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Sunday, June 18, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different...

What do you get when you cross 101 bottles of Diet Coke, 523 Mentos, two guys with a lot of time on their hands, and a video camera?


If you're having trouble getting it to play, it can also be found here.

'Cool Carpet' Bridges Relationships

Iraqi Army Cpl. Husein Abass Husein unloads a box of prayer rugs for a local mosque during Operation Cool Carpet at Gharmah, Iraq, June 9, 2006. The operation involved the efforts of Marines with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and soldiers from the Iraqi Army to deliver the rugs along with two new air conditioning units. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Skelton

A group of council members came to admire the new air conditioning units and prayers rugs given to a local mosque during Operation Cool Carpet at Gharmah, Iraq, June 9, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Skelton

U.S. Marine Sgt. Juan J. Mendez and a local Iraqi man carry in a new air conditioner for a local mosque during Operation Cool Carpet at Gharmah, Iraq, June 9, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Skelton

U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Patrick M. Lynch directs Iraqi soldiers where to set up security during Operation Cool Carpet at Gharmah, Iraq, June 9, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Skelton

A local Iraqi man comes to thank the U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and soldiers from the Iraqi Army during Operation Cool Carpet at Gharmah, Iraq, June 9, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Skelton

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Rudolph A. Gonsior keeps watch as Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment work alongside soldiers from the Iraqi Army during Operation Cool Carpet at Gharmah, Iraq, June 9, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Skelton

Special Father's Day Greetings to All Our Deployed Dads!

How Can I Touch You When You're Far Away?

How can I touch you when you're far away?
A poem is not as salient as a kiss.
Poems but poorly presences convey,
Perhaps because of all that words must miss.
Yet write I must because you are not here,
Father farther from my eyes than heart,
A face more frequent than it might appear,
Tempered by the tyrannies of art.
How might I be with you in ways that are
Equal to the passion of my yearning,
Reaching for a grace beyond the bar
'Ere there's any word of your returning.
So may the time between us quickly pass,
Days of longing that long cannot last,
A time when but through words we may embrace,
Yet know that soon we will be face to face.

(c) Nicholas Gordon
for more of the author's poetry, click here


And to all Dads near and far (including my Sarge-in-law),
a very happy Father's Day to you all.


LOGISTICS SUPPORT — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Curtis (left) and Spc. Norberto Preciado conduct a slingload operation to resupply a forward patrol base in Iraq. The soldiers are assigned to Company E, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which provides logistics support in the Multinational Division–Baghdad area of operations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Mark Whiteman
Story - Lead Photo Archive

In Today's News - Sunday, June 18, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Men often oppose a thing merely because
they have no agency in planning it, or because
it may have been planned by those whom they dislike."
-- Alexander Hamilton

News of Note
Bye-Bye Zarqawi
Lessons Learned Post-Zarqawi

Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. Searches for Missing Soldiers
'Triangle of Death' targeted
Video: Two Soldiers Missing
Insurgents Kill 31 in Iraq
Bush urges nations to keep Iraq pledges

Operation Enduring Freedom
Forces Kill 45 in Taliban Camps Across Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror
International Peacemakers Agree on Palestinian Aid Plan
Palestinian Funneling to Continue- Video: Hamas, Fatah Meet
International sponsors OK Palestinian aid
Book argues Al Qaeda planned NYC gas attack
Russian police kill Chechen rebel leader

Other Military News
Vt. program allows vets to get diplomas

Worldwide Wackos
U.S., Japan Urge North Korea to Not Test-Fire Missile
N. Korea Denies Missile Prep
Japan warns N.Korea amid signs missile test imminent

Politics / Government
Blanco signs law that would ban abortions
GOP contenders court activists in Iowa
N.M. GOP gubernatorial candidate quits

Woman Charged for Attacking Breeder With Dead Dog

Other News of Note
Laptop with D.C. workers' data stolen

Fox News
Two in Fair Condition After Oregon Climbing Accident
Shuttle Flight Set for July 1
Skilling: I Thought of Suicide
Five Teenagers Killed in New Orleans Shootout
Video: H5 Avian Flu Virus Found in Canadian Goose
Ghana Upsets Czechs
700 Protest Iran Match
Full World Cup Coverage at

Reuters: Top News
Kazakhstan puts its first satellite into space
Greenland seeks to hunt humpback, bowhead whales
Ex-Beatle McCartney learns what it's like to be 64
Stars and communism meet at Shanghai Film Festival
Investors ignore warnings in volatile markets
Wall Street keeps eye on stocks, not soccer
Web auctions, the new jackpot for middle Americans
Starbucks targeted by group over high-fat products
Boston Scientific shares up on court ruling
Adelphia judge approves break-up fee
Stock bulls hope rebound has legs
Stocks fall as Fed talk stirs rate jitters - Video
Boston Scientific shares up on court ruling
Hemosol shares dive as ProMetic court date set
Mirant says not considering other acquisitions
On the radar: Iris International
Investors ignore warnings

