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Friday, September 01, 2006

Marine battalion push insurgents out during Operation Rubicon

Pfc. Justin R. Carman watches Lance Cpl. Alfred J. Lomando's back above a rooftop in Husayba, Iraq during Operation Rubicon, Aug. 27. Marines, U.S. Army soldiers and a sailor assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment were on a combat mission of clearing houses of insurgents and looking for weapons. Carman is a 19-year-old rifleman assigned from Tampa, Fla. Lomando is a 21-year-old machine gunner from Miami, Fla. Both Marines are currently serving a seven-month deployment in the Habbaniyah area under Regimental Combat Team 5.

Story ID#: 20069145522
By Lance Cpl. Ray Lewis, 1st Marine Division

HUSAYBA, Iraq (Aug. 27, 2006) -- Marines here are hitting insurgents with an iron fist while offering an open hand of assistance to local villagers.

Marines of K Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment began a main effort to drive out insurgents and protect Iraqis in this area west of Habbaniyah. It’s called Operation Rubicon.

Marines pushed out into areas that have rarely seen Coalition Forces. They established a permanent forward operating base and are hunting down terrorists who haunted locals here and used their villages to launch attacks.

The battalion is serving in Iraq with Regimental Combat Team 5.

“Our goal is to get the locals established and weed out the insurgents here,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Hanson, a 30-year-old from Piedmont, Ala., who serves as a platoon sergeant with K Company.

Marines traveled under the sun’s sweltering rays for several days pursuing insurgents in regions that were once terrorist strongholds. They cleared cars, rooms, stairs and rooftops looking for anti-Iraqi Forces. Some platoons found them.

“We had two detainees and small-arms fire the first day,” Sgt. Earnest F. Murphy, a platoon guide assigned to K Company.

The 32-year-old machine gunner from Evergreen, Ala., said it all occurred when his platoon was patrolling the area. His Marines were attacked by enemy gunfire. They turned their march in the attackers’ direction.

Marines stopped at a nearby house to refocus their efforts, not knowing the house held the suspected insurgents.

“Something seemed fishy,” Murphy said.

So he and his team looked around the house. Murphy’s senses were right.

They found freshly-shot weapons, a large amount of money and improvised explosive device-making materials. That was all the Marines needed to take the suspected insurgents into custody.

“It was luck that we went into that house,” Murphy said.

By the end of the day, Marines found multiple weapon caches containing rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 155 and 125 mm shells, IED-making materials, AK-47 assault rifles and long range rifles, Hanson said.

Not every house the Marines stopped at was a hotbed of insurgents. Most were homes to simple Iraqi villagers who have been living in fear of the terrorists roaming their streets.

“Most everybody welcomed us into his or her homes,” Murphy explained.

One Iraqi man offered Murphy and his Marines food.

“We started eating our chow,” he said. “We offered him some. He said, ‘no’ but he started cooking food and offered us some of his food. We sat and ate with him.”

The Iraqi man prepared rice, soup with tomato, zucchini and onions, flatbread, homemade yogurt and chai tea for his hungry guests.

“It was all really good,” Murphy said.

Murphy added that wasn’t the only Iraqi home that catered to Marines. Another man opened his house when the Marines needed a place to eat a meal. He even waited on them.

“He picked up all our trash,” Murphy said. “He spoke good English, saying it was an honor for Marines to stay at his house. He showed us how to use the electricity and said we could take showers.”

Marines said gestures such as these will keep them going through their seven-month deployment.

“It’s nice to know that there are good people out there,” said Lance Cpl. Justin W. Randolph, a rifleman with K Company.

The 20-year-old point man from Cleveland, Tenn., said he felt Iraqis were starting to accept him and his teammates.

“We’re making more of an impact on them,” he said.

Randolph said it has gotten increasingly easier to show Iraqis that Marines are here to help, since his unit’s coexistence with the local population.

“They said they’re glad, safer with us in the area,” said

Although the unit is making progress with the locals, they want to let the insurgents know Marines aren’t going anywhere.

