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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Meet March's Hero of the Month!

Sharon helped her son Da'Shawn write this email to nominate his Dad:

Hi my name is Da'Shawn I am 9 years old. Me and mommy and my brothers came across this web site,and I want to nominate my daddy,Tyrone J. C------- as Hero of the month. Our daddy is the best dad in the whole wide world, He is in Iraq and He works hard but still makes alot of time to keep in touch with us to let us no he is safe. He loves us alot and He plays games with us online and makes us happy. He makes sure we have everything we want and need. He is our hero because he is over there to make sure other kids and familys are not being hurt by bad people. And he makes sure we are safe from getting hurt by bad people. Me,mommy and my brothers and our family love him and is very proud of him. Thats why my daddy is our hero and I think he should be named hero of a month....thank you and like my daddy says HOOAH, son of a hero,


Sharon also says that "he is a great husband & a wonderful father..We love him..He's our Hero."

It just doesn't get any better than that. So, ladies and gentlemen, here is March's Hero of the Month, Tyrone:

Da'Shawn and his brothers also have a very special message for Tyrone:

Da'Shawn, I think your Dad is a great choice for our Hero of the Month! We'll make sure to get a care package out to him right away to say thanks to your Dad for all he does to help keep all of us safe from bad people. And thanks to you and your brothers for being brave and strong, and helping take care of your Mom while he's away. You all are Heroes, too.

To find out how you can nominate your Hero for "Hero of the Month," click the link at the top of this page.

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U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff salutes while passing through sideboys during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain, Feb. 27, 2007. Cosgriff assumed command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet from Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kathryn Whittenberger

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I Never Meant to Be a Hero

I never meant to be a hero.

Raised my right hand to fight for our land,

To serve with honor and to serve with pride,

For my people I would give my life,

But, I never meant to be a hero

Now I walk in this land,

Boots covered with sand and weapon in hand,

I ask Why?

Why give up my girl, my life, my world?

For a country so dark, so desolate, so grim,

Filled with sin and hate for my men.

Why would I want to be your hero?

But, then I realize, as I drive by,


I see you run as fast as you can, across the hot sand,

No shoes on your feet, just to greet,


I see the huge smile on your dirty little face,

as I race across your land, you extend your hand,

Your thumb raised high, towards the sky,

I then realize, Why?

Because, I am your Hero!

-- by Micah, an American Soldier (and our Hero, too)

Thanks to Lori for sharing this.

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HQ CONSTRUCTION – U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron George, infantryman, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, unloads a piece of wood, Feb. 12, 2007, at the new police headquarters in Ad Dawr, just east of Tikrit, Iraq. The previous police headquarters was destroyed by a car bomb. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden

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In Today's News - Thursday, March 1, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Without supplies no army is brave"
-- Frederick the Great, "Instructions to his Generals," 1747

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq's neighbors agree to Baghdad summit (This just irks me. There should be no 'discussing' this with Iran)
U.S. may embrace Iraq diplomacy critics long demanded
Prodi remains Italian PM
Iraqi PM calls regional meeting for March 10 - Video
Iran says considering attending Iraq meeting: TV
Car bombing kills 10, hurts 20 in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
War-weary Afghans fear new offensive

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Judge: Al Qaeda Suspect Competent for Trial
Pakistan denies hosting bin Laden, camps

Fallen Heroes Blog: R.I.P., Ethan Biggers

Other Military News
China's growing military keeps wary eye on Taiwan
Soldier Makes NASCAR History
Troops Call For Withdrawal From Iraq (Appeal for Redress)

Worldwide Wackos
U.S.-North Korea talks set for March
Hill: N. Korea hurt by U.S. restrictions
Cubans see Castro comeback - Video

Politics / Government
McCain to Announce '08 Run in April
Arizona Sheriff on Why Romney Chose Him
Democratic leaders revamp anti-war plan

Adventures in Political Correctness
New York City bans racial slur (Or, according to the AP, they're "urging people" not to use it - nice taming of the story, AP)
Lawmaker: No 'Aliens' in Florida

Immigration / Border Control
Three People in Colorado Accused of Swapping Baby for Down Payment on Used Car
$45M Multi-Ton Drug Bust - U.S. announces largest raid in 10 years
What the Border Patrol Jury Didn't Know
Program Allows Illegal Immigrants to Wire Money Home
Mexican drug gains U.S. following

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Iowa Girl Missing Since November 2005 Found
Illicit Steroid Sales Network Catering to Celebrities, Athletes Busted
Sunglass-Clad Teen Girls Rob Bank of America Branch in Georgia
96-Year-Old Gangster Pleads Guilty
Sunglass-Clad Teen Girls Rob Georgia Bank
Principal Charged With Dealing Crystal Meth
Missouri Grand Jury Indicts Michael Devlin
Man blows whistle on pigeon-shooters
Several Picasso Paintings Reported Stolen

