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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Marines Enjoy Fine Dining in Iraq

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Francisco A. Santiago, mess chief and logistic chief assigned to Task Force Tarawa, briefs Cpl. Alige D. Facen-Vaughn, assistant mess chief with TFT, and Lance Cpl. Rene M. Cruzhernandez, a food service specialists, on the menu for the evening meal at Command Outpost Norseman, Rutbah, Iraq, May 2, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Traynham

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rene M. Cruzhernandez, a food service specialist assigned to Task Force Tarawa, empties a bag of shrimp scampi into a heated serving pan at Command Outpost Norseman, Rutbah, Iraq, May 2, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Traynham

U.S. Marines are served two hot meals a day. Some of the items they have grown to love are the shrimp scampi, pot roast and chicken alfredo at Command Outpost Norseman, Rutbah, Iraq, May 2, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Traynham

U.S. Marines are served two hot meals a day. They have grown to love the shrimp scampi, pot roast and chicken alfredo at Command Outpost Norseman, Rutbah, Iraq, May 2, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Traynham

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rene M. Cruzhernandez, a food service specialist assigned to Task Force Tarawa, smiles while unloading boxes in the rain during a re-supply moments after he is told he has the composite score to be promoted to the rank of corporal at Command Outpost Norseman, Rutbah, Iraq, May 2, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Traynham

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Francisco A. Santiago, mess chief and logistic chief assigned to Task Force Tarawa, lends a hand during a recent re-supply at Command Outpost Norseman, Rutbah, Iraq, May 2, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Traynham

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Take a Deep Breath, 'Cause This Will Tick You Off...

Deployed troops battle for child custody

AP National Writer
Sat May 5, 5:22 PM ET

She had raised her daughter for six years following the divorce, handled the shuttling to soccer practice and cheerleading, made sure schoolwork was done. Hardly a day went by when the two weren't together. Then Lt. Eva Crouch was mobilized with the Kentucky National Guard, and Sara went to stay with Dad.

A year and a half later, her assignment up, Crouch pulled into her driveway with one thing in mind — bringing home the little girl who shared her smile and blue eyes. She dialed her ex and said she'd be there the next day to pick Sara up, but his response sent her reeling.

"Not without a court order you won't."

Within a month, a judge would decide that Sara should stay with her dad. It was, he said, in "the best interests of the child."

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U.S. Navy Color Guard stands at attention during the commissioning ceremony for the USS Hawaii, the Navy's newest stealth Virginia-class nuclear submarine, at Groton, Conn., May 5, 2007.

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In Today's News - Sunday, May 6, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs-even though checkered by failure than to take rank with these poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much. Be wise, they live in the gray twilight that know not of victory, nor defeat. Nor true sorrow nor true love."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Al Qaeda in Iraq Leader on Purported Recording
Bomber kills 9 Iraqi police recruits near Baghdad
Al-Qaida in Iraq warns Sunnis on jobs

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban delay French hostage decision
Several Taliban Commanders Believed Killed Near Shindand

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Hamas Rejects U.S. Timeline as 'Farce'
U.S. Could Host Terrorists Under Proposals (What the flippin' heck is this?!?)
Israeli defense minister plans to stay on for now
Terror Chief Mocks War Funding Bill (Man, these manure-heads tick me off. Can't wait for the day we send Zawahiri packing off to the Hell he so richly deserves)

Other Military News
Brain Damaged Troops Misdiagnosed

Politics / Government
Bush to Dems: Don't Touch Abortion Policy
N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine to Return to Work
U.S. system trips up women seeking presidency (I am so tired of this crap...)
White House hopeful Romney woos religious right
Bush, Democrats still far apart on Iraq bill (funny, that....imagine...victory and defeat being far apart...)
Presidential hopefuls meet Googlers
Bush urges prompt Iraq war funding bill
Bush promotes exercise, then goes biking
McCain criticizes Clinton's Iraq move

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
36 Bodies Recovered After Haitian Boat Sinks
Local immigration laws bring high costs

