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Friday, November 23, 2007

Fallen Soldier honored during dedication ceremony

Members of the Personal Security Detachment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stand in front of the picture of Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon during the dedication ceremony of the Dixon Square, Nov. 22. Dixon, who died of wounds received in combat Sept. 29, was a member of the PSD, serving to protect the lives of his command and his comrades. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

SR# 112207-01
Nov. 22, 2007

By Spc. Ryan Stroud
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

BAQOUBA, Iraq (Nov. 22, 2007) – Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, gathered in what was known as the “Grey Wolf” Square at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, outside of Baqouba, Iraq, for a dedication ceremony and renaming of the square to honor a fallen friend and Soldier, Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon.
Dixon died of wounds received in combat Sept. 29. Those who proudly served with him during the brigade’s deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 gathered to render one last salute and unveil the dedication sign which bears Dixon’s gleaming smile at the newly-named square, Nov. 22.

“Today we dedicated the Grey Wolf Square and renamed it to the Dixon Square after Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon, for his contributions to the Army and to his service in Iraq,” said friend and fellow Soldier, Staff Sgt. Mario Whitaker, non-commissioned officer in charge of the commander’s Personal Security Detachment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

“This dedication was very important because Staff Sgt. Dixon was a great guy, father, leader and friend,” said Whitaker. “He sacrificed everything he was known for to come over here and try and make Iraq a better place.

“He never griped or complained about anything; he always accomplished every mission that was placed before him,” he continued.

The Dixon Square is used by the Soldiers stationed at Warhorse as a hang-out spot – a place where they can call their families, get online or grab some well-deserved coffee or pizza. With new Soldiers coming and going from Warhorse everyday, Whitaker said he hopes those coming in will take notice of the efforts and achievements Dixon made for his unit, his country and his family.

“I hope that when the new Soldiers coming to Warhorse look at the sign of Staff Sgt. Dixon, they see that joyful smile on his face,” Whitaker said. “He was always happy, no matter what the situation or circumstances were. Even though we are in Iraq, ducking bullets and dodging [improvised explosive devices], he always had that smile on his face.

“When a new Soldier comes in here, they can see that this staff sergeant was happy and proud to serve his country and give everything he could to those around him,” he concluded.

Staff Sgt. Mario Whitaker, non-commissioned officer in charge of the brigade commander’s Personal Security Detachment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, looks at the memorial picture of Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon, a good friend and fellow Soldier of Whitiker’s, during the dedication of Dixon Square ceremony. The Dixon Square is an area for Soldiers to relax and have fun while serving in Diyala province, Iraq, and is a reminder of Dixon’s service during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Col. David W. Sutherland, brigade commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Staff Sgt. Mario Whitaker, non-commissioned officer in charge of Sutherland's personal security detachment, unveil the dedication sign of Dixon Square, the food court at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqouba, Iraq, dedicated in honor of Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon, a member of the PSD who was killed in action Sept. 29. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

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Model Mayra Veronica talks with U.S. Army Sgt. Henry Pagan over breakfast on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2007. Veronica is on a USO trip accompanying Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on a six-day, six-country trip to visit troops in Europe, Asia and Africa. Defense Dept. photo by Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump, U.S. Air Force - Photo Essay

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In Today's News - Friday, November 23, 2006

Quote of the Day
"No one can defeat us
unless we first defeat ourselves."

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bombs Strike Baghdad Pet Market, Police in Northern Iraq
Ten-Pound Hairball From Teen Girl's Stomach
Passenger Bus Found Under Landslide, 29 Believed Dead
Iraqis Taking Charge of Their Own Security
Soldiers Gather with “Second Family” for Holiday Meal
UPDATE: British Helicopter Crashes Near Salman Pak

Operation Enduring Freedom
Vice Chairman, USO Show Visit Troops in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Feds: Man discussed explosives in video (and discussed how to 'avoid martyrdom' dedicated)
Lebanon presidential vote delayed
Arab states, including Saudi, to attend peace meet - Video
Father to son, keys to Palestinian home cherished

Fallen Heroes
Australia soldier killed on eve of national poll - Video

Other Military News
Top Pacific Admiral 'Perplexed' by Chinese Port Refusal
China opens Hong Kong to U.S. carrier - Video
U.S. Navy vessel arrives in B'desh for relief efforts
Russia disappointed by U.S. shield proposal: report
Old Annapolis enters modern diplomacy
A timeline of Annapolis history

Worldwide Wackos
Iran is ready to defend itself: commander

Homegrown Moonbats
Democrats' bill on Iraq wouldn't end war (You mean they're misrepresenting things? Shocking...)

Politics / Government
Musharraf Facing Double Trouble
Official: Musharraf to Step Down as Army Chief Saturday
Sharif to return to Pakistan
Man Convicted of Killing Mom Threatened Romney
CAMPAIGN CARL: Cameron's Blog From the Trail
Aides choose royalties over loyalties

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Immigrant breaks law to become cop

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Unraveling the Mystery - Aruban court hearing set for Holloway suspects - PHOTOS
Holloway's Dad to Scour the Sea
5 Dead at Maryland Park in Thanksgiving Murder-Suicide
Alabama Man Questioned Over Wife's Diving Death (It's about time!)
Ill. cop charged with DUI in fatal crash

U.N. News
U.N. urges Indonesia to tackle police abuses

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
China online users more likely to be Web "addicts"
Web deals woo shoppers from Thanksgiving table - Video
Mo. city outlaws Internet harassment

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Vein clots up risk of heart attack
Glaxo rotavirus vaccine highly effective: study
Researchers find mirror fools phantom limb pain
Russia planning new space launch center: report
Benefon networking application on Nokia devices
Airline workers get sick after co. meal (Oops!)

