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Sunday, January 08, 2006

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Angels,at the moment shoes are a great problem in Landstuhl Hospital again!
The National Guard in Landstuhl told me -
the Chaplains Office needs more shoes for the wounded soldiers at Landstuhl Hospital and Kleber Barracks, too!
We need sneakers and Flip-Flops (Mens' sizes 9 - 15 and womens' sizes 6 - 9)
If anyone can help please send the shoes to:

21st TSC, Medical Transient Detachment
ATTN: Soldiers' Angels
UNIT 23203
APO AE 09263
Without your donations and sponsorship we could not take so much items to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.So instead we'll just wish you and your family a great new 2006God Bless you and your family!
Soldiers Angels Germany Willie
Wilhelmine Aufmkolk- International President Soldiers Angels -
Soldiers' Angels is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
"May No Soldier Go Unloved"
A U.S. Marine machine gunner assigned to 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), waits to depart Camp Fallujah, Iraq, on a convoy that will take them to Ramadi, Dec. 31, 2005. The Marines celebrated New Year's Eve on the road. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Gibran H. Rodriguez, radio operator, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), speaks over the radio to his counterparts during a New Year's Eve convoy to Ramadi, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2005. The Marines were on their 194th mission in Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo

Foreign national drivers transport gear to and from Ramadi, Iraq, escorted by U.S. Marines assigned motor transportation duties with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Dec. 31, 2005. The convoys often exceed more than five miles in length with over 60 vehicles. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo

U.S. Marine Corps 1st. Lt. Frank Cardamone, convoy commander, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), ground guides more than 30 foreign national drivers to their final destination in Ramadi, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2005. Since their arrival in Iraq in February 2005, the unit has logged over 10,000 accident-free miles throughout Al Anbar province without suffering any casualties. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo

Foreign national drivers transport gear to and from Ramadi, Iraq, escorted by U.S. Marines assigned motor transportation duties with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Dec. 31, 2005. The convoys often exceed more than five miles in length with over 60 vehicles. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo

U.S. Marines assigned motor transportation duties with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Headquarters Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), stand by their vehicles prior to their return to Camp Fallujah from Ramadi, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2005. Since their arrival in Iraq in February 2005, the unit has logged over 10,000 accident-free miles throughout Al Anbar province without suffering any casualties. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo

One Bullet Away

By Salena Zito
Sunday, January 8, 2006

We Americans stopped raising warriors and started raising young people who have more baggage than Paris Hilton at a Louis Vuitton sale.
Even our cowboys now are marginalized in movies about forbidden love.

But a five-minute conversation with Nathaniel Fick will make you start believing that not all is lost; reading his book, "One Bullet Away," will confirm it.

Fick, a 1999 Dartmouth graduate, now is pursuing master's degrees in international security and business at Harvard. In between, he became a Marine. He wanted to be "part of something bigger than myself," partly because his generation is "not asked to be other than self-indulgent," he said in a telephone interview.

Dartmouth and Quantico could not have been more different; each Marine Officer Candidate School course is a grueling process to motivate, train, evaluate and screen potential officers. "It was the first thing that I ever did ... that I did not know how it would end," Fick says.

He learned to be precise, to make decisions, to set the tone as a leader. He learned that it was never about him; it was always about his men. That the measure of trust was unbreakable. That every Marine needed to know each other's jobs. Because the difference between each was just one bullet.

Fick joined the Marines in peacetime; Sept. 11, 2001, changed all that. Sitting with fellow Marines in an Australian bar watching the twin towers fall, he knew he and his men would be first with boots on the ground; they were closest to Afghanistan.

"There was an overwhelming feeling of pride and gratitude. ... We were lucky that we got to go first. ... We were psyched," he recalled. You can still hear the pride in his voice.

Later, his deployment to Iraq produced a different feeling. There was no visceral connection to 9/11; it was strictly professional. And from the infamous "Mission Accomplished" declaration in spring 2003 to today's Beltway debate, Fick has insights that deserve close attention.

