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Monday, June 04, 2007

Another Great Photo by Michael Yon

Michael Yon took this photo while the helicopter dropped off and picked up passengers.

Click it to view larger, and check out the static on the rotor tips!

I can't say enough about the work that Michael does - it's phenomenal. Stop by his site to check out the latest dispatches. His reporting is supported through his own resources and reader donations - when you stop by the site, please consider a donation to help him continue to get the truth out about the work our Heroes are doing in Iraq.

Michael's photos are copyrighted, and are posted here by permission. Please do not repost or republish without same.

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Meet June's Hero of the Month!

When Audrey nominated her Marine husband, Jose, she had this to say:

I am not sure what to write I just know that my husband should be named Hero of the month...My husband Jose is on his 4th deployment to Iraq and he is only 23 years old! When we got married he took my children in as his own and has continued to not only support me and my children with all of the love he has but he has also shown the same dedication and love for the United States Marine Corps and the freedom of the United States ! He is so dedicated to his job...serving our country. Each day at home he strives to keep our family strong as he dedicates his life to his fellow Marines. He says his marines too are his family and he would die for them in combat because the believe in him and trust him like family, he says he joined the Marine Corps just a few months after 9/11. He said one day he was walking home from school when he was almost 18 years old and he heard the news about the twin towers and he said he knew from then on that he wanted to fight for our country and help for all of those poor people who lost their lives. He did not join the Marine Corps for any reason other than that he wants us to be free and he will give his all until the death if necessary to do just that! It scares me so much as it probably does every wife to know that he is risking his life out there for Americans but I believe in him and I can not name all of his accomplishment right now but he is Hero of a life time to me. He was a simple some one when he became a Marine but now when I tell people about him, I tell them about My husband, My Marine, My hero!!!

Pretty much says it all.

Audrey, thank you for sharing this with us. Jose, I'm proud to name you IWT's Hero of the Month. Thank you for everything that you do for all of us. Keep your helmet on - stay safe, and take care. A care package will be on the way for you shortly, courtesy of Soldiers' Angels.

To find out how you can nominate your Hero, click the link at the top of the page.

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INFORMATION EXCHANGE — U.S. Army Capt. Sean Doyne, commander of the 65th Military Police Company, gives Lt. Col. Andrew Sys, senior military prosecutor for the Kazakhstan national army, and other Kazakhstani officers, a hands-on briefing about the different components of the M-4 rifle during the urban operations information exchange event, May 31, 2007. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Central Command Public Affairs

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In Today's News - Monday, June 4, 2007

Quote of the Day
"The war on terror is not a figure of speech.
It is an inescapable calling of our generation.
The terrorists are offended not merely by our policies -
they are offended by our existence as free nations."

-- George W. Bush

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Search for Soldiers Continues
U.S. Military Reports Deaths of 14 GIs in Iraq
Turkey to submit report to U.N. on north Iraq
Report: U.S. drive in Baghdad falters
Soldiers improve school, create jobs
Iraqi, Coalition forces open municipal center in Ramadi
Operation cuts down insurgent activity
Surge improves security, quality of life
Talabani Apologizes for Deaths, Vows Progress
Crocker: More Time Needed for Progress in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
No evidence Iran moving weapons to Taliban: Gates
Afghan Army Chief Seeks Independence
Asian Leaders Receptive to Call for More Help
Gates Urges More Asian Support in Afghanistan
Secretary to Assess Progress in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Lebanon Standoff Spreads - Militants kill 2 soldiers at second refugee camp
Youths Tout Jihad - Transcript - VIDEO
FBI: Informants Key to Breaking Up Terror Plots
NYPD Commissioner gives details on how the terror suspects were caught
FBI search Trinidad for 4th suspect in JFK terror plot
American Militant Dead in Somali Fighting
Fighting eases at 2nd Palestinian camp in Lebanon - Video
Not so happy birthdays, 40 years on from 1967 war
Too Soon to Say if Coalition Winning Terror War

Other Military News
Ex-Sergeant Named Calendar Cover Girl

Worldwide Wackos
Ahmadinejad: Israel's Destruction Getting Close
Iranian Minister Calls for Temporary Marriages to Fulfill Sexual Desires
Iran says will not beg for its atomic rights

