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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Security Force, K-9 Unit Stay Alert

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Aldrich, assigned to Naval Security Force, K-9 Unit, and his military working dog Tyson a four-year-old Blue Belgium Malanois, take a little break for some fun at the obstacle course on base, May 7, 2007. Aldrich has worked with Tyson for 18 months in support of the mission to provide security to the base and the Mina Salman pier. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Aldrich, assigned to Naval Security Force, K-9 Unit, and his military working dog Tyson, search a line of buses in front of Naval Air Station Bahrain for any sign of explosives, May 7, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisette Latorre, assigned to Naval Security Force, K-9 Unit, trains with her military working dog Anna, a four-year-old German shepard, in a detection proficient trail and training exercise which Anna successfully met her objective of finding the explosive, May 7, 2007. The training is held at least three times per month so the dogs stay adept in detecting explosive odors. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Aldrich, assigned to Naval Security Force, K-9 Unit, and his military working dog Tyson, take a little break for some fun at the obstacle course on base, May 7, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos

A chief petty officer, assigned to Naval Security Force, K-9 Unit, trains with his Belgium malinois, in a detection proficient trail and training, May 7, 2007. The training is held at a minimum of three times per month so the dogs stay adept in detecting explosive odors. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos

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If You Pray, Now Would Be a Good Time...

5 U.S. Soldiers Dead, 3 Missing After Attack in Iraq's Triangle of Death

Saturday, May 12, 2007
Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Seven U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi army interpreter were attacked early Saturday while patrolling a Sunni insurgent area south of Baghdad, leaving five dead and three missing, the U.S. military said.

The military refused to specify whether the Iraqi interpreter was among those killed or among the missing, citing security.

Troops were searching for the missing, using drone planes, jets and checkpoints throughout the area, according to the statement. Soldiers were also asking local leaders for information.

The attack occurred at 4:44 a.m. about 12 miles west of Mahmoudiya, the military said, adding that nearby units heard explosions and a drone plane observed two burning vehicles 15 minutes later.

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Airmen from the Kansas Air National Guard remove debris from the site of the Greensburg High School in Greensburg, Kan., May 9, 2007. Approximately 400 National Guard members are assisting in the cleanup, providing security and performing other disaster response functions after a massive tornado decimated the town May 4. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Sgt. Heather Wright

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In Today's News - Saturday, May 12, 2007

Quote of the Day
"They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards."
-- US Army General / Chief of Staff Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Leaders: We Need Time
Homicide Attacks on Baghdad Bridges Kill 23
Iraq Officials Decry U.S. Troop Deployment
Study finds billions of Iraqi oil missing: NYT
Iraq's top Shi'ite party changes name, platform
Cheney, in Mideast, seeks help on Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. charges suspected Taliban ally in heroin ring

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Mogadishu blast kills 3 as top U.N. aid official visits
Bomb injures 15 in Turkey before protest rally
Blast at Spanish opposition office, no one hurt

Other Military News
Blue Angels regroup for show after crash

Politics / Government
N.J. Mulls Mandatory AIDS Tests
Obama assails private Medicare plans
Romney's estimated wealth in millions
New charges against former CIA official

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Granny's Punishment Fits Her Crime
Durham City Manager Says Police Improperly Handled Duke Rape Case
Feds: Doc Alters Drug Traffickers' Fingerprints
South American Beauty Queen Accused of Strangling Husband in Guyana
Cops Mull Charges in Boston Pops Brawl
British girl abducted in Portugal turns 4 - Video
Prison for man who faked retardation
Video shows former astronaut at airport

Adventures in Political Correctness
Imus producer: Sharpton a 'race-baiter'
Minnesota lawmakers pass smoking ban

U.N. News
Zimbabwe elected to chair key U.N. environment body

Science / Medicine / Technology
Dermatologist: Sunscreens Useless Against Serious Skin Cancer
Hubble telescope successor on target

Mother Nature
Wildfire Burns Unchecked in Georgia and Florida
Canadian Woman Mauled to Death By Boyfriend's Tiger
Wildfire Rips Through Resort Island - PHOTOS

Other News of Note
Teen becomes Indiana's youngest coroner

Fox News
Clashes Before Pakistani Judicial Protest Kill 8
NEWS IN PICTURES: The Day in Photos
Pop Tarts: Sienna Miller Lip-Locks With Mom; Pink Still Likes Ladies
Tom Cruise's Runaway Mom 'Dead' to Friends

Reuters: Top News
Tribes seek aid as Jamestown marks 400th year
Violence erupts over Pakistan's top judge, 15 dead
Russia says parts of Kosovo resolution unacceptable
Rival Ukraine leaders meet again on deadlocked poll
New Serb coalition to replace hardline speaker
Investors look for stocks pullback
Sun-Times shareholder to discuss sale with company
Wall Street bounces back as worries ease - Video
Oil rises towards $67 on output woes
AMD shares rise on bullish Nvidia comments
Weak dollar to keep fueling M&A boom
Shift may change shape of oil market
Microsoft eyes huge launch sales of "Halo 3" - report
BoA rules out higher LaSalle bid: media
Saudi, Dow sign deal to build giant petchem plant
Trial set for Google ad trademark case
IAC to launch Ask Mobile GPS service