"I would make the argument that when Bush landed on that aircraft carrier ... at that moment, the mission was accomplished," he says. "The insurgency had not yet begun. The regime had ended. It was not until August of 2003 that Iraq became more violent."

As for withdrawing precipitously from Iraq, he offers rational reasons not to:

"On a humanitarian level, the current low-grade civil war would become an all-out civil war without U.S. forces keeping a lid on the violence. ... On a strategic level, there is a very real danger of a failed state in the heart of the Middle East ... ."

Finally: "Reputations matter, commitments matter and Iraq must not be added to that list of jihad PR victories."

To allow the cut-and-run platform of the Howard Deans of the debate to be our guiding light is chilling. Had George Washington adopted their philosophy, we'd all have British accents. We have no future of values if we tuck tail when the going gets tough.

As for those who think our young people should not join the military, think again: The all-volunteer, professional U.S. military does not serve one policy or one president. The military doesn't make policy, or even comment on policy. It executes policy. Our troops take an oath to the Constitution, not to an administration.

This country needs its best and brightest in uniform always -- but now maybe more than anytime in recent history.

Apologists for cut and run need not apply, or re-enlist.

Salena Zito is a Trib editorial page columnist.
HIGH FIVE — A U.S. soldier, assigned with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, gives an Iraqi boy a high five in the Village of Almeshahama, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2006. Company A is here to conduct a Medical Civil Action Program for the area. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin L. Moses Sr.

In Today's News - Sunday, January 8, 2006

Quote of the Day
"I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American!"
Daniel Webster, July 1850 speech

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Deadly Weekend
Military: 17 killed in Iraq
Video: Fatal Accident

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Prez. Karzai Invites Taliban Leader to Reconcile
Afghan School That Taught Girls Torched

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Union Links Fmr. NYPD Officer's Death to Sept. 11

DeLay to Quit House Post

Supreme Court
Alito seen surviving tough confirmation hearing

Fox News
Signs of Improvement (Ariel Sharon)
Video: Fight for Survival
Funerals Begin for Miners- Doctors: Survivor Improving
Fires Force Colo. Evacuations
More Human Bird Flu Cases
Russians urged not to visit Turkey
Strong Quake in Greece
Video: Boy Drunk at Eatery
Iran to Resume Nuke Work
AFC Playoffs:Patriots 28, Jaguars 3
NFC Playoffs:Redskins 17, Bucs 10
Deadly Australia Shark Attack
2 Arrested in Va. Slayings Suspect in Musicians' Deaths

Reuters: Top News
DaimlerChrysler boosts 2005 sales 3.8 pct
Pentagon said to OK rocket-launch joint venture
Ford to show off new crossover SUVs, concept car
DVD format war will be fought on desktop
'One and done' gains traction
Iran to remove U.N. seals at atomic research sites
Death toll from record Japan snowfall rises to 63
Fossil find sparks new interest in Mauritius dodo
China adds pollution to list of exports
Google to launch online video store
Worried about bird flu? Stock up, HHS advises

AP World News
U.S., S. Korea Withdraw Power Plant Staff
Fire at Tajik Home for Disabled Kills 13
China Investing $3B to Clean Up River
Verdict vs. Salvadoran Generals Reinstated
Hamas Talks of Possibly Forming Government
Head of U.N. Mission in Haiti Found Dead
British Opposition Leader Quits His Post
Pakistani Quake Survivors Brace for Winter
Eight Killed in Pakistan Border Explosion
Muslims Pray for Salvation Ahead of Hajj
Use of More Armor Questioned
Iraqi Police Stronger in '06

Department of Defense
Aircraft Support Ops in Southwest Asia - Story

U.S. Medics Treat Afghans Wounded in Attack - Story
Iraqis Hurt in Attack; Forces Seize Suspects - Story

