said Cmdr. Steve Foley, Blue Angels flight leader and commanding officer.

“While we wanted to perform at every air show site, we have a limited number of available performance dates each season," Foley added. "Every venue that requested to host the Blue Angels received the Navy’s utmost consideration.”

Although the following dates have been approved, they are subject to change. For the most updated schedule information, log on to

The 2006 Blue Angels’ are scheduled to perform at the following locations:

11: Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif.
18-19: Sacramento, Calif.
25-26: Tampa, Fla.

1-2: Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas
8: Charleston Air Force Base (AFB), S.C.
22-23: Louisville, Ky.
29-30: NAS Atlanta, Ga.

5-6: Fort Lauderdale, Fa.
13-14: NAS Fort Worth, Texas
19-21: Andrews AFB, Md.
24: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
26: U.S. Naval Academy Graduation Flyover, Annapolis, Md.
27-28: Jones Beach, N.Y.

3-4: Davenport, Iowa
10-11: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
16-17: Leeuwarden Air Base, The Netherlands
24-25: Barnes Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Westfield, Mass.

1-2: Traverse City, Mich.
8-9: Pittsburgh, Pa.
15-16: Pensacola Beach, Fla.
22-23: Sioux Falls, S.D.
29-30: Dayton, Ohio

4-6: Seattle, Wash.
12-13: Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
18-20: Chicago, Ill.

2-4: Cleveland, Ohio
9-10: NAS Oceana, Va.
16-17: Kansas City, Kan.
23-24: Lincoln, Neb.
30: Nantucket, Mass.

1: Nantucket, Mass.
7-8: San Francisco, Calif.
14-15: Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Calif.
21-22: Goodyear, Ariz.
28-29: NAS Jacksonville, Fla.

4-5: Little Rock AFB, Ark.
10-11: NAS Pensacola, Fla.

For more information, contact the Blue Angels Public Affairs Office at (850) 452-3955 or

For more news from around the fleet, visit
by NASA December 2, 2005Retired Army Col. Bill McArthur, aboard the International Space Station, shows his Army spirit, as he looks ahead to the Dec. 3 Army-Navy football game. McArthur is the commander and science officer on the Expedition-12, which launched from Kazakhstan on Sept. 30, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft and docked with the space station Oct. 3, for a six-month orbit. This photo appeared on

In Today's News - Saturday, December 3, 2005

Quote of the Day
"True courage is not the absence of fear—but the willingness to proceed in spite of it."

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Kidnappers Threaten to Kill Iraq Hostages

Operation Enduring Freedom
Bomb Kills Afghan Politician

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Senior Al Qaeda Leader Dead
Bangladesh Arrests 85 Suspects in Terror Sweep
Sept. 11 Panel Says U.S. Security Still Not Improved
Terror Suspect Drops Fight Against Deportation
Judge OKs bag searches on NYC subway

Clinton Attacks Bush

Supreme Court
Alito: Abortion Views Won't Affect Rulings
Senator seeks restrained debate on Alito

Hurricane Season
New Orleans mayoral election facing delay

News from My Neck of the Woods
Video: Children Fined $103 For Cursing at School

Police mistakenly impound driver with car

Fox News
Bodies May Be Missing Gehring Children
Man: I Can't Believe I Killed My Family on Thanksgiving
Iran's $1B Arms Deal OK'd
Lava Stream Set Loose After Hawaii Shoreline Collapses
Florida Officials Reopen Civil Rights Bombing Case
Court Strikes Down Illinois Video Game Restriction Law
Rap Mogul Acquitted in Money Laundering Case
'Merci' for Face Transplant
Economy Adds 215,000 New Jobs; Jobless Rate at 5%
Video: Calif. Execution Battle

