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Monday, November 05, 2007

JTF-Bravo deploys to support Tropical Storm Noel relief in Dominican Republic
Soldiers and Airmen from Joint Task Force-Bravo here check for clearance as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy from the New York Air National Guard. A team of 19 Airmen and Soldiers and two helicopters from Joint Task Force-Bravo departed here Nov. 5 heading for the Dominican Republic to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Noel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

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Okinawa dog handler patrols with infantry in Iraq

Sgt. Jaimi Diaz, a dog handler with Task Force Military Police, poses for a photograph with her dog, Darrah. Diaz is currently the kennel master in Al Qaim, Iraq, and is running patrols with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.

Nov. 5, 2007
Story ID#: 20071158478

By Gunnery Sgt. Brenda L. Varnadore, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD)

CAMP GANNON, Iraq (Nov. 5, 2007) -- Operation Iraqi Freedom has called on Marines from different military occupational specialties to serve on the frontlines with infantry units. One Long Island, N.Y., native is guiding them on patrols with her dog, Darrah.

Sgt. Jaimi Diaz, the Al Qaim kennel master, Task Force Military Police, is currently working with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, as a dog handler. She runs dismounted patrols with the unit to look for improvised explosive devices while balancing her duties in the kennel.

“As a canine handler, I go out and clear routes for convoys and patrols to go through or we do reconnaissance and quick reaction force,” said the 2003 Hampton Bays High School graduate. “And as a kennel master, I get to oversee the Marines and make sure they are getting the right training.”

Diaz, who is on her first deployment, volunteered to leave her unit in Okinawa, Japan, to fill a yearlong individual augment billet. She began her assignment at Camp Fallujah where she served for five months as the senior dog handler. She was then sent to Al Qaim, on the Syrian border, to take over the role of kennel master and said she is learning a great deal.

“You work harder when you know people believe in you and know you can do the job. All my (staff noncommissioned officers) had confidence in me as the senior guy because right now I am in charge of six other handlers, one Navy, at the kennels in Al Qaim,” said Diaz. “I have a lot of interaction with the command. When you are a junior Marine you really do not know why are doing this, you don’t know what is going on, you wonder where you are going next. But being the senior guy, you actually find out what everyone is doing, why they are doing it and how you play a part.”

Although Diaz left her husband, Sgt. Christopher Diaz, in Okinawa with her 2-year-old son Jeremy, she still calls back regularly to seek his advice on how to live up to the expectations and how to support the units to the best of her ability.

“I enjoy talking to him about things because I do not feel stupid asking him questions because he has the same job as me and understands,” she said. “He was in Ramadi during 2005 so he can answer questions I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking someone else.”

She also relies heavily on her dog to keep the Marines she is supporting safe. She has had Darrah for more than a year and a half and brought her from Okinawa. Although she is the dog’s third handler, she said they have bonded well.

“When you first hear about canines and hear all this stuff they can do, you really don’t believe it,” said Diaz. “But once you see it, you definitely realize how amazing they are.”

One of the most important aspects of keeping the Marines she works with safe is making sure her dog is up to the task.

“I have been doing it for three years so it is easier for me to tell if there is something wrong with my dog and know how to fix it,” said Diaz. “And if I can’t fix it, there are definitely people that can help me out. It is all about the training that you do and how often and how much dedication you actually have. If you spend the time in it, you will have a dog that you can have complete confidence in because you know that lives depend on it.”

Diaz doesn’t think being a female plays a part in getting her job done though. She said that everyone has accepted her and treats her as just another Marine in the unit. Since being attached to an infantry battalion is rare for a female, she is trying to show them that females can do exactly what the males are doing.

“I really have had no problems,” she said. “I love working with the guys, and they have accepted me and Darrah as if we were always there.”

Diaz is looking forward to returning back to her family and job in Okinawa in three months. She said she plans on applying for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program to become an officer.

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BAHRAIN (Nov. 4, 2007) - Seabees attached to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40, lift a tent frame while building a base camp for a crises response exercise. Coalition forces are conducting this exercise to enhance response capabilities to a host nation's request for assistance during a time of a crisis. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kirk Worley

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In Today's News - Monday, November 5, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Courage and resolution
are the spirit and soul of virtue."

