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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Marine Helicopter Squadron 268

U.S. Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) walk off the flightline at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, after their flight May 12, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris

U.S. Marine hospital corpsmen from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) prepare for casualty evacuations at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, May 12, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris

Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters launch from Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, May 12, 2006. The helicopters belong to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward). U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris

A Marine crew chief looks out the window of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during a casualty evacuation at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, May 12, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris

A bell used to alert for casualty evacuations is hung within close reach at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, May 11, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris

Crewmembers from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Foward, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, run to their CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during a casualty evacuation at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, May 13, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris

Talking With Heroes - June 4th


Back from the Fronts
Welcome Back Home Troops Event
June 4, 2006 at The City Auditorium

Colorado Springs, Colorado: A coalition of organizations in Colorado Springs including The American Legion, VFW, The Military Affairs Division of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Intermountain Coach and the nationally broadcast Talking with Heroes Talk Show announces Back from the Fronts for 2:00pm (mst) on June 4, 2006 at the City Auditorium 221 East Kiowa Street Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The purpose of Back from the Fronts is to thank all of our military personnel in the area for their service to our country. A limited number of Free Tickets will be available military personnel at all the bases in Colorado Springs and for Veterans. There will be an announcement at the event on how many tens of thousands in Colorado Springs will be able to see an edited version of this event at a later date.

The first hour of this June 4th event will have speakers making statements of support and thanks for our military personnel.

Speakers include Vice-Mayor of Colorado Springs Larry Small, El Paso County Commissioner District 3 Sallie Clark, American Legion State Department Commander J. R. "Jim" Kent, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary President Department of Colorado Sue Patterson, Colorado VFW State Senior Vice Commander Earl J. Havens, State President Department of Colorado VFW Ladies Auxiliary Patricia Garcia, President of the Military Affairs Division of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Brian Binn, Director of Public Relations/Media, Adelphia Cable and Elected Public Official, School District 11 Board of Directors, Sandra Mann.

The second hour of Back from the Fronts will have three entertainers: Kenny Giordano will begin the entertainment part of this event and sing On Your Birthday” (Light a Candle). Norsia Harrison, a former soldier himself will sing "Say a Prayer for the Soldiers" and other Support Our Troops songs. Also returning to Colorado Springs will be Mr. Elliott James singing "The Eagle" and Other Songs. Elliott James was one of the entertainers at last years July 3rd concert at Ft Carson's Iron Horse Park.

Back from the Fronts will air LIVE Globally on the Nationally Broadcast Talking with Heroes Talk Show with HOST Bob Calvert. Talking with Heroes is a talk show that started from Colorado Springs in Dec. 2005. Talking with Heroes is not about politics. Each week Military Personnel share their stories of helping the people in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of the world where our military serve. Other guests are from organizations like the VFW and American Legion, companies, entertainers like Charlie Daniels, and others who talk about what they do to support our troops. Military Personnel are listening in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Back from the Fronts is part of a national campaign by many veterans, military support groups, companies and organizations across the country to go beyond politics and send a clear message to our troops and their families that we in American thank them for their sacrifices and their service.

More information on this event is on the Talking with Heroes Talk Show website (Click on Talk Show Schedules, then on the June 4th event).

For More Information:
Bob Calvert, Talk Show Host
MILITARY WORKING DOG — Baro, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, searches for a hidden box of ammunition during a training exercise in Al Asad, Iraq, May 23, 2006. Baro is one of several Military Working Dogs deployed to Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke

In Today's News - Saturday, June 3, 2006

Quote of the Day
"No one should pass an American in uniform without saying
'Thank you, we are grateful.' Always mindful that they are prepared
to risk all their dreams so that all of us can reach ours.”

- Secretary of Defense William Cohen
at the Memorial Ceremony for servicemembers
lost in the bombing of the USS Cole.

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Soldier Gives Wounded CBS Reporter Purple Heart

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Chertoff quizzed on anti-terror cuts

Troops on Trial
Furor grows over civilian deaths in Iraq
No Misconduct (Ishaqi. Hmm...I wonder if this'll get the same level of coverage the accusations do...)
Eight Troops May Be Charged With Murder of Iraqi Man
Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Gets 90 Days Hard Labor
Haditha probe forces soldier's family to relive death - Video (Just goes to show you how much time they've spent getting the Marines' side of the story - talk to a Marine for five seconds, and they'll let you know - Marines are Marines, not Soldiers)

Other Military News
Vets warned of possible virus exposure

Worldwide Wackos
Iranian Prez: West Won't Deprive Us of Nuclear Tech

Politics / Government
N.Y. Pol Apologizes for 'Beyond Dumb' Bush Crack
Video: Dumb Comment?
Bush promoting ban on gay marriage
House to vote on Senate decency bill next week

Hurricane Season
Nine Atlantic hurricanes seen in 2006
Video: But Are We Ready?

News from My Neck of the Woods
Private Jet Crashes in Connecticut, 2 Killed

Couple Allegedly Ordered Hit On Own Grandkids
Pilot Fights Snake on Plane
Man Who Put Dead Mouse in Burrito to Serve Prison Time
Now that's classic rock
Court bars man from seeing dog
Fans bid for handbag that made rugby player cry

Other News of Note
Bikini Killer Mystery
Video: News Conference
Police: Man used slain student's ATM card
Video: Clemson Coed Killed
Massacre Suspect Still Loose
Cops foiled in search for main suspect
Video: Indiana Massacre

Fox News
News Groups Agree to Pay in Wen Ho Lee Case
FBI: Internet Firms Should Hold Records for 2 Years
FDA: Restaurants Should Shrink Portions
1,500-Acre Arizona Wildfire Spurs Evacuations
Dell Adding Up to 1,000 Jobs
Space Center
Video Gaming Center

