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  • Pictures of Battle of the Bulge

    Breathtaking new photographs, including several vivid full-color images, offer a never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge who fought through the frozen Ardennes Forest in a mountainous region of Belgium in the dead of winter.
  • Inside The Army’s Spectacular, Hidden Treasure Room

    02/21/2014 9:03:28 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | February 20, 2014 | Benny Johnson
    Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript…
  • Basil Plumley, veteran of 3 wars,

    10/11/2012 2:41:27 AM PDT · by Einherjar · 11 replies
    Fox news ^ | Oct 10, 2012
    Basil Plumley, veteran of 3 wars, featured in 'We Were Soldiers' movie, dies in Georgia
  • Only Two Forces Have Sacrificed Their Lives For Those Who Might Not Know Them...

    05/23/2012 4:59:50 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-23-12 | The Looking Spoon
    An early Memorial Day tribute, created for OMG! For America.
  • Semper Fi: Always Faithful (Early Memorial Day Vanity)

    05/15/2012 8:53:49 AM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 3 replies
    RWB Patriot ^ | Very long ago | RWB Patriot
    Disclaimer: Except for me, all of the characters in this story do not exist to my knowledge. The Marine's Hymn and American Soldier are the property of The US Marine Corps and Toby Keith respectively and I claim no ownership of either. The title is also the property of the Marine Corps; I only chose it because I felt it was appropriate. It was late as I drove home. It was dark, raining, and the road ahead of me was just barely illuminated by my headlights. I had just left the Marine Recruiting office to get a final good-bye from...
  • Taliban video claims to be of captured US soldier

    12/24/2009 11:51:06 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 11 replies · 1,652+ views
    Associated Press / Breitbart ^ | December 25 | AMIR SHAH
    KABUL (AP) - The Taliban released Friday a video purporting to show a U.S. soldier who was captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan.
  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    09/08/2009 7:17:02 AM PDT · by Dallas · 18 replies · 1,703+ views
    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.
  • "Thank A Soldier" Op Ed by Geoff Tate

    04/07/2009 8:12:37 PM PDT · by Finatic · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Military.com ^ | March 17, 2009 | Geoff Tate
    Over the last few tumultuous years, things have become very political. War brings that out. People agree and disagree, and we Americans find it comfortable to debate politics with clever bumper stickers. One sticker slogan that pushed my buttons was one that declared, "I support our troops!" For months I asked myself what it meant. Was I missing something? Wasn't this statement obvious? Isn't this one thing that most of us can agree on?
  • American Soldier Tribute - "God Bless the USA" - Video

    05/25/2008 11:19:33 AM PDT · by blogsforthompson.com · 64+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | May 25, 2008 | brianinmo
    How thankful we should be to live in this country. America is the greatest nation on earth. (See video) "American soldiers have shed more blood for the freedom and liberty of others than all the other nations of the world combined." -- Fred Thompson
  • A Recovering American Soldier

    11/08/2007 7:58:15 AM PST · by sunny48 · 3 replies · 3,584+ views
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center ^ | 11-02-07 | Terry J. Goodman
    We have been getting a lot of calls, e-mails and blog posting about a Christmas card program, "A Recovering American Soldier." I am providing you a link to the WRAMC web site with the correct information. If you can share this with your members on your web site , it would be appreciated. Thanks, Terry J. Goodman Deputy Director Public Affairs/Strategic Communications Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials want to remind those individuals who want to show their appreciation through mail to include packages, letters, and holiday cards addressed to 'Any Wounded Soldier' or...
  • The GI Film Festival

    04/23/2007 7:08:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 350+ views
    GI Film Festival ^ | 4/23/07 | GI Film Festival
    The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is the first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military through the medium of film. The three-day festival will be held on May 26-28, 2007 , Memorial Day Weekend, in Washington , DC , at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center . The GIFF will present films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty. Some of the films screened will be fan favorites. Others will be screened...
  • Pay Soars to Keep People in Military

