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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

America Supports You: Online Radio Show Gives Voice to Military Community

From DefenseLink:

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2008 – The host of a radio program available worldwide on the Internet gives servicemembers a chance to tell their stories.

“This is one way that I can serve the military,” Dave Whitten, host of “Voice of the Troops,” a weekly hour-long show on Phoenix station KFNX and carried on the station’s Web site, said in an “ASY Live” BlogTalkRadio interview.

“ASY Live” is part of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, which connects American citizens and companies with servicemembers at home and abroad.

“I grew up in a very military household,” Whitten said. “I always kick myself for not serving.”

The idea started for Whitten a year and a half ago, he said, after listening to the radio and television and sensing a need to bring to light the voice of the individual servicemember.

“You hear all the bad stuff that goes on,” he said. “Let’s face it, war is not pretty. … But you never [get] to hear the good stories about the good things that our troops [are] doing.”

on the program airs Sundays at 7 p.m. PST and is available on the Web at

“I give them an hour every week to talk about whatever they want without cutting them up into sound bites,” Whitten said. Topics range from post-traumatic stress disorder to military history.

“On one of our most memorable shows, we had two of the remaining five Navajo code talkers talking about how they saved countless numbers of Marine lives in the Pacific Theater,” he said. “What was really interesting was that many of these guys were in their mid-80s, and you never know, this might be the last time we capture this. I was told by another Marine, “You guys have captured a part of history.”

It’s important, especially with current conflicts, to talk to those who are directly affected, Whitten said.

“Kimberly Dozier was a CBS News reporter that we had on our show recently to talk about her experience,” he said. “Kimberly and her video crew were involved in an [improvised explosive device] explosion over in Iraq and almost lost her life. [As a] matter of a fact, her photographer and sound person did lose their lives, and she knows first-hand the type of quality care that military survivors received. We got her on the show to talk about how the military doctors got her back to normal.”

The show also discusses recent topics of interest and the important ramifications of new military policy.

“Recently, we had a show with two colonels, Kevin and Kate Voight, who talked about their experience serving as intel officers based in Baghdad, Iraq,” he said. “Now that Army rules have changed, they can actually serve in a combat area together and have their own housing. It’s a way to attract qualified people, because they can have the 15 months of actually functioning as a husband and wife.”

Voice of the Troops also brings to light plans for future development of new capabilities. For example, he said, he has lined up Air Force Maj. Gen. William T. Lord, commander of the Air Force’s provisional Cyberspace Command, as a guest for an upcoming program to talk about the importance of defending the nation’s computer systems from adversaries.

Whitten said he appreciates that programs like America Supports You work to get the message out to servicemembers about programs like his.

“We are proud to work with programs like America Supports You, [which] has done a phenomenal job in garnering the support of people throughout the nation,” Whitten said. “We need to help [the public] understand that there is a need out there. We still have men and women in a combat zone, and my hat’s off to ASY for what they do.”

(Jamie Findlater works in the New Media directorate of the Defense Media Activity.)

Related Sites:
“ASY Live” on
America Supports You

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Air Support
Iraqi Army troops and Long Knife Brigade Soldiers stage for an air assault mission in the Maysan province, Aug. 30, 2008. Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment assisted the troops of the 3rd Bn., 38th Bde., 10th Iraqi Army Division during the mission. Photo by Spc. Lester Colley.

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In Today's News - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Quote of the Day
"...These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps
and will fight to the end no matter what the cost."

