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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

God Speed, PFC Joseph Anzack, Jr.

Relatives Say Body Found in Iraq Is Missing GI

BAGHDAD — The body of a U.S. soldier found floating in the Euphrates River in Iraq earlier Wednesday was identified as a California man abducted along with two comrades nearly two weeks ago, his aunt confirmed to FOX News.

A military official with police officers visited the home of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. and told his family that a commanding officer identified the body. She said the official told them the GI had died of a gunshot wound to the head.

"They told us we're sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe," said Debbie Anzack, choking back tears. "I'm in disbelief."

Read the Rest, and please keep this family and those still waiting for news in your hearts and prayers.

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A place for remembrance
Brookwood American Military Cemetery groundskeeper Stephen Leigh readies the cemetery May 23 for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott Wakefield)

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HeadHunters teach search techniques, net insurgent

Cavalry Regiment demonstrate the fundamentals of detainee searches to 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division soldiers at a combat outpost in Tal Afar, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo courtesy of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment)

SR# 051707-63
May 17, 2007

By Sgt. Paula Taylor
4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

TAL AFAR, Iraq—For the first time, members of 1st Platoon, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division conducted training together.

The training event, which allowed the cavalry to travel to several Iraqi Army area patrol bases, lasted two weeks and covered several types of searches.

“The searches that were taught were the search and seizure, cordon and search, vehicle search, and personnel search,” said Pfc. Kenneth Malone, cavalry scout. “These searches are important because they are vital to the success of their mission.”

Just after the initial class of students had finished learning proper search techniques, a call alerting the group was received of a possible foreign fighter being spotted in the immediate area.

“The call was from a source that identified a foreign fighter hiding out in the house across the street from where we were training,” said 1st Lt. David Boelens. “The IA went across the street and captured the foreign fighter, using many of the techniques our Soldiers had taught them a couple of hours earlier.”

Throughout the two-week period, Coalition Forces said they trained about 40-50 Iraqi soldiers per day.

“We trained at least 300 IA from first battalion alone,” Malone said. “They took the training well.”

Most of the scouts agreed that the IA soldiers learned valuable techniques that could possibly save lives.

“The combined experiences of my noncommissioned officers and Soldiers gave the IA soldiers good search techniques that may someday save their lives,” said Boelens. “Knowing what to look for and how to mitigate the threat is something that the IA have been instilled with. We are just helping to enhance that knowledge.”
Boelens feels the classes were relevant and will directly impact the Iraqi Army’s missions by making them more effective, and said that his unit will continue the training throughout the HeadHunter’s deployment.

Iraqi Army and Coalition Soldiers assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, take cover behind a cement barrier after receiving small-arms fire in Tal Afar, Iraq. The CF are working with IA in the area to teach, coach and mentor their fighting skills. (U.S. Army photo courtesy of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment)

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Quincy Jallah, son of a fallen soldier, honors the presentation of colors during the “Time of Remembrance” ceremony, May 20, 2007, near the Washington Monument. Defense Dept. photo by Melinda L. Larson - Story

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We Interrupt This Blog for an Important Announcement

John Edwards is a jackass.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blogging.

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GULF OF OMAN — The USS John C. Stennis and USS Denver steam through the Gulf of Oman, May 22, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Denny Cantrell

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In Today's News - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Not to have an adequate air force
in the present state of the world
is to compromise the foundations
of national freedom and independence."

— Winston Churchill, House of Commons, March, 1933

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. Checking If Body Is Missing GI - VIDEO
Iraq war funds bill set to pass Congress Video
Hometowns await word of missing soldiers
Aviators, Logistics Soldiers Team Up in Search
Soldiers Focus on Finding Missing Comrades
More Troops Mean More Contacts with Enemy
More Than 80 Medical Clinics to Open in Iraq
Iraqi Government May Add Security Forces

Operation Enduring Freedom
Canada could lengthen Afghan mission, PM signals

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Fort Dix suspect applied for police jobs
Bush Details Bin Laden Plan for Terror Attacks Against U.S.
Gunfire Rips Lebanon Refugee Camp - VIDEO
Gaza groups snub Abbas on unilateral halt to rockets - Video
Germans outraged by "scent profiling" ahead of G8
Kurd rebel group deny carrying out Ankara attack - Video
Three UK terrorism suspects flee "control orders"

