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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ABOARD THE USS ESSEX – Marines and sailors with the Deep Reconnaissance Platoon of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, perform box drills on the flight deck here Nov. 11 for proficiency training. Approximately 20 Marines and sailors with the platoon engaged multiple targets at once from close quarters while firing both head and body shots then performing speed reloading. The training helps them engage targets more quickly and accurately in a combat situation. Photo by Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani

Holiday for Heroes Packing Party

Soldiers' Angels Holds Packing Party in Terrell, Texas -
Over 40,000 Gift Bags will Head to Deployed Soldiers

Soldiers' Angels is holding a packing party the week end of November 17th for their 'Holiday for Heroes' campaign. Members of Soldiers Angels are flying in from across the United States to Terrell, Texas in order to assemble, pack and ship Holiday gift bags for our troops.

Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2006 -- Soldiers' Angels is holding a packing party the week end of November 17th for their 'Holiday for Heroes' campaign. Members of Soldiers Angels are flying in from across the United States to Terrell, Texas in order to assemble, pack and ship Holiday gift bags for our troops.

'Holidays for Heroes' is an annual mission to ensure that the brave men and women serving our country are not forgotten during the holiday season. Soldiers' Angels is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity.

"Here at Soldiers' Angels, we know that Angels come in many shapes and sizes; and from many different parts of our great country. A Girl Scout troop in Meridan, Idaho, earned their angel wings on this mission, "says Debby Frerichs, Vice President of Donations for Soldiers' Angels. Frerichs says "These girls, age 11 yrs, held a drive to collect items. Not only did they collect 43 pairs of socks, 130 packs of cider mix, 339 packs of hot cocoa mix, but one scout even gave $6 of her own allowance with the soldiers, to help pay for the postage of these items. Now THAT'S truly Angelic! "

Soldiers' Angels continues the time honored tradition of civilian support of American soldiers, and, in addition to 'Holidays for Heroes', sponsors programs which provide first response backpacks, support, and laptop computers to wounded soldiers who are receiving treatment at American military hospitals; care packages, letters, and support to deployed soldiers; armored blankets to military ambulances; and memorial trees for the families of soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

Gerri Riley, a member of the 'Holidays for Heroes' team, explains that "Many soldiers have no family and are often forgotten during this time of year. In the past couple of years we have received many thanks from deployed soldiers who say that the simple gift and a friendly letter from home warmed their hearts and raised their morale. We know that support for 'Holidays for Heroes' by the community is appreciated by the soldiers."

Americans at home may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but Soldiers' Angels is going to send the red, white and blue to every soldier serving our country.

If you would like more information about 'Holidays for Heroes, 'visit or contact Debby Frerichs or Gerri Riley at (615)676-0239. If you would like to schedule an interview with Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers' Angels, please email Debby Frerichs.

Debby Frerichs, Vice President of Donations
Or Gerri Riley, 'Holidays for Heroes'
c/o 1792 East Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91104
Tel. (615) 676-0239

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Press Contact: Patti Patton-Bader
Company Name: Soldiers' Angels
Email: soldiersangels*at*
Phone: 626-398-4224

More Information:
TEA TIME — U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team take time out for tea during a medical and humanitarian mission in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mike Buytas

In Today's News - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Quote of the Day
"The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services
are a shining example to all of the world,
and we owe them and their families our deepest respect."

