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Monday, December 26, 2005

ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Mrs. Claus (Staff Sgt. Melissa Farrell) tosses a bag of candy to an Airman who promised Santa (Lt. Col. Richard Houghton), he was good this year. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Care Bear singers (carolers in truck behind Santa's sleigh) toured the base spreading cheer, Ho Ho Ho's and some sweet treats Christmas Eve to all servicemembers deployed here. Sergeant Farrell is in the 407th Expeditionary Services Squadron and Col. Houghton is in the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean)
Be sure to visit Soldiers' Angels Germany for some great holiday messages and pictures from our heroes.
San Diego (Dec. 20, 2005) - A Sailor assigned to the USS McClusky (FFG 41) is greeted by his children after returning form a five-month deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During the deployment the ship seized over 3.5 tons of cocaine worth over 100 million U.S. dollars during drug interdiction efforts and conducted the rescue of 299 Ecuadorians from three overloaded vessels off the west coast of Central America U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class LaQuisha S. Davis

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Greetings from Voice of Joy. We have initiated Music Broadcasting on Shortwave radio to the Middle East Theatre in support of the US Armed Service Men and Women in Iraqi. I am making a request to find out about posting our broadcast times. We are doing a 2 hour Musical And Choral Salute on Monday 26th.

We are broadcasting 4 times per month and would appreciate your help in getting the message out!

Program name: Joshua's Call
Monday 26th December from 1400-1600 UTC
Frequency 6220 KHz

God Bless you All!


Dean Phillips
Voice of Joy
by Petty Officer 1st Class Alan D. Monyelle
December 23, 2005
Iraqi troops and Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment patrol downtown Tal Afar, Iraq.

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

Quote of the Day
"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can."
-- Samuel Adams

Fox News
Iraq Cops Targeted
Ukrainian Leader Visits Troops
Stores Slash Prices in Post-Christmas Shopping Blitz
Video: Merry Post-Christmas
Officer Killed, One Missing as Car Plunges Into N.J. River
Video: Katrina Damage Tour Causing Uproar
Gas Sickens 78 in Russia- Video: Shoppers Hospitalized
Five Killed in D.C. Apparent Murder-Suicide
Schwarzenegger's Name Removed From Stadium
Hanukkah Festival Begins
Bush Administration to Make Point in Anna Nicole Case
Pakistani Father Slays Four Daughters in 'Honor Killings'
Video: Oregon Surfer Recounts Shark Attack
Report: Ex-Enron CAO Causey Working on Plea Deal
Powell Sees 'Nothing Wrong' With Domestic Surveillance
Surgery for Sharon
Israel to Build W. Bank Homes
Woman Swallows Cell Phone
Remembering the Tsunami
Moment of silence observed
Video: Sad Anniversary

Reuters: Top News
Asia remembers tsunami disaster with prayer, silence 10:13am ET
At least two killed in Baghdad market bombing
Tourism in tsunami-hit countries rebounds - Visa
Ex-Enron accounting officer in plea talks: paper
Google can sell AOL stake as early as July 2008
Unite against terror, Pope says in Christmas speech Video
Afghans try former communist intelligence chief
China to launch new bird flu vaccine for poultry Video
Russia drops charges against Ukrainian ex-PM
Guidant saw some deaths from heart device: report
US eyes big Pakistan, India arms sales
S.Korea panel probes disgraced scientist's key claim
Crisis easing for latest China toxic river spill
Madagascar tries to clean up corrupt adoption
British biologist uses carbon trading to grow forests
Pickpocket seized at police Christmas party
Mobile phones to announce 'you've been indicted'
The Pill doesn't affect cervical pre-cancer risk
Study shows how alcohol damages bones

AP World News
Congo Troops Battle Ugandan Rebels
Japan Train Derailment Leaves Four Dead
Chile Court Won't Drop Pinochet Charges
Fire Sweeps Through Bar in China; 26 Dead
Christians Across Globe Celebrate Holiday
Israel May Allow Some Palestinians to Vote
American Nun Shuns Luxury for Mexican Jail
Ukrainian President Visits Troops in Iraq
Criminal Case Against Tymoshenko Dropped
Libya Overturns Sentences in AIDS Case
Australian Leader Eats With Troops in Iraq
New Council Takes Control in Mogadishu
Morales' Triumph Has Washington Concerned
Elizabeth Honors Tsunami, Bombing Victims
Just Another Day for the Military
Powell Supports Government Eavesdropping
Americans Won't Hand Over Jails
Pace Charts Military Deployments in Iraq
U.S. Preparing for Iraq Exit
Bush Phones Christmas Wishes to Military
AAFES Recalls Portable DVD Players
Air Force Launches Standard Desktop
Air Force Personnel Center System Change

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Balance Crucial in Troop Strength Levels - Story
Pace Explains High Re-up Rate for Deployed - Story
Bush Expresses Pride in Troops, Families - Story
Rumsfeld Announces Troop Reduction Video
Khalilzad, Casey Issue Joint Statement on Reduction
No Plans for Long-Term Bases, Rumsfeld Says

Polish Prime Minister Visits Camp Echo
Task Force Baghdad Destroys Weapons Photos
Supplies Donated for Iraqi Kindergarten

Unit Uses Special Skills to Pursue Enemy

Sailor Enjoys Working with Marines - Story

Ingleside EOD Sailors Return from Iraq Deployment
Photos: Michigan Army Guard Engineer Unit Returns

Deployed Troops Get Phone Cards - Story
Wounded Get Super-Sized Chess Set
Babies 'R' Us, Kids Send Greetings

Secretary of Defense Holiday Message
Joint Chiefs Chairman Holiday Message

Casey Explains Reduction Rationale
Rumsfeld Sees Special Ops Training
Iraqi Soldiers Discover Weapons
Casey: Progress 'Unprecedented'
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