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Child Abuser Lived the Good Life
Report: Weedkiller Killed Cricket Coach
Illinois Police Search for Missing Mom
Teen Stabs Woman at Mall of America
Opinions vary on fate of Va. Tech hall
Bomb warning found before Tech shooting

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Brazil Orders Pull of Ad for Sale of Wife

Mother Nature
Two Minutes of Hell - Tornado wipes Kansas town from the Earth
PHOTOS - VIDEOS: Deadly Tornado - Officials Discuss Twister
Future of Dead Sea in Jeopardy

2 Students Missing After Boats Capsize
Man Finds Stolen Car, Has it Stolen Again

Other News of Note
Street Sense Wins Kentucky Derby- DERBY STORY
Survivors recall Hindenburg 70 years on

Fox News
114 Feared Dead in Kenya Airlines Crash
What Can Paris Expect Behind Bars? - PICS

Reuters: Top News
Rescuers comb jungle for Kenya Airways wreckage - Video
France's Sarkozy slams Royal over "riot" warning - Video
New secularist protests pressure Turkish government - Video
Bodies of 105 militia victims found in Colombia
"Spider-Man" breaks 1-day record in North America
Eyes on FOMC as stocks seen trending higher - Video
Yahoo falls after WSJ says Microsoft talks off
Wall St ends up; Dow at record on deals, data - Video
Dollar falls on soft payrolls report
Gold hits 2-week high after weak U.S. jobs data
Soft data bolsters rate-cut forecast
Balance sheet expectations
RBS trio proposes $24.5 billion bid for LaSalle: sources
Buffett says may hire 4 CIOs, insurance to weaken
Regulators probe unusual Dow Jones trading
EMI being eyed by 3 U.S. private equity firms: report
Magna only interested bidder for Chrysler: paper
Berkshire shareholder's PetroChina proposal fails

AP World News
Amaechi: 'I underestimated America'
Accordions rule at New Orleans Jazz Fest
Sabbatini leads at Wachovia Championship
Bonds hits his 744th career home run
Canada mints 200-pound, solid-gold coin
Scioscia: Angels' winningest manager
Sunset farewell at Waikiki for Don Ho
Slideshow: Pacific Air Aces
Podcast: The Crew of TV's 'The Unit'
Blog: Military Bloggers Under Threat?
Op-ed: Blasting Buffoonery
Def Tech: JSF Engine Pork Continues
Play Trivia and Win an iPod
Send your love home!

CENTCOM: News Releases

Joint Futures Lab flexes cross-domain translation capability during Trident Warrior 2007 - podcast
Learn more about CDCIE
USJFCOM to assist as DoD and DEA partner up to support personnel recovery - podcast
Learn more about JPRA

Secretary Visits Joint Readiness Training Center - Story
Gates Thanks Wounded Warriors for Sacrifice - Story
Division Targets Flow of 'Accelerants of Violence' - Story
Officials Note Mental Health Assessment Findings - Story
Defense Officials Honor Top Military Installations - Story
Officials Laud Florida Employers for Support - Story
Armed Forces Recruits Take Oath of Enlistment - Story

More Headline News
Secretary Urges Vigilance in War On Terror
Gates Visits ‘Amazing’ Army Rehabilitation Center
Gates Joins Revelers to Welcome Troops Home
Agencies Must Act Now to Move Iraq Forward

Military News
Officials ID Five Missing World War II Airmen
Webcasts Bring Graduations to Deployed Parents
Edwards Airmen Star in 'Ironman' Superhero Movie
U.S. Soldiers, Community Remember Wereth 11

America Supports You
Pentagon Concert Kicks Off Military Appreciation Month - Story
RE/MAX Receives Award for Supporting Troops, Families - Story
Grassroots Groups Join Celebration
Singer Shows Military Appreciation
Vet Notes Cell Phone's Value

War on Terror
Two Al Qaeda Leaders Killed
Seven Soldiers Killed in Iraq
‘Rat Trap’ Targets al Qaeda
Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 39

Navy to Commission Attack Sub
Unmanned Aircraft Wing Debuts
New Concept Ensures Latest Technologies Reach Warfighters
Technology Leaves No Place to Hide

