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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Tall Afar, Iraq, Patrol

Tall Afar, Iraq, residents watch as U.S. Army Pfc. Chris Canedo, assigned to the 1st Armored Division, conducts a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Wert, assigned to the 1st Armored Division, conducts a combat patrol with the Iaqi police in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

U.S. Army Spc. Jose Jimenez, assigned to the 1st Armored Division, conducts a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

A U.S. Army M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle System from the 1st Armored Division conducts a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

Iraqi police conduct a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 1st Armored Division and Iraqi police talk with a local man during a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

U.S. Army Pvt. Pauly, assigned to the 1st Armored Division, conducts a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Bouley, assigned to the 1st Armored Division, conducts a combat patrol in Tall Afar, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

DIWANIYAH DONATION — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel speak with Headmaster Qisma, right, at Al Saniyah Night High School in Diwaniyah, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006, shortly before handing out donated school supplies to students. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason T. Bailey

In Today's News - Saturday, February 18, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We hope for the future and emulate the World War II generation.
We look to their courage, to their determination, and to their commitment.
Today, our brave young men and women are doing just that.
You see it in Iraq, you see it in Afghanistan,
and you see it in other places around the world.
I have visited them in the field and in the Fleet, and in our hospitals.
And I can tell you that this generation of fighting women and men
are up to the challenge. Their eyes sparkle. Their resolve is steel.
They know there is no substitute for the power
that comes from a vision of freedom. "

-- Admiral Mike Mullen, Chief of Naval Operations,
at the 64th Annual Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration,
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 December 2005

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
3rd Iraqi Public Order Brigade Troops Foil Roadside Bomb Attempt
Civil Engineers Make Baghdad a Better Place to Live

Operation Enduring Freedom
Program Yields Counterterror Tools

Philippine Landslide
Official: 1,800 Feared Dead
U.S. Sends Warships to Philippines Video

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Democrats plan bill to block Dubai port deal
Minnesota woman faces charges in "DHS" scam
Terror suspect Padilla denied bail in Florida
Witness: Prison Break Warning Ignored

Other Military News
Two U.S. Marine Helicopters Crash Off African Coast

Hamas Rising
Hamas Set to Lead Palestinian Parliament
Hamas Leader Says Group Misunderstood

Cartooning Muhammad
Prophet Drawing Protest Turns Deadly in Libya- Fatwa Issued Over Cartoons

Worldwide Wackos
Chavez warns US on oil after Rice remarks
Iran Says May Allow Atomic Inspections

VP Shooting Incident
'Cloud of Misfortune'
Video: Accidents Happen
Video: Whittington Speaks to Press

Other Political News
Bush Administration Joins Texas in Redistricting Case

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rehearing Whistleblower Case

XX Winter Olympics

Those goats are back, honey -- get the tiger poop
Girl's prosthetic legs stolen for second time

Other News of Note
Google rejects Justice Dept. bid for search info

Fox News
Fierce Storm Slams Midwest Sending Cold, Wind East
Prosecutors Want 10-Year Sentence for Cunningham
Video: Beating Tape Released
Mardi Gras Begins in N.O.
Stocks Down on Dell Outlook
'Probable' Bird Flu in France
Sex Survey Shows More Pinocchios Than Casanovas
Clooney Not Sorry About Quip
Jury Clears Merck
Holloways Sue Van Der Sloots

Reuters: Top News
Stem cell scientists undeterred by Korean scandal
Next space shuttle crew confident of foam fix
Digital options lighten load for tourists
Mobile operators set sights on last frontier
Israeli settler youth say ready to fight evictions
Panama tribe faces threat as cocaine comes ashore
FDA panel recommends flu vaccine changes for 2006/07
Time Warner, Icahn reach accord
Enron trial 3rd week ends as drama turns to tedium
Coke planning bottling system overhaul-report
RIM still open to "reasonable" NTP settlement--CFO
Time Warner sets buyback, eyes $1 bln in savings
IDT to buy Net2Phone for $28.1 mln
Mack-Cali in deal for New Jersey real estate rival
Stocks could see 3rd week of gains
Sanofi-Avenis shares fall
KeySpan says in talks with potential bidders
PXRE sinks 67 pct on hurricanes, downgrades
Stocks trip on Dell's outlook, producer prices - Video
King of all spending
UPS keeps up push into Asia

AP World News
Prosecutors Wrap Up Berlusconi Probe
Tibetans Burn Rare Animal Pelts, Skins
Puerto Rico Moves Closer to Smoking Ban
Mexican Border Town Remains Troublesome
Exiled Haitian Leader Remains Mum on Vote
More Birth Control Sought in China Region
Nepal Supreme Court Frees King's Foes
Random Violence Shadows Baghdad Residents
Haiti's Preval Keeps Low Profile After Win
Six Congo Soldiers Die of Hunger
U.N. Pushing Bird Flu Prevention
Air Force Plans to Sell F-22As to Allies

