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  • Fred Thompson broadens support base

    10/16/2007 5:53:56 AM PDT · by jdm · 9 replies · 118+ views
    The Tennessean | October 16, 2007 | By BILL THEOBALD
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  • 6 years later, US expands Afghan base

    10/06/2007 5:27:44 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 456+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 6, 2007 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Six years after the first U.S. bombs began falling on Afghanistan's Taliban government and its al-Qaida guests, America is planning for a long stay. Originally envisioned as a temporary home for invading U.S. forces, the sprawling American base at Bagram, a former Soviet outpost in the shadow of the towering Hindu Kush mountains, is growing in size by nearly a third. Today the U.S. has about 25,000 troops in the country, and other NATO nations contribute another 25,000, more than three times the number of international troops in the country four years ago, when the Taliban appeared...
  • Bush Speaks at Quantico, Emphasize Iraq’s Importance

    09/14/2007 5:32:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – President Bush spoke to Marines at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., today, thanking them for their service and explaining the way forward in Iraq. (Video) After meeting with young Marine officers and the enlisted troops who train them, Bush said he told the troops about his address to the nation last night, in which he endorsed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ recommendations for the future of the U.S. mission in Iraq. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker this week provided their assessment of the situation...
  • Troops Kill 11 Insurgents in Attack on Afghanistan Base

    08/30/2007 5:43:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 325+ views
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2007 – Elements of the 1st Brigade, 205th Afghan National Army Corps, along with coalition forces, repelled a direct attack on Firebase Anaconda in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province today, killing 11 of the attackers. Insurgents attacked the base from multiple directions with 72 mm rockets, small arms and heavy machine gun fire, officials said. Coalition close-air support conducted precision air strikes, successfully destroying the enemy fighters. This was the fourth attack on Firebase Anaconda this month. An estimated 74 insurgents were killed in the previous attacks on the base. The recent probing attacks have reinforced...
  • Planned army base, port in North heat up Arctic quest[Canada][Baffin Island]

    08/09/2007 8:45:48 AM PDT · by BGHater · 29 replies · 755+ views
    Far up north on the tip of Baffin Island, an abandoned mine is set to play out a crucial military role in Canada's mission to assert its sovereignty in the Arctic. CBC News has learned that the federal government is proposing to refurbish the former lead-and-zinc mining site into a deepwater docking facility, and also plans to build an army training centre in the North. Military planning documents, obtained through an Access to Information request, outline plans for a $60-million conversion of the old Nanisivik Mine, which closed in 2002, into a Canadian naval station. An army training centre is...
  • Dick Morris: GOP Base Key to Elections

    10/31/2006 9:33:37 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 50 replies · 2,177+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/31/2006 | Dick Morris
    Dick Morris: GOP Base Key to Elections Despite the dire predictions of a massive defeat in next week's congressional elections, Republicans have the power to maintain control of Congress, says top political guru Dick Morris. Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes" Monday night, Morris said the Republican base, which he believes is drifting away from its party, will come home on Election Day and the GOP will keep control of the House and Senate. [Editor's Note: Dick Morris says the Election Is Now a Toss-Up] "According to the Zogby poll, since September 22 the number of Republicans who...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Destroy Terrorist Compound

    10/16/2006 4:48:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 448+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 16, 2006 – An Afghan and coalition force destroyed a roadside-bomb-making cell today at a compound in Ghazni province, killing three terrorists and destroying the compound with precision air strikes, military officials here reported. When the combined force attempted to peacefully search the compound and ask residents to come out for questioning, enemy personnel inside the compound began firing and wounded one coalition solider. The combined force called in close-air support and killed three suspects in the engagement. Officials provided no information on the nationality or condition of the wounded coalition soldier. During the engagement, a weapons...
  • Umm Qasr base boost to stability

    10/05/2006 4:45:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Iraqi Coast Guard Commordore Tariq Jabbar Hammodi and COL Gary Johnston cut the ribbon to officially open the Umm Qasr Iraqi Coast Guard Forward operating Base. PORT OF UMM QASR -- The Iraqi people recently received a new $3.26 million Forward Operating Base at the port of Umm Qasr, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The base will aid Iraqis in securing waterways and creating stability.“Stability is something that Iraq is trying very hard to accomplish,” said Colonel Gary Johnston, Commander, USACE, Gulf Region South. “They won’t be able to do that unless they have all the elements...
  • Officials Transfer Authority of Base

