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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CENTAF airpower summary for Feb. 6
F-15 Eagles, similar to the one shown here, provided show-of-force and overhead coverage for a convoy of International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan who were under attack by enemy forces. After the F-15s arrived, no additional enemy activity was reported. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Hughel)

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Where Am I?

On the road again, this time to a place I've been many times before. It's a city that was more or less a second home to me when I was in college, and it's always nice to be back.

Winner this go-round gets their choice of:

- A "Halp Us Jon Carry" t-shirt

- A Soldiers' Angels t-shirt (your choice of design)

- An IMAO "Top Ten UN Slogans" T-shirt

Ready? Here goes:

I am just outside of the city where:

The USS Doyle celebrated last Columbus Day, and

A track Captain and 2007 graduate at a very prestigious (and expensive!) school recently made a decision that is surprising given his location - he decided to join the U.S. Marines. (Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kerry!) Then again, maybe not so surprising; the school has boasted a number of graduates of military and political accomplishment. In fact, one of the regiments that fought in the Civil War was actually nicknamed after that university, since so many graduates were in it.

A ship named for this city (the sixth, actually) received ten battle stars for her WWII service.

So....Where Am I?

First correct response via email to wins!

Mike correctly guessed that I am just outside of Boston, MA:

The city where the USS Doyle celebrated Columbus Day 2006;

The city where 2007 Harvard graduate and track Captain Sean Barrett has decided to enlist in the U.S. Marines;

The city where so many Harvard graduates enlisted in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that it was known as the "Harvard Regiment; and

The city that is the namesake of at least seven U.S. Navy vessels, one of which earned 10 battle stars in WWII

Congratulations, Mike - your t-shirt will be on the way shortly!

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FOOD AND WATER — Capt. John Gilliam, commander of Troop C, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, looks on as food and water are distributed by Red Crescent workers during a humanitarian mission on Baghdad’s Haifa Street, Jan. 29. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Robert Yde

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In Today's News - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Quote of the Day
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..."
-- Oliver Hazard Perry

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Gates Mulls Alternate Plans to Bush 'Surge'
U.S. sent pallets of cash to Baghdad
Senate stalled but House pledges to act on Iraq
Maliki orders commanders launch crackdown
Democrats press Bush to change Iraq plan
US Releases Friendly Fire Tape
Gates Hopeful of Early Iraq Exit

Operation Enduring Freedom
NATO allies face new Afghan troop call

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Israeli Official: Foreigners Arming Hezbollah
Palestinian rivals arrive in Saudi for unity talks - Video
UN OK's tribunal on Lebanon political killings

Troops on Trial
What Was She Thinking?
Shuttle spacemom charged with bizarre plot to kidnap, murder her romantic rival in love triangle - VIDEO
Criminal Affidavit (Fla. v. Nowak) (FindLaw pdf)
Space community shocked by love-struck astronaut

Other Military News
Fear of bias keeps U.S. Muslims out of military
DT: Pentagon Sued Over MilBlogs

Worldwide Wackos
U.S. urges North Korea to suspend nuclear enrichment

Politics / Government
War tax sought as Congress debates Bush budget

Immigration / Border Control
Ex-Border Agent Assaulted in Prison (This is just nauseating...criminals go free; Border Patrol; agents go to jail)

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Libby explains faulty recollections
Woman Fakes Heart Attack to Scare Intruder
Dad Accused of Using Stun Gun on Infant Son
Wal-Mart faces historic sex bias case

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Gay Groups Not Snickering Over Ad
Which Advertisers Won Big at the Super Bowl?
Global Big Hack Attack

Science / Medicine / Technology
Couple Found Locked in 5,000 Year-Old Hug
Bull Sharks Sink Boat Off Florida Coast (And my husband doesn't know why I'll never scuba dive in Florida...)
FOX News Poll: Global Warming is Real (ARGH! Yes, 'warming' is real - it's the cause that's at issue!)
Overuse of skin numbing creams can cause death: FDA
Some newer birth control pills need ban: group
U.S. companies prepare for bird flu pandemic
FDA approves new breast cancer test

Mother Nature
Too Cold For a Swim - PHOTOS
Deep freeze grips Midwest, Northeast.