    04/11/2007 8:32:43 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 23 replies · 707+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 04/10/2007 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon poured more than $1 billion into bonuses last year to keep soldiers and Marines in the military in the face of an unpopular war and battlefield deployments that are getting longer and more frequent. The incentives — including tax-free payments for those who re-enlist while in the war zone — have jumped nearly sixfold since 2003, the year the war in Iraq began. "It helps a lot of guys out," said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Doran, who re-enlisted late last year during his tour in Iraq. "And I think it does sway some of the decisions...
  • Minnesota National Guard Improves Roadways (MN ANG soldiers and Iraqis restore city streets)

    04/11/2007 6:27:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 552+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Brian D. Jesness
    A Minnesota National Guard soldier speaks with a resident of Al Batha, Iraq, last summer before the new construction of the city’s roads. U.S. Army courtesy Photo Minnesota National Guard Improves Roadways Guard soldiers and Iraqi citizens of Al Batha restore city streets. By Spc. Brian D. Jesness Logistics Support Area, Anaconda, Iraq CAMP ADDER, Iraq, April 11, 2007 — Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers and Iraqi citizens of Al Batha recently restored 15 kilometers of Al Batha city streets in southern Iraq. The soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division's civil military operations team supervised...
  • Center opens on fort: Offers intelligence training for civilians, military personnel

    04/11/2007 7:22:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 357+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Intelligence Center has added another top facility to its list of accomplishments — the Department of Defense’s Human Intelligence Training Joint Center for Excellence. “Fort Huachuca is the natural place for the joint training,” said Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Although a class has completed a course at the facility in Tallmadge Hall, the official ceremonial ribbon-cutting opening for the facility was held Tuesday, with a number of senior intelligence officials — military and civilian — in attendance. Maples said the facility is needed because it will enable America’s...
  • Ordnance disposal makes for no ordinary day

    04/11/2007 7:27:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 616+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple
    /11/2007 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNEWS) -- Airmen assigned to the 332nd Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight have a dangerous mission that keeps fellow coalition forces safe. It takes nerves of steel and a steady hand to do the work these Airmen do. After all, getting anywhere near an improvised explosive isn't something most people want to do. Airmen from the EOD flight put their extensive combat training and experience to the test every day in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. When they are not on a mission, they keep busy maintaining their equipment, vehicles and robots for...
  • Navy SEAL from Little Creek is killed in combat in Iraq

    04/11/2007 7:00:18 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 12 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 4-10-07 | LOUIS HANSEN
    Navy SEAL from Little Creek is killed in combat in Iraq VIRGINIA BEACH -- When his high school football coach asked the players to lift weights three times a week, Clark Schwedler pumped iron five days a week. When his government teacher taught about public service, Schwedler spoke persuasively about the need to give back to the community. Schwedler's fitness and service were tested as a Navy SEAL during two deployments, the latest one to Iraq. On Thursday, Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Clark Schwedler was killed by enemy fire in Iraq's Anbar province. Two other East Coast-based SEALs were...
  • Walter Reed Among Top Military Medical Centers, Commander Says

    04/11/2007 5:59:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 732+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – “Walter Reed is one of the pivotal academic medical centers and casualty receiving hospitals for the joint medical force,” Army Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker told members of the Defense Health Board assembled at the medical center here for a meeting today. Schoomaker recently became Walter Reed’s chief and commander of North Atlantic Regional Medical Command as part of reorganizations that followed publicized accounts of problems within the facility’s outpatient system. He is the brother of former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker. The Defense Health Board was established Oct. 1, 2006. It...
  • Forces Capture Terrorists, Discover Weapons Caches in Iraq

    04/11/2007 5:55:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 642+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi forces continued to engage suspected terrorists in multiple operations throughout Iraq using ground forces and aircraft over the past several days, military officials reported. Coalition forces captured five suspected terrorists, including the suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq security emir of the Arab Jabour area, during an operation this morning in Baghdad, military officials said. Intelligence reports indicate that the security emir is suspected of involvement in planning attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces in the Arab Jabour area. Officials said forces found several small arms at the targeted area, and these weapons...
  • U.S. Military Fully Committed to Success in Iraq, Top Enlisted Says

