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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to the US Army

On this day in 1775, the US Army was founded.

"Since our Nation's founding, members of the United States Army have answered the call to serve in America's times of need. These brave citizens have triumphed over brutal enemies, liberated continents, and answered the prayers of millions around the globe. From Valley Forge, across Europe and Asia, and in Afghanistan and Iraq, our soldiers have made great sacrifices so that others could live in Freedom..."
-- from President George W. Bush's Army birthday message.
Heroes then, and Heroes now. Thank you to all who have served, all who are currently serving, and all who will serve in the United States Army.

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COMBINED PATROL — Iraqi army soldiers along with U.S. Army soldiers of Bravo Battery, 215 Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade, Fort Drum, N.Y., conduct a dismounted presence patrol near Forward Operating Base Lutafiyah located in the southern sector of Baghdad, June 2, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Jonathan Doti

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In Today's News - Thursday, June 14, 2007

Quote of the Day
"In war, events of importance
are the result of trivial causes."

-- Julius Caesar

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
At Least 3 Mosques Attacked in Iraq - PHOTOS
Baghdad curfew empties streets

Operation Enduring Freedom
NATO ministers to focus on Afghan mission - Video

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Abbas to Dissolve Palestinian Authority Government in Wake of Hamas-Fatah War
Abbas, Fatah Flee Gaza, Battle Hamas in West Bank - PHOTOS - VIDEO
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Hamas Vs. Fatah — Civil War
Rice Calls Abbas After State of Emergency Declared
Muslim plotters taped hundreds of times: prosecutor
Somali gunmen attack Ethiopians, kill official
Informant in JFK case helped out before

Troops on Trial
Officer Charged With Aiding the Enemy

Other Military News
Agent Orange still haunts Vietnam, US
Army plans to hire more psychiatrists
Wounded Underpaid

Worldwide Wackos
Terror 'Cell' Threatens Iran's Islamic Regime
Advocates of lifting Cuba sanctions see slim odds
Tough road ahead on North Korea nuclear arms: Seoul

Homegrown Moonbats
Reid Rips Pace, Petraeus Over War - VIDEO (He's such an ass)
G8 agreement on climate change a "disgrace": Al Gore

Politics / Government
Judge Orders Libby to Jail Amid Appeal
U.S. sends firmer signal to Pakistan on democracy
Lawmakers profit from investments, books
Bill Clinton: $10 million haul for talks

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Reid Agrees to Revive Senate Immigration Bill
U.S. Senate panel pushes new delay in passport rule

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Police Hunt Killer - VIDEO
Former Penthouse Pet Charged With Running Brothel in Ritzy Atlanta Suburb
Report: Internet-Addicted Boy Kills Mother Over Cyber Cafe Money
Oklahoma Teacher, Former Coach Charged for Having Sex With Female High School Student
Judge: Canadian Man Cannot Have a Girlfriend for 3 Years
Montana Man Arrested For 2 DUI Citations in One Day, From Same Cop
Spector Murder Trial PHOTOS
Duke DA Faces the Players
Note Leads to Madeleine Search
Cops Release Video of Missing Teen - VIDEO
3 Kids, Woman Shot Dead in SUV
Football Standout Arrested in California
Ga. high court to hear teen sex case
Va. Tech panel gets Cho's mental records
Reputed Klansman convicted in '64 case

Adventures in Political Correctness
U.S. officials can be sued in Sept 11 abuse case

U.N. News
U.N. rules to contain health emergencies take hold
Former U.N. chief Kurt Waldheim dies

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Don Imus is out, but nobody in at WFAN

Science / Medicine / Technology
Colgate Warns of Fake Toothpaste in U.S.
'Thomas and Friends' Railway Toys, Made in China, Recalled (Why the hell is anyone still buying anything made in China???)
Computer Crisis in Space PHOTOS VIDEO
Gene linked to 30 pct of breast cancers: study
Sorry Pluto, you're not even biggest dwarf planet
Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft
Early antibiotic use tied to childhood asthma
Brain gets a thrill from charity: study

Mother Nature
Populations of 20 common birds declining

News from My Neck of the Woods
Missing Haitian Soccer Players Found
No gay marriage ballot item for Mass.