Troops on Trial
Female Airman Punished for Threesome

Other Military News
Navy Assembles 9 Warships Off Iranian Coast in Surprise Show of Force in Gulf (FINALLY we're doing SOMETHING!)
PHOTO ESSAY: Fleet Week Arrives in NYC
Boeing arms chief warns against "peace dividend" (Peace Dividend?????)
Army Tests Futuristic Engine
President Praises U.S. Coast Guard Graduates
Officials Unveil Plans for Vietnam Veterans Center

Worldwide Wackos
Watchdog: Iran Nuke Work Defies U.N. - VIDEO (Stunning, eh?)
Iran detains fourth Iranian American

Homegrown Moonbats
Rosie, Elisabeth wage angry war of words (Go Elizabeth!)

Politics / Government
Edwards Rips War on Terror as 'Bumper Sticker' Slogan
Bush: Iraq at center of terror fight
Iraq War Funding Bill Offers Wins, Losses for Dems, GOP
Hillary Memo: Forget Iowa?
Goodling Points Finger at Deputy AG
Former Gonzales aide admits "crossing the line" - Video
U.S. and China make deals but not on currency
House OKs gas price gouging penalties

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
House Minority Leader John Boehner Calls Immigration Bill 'Piece of S---'
Senate votes to cut guest worker program
GOP rivals split on immigration measure

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Grisly Murders Puzzle California Cops
Husband of Missing 911 Dispatcher Talks - VIDEO
College Basketball Legend Found Severely Beaten in Alley
Man Accused of Biting Off Wife's Lip After She Called Him Short (OK, so now he's short...and psycho!)
Police Arrest 5 for Allegedly Jumping Deputy at Disney World
Cops: Man Stole 1,300 Pieces of Underwear
Trooper Suspended After Porn Star Claims He Dropped Drug Charges in Exchange for Oral Sex
Judge: Defense Expert Hid Spector Evidence- Watch Trial LIVE, Warning: May Be Graphic
California Mom Beaten Unconscious, Daughter Found Dead; Other Body Could Be Father
Court: Death Penalty OK for Child Rapist
Ex-Coke aide gets 8 years in trade secrets case

Science / Medicine / Technology
Premature babies fare worse at non-specialist units
Scientist who sought secret of life in lab dies
Primitive fish had genetic wiring for limbs
True fixed/cell phone convergence seen years off
Spy drones added to Britain's "surveillance society"
Million dollar prize aims to lure new cancer ideas
Health care crisis squeezes working families - Video
Factbox: Health insurance statistics
Video: Scientists create plastic blood
Clay pots found at ancient Greece shrine

Mother Nature
Baby Elephant's Splashy Zoo Arrival - PHOTOS
Hammerhead Shark Gives Virgin Birth
Hurricanes thrived in cool seas: study

Golfer Killed After Golf Cart Plunges Off Cliff
Naked U.S. tourist shocks German city
And the best tourists in the world are... (I'm betting not naked Americans...)

Other News of Note
Film on poisoned dissident Litvinenko at Cannes - Video

Fox News
NEWS IN PICTURES: Today's News in Photos
Report: Joey Buttafuoco, Amy Fisher to Move In Together
'American Idol' Finale: Jordin Reigns Supreme
Pop Tarts: Paris Hilton Turns to God
Jessica Simpson: Blonde, Army-Bound
New Hampshire Town Fires 4 Women for Gossiping About Boss

Reuters: Top News
Brazil's Lula skirts scandal, his alliance may not
Dolly Parton says hard work, surgery helped her
Who controls Lampedusa? U.S. geography champ knows
Jolie kids keep her grounded, help with tough role
Indexes slip after warning on China stocks - Video
Alcan shares surge as it rejects Alcoa bid
Sprint rises as Alltel deal spurs acquisition hopes
Marsh shares rise; takeover speculation cited
B&G rises in IPO debut, RSC falls in 1st day trading
Freight costs to support steel prices
Video: D'Alene optimistic on Alaska
Putting those kids to work
Greenspan sees dramatic drop in Chinese stocks
Target profit beats expectations
MyRichUncle: student lender leverages loan scandal

AP World News
Abortion foes criticize one of their own
Official: Hill out as Magic coach
Keyshawn retires from NFL, joins ESPN
Hugh Laurie receives honor from queen (I love Hugh Laurie, mostly because of his work in the "Black Adder" British TV series)
American Idol winner to be named tonight
Giambi, MLB meet over drug issues
Oh, yes! Ohno takes `Dancing' title
Trail Blazers' lottery win angers West
Ducks top Red Wings to reach Cup finals
Don't Leave Benefits on the Table
Op-ed: Hot Air at the Pump
Test: Are You Special Ops Material?
What to Tell Your Deployed Spouse
Are You a Trivia Stud Like Scott?

