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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Mayport, Fla. (March 31, 2006) – Sailors stationed aboard the conventionally-powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) participate in a safety, health and wellness stand-down sponsored by Kennedy’s Safety Department. The three-hour event focused on fitness promotions, general health and various aspects of personal and environmental safety. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class William R. Heimbuch

Blogwatch - Michael Yon Heads "Back to War"

Bangkok, Thailand
In the few months since leaving the war, I’ve crisscrossed the United States several times, talking with infantrymen in their twenties and veterans in their eighties, helicopter pilots, special forces soldiers, families and friends of wounded and killed warriors, all for a book about the Deuce Four’s Battle for Mosul. But it’s time to take a break from writing to let the facts and details steep. I’ve headed back to war.

I am writing now from the Middle East, poised to reenter the war in less than 15 hours; this time without the protection of the military...

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HIT PATROL — U.S. Army Spc. Gene R. Bachman (left) and an interpreter patrol through Hit, Iraq, March 23, 2006. Bachman is assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian M. Henner

In Today's News - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Quote of the Day
“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”
-- Colin Powell, US Army General / National Security Advisor /
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Secretary of State

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Saddam Under Fire
Saddam Charged in 1988 Gas Attack on Kurds
Iraqi PM Refuses to End Second Term Bid
Iraqi court throws out charges against CBS cameraman
Reuters Iraq Newsmaker: April 5
Iraq, the media and the story: A debate

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Homeland Sex Sting - DHS official nabbed in online bust
Ex-Sinn Fein Official, British Spy, Found Dead
Rights Group Report Details Alleged CIA Prisons
US readying new counterterror plan

Immigration Protests Persist
Hundreds flood streets
US, Mexico extend crackdown on people smugglers

Hamas Rising
Hamas Tells U.N. It Wants Peace With Israel (Suuuuuuure....)

Bush Hints at Staff Changes
Tom DeLay Announces Resignation From House- Texas Looks for Replacement
Senator Feingold: I Support Gay Marriage
Massachusetts passes ambitious health care plan

Media in the Media
Couric set to exit NBC after 15 years on "Today"

U.N. News
France Opens Oil-for-Food Program Probe
U.N.: Darfur Getting Worse

Will Rent for Sex: Online Ads Offer Rooms for Favors
Paperweight Explodes, Severs Teacher's Hand
"Loyal" donkeys better than wives, says textbook
Nuke plant gets new locks after keys lost

Other News of Note
Levee Breaks Cause Floods in California- Flooding in North Dakota

Fox News
Rioters, Police Clash in France Labor Protests
Stocks to Watch: Monsanto
Netflix Sues Blockbuster to Stop Online Renting
Dinosaur Discovered in Utah Resembled Turkey
Delta Pilots Authorize Strike
New York Sues Pop-Up Advertiser Over Spyware- M'soft: PC Bugs Can Be Fatal

Reuters: Top News
Busy season forecast
Israeli president to endorse Olmert
Bird flu kills 12-year-old in Cambodia
Jesus may have walked on ice, not water: study
Sex tourism thriving in Bible Belt
Lost in American West? You may be billed for rescue
Ginger, pepper treat difficult cancers
Study shows premature babies can feel pain
MSNBC tests ad supported mobile news service
Samsung to sell thinnest cellphone in the US
Alcatel raises Thales stake in satellites deal
Daimler says no decision yet on future EADS stake
Job outlook improves for college graduates: survey
Japan's Aeon sees 11-17 pct profit growth in 06/07
Alcatel raises Thales stake in satellites deal
Australia's Fairfax in Internet push
Japan's TOPIX ends lower, off nearly 15-year high
Insurer CNP shares at record high
HVB confirms placed Lufthansa shares at $18.15
Google shares rise 4 percent on results optimism
St. Jude Medical cuts first-quarter outlook
Resisting takeovers
Sun Capital senses US retail slowdown

AP World News
Thai PM Hands Over Power to Deputy
More Children and Men Getting Fat
Cameron Diaz Wins Suit Over Topless Photos
Maryland Owns Overtime, and NCAA Title
Porn Victim: U.S. Too Slow on Pedophiles
Personal Bankruptcy Filings Plunge
Rangers Win to End Long Playoff Drought
Bonds TV Show Debuts With Talk of Steroids
Jackson: Baseball Needs to Protect Bonds
Republicans Look to Fill DeLay's Seat
Talk of Bases in Iraq Dismissed
Army Faulted for Security Guard Contracts
Evidence Collected From Crash Site
Navy: Pirates Hijack S. Korean Ship
Australia Wants $2 Billion C-17 Deal

