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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hanoi, Vietnam (Nov. 18, 2006) - President George W. Bush examines a few display items at Detachment Two of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), as Dr. Brad Sturm explains their significance. Sturm is an anthropologist for JPAC, whose mission is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts. The purpose for this visit was to give the President an overview of JPAC's mission and their operations in Vietnam. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jose O. Mediavilla

America Supports You: Aaron Tippin To Spend Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Country singer Aaron Tippin (third from left) poses with U.S. servicemembers during a visit to the Middle East. He is on his second tour with the “Stars for Stripes” organization, and is performing for troops in Afghanistan through Nov. 27. Courtesy photo

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2006 – Country star Aaron Tippin will spend the Thanksgiving holiday with troops deployed overseas.

Tippin left for Afghanistan Nov. 18 and will perform for the troops stationed there through Nov. 27. He’ll perform music from his new album, “Now & Then,” as well as his well-known hits. This will be his second Thanksgiving tour sponsored by Stars for Stripes and U.S. Army, Europe.

“Those are the real working men and women, and if I can repay even an ounce of what they are doing for me, my family, and my country by taking their mind off of the day-to-day risks … well, I can’t think of a better thing to do with my time,” Tippin said. “They have been fighting for the rights we take for granted every day, and I want to make sure they know we’re thankful.”

Stars for Stripes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality entertainment to internationally deployed U.S. servicemembers, according to its Web site. The organization also is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways Americans and the corporate sector are supporting the nation’s military.

Tippin launched his career in 1991 with his debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand For Something,” a single that reached Top 10 status and quickly became an anthem for Operation Desert Storm. He found that many viewed him as a voice of patriotism, a badge he wears proudly to this day.

On the heels of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Tippin again rose to the occasion with “Where The Stars And Stripes and the Eagle Fly.” He donated the proceeds from the single, which zoomed to the No. 2 position on the Billboard chart, to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Country fans went out and bought the record to help other Americans who needed help at the time,” Tippin said. “That’s common of what real country fans are like.”

It’s the fan enthusiasm and support that has motivated the singer to take an active role not only through his music, but through performances for the troops.

To date, Tippin has performed for more than 500,000 military personnel either overseas or at home. (From a Stars for Stripes news release.)

Related Sites:
Stars for Stripes
America Supports You

FAREWELL CEREMONY — Polish army soldiers stand at attention during a farewell ceremony at Camp Echo, Iraq, Nov. 13, 2006, in honor of Polish army Sgt. Tomasz Murkowski and Slovakian army Sgt. Ratislav Neplech. Both soldiers were killed Nov. 11, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dawn M. Price

In Today's News - Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Quote of the Day
"It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run,
impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle."
-- Richard DeVos

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
3 Options for Iraq: 'Go Big,' 'Go Long' and 'Go Home'
Bloodshed piles pressure on Iraqi PM, Bush
Senator Obama calls for Iraq troop shifts
U.S. wary of Iran, Syria role in Iraq
Iraq resumes diplomatic ties with Syria
Bush weighs next step on troops in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan desert key to world security, says Blair - Video

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Bomb kills 8, injures 60 on India train

Other Military News
Rangel Calls for Reinstating Military Draft
Key Democrats oppose renewing military draft
Football Player Booted From the Navy

Mid-East Ceasefire / Hamas Rising / Israel at War
Israeli forces launch raids in Gaza
Palestinians suspend talks on unity government

Worldwide Wackos
White House brushes off CIA draft on Iran: report
Countries must unite on N.Korea sanctions, experts say

NSA Not Required to Released Wiretapping Details

Politics / Government
Democrats call for ouster of U.S. health official

In the Courts
Judge postpones Madonna adoption hearing

U.N. News
U.N. envoy urges Somali govt to talk to Islamists Video

Science / Nature
Hopkins Doctors Perform 5-Way Kidney Swap
Crayfish enact dominance/submission rituals: study
Doctors say how we taste affects health

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News
O.J. Simpson book, TV special canceled

'Kramer' Apologizes for Racist Rant
Male Chimps Prefer Sex With Older Females
Play it again and again and again, Sam..
Free Viagra spices up small town life

Other News of Note
Poisoned Russian Spy Moved to Intensive Care
Colombia nabs rebel suspected in U.S. kidnappings

Fox News
Motel Weddings Key to Jeffs Trial
Alabama High School Bus Crash Kills 3 Teens
Fire at Guatemalan Market Kills at Least 15
Tom Cruise: Was Wedding the End of His Career?