-- 2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
More Than 190 Troops Earn U.S. Citizenship in Iraq
Iraqis Gain Humvee Protection
Sheik’s Support Strengthens Ties with Government of Iraq

Other Military News
Suspected U.S. troops kill 20 in Pakistan attack

Religion of Peace??
Couple Accused of Beach Sex Face Jail

Worldwide Wackos
North Korea Pulls Nuclear U-Turn - VIDEO - PHOTOS (Please tell me nobody is surprised by this)
Syria warns of global "disaster" if Iran attacked
Iran Plans Air Force Drills for Ramadan

Homegrown Moonbats
Shopping, music divert protesters
Video: Massages for weary protesters

Politics / Government
McCain takes spotlight — with Palin family
Palin set for debut - Slideshow
Video: Republicans rally for McCain
Watchdog urges probe of Texas official's finances
Banks eye Senate if Obama wins
Immigration debate cools off
Blog: Bob Barr crashes convention
Palin Gets Her Chance to Address Nation, Allegations - VIDEO - PHOTOS
McCain hugs Palin upon his arrival in Twin Cities
WATCH: Newt Gingrich on Palin's Experience
Lieberman Steals Spotlight - PHOTOS
WATCH LIVE: FOX News Strategy Room - Behind the Scenes
Obama: McCain Would Rather Talk Personality Than Policy
Father of Bristol Palin's Unborn Baby to Attend Convention
FOX FORUM: For Hockey Mom Palin, a Personal Foul
Ron Paul Tops Off Rally for Republic With Fiery Speech
Protesters Look to Up Confrontations During Convention
Hearing to Remove Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Begins
U.S. Plans $1 Billion Aid Package for Georgia
Bush backs McCain, Republicans bash Obama - Video
Cheney gives Caucasus allies message of support - Video
Vice President Dick Cheney arrives in Azerbaijan
Sarah Palin controversy stokes Mommy War - Video
Presidential Campaigns Try to Garner African-American Voters
McCain Vets Palin... The Way it Might Have Been
Sarah Palin: Source of Panic Among Distraught Lefties!
Talking Heads and Hot-Headed Bloggers Attacking Palin

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Secret Border Tunnel to U.S. Includes A/C, Elevator

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Caylee Searchers Determined to 'Find This Baby' - PHOTOS
Murder and a Movie - PHOTOS
'Favorite Magician' Pleads Not Guilty to Kiddie Porn
Young Siblings' Skeletons Found in Calif. Storage Unit
Drunk Driving Suspect With 4 DWIs Kills Newlyweds
Police Hunt 62-mph Highway Skateboarder
Gunman's Bloody Trail Leads to Six Bodies
Shooting spree leaves six dead in Washington state
Man accused of killing 6 in Wash. recently jailed
Akon plans on trial in New York fan-toss case

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
FOXBusiness: Report: Murdoch Eyeing New York Times
Letterman wants to call sunset for late-night gig
Google polishes product line with Chrome browser

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
A silent famine
GMO wheat to fight hunger: group
Rice crisis calls for research: official
Biofuel enthusiasm waning: brewers
AT&T says fixed Northeast U.S. mobile data outage
Edwards wins FDA approval for mitral heart valve
Scientists use particle accelerator to date wine
Jerusalem dig uncovers ancient city walls
Clones' offspring may be in food supply: FDA
Greece gets antiquities back from U.S. collector
Brain protein holds key to fertility
Dell set to unveil mini-notebook: source
Google sees new browser displacing desktop software - Video
AT&T says fixed Northeast U.S. mobile data outage
Dell may compete with iPhone eventually
TiVo, DirecTV to develop new DVR
Video: Citius, altius, electronicius
Giants have a tough road ahead to repeat success
Bolt faces showdown with Powell and Gay
Williams sisters and Nadal to light up New York
Mets edge Brewers to stay clear in NL East
Jaguars' Collier in critical condition after shooting

Mother Nature
Dolphin Spotters in New Jersey Warned of Shark Threat
Bush visits Louisiana - Slideshow
Bush says hurricane response has been 'excellent'
Smoking riskier to women's hearts than men's
Hanna May Hit U.S. by Friday - TRACKER - PHOTOS
Lights Out in New Orleans After Gustav - PHOTOS
Video: Gustav spares U.S. oil industry
Video: Hanna arrives, Gustav departs
Hanna looms off U.S. coast
Massive Arctic ice shelf breaks away
Warming oceans make strongest storms stronger: study
Bush surveys Gustav damage as evacuees stream home
Nagin opens doors to New Orleans as traffic builds
Hanna dumps more rain on flood-plagued Haiti
Freak hailstorm turns parts of Kenya white
HP recycled bag wins Wal-Mart packaging challenge
Video: Kenya's weather
Cat survives 70-mile trip under owner's truck