News from My Neck of the Woods
GIs Mom Ordered to Remove U.S. Flag

Sex vs clothes: women come out of the closet.
"Too tired to walk," man steals police car

Other News of Note
More JFK Jr. Plane Crash Audio Released

Fox News
Apple's Jobs: End Music Copy Protection
Child's Septic Tank Death Ruled Accident

Reuters: Top News
Gunmen kill seven in Acapulco
Apple's Jobs calls on music industry to drop DRM
Despite lawsuits, digital music downloads grow
Singer Keith Urban sues Keith Urban over Web site
Beyonce leads Soul Train Music Award nominations
BHP shares surge after buyback announcement
Cisco profit and outlook beat expectations
"Hungry" Nike sees 53 pct sales growth over 5 yrs
Seoul shares end rally, but POSCO hits record
After the Bell-Cisco up 5.5 pct on Q3 revenue forecast
Don't count on foreign sizzle in U.S. debt
Patience bears fruit for Pioneer's Carey
Suzuki to spend further $1.6 bln in India by 2010
Cisco profit and outlook beat expectations
"Hungry" Nike sees 53 pct sales growth over 5 yrs
U.S. companies prepare for bird flu pandemic
DirecTV and EchoStar face slower growth in 2007
China to control money, credit growth: paper

AP World News
Prince's halftime imagery questioned
Ford hopes Taurus name will revive sales
AP: Paul Hamm to return to gymnastics
No marriage plans for Jim and Jenny
Heart surgery drug linked to death risk
Without pension, NASCAR stars forgotten
1950s singer Frankie Laine dies at 93
Aguilera, husband strip down on Sundays
Cisco Systems 2Q profit jumps 40 percent
Charlize Theron sued by Swiss watchmaker
Dow ends up 5 after Bernanke speech
Samsung to pay $90 million settlement
Warrant issued for actor Daniel Baldwin
David Beckham to hit every MLS market
Hilton has ticket to Vienna's Opera Ball
Op-ed: Wasting Billions
Blog: How MilSpouses Make Friends
Advisors: Googled Yourself Lately?
A Career Fair Like No Other
Valentine's Day Looming? D'oh!
Kit Up! Wants You!

President meets with troops - photos
USJFCOM symposium looks to further improve intelligence support for warfighter - podcast
Learn more about JTC-I

Department of Defense
Fox: Iraq Situation 'Winnable'
Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox biography
Transcript: Conference Call (pdf)

Pace: Support Among Federal Agencies Critical - Story
Stability & Security in Iraq Report (pdf)
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Iraqi Troops Focus on Life-Saving Skills - Story
Iraqi Police Discover Large Weapons Cache - Story
Senior Air Force Leaders Address Deployments - Story
Coalition, Iraqi Security Station Opens in Iraq - Story
Engineers Help Clean Up Streets of Ghazaliya - Story
Reconstruction Teams Manage Projects in Iraq - Story

Reconstruction Teams Manage Projects in Iraq
Aircrews Take Iraqi and U.S. Forces Into Action
Doctor Adapts to Life as Soldier in Iraq
Aspen Road to Connect Southern Iraq with Kuwait
U.S. and Iraqi Officials Work To Reopen Factories
Corpsmen, Marines Save Lives in Al Anbar
U.S. and Iraqi Officials Work To Reopen Factories
Corps Sergeant Major Thanks Troops at Q-West
Soldier Earns Silver Star For Combat Actions
U.S. Soldiers Work With Iraqis To Stop Corruption

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
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Officials Identify Casualties - Story

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
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


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

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

* If you're deployed, and want to see your location's weather listed here, please email me!

Today in History
0590 - Pelagius II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1301 - Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes 1st prince of Wales
1522 - Treaty of Brussels Habsburgers split into Spanish/Austrian Branches
1550 - Giovanni Maria del Monte elected Pope Julius III
1569 - King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
1613 - Michail Romanov (16) becomes czar of Russia
1653 - Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendent of Finance of France
1668 - Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
1792 - Austria & Prussia sign anti-French covenant
1795 - 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states; Dutch Prince William V accepts British occupation of Dutch Indies
1812 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid MO; this is the last of Midwest quakes (see 12/16)
1812 - Lord Byron makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
1831 - Belgium adopts its Constitution
1862 - Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island, NC
1864 - Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, FL
1881 - Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal Boers beat superior British forces
1883 - Lieutenant-Colonel Borgnis-Desbordes founds Fort Bamako Niger
1891 - Great Blizzard of 1891 begins
1900 - Labour Party forms in England; British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
1904 - Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
1905 - Dominican Republic signs treaty turning over customs collection to US; Oklahoma admitted to statehood
1915 - 2nd Battle of Masurian Lakes German armies surrounded a Russian army
1924 - Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with USSR
1928 - 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
1933 - Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators; Social-Democrat meeting in Berlin "As thousands cheer" Marxism is dead
1935 - Monopoly invented by Charles Darrow symbol Rich Uncle Pennybags
1936 - A flag is authorized for the Vice President
1940 - British railroads nationalized; Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio", premieres (New York NY)
1943 - Shoe rationing begins in US (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)
1944 - Germans launch counter-offensive at Anzio, Italy
1945 - General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila; President Truman appoints Irwin C. Mollison judge of US Customs Court; US 76th/5th Infantry divisions begin crossing Sauer
1946 - Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC bill
1947 - Arabs & Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
1948 - Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff
1950 - Georges Bidault forms French government; Senator Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Ministry of Foreign Affairs; US & Great-Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
1958 - Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
1959 - Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air); Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
1960 - Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
1962 - Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298; President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
1964 - The Beatles land at New York's JFK airport, for their 1st US tour; Cassius Clay becomes a Muslim & adopts the name Muhammad Ali
1965 - US begins regular bombing & strafing of North Vietnam; Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curaçao
1969 - Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
1971 - Women win the right to vote in Switzerland
1973 - Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
1974 - Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day); Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters (I love that movie)
1976 - World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
1977 - Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
1978 - Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
1979 - Neptune becomes farthest planet from the sun in our solar system (will remain that way for 20 years); Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds President Boumédienne in Algeria
1982 - Luis A. Monge elected President of Costa Rica
1983 - 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
1984 - Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk (US)
1985 - "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York, NY
1986 - Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France - Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti; Philippine Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos
1990 - Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
1990 - USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
1991 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president
1998 - 18th Winter Olympics games open at Nagano Japan

