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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Injured vets take to the Pa. slopes

An inspiring article you've got to read...

By Brian Bowling
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Sitting on a mono-ski as an instructor straps him on, Spc. Reddi Parker wondered if the designer of the device went a little overboard.
"How many straps do you need to strap over your waist?" asked Parker, 26, of Jonesboro, Ark.

The apparent answer is three.

Parker and seven other injured soldiers and Marines from Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington hit the slopes at Liberty Mountain Resort in Adams County this weekend as part of a program sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project of Jacksonville, Fla., and Disabled Sports USA of Rockville, Md.

"I just wanted to get out of the hospital and have some fun," Parker said. "I wanted to repay my sister for staying with me while I was injured. Plus, I like to ski."

You can read the rest over at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. And when you get there, make sure to check out the picture of Sam F., a Hero Soldiers' Angels knows well, tearing up the slopes. HOOAHH, Sam!

There are other pictures, and some video, so be sure to check this one out.

Thanks to Soldiers' Angel Shelle for the tip!

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MAKING FRIENDS — Sgt. Joseph S. Singleton plays with an Iraqi boy in Al Angur, Iraq, Feb. 23. Al Angur, a town that American forces starting patrolling in October 2006, has opened its arms to the coalition forces. Soldiers from the 1st Iraqi Army Division patrolled alongside the soldiers and Marines assigned to the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

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In Today's News - Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Quote of the Day
"De Oppresso Liber" (To liberate the oppressed)
-- US Army Special Forces motto

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bombs Kill 9 US. Soldiers in Iraq
U.S. builds Baghdad garrisons to fight violence

Operation Enduring Freedom
NATO Launches Massive Offensive Against Taliban in Afghanistan
U.N. forsees Afghan poppy harvest boom

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Meet Next Week
Peacekeepers Attacked in Somalia
India, Pakistan convene joint panel on terrorism
Taliban kidnap Briton, two Afghans
Detainees seek legal rights guarantee
Privacy board clears U.S. spy programs

Troops on Trial
Drill Sergeant Accused of Forcing Trainee to Dress as Superman, Submit to Sex Acts (Yikes...)
Accused soldier wants colonel to testify

Other Military News
Witness: Army Medical System 'Really Sad'

Worldwide Wackos
U.S.: Disarming in N. Korea's Best Interests - Video
Japan to put abductees on North Korea talks agenda
U.S. calls on North Korea to account for uranium Op-ed: North Korea Still a Danger
U.N. ambassadors consider new sanctions on Iran
Iran says West may have seized ex-defense official

Homegrown Moonbats Blog: Cindy Sheehan Meets Her Match

Politics / Government
Cheney in Blood Clot Scare - VIDEO
Ann Coulter Fires Back at Critics Over John Edwards 'Faggot' Barb
TV Host Bill Maher Suggests Dick Cheney's Death Would Save Lives
Will the Real Hillary Please Speak Up?
Pedophile Removes Web Photo of Obama's Daughters After Legal Threat
An 'Inconvenient' Rebuttal to Al Gore's Global Warming Claims
Schwarzenegger stops short of endorsing Giuliani
Second lawmaker called fired prosecutor: paper
Blair's lawyers fail to gag report on funding probe
N.J. to consider .50-caliber gun ban (Because we all know how many crimes in America are committed with .50-cals....argh)

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Plot to Behead NYPD Commissioner
Police Suspect Murder in Crash
'Student' Sex Offender's Data Sealed
Cops Hope to ID Torso Using Cherry Tattoo
Steamy E-Mails in Space Love Triangle
Cops: Husband Confessed to Killing Wife
NBA Star Artest Arrested After Assault Claim
Two Men Charged in Yale Choir Beating
Man wounds 3 co-workers, kills self
Some states put untrained cops on duty

Science / Medicine / Technology
China could put astronauts on moon in 15 years: expert
Missing: a huge chunk of the earth's crust

Mother Nature
Quake Flattens Hundreds of Buildings in Indonesia

Parents beat up principal over grades
Man wanted for trying to revive father's corpse
Arkansas House backs Apostrophe Act

Fox News
GRRR! Anna Nicole Smith's Sideshow
Pop Tarts: Is Nicole Richie Rocking an Engagement Ring?