    04/11/2007 5:49:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 422+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – The United States military is fully committed to its mission of providing the Iraqi people the opportunity for stability and security at home, no matter how long it takes, the top enlisted U.S. servicemember in Iraq said today. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, senior enlisted advisor to Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, told online journalists that even troops redeploying to Iraq for the second and third time “understand the importance of what we’re doing” and accept repeat or extended deployments as a necessary and vitally important function of the...
  • Guard Leaders Urge Solid Funding to Close Equipment, Training Gaps

    04/11/2007 5:42:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 220+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – The National Guard force is second to none in terms of the quality of its people, but severe equipment shortfalls are keeping it from being fully ready, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Congress today. Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum urged the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee to support the fiscal 2008 National Guard budget requests to ensure the Guard can continue serving as the country’s “21st century Minutemen and -women.” Guard forces deployed overseas are “superbly equipped and superbly trained, … and we want for nothing,” Blum told the subcommittee. But...
  • "American Soldier" - Lyrics from Toby Keith's tribute, in honor of Memorial Day

    05/28/2006 10:06:37 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 1,849+ views
    Toby Keith
    I'm just trying to be a father Raise a daughter and a son Be a lover to their mother Everything to everyone Up and at 'em, bright and early I'm all business in my suit Yeah, I'm dressed up for success From my head down to my boots I don't do it for the money There's bills that I can't pay I don't do it for the glory I just do it anyway Providing for our future's my responsibility Yeah I'm real good under pressure Being all that I can be And I can't call in sick on Mondays...
  • Bruce Willis to Make Pro-American Movie About Iraq War

    11/26/2005 11:26:00 PM PST · by Coastal · 76 replies · 2,266+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 11-27-05 | CK Rairden
    Hollywood A-lister Bruce Willis is set to buck the Hollywood trend of running from the heroics of the American troops in Iraq and is set to make a pro-war film about the American soldier. In the film, American soldiers will be accurately depicted as the brave fighters for freedom and democracy that they are, according to a report in the Sunday Times UK. The patriotic actor recently put his money where his mouth is - offering up a million dollar bounty on the heads of Islamofascists Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
  • Michelle Malkin: "I Want To Fight For Something" (letter from fallen soldier Michael Carlson)

    05/23/2005 10:58:51 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Michelle Malkin blog ^ | May 23rd, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    "I WANT TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING" By Michelle Malkin   ·   May 23, 2005 01:01 PM Must-read of the day is at the WSJ Online: "An American Soldier." It's an essay from Michael C. Carson of St. Paul, Minnesota, a fallen American soldier, written five years ago when he was a high school senior. Laura Ingraham read it on her show this morning. You won't get through it with dry eyes. Excerpt: I want my life to account for something more than just a game. In life there are no winners, everyone eventually loses their life. I only have so much...
  • US, Australian soldiers charged in Turkey over gun

    03/09/2005 6:42:19 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 479+ views
    AP ^ | March 10, 2005 - 1:19AM | AP
    An Australian soldier and an American soldier who crossed into Turkey from neighbouring Iraq could face up to three years in prison after a gun was allegedly found in the American's luggage as the two tried to board a flight in Turkey. A court in the city of Diyarbakir, in south-eastern Turkey, charged the US soldier Christopher Franz Pipes and Australian Ross Milosevic with carrying firearms without a licence. The gun, which was in several pieces, was found in the American's luggage at the city's airport, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. The two had crossed into Turkey from Iraq...
  • Press Conference Coming up Live on TV

    02/28/2005 10:29:24 AM PST · by CitizenM · 78 replies · 10,057+ views
    Fox News
    Stay tuned. Live coverage of press conference from White House soon. Just announced on FOX. "Possibly to discuss earth-shattering news about events in Lebanon."
  • A constant search for weapons caches

    01/22/2005 1:42:40 PM PST · by KiloLima · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 22, 2005 | Jason Chudy
    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — When Pfc. Jimmy Giron of Company B, 27th Engineer Battalion, found a weapons cache in the front of a house recently, his buddies said it seemed as if he’d witnessed the birth of his child. “You should have seen the look on his face when he pulled those mortars out of the bag,” said 1st Lt. Daniel Hurd, 1st Platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment. “It was priceless.” The platoon, along with their assigned soldier from the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based engineer battalion, is on a nearly constant hunt for weapons caches in...
  • Family tearfully fulfills Army soldier's last wishes (TAPS)

