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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Air Force major still missing in Kyrgyzstan
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- U.S. Air Force special investigators and Kyrgyz authorities are continuing search efforts to locate an Air Force officer missing since Sept 5, officials said. Maj. Jill Metzger, personnel chief at the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, was last seen by a group of her coworkers at the Zum shopping center in the capital city of Bishkek. "We will not rest until we find Major Metzger," said Col. Joel Reese, 376th AEW commander. " More

WEAPONS WATCH — Iraqi army soldiers from the 9th Iraqi Army watch over weapons and boots of other soldiers searching a mosque for ammunition caches in the Ad Hamyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 2, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin

Where Am I?

Today I am in a very historic place.

In the 19th century, an American lawyer, after affecting the release of a British prisoner, wrote a poem on the back of a letter in his pocket. The poem told of a flag he saw flying in the quiet morning air above a fort, after a night of intense bombardment. Later set to music, it is one that every American ear has no doubt heard.

This city, one of the nation's 20 largest, spent the years of the U.S. Civil War largely under occupation. In the World Wars that followed years later, she was a shipmaking and supply center for the war effort.

But she isn't all work - in her off time, this city is the site of one of the jewels in horseracing's Triple Crown.

As far as Heroes go, she has had her share. Among them are the 122 members of the Army National Guard's 243rd Engineer Company, who returned here only a few weeks ago from a year in Iraq. (Welcome Home, Job Well Done, and THANK YOU!!)

So, Where Am I?

First to answer correctly via email wins a copy of "The Blog of War," by none other than BlackFive himself - Hurry, and somebody might beat Margaret to the draw :)

UPDATE: We have a winner. Both Laurie and David correctly identified my location as Baltimore, MD. Laurie has already gotten her copy of "The Blog of War," and has asked that I give the copy up for grabs here to someone else. David, it's all yours!

In Today's News - Thursday, September 7, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them."

-- George W. Bush

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Iraq to Take Control of Country's Armed Forces
Speaker warns Iraq has months to avert collapse - Video

Operation Enduring Freedom
Bush says catching bin Laden still matters: CBS

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Top Terror Detainees Transferred to Gitmo
Bush says 14 Al Qaeda suspects were held in overseas prisons
Pentagon bans abusive interrogation
U.S. gives details on detention program
Is the world any safer?

Mid-East Ceasefire
Israel to End Blockade

Worldwide Wackos
Iran abruptly postpones talks with EU

Politics / Government
Ex-Illinois governor gets 78-month prison sentence
Senate deflects push for Rumsfeld's ouster
Senate rejects limits on cluster bombs

Mother Nature
Florence could become hurricane soon
Study says methane a new climate threat
Montana firefighters battling with bees
More 'intersex fish' found in Potomac

Speeding driver blames lack of goats
Banker wins back millions in salsa dance case
Gang dumps human heads in Mexican bar - Video
Dead body travels 1,000 miles on Amtrak

Other News of Note
Lights Out (Baseball's 1st no-hitter in several years)
Blair looks set to give departure timetable - Video

Fox News
Virtual Day in Court - Video (Warren Jeffs)
FBI Denies Standoff at High School on Ariz. Reservation
NASA Postpones Shuttle Launch Until at Least Friday
Chrysler to Recall More Than 180,000 Trucks and SUVs
Two Boys Missing in N.C.
Fed: Economy Still Growing
Ex-NBA Star Ralph Sampson Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud
Austrian 'Dungeon' Girl Describes Being Locked Up
Second-Ranked Nadal Upset
Full U.S. Open Coverage