1478 - Sir Thomas More, lawyer/lord chancellor of England/saint (Utopia)
1556 - Maria van Nassau, Dutch countess of Buren
1688 - Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel [Marijke Meu], princess of Orange
1693 - Anna Ivanova Romanova, empress of Russia (1730-40)
1740 - Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/General/MP
1812 - Charles Dickens, novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities)
1817 - Frederick Douglass, 1st high ranking Black in US government; Leroy Pope Walker US lawyer/Confederate minister of War (1861)
1834 - Dmitri I. Mendelejev, Russian chemist (devised Periodic Table)
1837 - Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, created Oxford Dictionary
1839 - Nicolaas G. Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
1842 - Alexandre Ribit, premier (France)
1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, children's book author (Little House on Prairie)
1872 - Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
1877 - Julius Curtius, German minister of Foreign affairs
1896 - Harold Hoffman, (Governor-New Jersey)
1899 - Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
1906 - Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
1921 - Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk
1924 - Cathy Long (Representative-LA, 1985-86)
1926 - Konstantin Petrovich Feokistov, cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
1932 - Alfred M. Worden, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
1935 - Herb Kohl (Senator-Wisconsin)
1942 - Ton [ACHM] de Kok, Dutch MP (CDA)
1944 - Berend baron van Voorst tot Voorst, Dutch foreign state secretary (CDA); Berry [AH] Esselink Dutch MP (CDA)
1944 - Michael A. Andrews (Representative-TX)
1963 - Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut

0590 - Pelagius II, Gothic Pope (579-90), dies from plague
1609 - Ferdinand I, cardinal/ruler of Toscane
1857 - Félix PBOG Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War, dies at 65
1865 - John Henry Winder, US Confederate Brigadier-General/provost marshal, dies at 64
1878 - Pius IX "Pio Nono", [Giovanni Ferretti], Pope (1846-78), dies at 85
1920 - Alexander Koltsjak Admiral/leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
1933 - Albert György Earl Apponyi Hung minister of Education, dies at 86
1937 - Elihu Root, US Minister of War/Foreign affairs (Nobel 1912), dies at 91
1959 - Daniel F. Malan, premier of South Africa (1948-54), dies at 84
1960 - Igor V. Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
1961 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French physician/author/anti-Semite, dies at 67
1967 - Henry Morgenthau, US minister of Finance (devaluated dollar), dies at 74
1979 - Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
1994 - Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch Social-Democrat minister (CRM 1965-66), dies at 74; Richard Bissell, US under director of CIA, dies at 84

Reported Missing in Action
Dickson, Edward A., USNR (PA); A4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Crayton, Render, USN (GA); A4E shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

The following US Army SF personnel reported MIA when NVA forces assaulted the Lang Vei camp:
Brande, Harve G. (CA); released by PRG March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Hanna, Kenneth (CS)

Holt, James W. (AR)

Lindewald, Charles W., Jr. (IN)

McMurry, William G. (AZ); released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Master Sergeant - alive as of 1998

Moreland, James L. (CA)

Phillips, Daniel R. (PA)

Thompson, Dennis L. (OR); released by PRG March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Smith, Maynard Lee, USN (KS); drowned, remains recovered August, 1974

Deleidi, Richard A., USMC (CA); F4J shot down, KIA, body not recovered

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