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Milbloggies for 2006 Announced

Science / Medicine / Technology
Wolfgang Puck Catering May Have Exposed Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue Party Revelers to Hepatitis
FDA approves first drug for carsick dogs
NASA space probe swings by Jupiter
Drinking a little wine linked to men's longer life
Bogus medicines flood developing world
Scientists start polar study amid global warming

Mother Nature
Forecasters: La Nina to Bring Heat, Hurricanes to Eastern Seaboard
Baby Tiger Twins, Orangutans Pals - PHOTOS (These are the cutest pictures)
Italy's Stromboli Volcano Erupts - PHOTOS
20 new ocean species found in Indonesia

Madonna Tells 10-Year-Old Daughter Lourdes to Wear Less Sexy Clothes (Ah, sweet irony)
Big Penises Give Rodents Mating Advantage
Rats Chew Off Newborn Baby's Nose, Upper Lip in Kansas City, Mo., Apartment
Granny finds grenade in groceries
Teacher cuts pupil's tongue with scissors

Fox News
Dodgers 'Billionaire' Pitcher Rocks
Court: Anna Nicole Can Have Bahamas Burial
Report: Pneumonia, Not Drugs, Killed Anna
Wall Street Bounces Back
Teacher Suspended for Sharing Sexy Poem
Suri Cruise Is Real, and Really Cute
Pop Tarts: Reese Witherspoon Pulled Over by Police, Gets Off Without Ticket

Reuters: Top News
Study finds more than 700,000 homeless in the U.S.
Recording industry urges students to stop downloads
White House threatens to veto 9/11 bill
Bush's faith-based program debated in court
Secrets of universe eyed as collider core installed
New parasite insight could aid anti-malaria fight
Take-Two agrees to settlement talks in video game case
IBM to pipe Google gadgets into company sites
Kids gain more weight on summer break
Sean "Diddy" Combs breached name deal, court says
Stocks rebound on Bernanke assurance - Full Article Video
Oil rises as U.S. stock draw counters economic woes
Home Depot sees lower '07 profit
Metals stay down on China fears; grains up
Fresh Del Monte shares rise 8 percent
A time to buy?
Calibrating your retirement
Bernanke: Fed economic view unfazed by stocks drop - Video
Agencies issue subprime guidance: sources
Wal-Mart says NYSE finds no violations
Economy ends '06 on slower note
Ford sees $11.18 billion cost for restructuring
Time Warner Cable sees revenue growth

AP World News
'Sopranos' mobster snuffs 'Dancing' role
Japanese still dominate auto ratings
Dow ends up 52, Nasdaq up 8 after plunge
Rascal Flatts, Chesney top CMT nominees
Study finds kids gain weight over summer
Paris Hilton may have probation revoked
Music labels offer deal in download case
Beckham's move to U.S. to be a TV show
City drops Tyra Banks ads from buses
Nash leads Suns to 5th straight win
San Diego diocese files Chapter 11
Poll: Troops Who Protest the War
DT: God Mods Shuttle Launch Date
Op-ed: The Non-thinking Enemy
Got the Gear? Kit Up!
The Web's Best Military Benefits Index

CENTCOM: Press Releases

New data technology makes aerial reconnaissance video available to users in the field - podcast
Congressman calls command modeling and simulation hub - podcast
Newsmakers: Navy Captains Kevin Frank and Susan Chiaravalle - podcast

U.S. Should Use Counterinsurgency Methods - Story
General Cites Reconstruction Progress in Iraq - Story
Leaders Call on Congress to Fund IED Research - Story
Terror, Iran, North Korea Top List of Threats - Story
England Earns Kudos for Support of Youth - Story

More Headline News
Guard Soldiers Get Joint, Combined Training
Pentagon Honors Medal of Honor Recipient
Cheney Talks Security in Pakistan, Afghanistan
Gates Urges Congress to Pass 2007 Budget

Military News
Pentagon Channel Showcases Military Women
Pace Discusses Force Levels, Military Challenges
More Special Ops Troops Will Answer Global Needs
Panel Examines Troop Mental Health Assistance

America Supports You
President Bush Thanks Groups for Dedication, Troop Support - Story
Groups Hold Photo Contest
Troops Get Red Carpet Salute
‘Blue Star Mothers’ Support Military

War on Terror
Coalition Detains Six Terrorists - Story
Four Killed, Three Wounded in Iraq
Iraqi Army Detains 16 Suspects
Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq

Squadron Tests Sniper Pod - Story
Denmark Joins Joint Strike Team
Army Civilians Can Act as Soldiers
Iraqis Bring New Strategy to River