U.S. Casualties in Iraq Identified
Soldiers, Police Seize Weapons
Units Prepare for Transfer
Six U.S. Troops Killed
Pace: Bombs Reflect Desperation
Troops Nab Terror Suspects
Iraqis Undeterred by Bombing
Capable Police Vital to Security
Casey: '05 Was 'Monumental' Year
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

U.S. Forces Airdrop Supplies
Afghanistan Update

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

MotoMail Links Deployed Marines
JFCOM Provides Force Sourcing
Technology Aids Hospital Patients
Bush Kicks Off Language Initiative
President Names Appointments
Pace Encourages Military Service
Navy Secretary Visits Wounded
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


Today in History
0624 - Muslim army occupies Kurashitische Caravan
0794 - Church at Lindisfarne, England destroyed by Vikings
0871 - Battle at Ashdown - Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1198 - Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III
1214 - Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
1499 - Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep the duchy for the crown
1558 - French troops under Duke de Guise occupy Calais
1598 - Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
1716 - Dutch gang leader "Sjako" arrested
1745 - England, Austria, Netherlands & Saxon sign anti-Prussian Quadruple Alliance
1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Stirling
1760 - Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth
1790 - George Washington delivers 1st "State of the Union" address
1798 - 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
1800 - Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi; Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France
1806 - Cape colony becomes English colony; Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon
1811 - Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast
1815 - Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew
1830 - Dutch King Willem I fires displeasing parliament members
1833 - Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
1838 - 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes, New Jersey; Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
1853 - 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
1856 - Dr. John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs CA
1867 - Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite President Johnson's veto
1870 - US mint at Carson City NV begins issuing coins
1878 - Secret meeting of King Leopold II's agent & Henry Morton Stanley
1884 - Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
1889 - Dr. Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a tabulating machine (1st Computer)
1894 - Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
1904 - Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
1917 - Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani, Italy
1918 - Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition); President Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WWI
1925 - 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
1926 - Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia
1932 - Ratification of present San Francisco City Charter
1935 - Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy
1940 - Britain's 1st WWII rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
1947 - General George Marshall becomes Secretary of State
1948 - Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
1951 - Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda
1952 - Jordan adopts constitution
1953 - René Mayer forms French government
1958 - Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
1959 - Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as President of France's 5th Republic
1963 - "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
1964 - President Lyndon B Johnson declares "War on Poverty"; European Parliament accept Mansholt Plan
1965 - Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History
1966 - Georges Pompidou appointed French premier
1968 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
1971 - Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota established; 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island CA
1973 - Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resume near Paris; USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
1974 - Loch Ness Monster photographed
1975 - Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W. Dean III, Herbert W. Kalmbach & Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison
1978 - Israel's Cabinet votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
1979 - 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
1979 - Vietnamese troops overtake Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
1982 - Justice Department withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since 1969
1985 - Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
1986 - President Reagan freezes Libyan assets in the US
1987 - Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
1988 - Hewlett-Packard introduces the HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
1989 - Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons; Boeing 737-400 crashes in England, 46 die
1992 - US President George Bush gets ill; vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap during Japanese tour
1994 - Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit
1996 - Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths; For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1998 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer; World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life

