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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Message from a Hero

Dear Soldier Supporter-

I am the Battalion Chaplain of the 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) attached to 10th Mountain Division. You may remember sending some packages, letters, or cards to me when I was in Baghdad, Iraq last year with the 2nd Battalion, 8th (US) Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division. A lot of you wanted to know when and if I ever deployed again. Well, I'm deployed again, but this time to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII. You sent us great stuff last time and I wanted to give you another opportunity again, if you chose to do so.

Our mission here is very different. We have much more contact with some local people and there are many opportunities to help the people of Afghanistan in a real way. My soldiers are doing a great job, and I wanted to see if we couldn't all help them out.

I just wanted to say that even if you don't help this time that it meant a lot to us when you did.

So thank you again.

CH (CPT) Tim Maracle
HHC/37th Engineer Battalion

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FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL — Joanna Hanley of the National Park Service, superintendent of the Flight 93 Memorial, shows Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld images depicting the aircraft’s flight path and crash site during a visit to Shanksville, Pa., March 27, 2006. Looking from behind is Ken Nacke, whose brother, Louis Nacke III, died in the crash. Defense Dept. photo by Donna Miles

In Today's News - Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Quote of the Day
"To be a successful soldier you must know history. . . .
What you must know is how man reacts.
Weapons change but man who uses them changes not at all.
To win battles you do not beat weapons -
you beat the soul of man of the enemy man."
-- General George Patton

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
40 Killed in Mosul Blast- Video: Raging Dispute
Iraq wants US to cede control after raid - Video

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Who Converted to Christianity Seeks Asylum

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Bombshell Testimony
Moussaoui testifies he was to fly plane into White House
Raw Data: Case History (FindLaw pdf)
Fast Facts: Quotes From Moussaoui
Video: Terror on Trial
Video: Before the Bench
Undercover Feds Slip Nuke Materials Across Borders

Immigration Debate
Immigration Battle Rages
Senate committee approves legislation

Reagan Spokesman Lyn Nofziger Dead at 71
Nomination of ex-Dubai Ports official withdrawn
Bush backs Abramoff-linked Montana senator

Supreme Court
Scalia Denies Flipping Finger

Go to bed married, wake up divorced
Dial N for naked
Rejected Greeting Card Ideas Hang in Mo.

Other News of Note
FEC Won't Regulate Internet Politics

Fox News
Minister's Wife Arraigned- Video: Minister Murdered
Fed May Hike Rates Again
Cops: Seattle Rave Shooter 'Intent on Homicidal Mayhem'
Stocks to Watch: Paychex
'Heart-Healthy' Pork?- Video: Pork Good for Heart?
Mom Accused of Kidnapping Children, Posing as Dad
AIDS Drugs Show Promise

Reuters: Top News
Israelis set to vote
Lawyer for Enron's Lay hammers away at witness claim
GM set to begin cutting hundreds of salaried jobs
Fed starts policy meeting, rate hike expected
Temasek buys StanChart stake in Asia drive
Mentor says gets $463 mln bid for unit
Interpublic seeks 'peer-level' growth by 2008
Drugs from llamas? Belgian firm eyes IPO next year
IPO VIEW: Crunch time coming for blank-check companies
Dow dips, Nasdaq up as US investors wary before Fed
Luby's, Charles & Colvard down on Inet
Expected Medicare changes weigh on device shares
MTS forecast drags shares down
Interpublic seeks 'peer-level' growth by 2008
Sopranos whack Nielsen
Reuters Summits: Latin America
GM set to begin cutting hundreds of salaried jobs
NASA restores funds for axed asteroid probe
Fuel leak triggered fire on doomed SpaceX rocket
TimeWarner Cable talks Hits channel with networks
High court to hear landmark eBay patent case
US, African scientists seek biotech answer to hunger
Preschool diet linked to later breast cancer risk
Ex-Village People singer faces jail sentence

