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Monday, February 06, 2006

Godspeed, Lone Eagle

BlackFive has a link today to the story of the funeral for an American Lakota Hero...

Godspeed Corporal Brett Lundstrum - Earning the Flag and the Eagle Feather
The Rocky Mountain News has an incredible pictorial of the services for the burial of Brett Lundstrom - a Marine Corporal and Native American, an American Fighting Man and a Lakota Warrior. Lundstrom was killed by small arms fire on January 7th in Fallujah, Iraq.
The whole story is here and is worth your time.

This story is part of a series in the Rocky Mountain News - Final Salute

Native Americans have had a
significant role in American military history:

* More than 44,000 Native Americans (over 10% of the Native American population at the time) served in WWII. More than 42,000 served in Vietnam.

* There are more than 200,000 Native American veterans.

Links about Native Americans in the US Military:
Air Force
Coast Guard

US Soldiers Celebrate Native American Heritage in Iraq
GUARD DUTY — U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Gherjuaen Robinson, assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Alpha Flight, guards an entry control point on Ali Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley C. Church

In Today's News - Monday, February 6, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Nothing is more difficult,
and therefore more precious,
than to be able to decide."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Video: IEDs No Match for the Buffalo
Iraq Boosts Security Ahead of Shiite Holiday
Iraq finds bird flu outbreak in poultry, OIE says
Iraq Accuses Sunni Lawmaker of Embezzling
Saddam Lawyer: U.S. Blocking Meetings

Homeland Security / War on Terror
USS Cole Bombing Mastermind Escapes Prison
23 militants' jailbreak in Yemen prompts global alert
Eavesdropping targets only al Qaeda: US officials
Illegal immigrants could be arrested for trespassing
Moussaoui case moves to sentencing phase

Welcome Home!
Photos: Air Control Squadron Returns to Aviano
Photos: F-15 Unit Returns to Lakenheath

Hamas Rising
Olmert says Israel has not given up on Abbas - Video
$700m reported missing from Palestinian coffers

Cartooning Muhammad
Cartoon Protests Heat Up
Catholic Priest Shot, Killed at Church in Turkey
Calls for calm in cartoon row after embassy blazes
Some See Gov't Roles in Cartoon Protests
Lebanon Apologizes to Denmark for Protests

Iran sanctions outside UN would be legitimate: US
U.N. Diplomats Differ Over Iran Issue
Israel Hails Decision to Report Iran

Bush seeks domestic-spending cuts in 2007 budget
2007 budget proposal favors defense
Domestic spying tests GOP lawmakers' loyalties
Specter questions rationale for White House spying

Other Military News
Navy workers on EST protesting move to CST
Frozen body found is WWII airman from Minnesota

Aw, Rats
Steelers Win Super Bowl XL
Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10
Photo Essay
Parker's Run Historic
Game Box Score, Stats
Super Bowl Analysis
Super Bowl ads play it safe, Stones censored

The thrill is gone: Message in bottle called 'litter'
Burglary might not be good fit for man

Other News of Note
9,000 Gallons of Oil Leaks Into Passaic in N.J.

Fox News
Cargo Planes Collide, Killing Three
Iran Ends Cooperation With U.N.
Costa Ricans Expected to Elect Nobel Laureate as President
Haitians Prepare to Vote Despite Fears of Violence
Coretta Scott King Remembered in Atlanta
Israel to Halt Financial Transfers to Palestinians
Racial Feuds Ignite Prison Riot, 100 Wounded
13 Die as Bomb Rips Through Pakistani Bus
Red Sea Ferry Passengers Info Sought
High Winds in Northwest Cut Power

Reuters: Top News
Egyptians ransack ferry firm office, are tear gassed
Manila stampede inquiry points to security lapses
EU braces for landmark WTO ruling on biotech ban
Firms turn cyber sleuths with cell phone technology
Many US children don't get adequate calcium -report
India plans to take tea out of tea and biscuits
Humana posts higher quarterly profit
Lafarge plans $3 bln buyout of US unit
AIG near huge settlement with regulators-reports
Toshiba to announce Westinghouse deal at 1045 GMT
Murdoch to launch CNBC rival by year end-Newsweek
China leads rise in international patent filings
U.S. stock futures point to strong start on Wall St
Serono sales, profits miss forecasts, mum on M&A
S.Korea KT&G shares hit record after Icahn move
On the Radar: Hard drive makers

