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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Media that Gets It? - KOA Radio

NORTHWEST TAJI, IRAQ -- Reality. I don't know where to begin, and a word of warning. I'm so jacked-up right now this may be the longest entry of the trip by far. My chin still feels like I have the strap across it, after wearing my kevlar helmet all day; a phantom reminder of the day that began three hours and 35 minutes after my head hit the pillow this morning. I'll break this up as best I can in a few different sections, but I'm so happy to share one of my "LE's" (Life Experiences) and bring you along for one hell of a ride.

Steffan Tubbs of KOA Radio in Denver, Colorado, is embedded with troops in Iraq . Check out his dispatches and photos at the KOA Radio website.

Tony, who passed along the tip (thanks, Tony!), says that Steffan's reporting on Iraq seemed, before his trip, to be a somewhat one-sided - reporting the bad, but not the good going on over there. Now that Steffan's over there, on the ground with our Heroes, he seems to be getting it. He's including contact information for Soldiers who'd like to hear from Americans who support them, too (and yes, I passed along some information about Soldiers' Angels)

Make sure to check it out.

Pacific Ocean (March 10, 2006) – Lt. Joe Baker, left, and Chief Engineman Chris Lisenby assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment Nine is hoisted into a SH-60F Seahawk helicopter, during casting and recovery operations. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently underway in the Western Pacific on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Justin R. Blake

Families United - Chat with a Hero

Families United is proud to announce a new chat...March 14th at 8:00 p.m./EST with Lieutenant Colonel Todd Jacobus, who recently returned from Iraq.

LTC Jacobus, of the Iowa Army National Guard, was headquartered at Camp Ramadi as Commander of the 224th Combat Engineer Battalion from January through December 2005. The 224th Engineer Battalion cleared over 500 improvised explosive devices from cities and road networks in Multi-National Forces West, conducted convoy security escort over 900,000 miles of roadway, increased the survivability of Camps Blue Diamond, Corregidor, Hurricane Point, Korean Village, Korean Village, Al Qaim, and Ar Ramadi, and located scores of weapons caches, and cleared hundreds of tons of ordnance from ammunition supply points in Western Iraq.

Ask a question of LTC Jacobus!

PERIMETER SECURITY — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Darren Vogt, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, performs perimeter security, March 11, 2006, in an area where a recent insurgent attack took place on an oil pipeline near Taji, Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Larson

In Today's News - Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long
that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting
how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights."
-- Felix Frankfurter

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bush: Iraqi Unity Defies Insurgent Violence- Video: Bush Speech
Four Found Hanged in Iraq- Video: Deadly Attacks- Britain to Cut Forces
Iraqi leader warns of civil war threat - Video

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Possible Gov't Violations Recess Moussaoui Case
Sept 11 families protest NYC memorial construction

Other Military News
An Era Ends For Tomcats

Worldwide Wackos
U.N. Deadlocked on Iran
US continues bilateral sanctions on Iran

Little Support for Feingold's Move to Censure Bush- Video: Censuring Bush?
Rice seeks to boost ties with Indonesia on trip

Gives new meaning to "going back home"
Hot and cold running beer...

Other News of Note
Chef Steps Down - Isaac Hayes quits 'South Park'
At least seven dead in wildfires
Video: Scorched Earth
Mad Cow Detected - Alabama cow tests positive
Blood Match in NYC Death- Video: St. Guillen Murder

Fox News
Twister Death Toll Hits 10
Test Done in 1985 Predicted Katrina Levee Failure
Study: Taking Aspirin, Plavix Ups Heart Attack Risk
Stocks to Watch: Lexar Media

Reuters: Top News
Milosevic's son to collect body
Icy "super-Earth" found around faraway star
Ghostly coral bleachings haunt the world's reefs
Outgoing EU consultancy wants to help on Microsoft
Digital in front-row seat theater owners' confab
Nuclear waste: Bury it and forget?
S.Korea aims to cool Internet rage attacks
Marijuana again tied to memory problems
Heart devices may help less women than men: study
Merger enthusiasm fails to lift Dow - Play Video
Merger mania may feed on itself
M&A lifts shares
Capital One to buy North Fork for $14.6 billion
Comcast in talks to buy Disney stake in E!: source
Capital One to buy North Fork for $14.6 bln
P&G profit on track despite sales concerns
French plan would open iTunes to other devices
PGT Inc. files for $150 million IPO
Stocks little changed; oil, rate fears persist
Chipotle shares rise
NYSE Group shares decline
Eli Lilly shares fall on Inet
Statin drug shown to reverse plaque in arteries

