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Friday, June 22, 2007

Blogwatch: JackArmy - "That Was Some Scary Sh*t"

Milblogger and deployed Hero JackArmy had the best kind of IED encounter recently - one in which there were no serious injuries to our troops:

At this point in time, I was sitting in my truck, settling in for the hour or so it would take for the meeting to wrap up and for us to continue our patrol to another town and other activities. Suddenly, I see smoke and dust billowing out from the row of shops along the front right of my truck and then the truck rocks hard. I knew immediately that it was an explosion, and IED [Improvised Explosive Device], and that I needed to check my people. I heard someone say over the intercom, "what was that?" I answered, "an IED, get in the truck and shut the door!" I ask each guy in my truck if they are alright. Everyone is. Then we hear the IA start shooting
Read the rest, including links to what the MSM had to say about the incident, at JackArmy.

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HANOI, Vietnam (June 20, 2007) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visits with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense, Senior Lt. Gen. Nguyen Huy Hieu during an office call. Mullen is on a seven-day trip to Japan and Vietnam to visit with foreign leaders and Sailors stationed in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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Operation One Family



Costa Mesa, CA., June 20, 2007 - Numerous national organizations are joining forces with, TAPS, Homefront America, Soldiers Angels and ThanksUSA in a joint effort to support the families of the fallen by forming Operation One Family. Details of the program and registration information for families can be found at

Operation One Family is a proud member organization of America Supports You.

Operation One Family endeavors to help families of the fallen cope with their loss, stabilize their present situation and secure their future. The mission is to help provide life skills, education and continuing support for the families of our fallen military heroes. The goal of Operation One Family is to create a national model that will be used by Rotary Clubs across America to provide ongoing support for these families in their own communities.

The efforts of Operation One Family will culminate in a regional convention-style weekend scheduled August 2 -5 for families in Southern California and Nevada . Vanguard University in Costa Mesa California will host the families and provide meeting venues. The first day will feature TAPS' Coping with Loss Camp Good Grief. Other events will include a Share Faire providing resources, information and workshops, a California beach party at the Dunes in Newport Beach , visits to Knotts Berry Farm and the Orange County Fair and a few surprises. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for good corporate citizens.

Rotary International District 5320 has a qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation that supports the charitable activities of the clubs within the district including the collaborative effort of Operation One Family at Rotary is an organization that exemplifies "Service Above Self. is a portal of all types of military resources and information connecting candidates from the military community with outstanding government and civilian employment opportunities and assisting numerous military non-profits at

TAPS (The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) is a national non-profit Veterans Service Organization providing peer based emotional support services to all those who have lost a loved one serving in the Armed Forces at

Homefront America is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our troops and their families with meaningful assistance in times of need at

Soldiers Angels is a national network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers dedicated to providing hands-on comfort to the members of the military and their families at

ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by providing college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses at

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PICTURE PERFECT — U.S. Army Pfc. Arthur Wallace, a soldier from Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, uses the HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment) system to gather identification information from villagers of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, June 1, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

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In Today's News - Friday, June 22, 2007

Quote of the Day
"As I walk through the valley of death I fear no one,
for I am the meanest mother ****** in the valley!"

-- General George S. Patton

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Al Qaeda fight to death in Iraq bastion: U.S - Video
U.S. troops set trap for militants near Baghdad - Video
Deadly day for U.S. military; 14 killed Op-ed: Allies Question U.S. Resolve

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan air raid kills 12 civilians, 20 Taliban

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Padilla jury in Miami to hear bin Laden interview
CIA to release details on decades of secrets
Calm returns to Lebanon camp after 33-day battle - Video
Bush, Senate head for showdown on domestic spying
Decision on Guantanamo not imminent, U.S. says
Abbas mulls early Palestinian elections

Troops on Trial
Marine Convicted of Raping Comrade

Other Military News
Panel Probes Military's Notification Process
Gates: Longer Iraq deployments unlikely

Worldwide Wackos
North Korea ready to shut reactor: U.S. envoy Video

Politics / Government
GOP, Democrats in Web of a Conflict
Senate OKs Upped Fuel Economy Standards
House Lifts Foreign Contraception Aid Ban
Bush to host Vietnam president in historic visit
Edwards returns to 2004 campaign theme
Edwards' nonprofit kept his profile high
Romney calls for new strategy on terror
Waxman decries Cheney security exemption
Ashcroft: Officials fought over snooping

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Opponents vow to try to block immigration bill
NYC `soccer tacos' could be in jeopardy