-- Thomas Fuller

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bush vows help for Turkey against Kurdish rebels - Video
Maliki declares victory over violence during walkabout
Al-Qaida on the Run in Iraq, Coalition Spokesman Says

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Rice seeks Mideast peace deal while Bush in office
Abbas's security forces, gunmen clash in West Bank
Abbas: all sides want peace

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Al Sahra)

Other Military News
Car Crash Claims Wounded Iraq Vet's Third Child

Worldwide Wackos
U.S. food exports to Cuba dwindle under Bush

Politics / Government
Rice Calls Musharraf to Protest Emergency Rule - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Thousands arrested in Pakistan protests
Pakistan says to hold election by January - Video
Giuliani Defends Kerik's Record
Thompson Aide Resigns After Drug Past Exposed
CAMPAIGN CARL: Cameron's Blog From the Trail
Clinton: Money to Be Made From Climate Change Fight
Bush administration threatens Senate farm bill veto
Bush seeks Colombia trade vote as soon as possible
Bush, Turkish PM tout cooperation
House Democrats press Bush on subpoenas

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Craig Stebic Says He Can Relate to Cop of Missing Wife
Police: Toddler Girl Found in Box in Texas Could Be From Anywhere
Mother Arrested Who Claimed Carjacker Killed Son
Teacher Nabbed in Mexico With Student in Court - VIDEO
Top court to decide Idaho death penalty case
Woman to testify on pregnant mom's death
Top Mafia don arrested in Sicily raid

Adventures in Political Correctness
Patriotism Put to the Test

U.N. News
Activists call for emergency U.N. meeting on Darfur

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Oprah Wept Over School Sex Scandal - VIDEO: Pt. 1 - Pt. 2
Oprah "cleans house" in school abuse case - Video
Late-Night Reruns After Strike - PHOTOS
Picketing Outside 'Today' Show as Writers Strike Begins
Poll finds nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults go online
MySpace expands program for targeted ads
Nancy Grace gives birth to twins

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Alcohol, Caffeinated Energy Drinks Dangerous Mix, Study says
Newly Visible Exploding Comet Has Star-Watchers Abuzz
Google Announces 'Android' Mobile-Phone System
Headache, arthritis pills reduce Parkinson's risk
Swiss study has some surprises on marijuana use
Gene explains why breast-feeding makes kids smarter
Experts identify growth trigger for marine algae
Google enters mobile phone market
Microsoft and ESPN are teammates for Xbox Live
Lack of sleep may lead to fatter kids
Bayer halts sales of anti-bleeding drug
Astronauts check wings ahead of descent
Panel urges recall authority for FDA
MDs balance pros, cons of 'Super X-ray'

Mother Nature
Hunter Shoots Rare Albino Deer as Season Kicks Off
Deadly Season Opener Leaves 4 Hunters Shot, 1 Dead
Mexican flood victims scramble for food

Servant Forced to Eat 100 Peppers, Vomit at Mansion
From Communist Party to rich-only matchmaking party
Couple from Hell wins Halloween lottery
Texan sets record with 87 snakes in tub

Other News of Note
Student Shoots Himself Outside Gym at Private School
Five US Air crew fall ill on Boston flight
Airline on-time record: Worst in 13 years

Fox News
Get Paid to 'Marry Down'
FOXBusiness: Jeff Bewkes Steps In as Time Warner CEO
Gisele Bundchen Doesn't Want to Be Paid in Dollars
Pop Tarts: Buffy the Porn Princess? Sarah Michelle Gellar's Unlikely Role

Reuters: Top News
Citigroup shares drop on mounting woes - Video
"Mockingbird" author wins U.S. medal
Argentine prison fire kills 33, relatives protest
Gasoline prices near summer peaks on $95 crude
Hollywood's best golfer? Why it's...
Queen Elizabeth in fashion top 50
"Queen" & "King" reign over Europe film awards
Wall Street falls with Citi - Video
Gold near 28-year high on credit jitters
Oil down as subprime crisis raises economic worry - Video
WellCare shares soar as report downplays probe
Yen gains as investors grow wary of risk
Subprime cleanup a long haul
Video: Banking turmoil is back
Tip of billion-dollar iceberg
US STOCKS-Wall St falls with Citi, financials
FTSE hit as Citi feels punch of credit crunch
Firings are few and far between in executive suite
Analyst sees more Q4 subprime write-downs
Ford labor pact sparing some plants wins backing
Wall Street cringes as Citi revives fears
Fed must be ready to take back cuts: Fed's Mishkin

AP World News
Holmes in heels hours after NYC Marathon
Man nearly tosses 4.38-carat diamond
A-Rod, replay to dominate GM's meetings
Dodgers introduce Joe Torre as manager
Stocks fall on housing, credit worries
Employers study applicants' personalities

CENTCOM: News Releases

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition Air Component ‘Remains Strong,’ General Says
British Medics Train Iraqis to Save Lives
Business Development Opportunities Expand at Baghdad Airport
Five terrorists killed, 30 suspects detained during Coalition operations
Iraqi Army detains 81, discovers large weapons cache (Suwayrah)
Iraqi Police, U.S. Special Operations Forces capture IED bomber in Ramadi
Iraqi Security Forces detain 22 suspected extremists in separate raids
Tip leads to Iraqi Army to two caches, 6 detained (Zafaraniya)