Face of Defense
Airman Dedicates Work to Fallen - Story
Deployed Airman Helps Others
Army Scientist Studies Soldiers
Soldier Helps African Youngsters
Soldier Beats Injury, Runs Marathon

Aerial Porters Save Lives by Moving Air Cargo - Story
Dragon Soldiers Vie for Prestigious Invitation - Story
Kirkuk Police Academy Boosts Training Level - Story
Combat Medics Proven Under Pressure - Story

Yusufiyah Joint Security Station Opens
Communications Airmen Make the Connection
Army Engineers, Iraqis Build New Water Plant

Marines Donate Fitness Equipment to Villagers
Marines Collect Sandals for Residents in Africa
Country Desk Officers Play Vital Role in Africa

Troop Commander Delivers Aid, Mentorship
Unmanned Aircraft Boosts Surveillance Efforts

DefendAmerica Week in Review
Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

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

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
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Today in History
1527 - Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending the Renaissance
1529 - Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals
1536 - King Henry VIII, orders bible be placed in every church
1598 - Arch duke Albrecht & Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands
1626 - Dutch colonist Paul Minuit buys Manhattan for $24 in trinkets
1642 - Ville Marie (Montréal) forms
1644 - Johan Mauritius resigns as Governor of Brazil
1648 - Battle at Zólty Wody-Bohdan Chmielricki's Cossaks beat John II Casimir
1672 - Brandenburgs monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
1753 - French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
1757 - Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beats emperor army
1794 - Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
1804 - Suriname sold to English (until February 1816)
1840 - 1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
1851 - Dr. John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"; Linus Yale patents Yale-lock; New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
1853 - 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, CT)
1856 - U.S. Army troops from Forts Tejon and Miller prepare to ride out to protect Keyesville, California, from the Yokut Indians
1860 - San Fransisco Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club, founded
1861 - Arkansas & Tennessee become 9th & 10th states to secede from US; Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy
1864 - Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA; Battle of Wilderness-General Longstreet seriously injured; General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta, GA
1877 - Chief Crazy Horse, who defeated Custer, surrenders to U.S. troops in Nebraska
1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration; Epping Forest England dedicated by Queen Victoria
1889 - Universal Exposition opens in Paris France; Eiffel Tower completed
1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
1891 - Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
1902 - British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon - 739 die; Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa
1910 - King George V ascends to British throne
1913 - King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, North-Albania
1914 - British House of Lords rejects women suffrage
1915 - Allies attack Cape Helles, Hellespont
1915 - German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland
1916 - Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East-Africa
1919 - Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; German East Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German Southwest Africa to South Africa
1933 - Italy & USSR sign trade agreement
1935 - British King George & Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee
1937 - Dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)
1938 - Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
1941 - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia; Bob Hope gives his first USO show at March Field, in CA
1942 - Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
1943 - British 1st Army opens assault on Tunis
1945 - General J. Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands; Axis Sally makes her final broadcast to Allied troops.
1955 - West Germany joins NATO
1957 - Italian Government of Segni resigns; Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
1959 - Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships
1960 - President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960; Students attack Dutch embassy in Djakarta; Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramón Mercader), freed in México
1961 - Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
1962 - 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen); Antonio Segni elected President of Italy; Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquers Nam Tha Laos
1966 - Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
1967 - 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College; Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim President of India
1968 - Battle between students & troops in Paris, France, 1000 injured; Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
1970 - Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mount Everest
1972 - South Vietnam's 5th Division at An Loc, under daily artillery battering, continue to hold their ground as reinforcements fight their way north up Highway 13
1974 - West German chancellor W. Brandt resigns
1975 - Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, NE
1978 - South Africa military goes into Angola
1981 - US expels Libyan diplomats
1984 - José Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
1985 - 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards Air Force Base
1987 - Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice; PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
1988 - Doughnutgate incident: New Jersey Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
1990 - Former President PW Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party
1991 - Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
1993 - STS-55 (Columbia) lands
1994 - Chunnel linking England & France officially opens; House passes the assault weapons ban; Nelson Mandela & his ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa
1996 - Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war; Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President
1997 - Army Staff Sergeant Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape
2012 - Transit of Venus