    10/03/2006 6:26:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Maj. Anna Friederich
    Officials Transfer Authority of Base Iraqi Security Forces assume control of Forward Operating Base Duke. By Maj. Anna Friederich 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Oct. 3, 2006 -- Iraqi officials and Multi-National Division - Baghdad leaders transferred responsibility of Forward Operating Base Duke to Iraqi Security Forces during a press conference Oct. 1. Col. John Tully, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, officially signed documents to sign the FOB to the Ministry of Interior, which was represented by Maj. Gen. Hussein Aooyiz Al Ghazali, commander, 5th Department of Border Enforcement,...
  • Conservatives confident base will vote

    09/22/2006 3:21:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 859+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/06 | Liz Sidoti - ap
    WASHINGTON - Better the devil they know than the Democrats. Critical to the Republican base, conservatives expressed confidence Friday that their rank-and-file will vote Nov. 7 even though the GOP-controlled Congress hasn't delivered this year on their core issues. "We're disgusted somewhat with some of the Republicans, but we'd be in a whole lot worse shape with the Democrats," said the Rev. Don Wildmon of Tupelo, Miss., chairman of the conservative American Family Association. "So, if you can't get the whole loaf, take a half a loaf." Together, fiscal and social conservatives make up a significant segment of the GOP...
  • New survey: challenge for GOP leaders is motivating the base

    09/07/2006 6:40:23 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 74 replies · 1,256+ views ^ | 7 Sep 06 | Bobby Eberle
    New Survey: Challenge for GOP Leaders is Motivating the Base Posted by Bobby Eberle September 7, 2006 at 6:39 am We are now in the home stretch of the 2006 mid-term elections. Pundits will say that it’s a tough year for Republicans, and they are right. Much needs to be done in these next two months, and one of the key challenges for GOP leaders is to motivate a grassroots base of activists who are keeping their wallets closed and feeling less inclined to help with get out the vote efforts. With over 2,500 responses received in less than 24...
  • Missouri Military Base to Co-Host Freedom Walk

    09/07/2006 5:21:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 777+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2006 -- Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., has partnered with the Waynesville School District and communities surrounding the base to host a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, a Fort Leonard Wood official said. “It isn’t just about the military,” Mike Alley, chief of external communication at Fort Leonard Wood, said. “The impact of 9/11 five years ago impacted everybody, and remembering and making sure children remember was why we partnered with the school district.” The event begins promptly at 9:11 a.m. at the off-post Waynesville Middle School parking lot. A representative of Fort Leonard Wood’s Maneuver Support Center...
  • Sailor constructs stained-glass windows at Al Asad base chapel

    08/31/2006 9:15:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 989+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Brandon L. Roach and Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Aug. 30, 2006) -- In the midst of a combat zone it may be hard for one to find beauty, but with the help of one Naval petty officer, service members deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, will get a little taste of heaven when visiting the base chapel. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald J. Hodory, builder, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, 9th Naval Construction Regiment, saw a need and took the necessary steps to make the newly constructed chapel more like a religious sanctuary in the States. "The idea for stained-glass windows came more as a...
  • Jubilant Iraqi Looters Strip Military Base After British Forces Pull Out

    08/25/2006 5:50:03 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2006 | Oliver Poole
    Jubilant Iraqi looters strip military base after British forces pull out By Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 26/08/2006) Thousands of jubilant Iraqis looted the British military base in Amarah yesterday, only a day after the Army pulled out of the camp. Everything from doors and window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes was pillaged from Camp Abu Naji, previously Britain's only permanent base in Maysan province. Witnesses said that thieves filled up lorries with their gains. When one was asked what he was doing, he answered: "This is war loot." The British decision to hand over the camp to...
  • Iraqis loot base after British leave

    08/25/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 44 replies · 1,370+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Aug 2006 | HAIDAR HANI
    AMARAH, Iraq -- Looters ravaged a former British base Friday, a day after the camp was turned over to Iraqi troops, taking everything from doors and window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes, authorities said. About 1,200 British troops had been stationed at Camp Abu Naji in Amarah, 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, and the base had come under almost daily attack. The troops pulled out Thursday to redeploy along the border with Iran to crack down on weapons smuggling. Shortly after the troops pulled out, Iraqi police managed to disperse looters by firing warning shots into the air,...
  • Worker falls into acid vat