Reuters: Top News
BlackBerry maker suffers setback
Doctors defend face-swap ethics
Indonesia confirms eighth death from bird flu
Bird flu detected in Ukraine: farm ministry
G7 seeks free trade revival, upbeat on growth
Candidates register for Palestinian election
Belfast bids farewell to soccer hero George Best
Myanmar is no security threat - cabinet minister
Israeli navy kills Palestinian off Gaza: medics
U.S. executions milestone spurs fresh debate
Face transplant woman is eating and talking
U.N. seeks to streamline Third World energy scheme
Former Gaza settlers struggle to rebuild lives
Kremlin poised to stamp control on maverick Moscow

AP World News
U.S. Nuke Talks With N.Korea Sidetracked
Doctors Worry About Disease in Quake Zone
Second Chinese City Shuts Down Water Plant
Five Agents Accused in Drug Case Released
Big Turnout Expected at Hong Kong Rally
Chavez Calls Watchdog Group a Top Enemy
International Court Resolves Fund Dispute
U.S. Denies Role in Venezuela Vote Boycott
Greek Terrorists Appeal Convictions
Ukraine Hosts Pro-Democracy Forum
Communist Cuba's Military Marks 49 Years
U.S. Steps Up Pressure on Myanmar's Junta
Haiti Gunmen Free Children, Missionary
Military Explains News Propaganda
Democrats Divided Over Iraq
Kidnappers Threaten to Kill Hostages
Deadliest Attack in Four Months
N. Korea Nuke Talks Sidetracked
9/11 Panel Gives Gov't Poor Marks

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
More Iraqi Security Forces Being Fielded - Story Video
10 U.S. Marines Killed Outside Fallujah - Story
Four Soldiers Killed in Two Incidents in Iraq

Troops Teach Job Skills to Afghan Villagers - Story
Medical Visit Focuses on Women, Children - Story
Iraqi Girls’ School Receives Needed Supplies - Story

U.S. Soldiers Bring Food, Water to Iraqis

Sky Soldiers Honored for Actions in Combat Photos

Brothers Take On Recruiting Challenge - Story

Summit Connects Organizers - Story
Magician Entertains Troops

Pace Responds to Critics
Pace Seeks Future Leaders' Views
Chairman Defines Victory in Iraq
Info Ops Allegations Investigated
Officials Outline Iraq Strategy
Operation Goal: Disrupt Terrorists
Casey: Must Maintain Momentum
General Pledges Safe Voting Video
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Gardez Airstrip Renovated
Afghanistan Daily Update

Airmen Finish Interrogator Course
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Troops Should Spread Word
Guard Spreads Positive Image
Bush Salutes Deployed Troops
Study Focus: Disease, Security Link
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Casualties - Story

