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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Soldiers Send Supplies from the Skies

Army Capt. Dustin Menhart assists in setting up a raised angle marker on a drop zone in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2007, in preparation for the largest air supply drop in Operation Enduring Freedom history. Menhart is commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

As bundles from the lead C-17 Globemaster III drift to the ground, a second C-17 prepares to drop more bundles to a drop zone in Afghanistan on Oct. 11, 2007. A total of 62 cargo bundles were dropped from two C-17s in two passes. This was the first time a combat cargo drop of this magnitude has taken place using two C-17s in formation over one drop zone. The planes and crews are part of the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Manas, Kyrgyzstan. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

A second Air Force C-17 Globemaster drops Combat Delivery System bundles just a few hundred feet above another set floating down to coalition soldiers waiting below, Oct. 11, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

Paratroopers from the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division watch as Combat Delivery System bundles carrying food and water float to the ground in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

A Humvee rushes to the landing site of a Combat Delivery System bundle in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

A helicopter hovers over a bundle of airdropped supplies, where paratroopers from the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division wait to sling-load the supplies for transportation to the nearby Bandar command observation post in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

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Tech. Sgt. Sherry Burt dances and sings with people from the village of Damerjog, Djibouti after performing with the U.S. Central Command Air Forces Expeditionary Band, the Desert Ramblers. Sergeant Burt is a vocalist and Irish flute player. (U.S. Navy photo/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Regina L. Brown)

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In Today's News - Sunday, October 21, 2007

Quote of the Day
"The hero is valorous
because he stands up to every threat
directed against his values."

-- Andrew Bernstein

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Gates sees no imminent Turkish attack
Odierno calls on safety team to help cut non-combat deaths
Soldiers show zero tolerance for attacks in Adhamiyah
‘The Mother of all Truck Stops’ nears completion
UPDATE: Coalition forces target Special Groups leader, 49 criminals killed
Coalition forces capture four wanted terrorists, detain 11 suspects

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Report: Palestinian Gunmen Sought to Kill Olmert
Bhutto Vows to Continue Appearing in Public

Troops on Trial
Soldier convicted of possession of child pornography

Other Military News
Postcard from WWII Battlefront Delivered 64 Years Later
Turkish Soldiers Kill 23 Rebels in Retaliatory Attack - VIDEO

Worldwide Wackos
Cheney: 'We Will Not Allow Iran to Have Nukes'
Cubans vote without Castro in charge

Homegrown Moonbats
Junk Science: Hey Al Gore, We Want a Refund!

Politics / Government
GOP Debate:Cater to Conservatives
(FOX News Debate - 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on FOX News Channel)
Report: Dumped Cat Could Come Back to Haunt Hillary Clinton Campaign
GOP Congressman Bobby Jindal Wins Louisiana Governor's Race
Governor-elect tackles Louisiana's image
Giuliani tries to reassure conservatives

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Smugglers Torture Illegal Immigrants in Phoenix Drop House

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Feds Tackling Rash of Noose and Swastika Cases
Man Kicked, Beat Toddler Because He's 'Not a Morning Person'
Mother Charged in Death of Baby Girl Found in Attic
Report: Sexual Misconduct Plaguing U.S. Schools
Canadian Police Say Six Dead Men Were Victims of Targeted Killings
Gang Member Sentenced to 126 Years in Jail for Heist Described In Memoir
Copperfield lawyer rebuts allegation
Justice says law degree 'worth 15 cents'
Teacher sex abuse scars family, town

Adventures in Political Correctness
J.K. Rowling Reveals 'Harry Potter' Character Dumbledore Is Gay
Second Grader Suspended for Sketching Gun Fight

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Bill Maher Helps Security Remove Protestor During Live Broadcast
CNN takes stock of a 'Planet in Peril'

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Female Spacecraft Commanders Make History
Soyuz craft lands short of destination

Mother Nature
Several Wildfires Ravage California - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Woman Floats in Ocean Off Maui 19 Hours Before Rescue
India official dies after monkey attack

News from My Neck of the Woods
Drew, Schilling lead Red Sox to Game 7
Brady's team-record 6 TDs lift Patriots

Man Sews Mouth, Dons Iron Mask in Protest Against Government

Other News of Note
Major League Controversy
Dalai Lama award prompts Tibet clashes

Fox News
Max McGee, Super Bowl I Hero, Dies After Fall From Roof

Reuters: Top News

AP World News
Lawyer: Spears regains child visitation
Halliburton's 3Q earnings up 19 percent
US: World Bank needs to reduce poverty
Vampires sink teeth into movie audiences
Survey: Gas prices up 5 cents in 2 weeks
BC new No. 2, LSU jumps to 3rd in Top 25
NYC program gets kids up and running
First Coppola film in a decade premieres

CENTCOM: News Releases

Command moves forward with Joint Urban Fires Prototype - podcast
USJFCOM commander meets the press - podcast
Joint Knowledge Online now available to wider audience - podcast
More about Joint Knowledge Online
Unified Endeavor 08-1 prepares soldiers for Afghanistan deployment