    12/14/2004 5:13:55 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 19 replies · 1,098+ views
    Inquirer ^ | Dec. 14, 2004 | Jennifer Moroz
    Army Spec. David Mahlenbrock had a special request should he die in the line of duty. In a letter to his fellow soldiers in July, the young combat engineer asked that Toby Keith's song "American Soldier" be played at his funeral. It was a wish no one ever wanted to contemplate. SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Inquirer Army Spec. David Mahlenbrock’s brother Christopher, a 21-year-old reservist in Willow Grove, comforts Pennsauken friend Renee Skotnicki, 21, at Mahlenbrock’s funeral in Maple Shade. Yesterday his family tearfully granted it. Keith's song echoed through Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mahlenbrock's native Maple Shade, a...
  • A soldier's last request.

    12/13/2004 5:30:52 PM PST · by katkin · 77 replies · 5,212+ views
    Please help with this one.Damn, just damn. Specialist David Mahlenbrock was killed by an IED on December 3rd in Kirkuk, Iraq.I received this email via Soldier's Angels. It's from David's Squad in Bravo, 65th Engineers and they are forwarding a request from David. It appears that David had a special letter sent to his squad in the event of his death. Hold on to your seats, folks:
  • Statement By Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.) On Senator Kerry's Speech On Iraq

    09/21/2004 1:57:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 107 replies · 7,069+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 21, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA – Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.) today issued the following statement on Senator Kerry's speech today on Iraq: "Senator Kerry's contradictions on Iraq are the wrong signal to send to our troops on the ground, to our coalition partners, to the Iraqi people and to the terrorists seeking our destruction. On the eve of Prime Minister Allawi's visit to the United States, Senator Kerry today said that America and the world are 'less secure' now that Saddam Hussein is out of power. "The American people disagree and last December, so did Senator Kerry. At the time he said that...
  • Bestseller Non-Fiction List for the New York Times

    09/20/2004 7:00:59 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 14 replies · 711+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2004
    On List 1 UNFIT FOR COMMAND, by John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi. (Regnery, $27.95.) A negative appraisal of John Kerry's conduct in Vietnam. 2 AMERICAN SOLDIER, by Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $27.95.) A memoir by the former head of the United States Central Command.
  • Tommy Franks coming up on 2nd hour of Rush (w/Roger Hedgecock...whom I always enjoy)

    08/27/2004 9:54:13 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 24 replies · 792+ views
    EIB Network | 8/27/04 | Roger Hedgecock
    Tommy Franks coming up on 2nd hour of Rush
  • General Tom Frank's Oklahoma City Book Signing

    08/21/2004 7:19:57 PM PDT · by Rays_Dad · 17 replies · 890+ views
    Rays_Dad
    As usual, our day started early this morning. Instead of going for donuts, as we usually do, Rays_Mom and I decided to make pancakes for breakfast. What a great decision! In-between providing emotional support to Rays_Mom while she cooked and chasing Ray around the house, I caught a 15 second news snippet that stated Gen. Franks would be signing copies of his book at the Northwest Expressway Borders location. I quickly dropped my plans to do “something” in favor of driving to OKC for the third day in a row. Rays_Mom was not too high on the idea at first....
  • The New York Times: BEST-SELLER LIST, Sunday, August 22, 2004

    08/20/2004 9:48:32 PM PDT · by elenchus · 41 replies · 2,989+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sunday, August 22, 2004
    The New York Times, email notification to email subscribers only, reads for the Sunday Best-Seller List: "NEW ON THE BEST-SELLER LIST Hardcover Nonfiction #3) Unfit for Command By John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi A negative appraisal of John Kerry's conduct in Vietnam." ACTUAL PUBLISHED SUNDAY BEST-SELLER LIST LIST READS (see NYT link): "Hardcover Nonfiction #1) AMERICAN SOLDIER, by Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $27.95.) A memoir by the former head of the United States Central Command. #2) MY LIFE, by Bill Clinton. (Knopf, $35.) From Hope, Ark., to the White House: the autobiography of the 42nd president....
  • BEST PRICE FOR "AMERICAN SOLDIER"