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
1621 - Galileo perfects the telescope.
1678 - Edmund Halley receives a Master of Arts degree from Queen's College, Oxford.
1685 - Charles II bars Jews from settling in Stockholm, Sweden.
1775 - The first official U.S. flag raising takes place aboard the naval vessel Alfred.
1818 - Illinois is admitted as the 21st U.S. state.
1828 - Andrew Jackson is elected as the seveth President of the U.S.
1835 - The first American mutual fire insurance company issues its first policy, in Rhode Island.
1847 - Frederick Douglass publishes the first issue of his newspaper "North Star."
1863 - Confederate General Longstreet abandons his siege at Knoxville, TN.
1864 - Skirmish at Thomas' Station, Georgia.
1868 - The Trial of Jefferson Davis starts, marking the first time Blacks serve on a U.S. trial jury.
1878 - Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel.
1883 - The 48th Congress (1883-85) convenes.
1912 - Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Bulgaria sign a weapons pact.
1920 - Turkey and Armenia agree to a peace treaty.
1923 - For the first time, a U.S. Congressional open session is broadcast via radio.
1930 - Air-borne chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 in Meuse Valley, Belgium; Otto Ender forms the Austrian government.
1931 - Alka Seltzer first goes on sale.
1932 - General Kurt von Schleicher becomes chancellor of Germany.
1934 - Italian colonial Tripoli and Cyrenaica are annexed to Libya.
1941 - Hitler views Poltava, in the Ukraine.
1943 - The Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins.
1944 - In Greece, the British order to disarm causes a general strike; the Hungarian death march of Jews ends; the U.S.' 5th Armored division occupies Brandenburg Hürtgenwald.
1946 - The U.S. government asks the U.N. to order dictator Franco out of Spain.
1948 - The first U.S. woman Army officer not in the medical corps is sworn in; the Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in the East China Sea, killing 1,100.
1950 - Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast.
1952 - Hawaii sees its first TV broadcast.
1953 - Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican party.
1958 - The Indonesian parliament accepts nationalization of Dutch businesses.
1959 - The state of emergency on Cyprus ends.
1962 - Edith Spurlock Sampson is sworn-in (the first American Black female judge); Pravda criticizes western art.
1964 - Police arrests 800 sit-in students at the University of California at Berkeley; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" first airs on TV .
1965 - The U.S.S.R. launches Luna-8; it crashes on the Moon.
1967 - The first human heart transplant performed (Dr Christiaan Barnard, South Africa); The "20th Century Limited," famed New York-Chicago luxury train, makes its final run; in Indonesia, ex-President Sukarno is placed under house arrest.
1971 - President Nixon commutes Jimmy Hoffa's jail term.
1972 - A Convair 990A charter plane crashes in Tenerife, Canary Islands, killing 155.
1973 - Pioneer-10 passes Jupiter (first fly-by of an outer planet).
1976 - Dr. Patrick J. Hillery is elected President of Ireland.
1979 - Iran accepts its constitution.
1980 - A New York Federal jury finds Representatives Thompson (D-NJ) and Murphy (D-NY) guilty of influence peddling and bribery.
1982 - 77ºF becomes the highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in December.
1985 - The 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B / Atlantis 2) lands at Edwards AFB.
1989 - George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev end their summit in Malta.
1991 - Muslim Shiites release US hostage Alan Steen; White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigns.
1992 - The U.N. Security Council votes unanimous for U.S.-led forces to enter Somalia.

- King Charles VI (the Well-Beloved) of France (1380-1422)
1753 - Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine)
1755 - Gilbert Stuart, portrait painter (painted Washington)
1795 - Sir Rowland Hill, introduced the first adhesive postage stamp (1840)
1806 - Henry Alexander Wise, Confederate Brigadier-General
1809 - Thomas Alfred Davies Union Brevet Major General
1822 - Charles Adam Heckman, Union Brigadier-General
1826 - George Brinton McClellan, Union Major General
1829 - Green Berry Raum, Union Brigadier-General
1838 - Cleveland Abbe, meteorologist (Father of the Weather Bureau)
1857 - Joseph Conrad, novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness)
1862 - Jules Renkin, Belgian jurist/minister/premier (1931-32)
1886 - Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn, physicist (röntgen spectroscope, Nobel 1924)
1900 - Richard Kuhn Austria, biochemist, worked with vitamins (Nobel 1938)
1924 - John Backus, inventor (FORTRAN computer language)
1934 - Viktor Vassilyevich Gorbatko, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 24, 37/36)
1937 - Bobby Allison, auto racer (3 time winner of Daytona 500)
1948 - Ozzy Osbourne England, rock vocalist (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon)
1951 - Rick Mears, Indy-car racer (over 25 wins)

- Lotharius III of Supplinburg, Roman-German emperor (1133-37)
1154 - Anastasius IV Pope (1153-54)
1463 - Louis Chalon, prince of Orange
1469 - Piero de' Medici, ruler of Florence
1533 - Vasili III, great prince of Moscow (1505-33)
1839 - King Frederik VI of Denmark (1808-39) / Norway (1803-14)
1893 - Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian major, in battle
1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson, English writer (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde)
1957 - Frank E. Gannett, newspaper publisher
1984 - Virginia Lacy Jones US librarian/presidential advisor
1994 - Giorgi Chanturia, President of Georgia, assassinated
1996 - Babrak Karmal, PM of Afghánistán (1980-81); Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist

Reported Missing in Action
Johnson, Stanley, USMC (CA); UH34-D shot down (co-pilot), KIA, body not recovered