Reuters: Top News
East Timor capital quiet, tense after protests
Hidden fees seen eroding U.S. 401k retirement plans
"Diddy" Combs sued for battery outside nightclub
Microsoft to offer Xbox 360 memory unit
DirecTV nears deal on baseball: report
Where Indian women lead, a better life follows
Tamiflu side effect concerns grow after Japan deaths
R-rated movies lure white teens into smoking: study
Scorsese, Wahlberg roll dice on HBO series
FCC payola probe boosts indie music
Stocks break five-day slide, yen eases
U.S. stock futures edge up, focus on M&A
Yen falls as rising stocks stall broad rally
Oil climbs away from $60 as stocks rebound
Gold off 6-week low; wary investors watch yen
Robust future for commodity indexes?
Ethanol eyes big supply overhang
Citigroup bids $10.8 bln for broker Nikko Cordial - Video
Buyout firm Blackstone may bid for Chrysler: source
Paulson: U.S. housing credit risks contained
LG Electronics shares surge on handset profit hopes
Greenspan sees 1/3 probability of U.S. recession: report
VW targets 20 pct of Chinese market in 2-3 years

AP World News
Asia stocks rally after global sell-off
Wal-Mart fires worker over eavesdropping
Obesity surgery triples among U.S. teens
Springer to host 'America's Got Talent'
Strait's 8 top ACM award nominations
Radcliffe to reprise Harry Potter role
Dow ends down 64 after erratic session
Obituaries in the news
Mennonites rally around bus survivors
Interview: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau
Lawmakers Vow Walter Reed Probe
What Military Leader are You Like?
Understanding Military Pay
Play Trivia and Win an iPod
Army Community Services Demystified

CENTCOM: Press Releases

NATO military committee visits USJFCOM
More about USJFCOM and Allied Command Transformation
JIOC-X continues to improve intelligence support for joint warfighter - podcast
New data technology makes aerial reconnaissance video available to users in the field - podcast
Congressman calls command modeling and simulation hub - podcast

Witnesses Testify to Battles with Bureaucracy - Story
Vice President Praises Troops, Thanks Veterans - Story
Hospital Offers Advanced Care in Afghanistan - Story
Brain-Injury Awareness Will Improve Treatment - Story

More Headline News
NATO Military Committee Visits Joint Forces Command
Coalition, Iraqi Troops Start Clearing Sadr City
Iraq Security Plan Will Take Months to Accomplish

Military News
U.S. Military Airlifts Relief Supplies to Bolivia
General Discusses Africa, European Commands
Leaders Call on Congress to Fund IED Research

America Supports You
Foundation Supports Troops - Story
New Yorkers Get Taste of Home
Texas Teen Supports Troops
Bush Inspires Support Groups

War on Terror
Jihadists Use Internet as Tool - Story
Forces Capture 38 Suspects in Iraq
Two Marines, Sailor Killed in Iraq
Convoy Attack Kills Three
Soldier Injured in Convoy Attack

New Model of Security Stresses Partnership, Cooperation - Story
Marines Test New Antenna
National Trauma Institute Forms
Squadron Tests Sniper Pod

Face of Defense
Woman Gunner Protects Unit
Soldier Tackles Numerous Duties
Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan

Solid Training Aids Afghanistan Forces as Decisive Battle Looms - Story - Bio
Bloggers' Roundtable Transcript
Bloggers' Roundtable Web Site

Coalition Rescues Iraqi Citizens - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Hospital Offers Advanced Care in Afghanistan - Story
Paratroopers Trade Shop Tools for Security - Story
Iraqis to Complete Work on Drainage Station - Story
Camp Liberty Soldiers Up-armor Humvees - Story