AP World News
Ferry Passenger Families Lash Out in Egypt
Police Recommend 10 Charges Against Doctor
Arias Leads Tight Costa Rican Election
Pope Urges Renewed Respect for All Life
Oil-Hunting China Aims to Curb Appetite

The Seattle Times
Fossett to attempt record-length flight
Wagner opera rings familiar in Southeast Asian debut

Chicago Sun-Times
Woman charged with smuggling gun into jail
Fear of suits has hospitals turning camera-shy
DePaul scholar at center of free speech fight
Red Sea ferry survivors say crew supplied no help or life jackets
Japanese student missing from Madison
Man accused of stealing morphine from mom's IV after she dies
Spacesuit 'alive,' but signals faint
Police: Offer to purchase cocaine startles officer

Boston Globe: World
On eve of vote, Haitians hope for fresh start
Israel kills 2 Islamic Jihad militants
Russia is faulted on rights record
Many Troops Don't Want Extra Body Armor
Army Program Teaches Officers Arabic
Battle History -- USMC
Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign
Airmen Sought for Air Force Academy
AMVETS Announces Veterans Scholarship
Military Update: The End of Paper Claims

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Surveillance Designed to Prevent Attacks - Story
Detainees Released; Troops Aid Flood Victims - Story
Iraqi Forces Find IED; Bridge Bomber Nabbed

U.S. Troops Deliver Donated Soccer Jerseys
Troops, Nike Deliver New Shoes to Iraqi Kids

Airmen Airdrop Humanitarian Aid to Afghans
Video: Civil Affairs Mission Helps Kapisa Province

At Retirement, General Reflects on 38-Year Career - Story

Contest Seeks Military Songwriters - Story
Wounded Vets Super Bowl-Bound
Network Aids Troops' Families
Airmen Enjoy 'Lt. Dan Band' Show


4 Insurgents Killed; Weapons Seized
Iraqi National Police on Right Path
Rumsfeld: No Speculation on Forces
January Casualties Show Decrease
Center Will Stabilize Electricity
Baqubah Hospital Gets Repairs
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
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

Eight Detained in Fighting
Diplomats Visit Panjshir PRT
Afghanistan Update

Budget Includes Iraq, Afghan Funds
Efforts Hamper al Qaeda Goals
NORAD, USCG Aid Game Security
CENTCOM Group Plans Future Ops
Rumsfeld Notes Terrorists' Failures
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Photos: Rumsfeld in Munich
Bush Cites DoD Innovation Role
Rumsfeld Discusses Latin America
Medal of Honor Exhibit Unveiled
QDR to Provide More Flexibility
Reserve, Guard To Be Fully Funded
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
0337 - St Julius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1189 - Riots of Lynn in Norfolk spread to Norwich, England
1508 - Maximilian I crowned Holy Roman Emperor
1577 - King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of Huguenots
1626 - Huguenot rebels & the French sign Peace of La Rochelle
1693 - Royal charter granted College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
1716 - England & Netherlands renew alliance
1778 - France recognizes US, signs treaty of aid in Paris - 1st US treaty; England declares war on France
1788 - Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
1815 - NJ issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)
1819 - Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore
1820 - 86 free black colonists sail from New York NY to Sierra Leone, Africa
1832 - 1st appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland; US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy
1836 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
1840 - Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain & Maoris of New Zealand
1861 - English Admiral Robert Ritzroy issues 1st storm warnings for ships; 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America
1862 - Victory for General Ulysses S Grant in Tennessee, capturing Fort Henry, and ten days later Fort Donelson; Grant earns the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant; Naval Engagement at Tennessee River - USS Conestoga vs CSS Appleton Belle
1864 - Skirmish at Barnett's Ford, Virginia
1865 - 2nd day of battle at Dabney's Mills (Hatcher's Run)
1869 - "Harper's Weekly" publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers
1899 - Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
1900 - Battle at Vaalkrans, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
1904 - Russian-Japanese war began
1911 - Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople/Istanbul Turkey
1918 - Britain grants women (30 & over) the vote
1920 - Saarland administrated by League of Nations
1922 - US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation
1932 - Fascist coup in the Memel territory
1933 - 20th Amendment goes into effect; Presidential term begins in Jan not March; President von Hindenburg & von Papen end Prussian parliament
1935 - Board game "Monopoly" goes on sale for the 1st time; 1st election to allow women to vote in Turkey
1937 - K. Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
1939 - Spanish government flees to France
1941 - Battle of Beda Fomm Italian 10th army destroyed; British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
1943 - 1st Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down; Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"
1945 - 8th Air Force bombs Magdeburg/Chemnitz; Russian Red Army crosses the river Oder
1948 - 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
1951 - "Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84; Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago IL
1953 - US controls on wages & some consumer goods are lifted
1956 - French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers; University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's Black)
1959 - Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R. Murrow; US 1st successful Titan intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)
1964 - France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
1968 - Former President Dwight Eisenhower shoots a hole-in-one; Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam
1971 - 1st time a golf ball is hit on the Moon (by Alan Shepard)
1974 - US House of Representatives begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
1978 - Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Senator-MN) takes his office
1979 - Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
1984 - Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
1987 - No-smoking rules take effect in federal buildings
1989 - Lech Walesa begins negotiating with the Polish government
1995 - Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days