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM testing Sense Through Structures capabilities - podcast
Liveblogging: Joint Urban Warrior 07
U.S. Joint Forces Command, Marines begin Joint Urban Warrior 07
Unmanned vehicle management system capability under evaluation - podcast
USJFCOM and Microsoft announce cooperative research and development agreement - podcast
More about CRADAS
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
Noble Resolve 07 enhancing homeland defense - podcast
Liveblogging: Noble Resolve 2007Learn more about Noble Resolve
Joint integration vital for Atlantic Strike participants
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense meets with USJFCOM - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Health Care center nearly complete in Basrah
Squadron family 'raising the bar'
Reconstruction progress in Salah ad Din province

Bush: Victory in Iraq Critical to U.S. Security

More Headline News
Buzby Assumes Lead of Guantanamo Operation
Soldiers’ Armor Best in the World, General Says
Acting Army Secretary Visits Wounded Soldiers
Defense Officials Promote Language Programs
Anbar Ready for Political Progress, General Says

Military News
Sailor Brings Father Home from War, 37 Years Later
USS Anzio Rescues Stranded Ukrainian Sailors
New Stamp Features Air Force One

War on Terror
Troops Shut Down Terrorists
9 Servicemembers Killed in Iraq
Troops Detain 15 Suspects

America Supports You
Singer Wows Deployed Troops
Vets Help Restore Plane
Program Takes ‘LEEP’
Frequent Flyers to be Heroes

Officials Stand Up Joint Space Office
Thinking Lean, a Must for Force
Navy Launches USNS Byrd

Face of Defense
Soldier Shares Experiences
Soldier Works for Fallujah
Navy Dad, Marine Son Reunite
Marine Trains in Anti-Terrorism

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. ARMY Brig. Gen. Mark Brown
Soldiers’ Armor Best in the World - Story - Brown Bio
Bloggers' Roundtable Web Site

Troops Shut Down Terrorists - Story

Navy Strike Group Vessels Enter Persian Gulf - Story
'Battlefield Docs' Converge in Iraq to Hone Skills - Story
German Navy Donates Vehicles, Suppport - Story
Sailors Return After Eight-month Deployment - Story
Group Provides Direction for Buddhist Soldiers - Story
Army Unit Gets New Patch During Ceremony - Story

Airmen Prepare Camp for New Living Quarters
Basrah Healthcare Centers Near Completion
Apache Crews Keep Eyes on Mission in Iraq
Al Qaim Medical Facility Gets Needed Upgrade
School Receives Supplies, Medical Attention
Senior U.S. Enlisted Leaders Meet with Troops
Squadron Adopts ‘Raising the Bar’ Mentality
Soldiers Repair Bombed-out Bridge on Highway
Army Engineers Monitor Reconstruction Program
Marine Cooks Up Morale, Troop Welfare in Iraq

Joint Effort to Repair School Library in Africa
Task Force Showers Orphans With Supplies

Hard Work Creates Progress in Border Provinces
Coalition Forces Diffuse Soviet–era Bomb