Ceremony Marks Bank Renovation
U.S. Troop Levels to Drop Video
Cheneys Attend Parliament Session
Afghanistan Daily Update

Retreat From Iraq 'Wrong Strategy'
Offense Key to Winning, Bush Says
Cheney Thanks Deployed Troops
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Rumsfeld Cites Year's Successes
Rumsfeld Visits Bagram, Kandahar
Bush Thanks Caregivers at Hospital
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army 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


Today in History
0268 - St Dionysius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0418 - St Zosimus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0795 - St Leo III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1481 - Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht
1492 - 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
1568 - Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada
1620 - Pilgrims arrive at Plymouth, MA
1659 - Long Parliament reforms in Westminster
1748 - France & Austria signs treaty about Southern Netherlands
1773 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia
1776 - Battle of Trenton-major British defeat; George Washington defeats Hessians at Trenton
1799 - George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as "1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in the hearts of his countrymen"
1805 - France & Austria sign Peace of Pressburg
1809 - English invasionary troop leaves Vlissingen
1813 - Zamose, Modlin, Torgau surrender to allied armies
1825 - Erie Canal opens
1848 - 1st gold seekers arrive in Panamá en route to San Francisco; William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
1854 - Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
1860 - Maiden voyage of 1st steamship owned by 1 man (C Vanderbilt); Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrates his small force at Fort Sumter
1862 - 1st US navy hospital ship enters service; 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato MN, due to their uprising; Battle of Dumfries VA
1865 - James H Mason (Massachusetts) patents 1st US coffee percolator
1878 - 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
1890 - King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
1916 - Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France
1917 - Federal government takes over the operation of American RR for duration of WWI
1926 - Prince-regent Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan
1932 - Earthquake kills 70,000 in Kansu China
1933 - US forswears armed intervention in the Western Hemisphere
1941 - Winston Churchill becomes 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that the Axis would "stop at nothing"
1943 - British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
1944 - Battle of Bastogne-US General Patton's 4th Pantzers repulse the Germans; Budapest surrounded by soviet army
1946 - Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
1947 - British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia; Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8" of snow in 16 hours; That same day, Los Angeles set a record high of 84º F 1963 - US furnishes cereal to USSR
1966 - Maulana Karenga establishes the Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1968 - Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, killing 1
1973 - 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours; Soyuz 13 returns to Earth; "The Exorcist", starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres
1975 - 1st supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
1978 - India's former PM, Indira Gandhi, released from jail
1982 - TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
1986 - Hijackers take over an Iraqi Airways Boeing 737 with 91 people on board during a flight from Baghdad to Amman - it lands in Arar, Saudi Arabia where it explodes, killing 62 people.
1991 - Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction; Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India
1993 - Antonov-26 crashes at Gyumri, Armenia, 36 killed
1994 - French commando's terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille

1194 - Frederick II Iesi Italy, German Emperor (1212-1250)/King of Sicily
1618 - Elisabeth Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess
1738 - Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1770 - Pierre, earl de Cambronne French general (Waterloo, Elba)
1809 - William Nelson Pendleton, Confederate Brigadier-General
1815 - Israel Bush Richardson, Union Major General
1820 - Gustavus Adolphus Smith, Union Brigadier-General
1824 - Augustus Louis Chetlain, Union Major General
1837 - Admiral George Dewey, American naval hero of Manila
1886 - Gyula Gömbös von Jákfa, general/dictator of Hungary (1932-35)
1893 - Mao Tse-tung of little red book fame, PM of China People's Republic (1949-76)
1921 - Steve Allen, comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show)
1939 - Lynn Martin, US Secretary of Labor (1991-93)
1942 - Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo, President of Guatemala (1986-91)
1953 - Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut

0267 - Dionysius, bishop of Rome/saint, dies
1476 - Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered
1530 - Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah, founder Mogols-dynasty, dies at 47
1740 - Mauritius Louis II, earl of Nassau, Lieutenant-General
1776 - Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle
1797 - John Wilkes, English journalist/Higher/Lower house leader, dies at 72
1861 - Philip St. George Cocke, Confederate Brigadier-General, commits suicide at 52
1862 - 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato
1866 - Samuel Ryan Curtis, Union General-Major, dies at 49
1942 - Bosinier de la Chapelle, French murderer of Admiral Darlan, executed at 24
1972 - Harry Truman, 33rd US President, dies in Kansas City MO at 88
1973 - Harold B. Lee, US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
1974 - Jack Benny, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 80
1976 - Philip A. Hart (Senator-MI), dies at 64
1992 - John G. Kemeny, US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies
1997 - John Whitley, air-Marshal, dies at 92

Reported Missing in Action
Fryett, George Frederick, US Army (CA); released June, 1962 - alive as of 1998

Trowbridge, Dustin C., USNR (IL); A6A crashed, Killed, body not recovered

Guenther, Lynn, USAF (OR); rOV10A shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Koons, Dale F., USAF (OH); F4D shot down (w/Stolz) - remains returned January, 1990

Stolz, Lawrence G., USAF (IN); F4D shot down (w/Koons) - remains returned January, 1990

The following USAF personnel lost when their B52G was shot down:
Cook, James R. (NC); released by DRV February, 1973 - released by DRV (injured) - retired as a Senior Master Sergeant - alive and well as of 1998

Hudson, Robert M. (KS); released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

LaBeau, Michael M. (MI); released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Morris, Robert J., Jr., (MO); pilot, remains returned by SRV September, 1977

Vavroch, Duane P., (IA); released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Wimbrow, Nutter J., (MD); remains returned by SRV September, 1977