Quote of the Day
"The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it."
"The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it."
-- Winston Churchill
News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Report: Syria-to-Iraq Homicide Bomb Trail
Powerful Shiite Leaders Agree to End Bitter Rivalry
Obama: Private Security Making Iraq More Dangerous For Troops
Petraeus puts heat on Iran over Iraq violence
After the bombs, lingering car wrecks haunt Iraqis
Surge continues to help Iraqi government make progress
Operation Enduring Freedom
6 years later, US expands Afghan base
Japan may cut support of Afghan mission
Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Prominent Palestinian Christian killed in Gaza
Other Military News
U.S. hospital ship aims to grow goodwill in Americas
Iran holds more talks with U.N. over nuclear work
Politics / Government
Virginia Republican Rep. Jo Ann Davis Dies After Breast Cancer Fight
City Councilman Considers Quitting After Man Kills Himself at Meeting
GOP Presidential Hopefuls Blast Congress For Spending
Embattled Sen. Larry Craig to Join Idaho Hall of Fame
Analysis: Clinton extending her lead
Analysis: Giuliani lead no guarantee
Democrats woo voters at Iowa barbecue
Bush talks of compromise on health bill
Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Bush to Challenge Texas (This is just unbelievable)
In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Police Arrest Sex Offender Who Ran Off With 15-Year-Old Florida Girl
California Mother Convicted in Plot to Kill Couple for Yacht Sentenced to Life Terms
11-Year-Old Boy Leads Louisiana Police on High-Speed Chase
Amber Alert Issued for Missing New Orleans 16-Year-Old Girl
Suspect Charged in Philadelphia Armored Car Robbery
Monks Take Democracy Protests Global
Mynamar junta takes soldiers off streets
Analysis: Crackdown may haunt junta
Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Follow in 385,000 yr-old human footsteps
Pro gamers spurn geek stereotype as go mainstream
FCC won't probe disclosure of phone records
Typhoon Ashore in China, 1 Million Evacuated - PHOTOS
Melting ice pack displaces Alaska walrus
News from My Neck of the Woods
Gas Explosion at Harlem Apartment Building Injures 20
'Naked Lunch' may be banned in Maine
Other News of Note
British Adventurer Completes 13-Year, 46,000-Mile Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Globe
Powerful Explosion Rocks Tacoma, Wash., Knocking Out Power, Hospitalizing 4
Costa Ricans vote on free trade with the U.S.
Rockies Win First Playoff Series in Team History
28 Killed, Scores Injured in Train, Bus Crash in Cuba
Al Sharpton Vows to Protest Unless Isiah Thomas Apologizes to Women
Reuters: Top News
Court unlikely to annul Musharraf victory
Diana inquest jury to visit Paris crash site
Syrian plane crashes near Damascus, 2 killed
Security tight as slain Kremlin critic remembered
Jones "one of biggest frauds" in sport, says Diack
Radiohead album bets on fast release - Video
Birds sing for Kenzo, models dance for Galliano
Pamela Anderson weds: media reports
Britney Spears names new album "Blackout"
RIM's push into retail starts to bite
RBS team has 85 pct acceptances from ABN investors: report
Jobs data shows economy slowing, not stalling
Merrill and Wamu join lengthening list of warnings
Movie Gallery to file for Chap. 11 protection: report
Sprint needs marketing, turnaround expert as CEO
AP World News
Report: Lindsay Lohan leaves rehab
Lights out! Rockies roar into NLCS
Stanford shocks No. 2 USC 24-23
Chrysler, UAW continue contract talks
Boom, bust in area beset by foreclosures
'Diddy' sued over B.I.G. music rights
Illini end nation's longest win streak
Weak dollar hurts at Paris fashion shows
Deck stacked against Philly casino foes
CENTCOM: News Releases
CIVILIANS FOUND DEAD, INJURED AFTER BATTLE BETWEEN MILITANTS, AFGHAN, COALITION FORCES
SEVERAL MILITANTS KILLED IN PAKTIKA PROVINCE
Joint Knowledge Online now available to wider audience- podcast
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Unified Endeavor 08-1 prepares soldiers for Afghanistan deployment
Senate confirms next commander
Nominee to be the next USJFCOM commander testifies before Senate Armed Services Committee
President nominates Marine general as new commander
Supply mission provides Iraqi students school basics
Iraqi Soldiers discover weapons caches
Coalition forces give humanitarian aid to village
Georgian Brigade to uncase colors in Iraq
Mosul tips lead to cache
Soldiers in eastern Baghdad capture 3 insurgents, discover and destroy deadly EFPs
Iraqi Police detain policeman responsible for Mayor’s death
Coalition airpower supports ground forces
Gates to Increase Humanitarian Missions - Story
Gates Discusses Security Issues in Peru - Story
Troops Kill Insurgents, Capture Suspects
Iraqis Provide Crucial Help in Terrorist Fight
Surge Continues to Help Government Progress
Amputees Find Greater Opportunities to Serve - Story
Africa Command Works to Become Effective - Story
AFRICOM Commander Affirms Commitment
Marine Corps Exceeds Recruiting Goals
ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ
New Volunteer Force Takes Stand for Security - Story
Iraqi Firefighters Respond to Fire at Outpost