    08/24/2006 12:58:26 PM PDT · by rface · 49 replies · 2,777+ views
    The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune ^ | August 24, 2006 | GREG MILLER
    A 22-year-old man fell into a vat of chemicals at a Centralia (Missouri) company and was airlifted to University Hospital with acid burns all over his body. Thomas Antle was working at the A.B. Chance Co. plant at 210 N. Allen St. when he fell into a large container of ammonium chloride about 9:30 p.m. yesterday, Boone County Fire Protection Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said. Antle was in serious condition this afternoon. A.B. Chance makes earth anchors for the electric utility and pipeline industries. After being pulled from the container, Antle was put in a decontamination shower. "It’s all over...
  • Coalition Blunts Attack on Afghan Base; 15 Enemy Fighters Die

    08/10/2006 4:00:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2006 – Coalition soldiers killed 15 extremists Aug. 8 during a firefight at a provincial reconstruction team base in the Kamdesh district of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, military officials reported. Two U.S. soldiers and one Afghan policeman suffered minor wounds when 30 insurgents attacked the base with small arms and rockets. Coalition forces responded with small arms and mortars. The wounded soldiers and police officer were treated on the scene and returned to duty. The coalition base was not damaged. “These extremists will never succeed in overcoming coalition and Afghan security forces,” Army Col. Thomas Collins, a coalition...
  • Georgia Army Base Hosts Career Workshop for Wounded Veterans

    08/08/2006 4:32:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 353+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2006 – A workshop today and tomorrow at Fort Gordon, Ga., is providing career guidance for wounded servicemembers. The Defense Applicant Assistance Office, of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Army’s Installation Management Agency are sponsoring the “Hiring Heroes/Wounded Warriors Technical Workshop” and career fair at Fort Gordon’s Gordon Club. The program will provide transitional career and employment information for soldiers who have suffered injuries while supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. DoD officials said the program is the first of its kind and will address issues such as benefits, entitlements and employment...
  • Iraqi government takes over Mosul base

    07/21/2006 3:51:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 283+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Dennis Gravelle
    Coalition forces turned over Forward Operating Base Courage in Mosul to the Nineveh province government. Maj. Gen. Thomas Turner, 101st Airborne Division commander, is shown returning the palace to province Gov. Duraid Mohammed Da’ud Abbodi Kashmoula. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. L.C. Campbell.) MOSUL – Task Force Band of Brothers turned over control of the former Saddam Hussein presidential compound to Iraqi government officials during a ceremony in Mosul on July 20. Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner II, commanding general, Task Force Band of Brothers handed the “key to the palace” to Duraid Mohammed Da’ud Abbodi Kashmoula, the Nineveh province...
  • Firefighters from Marine base aid in combating wildfires

    07/20/2006 4:35:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 214+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Brian A. Tuthill
    YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. (July 18, 2006) -- After scouring more than 61,700 acres of arid desert, the flames of the Sawtooth Complex Fire have moved away from the High Desert as residents and local communities return to their lives. What began July 8 as a 700-acre fire from a lightning strike in the hills north of Yucca Valley, Calif., was whipped into a fast-moving inferno by strong easterly winds three days later. The Combat Center Fire Department received the call for assistance July 11 at 12:20 p.m., and by 12:40 four firefighters and one engine were dispatched to the scene,...
  • US To Deploy Missile Interceptors At Japan Base

    07/19/2006 7:08:19 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-19-2006
    US to deploy missile interceptors at Japan base TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will start deploying missile interceptors at a key air force base in Japan from this summer, as part of efforts with Tokyo to deal with the threat of North Korea's missile arsenal, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. The U.S. military will install Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air interceptors at its Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa from September and plans to make them partly operational by the end of the year, the ministry said. They will be fully operational by the...
  • Forward Operating Base Repeats History (Fort McHenry on Independence Day)

    07/03/2006 2:25:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 396+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Cassandra Groce
    Soldiers from Forward Operating Base McHenry, Iraq, pose with the Star Spangled replica flying in the background. The photograph, and the flag will be displayed at the visitor's center at Fort McHenry, Maryland. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cassandra Groce Hi-Res Forward Operating Base Repeats History Soldiers at Forward Operating Base McHenry withstand daily bombardments as their namesake once did. By U.S. Army Spc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detach HAWIJA, Iraq, July 3, 2006 -- In 1814, during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would be adopted as our country’s national anthem...
  • 22 Undocumented Mexicans detained at firm near Camp Pendleton