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
1059 - Henri I crowns his son King Philip I of France.
1275 - King Edward I of England orders that persecution of French Jews cease.
1420 - Jews are expelled from Syria and Austria.
1421 - Jews in Austria are imprisoned and expelled.
1430 - Joan of Arc is captured by Burgundians; later sold to the British.
1660 - King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England.
1701 - Captain (William) Kidd is hanged in London, convicted of piracy and murder.
1774 - Tea is dumpted into the Chester River in the Chestertown tea party.
1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
1788 - South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratifythe U.S. Constitution.
1861 - Virginia citizens vote 3-1 in favor of secession.
1862 - Stonewall Jackson's Confederates take Front Royal, VA.
1864 - Battle of Dallas (GA); First day of fighting at the Battle of North Anna (VA)
1865 - For the first time since Lincoln's assassination, the flag at the White House flies at full staff; The Grand Review victory parade takes place in Washington, DC.
1867 - The Jesse James Gang robs a bank in Richmond, MO, getting away with $4,000. Two people are killed.
1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police Force (RCMPF) forms.
1900 - The Associated Press (AP) News Service forms.
1903 - Wisconsin adopts the first U.S. direct primary election law. 1915 - Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary and Germany.
1928 - 22 die in a bomb attack on the Italian embassy in Buenos Aires.
1939 - The St. George Cross (British) is first presented; Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
1940 - The first great Spitfire dogfight occurs.
1943 - Over 800 Allied bombers attack Dortmund.
1944 - Chinese counter-attack at the Hunan front
1945 - The British arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz; The German island of Helgoland surrenders to the British; Heinrich Himmler commits suicide; Lord Haw-Haw is arrested; Winston Churchill resigns as PM.
1953 - Schools first use Cliff's Notes.
1956 - A World Trade Center is dedicated in Ferry Building in San Fransisco.
1977 - Moluccan extremists hold 155 people hostage (over 100 are children) on a hijacked Dutch train. The children are released six days later; the siege ends on June 11th; the Supreme Court refuses to hear the appeals of H. R. Halderman, John Ehrlichman, and John Mitchell (Watergate)
1981 - Barcelona fascists take 200 hostages.
1991 - The last Cubans troops leave Angola.
1994 - 270 pilgrims die in the crowd crush in Mina, Saudi-Arabia.

1790 - Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville, explorer
1813 - Union Brevet Major General Mason Brayman
1824 - Union Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside
1837 - Union Brevet Major General James Sanks Brisbin
1848 - German WWI General / chief of staff Helmuth J. L. von Moltke; Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator.
1908 - Max Abramovitz, American architect (Lincoln Center, U.N. Building)
1913 - Major General Ian Graeme
1933 - Bruce A. Peterson, American test pilot (M2, HL-10)
1938 - John R. Miller (Representative-WA)
1958 - Thomas Reiter Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)

1153 - David I, king of Scotland
1498 - Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence, tortured & executed
1701 - Captain William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged in London
1881 - Kit Carson, frontiersman
1934 - Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in shootout with police in Shreveport, LA.
1945 - Heinrich Himmler Nazi/Gestapo leader, suicide while in prison
1983 - Albert Claude Belgian, biologist, Nobel prize winner
1991 - Peter T. Thwaites, British Brigadier General / playwright

Reported Missing in Action
Walker, Orien Judson, US Army (MA); Killed in Captivity, February,1966

The following USN personnel reported MIA from SH3A:
Homuth, Richard W. (CA); KIA / BNR

Pettis, Thomas E. (AL); KIA / BNR

Schmittou, Eureka Lavern (AL); KIA / BNR

Soucy, Ronald Philip (IN); KIA / BNR

Cochran, Isom Carter, Jr.,US Army (TX); slipped crossing river, Killed / BNR

Lane, Glen O., US Army SF (TX) ; presumed KIA or captured in ground fight (w/Owen)

Owen, Robert D., US Army SF (VA) ; presumed KIA or captured in ground fight (w/Lane)

Schrump, Raymond C., US Army (WI); captured while driving truck, released by PRG February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Benton, Gregory R., USMC (CA); family states is Native American (record lists caucasian)

Ramirez, Armando, US Army (AZ); UH1H shot down, KIA / BNR

Byrns, William G., USAF (MO); F4D shot down (w/Bean), released by DRV March, 1973 - active duty Colonel as of 1996 - alive and well in 1998

Bean, William R., Jr. USAF (AL); F4D shot down (w/Byrns), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well in 1998

Barnett, Charles E. USN (TX); A7B shot down - remains returned November, 1988 - ID'd February, 1989

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Sad News

This is news none of us wanted to hear...

One of three U.S. soldiers that vanished after a May 12 assault on an outpost by insurgents linked to Al Qaeda was found dead, FOX News confirmed.

Iraqi police found the body of a man who was wearing what appeared to be a U.S. military uniform and had a tattoo on his left hand floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, police said...

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Our hearts are with the family, friends, and military brothers and sisters of this fallen Hero, and the ones still missing.

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