“This just means we’re a step closer to winning the Iraqis over,” said Sgt. Jeffrey J. Swartzenfruber, a 25-year-old rifleman from Coral Springs, Fla., who serves as platoon guide for K Company.

Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Hanson talks to another Marine through a radio at a vehicle checkpoint in Husayba, Iraq during Operation Rubicon, Aug. 28. Marines, U.S. Army soldiers and a sailor assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment were on a combat mission of clearing houses of insurgents and looking for weapons. Hanson is a 30-year-old platoon sergeant from Piedmont, Ala., and is currently serving a seven-month deployment in the Habbaniyah area under Regimental Combat Team 5.

Marines assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment clear a flight of stairs in a house in Husayba, Iraq, during Operation Rubicon, Aug. 27. Marines, U.S. Army soldiers and a sailor with the unit were on a combat mission of clearing houses of insurgents and looking for weapons. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment are currently serving a seven-month deployment in the Habbaniyah area under Regimental Combat Team 5.

Aircraft evacuated from Charleston

Senior Airman Marcus Lusk taxis out a C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 30 from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. Airmen from Charleston AFB are in the process of evacuating all operational C-17 aircraft on station due to impending severe weather expected from Tropical Storm Ernesto. Airman Lusk is from the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nicholas Pilch)

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EOD Community Honors a Fallen Colleague

Virginia Beach, Va. (Aug. 29, 2006) - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Pressley assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two (EODMU-2) reflects on the life of his fallen shipmate, Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Paul J. Darga, during a memorial service given to his wife and family on board the Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel. Darga was killed on Aug. 22, 2006, by an improvised explosive device (IED), while responding to a previous strike. His unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar, Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas

Story Number: NNS060831-21
Release Date: 8/31/2006 3:00:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Casandra Newell, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Family and friends from across the country joined the local Navy and civilian community at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Aug. 29, to pay final respects to Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EWS) Paul John Darga, who was killed in Iraq, Aug. 22, while responding to an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the Anbar Province.

Several of Darga’s colleagues shared their memories during a packed service at the Little Creek Chapel. Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EWS) Randolph Lawson, who served with Darga at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2’s Detachment 20, shared his thoughts with the audience.

“He was practical under pressure, and he consistently proved himself to be a natural leader and teacher,” Lawson said. “God bless Paul for all his contributions to the community and the way he touched our lives.”

Darga joined the Navy 14 years ago as a Seabee serving in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3. Later in his career, Darga joined Underwater Construction Team 1 and Construction Battalion Mobile Unit 303. He attended Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in 2000 and achieved the rank of chief petty officer in 2005.

Darga oversaw hundreds of ordnance disposal missions, which included defusion of 40 IEDs by February 2005. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, as well as numerous other awards, medals and citations.

Darga’s widow Karie implored her husband’s colleagues to remember his contributions.

“It’s the job of every EOD technician to learn from his tragedy and honor his memory," Karie said.

Darga’s mother, who died in March, left a box for mementos to be placed in for Darga’s two-year-old daughter Kailey. During the service, Karie urged Paul’s friends and colleagues to fill it.

“I ask each of you whose life Paul touched to write a letter so Kailey will know what a hero her father was,” she said.


Our hearts are with the family, friends, and comrades of this fallen Hero.

South China Sea (Aug. 30, 2006) - Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment ship USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) refuel and re-supply the conventionally-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82). Currently under way in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick L. Heil

Bush: Anti-Terror War Represents Epic Struggle of Ideas

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2006 – The war against terrorism is an epic struggle of ideas as much as an armed conflict, President Bush told members of the American Legion in Salt Lake City today.

The anti-terror war represents “the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century,” Bush told the veterans group at its 88th annual meeting.

Bush spoke to the group in the first of a series of speeches in coming weeks in which he’ll update the U.S. public on the cause and course of the war.

The president told the Legionnaires they’d fought and defeated al Qaeda- and Taliban-like enemies in the past.

“They’re successors to fascists, to Nazis, to communists and other totalitarians of the 20th century,” Bush said. And history hasn’t been kind to dictatorial regimes, he noted.