Mother Nature
Antarctic ship hits iceberg - Slideshow
Rescuers Rush to Antarctic Expedition Ship
Philippines hunkers down as Typhoon Mitag nears
China dam area landslide kills 31
Bay Area spill takes toll on diving duck

News from My Neck of the Woods
NYC toddler survives 20-foot fall

Other News of Note
Hall of Famer Tom Johnson dies

Fox News
Holiday Shoppers Line Up Early for 'Black Friday' Sales

Black Friday gets off to a frigid start
Favre fires Packers, Cowboys and Colts post crushing wins
Rare exhibit of early Christian art in Bible Belt
Travel Picks: Top 10 new golf courses of 2007
Dollar recovers slightly - Video
Oil falls below $97
Gold sneaks above $810
Valuations show China stocks to stabilize
HK shares gain ground but Sinotrans in flat debut
China takes on private equity
Yen bolstered by mutal fund slowdown
Futures point upwards; retail in spotlight
Miner M&A talk, bouncing banks lift FTSE 1 pct
Greenspan says flexibility curbs recession chances
Rio to flaunt own prospects in Monday presentation
Wal-Mart loses court papers bid in tax dispute: report
Investors struggle to value complex credit assets
H&R Block subprime unit gets $350 million funding

AP World News
Stores usher in holiday shopping season
No Vick, no problem for Peyton, Colts
Booty, No. 11 USC keep Rose bid alive
Firefighters' death benefits awarded

CENTCOM: News Releases

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Spartans Look to Lend a Hand to National Museum of Iraq
CF, Concerned Local Citizens remove caches, unexploded ordnance from Arab Jabour
Iraqi Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain two extremists, uncover large weapons cache (Balad)
Two al-Qaeda members killed in attack at Hawr Rajab
Coalition forces target al-Qaeda propaganda, foreign terrorist networks; one killed, 10 detained
Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists, confiscate weapons caches

Public Sends Thanks Via Text Message
Group ‘Adopts’ Troops to Show Gratitude
Group Builds Home for Wounded Warrior

Advisors Focusing on Sustaining Forces

'Awakening' Signals Local Rise Against al Qaeda
Coalition Troops Kill 4 Terrorists, Detain 4
Army Corps Road Projects Have Impact in Town

Turkey Meal to Replace Rations for Many Troops
Gates Revisits Past at Missouri Base - Photos

Iraq Shapes Supply Soldier

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
- The people of Frederick County, MD refuse to pay England's Stamp tax.
1832 - The French take Antwerp in liberation of Belgium.
1835 - Henry Burden patents a horseshoe manufacturing machine in Troy, NY.
1852 - Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30'.
1863 - The Battle of Chattanooga begins.
1936 - The first issue of Life magazine is created by Henry R. Luce.
1942 - The Coast Guard Woman's Auxiliary (SPARS) is authorized.
1943 - U.S. forces seize control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese.
1948 - F.G. Back patents a Lens to provide zoom effects.
1955 - The British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Island (in the Indian Ocean) to Australia.
1960 - The weather satellite Tiros-2 is launched.
1963 - JFK's body lays in repose in the East Room of the White House.
1971 - The People's Republic of China is seated in the U.N. Security Council.
1977 - The European weather satellite Meteosa-1 is launched from Cape Canaveral.
1980 - 4,800 die in a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
1985 - 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm a hijacked Egyptair jet in Malta; retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin is arrested on charges of spying for China.

0912 - Otto I (the Great), German king, Holy Roman emperor (962-73)
1221 - Alfonso X (the Wise) king of Castile and Leon (1252)
1749 - Edward Rutledge (Gov-SC), signer of the Declaration of Independence
1804 - Franklin Pierce, 14th U.S. President (1853-1857)
1859 - Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney), criminal
1860 - Karl Branting, Swedish statesman/diplomat, Nobel Prize winner (1921)
1930 - William E. Brock, Senator / U.S. Secretary of Labor (1985-87)
1935 - Vladislav N. Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz-7, 11)

- Elbrige Gerry, VP (of Gerrymander fame)
1991 - Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, of AIDS

Reported Missing in Action
Cuthbert, Bradley G., USAF (IA); RF4C shot down (pilot, w/Ruhling), remains returned, ID'd December, 1991
Ruhling, Mark J., USAF (PA); RF4C shot down (backseater to Cuthbert), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Jones, Grayland, US Army (IN); disappeared while swimming, Killed, body not recovered

Altus, Robert W., USAF (OR); F4E crashed while on mission (pilot, w/Phelps)

Phelps, William, USAF (NY); F4E crashed while on mission (weapons/systems operator, w/Altus)

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