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Monday, April 03, 2006

Indian Ocean (March 30, 2006) - A U.S. Navy Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), boards the MV Bhakti Sagar, a motor vessel recently released by Somalian pirates. The boarding came after the Bhakti Sagar requested assistance. During a ship-to-ship transfer, Oak Hill provided approximately 3000 gallons of fresh water, 110 pounds each of flour and rice, processed meat and two cases of meals ready-to-eat (MRE’s). The 15-man Indian crew also received a hot meal from the ship’s galley and 3,900 gallons of JP5 diesel fuel and medical supplies. USS Oak Hill is currently underway in the Indian Ocean conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Daniel K. Gay

Cargo Plane Crashes Near Delaware Military Base

Monday, April 03, 2006

DOVER, Del. — A C-5 cargo plane carrying 17 people crashed near Dover Air Force base early Monday, state officials said. There was no immediate word on fatalities.

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Today in History - April 3rd

0419 - [Etalius] ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1043 - Edward the Confessor crowned king of England
1376 - Battle of Navarrete (Najera), English beat France
1559 - Spain & France sign 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
1582 - French van Valois honored as duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen
1645 - English parliaments accept Self-Denying Ordinance
1657 - English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown
1764 - Austrian arch duke Jozef crowns himself Roman Catholic king
1776 - Washington receives honorary degree from Harvard College
1783 - Sweden & US sign a treaty of Amity & Commerce
1790 - Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard), created
1848 - Thomas Douglas becomes 1st San Francisco public teacher
1856 - Gunpowder in church explodes, killing 4,000 in Rhodos
1860 - Pony Express begins between St Joseph, MO & Sacramento, CA
1864 - Skirmish at Okolona, AR
1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, VA & Petersburg, VA; Battle at Namozine Church, VA (Appomattox Campaign)
1882 - Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks
1910 - Highest mountain in North America, Alaska's Mount McKinley, climbed
1918 - House of Representatives accepts "American Creed" written by William Tyler
1919 - Austria expels all Habsburgers
1922 - Stalin appointed General Secretary of Communist Party
1925 - Great Britain goes back to gold standard; Netherlands & Belgium sign accord of Westerschelde
1926 - 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard; Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
1927 - Interstate Commerce Commission transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone
1929 - Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact
1930 - Ras Tafari becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1933 - 1st airplane flight over Mount Everest
1941 - Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion; Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
1944 - Supreme Court (Smith vs. Allwright) rules "white primaries" unconstitutional; British dive bombers attack battle cruiser Tirpitz
1945 - Hengelo freed from nazi control by Canadian army; Nazis begin evacuation of camp Buchenwald; US 1st army conquers Hofgeismar
1946 - Netherlands-German postal relations resume
1948 - Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
1949 - North Atlantic Treaty, pact signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
1952 - Dutch Queen Juliana speaks to US Congress
1955 - Fire in cinema to Sclessin Belgium, kills 39; Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300
1956 - Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated; German war criminals Hinrichsen/Rühl/Siebens/Viebahn are freed
1958 - Fidel Castro's rebels attack Havana
1960 - Earthquake at Havré, Belgium
1962 - Lieutenant General Marshall S. Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1964 - US & Panamá agree to resume diplomatic relations
1965 - 1st atomic powered spacecraft (SNAP) launched
1966 - Luna 10 orbits Moon
1968 - North Vietnam agrees to meet US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks
1974 - 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states in the east, south & midwest killed approximately 315
1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with President Jimmy Carter; Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time
1978 - European market & China signs trade agreement
1979 - Belgium's Martens government forms; Jane M. Byrne (D) elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, IL
1981 - Race riots in London's Brixton area
1982 - UN Security Council demands Argentina's withdrawal from Falkland Islands
1984 - Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7; Guinea suspends constitution after coup
1985 - French government adopts equal electoral system
1986 - US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
1988 - Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
1991 - UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution

1367 - Henry IV Bolingbroke Lincolnshire, King of England (1399-1413)
1438 - John III van Egmont [Manke John], viceroy of Holland
1715 - John Hanson, 1st US President under Articles of Confederation
1783 - Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle)
1798 - Charles D. Wilkes, Commander (Union Navy)
1812 - Louisa Maria, Queen of the Belgians (1832-50/wife of Leopold I)
1842 - Ulric Dahlgren, Union Colonel
1858 - Matthew Ricketts, 1st Black man elected to Nebraska State Legislature
1866 - James B. Hertzog, South African General/premier (1914-39)
1881 - Alcide de Gasperi Italian premier (1945..53)
1885 - Harry St. John Philby [sheik Abdullah], British explorer
1900 - Camille Chamoun, President of Lebanon
1924 - Marlon Brando, actor (Superman, Godfather)
1926 - Virgil Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel USAF/astronaut (Merc 4, Gemini 3)
1930 - Lawton Chiles (Senator/Governor-FL)
1932 - Nourse, British lord justice
1933 - Robert K. Dornan (Representative-CA,)
1939 - Malcolm Thornton, MP
1945 - Wim J. Deetman, Dutch minister of education/MP (CDA)
1946 - Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President (México, 1988-94)
1948 - Jaap G. de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch MP (CDA)
1955 - Aleksandr Nikolayevich Yablontsev, Russian Lieutenant-Colonel/cosmonaut