Today, “a new generation of Americans in uniform is showing great courage in defending our freedom in the first war of the 21st century,” Bush said.

The terrorists continue to present a threat to the United States and its citizens, Bush said, noting the five-year-old war is far from over. Some Americans might feel the danger has receded since terrorists attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, he acknowledged.

“That feeling is natural and comforting – and wrong,” Bush said. The terrorists would like nothing more than to launch another deadly attack on the United States, he said.

The terrorists also want “to turn back the advance of freedom and impose a dark version of tyranny and terror across the world,” Bush told the group.

That’s why he said it’s imperative that United States stays the course in Iraq.

“Victory in Iraq will be difficult, and it will require more sacrifice. The fighting there can be as fierce as it was at Omaha Beach or Guadalcanal,” Bush acknowledged. And defeating terrorists in Iraq is as important to the United States as it was to win those World War II battles, he said.

The United States didn’t ask for the war, Bush said, noting that Islamic radicals forced it upon America. Since the end of the Cold War, radical extremists combed stagnated portions of the Middle East to enlist jobless and disenchanted young people to their cause. Those young people’s governments were often despotic in nature, Bush said, and had failed to provide sufficient economic opportunity for their citizens.

As extremist groups grew in the Middle East, they fanned resentment against the wealthier Western nations – particularly the United States, Bush said.

Resultant extremist-conducted violence against the U.S. was amply demonstrated during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, the 1983 terror bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, and the 1996 attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, Bush said.

Later, terrorists tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. Al Qaeda blew up two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. And, then, terrorists attacked the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000.

“Then, came the nightmare of Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 hijackers killed nearly 3,000 men, women and children,” Bush recalled. It suddenly became clear that the Middle East was no longer as calm as some once thought, he said.

“The lack of freedom in the Middle East made the region an incubator for terrorist movements,” Bush said. Today, he said, the United States is pursuing a three-pronged strategy to defeat the terrorists.

“First, we are using every element of national power to confront al Qaeda, those who take inspiration from them, and other terrorists who use similar tactics,” Bush said.

Second, he said the United States will hold to account any nation that hosts or harbors terrorists.

Thirdly, the country “has launched a bold, new agenda to defeat the ideology of the enemy by supporting the forces of freedom in the Middle East, and beyond,” Bush said.

The “freedom agenda” for the Middle East is based on the premise that “promoting democracy is the surest way to build security,” Bush said. Nations that commit to providing freedom for their people do not support terrorists, he said.

“So, America has committed its influence in the world to advancing freedom, and democracy is a great alternative to repression and radicalism,” Bush said. By supporting Middle Eastern leaders who favor democracy, he said, the United States will make its citizens more secure from terror.

Bush said great military victories have been achieved against terrorist enemies and Middle-Eastern despots in the past five years. He pointed to the fall of the radical Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, and the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq in April 2003.

But, this summer’s conflict between Israeli army troops and Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerillas demonstrates the world now faces a grave threat from Iran, Bush said.

“The Iranian regime arms, funds, and advises Hezbollah,” Bush said, “which has killed more Americans than any terrorist network except al Qaeda.”

And the Iranians are meddling in Iraq “by sponsoring terrorists and insurgents, empowering unlawful militias, and supplying components for improvised explosive devices,” the president said.

Bush also scolded the Iranian government for its poor treatment of its citizens and its continued refusal to obey United Nations directives to stop its nuclear-enrichment activities.

The president expected the Iranians to respond today to a United Nations proposal to settle the controversy over the contested uranium-enrichment issue. Enriched uranium can be used as fuel for nuclear power plants or to make atomic bombs.

“If Iran’s leaders accept this offer and abandon their nuclear weapons ambitions, they can set their country on a better course,” Bush said.

The Iranian government can’t be allowed to continue to defy the international community over the enriched uranium issue, Bush said, noting he’d work closely with U.S. allies to find a diplomatic solution to the problem.

However, “there must be consequences for Iran’s defiance, and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon,” Bush said.

