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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

HONOLULU (May 27, 2007) - Hundreds of flags fly over the graves of those who have passed on while defending freedom. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and more than a dozen other volunteers and service organizations honored our country’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day by participating in the 8th Annual Roll Call of Honor in Remembrance ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ben A. Gonzales

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Soldiers deliver a home run in Village of Kosh

An Al Kosh, Iraq, girl gets handed a new bat by one of the local softball coaches May 19. The girls received the new uniforms, helmets and equipment from the 27th Brigade Support Battalion during their visit to the village. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley Clark, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

SR# 0524-02
May 24, 2007

By Pfc. Welsh
27th Brigade Support Battalion

KOSH, Iraq — The faces of the seven girls of the Kosh Softball Team lit up with joy as they were handed new, bright orange softball team T-shirts by the 27th Brigade Support Battalion May 19.

The sponsor-related program was started by the 296th Brigade Support Battalion before they redeployed to Baghdad, and although they had plans to travel up to hand out the gear themselves, they were not able to be present.

Most of the girls spoke little English but were able to work together to translate how happy they were to receive the new gear. One girl, who said her name was Liza, said the team wanted to thank the Soldiers for helping them.

“We love Soldiers,” she grinned. “We have been playing together for two years and this is the first time we look like a team.”

Liza explained they had gone to Baghdad a year ago to participate in softball championships, in which they won 3rd place. Their dream though, she explained, was to go to the United States to compete someday.

“We have had passports to go to America for four years but we can’t go because of the war,” she said.

“Our coach says maybe someday soon we will be able to go, but he’s not sure,” added Sally, one of Liza’s teammates. “I want to go now though!”

The girls spent the afternoon walking around in their new team shirts, working to communicate their appreciation to several of the Soldiers present for the event. They are planning to continue to practice and get better so they can eventually show Americans their skills.

Civil Affairs officer, 1st Lt. Kendra Evers, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, helps hand out new uniforms to the boys and girls softball teams in Al Kosh, Iraq, during a humanitarian mission May 19. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley Clark, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 27th Brigade Support Battalion take time to play with the children on the soccer field in Al Kosh, Iraq, while on a humanitarian mission May 19. During the Soldier’s visit to the village, they handed out new baseball uniforms, helmets, bats and hats, as well as blankets for the local citizens. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bradley Clark, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

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SIDE STREET SECURITY — Shoppers pass by Sgt. Levar Johnson in a blur while he pulls security during a patrol through a market in Rabii, Adhamiya, Iraq, May 23, 2007. Johnson, of Buffalo, N.Y., is team leader with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Pryor

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In Today's News - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Quote of the Day
"When you get home, tell them of us and say,
for their tomorrow we gave our today."

-- posted at a graveyard following the battle of Iwo Jima
(submitted by Mike)

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S., Iraqi forces seek kidnapped Britons
Turkish army build-up fuels anxiety on Iraq border
Troops in Iraq fight fear and boredom
Rashid Clearing Opeartions: Terrorist Hunt Moves to East Rashid
Navy SEALs Share War Stories From Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghans dispute U.S. version of raid casualties
Afghan Civilian Targets to be Avoided
Afghan National Police Detain Taliban Cell Leader in Ghazni Province

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
American Al Qaeda Warns'We'll Hit Harder Than 9/11'
U.S. Denies Release of Terror Leader's Taped Confession
Israeli air strike kills 2 militants in Gaza
Tipster in Fort Dix plot comes forward

Fallen Heroes
Soldiers in Afghanistan Observe Memorial Day
Sailor Brings Father Home from War, 37 Years Later

Supporting Our Heroes...or not
Girl Scouts Support Troops
Veteran: Washington State Flag Desecration Is No Prank

Other Military News
Wedding Via Teleconference
Military Working on Cyborg Spy Moths
Russians: U.S. Can't Stop Our Missile
Study: 1 in 5 GIs in Iraq Have Mental Problems
U.S. still lacks disaster response plan: Coast Guard
Decision on Kosovo imperative by end-June: envoy To Be a U.S. Naval Aviator - slideshow Def Tech: Chinese Military Growth

Worldwide Wackos
TV Station Accused of Inciting Hit on Chavez
Venezuela's Chavez widens attack on opposition media
Iran rules out key demand before atomic meeting
Rice urges more pressure on Iran, wants suspension
U.S. Says Iran’s Actions Must Match Words
U.S. to push, again, to solve North Korea funds issue

Homegrown Moonbats
Rosie O'Donnell Changes Her 'View,' Plans Rock Tour With Cyndi Lauper

