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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Kirkuk Patrol, Iraq

U.S. Army Spc. Miguel Contreras provides security while on a dismounted patrol in Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb. 28, 2006. Contreras is assigned to Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jessie Bryand and an Iraqi police officer pause on the streets of Kirkuk, Iraq, while on a patrol in the village marketplace, Feb. 28, 2006. Bryand is assigned to Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

A young Iraqi girl peers out from a door as she watches U.S. soldiers on a dismounted patrol in Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb. 28, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Ellingsworth stands in a doorway as he provides security while on a dismounted patrol in the marketplace in Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb. 28, 2006. Ellingsworth is assigned to Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Ellingsworth and Spc. Miguel Contreras provide rear security for Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as they conduct a dismounted patrol in Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb. 28, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

Iraqis continue their daily routine as U.S. soldiers assigned to the 324th Tactical Psychological Operations Company conduct business with local shop owners in Kirkuk, Iraq, March 1, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

photos from DefendAmerica
Senior Airman William Glidewell loads his weapon as Capt. Matthew Gibson assists during a sniper training and rifle advancement course at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. The Airmen are with 736th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Miranda Moorer)

Talking With Heroes - Update

The responses coming in from across America about our Talking with Heroes Talk Show are very encouraging. Our recently deployed men and women in the military now have a forum where they can share their mostly untold stories of helping the people in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places where our military serve. This talk show is not about politics. Plus we are hearing from military personnel coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan that they have been listening to Talking with Heroes over there too. Word is getting out.

People are finding out about Talking with Heroes 100% word of mouth. We have been told that there were about 10,000 people listening to this past Sunday nights talk show. If you missed this past Sundays Talk Show or any of our previous shows, they are all in archives.
Click on Past Shows/Archives

You can listen to them as you have time on your computer. And if you have an iPOD you can download them and listen anywhere when you have the time. You might also want to check out our upcoming new guests list.

We are also working on cities where we will have local community welcome home events and tape them for later broadcast on Talking with Heroes. For those of you who are reading this in Colorado we will have a "Back From The Fronts" event on June 4th at the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs. The American Legion and VFW Posts are Co Sponsoring this event with Talking with Heroes. We are finalizing our guest speaker list and it will be announced shortly in our website.

This event is meant to be a community event of welcoming back from deployment military personnel from all four bases in the city. There will be community leaders speaking, leaders of the VFW and American Legion and the Women's Auxiliaries and others plus there will be entertainment. For those of you in Colorado if you would like to help with this let me know. We will also be opening up a new Sponsor section. For everybody who becomes a sponsor of any level, and you are in Colorado, you will have your sponsor listing as they are now plus all Colorado Sponsors will be listed in the June 4th Event section in our website.

Also for those of you in Colorado Springs I have been invited to have a table at this weekends Home and Garden Show at the Phil Long Expo Center. I will be there all day Friday and Saturday for a Walking with Heroes Book Signing event. Come by and say hello. For those of you outside of Colorado if you know anybody in Colorado Springs perhaps you could email them this information.

Linda Dominik with is coordinating with the American Legion and VFW and others for a similar community welcome home event in Arkansas. This event will probably happen in September and Talking with Heroes will broadcast it on the talk show.

Let us know what you think of our talk shows. Also we are looking for help with fund raising ideas. Working in a non profit environment is new to us. The Foundation where our non profit is set up suggested that I set up a group of people on a Fund Raising Team. If you have any ideas or if you would have interest in being on such a team please let us know.

We will be announcing soon an official Talking with Heroes Newsletter set up through our website.

Thank you
Bob Calvert
EAGLES IN THE NIGHT — Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Daniel Williams, with the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron 115, makes last minute checks on the aircraft before night operations begin on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Persian Gulf, March 1, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Kathleen Gorby

In Today's News - Saturday, March 4, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Non sibi sed patriae" (Not self but country)
-- unofficial US Navy motto

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Talabani: Unity Needed
President speaks amid violence
Iraq Chief Confident of Continued U.S. Aid
At least 9 killed in attack near Baghdad

Operation Enduring Freedom
Bomb Kills 4 Afghan Intelligence Agents

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Pentagon Reveals Identities of Gitmo Detainees
U.S., Pakistan Recommit to War on Terror

Dubai Port Proposal
Dubai Firm Submits to U.S. Security Review

Other Military News
Navy To Ground All Aircraft For Safety Review
Navy Jet Crashes in Ore.