Reuters: Top News
Mexico leftist to swear in as "legitimate president"
Nepal government hopes to sign peace deal
Mac fans buzzing about expected Apple "iPhone"
New machines make slots a multiplayer game
Migrant women clean houses in bid for American dream
Dark humor brightens life in battered New Orleans
Studies fault U.S. hospital procedures in infections
Marathon runners may face greater skin cancer risk
Blue chips dip despite deals - Video
Platinum hits record high of $1,337 an ounce
Phelps Dodge shares surge after Freeport takeover
TD Ameritrade up as buyback raised
Yahoo up after job cuts memo, ads deal
A not-so Black Friday?
On the radar: CPI Corp.
Deal mania surges worldwide
Nasdaq makes $5.1 bln bid for LSE
Bank of America buys US Trust for $3.3bln
Freeport-McMoRan agrees to buy Phelps for $25.9 billion
Korean Air to buy Boeing aircraft worth $5.5 billion
Nordstrom quarterly profit rises

AP World News
Oregon man's prescription dog found
Nasdaq shrugs off rejection from LSE
Phillies' Ryan Howard wins NL MVP award
Companies pursue game console supremacy
Dow closes down 26, Nasdaq finishes up 7
Forecasters look for economy to slow
Missouri's Tightwad Bank to close
Wichita State makes AP basketball poll
Defenses rise up for Bears, Pats, Panthers
Strock resigns from Fla. International
'Never-ending kiss' caps TomKat wedding
33 hurt as trains collide in Germany
Students read aloud for record 6 days
Gear in the News: HMMWV
Op-ed: A Broken Army and Corps
Blog: Holidays for Wounded Heroes
Vote For "the Deadlies" at DT
Show Your Cool Gear at Kit Up!
Advisors: No Pressure Thanksgiving
Stay at Home While Shopping Early

CENTCOM: News Releases



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Department of Defense
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New Iraqi Commander Instills Discipline, Order - Story
Baghdad Teaching Hospital Aids Infant Survival - Story

Soldiers Help Deliver Supplies to 2,000 Orphans
International Zone Soldiers Run Marathon for Vets
Iraqi Soldiers Begin Sweep in Northern Iraq
1st Cavalry Division Takes Reins in Baghdad
Maintenance Marines Provide Needed Protection

Aircraft Continue Missions Over Afghanistan
Engineers Dodge Explosives to Provide Services
Afghan Officer Saves Governor, Coalition Soldiers

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
0235 - St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0496 - St Gelasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1654 - Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia
1783 - Pilstre de Rozier & Marquis d'Arlandes make 1st free balloon flight
1787 - Andrew Jackson admitted to the bar
1789 - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
1794 - Honolulu Harbor discovered
1818 - Russia's Czar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine
1847 - Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200
1871 - Moses Gale patents a cigar lighter
1877 - Tom Edison announces his "talking machine" invention
1933 - 1st US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service
1935 - 1st commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper)
1946 - Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub
1952 - 1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced
1953 - "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax
1959 - Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet
1964 - World's longest suspension bridge "Verrazano Narrows" opens (NYC)
1967 - Phillip & Jay Kunz fly a kite a record 28,000 feet
1977 - 1st flight of the Concorde (London to New York)
1980 - Fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84; John & Yoko pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum
1990 - Signing of Declaration of "End of Cold war" in Paris

1694 - Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], France, thinker
1785 - William Beaumont,surgeon (studied digestion)
1787 - Sir Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
1817 - Brigadier General Richard B. Garnett, killed during Pickett's charge
1854 - Benedict XV, 258th Roman Catholic pope (1914-22)

1899 - Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, died
1916 - Franz Josef of Austria, dies
1941 - Juanita Spellini, first woman executed in California
1987 - James E. Folsom (Gov-AL, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79

Reported Missing in Action

Nipper, David, USMC (GA); UH34D crashed - KIA / BNR

Toms, Dennis L., USN (MN); fell overboard from USS Bon Homme Richard

Reynolds, David R., US Army (NY); KIA / BNR

Stafford, Ronald D., USAF (NE); F111A crashed - KIA / BNR