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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Marine Drowns Saving 2 Boys Off North Carolina Beach

ALMA, Mich. — A U.S. Marine drowned after saving two children who were swimming off Atlantic Beach in North Carolina, the military said.

Master Sgt. Michael Wert, an intelligence chief for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C., was vacationing this past weekend with his family at the beach when he saw two boys struggling in the surf, the Marines said in a statement.

His wife, Debbie, said her husband rushed into the water to help while she went to call 911. Their daughter, Katrina, grabbed a boogie board and followed Wert, a Michigan native, into the water.

"She managed to help the boys onto the board, but didn't see her dad with them," Debbie Wert said in the statement. "The one little boy told her (Michael Wert) had to let them go and had died."

Rescue personnel found Wert but could not revive him.

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Our hearts are with this Marine's family, friends, and Marine brothers and sisters.

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded

By United States Marines.

Graphic by Doug Kidd

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JTACs connect air and ground forces
Senior Airman Dan Strom punches in coordinates inside a Stryker assault vehicle to verify his position May 6. Airman Strom is a joint terminal attack controller embedded with Army forces to communicate coordinates for close-air support during fire fights with enemy ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.)

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Doylestown Marine Gives Ultimate Sacrifice

May 1, 2007 -- DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- A Montgomery County family is in mourning, after a Marine with deep ties to the area died in Iraq while on his second tour.

First Lt. Travis Manion, 26, was killed by sniper fire Sunday, while on patrol in Anbar province.

The Doylestown native was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

He’s remembered by friends and family as a tremendous athlete and a promising young man.

Staff at La Salle College High School said the 1999 graduate kept in constant contact with family and friends even sending the school pictures from a war zone.

In an e-mail written to family and friends, Manion wrote, "As in anything in life, true success does not come from battles won easily.”

Make sure to read the rest...this Marine - and his family - are true Heroes. Our hearts are with his family, friends, and Marine brothers and sisters.

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded

By United States Marines.

Graphic by Doug Kidd

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HOLDING ON — U.S. Army Spc. Jessica Bailey, a unit supply specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Dayton, Ohio, looks at a picture of her son, Caleb, at Forward Operating Base Falcon, May 2, 2007. Bailey said she sleeps with Caleb’s hoodie every night to keep a part of him close by. U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Smith

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In Today's News - Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Quote of the Day
"You cannot negotiate with terrorists
because the single response of terrorists
for fulfilling their demands is blackmail -
new demands, nothing more.
This was our experience
with the regime of Adolph Hitler"

-- Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman, February 17, 2002

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Pentagon Announces 35,000 to Deploy to Iraq
Dems Offer Plan to Fund Iraq War Through July
Cheney makes unannounced visit to Iraq
Suicide truck bomber kills 19 in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
21 civilians killed in Afghan airstrike

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
'Unsung Hero' Store Clerk Cracked Jihad Terror Plot
FOX Facts: Background on Fort Dix - VIDEO
Store Clerk Helps Feds Bust 6 in Alleged 'Jihad' Plot to Kill U.S. Soldiers at Fort Dix
Jury chosen in former "enemy combatant" trial
Cuban deserters could be shot for hijack deaths
North Africa Qaeda wing vows more suicide bombings
CIA did not focus enough on Khan network: researcher
Olmert expected to meet Abbas next week
Video allegedly shows Algerian attack

Troops on Trial
Marine says found live children among Haditha dead

Fallen Heroes
Queen Elizabeth II to Visit National World War II Memorial

Other Military News
Pentagon: Guard Ready for Natural Disasters
Changes urged in veteran combat stress policies
White House rebuts Guard shortage claim
Lawmakers Urge GI Bill Extension
F-22's Wrap up Okinawa Deployment

Religion of Peace??
Canadian Women Booted From Saudi Fair

Worldwide Wackos
Major powers to discuss sanctions against Iran - Video

Politics / Government
South Dakota Won't Recall License Plate Calling for Bush Impeachment
N.Y. Gov. Spitzer to Endorse Hillary
Sharpton denies disputing Romney's faith

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Judge Tosses Fed Indictment of Cuban Militant
Senate talks on immigration bill threatened
LA immigrant activist plan June 24 rally

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Court Weighs Koran vs. Bible
Brewer Ordered to Pay $49G to Alcoholic Beer Taster
Woman Testifies 'Demonic' Spector Forced Her Into Bedroom at Gunpoint
$20,000 Reward Offered for Information on Missing Illinois Mom
New York Mets Fan Sues Team Over Broken Back Suffered at Ballpark
Police Arrest Student Gunman for Deadly Shooting Over PlayStation
DOJ: Alleged D.C. Madam Client Is Dead
University of Texas Investigates Frat Death
- Mo. Sorority Sisters Charged With Hazing
$20K Reward Offered for Info on Missing Mom