Teacher Quits After Allegedly Using Teeth To Remove the Garter of a Student at Prom
Summer's Fatal Attraction: Sex … Behind Your Partner's Back
Poopy Package Closes Historic Post Office
"Robin Hood" banker sent to prison
Man fails school exams on 38th try

Other News of Note
Angelina Jolie's Freedom of Press, on Her Terms

Fox News
'Evangelical First Lady' Dies - VIDEO
Dougherty in Lead at U.S. Open - PHOTOS
Women Dreaming of Sex More Often
Pop Tarts: Katie Holmes Is a Posh CopyKat
Paris Hilton Moved From Medical Ward Into Medical Clinic at Women's Jail

Reuters: Top News
Russians recall bygone era with Soviet game museum
That's Showbuzz! Highlights of celebrity magazines
"Die Hard" tops magazine list of best action films
Oprah most powerful celebrity on Forbes 2007 list - Video
Nikkei up 0.7 pct
Oil sector's gain, moderate inflation lift stocks - Video
Dollar supported, traders await Fukui, U.S. data
Hollywood hits, Barbie push toy stocks higher
Clearwire in wireless pact with DirecTV, EchoStar
Bond trading rules left intentionally vague
Bonds fall on mortgage selling
Hedge funds stay under SEC's radar
Goldman, Bear Stearns struggle with mortgages
Senators seek Blackstone IPO scrutiny, tax changes
Wal-Mart seeks nimbler international expansion
Home builders pare down to weather storm
Paulson says higher rates a "wake-up call"
Toyota to delay launch of next Prius hybrid: paper

AP World News
McConaughey is People's hottest bachelor
Hertz, Avis plan to boost hybrid fleets
Surging Yankees extend win streak to 9
Clarkson cancels tour over slow sales
Stocks extend rally after inflation data
Gas prices push up wholesale inflation
DT: BEARs on the Battlefield
Shock: Army Salute
Help Troops on Fathers Day
Blog: Rate the Army Wives TV Show
Podcast: Bing West Talks Iraq
Military Doesn't Pay Full Price Here

CENTCOM: News Releases

Global force management efforts helps improve command's joint provision process - podcast
USJFCOM Transformation Advisory Group helps command shape future
More about the Transformation Advisory Group - podcast
Joint Transformation Command - Intelligence welcomes new commander
More about Joint Transformation Command - Intelligence - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Iraqi Security Forces foil suicide car bomb attack
Reconstruction Advisory Team working with Iraqis in Baghdad
Two generations serving in Iraq
Estonian Minister of Defense visits “Stone Platoon” at Camp Taji
Iraqi fire department puts out electrical fire in Baghdad mosque
Task Force Lightning Soldier attacked
Iraqi leaders call for unity
Coalition Forces target al-Qaeda leaders, detain 25 suspects

NATO Allies Discuss U.S. Missile Defense Wants
NATO Leader Lauds Troop Efforts in Afghanistan
Bush Thanks General Who Oversaw Iraqi Training
Too Early to Discern Trends in Iraq, Officials Say
Defense Department Supports Poppy Eradication
Army Birthday Bash Features New Technology
Army to Build Joint Detention Training Facility

More Headline News
Negroponte: ‘Harder’ Days Expected in Baghdad
USNS Comfort Heads for Humanitarian Mission
Police Action in Fallujah Pressures Insurgents
Officials Urge Calm in Iraq After Mosque Attack

Military News
Air Mobility Command Reaches 'R and R' Milestone
Eglin Partnership Helps Endangered Fish
Exchange Offers Calling Cards for Father’s Day

War on Terror
Taliban Suspects Killed, Held
Coalition Kills, Detains Terrorists
Afghan, Coalition Leaders Meet
Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq
11 Held; Bomb Factory Seized

America Supports You
Havoline Keeps Spouses Moving
Group is Keystone of Support
'Operation Homelink' Grows
Letters Boost Troop Morale

Seabees Get Intel Specialists
Medical Models Cut Time, Risk
Designer Finds Challenge in Medal
Navy Commissions USS Kidd
Meeting Focuses on Transformation

Face of Defense
Air Corps Mentor Ends Tour
Soldier Serves Many Roles
Brothers Meet in Iraq
Father, Son Seek Out Iraq