News from My Neck of the Woods
7 years for Conn. trash hauler accused of mob ties

OUT THERE: 'Biggest Waste of Space Ever'
Nudist vows to hike on after jail
Ancient bronze mirrors stolen from museum
Police hunt high-speed skateboard outlaw
Scientists use particle accelerator to date wine
Ex-boxing champ shot dead in smoking dispute
Video: Stiletto sprint

FOX News
She Row, Row, Rowed Her Boat ... From Calif. to Hawaii
FOXBusiness: Starbucks Goes for Breakfast Crowd
U.S. OPEN: Roger Federer Avoids Major Upset - PHOTOS

Thai foreign minister quits as Bangkok protests drag on - Video
Shots fired at Pakistani PM's motorcade - Video
Energy market eyes Ike in Atlantic
No cure for stocks
Oil falls below $109 on demand
SEC rule changes to lift oil shares
Supply key to commodities for now
Protests in Thailand
Crisis? What crisis, ask backpackers
Australian arrested over novel
Ospraie fund to close after August hit
GM U.S. auto sales fall 20 percent in August
GMAC to cut 5,000 jobs at ResCap mortgage unit
Vatican says not questioning moment of death
Global growth worries push Wall St lower - Video
Africa's "green" potential needs cash
Global Finance: Feeling the chill
Personal Finance: Election optimism
Prying eyes
The drag of financials
Lehman lifeline plan in doubt as Korean banks cool
Fed Beige Book: Activity slows, some price relief
Prague mart could entice Nasdaq bid: sources
Liberty Media to split off Liberty Entertainment
IMF Lipsky sees risk to '08 global growth
Boeing machinists vote on contract, urged to strike
Coca-Cola to buy Huiyuan in largest China takeover
Friends won't sell units if price not right: CEO
Blackstone joins Informa bid consortium: source
Ledger voted top summer movie villain - Video
School's back in session with glossy "90210" - Video
Hathaway plays ex-junkie in new family drama
Lily Allen thanks police over friend's "kidnap"
Motley Crue rocker marks National Recovery Month
Video: Argentine couple win Tango Final

Associated Press
Ford sales dive in August as auto slump continues
Ramirez helps Dodgers close in on Diamondbacks
High-stakes contract vote for Boeing workers
Thais brace for strikes as unions join protest

Assistance Center Moves to Facility in Heart
Strike Soldiers, Iraqi Security Forces Seize Weapons
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Iraqis take control of Anbar security
U.S., Pakistani leaders build relationship
Anbar handover could free Marines for Afghanistan missions, general says
Conference focuses on future of ISF
Pacesetters offer microgrants, security while patrolling streets of Sha’ab

Task force wraps up ePRT mission
Task Force Ramadi building a joint operations center
Joint fires team helps JRTC improve force protection training
More about JFIITBattlefield Target Identification Device fuels Bold Quest Plus - podcast
Task force assists as health conference promotes continuing Iraqi medical education
Task Force Ramadi assists in Iraqi milestone event

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Wheeled Vehicle Maintenance Facility Celebrates Early Progress
IA brigade conducts combined medical assessment in Mubarak
Sheik’s support strengthens ties with GoI (Kharmar)
Security improves, al-Qaeda in Iraq feels the pressure (Bayji, Mosul)
Coalition operations strike at middle of al-Qaeda network (Tigris River Valley)
Trial Judges Successfully Tackle Terrorism Cases in Mosul
Four Iraqi civilians killed in attack on Mosul checkpoint

Department of Defense
Mullen Cites Guard Response to Gustav
U.S. Military Continues Aid to Georgia