Homegrown Moonbats
Rosie's Tell-All

Politics / Government
Dems Play Hardball in Debate - PHOTOS
Larry Flynt: $1 Million for Proof of Sexual Encounter With High-Ranking Government Official
Fmr. House Speaker on GOP, War on Terror, Iraq
Russia: U.S. Inciting Arms Race in Europe
Candidates offer modest health reforms for '08
Leadership questions emerge at debate
Vietnam President to visit U.S. on June 22
Hillary biography questions presidential prowess
Bush heads to Europe for democracy agenda, G8
I'm the world's only true democrat, says Putin (Who knew he was a comedian?)
Germany praises Bush on global warming

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Senate to resume debate over immigration
Illegal students await immigration plan

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Talk About Leaving 'Em Laughing
Hotel Heiress Checks Into Jail
Arkansas Town Without Police Force After Officer Is Fired
Murder Suspect Added to FBI's 'Most Wanted' List
Jilted Cop Killed After Shooting Former Flame
3 Illinois Teens Arrested After Massive Food Fight
What does the state owe people who are exonerated of crimes for their time behind bars?

U.N. News
Charles Taylor Boycotts War Crimes Trial
UN urges protection of animals from climate change
Dutch blocked U.N. air support for Srebrenica: lawyers

Science / Medicine / Technology
'Living Corpse' Wakes After 19-Year Coma
China Rejects Toothpaste Warning - LIST
Apple iPhone to Hit Shelves June 29
Less Radiation OK to Treat Breast Cancer?
Soccer moms beware: more may not be better
MRI better at spotting precancerous growths: study
"Dr. Death" Kevorkian will no longer help end lives
AIDS seen as new threat to African democracy
China says climate policy must make room for growth
Parents of TB patient are 'in hell'
TB quarantines common at local level
Study: Liver cancer breakthrough found

Mother Nature
India uses "mooing" ringtones to catch leopards
Wildlife watchdog eyes new trade limits

Man arrested for DUI in a golf cart
Corgi eating artist sets mashed potato target

Fox News
Chinese Stocks Plunge 8.3 Percent
Henderson next for "Rampage"
TB patient Andrew Speaker and our selfish society
Amsterdam's Ladies Pose Nude on Bicycles for American Photographer Spencer Tunick
Paris Hilton Makes Surprise Visit to MTV Movie Awards

Reuters: Top News
Heiligendamm has seen best, worst of German history
"Pirates" races past $400 million overseas
Paris Hilton butt of jokes at MTV Movie Awards
China shares tumble as panic spreads
Wal-Mart stock rises on upgrades
Oil above $69, Nigeria truce eyed Video
Global stocks test peaks despite China fall, dollar firm
Futures point down after China market sinks
Power stocks charge ahead despite risks
Energy worries rekindle coal interest
TPG, Silver Lake near deal for Avaya: report
Loews to buy gas assets from Dominion for $4 bln
SNS to buy AXA Dutch operations for $2.35 bln
Amex to sell private bank unit within weeks: source
Palm to sell stake to private equity firm for $325 mln
Segro sells U.S. unit to HCP for $2.9 bln

AP World News
Study: Music, tech search terms riskiest
Stocks point to lower opening
Nadal vs. Hewitt today at French Open
A-Rod's blast lifts Yankees over Red Sox
Sony cuts price on new Blu-ray player
Johnny Depp wins at MTV Movie Awards
Report: Donovan eyes return to Gators
Torre hopes Clemens can return Saturday
'Piggybacking' roils credit industry
Sneak Peek: Army Wives on TV
Have You Spy Spoken Today?
DT: Night Vision Blowback
Ace the ASVAB
Clint Eastwood Used His GI Bill
Simplify Your Transition
Movie Review: Mr. Brooks

CENTCOM: News Releases

Transformational program demonstrates developing logistics support concept
Noble Resolve 07-1 yields new opportunities for experimentation - podcast
USJFCOM testing Sense Through Structures capabilities - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Suspected EFP facilitator detained
VBIED detonates outside FOB Warhorse
Iraqi Special Operations Forces conduct early-morning operation
MND-B patrol targeted by roadside bomb
Roadside bomb strikes MND-B patrol