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Missing Mom Search Suspended - Thunderstorms scuttle hunt for Jessie Davis - VIDEO - PHOTOS
DNA Found in Home of Missing Illinois Mom Analyzed
Over the Line? - Illinois Murder Has Link to 'Law & Order' Episode
Video Shows Pizza Clerks Taking on Robbers
Police, Officials Insist Attacks on Drivers Not Related to Juneteenth Celebrations
Wisconsin House of Horrors: Scene of Scams, Sex and Murder
Report: Pennsylvania Rape Suspect Survives on Worms, Creek Water in Woods for a Month
No Jail Over Noisy Kids - SPEAKOUT! - VIDEO
Halberstam's Driver Charged in Deadly Crash
Illinois Bank Hostage Standoff Ends
Mothers Surrender in Kids' Fire Deaths

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Hacker Claims to Have Posted 'Harry Potter' Plot on Internet
BBC Seeks Info on Troop Movements in Iraq (Absolutely reprehenssible. At what point do people like this become accountable for their actions?!?)

Science / Medicine / Technology
Missing Chilean Lake Baffles Scientists
AT&T hires 2,000 extra workers for iPhone launch
Europe latest to unveil space tourism proposal - Video
Gene therapy treatment offers Parkinson's relief
NASA looks for break in weather to land shuttle - Video
Progress made toward lunar liquid mirror telescope
State moves against troubled LA hospital
Brain activity controls toy train

Mother Nature
Drifting icebergs are hotspots of life

Thrill Ride Tragedy - Teen girl's feet severed in Six Flags accident
Wild Brown Yonder (Oh, yuck!!!)
15-Year-Old Performs Surgery in India in Attempt to Break World Record
40-Year-Old Former Teacher Marries 16-Year-Old Student
Woman loses in court after losing lottery
Paging Doogie Howser... - Video
Autopsies Set for Naked Couple That Fell 50 Feet From Rooftop to Their Deaths
Trustee resigns over speaking in tongues

Other News of Note
Musharraf's political future in doubt

Fox News
Prince William Turns 25, Gains Part of Diana's Inheritance

Reuters: Top News
Nigerian strike extended after talks fail
EU leaders struggle to win over Poles on reforms
Negotiators to weigh future of WTO free trade pact
Mexico's violent drug war inspires bloody art
Post-Katrina New Orleans death rate shoots up
Take-Two delays plans to distribute 'Manhunt 2'
Anti-smoking efforts have big impact: expert
Hilton: jail renews gratitude for "simple" life - Video
Jolie's "Heart" pumps life into Oscar chatter
Yen wilts, Asia chip stocks shine
Oil steady as U.S. crude stocks cushion Nigeria risk
Yen slides to 4-1/2-year low against dollar - Video
Gold off 1-week low, Tokyo futures extend losses
Stocks gain on rally in semiconductors - Video
Subprime Fallout
Bear Sterns contagion fears
Bear Stearns fund woes seem contained
Subprime woes to test European nerves
Blackstone raises $4.1 bln
NYSE Euronext bids for Borsa Italiana: report
Jones Apparel near $825 mln Barneys sale: report
Lone Star sells KEB stake for $1.28 bln: source
Bear Stearns may assume hedge fund loans: report
GE, Pearson drop Dow Jones takeover pursuit

AP World News
Giambi agrees to meeting on steroids
Isaiah Washington: ABC axed wrong guy
Blackstone IPO raises $4.13 billion
Jagger apologizes in Catalan language
Jimmy Kimmel has emergency appendectomy
MTV and Fulbright join forces overseas
Movie Review: Evan (not so) Almighty
Blog: Down and Out in Iraq
DT: U.S. Spying on French Blackberries?
Ten Step Guide to Joining the Military
The Web's Best Equipment Guide
Movie Review: A Mighty Heart

CENTCOM: News Releases

Command helps test new gun shot location system - podcast
Wood addresses joint warfare transformation at Transformation Warfare conference - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Rear Adm. Stewart O’Bryan
USJFCOM Standing Joint Force Headquarters deploys for 2007 hurricane season exercise
Global force management efforts helps improve command's joint provision process - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Iraqi, Coalition forces move forward despite attacks
U.S., Iraqi troops rescue 24 abused boys from orphanage
Marne Torch continues clearing insurgent safe havens
Mortar systems and weapons seized in Rashid as clearing continues
MND-B Soldiers detain 18 in raids
IA, CF roll-up multiple caches, fugitives
Rockets found: U.S., Iraqis team up to foil strike
Marne Torch continues clearing insurgent safe havens
Roadside bombers stopped, explosives seized