    08/19/2004 8:49:36 PM PDT · by NW Baptist · 1 replies · 369+ views
    http://www.booksamillion.com/ncom/order?id=2929732890377 $16.77 plus S&H. In stock! No, I dont work there.
  • American Soldier: Some Thoughts on Tommy Franks' Book

    08/19/2004 5:22:44 PM PDT · by LS · 21 replies · 906+ views
    self | 8/19/04 | LS
    I just finished "American Soldier" by Gen. Tommy Franks, and thought I'd share what I noticed. Overall, this is one of the better memoirs I've read. His ghostwriter, Malcolm McConnell, did an excellent job of letting Franks "talk" through the narrative. I forgot I wasn't reading Franks' own writing, which is the greatest compliment you can pay a ghostwriter. The book is well balanced, with about 1/3 going to the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Even so, you don't hurry through his boot camp or Vietnam experiences. Although Franks doesn't toot his own horn too loudly, he makes it clear...
  • Success demands risk-taking (My first blog post at "Yankee Station")

    08/13/2004 10:27:39 AM PDT · by Joseph_CutlerUSA · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Yankee Station Blog ^ | 8-12-04 | Joseph Cutler
    Success demands risk-taking In his autobiography, American Soldier, Tommy Franks makes a point of differentiating risk taking from gambling. He does this in order to justify the speedier than expected Allied assault through Southern Iraq towards Baghdad. Many military experts expected at least a partial repeat of Desert Storm, where Allied aircraft spent months bombarding Iraq units prior to the Coalition ground offensive. Iraqi air interference was minimal, as much of the Iraqi air force fled early on to Iran, where many of its aircraft were permanently interned and adopted into the Iranian Air Force. "Consequently, the early attainment of...
  • Gen. Tommy Franks Book Signings in Mid-Atlantic Region From 8/6 to 8/12

    08/05/2004 7:33:45 PM PDT · by kristinn · 6 replies · 586+ views
    Harper Collins ^ | Thursday, August 5, 2004 | Kristinn
    Heads up, FReepers! Gen. Tommy Franks will be signing copies of his new book in Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and Kentucky the next two weeks.Click the link above for more dates covering the south and west later this month. Friday, August 06, 2004 06:00 PM Tommy Franks, will be promoting American Soldier Appears on/at: COSTCO/Signing 201 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 Tel: 610-337-6601 Saturday, August 07, 2004 01:00 PM Tommy Franks, will be promoting American Soldier Appears on/at: BORDERS #29/Booksigning 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182 Tel: 703-556-7766 Monday, August 09, 2004 12:30 PM - 02:30...
  • General Franks on Scarborough Country

    08/05/2004 7:15:59 PM PDT · by HuntsvilleTxVeteran · 6 replies · 383+ views
    Msnbc | 8 05 2004 | self
    General Franks is on now talking about terrorism and the military.
  • Course of war hung on soldier's daydream

    08/05/2004 7:37:47 AM PDT · by ShadyBrown · 200+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 5, 2004 | Marian Wilkinson
    The "shock and awe" war plan for Iraq might never have happened if Tommy Franks had stuck to his dream of going to law school in Sydney and become a barrister. The general who fine-tuned the attack on Iraq and ended his career by commanding US forces in the most controversial and costly war since Vietnam reveals in a new autobiography that when he came to Australia in 1967 he immediately made up his mind to throw away his military career and his girlfriend, Cathy, for a life on Bondi Beach. Arriving on Qantas for R&R (rest and recuperation) from...
  • FRANKS GETS 5-STAR REVIEW ("American Soldier" tops Amazon, B&N bestseller lists)