CENTCOM: News Releases






Department of Defense
Bush: Elected Iraqis Must 'Do Their Job' - Story
Military, Private Sector Must Work Together - Story
Proceedings Begin for Suspected Terrorist - Story
America Pays Tribute to 'Cap' Weinberger - Story
VA Secretary Lauds Veterans’ Determination - Story
Paralympic Medalist Returns to Roots at Sports Clinic

U.S. Navy Corpsman’s Good Works Live On - Story
Raider Brigade Turns In Excess Equipment - Story
Operation Improves Baghdad Checkpoints - Story
Power Plant Passes to Ministry of Electricity - Story
Deploying Troops Learn Iraqi History, Culture - Story

Heat Injury a Factor as Mercury Rises in Iraq
9th Iraqi Army Conducts Logistics Training
Iraqi Students Benefit from Rebuilding Efforts

Provincial Reconstruction Teams Train for Afghanistan
B-52 Airmen Support Enduring Freedom Ops
Troops Celebrate Women’s History Month

Soldier Wants to Help Iraq’s Quest for Democracy - Story

Group Seeks Fix for Vets' Issues - Story
Troops Spin Wheel on Game Show - Story
Military 'Brats' Thrive

Marine's Body Recovered
Forces Rack Up Recent Successes
Rice Expresses Confidence
Casey: Ops Pressure Terrorists
Eight Marines, One Sailor Killed
2 Insurgents Killed, 8 Captured
Rice Urges Iraqis: Form Government
Officials Confirm Pilot Deaths
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

Troop Deaths Investigated
Attack Kills Bomber, Injures Soldier
Forces Kill Enemy Fighter
Afghan Agency Delivers Rations
Afghanistan Update

Commissions to Resume at Gitmo
More Detainee Transcripts Released
Agency Mission: Reduce WMD Threat
Iran Might Have New Torpedo
Afghans, Pakistanis Attend Seminar
Intel Ops Become More Joint
Terrorists Will Test U.S. Resolve
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

17 Recover After Surviving Crash
No Pay System ID Theft Reported
Coalition Ships Challenge Hijackers
USS Lake Champlain Joins CTF 58
Disabled Vets Attend Sports Clinic
34th BCT Troops Deploy
USS Oak Hill Aids Ship Off Somalia
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Navy 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
2348 BC - Noah's ark grounded, Mount Ararat (calculated date)
0823 - Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I, co-emperor of France
1058 - Bishop John "Minchio", [domkop] elected as Pope Benedictus X
1242 - Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights; Battle on the More of Pskov, Estonia
1603 - New English king James I departs Edinburgh for London
1614 - 2nd parliament of King James I begins session (no enactments); Indian princess Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe
1621 - Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
1648 - Spanish troops/feudal barons strike down people's uprising in Naples
1722 - Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
1739 - French emperor Karel VI signs secret treaty
1751 - Adolf Frederik of Holstein-Gottorp crowns himself king of Sweden
1762 - British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
1768 - 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (New York, NY)
1792 - George Washington casts 1st presidential veto
1806 - Isaac Quintard patents apple cider
1812 - British storm Badajoz fortress, held by French & Spanish
1815 - Eruption of Tambora volcano (Sumbawa Java)
1861 - Federals abandon Fort Quitman, TX
1862 - Siege of Yorktown, VA
1865 - Battle at Amelia Springs/Jetersville, VA (Appomattox Campaign)
1881 - Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty
1887 - Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller
1895 - Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices
1896 - 1st modern Olympic Games officially open in Athens
1900 - Attempted assassination of Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails
1902 - Soccer match riot between Scotland & England kills 25
1908 - British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns
1915 - French begin Woëvre-offensive
1916 - French troops occupy Bois de Caillette
1919 - Polish Army executes 35 young Jews
1923 - Firestone Company puts their inflatable tires into production
1929 - Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact
1935 - Croatian Farmers Party wins Yugoslavian election
1936 - Tupelo, MS virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die
1938 - Anti-Jewish riots break out in Dabrowa, Poland
1939 - Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
1941 - In San Francisco, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
1943 - Poon Lim found after being adrift 133 days; Allies bomb Mortsel
1944 - 140 Lancasters bomb airplane manufacturer in Toulouse
1945 - Kuniaki Koiso resigns as PM of Japan; replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
1949 - 60 year old St Anthony's Hospital burns, kills 77 (Effingham IL)
1950 - Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins
1951 - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, spies, sentenced to death
1955 - Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
1961 - Dutch Governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to an altitude of 54,600 meters
1963 - Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa
1964 - 1st driverless trains run on the London Underground
1965 - Lava Lamp Day celebrated
1967 - ATS II launched but fails to reach orbit
1971 - Mount Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy; Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole; US Lieutenant Wiliam Calley (My Lai Massacre) sentenced to life1973 - Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
1974 - Then tallest building, World Trade Center opens in NYC (110 stories)
1975 - Soyuz 18A launch aborted short of orbit; cosmonauts return safely
1976 - Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes PM of England
1979 - Pioneer 11 launched towards Jupiter; Ex-premier Pol Jar flees Cambodia
1982 - Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falkland Islands war
1983 - France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
1986 - 2 US soldiers & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin discotheque bombing
1989 - David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo; Solidarity granted legal status in Poland
1991 - Kitty Kelly publishes a book knocking Nancy Reagan; Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched; US begins air drops to Kurdish refugees in Northern Iraq; Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
1992 - Peru's President Alberto Fujimori suspends constitution & dissolved Congress
1992 - Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as Thailand's president
1993 - Construction begins on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1996 - Marlon Brando makes anti-semitic remarks about Hollywood on Larry King
1997 - Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)