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News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Baghdad Blasts Kill 47
U.S. force in Iraq at 140,000 - Video
Bush fights back against Iraq critics
UK's Blair defies critics over departure date - Video
Iraqi security taking over 2nd province
Rapid-fire attacks in Iraq kill 47
Death Toll in Iraq Hits 64 as Bodies Unearthed

Operation Enduring Freedom
Other Military News
Japan holds huge quake drill with U.S. military
Pentagon targets payday lenders

Mid-East Ceasefire
Israeli Commandos Storm British Embassy, Nab Gunman
Jet's Landing Gear Catches Fire in Miami; No Injuries
AWOL Soldier to Surrender
Symbolic transfer underway in Lebanon
Annan: Syria to Enforce Arms Embargo on Hezbollah

Worldwide Wackos
Iran's Ahmadinejad Vows to Continue Nuclear Program
EU Warns Against Sanctions
Russia Regrets Iran's Decision
Video: What's Next for U.S.?
Bush: Islamic Radicals Like Nazis
Video: Iranian Nuke Deadline Passes
Video: U.S. Could Support Dissidents
Video: Amb. Bolton on Next Step for Iran
Iran seen having problems with nuclear program - Video
Iran faces sanctions risk - Video

Moonbat Watch
Copenhagen hippie town Christiania under pressure
California sees "greenrush" in global warming move

Politics / Government
Mass. governor says stem-cell research "Orwellian"
FBI searches 6 Alaska lawmakers' offices
Va. senator turns down leadership award

In the Courts
Judge blocks generic Plavix sale - Video

U.N. News
U.N. votes for force in Darfur; Sudan says "no" - Video

Media in the Media
British TV to Air Film About Fictional Bush Assassination
Video: Film Over the Line?

Mother Nature
Ernesto Swamps Carolina Coasts
But storm's wind strength drops
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Hurricane John Targets Baja
'Super' Typhoon Slams Wake Island
USAF to Check Wake Island for Typhoon Damage
Cuba, U.S. Quietly Working Together to Track Hurricanes
Super typhoon knocks out weather sensors
John forces evacuations; tourists flee
Landmark climate bill
California sees "greenrush"
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Other News of Note
NTSB: Comair Crash Controller Slept Only 2 Hours
Man Stabs Neighbor Believing He Molested His Daughter
Video: Vigilante Dad
Polygamist Leader Heads to Utah to Face Rape Charges
Generations later, U.S. destroys its mustard gas
Tests show problems with mine air packs
Evidence Used in Convicting McVeigh, Nichols Displayed

Fox News
Feds: Consumer Spending Jumps, But So Do Prices
Generic Plavix Sale Blocked
Cells Become Tumor Killers
Stocks to Watch: H&R Block
Roddick, Sharapova Advance

Reuters: Top News
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Guyana's president sweeps to re-election
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NASA picks Lockheed to build shuttle replacement
High-definition DVD market facing static
EA says "Madden NFL 07" sales top 2 million
Gene therapy beats skin cancer in two men: study
Basic medical care would save money: report
Lil' Kim sports prison suit at MTV awards show
Daniel Craig finds 007 role tough, but cool
Stocks end August higher - Video
Bristol-Myers jumps after Plavix decision
Nikkei falls as Kyocera, recent gainers decline
Starbucks rises 1.5 pct on Inet
H&R Block rises 2.2 pct on Inet
Teen shopping spree
Teen store sales jump, adult retailers lag
Priced to deliver, not discover
Lockheed beats Northrop to $3.9 billion NASA contract
Intel may announce job cuts soon: report
Union votes to end strike at Chile Escondida mine
Asahi Tec to buy Metaldyne for about $1.3 billion