AP World News
Archaeologists Find Ancient Israel Tunnels
Black Sabbath, Blondie Enter Rock Hall
Lawyer for Lay Assails Former Enron CFO
No. 1 North Carolina Tops NCAA Seeds
Ex-Game Show Host, Wife Die in Plane Crash
'American Idol' Gets Own Live Pre-Show
Robertson Finds Radical Muslims 'Satanic'
Hall of Fame Coach John Chaney Retiring
Actress Maureen Stapleton Dies at 80
Marine Chief May Retire Early
Bombing Suspects Held in Afghanistan
Britain to Pull 800 Troops From Iraq

CENTCOM: News Releases




Department of Defense
Bush: Terrorists Use IEDs to Avoid Battle - Story
U.S. Strategy Built for New Terror Threats - Story
War on Terror Not Confined to al Qaeda
Current Ops Helps Bolster Joint Training
Biometric Data Keeps Terrorists Behind Bars - Story

Troops in Afghanistan Respond to Attack - Story
Spartans Take Reins in Eastern Afghanistan - Story

Division Commander Visits Baghdad Residents
Ceremony Transfers Base Control to Iraqi Army

'Muleskinners' Assume Joint Logistics Mission
Medical Assistance Visit Aids Bamian Residents

Iraqi Leaders Make Progress
Soldier, Marine Die in Iraq
Iraqi Police Nab Insurgents
Terrorists Kill, Wound Civilians
Troops Find Weapons
Ending IED Threat Remains Priority
8 Suspects Held; Weapons Found
Bomb Kills Marine Near Fallujah
U.S., Iraq Goal: Prevent Civil War
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Vehicle Accident Claims Troop's Life
IED Blast Kills 4 U.S. Troops
Afghanistan Update

Commander: USNORTHCOM Prepared
Bush: Al Qaeda Still Biggest Threat
Bush Signs Patriot Act Extension
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. Army Must Transform
Leaders Outline Force Changes
Report: Reserves Must Transform
U.S. Forces Train Nigerien Troops
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
1558 - Ferdinand I appointed Holy Roman emperor
1559 - Storm floods ravage Gorinchem, Dordrecht & Woudrichem, Netherlands
1590 - Battle at Ivry: French King Henri IV beats Catholic League
1629 - England grants a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony
1644 - England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
1653 - Johan van Galen beats English fleet at Livorno
1689 - Scotland dismisses Willem III & Mary Stuart as King and Queen
1743 - 1st American town meeting (Boston's Faneuil Hall)
1794 - Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin
1800 - Luigi Chiaramonti crowned Pope Pius VII
1812 - Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812
1826 - General Congress of South American States assembles at Panamá
1836 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Australia
1862 - Battle of New Bern, NC: General Burnside conquers New Bern
1864 - Union troops occupy Fort de Russy, Louisiana
1870 - California legislature approves act making Golden Gate Park possible
1900 - Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics; US currency goes on gold standard
1903 - 1st national bird reservation established in Sebastian FL
1909 - Amsterdam Social-Democratic Party (SDP) forms
1912 - King Vittorio Emanuel III of Rome injured during assassination attempt
1914 - Serbia & Turkey sign peace treaty
1915 - German cruiser Dresden blows itself up near coast of Chile
1916 - Battle of Verdun: German attack on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun
1918 - 1st concrete ship to cross the Atlantic (Faith) is launched, San Francisco
1923 - Allies accepts Vilnus taking East-Galicië in Poland
1923 - President Warren G. Harding became 1st President to file income tax report and pay taxes
1936 - Federal Register, 1st magazine of the US government, publishes 1st issue
1937 - Pope Pius XI publishes anti-Nazi-encyclical Mit brennender Sorge
1939 - Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia
1940 - 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen TX
1941 - Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
1945 - RAF bomb cuts railway link Hannover-Hamm
1946 - Belgian government of Spaak, forms
1948 - Freedom Train arrives in San Francisco
1950 - FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
1951 - During Korean War, US/UN forces recapture Seoul; Earthquake at Euskirchen, Germany
1953 - Nikita Khrushchev succeeds Malenkov as Secretary of Communist Party
1955 - Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
1957 - Indonesian government of Sastroamidjojo resigns
1958 - South Africa government disallows ANC
1960 - 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield, CA
1962 - Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France
1964 - Dallas jury sentences Jack Ruby to death for Lee Harvey Oswald murder
1965 - Israeli cabinet approves diplomatic relations with West Germany
1967 - JFK's body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial
1968 - CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA; POM performs atmospheric nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1971 - South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
1973 - Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland
1980 - Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
1983 - OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
1986 - European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)
1990 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
1991 - British Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment; Emir of Kuwait returns to Kuwait City, after the Iraqis leave
1992 - Soviet newspaper "Pravda" suspends publication
1994 - Soyuz TM-21 launches with V Dezyurov, G Strekalov & N Thagard
1995 - 1st time 13 people in space
1997 - Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80