Troops Discover Weapons Caches
Terrorist Recruiting Center Becomes Schoolhouse
New Flightline Ramps Increase Capacity - Story
FACE OF DEFENSE
Sudan Refugee Seeks Home, Serves New Country - Story
Marine Follows in Great Uncle’s Steps
Lance Corporal Fills Sergeant's Billet
AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU
Grand Ole Opry Sends Largest Care Package - Story
SemperComm Accepts Award Nominations - Story
Group Helps Families Cope
BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with Air Force Col. Donald Bacon
More Evidence Shows Iran Directly Supports Iraq Insurgents - Story
Troops Kill Insurgents, Catch Four - Story
ON THE GROUND
Residents Stand up for Security - Story
Firefighters Respond to Outpost Fire - Story
Iraqi Soldiers Discover Weapons Caches - Story
Terrorist Center Converted to Schoolhouse - Story
Raid Routs Insurgents from Hadithah Triad - Story
Troops Hone Skills on Clearing Buildings
Center Will Re-connect Baghdad to World
Sailors, Marines Support Ground Troops
Navy Customs Battalion TANGO Deploys
Marine Mechanics Help Keep Comrades Safe
Residents Celebrate New Fresh-water Well
Iraqi Hospital Project Provides Jobs
Soldiers of 45th Medical Company Head Home
New Ramps Increase Bagram Capacity
Two New Ramps Give Airfield More Capacity
Troops Get Taste of Home with Post Exchange
Airfield Recycling Project Creates Jobs
IN HORN OF AFRICA
Teamwork Gives Children Space for Learning
DefendAmerica Week in Review
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar
Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada
Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf
Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama
National Hurricane Center
Today in History
1571 - The Spanish and Italians defeat the Turkish fleet in the Battle of Lepanto.
1737 - 40 foot waves sink 20,000 small craft and kill 300,000 in Bengal, India.
1765 - The Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY.
1777 - Americans beat the British the Second Battle of Saratoga and the Battle of Bemis Heights.
1780 - American militia defeat the British near Kings Mountain, SC.
1826 - The Granite Railway (first chartered railway in the U.S.) begins operations.
1868 - Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) opens.
1871 - A 16-hour fire injures 30 of Chicago's 185 firefighters.
1886 - Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba.
1908 - Crete revolts against Turkey, aligning with Greece.
1919 - The first London-to-Amsterdam airline service begins (British Aerial Transport).
1924 - Marble Bar, Australia, sees the first of 160 consecutive days of 100-degree heat.
1931 - Rochester, NY, is the site of the first infra-red photograph.
1938 - Germany demands that all Jewish passports be stamped with the letter J.
1949 - The German Democratic Republic forms from the Russian occupation zone.
1950 - U.S. forces invade Korea, crossing the 38th parallel.
1957 - "American Bandstand" premieres on TV.
1958 - Potter Stewart is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. manned space-flight project is renamed Project Mercury.
1963 - Bobby Baker resigns as Senate Democratic secretary; Hurricane Flora hits Haiti and the Dominican Republic, killing 7,190.
1965 - A 50-mph wind gust carries Robert Mitera's tee shot 447 yards to score the world's longest straight hole-in-one - at the 10th hole in Miracle Hills, Omaha, NE.
1968 - The Motion Picture Association of America adopts the film rating system.
1985 - The 21st Space Shuttle Mission (51-J; Atlantis-1) lands at Edwards AFB; PLO terrorists seize the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro.
1988 - The Latvian flag is raised in Riga for the first time since annexation by the U.S.S.R.
1990 - Israel begins handing out gas masks to its citizens.
1728 - Caesar Rodney, patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1885 - Niels Bohr, physicist, expanded quantum physics / Nobel Prize Winner (1922)
1888 - Henry A. Wallace, 33rd U.S. Vice President / Progressive presidential candidate
1906 - James E. Webb, head of NASA (1961-68)
1931 - Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa / Nobel Prize winner (1982)
1943 - Oliver North, Col., USMC / author / inventor / radio show host, (figure in Iran-Contra hearings
1951 - John Cougar Mellencamp, rocker (Jack & Diane)
1955 - Yo-Yo Ma, world famous Chinese cellist
1958 - Kim Morris, Playboy playmate (Mar, 1986)
1849 - Edgar Allen Poe, poet / author
1959 - Mario Lanza, singer
Reported Missing in Action
Gilchrist, Robert M., USAF (CO); RF4C shot down (pilot)
Knight, Larry Dale, USAF (OR); RF4C crashed offshore (pilot)
Pabst, Eugene M., USAF (NY); RF4C shot down (backseater to Gilchrist)
Treece, James A., USAF (TN); RF4C shot down (pilot); status later changed to "Died while missing"
Appleby, Ivan D., USAF (CA); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Austin), remains returned January, 1995 - ID'd October, 1995
Austin, William R. II, USAF (SC); F4D shot down (backseater, w/Appleby), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998
Fullam, Wane E., USAF (TN); F105D shot down (pilot), remains returned September, 1987
Hodges, David L., USN (MD); A4E shot down (pilot), KIA, remains ID'd April, 1999