Politics / Government
Bush Taps Zoellick to Head World Bank
Zoellick must restore confidence in W.Bank: France
Lawyer: Cheney visitor logs not recorded

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Bush: Don't kill immigration reform
Bush confronts immigration deal skeptics

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Pregnant Teen: I Dismembered Lover
Mobile Home Murder-Suicide
Cruise Ship Jumper Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges
Spector Coroner: Clarkson's Death a Homicide
Man Detained in Slaying of Dad, Daughter
L.A. Lakers owner arrested for drunk-driving
Parents of missing British girl at Vatican
Animal CSIs taking a bite out of crime

U.N. News
U.N. votes on tribunal in Hariri murder

Science / Medicine / Technology
Man With Rare Strain of TB Quarantined
Exercise Machine Promises to Shake Off Fat
WHO says China must take smoking threat seriously
EU urges industry to step up fight against obesity
New device detects avian flu strains fast
Microsoft to unveil coffee-table-shaped computer
U.S. cities wage high-tech battle against graffiti

Mother Nature
Photo of Monster Hog Called Into Question; Web Site Claims It Was Doctored
Severe Hail Piles Up in Denver
For cheetah read cheater in call of the wild
Whaling extended for Alaska Eskimos
Wayward whales closing in on Golden Gate

Darwinism at Work
Mom Pays Steep Price for Unpaid Bill

Do You Have What It Takes to Win a Kidney?
Organ donor show to go on despite criticism
Man wrestles leopard in his bedroom - Video

Other News of Note
Nazi Adolf Eichmann's Passport Found in Argentina

Fox News
NEWS IN PICTURES: Today's News in Photos
Rarely-Before-Seen Marilyn Monroe Photos Show Sex Symbol Just Before She Died

Reuters: Top News
Sierra Leone to give Britain's Blair a hero's welcome
Thailand awaits "Judgement Day" party rulings
Taiwan's Lee visits Japan despite Beijing protest
Feel the pain: China beauty school runs boot camp
Manila activist turns poll banners into schoolbags
Lindsay Lohan returns to rehab - Video
No apologies for stunning McDowell movie
Chinese shares swoon as economy rolls on
Oil rises above $68 on Nigerian output cut - Video
China stocks fall, but ripple limited - Video
Gold rises ahead of Fed minutes, Tokyo rebounds - Video
Nikkei down 0.5 pct on China worries, Chugai slides
Deal-making to prolong equities bull run
Debt risks grow in private equity boom
Wal-Mart report questioned strengths: report

AP World News
Chinese shares plunge 6.5 percent
Rookie, LeBron help Cavs even series 2-2
Benitez balks, Delgado homers, Mets win
Steal of home seals latest Yankees' loss
Red clay still causing Roddick problems
Britney Spears pens personal Web message
Stocks up slightly ahead of Fed minutes
Last chance for spelling bee favorite
Why Pay for College?
Op-Ed: Hot Air at the Pump
SEAL Talks Marine Fitness
Hollywood Enlists Army Wives
Trivia Stud? Prove it!

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

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Soldiers engage enemy, confiscate weapons, IEDs
Iraqi Forces detain 15 suspected insurgents during central Iraq operations
Iraqi Special Operations Forces detain alleged leader of terrorist cell in Baghdad
Secret Cell Leader Detained
Coalition Raids Round Up 23 Suspected Terrorists
Task Force Lightning Soldiers Attacked
Security in northern Iraq aids economic opportunities
Army paratroopers share thoughts on surge
Al Qaim detachment plays role in transition
Sadoun Street receives facelift in Baghdad
Why I Serve - Sgt. Douglas Everson
Freedom Journal Iraq Episode 658
Press Briefing, May 29

Department Readies Pandemic Flu Guidebook
Study Uses Data from Global War on Terrorism
Memorial Day Parade Honors Wounded Warriors
Slideshow: National Memorial Day Parade
Veterans Mark Vietnam Wall’s 25th Anniversary
Bush Honors Fallen Heroes at Arlington

More Headline News
Ceremony Celebrates Women’s Military Service
Pace: Iraqis Must Step Up to Challenge
Bush Calls on Americans to Remember Sacrifices
Cheney: West Pointers Understand Need for War

Military News
USS Anzio Rescues Stranded Ukrainian Sailors

War on Terror
Combined Forces Detain 37
Soldiers Killed, Wounded in Iraq
Forces Capture, Kill Terrorists
Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 28

America Supports You
Pace, NASCAR Honor Troops
Race Dedicated to Troops
Indy 500 Helps Build Homes

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

Face of Defense
Reserve Chief Is Business Savvy
Firefighter Lives His Dream
Soldier Shares Experiences