AP World News
Actress Heigl of 'Grey's Anatomy' engaged
Edmonton forces Game 7 in Stanley Cup
Mickelson poised for 3rd straight major
NASA, despite dissent, sets shuttle date
Teach for America surging in popularity
Pomp marks Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday
Pet cemetery to dig up 1,000 animals
Was the Britney-to-Namibia story a hoax?
Girl Scouts meet in prison, with fathers
Pregnancy boosts endangered rhino project
Gypsy women confront Czechs on ugly legacy

CENTCOM: News Releases


Department of Defense
Civil Affairs Soldiers Help Baghdad Citizens - Story
Logistics Team Supports 'First Strike' Troops - Story
U.S. Army MPs Mentor Afghan National Police - Story
Soldiers Complete Combat Lifesavers Course - Story
Iraqi Police Improve Map Skills - Story

Darkhorse Marines Secure Road to Ramadi
Troops Deliver Water to Bedranri Village
'Rocket Man' Rocks Insurgents in Ramadi

Engineer Reflects on Second Afghan Deployment
Task Force Celebrates Army’s 231st Birthday

146 USS George Washington Sailors Now U.S. Citizens

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
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

Afghanistan Update

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

Officials Identify Army Casualties - Story

DefendAmerica Week in Review
Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

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


This Day in History
1178 - Canterbury monks report an explosion on the moon; believed by some to be the time of the origin of the moon's Giordano Bruno crater.
1778 - British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia.
1812 - War of 1812 begins - The U.S. declares war on Britain.
1815 - Napoleon is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.
1822 - Part of the American-Canadian boundary is determined.
1863 - Confederates race to fortify Vicksburg.
1864 - General U.S. Grant ends four days of assaults at Petersburg.
1872 - Woman's Sufferage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall
1873 - Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote for President.
1940 - Winston Churchill makes his Battle of Britain / "finest hour" speech.
would remember that "this was their finest hour"
1942 - Bernard W. Robinson becomes the first black U.S. Navy ensign.
1945 - William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason.
1948 - The National Security Council authorizes covert operations for the first time; the UN Commission on Human Rights adopts the International Declaration of Human Rights.
1953 - Egypt is proclaimed a republic; a USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
1956 - Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt
1959 -The first telecast is transmitted from (England to U.S.).
1968 - The Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.
1977 - The Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft (fixed to a Boeing 747).
1981 - Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires.
1982 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is extended by the Senate.
1983 - The 7th Shuttle Mission, Challenger 2, is launched. Aboard is the first U.S. woman astronaut, Sally Ride.
1983 - The IRA's Joseph Doherty is arrested in NYC.
1991 - President Zachary Taylor's body is exhumed to assess cause of death.

1877 - James Montgomery Flagg illustrator "I want you" recruiting poster
1926 - Tom Wicker columnist (NY Times)
1937 - John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (Sen-III) ; Vitali M. Zholobov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 21)

1974 - Georgi Zhukov, WWII Russian Marshal
1975 - Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz, Saudi prince, beheaded (in a shopping center parking lot in Riyadh) for killing his uncle, the king

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel killed in the collision of 2 B-52s - bodies not recovered:
Armond, Robert L. (CA)

Gehrig, James M., Jr. (PA)

Lowry, Tyrrell G. (OR)

Neville, William E. (CA)

Roberts, Harold J., Jr. (OR)

Watson, Frank P. (OK)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their OH23 disappeared while on mission:
Guillory, Edward J. (LA)

Lemmons, William E. (ID)

McKittrick, James C. (SC)

Ravencraft, James Alvin, US Army (OH); Remains recovered February, 1969

Drake, Carl Wilson, USAF (OH); F4E shot down (w/Drake), KIA, body not recovered

Green, James A., US Army (OK); KIA, body not recovered

McLamb, Harry Lawrence, USAF (GA); F4E shot down (w/McLamb), KIA, body not recovered

The following Killed when their EKA3B developed mechanical problems and crashed into Tonkin Bay; bodies not recovered
Bidwell, Barry A., USN (PA)

DeBlasio, Raymond V., USN (NY)

Painter, John R., Jr. , USN (MA)

The following USAF personnel KIA when their AC130A was shot down, remains ID'd October, 1994
Ayres, Gerald F.(DE)

Cole, Richard M., Jr. (NY)

Danielson, Mark G. (CO)

Gilbert, Paul F. (TX)

Harrison, Robert H. (NY)

Hunt, Leon A. (KY)

Klinke, Donald H. (CA)

Lehrke, Stanley L. (CA)

Mercer, Jacob E. (FL)

NyHof, Richard E. (CA)

Newman, Larry J. (NE)

Wilson, Robert A. (MI)

Also lost in 1972:
Kilpatrick, Larry Ronald, USN (GA); A7A crash, reportedly killed

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