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Paratroopers detain suspected IED emplacers (Adwaniyah)
Cache used to make IEDs destroyed (Arab Jabour)

Gates Meets With Turkish Minister in Wake of Attacks
Photo essay: Secretary Gates in Ukraine
Secretary Gates Arrives in Ukraine to Begin Five-Day Visit to Europe
Commanders Relieved Over Incident
National Guard Units Alerted to Deploy
More MRAP Vehicles Headed to Iraq

Troops Kill, Capture Insurgents in Iraq
Air Cav Crews See Higher-Tech Attacks
Forces Kill Five Terrorists, Detain Two
Team to Help Cut Non-Combat Deaths

More Trainers Slated for Security Forces - Video
Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 12
Road Network Holds Key to Eastern Security

Engineers Work to Improve Electrical Grid
Paratroopers Sign Up for Another Tour

Forces Disrupt Major Insurgent Network
Milestone Has Special Meaning for Airmen

Changes Eyed for Guard, Reserve GI Bill
Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Crowe Dies
Predictable Deployments, Future Fleets Crucial
AFRICOM Won’t Change DoD Policy
Department Consolidates Domestic Abuse Policies
Doonesbury Creator, Bloggers Compile Book

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. Navy Adm. Gary Roughead
Predictable Deployments, Future Fleets Crucial to Navy Chief - Story

Forces Capture 15 Insurgents in Iraq - Story

Iraqi Senior Citizen Stops Suicide Bomber - Story
Army Paratroopers Sign Up for Another Tour - Story
Airmen Deliver Ammunition to Ground Troops - Story
Air Force C-17 Crews Make Record Airdrop - Story
Bagram Gets Flu-Season Ready - Story

Iraqi Police Officers Receive Training
Major League Baseball Pitchers Visit Heroes
Baghdad Raid Nets Rocket Attack Suspect
Iraqi Boy Gets Successful Surgery
Iraqi Soldiers Learn Basic Humvee Maintenance

Soldiers Train with Raven UAVs
Bagram Gets Flu-Season Ready
Mentor Team Helps Train Afghan Police Officers
RED HORSE Team Beats Construction Odds

DefendAmerica Week in Review
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday

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

National Hurricane Center

2137 BC- China is the site of the first recorded total eclipse of the sun.
1520 - Magellan entered the strait which bears his name.
1553 - Volumes of the Talmud are burned.
1797 - The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution ("Old Ironsides") is launched in Boston.
1805 - At the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson defeats the French and Spanish fleet, and dies.
1861 - Battle of Balls Bluff, VA.
1869 - The first shipment of fresh oysters travels overland from Baltimore.
1879 - Thomas Edison perfects the carbonized cotton filament light bulb.
1897 - At the University of Chigago, the Yerkes Observatory is dedicated.
1915 - The first transatlantic radiotelephone message is sent from Arlington, VA, to Paris.
1917 - For the first time, Americans see action on the front lines of WW I.
1944 - U.S. troops capture Aachen - the first large German city to fall in WW II.
1945 - For the first time, women in France are allowed to vote.
1948 - The facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated in Washington, DC.
1950 - Chinese forces occupy Tibet.
1959 - In NYC, the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens.
1967 - Thousands opposing the Vietnam War try to storm the Pentagon.
1969 - A bloodless coup occurs in Somalia.
1971 - Nixon nominates Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court following the resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John Harlan.
1975 - Venera-9, the first craft to orbit the planet Venus, is launched.
1976 - The NY Knicks retire their first number, # 19 (Willis Reed).
1977 - The U.S. recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa.
1987 - The U.S. Senate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination.
1988 - Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos are indicted on racketeering charges.
1989 - After being buried for four days in the San Francisco earthquake, Buck Helm is found alive.
1991 - 24 die in a fire in Oakland, CA.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet (Rime of the Ancient Mariner)
1833 - Alfred Bernhard Nobel, created dynamite and the Peace Prizes
1917 - Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter, a creator of modern jazz
1950 - Ronald E. McNair, astronaut (STS 41B, 51L-Challenger disaster)

- Admiral Horatio Nelson, in the Battle of Trafalgar
1831 - Nat Turner and 19 associates, hanged for their roles in the Southampton Slave Revolt
1967 - Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astrophysicist
1987 - Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwanese government official

Reported Missing in Action

Earll, David J., USAF (TX); F105D exploded after releasing ordinance on bombing run

Hemmel, Clarence J., USAF (MO); F100D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Finley, Dickie W., US Army (MO)

Knabb, Kenneth K., USN (IL); A4E shot down

Cook, Glenn R., USAF (NC); O2A shot down (pilot, w/Epenshield)

Espenshield, John L., USAF (OH); O2A shot down (observer, w/Cook), remains returned May, 1989

Bradley, Ed, Civilian; O/A returned from visit November, 1973

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