Reuters: Top News
APEC to push for revival of world trade talks
US says disasters push children into dangerous jobs - Video
China police detain dissident, family says - Video
Space shuttle launch postponed at least to Friday
Scientists identify brain's concept control core
New IBM supercomputer aiming for petaflop
Apple says all iMacs to use latest Intel chips
Former communist east Berlin eclipses west
Cancer deaths fall, new diagnoses stable: report
Men's behavior a key goal in AIDS fight: hearing
Stocks drop on inflation worry; Nasdaq hit
KB Home shares fall
Martek Biosciences falls after results
Sony console delay stokes holiday sales worries - Video
Hanesbrands shares surge - Video
Waiting for the jackpot
Room to grow
Spitzer drops some charges in Greenberg lawsuit
NYSE leaves door open to raise Euronext bid: source
KB warns, Hovnanian quarterly earnings fall
Mulally exit seen hurting Boeing if many follow
New Ford CEO's impact not immediate: analysts
Labor costs revised higher, worrying markets

AP World News
'Housewives' star Marcia Cross pregnant
Leak probe puts HP's Dunn under scrutiny
Dylan's new album hits No. 1 on charts
Stocks tumble on fears of Fed rate hikes
Colleges grapple with student suicides
Rocky statue is being returned to museum
AP Interview: Fatal TB likely widespread
Feds may ease limit on painkillers
GM boosts powertrain warranties for 2007
Al-Qaida No. 2 on Ice for Months
Iran Unveils new Fighter Plane

CENTCOM: News Releases



Department of Defense
Afghans Launch Security System - Story
Gainey Reflects on 9/11's Impact - Story - Video
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Iraqis Disregard Threats to Repair Damaged Roads - Story
New Iraqi Recruits Show Courage and Honor - Story
20 Servicemembers Become U.S. Citizens in Africa - Story
Residents Find Relief, Security as Ops Expand - Story

Iraqi Troops Learn to Detect Explosives
Iraqis Assume Responsibility for Prison
Iraqi Army Battalions Take Security Lead
New Brigade Takes Control of Air Operations
Young Iraqi Girl Needs Life Saving Surgery

Coalition Forces Deliver Cement to Afghan Village
Reconstruction Team Donates Prayer Rugs

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
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
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

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Today in History
3114 BC - Presumed origin of the Mayan "long count" calendar system.
1714 - In the Treaty of Baden, the French retain the Alsace; Austria gets the right bank of the Rhine.
1822 - Brazil declares independence from Portugal.
1860 - The excursion steamer Lady Elgin sinks in Lake Michigan, drowning 340.
1863 - A Federal naval expedition arrives off Sabine Pass.
1880 - Geo Ligowsky patents a device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters.
1903 - The Federation of American Motorcyclists is organized in NY.
1914 - The New York Post Office Building opens to the public.
1934 - The luxury liner Morro Castle burns off NJ, killing 134.
1936 - Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam) begins operation.
1940 - The German Air Force blitz London - the first of 57 consecutive nights they will do so.
1956 - The X-2 sets an unofficial manned aircraft altitude record of 126,000'+.
1963 - In Canton, OH, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated.
1970 - At the Royal Gorge Bridge in CO, Donald Boyles sets a record for highest paracute jump from a bridge (1053').

- Queen Elizabeth I of England, (1558-1603) daughter of Henry VIII
1829 - Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden, U.S. geologist (Geographical Survey 1859-86)
1836 - Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British PM (1905-08)
1860 - Grandma (Anna Maria) Moses, primitive painter (Old Oaken Bucket)
19-- - Don Messick, cartoon voice (Astro - Jetsons, Bamm Bamm - Flintstones)
1908 - Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, artificial heart pioneer
1914 - James Van Allen (discoverer of Van Allen radiation belts)
1924 - Daniel Inouye (Sen-HI), chair of the Iran-Contra hearings
1930 - King Baudouin I of Belgium (1951- ); Sonny Rollins, jazz saxophonist (Blue Room)
1939 - S. David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51D, STS 33)
1957 - Melvin Edward Mays, one of the FBI's Most Wanted

- Geoffrey Plantagenet, conquerer of Normandy
1909 - Eugene Lefebvre, while test-piloting a Wright-A aircraft

Reported Missing in Action
None listed