CENTCOM: News Releases










Department of Defense
Bush Says Democracy Will Yield Peace - Story
Iraq Troop Levels Must be Balanced Carefully - Story
Pace Highlights Progress in Afghanistan, Iraq - Story
Iraqi Police Make Positive Contribution - Story Video
Task Forces Bolster Maritime Security - Story
Commentary: Hospital’s War is Against Death - Commentary

U.S. Troops Deliver Wheelchair to Disabled Girl - Story
Airborne’s Sports Map Promotes Camaraderie - Story
LAPD Detective Trains Marines to Combat IEDs - Story

Iraqi Police Hand Out Donated School Supplies
Cadets First Graduates of Year-Long Training

10th Mountain Troops Join 'Team Paktika'
Task Force Devil Four-Mile Run Boosts Morale

Radiologist Started Career as Tuskegee Airman - Story

Rumsfelds Praise Volunteers - Story
Ringmaster Supports Troops - Story
Group Sews for Wounded Troops
Cooks Sizzle Up Steaks for Troops
Rockie Lynne's ASY Musical Tribute

Iraqi Ops More Independent - Video
Forces Detain 106, Find Weapons
Casey: Certification Critical
4 Insurgents Killed, 16 Detained
Images Could Harm U.S. Troops
Air Strike Destroys Bunker
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

Afghan Engineers Attend Workshop
Afghanistan Update

Program Yields Counterterror Tools
Army Modernizes to Win Long War
'Gitmo' Detainees Being Held Legally
Rice Topic: Spreading Democracy
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Web Special: Iwo Jima
Flexibility Needed to Fight Terror
Helicopters Crash Off Horn of Africa
Navy Reacts to Philippine Disaster
Bush Sends Supplemental Request
Exercise Africa Endeavor Planned
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
1129 - Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II
1503 - Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
1536 - France & Turkey sign military/trade agreement against King Karel
1563 - Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Méré shoots General François De Guise
1574 - Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
1634 - Ferdinand II orders commander Albrecht von Wallenstein's execution
1688 - Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, PA
1713 - French invade under Jacques Cassard on Curaçao
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Inverness, Scotland
1787 - Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
1815 - Treaty of peace with Great Britain proclaimed
1828 - More than 100 vessels destroyed in a storm, Gibraltar
1841 - 1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
1849 - 1st regular steamboat service to San Francisco CA starts: gold rush prospectors from east coast
1850 - California Legislature creates 9 Bay Area counties
1856 - American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy
1857 - Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo
1861 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery, AL; King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes 1st king of Italy
1865 - Evacuation of Charleston SC; Sherman's troops burn the city; Union troops force Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, NC; Battle of Ft. Moultrie, SC
1876 - Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand
1879 - Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha
1884 - General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum
1891 - Captain Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan
1896 - Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for 1st time in 50 years
1899 - San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
1900 - Battle at Paardeberg -- 1,270 British killed/injured; British troops occupy Monte Christo Natal
1901 - H. Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner
1908 - 1st US postage stamps in coils issued
1915 - Germany begins a blockade of England
1921 - British troops occupy Dublin
1922 - Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball
1927 - US & Canada begin diplomatic relations
1930 - Cow flown & milked, milk sealed in paper containers & parachuted; US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto
1932 - Japan declares Manchuria Independent
1942 - Japanese troop land on Bali
1944 - Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested
1947 - 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin, PA
1951 - Nepál becomes a constitutional monarchy
1955 - Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
1960 - 8th Winter Olympics games open in Squaw Valley, CA
1962 - France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
1964 - Papandreou government takes power in Greece
1965 - 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, British Columbia; Gambia gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1968 - British adopt year-round daylight savings time; 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin; 10th Winter Olympics games close at Grenoble, France
1969 - PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich, Switzerland
1970 - Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot; US President Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine"
1972 - California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty; Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
1974 - NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)
1975 - Italy broadens abortion law
1977 - Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight
1979 - NASA launches space vehicle S-202; Snow falls in the Sahara Desert; President Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
1980 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's elections
1984 - Revised concordat between Italy & the Vatican signed
1988 - Anthony M. Kennedy sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1516 - Mary I Tudor (Bloody Mary), (1553-58), 1st reigning Queen of Great Britain
1609 - Edward Hyde Earl of Clarendon, English Lord Chancellor/PM (1660-67)
1677 - Jacques Cassini French astronomer (rings of Saturn)
1745 - Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, physicist/inventor (battery)
1805 - Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough Rear Admiral (Union Navy)
1817 - Lewis Addison Armistead and Walter Page Lane, Confederate Brigadier Generals
1829 - Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton, Confederate Brigadier General
1833 - James Deshler, Confederate Brigadier General
1836 - Swami Ramakrishna (Gadadhar Chatterji), Hindu saint (preached unity of all religions)
1853 - August Belmont, Jr., racehorse breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (New York Jockey Club)
1892 - Wendell Wilkie, Presidential candidate (1940)/author (One World)
1895 - George "The Gipper" Gipp, Notre Dame football star; Semjon Timoshenko, Russian marshal/inspector-general (WWII)
1903 - Nikolaj V. Podgorny, President of USSR (1965-77)
1907 - Harm van Riel, Dutch politician (Dutch Liberal Party)
1912 - Heinz Kühn, German premier (North-Rhine Westphalia)
1922 - Eric Gairy, premier (Grenada)
1927 - John W. Warner (Senator-VA), married Liz Taylor
1930 - Theodore C. Freeman, Captain USAF/astronaut
1931 - Maxwell Thurman, US General
1947 - Eliot L. Engel (Representative-NY); Princess Maria Christina [Marijke], of Netherlands
1948 - Carolyn B. Maloney (Representative-NY)
1957 - Vanna White (Rosich), TV game show hostess (Wheel of Fortune)
1965 - Peter Martini, journalist
1968 - Chris McKendry, ESPN sportscaster