Face of Defense
Soldier Tackles Numerous Duties - Story
Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan
Soldier Returns to Defend Title
Volunteer Leads With Passion

Leaders Ask for IED Research Funds - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Communicators Keep 1st Cavalry Connected - Story
Army Engineers Help Deliver School Supplies - Story
Training Mission Hones Skills of Pararescuemen - Story
Iraqi Police Unit Bounces Back After Attack - Story

Signal Company Keeps Brigade Talking
Maintenance Troops Supporting The Fight
Iraqi Business Restoration Progressing
Troops, Locals Celebrate Reopening of Market
Iraqi, Coalition Leaders Discuss Security

Spartans Turn Over Afghan Provinces
Afghan Doctors Learn New Medical Techniques
Father, Son Paratroopers Serve in Afghanistan
Desert Hawk Takes Command of Aviation Ops


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

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

Today in History
0293 - Roman emperor Maximianus introduces tetrarchy
0492 - Felix III ends his reign as Catholic Pope; St. Gelasius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0705 - John VII begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0743 - Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited
1260 - Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis, conquerors Damascus
1420 - Pope Martinus I calls for crusade against the hussieten
1562 - Blood bath at Vassy; General de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder; Spanish occupier Estacio de Sá founds Rio de Janeiro
1587 - English parliament leader Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
1591 - Pope Gregory XIV threatens to excommunicate French king Henri IV
1634 - Battle at Smolensk; Polish King Wladyslaw IV beats Russians
1642 - Georgeana (York) ME became the 1st incorporated American city
1780 - Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
1781 - Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation
1790 - 1st US census authorized
1792 - US Presidential Succession Act passed
1796 - 1st National Meeting in the Hague
1803 - Ohio becomes 17th state
1809 - Embargo Act of 1807 repealed & Non-Intercourse Act signed
1811 - Egyptian King Muhammad Ali Pasha oversees ceremonial murder of 500
1845 - President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas
1847 - Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
1854 - SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbor & is never seen again
1864 - Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)
1866 - Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads on Rio Parana
1867 - Most of Nebraska becomes 37th US state (expanded later)
1869 - Postage stamps showing scenes are issued for 1st time
1871 - J. Milton Turner named minister to Liberia
1872 - Yellowstone becomes world's 1st national park
1875 - Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Court, 1883
1893 - Diplomatic Appropriation Act, authorizes the US rank of ambassador
1896 - Battle of Adua: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians
1910 - 3 passenger trains buried at Steven's Pass in Cascade Range: 118 die; Worst snowslide in US history
1912 - Albert Berry makes 1st parachute jump from an airplane
1913 - Federal income tax takes effect (16th amendment)
1914 - Dutch Minister of war H. Colijn named director of British Petroleum
1916 - Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
1919 - Demonstrations for Korean independence from Japan begin
1920 - Austria becomes a kingdom again, under Admiral Horthy
1921 - Rwanda ceded to England; Sailors revolt in Kronstadt, Russia
1923 - Allies occupy Ruhrgebied; killing railroad striker
1924 - Germany's prohibition of Communist Party KPD lifted
1932 - Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (20 months), kidnapped in New Jersey; found dead May 12
1933 - Bank holidays declared in 6 states, to prevent run on banks
1934 - Henry Pu Yi crowned emperor Kang Teh of Manchuria
1937 - 1st permanent automobile license plates issued (Connecticut)
1941 - "Captain America" appears in a comic book; 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, TN; German troops invade Bulgaria; Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
1942 - 3 day Battle of Java Sea ends, US suffers a major naval defeat; Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough; Japanese troops occupy Kalidjati airport in Java; Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews; Tito establishes 2nd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
1943 - Jewish old age home for disabled in Amsterdam raided
1944 - Massive strikes in Northern Italian towns; U-358 sinks in Atlantic
1945 - British 43rd Division under General Essame occupies Xanten; Chinese 30th division occupies Hsenwi; FDR announces success of Yalta Conference; Fieldmarshal Kesselring succeeds von Rundstedt as commander; US infantry regiment captures Mönchengladbach
1946 - Panamá accepts its new constitution
1950 - Chiang Kai-shek resumed the Presidency of National China on Formosa; Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
1950 - USSR issues golden rubles
1952 - Egyptian government-Ali Maher Pasja resigns
1954 - 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 Representatives; Rebellion during visit of President Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die; Ted Williams fractures collarbone in 1st game of spring training after flying 39 combat missions without injury in Korean War; US explodes 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll
1955 - Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
1959 - Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
1961 - President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
1962 - American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95; K-Mart opens; Uganda became a self-governing country
1963 - 200,000 French mine workers strike
1966 - Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria; Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
1967 - Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain; House of Representatives expels Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (307 to 116)
1968 - Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
1969 - New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball
1970 - End of US commercial whale hunting; Kreisky's social-democrats win Austrian parliamentary election; White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
1971 - Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, DC
1974 - Watergate grand jury indicts 7 Presidential aides
1977 - US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
1980 - CTUC, Commonwealth Trade Union Council, established
1980 - Snow falls in Florida
1981 - Bobby Sands, IRA member, begins 65-day hunger strike in Maze Prison (he dies)
1982 - Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus, sends back data
1983 - Tornado tears through Louisiana, injuring 33 people
1984 - NASA launches Landsat-D Prime (Landsat 5) to thematic map the Earth
1985 - Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
1988 - Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
1989 - Comet du Toit at perihelion
1990 - Benin nullifies its constitution; Luis Alberto Lacelle sworn in as President of Uruguay
1991 - US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens
1993 - Authorities in Waco, TX negotiate with Branch Davidians
1994 - Martti Ahtisaari inaugurated as President of Finland; Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
1995 - Belgium ends military conscript; Jozef Oleksy succeeds Waldemar Pawlak on as premier of Poland; Julio María Sanguinetti sworn in as President of Uruguay
1996 - New toll-free 888 area code introduced