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Old media turns combative against new media

Science / Medicine / Technology
Time of Conception Changes Baby's Smarts
Hospital: We Broke Law By Sterilizing Girl
Bird flu not only pandemic risk, U.S. experts warn
Mars probe in Florida for launch preparations
Internet encyclopedia to list all 1.8 mln species
Soup or salad before a meal helps weight loss-study
States react to crisis pregnancy centers
Scientists: Storms power winds on Saturn

Mother Nature
Kansas Tornado Cop Dies After Daughter's Bedside Wedding
Delaying tactics endanger US wildlife: report
Fire in L.A. hills forces evacuation of zoo, park
Kansas residents mull whether to rebuild
Midwest flooding could near 1993 levels
Bear kills moose in Alaska driveway

Notorious Black Cult Leader Dead - Yehweh Ben Yehweh ran Temple of Love
Man takes driving test drunk, fails
Motorists drove around dead body on road - Video

Other News of Note
Cracker Barrel Yanks Burgers From Menu

Fox News
Pop Tarts: Lindsay Lohan Caught in Cocaine Crisis?

Reuters: Top News
U.S. digs in as Europe queries Wolfowitz's command
France's Sarkozy attacked over luxury cruise
Quebec separatist leader quits after election loss
U.S. urges World Bank to give Wolfowitz "fair process"
Men go for luxury when choosing handbags-survey
Paris Hilton draws petitions for, against jail - Video
"Ashamed" George Michael admits to driving on drugs - Video
Nikkei nearly flat on profit-taking
Dollar drifts sideways before Fed decision
Wall Street ends steady ahead of Fed meeting - Video
Cisco posts higher profit but market unimpressed
Reuters investors say bid is fair
Nasdaq: No "meaningful" LBO plans
Audio: Are specialists days numbered?
Bidding war seen over Alcan
Thomson in talks to buy Reuters - Video
SEC charges Hong Kong couple over Dow Jones trades
Disney profit up on studio, revs short of Wall St
Striking GM Opel workers to vote Thursday
EA warns on 2008 profit as "Spore" delayed

AP World News
Pope begins pilgrimage to Latin America
`Dancing With the Stars' loses one more
Fed expected to keep rates steady
Nose job: Suns square series with Spurs
Gas station owner told to raise prices
LeBron means business as Cavs cut Nets
O.J. tossed from steakhouse on Derby eve
Maturing Beckett leads majors in wins
Most NASCAR teams want COT in 2008
Disney earnings grow 2.1 percent
Tom Sizemore arrested in drug case
Obituaries in the news
Poll: Is the VA Doing Enough About PTSD?
New Must-Have Benefits Guide
Podcast: "The Unit" Season Finale
SpouseBUZZ Live! Going to SoCal
Blog: Real OPSEC Violators
Def Tech: Rat Claws to the Rescue
Send your love home!

CENTCOM: News Releases

U.S. Joint Forces Command modeling and simulation division wins award
Liveblogging: Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Conference 2007
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
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability rolls out enhanced Joint Knowledge Online - podcast

Six Arrested for Plotting to Kill U.S. Soldiers - Story
National Guard Has Assets for Kansas Relief - Story
Officials Announce Next Iraq Troop Rotation - Story
U.S. Soldiers Continue to Gain Trust of Afghans - Story
Official Apologizes over Accidental Deaths - Story
U.S. Navy Seahawk Helicopter Crashes in Nevada - Story

More Headline News
Signs of Progress Seen in Anbar Reconstruction
Iraqis Can Move Forward as Surge Takes Hold
Institutional Competence Slow, But Growing
National Guard Responds to Tornado Aftermath

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
Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Car Showcases Program Logo - Story
Former Marine Helps Heroes
Group Helps Families in Crisis
Pentagon Concert Kicks Off Military Appreciation Month

War on Terror
Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain 24 - Story
Three Servicemembers Killed
Taliban Militants Detained
12 U.S. Troops Die in Iraq

Unmanned Aircraft Wing Debuts
New Concept Ensures Latest Technologies Reach Warfighters
Technology Leaves No Place to Hide
Face of Defense
Hawaiian Soldier Will Rely on ‘Ohana’ to Manage Extension - Story
Specialist Sews for Others
Airman Dedicates Work to Fallen
Army Scientist Studies Soldiers
Soldier Helps African Youngsters