Golden Dragons Discover Six Weapons Caches
Bosnian EOD Unit Takes Action in Iraq
Troopers Come to Aid of Iraqi Toddler
Reconstruction Projects Provide Improvements
Reconstruction, Security Go Hand-In-Hand
Construction Continues on Children’s Hospital
Communicators Keep 1st Cavalry Connected
Army Engineers Help Deliver School Supplies
Training Mission Hones Skills of Pararescuemen
Iraqi Police Unit Bounces Back After Attack
Signal Company Keeps Brigade Talking
Maintenance Troops Supporting The Fight
Iraqi Business Restoration Progressing
Troops, Locals Celebrate Reopening of Market

Air Defense ‘Family’ Returns to Afghanistan
Donation ‘From The Heart’ Saves Wounded Ally
Spartans Turn Over Afghan Provinces

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
1205 - Aken, [Philips van Zwaben], crowned Roman-Catholic German King
1323 - Treaty of Paris
1447 - Tommaso Parentucelli succeeds Pope Eugene IV as Nicolas V
1460 - Treaty of Alcacovas-Portugal gives Castile Canary Islands for West Africa
1521 - Magellan discovers Guam
1646 - Joseph Jenkes, Massachusetts, receives 1st colonial machine patent
1664 - King Louis XIV & Emperor of Brandenburg signs covenant
1714 - Peace of Rastatt: French emperor Charles VI of Habsburg
1728 - Spain & England sign (1st) Convention of Pardo
1799 - Napoleon captures Jaffa, Palestine
1810 - Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US
1816 - Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck, Germany
1831 - Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
1836 - 3,000 Mexicans beat 182 Texans at the Alamo, after 13 day fight; HMS Beagle / Darwin reaches King George's Sound, Australia
1857 - Dred Scott Decision: Supreme Court rules slaves cannot be citizens
1861 - Provisionary Confederate Congress establishes Confederate Army
1862 - Battle of Pea Ridge, AR (Elkhorn Tavern)
1865 - Battle of Natural Bridge, FL; President Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Ball
1882 - Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
1886 - 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA
1896 - 1st auto in Detroit, MI - Charles B. King rides his "Horseless Carriage"
1899 - "Aspirin" patented by Felix Hoffmann
1902 - Census Bureau forms
1915 - Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos
1918 - US naval collier Cyclops disappears in Bermuda Triangle
1921 - Police in Sunbury, PA, issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee
1925 - Belgium annexes Eupen, Malmédy & Sankt Vith
1926 - China asks for a seat in the Security council
1929 - Turkey & Bulgaria sign friendship treaty
1930 - Brooklyn's Clarence Birdseye develops a method for quick freezing food
1933 - Poland occupies free city Danzig (Gdansk)
1936 - Belgium ends Locarno-pact
1940 - 1st US telecast from an airplane, New York, NY
1943 - Battle at Medenine, North-Africa - Rommels assault attack; Sukarno asks for cooperation with Japanese occupiers
1944 - USAF begins daylight bombing of Berlin
1945 - 117 SD-prisoners executed at Savage Farm; Assassination attempt on Höhere, SS Police führer Rauter; Chinese 38th division occupies Lashio; Erich Honnecker & Erich Hanke flee Nazis
1946 - France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese federation
1947 - XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc CA
1951 - Belgium extends conscription to 24 months
1953 - Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR
1957 - Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK
1959 - Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
1960 - President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament
1961 - 1st London minicabs introduced
1962 - US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
1964 - Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
1965 - 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, J. R. Willford
1967 - Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted; Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilujeva asks for political asylum in US
1974 - An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo
1978 - Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia
1981 - Soyuz 39 returns to Earth; Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News"
1982 - Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB)
1985 - Mexican authorities find body of US drug agent Enrique C Salaazar
1986 - USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km
1987 - 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100; Belgian ferry boat Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes and sinks - 192 die
1988 - 3 IRA suspects shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers
1990 - SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
1991 - Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated; The war is over"
1998 - 1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace; Matt Beck, an angry lottery accountant kills 4 at Connecticut state lottery