Gates Discusses Deepening Military Relations With China
Gates Arrives in China for Meetings
Photos: Gates Meets with China's Leaders
Gates Encouraged by Tenor Of Meetings with Chinese
U.S. Postpones Pakistan Meetings

Cutting-Edge Combat Training Prepares Soldiers for Current, Future Fights
Pacific Command Hosts Joint Civilian Orientation Conference
JCOC Special
Celebration Marks Anniversary Of Military Women's Memorial
Stars & Stripes Women's Memorial Special
Photo Essay: Women's Memorial Ceremony

Anbar's Urban Centers Enjoy Stability, Renewal
Women's Empowerment Key to Iraq's Future
10th Mountain Division Headquarters to Deploy
New Offensive Launches Across Four Provinces
Coalition Air Component ‘Remains Strong’
Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain 17 Suspects

Khost Province Considered 'Model of Success'
Afghan, Coalition Forces Disrupt Recruiting Network

Troops Thank Americans

Major Shares Iraq Story

Navy Nurse Speaks at Memorial Anniversary

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

Today in History
1492 - Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Cuban natives.
1605 - In the Gunpowder Plot, Catholics try to blow up the English Parliament. The plot is uncovered, and its leader, Guy Fawkes, is hanged.
1781 - John Hanson is elected as the first "President of the U.S. in Congress assembled."
1811 - El Salvador wages its first battle against Spain for independence.
1838 - Honduras declares independence from the Central American Federation.
1872 - Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for trying to vote for Ulysses S. Grant.
1875 - Susan B. Anthony is arrested for attempting to vote.
1895 - George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
1911 - Italy attacks Turkish North-Africa, taking Tripoli and Cyrenaica; Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena, completing the first transcontinental airplane flight.
1912 - Woodrow Wilson is elected President.
1913 - Ludwig III is crowned king of Bavaria.
1914 - Britain annexes Cyprus.
1917 - General Pershing and U.S. troops see action on the Western Front for the first time; the Buchanan v. Warley Supreme Court decision strikes down a Louisville, KY ordinance requiring Blacks and Whites to live in separate areas.
1935 - The Maryland Court of Appeals orders the University of Maryland to admit Donald Murray (an African-American); Parker Brothers launches its "Monopoly" game.
1940 - President FDR wins an unprecedented 3rd term.
1946 - John F. Kennedy (MA) is elected to the House of Representatives.
1956 - Britain and France land forces in Egypt.
1964 - The U.S. launches Mariner-3 towards Mars, but no data is returned.
1967 - ATS-3 is launched by to take the first pictures of the full Earth disk.
1968 - Richard Nixon is elected President.
1974 - Ella Grasso (CT) is elected as the first U.S. governor not related to a previous governor; Walter E. Washington becomes the first elected mayor of Washington, DC.
1978 - Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
1981 - Former Miami Dolphin Mercury Morris is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy, and possession of cocaine.
1987 - An iceberg twice the size of Rhode Island is sighted in the Antarctic; Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits having used marijuana.
1988 - Cornell confirms that one of its grad students is the source of the worst case of computer sabotage.

1818 - Benjamin F. Butler, Union General/presidential candidate
1855 - Eugene V. Debs, labor organizer, Socialist presidential candidate
1911 - Roy Rogers, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show)
1913 - Vivien Leigh, actress (Gone With Wind)
1915 - Moe Biller, labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers)
1927 - Robert Abernethy, Newscaster (NBC News Encore)

1977 - Guy Lombardo, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne)
1979 - Al Capp, cartoonist (Lil' Abner)
1989 - Vladamir Horowitz, pianist
1991 - Fred MacMurray, actor (My Three Sons); Robert Maxwell, billionaire publisher (NY Daily News)

Reported Missing in Action
Chapman, Harlan P., USMC (OH); F8E shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

McCleary, George C., USAF (LA); F105D shot down, remains returned, ID'd May, 1991

Cobeil, Earl Glenn, USAF (MI); F105F shot down (w/Dutton), DIC, remains returned March, 1974 (Read his story)

Dutton, Richard A., USAF (IL); F105F shot down (w/Cobeil) released by DRV March, 1973 - deceased December, 1998

Cornthwaite, Thomas G., Civilian (England); Decca Navigation Systems, Inc. employee, escaped, Killed in Binh Thuan

Simpson, James E., Civilian (US); Decca Navigation Systems, Inc. employee, escaped, Killed in Binh Thuan

Echanis, Joseph, USAF (OR); F4D shot down (navigator, w/LeFever)

LeFever, Douglas P., USAF (OH); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Echanis)

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