Police Action Pressuring Insurgents - Story

'Harder' Days Expected in Baghdad - Story

Division Providing Communications in Africa - Story
NBA Players Post Up with Servicemembers - Story
Advisory Team Working with Iraqis in Baghdad - Story
Panjshir Opens Teachers’ Training College - Story
Training, Cooperation Push Iraqi Air Force - Story

Baghdad Market Thrives During Troop Surge
Eye Doctors Bring Things into Focus at Kalsu
Prep Course Prepares Iraqis for Police Work
‘Dragon’ Soldiers Seize, Destroy Bomb Factory
Marines Kick off Operation Alljah in Iraq
Iraqi Troops Lead Security Searches in Baghdad
Marines Execute Counterinsurgency Operations

Marines Train Servicemembers in Martial Arts
Djibouti Boys Orphanage Receives Donation
Navy Exchange Brings More, Varied Products

Medical Outreach Brings Care to Afghans
Airmen Bring Hospital to Wounded In Afghanistan

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
- The U.S. Army is founded.
1777 - Continental Congress adopts the Stars-and-Stripes, replacing the Grand Union flag. 1850 - Fire destroys part of San Francisco.
- Battle of Second Winchester, VA.
1864 - Confederate General Leonidas Polk is killed in action at the Battle of Pine Mountain.
1900 - The Hawaiian Republic becomes the U.S. Territory of Hawaii.
1917 - General Pershing arrives in Paris.
1923 - President Harding is the first U.S. President to use radio, dedicating Baltimore's Francis Scott Key memorial.
1940 - German forces occupy Paris.
1941 - Ground is broken for the Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) in Wichita, KS.
1942 - In Bridgeport, CT, the first bazooka rocket gun is produced.
1944 - The first B-29 raid against mainland Japan occurs.
1949 - The State of Vietnam is formed.
1951 - UNIVAC 1, the first commercial computer, enters service at the Census Bureau.
1952 - The keel laid for the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine.
- President Eisenhower signs the order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.
1963 - Valery Bykovsky, in Vostok 5, orbits the Earth 81 times in 5 days.
- The Mariner V is launched for a Venus fly-by; the U.S.S.R. launches Kosmos 166 for the observation of the Sun from an Earth orbit.
1975 - The U.S.S.R. launches Venera 10 for a Venus landing.
1985 - Lebanese Shiite Muslim gunmen hijack TWA Flight 847 after takeoff from Athens.
1991 - The Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands.

- Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, physicist (formulated Coulomb's Law)
1811 - Harriet Beecher Stowe, author (Uncle Tom's Cabin)
1855 - Robert Marion La Follette, Progressive Presidental Candidate
- Alois Alzheimer Germany, psychiatrist/pathologist (Alzheimer Disease)
1868 - Karl Landsteiner, immunologist/pathologist, Nobel Prize winner
1925 - Pierre Salinger, newsman (ABC)/press secretary (John Kennedy)
1928 - Ernesto (Che) Guevara, Latin American revolutionary
1946 - Donald Trump; Ralph McAllister Ingersol II, newspaper publisher

- Benedict Arnold Revolutionary War general
1965 - H.V. Kaltenborn newscaster (Who Said That?)
1986 - Marlin Perkins "Wild Kingdom" host, dies near St. Louis.

Reported Missing in Action
** The first American POW's in Vietnam**
Appice, Giacomo, US Army; part of a US Maintenance crew assisting French supply units, released August, 1954

Morgan, Doyle, USAF; part of a US Maintenance crew assisting French supply units, released August, 1954

Salas, Ciro, USAF; part of US Maintenance crew assisting French supply units, released August, 1954

Schuller, Jerry, USAF; part of a US Maintenance crew assisting French supply units, released August, 1954

Sroveck, Leonard, US Army; part of a US Maintenance crew assisting French supply units, released August, 1954

Guarino, Lawrence N., USAF (NJ); F105 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1998

McManus, Kevin J., USAF (NY); F4C shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Mechenbier, Edward J., USAF (OH); F4C shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Grace, James W., USAF (LA); F4D shot down

Kahler, Harold, USAF (NE); F105D shot down

Wilson, Richard, Jr., US Army (AR); vehicle accident, Killed, body not recovered

Davis, Francis J., USN (IA); presumed Killed

McLeod, David V., Jr., USAF (FL); HH53C shot down

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It's Flag Day!

The Star Spangled Banner
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us as a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

National Flag Day Foundation