Headline News
U.S. Continues to Build Asian Relationships
U.S.-China Hotline Represents 'Step Forward'
Diplomacy Best in Confronting Nuclear Programs
Gates, Asian Leaders to Focus on Security
Pace Speaks With U.S. Servicemembers on Guam

Military News
Army Helps Prepare Hurricane States for Season
Joint Forces Ready for Red Flag-Alaska
Wright Flight Program Takes Youth to New Heights

War on Terror
Forces Detain Militants
Soldiers Killed, Wounded in Iraq
Iraqis Assume More Control
Odierno Cites Progress in Baghdad

America Supports You
Group Honors Wounded
Grant Helps Group Expand Services
Golf Tourney Honors Troops
Pace, NASCAR Honor Troops
Photos: Pace, NASCAR Honor Troops

Program Helps Recruits with College
Dover Gets First Globemaster
Marines Practice Communication Skills

Face of Defense
Vietnam Vet's Last Flight
Navy Was Natural Choice
‘Mail Call’ More Frequent
Wedding Via Teleconference

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. AIR FORCE Maj. Gen. Kurt Cichowski
Kurdistan Regional SecurityPasses to Iraqi Control - Story

Officials Discuss School Improvements in Africa - Story
Reporters Visit Bagram Airfield for Media Day - Story
Airmen Put C-130 Hercules Back in the Fight - Story
Engineers Complete Water Pump Stations - Story
Joint Forces' Operation Succeeds in Al Kut - Story

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Open Municipal Center
Movie Theater Helps Marines Relax in Haditha
Civil Affairs Help Make a Difference for Iraqis
Marine Engineers Hone Demolition Skills
Iraqis Take the Lead in Security Operations
Operation Scimitar Cuts Down Insurgent Activity
Commander Moves with Mobile Assault Platoon

Medical Techs Keep Troops Mission-Ready
New Water Drilling Rig Arrives In Djibouti
German Navy Donates Vehicles, Suppport

Task Force Anzio Takes on New Command
Medevac Crews Provide Life-Saving Support
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
780 BC- The Chinese note the first reliably recorded total solar eclipse.
1070 - Roquefort cheese is created in a cave near Roquefort, France.
1647 - The British army seizes King Charles I as a prisoner.
1805 - Tripoli signs a peace treaty, ending four years of war with the U.S. over the Americans' refusal to pay protection money for vessels in the Mediterranean.
1812 - The Louisiana Territory is officially renamed "Missouri Territory."
1919 - The Senate passes the Women's Suffrage bill; U.S. marines invade Costa Rica.
1940 - The British complete the miracle of Dunkirk (evacuating 300,000 troops); German forces enter Paris.
1942 - The Battle of Midway, which will be Japan's first major WWII defeat, begins.
1944 - U-505 becomes the first submarine captured and boarded on the high seas; The 5th Army liberates Rome from Mussolini's Fascist armies.
1954 - Arthur Murray flies his X-1A rocket plane to a record 27,000 meters.
1956 - Khruschev's speech, blasting Stalin, is made public.
1970 - Tonga gains independence from Britain.
1982 - Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon.
1985 - The Supreme Court strikes down an Alabama "moment of silence" law.
1986 - Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to spying for Israel.
1989 - Chinese Premier Li Ping is shot and wounded by a Beijing police officer; In Poland, Eastern Europe sees its first (somewhat) free election in 40 years.

1738 - King George III, English monarch during the American Revolution
1867 - Carl Gustaf Mannerheim, Finnish military hero, President
1877 - Heinrich Wieland, German chemist, Nobel Prize winner
1895 - Dino Conte Grandi, Italian delegate to the League of Nations
1917 - Charles Collingwood, news commentator (CBS); Howard Metzenbaum (Sen-OH)
1946 - Bettina Gregory newswoman (ABC-TV)

1954 - Harold Hoffman (Gov-NJ)
1989 - Ayatalloh Ruhullah Khomeini of Iran

Reported Missing in Action
Robinson, Lewis M., USAF (MI); A1E ("Spad") shot down; Remains ID'd April, 1999

Brice, Eric Parker, USN (NC); F4J shot down over water near North Vietnam

Huggins, Bobby Gene, USAF (AL); RF4C shot down,Remains returned November, 1997

Wilson, Harry Truman, USMC (TX); killed in crash of CH46D

Conway, Rosemary A., Civilian ; Released August, 1975

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