1081 - Henry V. Roman, German king/emperor (1098/1111-25)
1767 - Abraham de Veer, Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1822-28)
1791 - Jacob Collamer (Senator-VT)
1814 - Thomas Green, Confederate Brigadier General
1815 - George Webb Morell, Union Major General; Lawrence Pike Graham, Union Brigadier General
1817 - John Selden Roane, Confederate Brigadier General
1821 - James Longstreet, Confederate General (1st Corps, ANV)
1823 - Alfred Russel Wallace, British zoologist/co-discoverer (evolution)
1830 - Governer Kemble Warren, Union Major General
1836 - Fannie M. Jackson pioneer & educator, 1st US Black woman college grad
1851 - Gérard Leman, Belgian count/General
1862 - Frank Nelson, Doubleday publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co.)
1867 - Emily Green Balch, US sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
1868 - Sir Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity
1870 - Miguel Primo de Rivera Orbaneja, dictator of Spain (1923-30)
1885 - John Curtin Victoria, Australian PM (Labor, 1941-45)
1891 - Walther Bothe Germany, subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
1899 - Solomon WRD Bandaranaike premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
1900 - Queen Marie of Yugoslavia
1902 - Georgy M. Malenkov, Stalin's successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55)
1920 - Hendrikus J. Wittebold, civil servant/resistance fighter
1923 - Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer; Larry Storch, comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show)
1926 - Soupy Sales [Milton Hines], North Carolina, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
1928 - Sander Vanocur Cleveland OH, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)
1933 - Charles Osgood New York City NY, news anchor (CBS Weekend News)
1935 - Elvis Aaron Presley, rocker (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog); Jesse Garon Presley, stillborn twin brother of Elvis
1936 - Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)
1941 - Graham Chapman England, comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus)
1942 - Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)
1942 - Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
1944 - Terry Brooks, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
1946 - Tod Brannan, corporate Vice President (Logos Network Corp)
1947 - David Bowie (Jones), singer/actor (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust)
1951 - Gérard Leman Belgian General

0482 - Severinus, German monastery founder/saint
0624 - Abu Sufjan ibn Harb Kurashite, chief, in battle
1198 - Coelestinus III (Giacinto Bobo), pope (1191-98)
1324 - Marco Polo, Venetian explorer/Governor of Nanking
1455 - Laurentius Justitianus (Lorenzo Giustiniani), saint, dies at 73
1598 - Johan Georg, elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies at 72
1642 - Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 78
1711 - Philips van Almonde Zealand, Lieutenant-Admiral, dies at 66
1775 - John Baskerville, English printer/type designer
1796 - Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, French National Convention chairman, dies at 46
1808 - Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters
1811 - Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58
1815 - Edward Pakenham, English General (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
1842 - Pierre Earl the Cambronne, French General (Waterloo, Elba), dies at 71
1880 - (Joshua A.) Norton I, self-proclaimed "Emperor of the US/Protector of México," dies at 60
1941 - Lord Robert Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scouts, dies at 83
1950 - Joseph A. Schumpeter, Austrian/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
1952 - Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars); Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
1964 - Julius Raab, Austrian chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
1976 - Chou En-lai, China's PM (1949-76), dies of cancer in Beijing at 78
1980 - Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
1988 - Frank Pace, Jr., US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
1992 - Menachim Begin, Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
1993 - Asif Nawaz, Pakistani General; Hakija Turajlic Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
1994 - Lady Caithness, wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
1996 - Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79
1998 - Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93

Reported Missing in Action
Bifolchi, Charles L., USAF (MA); RF4C disappeared on reconnaissance mission (pilot, w/Smith)

Fischer, Richard W., USMC (WI)

Smith, Hallie W., USAF (OR); RF4C disappeared on reconnaissance mission (navigator, w/Bifolchi)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA during heavy ground action:
Cannon, Frances E., US Army (AZ); DIC September, 1968 - remains returned August, 1985

Harker, David N. (VA); released by PRG March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Strickland, James H. (NC); released November, 1969

Williams, Richard F. "Top" (CA); DIC September, 1968 - remains returned August, 1985

Curry, Keith R., USN (WV); A6C shot down, KIA, body not recovered

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H disappeared while on mission:
Bush, Elbert W. (MS); passenger, remains returned 1996 - ID'd October, 1999

Deane, William L. (FL); passenger, remains returned 1996 - ID'd October, 1999

Knutson, Richard A. (MN); pilot, remains returned and ID'd November, 1995

Lauterio, Manuel A. (CA); crew chief, remains returned and ID'd November, 1995

Stinson, William S. (AL); gunner, remains ID'd November, 1999

Wilson, Mickey A. (CA); aircraft commander, remains returned in 1996 - ID'd October, 1999