Gates, Pace Discuss Spike in Iraq Violence
Gates, Pace Pledge to Fix Mental Health System
Video Clip: Pentagon Media Roundtable
Pace Will Stay Focused on Supporting Troops
Vice Chairman Answers Soldiers’ Questions
Admiral Surprises Soldiers with Candid Answers
Photo Essay: Adm. Giambastiani Visits Baghdad
Training System Gets Troops Back to Shooting
Airborne Laser Aircraft to Provide Defense

More Headline News
Officials Discuss New U.S. Africa Command
Camp Development Rises from Rice Paddies
Pentagon Puts Critical Technology on Trial
‘Virtual Installation’ Aims to Help Reserve Spouses

Military News
'Red Cross' Scam Targets Military Families
State, Local Responders Handle Texas Flood Relief
Video: Navy Reservist Visits Pen Pals

War on Terror
Troops Rescue Hostages
Iraq Ops Kill, Capture Terrorists
14 Servicemembers Killed
Combined Forces Nab Terrorists

America Supports You
Care Package Includes Jeep
Freedom Walk Set for Sept. 9
Teens Keep Troops Connected
Gift Surprises Paratroopers

Gait Lab Helps Amputees
Officials Discuss Alternative Fuel
Air Guard Retires Last F-16A

Face of Defense
Woman Cadet Prepares for Iraq
Marine Leaves Music for Corps
Soldier Loves Tae Kwon Do
Marine Enjoys Korean Tour

Iraq Ops Kill, Capture Terrorists - Story

Music Strengthens Ties Between Djibouti, U.S. - Story
Aeromedical Teams Provide Care, Comfort - Story
Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue Forward - Story

Volunteers Donate Supplies to Iraqi Children
Aviation Battalion Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours
Iraqis Join Ranks of Lutifiyah's Police Force
Sheiks Meet in Baghdad, Discuss Progress

Well Drillers Increase African Water Supply
Task Force Invites Coalition Partners to Forum
Marines Train Servicemembers in Martial Arts

Army Battle Company Makes Presence Known
Panjshir Opens Teachers’ Training College


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
War on Terror Reconstruction Report
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
1772 - Slavery is outlawed in England.
1775 - The first Continental currency is issued.
1807 - The British board the USS Chesapeake, one of the events leading to the War of 1812.
1815 - Napoleon abdicates for a second time (after Waterloo).
1847 - The doughnut is created.
1868 - Arkansas re-enters the U.S.
1870 - Congress creates the Department of Justice.
1873 - Prince Edward Island joins Canada.
1911 - King George V of England is crowned.
1918 - in Ivanhoe, Illinois, a troop train rams a circus train, killing 68.
1936 - The Virgin Islands receive a constution from U.S. (Organic Act).
1940 - France falls to Nazi Germany; Finland invades Karelia.
1941 - Germany declares war on the Soviet Union.
1944 - FDR signs the "GI Bill of Rights" (Servicemen's Readjustment Act).
1959 - Vanguard SLV-6 is launched; it fails to achieve an Earth orbit.
1970 - President Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.
1978 - Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in the Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.
1981 - Mark David Chapman pleads guilty the murder of John Lennon.
1983 - The Space Shuttle makes the first retrieval of a satellite from orbit.
1990 - Florida passes a law prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit.

1837 - Paul Morphy, greatest chess player of all time
1896 - Francis C. Denebrink, U.S. Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
1903 - John Dillinger, one of America's Most Wanted
1920 - Paul Frees, the voice of "Bullwinkle"
1941 - Ed Bradley, CBS news correspondent ("60 Minutes")

1874 - Howard Staunton, world chess champion, designer of chess pieces
1922 - British Field Marshal Sir Henry H. Wilson, murdered
1954 - Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)

Reported Missing in Action
Smith, Warren P., Jr., USAF (TX); O1F shot down

Pirie, James Glenn, USN (AL); A4E shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - deceased, May 1998

Engelhard, Eric Carl, USAF (OH); O2B shot down, remains recovered April, 1974

Roberson, John W., US Army (TX); Presumed drowned while crossing a stream, body not recovered

Seagroves, Michael Anthony, USAF (IL); O2B shot down, remains recovered April, 1974

Earle, John S., USNR (MA); A4C crashed in water shortly after takeoff, Killed, body not recovered

Gumbert, Robert W., Jr., US Army (OH); likely KIA, body not recovered

Strohlein, Madison A., US Army (PA)

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