AP World News
Virtual trip: Travel in 'Second Life'
McGregor earns minimum wage on stage
Davis helps Warriors rout Jazz 125-105
U.S., Europe seek passenger data deal
Davis carries Warriors to rout of Jazz
Red Wings stifle Ducks in Western opener
'Idol' finalists awash in hometown love
"Thank a Military Spouse" Contest
Advisors: Hey, You . . . Smile!
New Must-Have Benefits Guide
What To Do This Weekend?
Podcast: An Immigrant's "Act of Honor"
Def Tech: The Aging C-130 Career Fair Coming to Jacksonville on May 16th

CENTCOM: News Releases

U.S. Joint Forces Command modeling and simulation division wins award - podcast
More about CRADAS
Liveblogging: Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Conference 2007

Bush Honors Military Spouses at White House - Story
Bush Proclaims May 11 Military Spouse Day
Transcript: Bush Commemorates Military Spouse Day
Chairman Recognizes Military Spouses
Marine Wife, Officials Reflect on Military Spouse Day
Cheney to Sailors: U.S. Committed to Middle East - Story
Transcript of Cheney's Comments
Video: Cheney aboard the aircraft carrier USS Stennis
Petraeus Urges Troops to Use Ethical Standards - Story
Petraeus Letter to the Troops (pdf)
Army Must Be Prepared for ‘Persistent Conflict’ - Story
Iraqi Lawmakers Must Make Political Decisions - Story
Blocking Flow of ‘Accelerants’ Critical in Iraq - Story
Official: Progress Slow but Vital to Iraq Stability - Story
Casey Addresses Bonuses, Stability Operations - Story

More Headline News
Bush Asks for Time, Resources for Iraq Plan
America Will Stay on Offensive Against Terror
Chairman Honors Service Members and Spouses

Military News
Military Displays Equipment, Technology to Public
Deployed F-22s Leave Pacific, Return to Langley
Center Helps Find Sailor's Family After Tornado

War on Terror
Bomb-Builders Killed in Raid - Story
Air Strike Kills Terrorists
Three Servicemembers Killed
General Discusses Milestones

America Supports You
Gala Raises Funds for Troops - Story
Kids Salute the Troops
Mother Pours Out Support
Auto Group Supports Troops

Pentagon Channel Documentary Focuses on Military Technology - Story
Unmanned Aircraft Wing Debuts
New Concept Ensures Latest Technologies Reach Warfighters
Technology Leaves No Place to Hide

Face of Defense
Sons Follow Mother’s Footsteps - Story
Softball Champ Fixes Aircraft
Deployed Soldier Will Rely on ‘Ohana’
Specialist Sews for Others
Airman Dedicates Work to Fallen

Devil Dogs Take a Bite Out of Anbar Insurgency - Story
Transportation Mechanics Keep Group Rolling - Story
Deployed Moms Stay in Touch with Families - Story
Liaison Officer Builds Cohesive Relationship - Story
Iraqi, Coalition Forces Focus on Rashid District - Story
‘Fire Base Delta’ is Home Sweet Home for Troops - Story

Teamwork Pays Off for Iraqi Farmers, Residents
Iraqi Special Ops Forces Show off Capabilities
Soldiers Continue To Build Schools Amid Attacks
Iraqi Soldiers Say They Serve for Country, Family
Wolfhounds Secure Economic Success in Iraq
Bombed-out Baghdad Building Has New Mission

Djiboutian Institute of Arts Embraces Americans
Army Reserve Chief Visits Troops in Africa
Marines Donate Fitness Equipment to Villagers

Former Infantryman Finds Calling in Civil Affairs
Base Dedicated to Fallen ‘Spartan’ Leader
Vanguard Engineers Pave Way for Victory
Mental Health Care Moves to Military Front Lines