-- Bill Frist

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Mass Kidnapping, Killings Plague Iraq - VIDEO
Most hostages in Iraqi mass kidnap said freed - Video
Poll: Most doubt Dems have plan for Iraq

Troops on Trial
Marine pleads not guilty in Iraq grandfather death

Other Military News
U.S. Commander Says Chinese Sub Came Close to American Ships in Pacific
Toys for Tots Rejects Talking Jesus Dolls
Rights groups file war crimes suit against Rumsfeld

Mid-East Ceasefire / Hamas Rising / Israel at War
Lebanon cabinet defies growing Hezbollah challenge
Hamas says new government won't recognize Israel

Worldwide Wackos
Plutonium Traces Found In Iran Waste Facility - VIDEO
Ahmadinejad: Iran Willing to Talk If U.S. 'Corrects Behavior'
U.N. agency: unclear if Iran's nuclear aims peaceful - Video

Politics / Government
Dem Leadership Race Gets Nasty - VIDEO
Dems Choose Harry Reid as Next Senate Majority Leader
Bush Holds Talks With Big 3 U.S. Automakers
Convicted Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Heads to Prison
White House contenders quick to take 2008 plunge
Bush departs for Asia today
Analysis: Humbled Bush faces test abroad

Immigration / Border Control
Dallas Suburb Cracks Down on Illegal Immigrants

U.N. News
GOP Rep. Leach's Name Offered for UN Post
Sudan frowns on joint UN-African command in Darfur

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News
Near-silent start in U.S. for Al-Jazeera

Science / Nature
Tropical Storm Sergio Forms in Pacific Off Mexico
Huge Snowstorm Blasts Denver Mountain Area
Deep-sea trawling destroying underwater mountains
South Korean scientist pressed on mammoth cloning
Researchers spur growth of adult brain stem cells

KFC Unveils New Logo With Giant Image in Nevada Desert
Man Found Guilty of Burning Ex-Girlfriend's Kittens
Calif. Couple Faces Federal Charges for Frisky Flight Behavior
Driver threatens police with snake
Stand-in village for Borat's hometown furious

Other News of Note
Holocaust denier goes on trial in Germany
Protesters storm Wal-Mart in Mexico City

Fox News
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Wal-Mart, Target Kick Off Holiday Price Wars
Red Sox to Pay $51.1 M for Rights to Japanese Star
'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo Engaged to Record Producer Chris Ivery
Anna Nicole Smith Looking for a New House in the Bahamas

Reuters: Top News
Chad orders gun clampdown, peace force calls mount
Smokers, obese should pay more health insurance: poll
Zune music player's slow first day no surprise
Microsoft warns of 5 "critical" security holes
Pizza Hut now a major business for Yum in China
Ending buses to stymie regrowth of New Orleans
Chocolate addiction leads to sweet discovery
James Bond is back, and he's blond and brutal
After the Bell - Analog Devices shares up 6.6 pct
Dow Jones closes at all-time high - Video
Buffett's Berkshire adds to Lowe's, Nike stakes
Cyberonics shares up 20 pct as Icahn takes stake
Oil extends slide on mild US weather
Airline recalls just in line with attrition
On the radar: CarMax
Buffett's Berkshire adds to Lowe's, Nike stakes
News Corp says advertising in major markets flat
Producer prices, retail sales down
Abercrombie 3rd-qtr net income up, shares fall
Australia's Coles Q1 sales rise 3.2 percent
Ericsson says won't shy from making acquisitions

AP World News
Man pleads guilty in '84 college assault
Bishops adopt gay outreach guidelines
Comair flight attendants approve cuts
Comic Relief to raise money for Katrina
Diamondbacks' Webb wins NL Cy Young
Acta hired to manage Nationals
Stocks surge on Fed officials' comments
South Africa parliament OKs gay marriage
Want to live to a healthy 85? Stay trim
Nationals hire Manny Acta as manager
D'backs' Brandon Webb wins NL Cy Young
Wholesale inflation drops record amount
Federer rallies to beat Roddick in China
China love boat wants rich, good-looking
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Defense Tech: 10-Gram Cameras
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Iraqi Mayor Writes New Chapter of Success - Story
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Samarra Leaders Meet to Foster Closer Relations - Story