Hamas Rising
Hamas: Israel Must Withdraw for Peace
Hamas rejects recognition of Israel despite pressure
Hamas Praises Russian Mediation Efforts

Worldwide Wackos
Sanctions unlikely first step on Iran: Rice
Iran, EU Inch Toward Possible Compromise

Uneasy Alliance - Bush continues Asian tour
'Top Gun' Sentenced
Video: Judgment Day
Timeline: Congressional Scandals
CIA Official Faces Probe Over Cunningham Links
U.S., Mexican Lawmakers Meet on Immigration
N.J. High Schoolers Try Bush for 'War Crimes'
Bush takes a swing at cricket in Pakistan
Bush visits two hot spots in South Asia

Supreme Court
States appeal to Supreme court on CO2 car emissions

U.N. News
U.N. Food Agency Facing Shortages in Kenya

Playboy says won't pull Jessica Alba issue
Woman seizes police car for 2-hour ride
Peanut Butter Kiss Didn't Cause Death

Other News of Note
Battle brews as S. Dakota abortion law nears
Saudi Shi'ites enjoy new freedoms laced with fears
Chinese Police Detain Activist Lawyer
Alleged Gang Leader Extradited to France
China to Increase Military Budget to $35B
Nazareth Church Attack Heightens Tensions

Fox News
BlackBerry Maker Settles Patent Dispute
Harmful Pesticides Found in Most U.S. Rivers, Streams
Nazareth Church Targeted in Firecracker Attack
SUV Plows Into Crowd at University of North Carolina
Wisc. Boy Pleads Not Guilty to Helping Uncle Rape, Kill

Reuters: Top News
Watch Video Full Oscars Coverage
Take your treadmill to work day
How to ride that aging baby-boomer wave
Jobs and rates top stocks' agenda
US truck engine makers near end of road?
RBC profit rises; ups dividend, splits shares
Deal averts U.S. BlackBerry service shutdown
Ex-Adelphia COO Rigas gets home confinement
Lights, cameras, stocks! SEC pitches to Hollywood
Nokia sees mass mobile TV takeup by '08
Jobs and rates top stocks' agenda
Stocks dip as Intel warns; RIM shares soar late - Video
Dana hits auto shares, Ford touches 3-year low
Palm outlook not as rosy after BlackBerry pact: analysts
RIM shares jump 14 pct
Tax filing finesse
Energy worries encourage utility mergers
Europe carmakers target diesel in Japan
Biologist discovers new shark species
BlackBerry deal averts service shutdown
Music phones to slice into iPod growth
Floodwater gone but fear remains in Haiti's Gonaives
Finns to test mobile phone radiation on human skin

AP World News
Sri Lankans to Be Tried for Tsunami Death
Havana Cigar Festival Draws Aficionados
Smithsonian Shows Artwork by Hokusai
Kenya Official Defends Raid on Media Group
Millions Recovered From British Robbery
Belarus Vows to Bar Rally During Vote
Thai PM Reaches Out to Political Opponents
Ecuador's Ousted President Freed From Jail
Iraqi Police Force Questionable
Violence Interferes With U.S. Goals
Lawmakers Slam B-52 Retirement Plan

CENTCOM: News Releases





Department of Defense
DoD Releases Some Gitmo Records - Story
Crisis Caused by Bombing Has Passed - Story
Authors Rewrite Counterinsurgency Manual - Story
Iraq Operations Net 62 Terrorism Suspects - Story

Iraqis Assume Control In Western Baghdad - Story
Transfer Ceremony Marks Accomplishments
Iraqi Air Force Spreads Wings, Secures Future - Story
Coalition Troops Injured in IED Attack - Story

Arizona Guard MPs Reflect on Iraq Deployment
U.S. Army’s Cav Troops Help Train Iraqi Soldiers
U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Conduct Health Outreach
Special Ops School Moves from Jordan to Iraq

New Zealanders Deliver Roof Beams to Camp
Bagram Airfield Celebrates Black History Month

Four Brothers to Deploy Together - Story
Brothers Serve in Afghanistan

Vail Hosts Wounded Troops - Story
Group Helps Soldier, Wife
NASCAR Honors Stennis Sailors

Forces Limit Damage
Iraqi Course: Convoy Security
Soldier Dies in Non-combat Incident
Terrorists Kill 17 Iraqis
Cheney: Strategy Working
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

Coalition Troop Dies
Crews Keep KC-135 Aloft
Bush Salutes Troops Photos
Bush Visits Kabul Photos
Afghanistan Update