Mississippi Guard Applies Katrina Lessons
Guardsmen Aid Gulfport Residents
Army Engineers Survey Levee System
Airmen Offer Support in Gustav Aftermath
Air Force Hurricane Hunters Track Gustav
Air Guard Assists Thousands of Gustav Victims
Plan Speeds Canadian Support to Gulf
Diner Conversation Solidifies Gustav Support


Chrysler Earns Top Employer Award

Survivor Recalls Memories of 9/11 Attack


Almost 200 Troops Earn U.S. Citizenship in Iraq
Coalition Kills Weapons Facilitator, Captures Suspects

U.S., Afghan Actions Justified, Investigation Finds

Troop-Support Group Gets Grant to Go Green


Soldier Serves Second Tour

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
1189 - England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) is crowned in Westminster
1752 - England adopts the Gregorian calendar; people riot, thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives.
1783 - The Treaty of Paris ends the American Revolutionary War.
1826 - The U.S.S. Vincennes leaves NY, and becmes the first warship to circumnavigate the globe.
1833 - The NY Sun begins publishing - it is the first daily newspaper.
1861 - Confederate forces enter Kentucky, ending its neutrality.
1865 - The Army commander in SC orders the Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing land; the first pro football game played in Latrobe, PA.
1900 - The British annex Natal (South Africa).
1912 - In England, the world's first cannery opens - to supply food to the navy.
1916 - At the Battle of Verdun, the Allies turned back the Germans.
1918 - Five soldiers hanged for their alleged participation in the Houston riot of 1917.
1925 - The dirigible "Shenandoah" crashes in OH killing 13.
1930 - In the Dominican Republic, a hurricane kills 2,000, and injures 4,000.
1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell drives the first automobile to exceed 300 mph (301.337 mph).
1939 - Britain declares war on Germany; France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada follow suit.
1940 - High definition color TV is shown for the first time; the U.S. gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for a Newfoundland base lease.
1943 - The Allies invade Italy
1945 - Japanese forces in the Phillipines surrender.
1954 - Pope Pius X is canonized.
1964 - President Lyndong B. Johnson signs the Wilderness Act into law.
1967 - Nguyen Van Thieu elected pres of S Vietnam under a new constitution; Sweden begins driving on the right-hand side of road.
1971 - Qatar regains complete independence from Britain; the Watergate team breaks into Daniel Ellsberg's doctor's office.
1976 - Viking-2 soft lands on Mars (Utopia), sending back photos.
1978 - The crew of Soyuz-31 returns to Earth, aboard Soyuz-29; Pope John Paul I is officially installed as the 264th supreme pontiff.
1979 - Hurricane David kills over 1,000.
1985 - The 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I-Discovery 6) returns to Earth.

1856 - Louis Henri Sullivan, father of modern American architecture
1860 - Edward Albert Filene, merchant, established U.S. credit union movement
1905 - Carl David Anderson , physicist, Nobel Prize winner (1936)
1944 - Sherwood C. "Woody" Spring, Colonel US Army / astronaut (STS 61B)
1965 - Charlie Sheen actor (Carlos Estevez), NYC, actor (Wall St, Platoon)
1971 - Tonja Christenson, Playboy playmate (November, 1991)

1189 - Rabbi Jacob of Orleans, killed in anti-Jewish riot in London, England
1658 - King James I of England (1603-25)
1658 - Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England
1962 - e. e. cummings, poet
1969 - Ho Chi Minh, North Vietnamese president
1970 - Vince Lombardi, football coach
1991 - Frank Capra, movie director (It's a Wonderful Life)

Reported Missing in Action
Trujillo, Joseph Felix, USMC (NM); remains returned Nobember, 1992

Pirkle, Lowell Zinh; remains returned October, 1994 - ID'd January, 1996
Moore, Herbert W., Jr., USAF (PA); F105D shot down (pilot)

Frazier, Paul R., US Army (WI); UH1H crashed (crewman), Killed, body not recovered

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