Reuters: Top News
Enron-type scrutiny (Fannie Mae)
Nations resist new financial commitments on AIDS - Video
Deal reached on Columbia River pollution study
Dried-up figs may have been humanity's first crop
U.S. leads rise in 2004 greenhouse gas emissions
YouTube upgrade turns one-hit wonders into stars
Study finds companies snooping on employee e-mail
Allstate settles insurance lawsuit in Texas
Harvard makes ambitious life sciences gamble
Restaurants should promote healthy foods: report
Hospitals prepare for growing ranks of obese
Uri Geller's Elvis museum plan dealt setback
Weak jobs may mean Fed brakes -- for slow economy
Wal-Mart says store upgrades are paying off
Workers look to cash in on mining industry riches
Revlon says main brand not fully meeting its goals
US FDA panel backs Bristol-Myers leukemia drug
US Newspapers' online ad revenue rises 35 pct
Stocks hope for a gentle slowdown
Micron says ready to raise offer for Lexar
Blue chips drop on worry economy may be slowing - Video
Staffing company shares slip after jobs report
Revlon hits new low as sales weak, offer deferred - Video
Dour market goes for alcohol
Housing futures flag a cool-down
Reuters Select Stock Screens
Value Investing Newsletter

AP World News
Employers add fewer new jobs in May
Fake ID sellers dismiss tamperproof push
JetBlue wins air-ground wireless license
Some women disappointed in ABC's Vargas
Heat eliminate Pistons in Game 6 rout
USC QB won't face sexual assault charges
Doctors say futile cancer treatment rising
Wade in lineup despite flu-like symptoms
Ice Cube returns to rap with new album
Microsoft, Adobe Systems in ongoing spat
Blake advances to 3rd round at French Open
Russia music Web site upsets music execs
Blog: Aftermath of the Kabul Riots
Blog: Set Cammos to Vibrate
Joint Strike Fighter Delay Feared

CENTCOM: News Releases


Department of Defense
Alleged Incidents Don't Reflect Majority - Story
Commander Orders Core Values Training
Iraqi Democracy Continues to Progress - Story
Unity Government Fosters Encouragement
Midshipmen Affirm Their Commitment to Serve - Story

Soldiers See Army Success as 'Ticket Home' - Story - On Assignment
Coalition Mission Delivers Meals to Sadr City - Story
Wildlife Awareness Needed with Summer Heat - Story

Iraqi Soldiers Deliver Donated School Supplies
‘Lava Dogs’ Hand Off Ops to ‘Chosin Few’
Marine Mechanics Keep Vehicles in the Fight
Sailors Save Iraqi's Life in Oil Platform Fire

Afghan Army, Coalition Celebrate New Bridge
Engineers Improve Bagram Pedestrian Route

Father, Son Reunite in Iraqi Desert - Story

Group Cares for Troops' Cats - Story

Soldiers Discover Weapons Caches
Ramadi Solution Up to Iraq
Terrorist Leaders Nabbed in Ops
2 Troops Killed; Bodies Recovered
Report Cites Successes, Challenges
Haditha Investigation Continues
Renewal In Iraq
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

Insurgents Bomb Yaqubi Bazaar
Symposium Topic: IEDs
Convoy Accident Incites Unrest
Unit in Afghanistan Honors Troops
Afghanistan Update

NORTHCOM 'Truly Impressive'
Grads Ready to Defend Freedom
Cooperation Vital to Security
Reagan Concludes Arabian Gulf Ops
U.S., U.K. to Increase Intel
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

Defense Officials Identify Casualties - 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
- Christian Crusaders seize Antioch, in Turkey.
1539 - Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain.
1861 - Union troops defeat Confederats at Philippi, WV.
1864 - The Battle of Cold Harbor continues for a third day.
1884 - John Lynch is chosen as the first black major-party national convention chair (Republican)
1916 - Congress establishes ROTC.
1918 - The Supreme Court rules child labor laws unconstitutional.
1925 - The Goodyear "Pilgrim" makes the first enclosed-cabin airship flight.
1949 - Wesley Anthony Brown becomes the first black US Naval Academy graduate.
1959 - The first U.S. Air Force Academy graduation.
1965 - Gemini 4 is launched.
1966 - Gemini 9 is launched.
1976 - The U.S. is presented with the oldest known copy of the Magna Carta.
1989 - Chinese troops shoot and kill hundreds (perhaps thousands) of demonstrating students in Tiananmen Square.

1808 - Jefferson Davis, Confederate President
1844 - Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th U.S. Vice President
1865 - King George V of England
1904 - Dr Charles Drew, pioneer of blood plasma preservation/first director of the Red Cross blood bank

- Japanese giant salamander, oldest amphibian at 55, in Dutch zoo
1963 - Pope John XXIII

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their AC47 ("Puff the Magic Dragon") was shot down:
Kryszak, Theodore E. (NY)

Martin, Russell D. (IA)

Mullins, Harold E. (CO)

Rose, Luther L. (TX)

Smith, Harding E. (CA)

Warren, Ervin (PA)

The following personnel reported MIA when their CH46A was shot down on an extraction mission:
Bodden, Timothy R., USMC (IL)

Cius, Frank E., USMC ; released by PRG March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Dexter, Ronald J., US Army SF (TX); Passenger, died in captivity July, 1967 per fellow POW

Gardner, John G., USMC (NC)

Hanson, Stephen Paul, USMC (CA);

Laney, Billy R., US Army SF (FL); passenger

Also reported MIA this day in 1967:
Kearns, Joseph Thomas, Jr., USAF (NY); B57B crashed (w/Springston) - remains returned August, 1988

Springston, Theodore, Jr., USAF (CA); B57B crashed (w/Kearns)