    08/05/2004 3:22:12 AM PDT · by Liz · 12 replies · 491+ views
    NY POST ^ | August 5, 2004 | SARA NELSON
    In his first days of battle for the hearts and minds of the American book buyer, General Tommy Franks has emerged victorious. Released on Tuesday, Aug. 3, "American Soldier" — the memoir by the architect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — is at the top of both the Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com bestseller lists. At his first promotional appearance, at the Book Revue in Huntington, L.I., Franks signed and sold more than 1,000 books, according to his publisher. About 300 people attended the Rockefeller Center Barnes and Noble signing yesterday afternoon. "American Soldier" was published by ReganBooks, a division...
  • Ex-General Gives His Take on Iraq War

    08/01/2004 12:46:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 985+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 1, 2004 | Thomas E. Ricks
    In His Memoir, Franks Also Seems Supportive of the Bush Administration Four days before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Gen. Tommy R. Franks, then the commander of the U.S. military in the Middle East, told his intelligence staff that his greatest fear was "a terrorist attack against the World Trade Center in New York," according to his new memoir. He does not elaborate on what led him to that view. "American Soldier," which goes on sale Tuesday, does not break much other new ground but does deepen and confirm some earlier accounts of the Bush administration's conduct of the...
  • In Memoir, U.S. General Tells of Gaps in War Plans(NYT on Franks' book)

    07/31/2004 10:26:56 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 18 replies · 1,250+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/1/2004 | THOM SHANKER
    In Memoir, U.S. General Tells of Gaps in War Plans By THOM SHANKER Published: August 1, 2004 ASHINGTON, July 31 — The Army general who commanded the Iraq war writes in a new book that intelligence failures produced "a nasty surprise" by not spotting that Saddam Hussein had dispatched trucks and buses filled with a large paramilitary force to wage an insurgents' campaign shortly after the conflict began. Advertisement The commander, Gen. Tommy R. Franks, also recounts that much of his certainty that his troops would face attacks by banned weapons — in particular biological or chemical arms — came...
  • Triumphant Keith Pays Tribute to Soldiers (CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards)ENTERTAINMENT

    04/24/2004 6:35:56 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies · 484+ views
    WSRW106.7/CMT.com ^ | Apr 22-24, 2004 | staff
    Patriotic star Toby Keith paid tribute to the soldiers occupying Iraq as he collected three awards at Wednesday's Country Music Television's Flame Worthy Video Music Awards show. Keith dedicated his video of the year award for "American Soldier" to the U.S. forces in the Middle East - and delivered a harsh message to Anti-War campaigners. He says, "This is a very important award for me because this is voted on by music lovers all over the place. I thank you all. Don't forget our brothers and sisters overseas making it free for us tonight." "It's a really nasty thing going...
  • Operation Hero Miles

    12/10/2003 8:08:15 AM PST · by Issaquahking · 39 replies · 371+ views
    Operation hero miles website ^ | September 2003 | Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
    Learn How Americans Use Frequent Flyer Miles to Support Our Troops Donate Tickets Press Stories Thanks Links FAQ About Search The Troops Need Your Help Latest News: The Congressional Research Office has released a memo stating that the $55 million dollars authorized to pay for soldiers' travel during R & R leave is inadequate.   Memo   Press Release Congressman Ruppersberger and soldierswaiting for flights at BWI airport. In September 2003, the Pentagon started giving soldiers stationed in Iraq two-week leaves in the largest R & R program since the Vietnam War. Soldiers on R & R or Emergency...
  • An American Soldier by Toby Keith

    11/11/2003 9:15:01 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies · 293+ views
    Shock 'N Ya'll ^ | 2003 Tokeco Tunes, Wacissa River Music | Toby Keith & Chuck Cannon
    Toby's latest album is "Shock 'N Ya'll" and he has a wonderful song, from the point of view of our soldiers past and present. I offer it here in honor of our veterans. I'm just trying to be a father Raise a daughter and a sonBe a lover to their motherEverything to everyoneUp and at 'em, bright and earlyI'm all business in my suitYeah, I'm dressed up for success, from my head down to my bootsI don't do it for the glory, I just do it anywayProviding for our future's my responsibility Yeah, I'm real good under pressure, being all...