0973 - Henry II, Roman Catholic German king/emperor (1002/14-24)
1501 - Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], humanist/Pope (1555, 22 days)
1758 - Maximilien Robespierre Arras, French revolutionary/avocat (1781)
1769 - Ferdinand III archduke of Austria/ruler of Toscane
1801 - George Sears Greene, Union Brevet Major General
1812 - Martin Robinson Delaney Charlestown VA, 1st Black Major in US Medical Corps
1813 - Joseph Tarr Copeland, Union Brigadier General
1825 - Joseph Bailey, Union Brevet Major General
1829 - Phoebe Ann Coffin, 1st female ordained minister in New England
1856 - Robert Edwin Peary, arctic explorer (North Pole-April 6 1909); Sigmund Freud, cigar smoker, father of psycho-analysis
1875 - William Daniel Leahy, 5-star Admiral/Chief of Staff (1949)
1888 - Emmanuel Celler (Representative-NY, 1923-73)
1902 - Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshall
1912 - Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral
1915 - John Arnold, British high court judge
1922 - Carlos J. Moorhead (Representative-CA)
1926 - John Hamilton-Jones CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Major-General
1931 - Marvin Leath (Representative-TX)
1934 - Richard C. Shelby (Representative-AL /Senator-AL)
1939 - Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
1941 - Fred J. Eckert (Representative-NY, 1985-87)
1946 - Jim Ramstad (Representative-MN)
1949 - David Cornell Leestma, USN/astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45)
1952 - Chiaki Naito-Mukai, astronaut (STS 65, 95)
1953 - Tony Blair, British PM (Labour, 1997- )
1954 - Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, cosmonaut
1955 - Donald A. Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94); John Hutton, MP
1959 - Charles Hendry, MP; Eric D. Fingerhut (Representative-OH)

0523 - Thrasamunde, King of Vandalen
0988 - Dirk II West Frisian, Count of Holland
1085 - King Alfonso VI of León, conquerer of Toledo
1124 - Balak Emir of Aleppo, murdered
1527 - Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
1727 - Catharina I Latvia, Tsarina of Russia, dies at about 42
1862 - Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44
1864 - Henry Livermore Abbott, Union Brigadier-General, dies in battle; Micah Jenkins, Confederate Brigadier-General (friendly fire), dies at 28
1882 - Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
1910 - Edward VII King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
1916 - Dirk Bos, Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
1919 - Frank Lyman Baum, author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62
1987 - William J. Casey, Director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73
1995 - Dona Maria Pia de Braganca pretender to Port throne, dies at 88
1996 - Geoffrey Hodges bomb disposal expert, dies at 87

Reported Missing in Action
Stubberfield, Robert A., USAF (NC); RF101C shot down - remains returned June, 1989

Dodson, James, USAF; RF101C shot down - escaped June, 1966 - deceased

Lamar, James L., USAF (AR); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Wideman, Robert Earl, USN (OH); A4E shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive in 1998

Aldrich, Lawrence L., US Army (TX); KIA / BNR

Baird, William A., US Army (OH); released by PRG (injured) March, 1973 - alive in 1998

Branch, Michael P., US Army (KY); released by PRG March, 1973 - accused of collaboration

Billipp, Norman K., USMC (WI); O1G shot down (w/Hagan) - remains ID'd November, 1996

Hagan, John Robert, USMC (GA); O1G shot down (w/Billipp) - remains returned, ID'd November, 1996

Hernandez, Frank S., US Army (CA); Killed when UH1H collided with another helicopter and crashed (w/Worthington)

Kier, Larry Gene, US Army (NE); disappeared after ground action (w/Teran)

Teran, Refugio T., US Army (MI); disappeared after ground action (w/Kier)

Worthington, Richard C., US Army (WA); Killed when UH1H collided with another helicopter and crashed (w/Hernandez)

Wiles, Marvin B., USN (CA); A7E shot down

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