Rumsfeld Cites Truman Leadership
U.S. Diplomat Killed in Bombing
U.S., Italy Partners, Bush Says
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

U.S., India Make World Safer
Rumsfeld Praises Future Military
Budget Proposal Matches 1995
NSPS Benefits All in DoD
Officials Defend Budget Request
National Guard, Reserve Update

Soldier Killed; Casualties Identified - 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
1152 - Frederik I Barbarossa elected Roman-German king
1461 - Battle at Towton: Duke Edward of York beats English queen Margaretha Edward IV recognized as king of England
1570 - King Philip II bans foreign Dutch students
1590 - Mauritius of Nassau's ship reaches Breda
1621 - Jacarta, Java renamed Batavia
1665 - English King Charles II declares war on Netherlands
1681 - King Charles II grants William Penn royal charter for Pennsylvania
1699 - Jews are expelled from Lubeck, Germany
1741 - English fleet under Admiral Ogle reaches Cartagena
1774 - 1st sighting of Orion nebula (William Herschel)
1789 - 1st Congress declares Constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 representatives)
1791 - 1st Jewish member of US Congress, Israel Jacobs (Pennsylvania), takes office; President Washington calls the US Senate into its 1st special session; Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)
1792 - Oranges introduced to Hawaii
1793 - French troops conquer Geertruidenberg, Netherlands; President Washington's 2nd inauguration, shortest speech (133 words)
1797 - John Adams inaugurated as 2nd President of US
1801 - 1st President inaugurated in Washington, DC (Thomas Jefferson)
1809 - Madison becomes 1st President inaugurated in American-made clothes
1825 - John Quincy Adams inaugrated as 6th President
1826 - 1st US RR chartered, Granite Railway in Quincy, MA
1829 - Andrew Jackson inaugurated as 7th President (my great-great-etc. uncle!)
1829 - Unruly crowd mobs White House during President Jackson inaugural ball
1835 - HMS Beagle moves into Bay of Concepción
1837 - City of Chicago incorporates; Martin Van Buren inaugrated as 8th President
1841 - Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison
1845 - James K. Polk inaugrated as 11th President
1848 - Sardinia-Piemonte gets new Constitution
1849 - US had no President, Polk's term ends on a Sunday, Taylor couldn't be sworn-in, Senator David Atchison (pres pro tem) term ended March 3rd
1853 - William Rufus de Vane King (D) sworn in as 13th US Vice President
1861 - Confederate States adopt "Stars & Bars" flag; Lincoln inaugurated as 16th President; 1st time US has 5 former Presidents living; President Lincoln opens Government Printing Office
1863 - Battle of Thompson's Station, Tennessee; Territory of Idaho established
1865 - Confederate congress approves final design of "official flag"; President Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term as President
1869 - Ulysses Grant inaugurated as 18th President
1873 - "New York Daily Graphic," 1st illustrated daily newspaper in US, published
1876 - US Congress decides to impeach Minister of War Belknap
1881 - California becomes 1st state to pass plant quarantine legislation; James A. Garfield inaugurated as 20th President; South African President Kruger accepts ceasefire
1885 - Grover Cleveland inaugrated as 1st Democratic President since Civil War
1889 - Benjamin Harrison inaugurated as 23rd President
1893 - Francis Dhanis' army attacksthe Lualaba, occupies Nyangwe; Grover Cleveland (D) inaugrated as 24th US President (2nd term)
1894 - Great fire in Shanghai; over 1,000 buildings destroyed
1897 - William McKinley inaugurated as 25th President of US
1901 - 1st advanced copy of inaugural speech ("Jefferson-National Intelligencer"); President William McKinley inaugurated for 2nd term as President; Term of George H. White, last of post-Reconstruction congressmen, ends
1902 - American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
1908 - Collingwood, OH primary school catches fire; 180 die
1909 - President Taft inaugrated as 27th President during 10" snowstorm; US prohibits interstate transportation of game birds
1911 - Victor Berger (Wisconsin) becomes 1st socialist congressman in US
1913 - 1st US law regulating the shooting of migratory birds passed; Department of Commerce & Labor split into separate departments; New York Yankees are 1st to train outside US (Bermuda); Woodrow Wilson inaugurated as 28th President
1917 - Jeannette Rankin (Representative-Republican-MT) becomes 1st female member of Congress
1918 - Terek Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR (until 1921)
1921 - Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas
1923 - Lenin's last article in "Pravda" (about Red bureaucracy)
1924 - "Happy Birthday To You" published by Claydon Sunny
1925 - President Coolidge's inauguration broadcast live on 21 radio stations; Swain's Island (near American Samoa) annexed by US
1926 - De Geer government in Netherlands takes office
1928 - "Bunion Run" race from Los Angeles CA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
1929 - Charles Curtis (R-Kansas) becomes 1st Native American Vice President; Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st President
1930 - Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
1933 - Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves Austrian parliament; FDR inaugrated as 32nd President, pledges to pull US out of Depression & says "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"; Frances Perkins becomes Secretary of Labor, 1st US woman cabinet member
1936 - 1st flight of airship Hindenburg, Germany
1941 - 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague; Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler
1943 - Transport NR 50 departs with French Jews to Maidanek/Sobibor
1944 - 1st US bombing of Berlin; Anti-Germany strikes in North Italy
1945 - Finland declares war on Nazi-Germany
1949 - Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister; Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
1954 - J.E. Wilkins, appointed 1st Black US sub-cabinet member
1955 - 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
1959 - US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
1960 - French freighter La Coubre explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
1961 - Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as Secretary-General of NATO
1962 - AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
1964 - Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
1966 - Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing in Tokyo, 64 die
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr., announces plans for Poor People's Campaign; Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
1970 - French submarine Eurydice explodes
1971 - "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey
1972 - Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
1974 - Harold Wilson replaces resigning Ed Heath as British premier
1977 - 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico; Earthquake in Romania, kills 1,541
1978 - "Chicago Daily News," founded in 1875, publishes last issue
1979 - 200th episode of "All in the Family"; US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
1982 - NASA launches Intelsat V
1984 - Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1985 - STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled; Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA; War veterans returnd to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
1990 - US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
1991 - Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
1994 - 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center; Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
1995 - Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital
1997 - Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks; Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU); President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research; Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)