AP World News
Israelis Expected to OK West Bank Pullback
NASA Restarts Canceled Asteroid Mission
Gilead AIDS Drugs Show Prevention Promise
Apple CEO Jobs Uses Shares to Pay Taxes
Johansson Tops FHM's 'Sexiest Women' Poll
Boston's Tavarez Punches D-Rays' Gathright
No Committee Yet for Tagliabue Successor
High-Tech Firms Move Into Potato Country
Judge Refuses to Delay New Orleans Vote
Dolphins at Steelers to Open NFL Season
Presidential Helo Schedule 'High-Risk'
US and South Korea Launch War Games

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld Pays Tribute to Flight 93 Heroes - Story - Photos
Rumsfeld: Resolve Needed in Terror War - Story - High-Res Photo
Security Cooperation Essential to Mission
Officials Release More Operation Details - Story
Isolated Facts Distort Iraqi Achievements - Commentary

U.S. Marine-Led Task Force Trains Georgians - Story
Iraqi Unit Completes Independent Mission - Story
Navy Reservist Proud to Have Served in Iraq - Story
Civil Affairs Team Wears Many Hats in Samarra - Story

Joint Use of Aircraft Provide Eyes in the Sky
Medical Clinic Opens Doors on Camp Striker

Citizen Tip Leads to IED in Afghan Mosque

U-2 Maintainers Boast Streaking Hot Record

Marine Band Conductor Breaks Barriers - Story

Company Extends Free Park Visits - Story


Iraqis Want Unity, Security
Iraqi Special Ops Conduct Raid
Rice: Iraq Will Stabilize Region
Operation Scorpion Concludes
Suspects Captured; Weapons Found
Report Provides Hussein Insights
Soldiers Discover Weapons Caches
Forces Focus on Transition - Video
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

Task Force Welcomes Aviators
General Notes Progress
Troops Detain Suspects
Afghanistan Update

Nations United on Iran Policy
Terror: U.S. Must Go 'All the Way'
Bush: Sept. 11 Lessons Still Relevant
Ten Enemies Killed, One Detained
Missile Defense Binds Elements
Commissions May Get New Guidance
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

Sailors Complete VBSS Training
USS Bonhomme Richard Crew Trains
Ships Collide in North Arabian Gulf
Pace Wraps Up Visit - Special Report
Pace Addresses Iraq Concerns
Report Outlines WMD Plan - PDF
Terror War Requires Partnerships
Pace Discusses Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf
Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Today in History
1535 - Bloemkamp Abbey (Oldeklooster) attacked & destroyed
1556 - Karel V's son Philip II crowned king of Spain
1738 - English parliament declares war on Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
1774 - Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts
1794 - Louvre opens to the public (although officially opened since August)
1797 - Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine
1799 - New York State abolished slavery
1804 - Ohio passes law restricting movement of Blacks, 1804
1834 - Senate censures President Jackson for taking federal deposits from Bank of US
1845 - Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US
1849 - Dutch princess Marianne & Prince Albert of Prussia separate
1854 - During the Crimean War, Britain & France declare war on Russia
1862 - Skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia
1885 - US Salvation Army officially organized
1905 - Paramaribo-Dam railway opens in Suriname, never used
1910 - 1st seaplane, takes off from water at Martigues France (Henri Fabre)
1917 - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
1920 - Thomas Masaryk elected President of Czechoslovakia
1922 - 1st microfilm device introduced
1929 - Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador
1930 - Constantinople & Angora changes names to Istanbul & Ankara
1935 - Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket
1939 - Dutch hunter shoots English bombers down
1939 - Spanish Civil War ends - Madrid falls to Francisco Franco
1941 - Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
1942 - 234 RAF bombers attack Lübeck; British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire
1944 - Astrid Lindgren sprains ankle & begins writing Pippi Longstocking
1945 - Last German V-1 (buzz bomb) attack on London
1959 - 11 days after Tibet uprising, China dissolves Tibet's government & installs Panchen Lama
1960 - Scotch factory explodes, burying 20 firefighters (Glasgow Scotland)
1962 - Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees
1967 - UN Secretary General U. Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam
1977 - Morarji Desai forms government in India
1979 - British government of Callaghan falls; Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, PA (no deaths)
1982 - J.N. Duartes christian-democrats win elections in El Salvador
1985 - International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley's Comet
1985 - STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
1986 - Extremist Sikhs kill 13 hindus in Ludhiana, India; John N. McMahon ends term as deputy director of CIA
1990 - President Bush awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal
1993 - Conservatives win French parliamentary election; Type II supernova detected in M81 (NGC 3031)
1994 - Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed; Italy's right-wing alliance under Silvio Berlusconi wins election