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Healthy rise in July consumer spending
MTV Video Music Awards fail to thrill
Hingis upset in 2nd round of U.S. Open
Stocks little changed ahead of report
`Apprentice' figure Carolyn Kepcher axed
Bernanke bullish on productivity gains
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Today in History
- According to tradition, the date of the destruction of Jerusalem.
1267 - Ramban (Nachmanides) arrives in Jerusalem to establish a Jewish community.
1614 - In Germany, Vincent Fettmich expells Jews from Frankfurt-on-Main.
1666 - The Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane; it will destroy 80% of that city.
1807 - Former Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason.
1858 - After less than one month, the first transatlantic cable fails.
1859 - The first Pullman sleeping car is put into service; R.C. Carrington and R. Hodgson make the first observation of a solar flare.
1862 - Fighting at Chantilly, VA.
1865 - Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery.
1870 - Napoleon III is captured.
1914 - St. Petersburg, Russia, changes its name to Petrograd.
1916 - The Keating-Owen Act goes into effect, banning child labor from interstate commerce; it is later ruled unconstitutional.
1918 - Baseball season ends due to WWI; U.S. troops arrive in Vladivostok (Siberia); they will remain until 1920.
1923 - In Japan, an earthquake strikes Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 106,000.
1928 - Albania becomes a kingdom.
1932 - NYC Mayor James J. "Beau James" Walker resigns amid a corruption scandal.
1939 - Germany invades Poland.
1941 - The wearing of the yellow star becomes obligatory for Jews in the Reich.
1945 - Japan officially surrenders, ending WWII (9/2 in Japan).
1948 - Communists form the North China People's Republic; the U.N. establishes the World Health Organization (WHO).
1950 - West Berlin is granted a constitution.
1951 - The U.S., Australia, and New Zealand sign the ANZUS treaty.
1961 - The U.S.S.R. conducts nuclear bomb testing in central Asia.
1962 - An earthquake in western Iran kills 10,000; the U.N. announces that Earth's population now numbers three billion.
1969 - In Libya, a coup led by Colonel Moammar Gadhafi deposes King Idris.
1971 - Qatar declares its independence from Britain.
1976 - NASA launches the space vehicle S-197; Representative Wayne L. Hays (D-OH) resigns over allegations of misuse of government funds.
1977 - The first TRS-80 Model I computer is sold.
1979 - Pioneer-11 makes its first fly-by of Saturn, discovering a new moon and rings.
1982 - The Palestinian Liberation Organization leaves Lebanon.
1983 - A Korean Boeing-747 strays into Siberia and is shot down by a Soviet jet.
1985 - A joint U.S.-French expedition locates the wreckage of the Titanic, off Newfoundland.

- Sir Roger David Casement, hanged for his part in planning the Dublin Easter Rising (IRA)1907 - Walter Reuther, labor leader / president of UAW and CIO
1922 - Melvin R. Laird (Rep-MI), U.S. Secretary of Defense (1969-73)
1933 - Ann Richards (Gov-TX)

- Pope Adrian IV, the only English pope (1154-59)
1557 - Jacques Cartier, French explorer
1715 - King Louis XIV "the Great" of France (1643-1715)
1838 - William Clark, 2nd Lt. of Lewis and Clark Expedition
1862 - Oliver Tilden of the Bronx, KIA - Civil War (Oliver Tilden Triangle, Bronx, NY is named for him)
1914 - Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon, at the Cincinnati Zoo
1969 - Drew Pearson, newscaster
1983 - Henry "Scoop" Jackson (Sen-WA)
1988 - Leonor Sullivan (Rep-MO, 1955-77)
1989 - A. Bartlett Giamatti, Baseball Commissioner

Reported Missing in Action
Nichols, Hubert C., USAF (FL); A1E shot down (pilot) while on mission to locate downed F104 (Schmidt)

Schmidt, Norman, USAF (CA); F104 shot down (pilot), DIC (believed murdered during an interrogation session), remains returned March, 1974

Johnson, Robert D., USN (TX); UH1H crashed into Bassac River shortly after lift-off (assistant operations officer, w/Ott), KIA, body not recovered

Ott, Edward L. III, USN (CT); UH1H crashed into Bassac River shortly after lift-off (jet-engine mechanic, w/Johnson)

Kinkade, William L., USAF (OR); F4D shot down (aircrew)

Escobedo, Julian, Sr., USMC (TX); CH53A shot down (aircrew), KIA, body not recovered