1405 - Johan II, King of Castille
1483 - Francesco Guicciardini, Italian attorney/president of Romagna
1761 - Earl d'Andréossi, French General/member of parliament
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese)
1812 - Aaron Lufkin Dennison, father of American watchmaking
1820 - Horatio Gouverneur Wright, Union Major General
1831 - Philip Henry Sheridan, Union Major General
1835 - Charles Ewing, Union Brigadier General
1909 - Obafemi Awolowo Nigeria, President of Nigeria (1979-83)
1917 - J. A. Mommersteeg, Dutch Assistant Secretary of Defense (KVP)
1921 - Oliver Wright British Ambassador (To US)
1923 - Ed McMahon, TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search)
1924 - William H. Webster, judge/head FBI/CIA
1926 - Alan Greenspan, economist/Presidential advisor (Federal Reserve Board)
1926 - Elwood H. [Bud] Hillis (Representative-IN)
1927 - Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., USAF/astronaut (Mercury 9, Gemini 5)
1929 - Hal Miller, British MP; Ho Dam, North Korean Secretary of State (1970-83); Thomas S. Foley (Representative-WA, 1965-94)/majority whip/Speaker of House
1933 - Heiko Wierenga, Dutch social-democrat mayor of Enschede (1977-94)
1933 - William Davis author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
1936 - A. "Bram" Stemerdink, Dutch minister of Defense (PvdA)
1936 - Marion S. Barry (Mayor-DC)
1937 - Valentina V. Tereshkova-Nikolayev, 1st woman in space (Vostok 6)
1939 - Christopher Bond (Senator-MO)
1941 - Ann Winterton British MP
1946 - Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)

1615 - Pieter Both, Dutch Admiral/1st Governor-General (East Indies, 1609-14), drowns
1754 - Henry Pelham, English premier (1745, 46-54), Gin Act, dies at about 57
1836 - Davy Crockett, US pioneer (Alamo), killed in battle at 49
1900 - Gottlieb Daimler, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65
1917 - Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73
1932 - John Philip Sousa, US composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77
1933 - Anton J. Cermak, US mayor of Chicago, murdered
1941 - John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
1945 - Jan Thijssen Dutch resistance fighter, executed at Savage Farm
1963 - Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
1964 - King Paul I of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
1968 - Joseph Martin, Jr., Speaker of the House, dies at 83
1981 - Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
1982 - Ayn Rand author-philosopher (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged), dies in New York at 77
1984 - Martin Niemöller German submarine captain/anti-Nazi minister, dies at 92
1993 - Nicholas Ridley English Minister of Finance, dies at 64
1994 - Tengis Abuladze Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
1996 - Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
1997 - Jagan Guyanes, Prime Minister of Guyana (1953, 57-64); Michael Manley, Jamaican Prime Minister (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92)
1998 - Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed

Reported Missing in Action
Carpenter, Howard B., US Army SF (OH); KIA, body not recovered

Small, Burt C., US Army SF (GA); known to be captured

Anselmo, William F., USAF (CO); C123K shot down (w/Rios), KIA, body not recovered

Colombo, Gary Lewis, USMC (WA); CH46A shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Lopez, Robert, US Army SF (WA); CH46A shot down (w/Seward) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Mitchell, Gilbert L., USN (CA); A6A shot down (co-pilot, w/Nelson), KIA, body not recovered

Nelson, Richard C., USN (PA); A6A shot down (pilot, w/Mitchell) - remains returned July, 1984

Rios, Noel L, USAF (NJ); C123K shot down (w/Anselmo), KIA, body not recovered

Seward, William H., USMC (GA); CH46A shot down (w/Lopez) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Coleman, Jimmy L., US Army (AL); shot on bridge, fell off - presumed KIA, body not recovered

McDonnell, John T., US Army (TX); AH1G shot down

Kusaka, Akira, Civilian-Fuji Television (Japan); not on official lists

Hummel, John F., US Army (TX); AH1G shot down (pilot, w/Milliner)

Milliner, William P., US Army (KY); AH1G shot down (co-pilot, w/Hummel)

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