1692 - Peter Musschenbroek, Dutch physician/physicist (Leyden jar)
1782 - Thomas Hart Benton (Representative), "Old Bullion"
1808 - Catharinus Putnam Buckingham, Union Brigadier General
1816 - Montgomery Dent Corse, Confederate Brigadier General
1820 - Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia (1849-61)/Italy (1861-78)
1823 - Roswell Sabine Ripley, Confederate Brigadier General
1833 - John Sappington Marmaduke, Confederate Major General; Lucy Hobbs Taylor, 1st US woman dentist (1866)
1835 - Giovanni V. Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (Mars)
1837 - Charles Ammi Cutter, US librarian (Expansive classification/originated Cutter system)
1844 - King Umberto I of Italy (1878-1900)
1854 - Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist (Nobel-1908); Thomas Riley Marshall, 28th Vice President (1913-21)
1862 - Vilhelm F.K. Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology
1864 - [John] Casey Jones, RR engineer (Ballad of Casey Jones)
1879 - Albert Einstein, (E=mc²/Theory of Relativity, Nobel 1921)
1920 - Hank Ketcham, cartoonist (Dennis the Menace)
1928 - Frank Borman, astronaut (Gemini 7, Apollo 8)/CEO-Eastern Airlines
1934 - Eugene A. Cernan, Captain USN/astronaut (Gemini 9, Apollo 10 17)
1939 - William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS-5)
1947 - Billy Crystal, comedian (Soap, Saturday Night Live, City Slickers); Jan [AJ] te Veldhuis, Dutch MP (VVD); William Jefferson (Representative-LA)
1956 - Natalya Dmitriyevna Kuleshova, cosmonaut
1963 - Pedro Duque, engineer/astronaut (STS 78 alternate, sk-95)
1967 - Edward M. Fincke, Captain USAF/astronaut

1490 - Charles I, Duke of Savoy, dies at 21
1573 - Claude II of Lotharingen, Duke of Aumale/murdered Admiral Coligny
1590 - Philip van Egmont General/Prince of Gavere, dies in battle at 30
1647 - Frederik Hendrik, Count of Nassau/prince of Orange, dies at 63
1757 - John Byng, English Admiral (Minorca), executed at 52
1811 - August Henry Fitzroy, English premier (1768-70), dies at 75
1925 - Walter Camp father of American football, dies at 65
1932 - George Eastman, US industrialist (Kodak-camera), suicide at 77
1953 - Klement Gottwald, Premier/President of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
1973 - Murat B. "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
1986 - Marlin Perkins, TV host (Wild Kingdom) at 80
1989 - Zita, Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
1992 - Steven Brian Pennell, 1st execution in Delaware in 45 years, at 34
1995 - William A. Fowler, US nuclear/astro-physicist (Nobel 1983), dies at 83

Reported Missing in Action
Hilton, Robert L., USAF (MD); HU16B shot down (w/Pleiman)

Klute, Karl Edwin, (IN)

Pleiman, James E., USAF (OH); HU16B shot down (w/Hilton) - remains returned March, 1989

Hamm, James E., USAF (CO); F100D shot down - KIA, body not recovered

Hardy, Arthur Hans, USAF (MA); F4D shot down - remains returned September, 1983