- Christ crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)
0628 - Chosroes II, emperor of Persia (579..628), murdered by his son
1287 - Honorius IV [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87)
1862 - James Clark Ross, Arctic explorer
1882 - Jesse James, outlaw, shot dead at 34 in St. Joseph, MO by Robert Ford
1936 - Bruno Hauptmann, convicted Lindbergh baby killer, executed
1941 - André Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88; Pal Teleki-von Szek PM Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), suicide at 61
1946 - Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
1950 - Carter G. Woodson, "father of black history", dies in Washington DC at 74
1951 - Johannes C. Kielstra, Dutch economist/Governor (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
1956 - T. Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
1960 - Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
1993 - Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
1994 - Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
1996 - Carl Stokes, 1st Black mayor of a major US city (Cleveland OH); Christopher John Seward, aid worker, dies at 45; Ronald Harmon Brown, US Secretary of Commerce, dies in an accident at 54

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA in a single incident:
Morgan, Herschel S., (NC); RF101 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Smith, George C., (MO); F100D shot down

Vohden, Raymond A. (NJ); F4C shot down released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - alive as of 1998

Laws, Richard Lee, USN (CA); F8E shot down, KIA/BNR

Hardy, John Charles, USAF (MO); remains recovered April, 1968

Rexroad, Ronald Reuel, USAF (IL); RF4C shot down

Thomas, James C., USMC (AZ); disappeared while on patrol

Ecklund, Arthur G., US Army (AZ); O1G disappeared while on mission (pilot, w/Jefferson)

Jefferson, Perry H., US Army (CO); O1G disappeared while on mission (observer, w/Ecklund)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Christensen, Allen D. (SD); crew chief

O'Neil, Douglas L. (NJ); pilot (some records show O'Neill)

Williams, Edward W. (FL); gunner

Zich, Larry A. (NE); co-pilot

Also reported MIA this day in 1972:
Henderson, William Joseph, USAF (TX); OV10A shot down while searching for crash survivors (see post from yesterday)

Muren, Thomas Richard, USN (CA); drowned


FIRING POSITION — Weapons squad leaders from the 101st Airborne Division conduct a machine gun training course for Iraqi Army soldiers at Forward Operating Base Summerall, March 29, 2006. The course gave the Iraqi Army soldiers the opportunity to zero their PKC machine guns and to learn the fundamentals of different firing positions. Here an Iraqi Army soldier takes aim in the standing position. U.S Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

In Today's News - Monday, April 3, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We are where we are today with Iraq because Saddam Hussein and his regime have repeatedly violated the trust of the United Nations, his people and his neighbors, to such an extent as to pose a grave danger to international peace and security... it is not a matter of time, it is a matter of telling the truth... We will have to take that next step, and history will judge us as to whether or not we have the strength, the fortitude and the willingness to take that next step."

- US Secretary of State Colin Powell, January 26, 2003

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Jill Carroll Returns Home
Rice, Straw Urge Iraqi Government To Move Quickly
Car Bombs in Iraq Kill One
Wolfowitz looks at opening World Bank Iraq office
Violence Between Shiites, Sunnis Escalates
Gunmen Kill Shiite Family of 4 in Iraq
Bodies of Helo Pilots Recovered.
Lone U.S. Soldier Remains Missing (Sunday marks two years since Army Reserve Sgt. Keith Matthew "Matt" Maupin was reported MIA in Iraq)

Operation Enduring Freedom
US sees more Afghan violence as NATO expands

Hamas Rising
Hamas says it has met French, Indian officials

AP Poll: Majority Supports Legal Status for Immigrants (Guess I'm in the minority here - provided, of course, that this poll isn't as questionable as most are)
Sen. Graham on 'FNS'- Senate Prepares for Vote
Frist Wants Immigration Vote This Week

Worldwide Wackos
Iran Says it Has Fired Missile That Destroys Ships
Iran says UN council risks worsening dispute

Ex-Sen. Helms Has Dementia
Bolten to Breathe Fresh Life Into White House Team
New White House tactic: Let Bush Be Bush
Bush likely to nominate Paulison as FEMA head