1468 - Charles I Duke of Savoy
1515 - Theresa of Avila/Teresa de Jesus, Spanish mystic writer/saint
1615 - Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent/diplomat
1660 - Georg Ludwig, German monarch of Hanover/King George I of Great Britain
1727 - Maximilian III Jozef, Elector of Bayern (1745-77)
1750 - Francisco A.G. de Miranda, Venezuelan freedom fighter
1760 - Thomas Clarkson, English abolitionist (Negro Emancipation)
1806 - Ludolf A.J.W. Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of Netherland Indies (1861-66)
1818 - Wade Hampton, Confederate Lieutenant General
1840 - Mehemed Emin Pasja German explorer/Governor (Equatoria)
1859 - Joséphin Péladan French writer/founder (French Rosicrucians)
1862 - Aristide Briand, French premier (1909-22) (Nobel 1926)
1872 - José Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish General (Morocco)
1910 - Ingrid, Queen Mother of Denmark
1914 - Edmund Sixtus Muskie (Senator-ME), US Secretary of State (1980)
1920 - Gene Chappie (Representative-CA, 1981-86); Lord Butterfield
1928 - Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor (Carter)
1933 - Frank Murkowski (Senator-AK)
1942 - Neil Kinnock, leader of the British opposition (Labour)
1945 - Hans Brunhart, leader of Liechtenstein (1978-93)
1948 - Wubbo J. Ockels, astronaut (STS 22)
1953 - Nydia M. Velazquez (Representative-NY)

0193 - Publius Helvius Pertinax Roman Emperor (192-93), assassinated
0593 - Guntram French, King in Burgundy, dies at about 67
1134 - Stefanus Harding, 3rd abbott of Cîteaux/saint
1285 - Martinus IV [Simon de Brion], Pope (1281-85)
1566 - Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein Austrian diplomat, dies at 79
1799 - Etta L. J. "baronne" Palm-Aelders, Dutch adventurer/spy, dies at 55
1801 - Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (North Holland), dies at 66
1863 - James Cooper, US attorney/senator/Union-Brigadier-General, dies at 52
1868 - James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of Cardigan, dies at about 70
1887 - Ditler G. Monrad, Danish bishop/premier, dies at 75
1942 - Herman A. van Karnebeek, Dutch foreign minister (1918-27), dies at 67
1944 - Rabbi Chayyim, Most Maggid of Kovono, killed by Nazis
1965 - VAA Mary, English princess, dies at 67
1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President/General (WWII), dies in Washington, DC at 78
1973 - Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
1984 - Kenneth Whitty, 1st Secretary at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
1994 - John Logan Gorlay, journalist, dies at 74
1995 - Jack Regan broadcaster, dies at 53
1996 - Charles Barnet "Roscoe" Harvey soldier, dies at 95; Shin Kanemaru Vice President of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81

Reported Missing in Action
The following US Army SF personnel reported MIA after extraction failed following ground action:
Boyer, Alan Lee, (IL)

Brown, George R., (FL)

Huston, Charles G., (OH)

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Archer, Bruce R., USMC (NY); CH46A shot down (w/Montague), released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Major - alive as of 1998

Graham, Dennis L., USAF (KS); F111A shot down (w/MacCann)

Grosse, Christopher A., US Army (TX); seen wounded in ground action

MacCann, Henry E., USAF (MA); F111A shot down (w/Graham)

Montague, Paul J., USMC (KS); CH46A shot down (w/Archer), released by PRG - alive as of 1998

Wallace, Michael W., USN (UT); RF8G shot down - remains returned March, 1989

Belcher, Robert A., USAF (LA); F4D shot down (w/Miller), KIA, body not recovered

Miller, Michael A., USAF (AZ); F4D shot down (w/Belcher), KIA, body not recovered