Afghan, Coalition Detain Five - Story

Operation Scimitar Cuts Down Insurgent Activity - Story
Commander Moves with Mobile Assault Platoon - Story
Medics Train Iraqi Police Lifesaving Skills - Story
Army Crew Chief Stays Busy in Baghdad Skies - Story

Health Clinic Takes Care of Thousands in Iraq
Army Paratroopers Share Thoughts on Surge
Feeling the Heat: Medics Trained in Fire Rescues
Marine Makes Tribal Connections in Al Anbar
Al Qaim Detachment Plays Role in Iraq Transition
Security Brings Desired Results to Al Anbar
Sadoun Street Receives Facelift in Baghdad

New Water Drilling Rig Arrives In Djibouti
German Navy Donates Vehicles, Suppport
Joint Effort to Repair School Library in Africa
Task Force Showers Orphans With Supplies

Hard Work Creates Progress in Border Provinces
Coalition Forces Defuse 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
1035 - Boudouin V van Rijsel becomes earl of Flanders
1087 - German emperor Henry IV crowns his son Koenraad
1381 - English boer uprising begins in Essex
1434 - Battle at Lipany
1498 - Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America
1522 - French troops driven out of Genoa
1536 - English king Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour
1539 - Spanish explorer Fernando de Soto discovers Florida
1574 - Henry III follows brother Charles IX as king of France; Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot)
1584 - Earl Adolf van Nieuwenaar/Meurs becomes viceroy of Gelderland
1588 - Spanish Aramada under Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
1631 - France/Maximilian van Bavarian signs Accord of Fontainebleau
1635 - Emperor Ferdinand II & Saksen sign Peace of Prague
1646 - Spain & Netherlands signs temporary cease fire
1783 - Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US
1808 - Napoleon annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate
1814 - 1st Treaty of Paris, after Napoleon's 1st abdication
1821 - James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose
1822 - House slave betrays Denmark Vesey conspiracy (37 blacks hanged)
1832 - Evariste Galois give his theory on free assembly (dies in duel May 31)
1842 - John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
1848 - 2nd battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians; México ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
1848 - William G. Young patents ice cream freezer
1854 - Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery
1858 - Hudson Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked
1862 - Battle of Booneville MS - captured General Beauregard evacuates Corinth, MS; Battle of Front Royal, VA
1864 - Battle of Bethesda Church, VA; Cavalry fight at Old Church (Totopotomoy Creek) VA
1868 - Memorial Day 1st observed, when 2 women in Columbus MS placed flowers on both Confederate & Union graves
1872 - Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy
1883 - Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12
1889 - The brassiere is invented
1896 - 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC)
1908 - 1st federal workmen's compensation law approved
1908 - Aldrich Vineland Currency Act - forerunner to Federal Reserve System; Paris advocate E. Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane; US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, UT authorized
1909 - National Conference on the Negro is held; Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv
1912 - US Marines sent to Nicaragua
1913 - 1st Balkan War ends, Treaty of London
1913 - New country of Albania is formed
1921 - Memorial to Captain Eddie Grant, killed in WWI, unveiled at Polo Grounds; Salzburg Austria votes to join Germany
1922 - Latvia & Vatican sign accord; Lincoln Memorial dedicated
1924 - Socialist Matteotti falls in Italian parliament by fascists
1925 - British mariners shoot on demonstrators
1925 - Peter DePaolo became 1st man to average over 100 mph at Indianapolis 500
1933 - Patent on invisible glass installation
1935 - Babe Ruth's final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies
1937 - Memorial Day Massacre - Chicago police shoot on union marchers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago, 10 die
1941 - 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia; English Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government; German capture Kreta
1942 - 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF's raid of WWII; Reichsführer Himmler arrives in Prague; US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor
1943 - French General De Gaulle arrives in Algiers
1943 - US troops reconquer Attu Aleutians
1944 - Transport nr 75 departs with French Jews to Nazi-Germany
1946 - United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (New York) 42 die
1949 - East Germans constitution approved
1955 - Said el-Mufti forms Jordan Government; Tunisia begins domestic self governing
1956 - Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee, FL; Mickey Mantle misses hitting 1st homerun out of Yankee Stadium by 18"
1958 - Unidentified soldiers killed in WWII & Korean War buried in Arlington
1959 - Iraq terminates military assistance pact with US due to neutrality; President Somoza ends emergency crisis in Nicaragua; President Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament; World's 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes England
1961 - Dutch DC-8 crashes after takeoff at Lisbon - 62 die
1965 - Viet Cong offensive against US base in Da Nang begins; Vivian Malone, is 1st Black to graduate from University of Alabama
1966 - 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam; US launches Surveyor 1 to the Moon
1967 - Biafra declares independence from Nigeria; King Hussein of Jordan visits Cairo; Robert "Evel" Knievel's motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles
1968 - President De Gaulle disbands French parliament; University church in Leipzig German Democratic Republic, blown up; West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law
1969 - Gibraltar adopts constitution; People revolt in Willemstad, Curaçao
1971 - US Mariner 9, 1st satellite to orbit Mars, launched
1972 - 3 Japanese PFL terrorists kill 24 and wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod International Airport
1975 - European Space Agency (ESA) forms
1976 - Bobby Unser sets world record for the fastest pit stop (4 seconds)
1979 - Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80; Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to NYC
1980 - 1st papal visit to France since 1814
1981 - "Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday); Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers
1982 - Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
1984 - Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora headquarters in Nicaragua
1986 - Ariane-2 (ESA) launched; Bobby Rahal is 1st to average over 170 mph in the Indianapolis 500
1987 - West German Mathias Rust lands airplane on Red Square
1990 - Earthquake (6.4) hits Peru, killing 135
1991 - Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable
1992 - UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting
1997 - Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set afire by 12 year old grandson