1643 - Charles V. Leopold, Duke of Lorraine/fieldmarshal in Austria
1649 - Elihu Yale England, philanthropist, founded Yale
1795 - Sir Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghánistán 1838-39)
1822 - James Nagle, Union Brigadier General
1825 - David Rumph "Neighbor" Jones, Confederate Major General
1827 - Joseph Lister, British physician (founded aseptic surgery)
1832 - Jules-François Camille Ferry, French statesman
1839 - Robert Smalls, Black Congressman (Representative-SC, 1875-1887)
1845 - Jules M. Cambon French Governor-General of Algeria/ambassador
1856 - Booker Taliaferro Washington, pioneer educator (1st Black on US stamp)
1857 - Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, ruler of Bulgaria (1879-86)
1908 - Bette Davis, actress with famous eyes (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel)
1914 - Frederick Angus Armstrong, journalist
1919 - Sir Douglas Henley, British auditor-general
1920 - Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch premier (1971-73)
1923 - Nguyen Van Thieu, president of South Vietnam (1965-75); Stanley Orme, chairman (British Labour Party)
1926 - Milton O. Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15)
1927 - John Gilbert, MP
1936 - Michael Livesay, British Admiral/president (RN College Greenwich)
1937 - Colin Powell, General/advisor to President George Bush (Nat Security Affairs)/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)/Secretary of State (2001-2005)
- Peter T. King (Representative-NY)
1949 - Dr. Judith Arlene Resnik, astronaut (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster)
1950 - Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, Ph.D. / astronaut (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75)
1951 - Roosevelt Ferguson, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1955 - Renate Bruemmer, astronaut/cosmonaut

0828 - Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinopel (806-15), dies at about 77
1258 - Julian of Cornillon/Liege, Flemish visionary/saint
1531 - Richard Roose, boiled to death for trying to poison an archbishop
1649 - John Winthrop, 1st Governor Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61
1673 - François Caron, Admiral/Governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72
1693 - Anne M. L. of Orléans, duchess (Grande Mademoiselle), dies at 65
1695 - George Savile, 1st marquis of Halifax, dies at 61
1697 - Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
1794 - Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34; Marie Jean Hérault de Séchelles, French author/politician
1811 - Robert Raikes, founder of Sunday Schools, dies
1869 - Daniel Bakeman, last surviving veteran of the Revolutionary War, dies at 109
1900 - Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African General, dies in battle
1922 - Charles F. A. Woeste Belgian count/minister of Justice, dies at 85
1923 - George Edward Stanhope Molyneúx Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon/egyptologist, dies at 56
1964 - Douglas MacArthur, US General (Pacific theater-WWII), dies at 84
1969 - Rómulo Gallegos Venezuelan author/President (1947-48), dies at 84
1975 - Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist Chinese leader, dies from a heart attack at 87; Victor Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58
1982 - Abe Fortas, Supreme Court Justice, dies at 71
1984 - Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF
1991 - John Tower (Senator-TX), dies in a plane crash at 65; Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter, Jr., USN/astronaut (STS 33), dies at 43
1992 - Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of cancer at 74
1995 - Christian Pineau French politician
1997 - Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP)

Reported Missing in Action
Brown, James William, USMC (TX); KIA/BNR

Parker, Thomas A., USN (IN); UH1E hit by enemy fire while hovering over landing zone, exploded, BNR

Matocha, Donald John, USMC (TX); KIA/BNR

Cropper, Curtis H., USNR (CA); forced to eject when F4B caught fire; Killed, BNR

The following Civilian employees of Gamma Agency of Paris were reported Missing when they were captured in Cambodia:
Caron, Gilles (France)

Hannoteaux, Guy (France)

Visot, Michel (France)

Spengler, Henry M. II, US Army (VA); AH1G shot down (w/Windeler) - remains returned August, 1989

Windeler, Charles C., Jr., US Army (GA); AH1G shot down (w/Spengler) - remains returned August, 1989