0999 - Gregory V (Bruno), 1st German Pope
1478 - Duke of Clarence, forced drowning in a wine barrel
1587 - Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44
1861 - Louis C. Luzac, Dutch minister of Internal affairs, dies at 74
1890 - Julius Andrássy, Sr., Earl/Premier of Hungary (1867-71), dies at 66
1895 - Albrecht, Archduke of Austrian (Battle at Custozza), dies at 77
1917 - Charles E. Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917)
1932 - Frederik Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18), dies at 66
1938 - Edward Anseele, Belgian minister of Rail, dies at 81
1949 - Niceto A. Zamora y Torres, Premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
1963 - Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
1966 - Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
1967 - Robert J. Oppenheimer, creator of atomic bomb, dies at 62
1969 - Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
1973 - Franc Costello, US gangster, dies at 82
1975 - Chivu Stoica (Stoica Chivu), premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
1975 - Raymond Moley, US advisor to President Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
1997 - Enrique Peralta Azurdia, military President of Guatemala (1963-66)
2001 - (Ralph) Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR driver/"The Intimidator", dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49

Reported Missing in Action
Murray, Joseph Vaughn, USN (MO); A6A shot down (w/Schroeffel), KIA, body not recovered

Ruffin, James T., USN (AL); F4B shot down (w/Spencer) - remains returned June, 1983

Spencer, Larry H., USN (IA); F4B shot down (w/Ruffin), released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive and well as of 1998

Schroeffel, Thomas Anthony, USN (PA); A6A shot down (w/Murray), KIA, body not recovered

Duart, David H., USAF (PA); F105F shot down (w/Jensen), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Jensen, Jay R., USAF (UT); F105F shot down (w/Duart), released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - deceased, May 1998

The following USN personnel reported MIA and presumed Killed when their KA3B disappeared and apparently crashed in water while returning to ship:
Chapman, Rodney M. (MI); pilot

Jerome, Stanley M. (MI)

Schimmels, Eddie R., (CA)

Also reported MIA this day in 1969:
Brucher, John M., USAF (OR); F105D shot down, voice contact after ejection

Daffron, Thomas C., USAF (IL); F4C shot down (w/Morley)remains ID'd August, 1999

Gillen, Thomas E., USAF (KS); F4D shot down

Morley, Charles F., USAF (MO); F4C shot down (w/Daffron) - remains ID"d August, 1999

The following US Army and personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down during an extraction mission (an attempt was made to recover the remains after they were located, but the site had to be abandoned when the recovery crew came under heavy fire:
Berg, George P., (NJ); aircraft commander, KIA in crash, remains tagged, not recovered

Demsey, Walter E., Jr., (NJ); crewchief, KIA in crash, remains tagged, not recovered

Johnson, Gary L., (CA); door gunner, KIA in crash, remains tagged, not recovered

Lloyd, Allen R., SF (MN); KIA in crash, remains tagged, not recovered

Watson, Ronald L., SF (TX); KIA in crash, remains tagged, not recovered

Woods, Gerald E., SF (OR); KIA in crash, remains tagged, not recovered

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their OH6A was shot down:
Crandall, Gregory S. (WA); pilot, remains returned 1991 - ID'd June, 1993

Engen, Robert J. (CA); scout/observer, remains ID'd October, 1991

Llewellen, Walter E. (IN); crewchief, remains ID'd October, 1991