1220 - Alexander Nevski [Aleksandr], Russian great ruler (1252-63)
1524 - Selîm II Sari the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74)
1672 - Peter I "the Great" Romanov, tsar of Russia (1682-1725)
1757 - Henry Addington Viscount Sidmouth, British PM (1801-04)
1812 - John Alexander McClernand, Union Major General
1830 - Edward Winslow Hinks, Union Brevet Major General
1832 - George Doherty Johnston, Confederate Brigadier General
1845 - Amadeus I duke of Aosta/King of Spain (1870-73)
1881 - George von Küchler German fieldmarshal (Invasion Netherlands); Iman J. van den Bosch, Belgian resistance fighter
1894 - Hubertus J. van Mook, Dutch minister of Colonies (1942-45)
1904 - Ernesto de la Guardia, Jr., President of Panamá (1956-60)
1908 - Hannes OG Alfvén, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1970); Mel[vin Jerome] Blanc, voice (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig)
1915 - Jerome Bert Weisner, military scientist/disarmer
1916 - Dr. Joseph W. Kennedy, scientist (1 of 4 discoverers of plutonium)
1925 - Gerard John Toorenaar, political commissar in Amsterdam (1975-79)
1928 - John Keith Wright, English economist/assistant Secretary of State (1971-84)
1934 - Alexei A. Leonov, cosmonaut (Voskhod II, Soyuz 19)
1938 - Wilfried A. de Pree, Dutch MP (PvdA)/theologist
1942 - Dan Miller (Representative-FL)
1946 - Candy Lightner political activist/founder (MADD)

1035 - Boudouin IV count of Flanders (988-1035)
1252 - Ferdinand III the holy King of Castilië/León
1431 - Joan of Arc, burned as a witch by the English at Rouen at 19
1434 - Prokopius Bohemian leader of taboriets, dies in battle
1574 - Charles IX King of France (1560-74)
1840 - Dominique J de Eerens Governor-General of Dutch-Indies, dies at 59
1864 - James Barbour Terrill US attorney/Confederate Brigadier-General, dies at 26
1865 - William Clarke Quantrill criminal/Confederate bushwhacker, dies at 27
1912 - Wilbur Wright, US aviation pioneer
1918 - Georgi V. Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist
1938 - Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49
1945 - Irma Laplasse Flemish farmer/Nazi collaborator, executed
1971 - Audie Murphy, WWII hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
1981 - Ziaur Rahmen, President of Bangladesh, is assassinated
1983 - Alfred M. Gruenther, US General/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84
1986 - Hank Mobley US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
1987 - Frank Carlson (Governor/Representative/Senator-KS), dies at 94
1992 - Karl Carstens President German Federal Republic (1979-84), dies at 77
1994 - Baron Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79
1996 - John Cameron, judge, dies at 96

Reported Missing in Action
The following civilians abducted from the The Ban Me Thuot Leprosarium by the V.C.:
Gerber, Daniel A.

Mitchell, Archie E., (WA)

Vietti, Elanor A., (TX); taken from Leprosarium

Hatcher, David B., USAF (NC); F105D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Mehl, James P., USN (NY); A4E shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Iodice, Frank C., USMC; escaped June, 1968

Potter, Albert J., USMC; escaped - deceased

Smith, Lewis P. II, USAF (PA); O2A shot down

Duke, Charles R., Civilian; abducted (w/Mark)

Ishi, Tomohara, Civilian - CBS (Japan); abducted in Cambodia

Mark, Kit T., Civilian; abducted (w/Duke)

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