Mental Health Care Moves to Military Front Lines - Story
Army Reserve Chief Visits Troops in Africa - Story
Soldiers Continue To Build Schools Amid Attacks - Story
Iraqi Soldiers Say They Serve for Country, Family - Story

Wolfhounds Secure Economic Success in Iraq
Bombed-out Baghdad Building Has New Mission
Water Tops Priorities for Kirkuk’s Rural Majority
Aerial Porters Save Lives by Moving Air Cargo
Dragon Soldiers Vie for Prestigious Invitation
Kirkuk Police Academy Boosts Training Level

Marines Donate Fitness Equipment to Villagers

Spartan Sappers Secure Area of Operation
Troop Commander Delivers Aid, Mentorship

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

1502 - Columbus sets sail from Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World.
1689 - King William III of England declares war on France.
1753 - King Louis XV disbands the French parliament.
1788 - English parliament accepts abolishment of the slave trade.
1862 - The U.S. Naval Academy is relocated from Annapolis, MD to Newport, RI.
1864 - Battle of Dalton, GA
1901 - Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
1936 - Italy takes Addis Ababa, annexing Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1941 - The British Army breaks German spy codes.
1943 - The 5th German Panser army surrenders in Tunisia.
1944 - Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch is arrested; The Russians recapture Crimea, taking Sevastopol.
1945 - Czechoslovakia is liberated from Nazi occupation; Jersey is liberated from the Nazis; Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl is arrested; A victory celebration takes place at Red Square.
1949 - Prince Rainier III becomes the leader of Monaco.
1950 - French Foreign minister Robert Schuman announces the Schuman Plan for European integration.
1955 - The German Federal Republic joins NATO.
1960 - Nigeria becomes a member of the British Commonwealth; The U.S. send a U-2 over the USSR.
1962 - A laser beam is successfully bounced off the Moon for the first time.
1964 - Khrushchev visits Egypt.
1967 - The first flight of a Fokker F-28 Fellowship occurs.
1977 - Patty Hearst is released from prison.
1978 - The corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro is found.
1979 - The U.S. & USSR sign the Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons.
1989 - Vice President Dan Quayle says in a United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste."
1993 - Paraguay holds its first presidential & parliamentary elections in 50 years.
1995 - Kinshasa, Zaire is placed under quarantine after an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
1997 - The first US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam.

1800 - John Brown, abolitionist; leader of Harpers Ferry attack
1824 - William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Confederate Brigadier General
1873 - Howard Carter British archaeologist/Egyptologist, discoverer of King Tut's tomb
1907 - Baldur von Schirach German writer/Nazi politician
1913 - John Hayes, Admiral
1915 - Richard Janvrin, British Vice Admiral
1918 - Mike Wallace, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes); Orville Freeman, (Senator-MN)/Secretary of Agriculture
1927 - Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist, 1967 Nobel Prize winner
1931 - Vance DeVoe Brand Longmont, astronaut (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35)
1932 - J. Alex McMillan (Representative-NC)
1942 - John D. Ashcroft (Governor, MO /Attorney General)
1949 - Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)

1280 - Magnus VI Lagaboeter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
1657 - William Bradford Governor (Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts), dies
1667 - Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48)
1688 - Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
1864 - "Uncle" John Sedgwick, Union Major-General, dies in battle at 50; Thomas Donnely Doubleday, Union Colonel, dies in an accident
1931 - A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
1937 - Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
1949 - Louis II Prince of Monaco
1965 - Leopold Figl, premier of Austria, dies at 62
1968 - Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
1987 - Obafemi Awolowo, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 78
1990 - Pauline Frederick 1st woman to moderate Presidential debate, dies at 84
1991 - James L. Reinsch media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy)
1992 - Mike Tyrell [Red Baron], British air acrobat, dies in an accident

Reported Missing in Action
Kardell, David A., USN (CA); F8D crashed, remains returned July, 1989 - ID'd November, 1989

Wistrand, Robert C., USAF (NY); F105D crashed

Dexter, Bennie L., USAF (OR); capture witnessed, Jeep found

Todd, Robert Jacy, USMC (MA); KIA/BNR

Leopold, Stephen R., US Army (OK); released by PRG (injured) March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Van Artsdalen, Clifford V., US Army (PA); KIA/BNR

Haight, Stephen H., US Army (NY); UH1C crashed - Killed, BNR

Reeder, William S., US Army (CA); AH1G shot down, released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel

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