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Iraqis Interdict Insurgents on The Euphrates River
Medical Personnel Provide Care to Residents
Hawija SWAT Unit Graduates Elite Fighting Force
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Afghan Officer Saves Governor, Coalition Soldiers
Coalition Sponsors Chamkani Sports Tournament
Afghan Reconstruction Projects Continue
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Today in History
1492 - Christopher Columbus notes the first recorded reference to tobacco; in Spain, 6 Jews and 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic.
1763 - Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland.
1777 - The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress.
1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak.
1864 - Sherman burns Atlanta.
1869 - Free postal delivery is formally inaugurated.
1881 - In Pittsburgh, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded.
1884 - The colonization of Africa is organized at the international conference in Berlin.
1889 - Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, is deposed; a republic is proclaimed.
1919 - The Senate first invokes the cloture rule (Rule 22) to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty).
1920 - In Geneva, the League of Nations holds its first meeting; the Free City of Danzig is established under League of Nations protection.
1937 - For the first time, a Congressional session is held in air-conditioned chambers.
1939 - Nazis begin the mass murder of Warsaw Jews; the Social Security Administration approves the first unemployment check.
1940 - The first 75,000 men are called to armed forces duty during peacetime.
1941 - The Cow Palace opens in San Francisco.
1948 - William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as PM of Canada.
1954 - The first regularly scheduled commercial flights over the North Pole begin.
1957 - The U.S. sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years and $3,000.
1965 - Craig Breedlove sets a land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph).
1966 - Gemini XII returns to Earth.
1967 - Michael Adams reaches 80 km in the X-15.
1969 - In Washington, DC, 250,000 peacefully demonstrate against the Vietnam War; Janis Joplin is accused of vulgar and indecent language in Tampa, FL.
1972 - The Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 is launched to study gamma rays.
1977 - President Jimmy Carter welcomes the Shah of Iran.
1979 - ABC-TV announces it will broadcast nightly specials on the Iran hostage crisis; the British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt as the fourth man in a Soviet spy ring.
1980 - Pope John Paul II begins a five-day visit to West Germany.
1982 - Funeral services are held in Moscow's Red Square for Leonid I. Brezhnev.
1983 - The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is proclaimed.
1987 - 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9 die in a crash at Denver.
1988 - A 91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV collapses; the PLO proclaims the State of Palestine, and recognizes Israel; the Soviet space shuttle makes its unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits).
1990 - President Bush signs the Clean Air Act of 1990; the U.S.' 68th manned space mission (STS-38 / Atlantis 7) launches into orbit.

1397 - Nicholas V, pope (1447-55); ended schism, founded the Vatican Library
1708 - William Pitt the Elder (Whig), UK PM (1756-61, 66-68), the `Great Commoner'
1738 - Sir William Herschel, astronomer (discovered Uranus)
1815 - John Banvard, painted the world's largest painting (3 mile canvas)
1882 - Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1939-62)
1887 - Georgia O'Keeffe, painter (Cow's Skull)
1891 - Erwin Rommel, German field marshall (WW II-African campaign); W. Averell Harriman, (Gov-NY) / ambassador to the U.S.S.R. (1943-46)
1925 - Howard Baker (Sen-TN), presidential chief of staff

1630 - Johann Kepler, German astronomer
1978 - Margaret Mead, anthropologist
1984 - Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at California medical center

Reported Missing in Action
Keiper, John C., USMC (PA); U6A crashed (passenger, w/Ravenna)

Ravenna, Harry M. III, US Army (TX); U6A crashed (pilot, w/Keiper)

Timmons, Bruce Allan, USN (FL); KIA; drowned when craft overturned, body not recovered

Birchim, James D., US Army SF (CA); fell during extraction, Killed, body not recovered

Graf, John G., USN (CA); OV1C shot down (crew, w/White) died escaping February, 1970

Suber, Randolph B., US Army SF (MO); KIA when ambushed during reconnaissance mission, body not recovered

White, Robert T., USN (IL); OV1C shot down (pilot, w/Graf), released by PRG April, 1973 - retired as a Major - alive as of 1998