1536 - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, 2nd of three unifiers of Japan in 16th century
1665 - Anne Stuart, Queen of England (1702-14)
1756 - Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice-President (1801-05), dueler
1797 - Joseph Maria von Radowitz, Prussian minister of Foreign affairs
1818 - William Maxwell Evarts (Union)
1830 - Marcellus Monroe Crocker, Union Brigadier General
1832 - John Brown Gordon, Confedearte Major General
1833 - James Ewell Brown "JEB" Stuart, Confederate Major General
1834 - William Dorsey Pender, Confederate Major General
1890 - Anton Hermann Fokker, aviation pioneer
1893 - Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, President of UN General Assembly (1962-63)
1895 - George Herman (Babe) Ruth, baseball great (Yankees)
1905 - Wladislaw Gomulka, premier of Poland
1908 - General Edward Lansdale, model for "Quiet American" & "Ugly American"
1908 - Amintore Fanfani, premier of Italy
1911 - Ronald Reagan, actor / 40th President (R) (1981-89)
1912 - Eva Braun, mistress of Adolf Hitler
1913 - Mary Nicol Leakey, palaeontologist
1915 - Derk Roemers, Dutch politician (Social-Democrat)
1920 - James H. Scheuer (Representative-NY)
1933 - Walter E. Fauntroy (Representative-DC)
1940 - Tom Brokaw, news anchor (NBC Nightly News)
1951 - Maria Christina Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III
1961 - Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian major/cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23)

0743 - Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Moslem caliph, dies at about 52
0891 - Photius, Byzantine theologist/patriarch of Constantinople/saint
1685 - Charles II, King of England/Scotland/Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54
1695 - Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95), dies
1699 - Jozef Ferdinand of Bavaria, heir of Spanish king Carlos II
1785 - Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
1865 - John Pegram, US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 33
1881 - Pieter Mijer, Governor-General of Netherlands Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
1899 - Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
1917 - Edouard A. Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
1923 - Edward E. Barnard, US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65
1943 - HA Seyffardt, Dutch Lieutenant-General/NSB "minister", dies at 71
1945 - Jan and Paul Bos, Dutch resistance fighters, executed
1948 - Robert Brasillach, French author/Nazi collaborator, dies at 38
1952 - George VI, King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56 (succeeded by daughter, Elizabeth II)
1963 - Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader
1964 - Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
1973 - Ira S. Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
1991 - Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow
1996 - Ronald Fletcher, broadcaster, dies at 85
1998 - Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/President (1961-63)

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their HH3E was shot down:
Hall, Donald J. (OK);

Heiskell, Lucius L. (TN);

Kibbey, Richard A. (KY);

Wood, Patrick H. (MO)

The following USN personnel reported MIA when their P3B was shot down:
Burnett, Donald F. (AL)

Chapa, Armando, Jr. (CA)

Farris, William F. (IL)

Gallager, Donald L. (WI)

Huss, Roy A. (WI)

Jones, Thomas P. (NY)

McKay, Homer E. (TX)

Newman, James C., Jr. (TN)

Thompson, Mevin C. (GA)

Travis, Lynn M. (AR)

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Hyland, Charles K., Civilian (Australia); released by PRG November, 1968

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Briggs, Ronald D. (PA)

Christiansen, Eugene (CA)

O'Hara, Robert Charles (IA)

Padgett, David E. (IN)

Parsons, Donald E. (IL)

Stanley, Charles I. (OH)

Also reported MIA this day in 1969:
Parker, David W., US Army (GA); drowned