- Po Tjiu-i, Chinese poet/Governor of Hang-tsjow
1456 - Wladyslaw Jagiello, King of Bohemia/Hungary (1471/90-1516)
1528 - Albrecht V von Wittelsbach [the Generous], duke of Bavaria
1780 - Léonard P.J. du Bus de Gisignies, Governor-General of Netherland Indies (1826-30)
1811 - Robert Christie Buchanan, Union Brevet Major General
1820 - George Davis, Confederate Attorney General
1822 - Albin Francisco Schoepf, Union Brigadier General, died in 1886; Charles Champion Gilbert, Union Brigadier General
1828 - James Fleming Fagan, Confederate Major General
1831 - Hiram Bronson Granbury, Confederate Brigadier General
1841 - Blanche Kelso Bruce, (Senator-MS, 1875-1881)
1864 - Rebecca Lee 1st black woman to get a medical degree
1922 - William M. Gaines, publisher (MAD Magazine); Yitzak Rabin, premier (Israel, 1992-95, Nobel 1994)
1924 - Donald "Deke" Kent Slayton, Major USAF/astronaut (Apollo 18)
1927 - Robert Heron Bork judge, nominated for supreme court
1941 - Michael L. Lampton, astronaut (STS-45)
1944 - John B. Breaux (Representative - LA, 1972-88)

0965 - Leo VIII, Italian (anti-)Pope (963-65)
1131 - Stephen II, King of Hungary (1116-31)
1383 - Amadeus VI (Green Earl), earl of Savoy, dies at 49
1510 - Francisco d'Almeida viceroy of India, dies in battle at about 59
1865 - Anna Paulowna Romanova, great monarch of Russia, dies at 70
1870 - Francisco S. López, President of Paraguay (1862-70), dies at 43
1896 - ... Albertone Italian General (Eritrea), dies in battle; ... Arimondi Italian General (Eritrea), dies in battle; ... Dabormida Italian General (Eritrea), dies in battle
1899 - György earl Apponyi Hungarian MP, dies at 90
1911 - Jacobus H. van't Hoff, Dutch chemist/physicist (Nobel 1901), dies at 58
1920 - Joseph Trumpeldor, killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
1921 - Nicholas Petrovic Njegos, King of Montenegro (1910-18), dies at 79
1924 - Louise-Marie Amélie, princess of Belgium, dies at 66
1979 - Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
1984 - Jackie Coogan, actor (Uncle Fester-Addams Family), dies at 69
1993 - Luis Kutner, co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
1996 - Margaret McKay, politician, dies at 85

Reported Missing in Action
Christensen, William M., USN (MT) ; F4B believed shot down (w/Frawley)

Frawley, William D., USN (MA); F4B believed shot down (w/Christensen)

Woloszyk, Donald J., USN (MI); A4E shot down

Lannom, Richard C., USN (TN) ; A6A shot down (w/Scheurich)

Scheurich, Thomas E., USN (NE); A6A shot down (w/Lannom)

Campbell, Clyde W., USAF (TX); A1J shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Keller, Wendell R., USAF (ND); F4D shot down (w/Meroney)

Lovegren, David E., US Army (OR); UH1H crashed, Killed, body not recovered

Meroney, Virgil K., USAF (AR); F4D shot down (w/Keller)

Black, Paul V., US Army (CA); UH1H shot down

Zubke, Deland D., US Army (ND); presumed Killed in friendly air strike

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