1394 - Prince Henry the Navigator, sponsors Portuguese voyages of discovery
1651 - John Baron Somers (Whig), William III's chief minister (1696-1700)
1747 - Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
1754 - Benjamin Waterhouse, physician (smallpox vaccine pioneer)
1789 - Pavel P. Gagarin, Russian monarch
1798 - John Joseph Abercrombie, Union Brigadier General
1826 - John Buford, Union Major General (Union volunteers)
1828 - Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, Confederate Brigadier General
1835 - Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (discovered canals of Mars)
1862 - Robert Emden, Swiss geologist/astro-physicist (Emden-polytroop)
1875 - Enrique Larreta [E R Maza], Argentine diplomat (Gloria de Don Ramiro)
1875 - Suze Groeneweg, 1st Dutch female parliament member (SDAP, 1918-37)
1885 - Willem H. Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curaçao)
1888 - Knute Rockne, Norwegian/US football player/coach (Notre Dame)
1909 - Harry B. Helmsley, billionaire builder (Empire State Building)
1915 - Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
1932 - Hessel Rienks economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
1937 - Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
1953 - Christopher H. Smith (Representative-NJ)
1955 - Benny Alexander, Secretary-General (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)

1172 - Stephan III King of Hungary (1162-72)
1484 - Kazimierz the Saint, Polish ruler/saint, dies at 25
1794 - Henri D. Count de Larochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, dies at 21
1877 - Hendrik E. van Rijgersma Dutch Governor (St Maarten), dies at 42
1883 - Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President Confederate States, dies at 71
1943 - Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
1962 - Cairine R. Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
1992 - Christian K. Nelson, inventor (Eskimo Pie), dies at 98
1994 - John Candy, actor (SCTV, Uncle Buck), dies from a heart attack at 43

Reported Missing in Action
Jacobson, Ellwood L.; remains recovered
Makel, Janie A.; remains recovered March, 1963

Andrews, Stuard M., USAF (CT); O1E shot down (w/Conlon)

Conlon, John F., USAF (PA) ; O1E shot down (w/Andrews)

Carlock, Ralph L., USAF (IL) ; F105D shot down

Guffey, Jerry, US Army ; escaped same day

Parker, John J., USN (FL); crashed in water immediately after takeoff, Killed, body not recovered

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their JU21A disappeared while on mission, SAR Negative - status later changed to KIA, body not recovered:
Algaard, Harold L. (MN); co-pilot

Hentz, Richard J. (WI) ; crewman

Marker, Michael W. (TX) ; pilot

Osborne, Rodney D. (WA) ; technical observer

Strawn, John T. (OR); crewman

Also reported MIA this day in 1971:
Allwine, David R., US Army (AZ); released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Master Sergeant - alive and well as of 1998