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

Today in History
1604 - The Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius.
1780 - Charleston, SC falls to the British
1789 - The Society of St. Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers, later becoming an in famous NYC political group.
1792 - A toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented.
1862 - Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, LA.
1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.
1870 - Manitoba becomes a province of Canada.
1881 - Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
1898 - Louisiana adopts a new constitution with a clause designed to eliminate black voters.
1915 - Croatians plunder Armenia; 250 are killed.
1925 - Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan become autonomous Soviet republics.
1928 - Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy.
1933 - The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration are formed.
1940 - Nazi conquest of France begins when the Germans cross the Meuse River.
1942 - 1,500 Jews are gassed in Auschwitz; A German U-boat sinks an American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River.
1943 - German troops in Tunisia surrender.
1944 - More than 900 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen, and Brüx.
1949 - The Berlin Airlift begins.
1951 - On Enewetak Atoll, the first H-Bomb test occurs.
1963 - A race riot erupts in Birmingham, AL.
1964 - Manlio Brosio is named secretary-general of NATO.
1965 - Israel and West Germany begin diplomatic relations.
1970 - Harry A. Blackmun is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice; 6 blacks are killed (5 of them by police) during race riots in Augusta, GA.
1975 - The U.S. merchant vessel Mayaguez is seized by Cambodian forces.
1980 - Maxie Anderson and his son, Chris, complete the first non-stop crossing of the U.S. via hot-air balloon.
1982 - In Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped before he can attack Pope John Paul II.
1986 - President Reagan appoints Dr. James C. Fletcher Administrator of NASA
1989 - Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic extremists
1997 - 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea

1670 - August II ("The Strong One"), King of Poland - had over 350 children.
1806 - Amos Beebe Eaton, Union Brevet Major General
1812 - Louis Ludwig Blenker, Union Brigadier General
1889 - Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
1910 - Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist / Nobel prize winner
1914 - Dan Daniel (Representative-VA); Howard K Smith, TV newsman
1922 - Barend Busnac, resistance fighter
1926 - Earl Hutto (Representative-FL); Mervyn M. Dymally (Representative-CA)
1928 - Manuel Lujan, Jr. (Representative-NM)
1936 - Tom Snyder, newscaster
1937 - Gerry E. Studds (Representative-MA)
1938 - Andrei Amalrik Russian dissident
1939 - Ronald Ziegler press secretary to Richard Nixon.
1942 - Dumitru Dediu Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)

0912 - Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912), dies at 45
1003 - Sylvester II [Gerbert van Aurillac], 1st French Pope (999-1003)
1012 - Sergius IV [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12)
1382 - Johanna I, Queen of Naples/Provence
1641 - Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
1649 - Isaac Doreslaer, English lawyer/diplomat, murdered
1788 - Louis E. van Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Austrian duke, dies at 69
1814 - Robert Treat Paine, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 83
1864 - Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 37; J. E. B. Stuart, Confederate General, dies at 31
1871 - John F. W. Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae)
1925 - Alfred Milner, British Governor (Cape Colony)/minister, dies at 71
1932 - Lindbergh baby found dead
1935 - Josef Pilsudski, Polish dictator (1926-35)
1951 - Oscar DePriest (Representative-IL), dies at 80
1956 - Hendrik P. Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
1970 - Leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78; Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WWI, WWII), dies at 78
1981 - Benjamin H. Sheares, President of Singapore
1989 - Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco shell, dies at 81
1994 - John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
1996 - Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84

Reported Missing in Action
Ashlock, Carlos, USMC (PA); KIA in ground attack (w/Agosto-Santos)

Agosto-Santos, Jose, USMC (PR); wounded and captured after ground attack (w/Ashlock) - released (POW exchange) January, 1968

Grenzebach, Earl Wilfre, Jr., USAF (NY); F105D shot down, presumed KIA

Gaddis, Norman C., USAF (TN); F4C shot down (w/Jefferson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Brigadier General - alive and well as of 1998
** also F-84G Fighter Pilot in the Korean War, TDY 31st TFW **

Jefferson, James M., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Gaddis) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Pitman, Peter P., USAF (GA); F105F disappeard on mission (w/Stewart)

Stewart, Robert A., USAF (DC); F105F disappeared on mission (w/Pitman)

The following USAF personnel lost in the shootdown of a C130B at Ngok Tavak:
Bucher, Bernard L. (IL); pilot

Hepler, Frank M. (PA); flight engineer - released by PRG March, 1973

Long, George W. (KS); loadmaster

McElroy, John L. (NY); navigator

Moreland, Stephen C. (CA); co-pilot

Also lost on the C130B:
Orr,Warren R., Jr., US Army SF (IL); passenger

The following US Army personnel also lost at Ngok Tavak, and believed KIA:
Coen, Harry B. (WY)

Craven, Andrew J.(NC)

Long, Julius W., Jr., (WA)

Moore, Maurice H. (MD)

Ransbottom, Frederick J. (OK);

Simpson, Joseph L. (CO);

Skivington, William E., Jr. (NV)

Sands, Richard E. (IL)

Stuller, John C. (VA)

Widner, Danny L. (TX)

Williams, Roy C. (TX)

Widdison, Imlay S. (VT)

Preiss, Robert F., Jr., US Army SF (NY); remains ID'd June, 1998

Adair, Samuel Y., Jr., USAF (GA); F4E shot down (w/Cressey) - remains recovered November, 1974

Bogard, Lonnie P., USAF (LA); F4D shot down (w/Ostermeyer)

Cressey, Dennis C., USAF (WY); F4E shot down (w/Adair) - remains recovered November, 1974

Ostermeyer, William H., USAF (FL); F4D shot down (w/Bogard)

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