News from My Neck of the Woods
Motorist Opens Fire on Hell's Angels (Yep, Connecticut...a cut above)

Other News of Note
Storm Surge - 19 dead, 300,000 without power
Storms Kill One in North Dakota, Cause Tornadoes Across Midwest
Storms, Tornadoes Sweep Through Midwest
Colo. Fires Burn 1,300 Acres

Fox News
Two Dead, Four Missing After SUV Plunges Into Ohio River
Alcatel-Lucent Merger Set
Teamsters OK Sikorsky Deal

Reuters: Top News
Greens, industry clash again on EU biotech policy
Mapquest unveils navigation help on mobile phones
Nokia says new smartphones late
Sexy media a siren call to promiscuity: study
France's Alcatel to buy Lucent for $13.4 bln
GM may announce sale of GMAC stake to Cerberus
Consortium launches its agreed $9 bln bid for VNU
Greek bank to buy large Finansbank stake -source
France's Alcatel to buy Lucent for $13.4 bln
Consortium launches its agreed $9 bln bid for VNU
Alcatel deal helps European shares jump
Wall St set for upbeat start; Lucent, GM in focus
Alcatel shares jump on Lucent tie-up
Nikkei, TOPIX hit multi-year highs after tankan
Tupperware to gain on brand revamp: Barron's

AP World News
Report Says Airline Service Has Suffered
Transit Strike in Denver Strands Thousands
Poll: Cell Phones Irritating, Invaluable
Obesity Epidemic Hits Child Safety Seats
Hollywood Studios to Sell Movies Online
ChiSox Beat Indians 10-4 After Rain Delay
Bonds and Bush Highlight MLB Openers
Family, Friends and Fans Honor Buck Owens
Scientists Focus on Warming Disasters
O'Hare Set for Largest-Ever U.S. Expansion
Troops Armor Up With Bulletproof Glass
Future U.S. Air Strikes Questionable
Former General Says Rumsfeld Should Quit
Naval Academy Pitched Into Soul Searching on Treatment of Women
Can Iraq's Militias be Tamed?
Real American Heroes - Six Inches Tall
Families Seek Remembrance of Iraq Liberation Day
Rice, Straw Warn Iraq to End Impasse
British to Discuss 'Inevitable' Strike on Tehran's Nukes

CENTCOM: News Releases




Department of Defense
Officials Confirm Deaths of Apache Pilots - Story
Helicopter Goes Down Near Baghdad
Rice Urges Iraqis to Form Government - Story
General Lauds Troops, Thanks Americans - Story
Division Curbs Baghdad Violence Transcript Video
Soldiers Must Wear Only Approved Armor - Story

New Guantanamo Commander Takes Charge - Story
Guard Force Works Through Challenges
Outgoing Commander Reflects on Mission
9th Iraqi Army Conducts Logistics Training - Story
B-52 Airmen Support Enduring Freedom Ops - Story

Iraqi Students Benefit from Rebuilding Efforts
Army’s Bastogne Soldiers Train Iraqi Platoon
800 Iraqis Enlist During Army Recruiting Drive

Troops Celebrate Women’s History Month
Troops Bring Medical Care to Afghan Villagers
High School Reopens in Nangarhar Province
New School Brings Hope to Dacodadad Villagers

Sailor Proud to Have Served in Iraq - Story

'Clutch' Entertains in Pacific Rim - Story

Three Soldiers, One Marine Killed
'Operation Cowpens' Continues
Official Clarifies Raid Details
Pace: Support Capacity Important
Terrorist Cell Leader Captured
Bush: U.S. Will Leave, 'Not Retreat'
UAV Kills 3 Bomb-Planting Terrorists
Forces Secure Safety of Pilgrims
Suspects Nabbed, Hostages Rescued
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

Forces Kill Enemy Fighter
Afghan Agency Delivers Rations
Task Force Welcomes Aviators
Afghanistan Update

Intel Ops Become More Joint
Attack Kills Bomber, Injures Soldier
Terrorists Will Test U.S. Resolve
New Threats Mean New Deterrence
DoD Committed to Stop WMD Spread
Vice Chairman Topic: War of Ideas
Court Hears Gitmo Arguments
Rumsfeld Topic: War of Ideology
Resolve Needed in Terror War
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

VA Facilities Welcome Women Vets
Airmen Establish Security Ties
Web Site Features Health Studies
Iraqi Freedom Vets Proud to Serve
Program Aids Employers, Reservists
Navy Assists Rescue in Bahrain
Military Health System Transforms
Most Will See Pay Hike With NSPS
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