    06/28/2006 3:42:52 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 22 replies · 660+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 28 June 2006 | Staff
    Washington, Jun 28 (EFE).- U.S. immigration authorities on Wednesday detained 22 undocumented Mexicans who were working at a company that provided services to the U.S. Marine Corps' giant base at Camp Pendleton, California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, announced in a communique that the immigrants were taken into custody in their own homes and had been hired by the firm Burtech Pipeline, but that none of them worked at Camp Pendleton itself. ICE added that it was determined that the Mexicans were working illegally in the United States during an exhaustive review of the backgrounds of more than...
  • Airmen prepare base for return to Iraqi control

    06/26/2006 9:38:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Bryan Bouchard
    6/26/2006 - CAMP AL RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq (AFPN) -- In order for coalition troops to leave Iraq, the Iraqis must first be prepared to take over operations from the coalition. Part of accomplishing that task involves coalition forces training and validating the new Iraqi military. Four Airmen assigned to a small forward operating base about 10 miles outside Baghdad are responsible for that training. "Our job is to train, advise and mentor the Iraqi force to help them transition to taking over their country and getting coalition troops back home," said Maj. Derek Jenkins, the senior military adviser from the Coalition...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (6/23/06): photos

    06/23/2006 5:06:07 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 293 replies · 4,073+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush hosted Opening Day of the White House Tee Ball season. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was today's Tee Ball Commissioner. Following is a transcript of the President's Remarks to open the season: THE PRESIDENT: Seth, thank you very much. Good job. Welcome to the South Lawn. Laura and I are thrilled you're here for opening day. It is an honor for me, and the Commissioner, General Pete Pace, to welcome you all here for what is going to be an exciting ball game between the Yankees...
  • Off Base

    06/23/2006 11:30:20 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 12 replies · 583+ views ^ | 22 Jun 06 | Peggy Noonan
    Off Base It has occurred to me that both parties increasingly dislike their bases, but for different reasons and to different degrees. By both parties I mean the leaders and representatives of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington. I believe I correctly observe that they feel an increasing intellectual estrangement from and impatience with the activists who people their base of support. And this is something new. In the past, Republican leaders in Washington bowed either symbolically or practically to the presumed moral leadership and cleanness of vision of the people back home. They understood the base wanted tax cuts...
  • Off Base

    06/22/2006 4:17:25 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies · 759+ views ^ | 6-22-06 | Peggy Noonan
    It has occurred to me that both parties increasingly dislike their bases, but for different reasons and to different degrees. By both parties I mean the leaders and representatives of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington. I believe I correctly observe that they feel an increasing intellectual estrangement from and impatience with the activists who people their base of support..... ~~~~snip~~~ On the Democratic side, it is not just as bad but worse. They don't only think they're more sophisticated than their base, more informed and aware of the complexities. I believe they think their base is mad. ~~~~snip~~~~
  • America Supports You: Father's Day Concert to Rock Offutt Air Force Base

    06/16/2006 4:45:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 430+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2006 – Dads of the Offutt Air Force Base community in Nebraska are in for a special Father's Day treat, the Spirit of America Tour founder and president said. Country music favorite Charlie Daniels (left) and Spirit of America founder and president Robert Rosenthal chat on stage at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., during Daniels' concert in 2003. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Thanks to Spirit, and a well-timed break in her tour schedule, country music star Jo Dee Messina will have a "meet and greet" with the troops before performing a free concert...
  • Bush circles the wagons as approval ratings slip

    06/03/2006 9:56:14 AM PDT · by namvet66 · 224 replies · 3,518+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2006 | Joseph Curl
    With just five months to go before the midterm elections, President Bush, whose once-faithful base has abandoned him in droves, is turning to the same conservative hot-button issues that won him re-election in 2004 -- homosexual "marriage" and judicial nominees. The president, now fully aware that his plummeting approval ratings could cost the Republicans control of one or both congressional chambers in November, will use his radio address today and a speech Monday to push a constitutional amendment banning same-sex "marriage," just as the Senate prepares to vote on the issue. The crux of his argument is simple: A majority...
  • Airmen train Iraqi soldiers on base defense

    05/30/2006 7:25:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 228+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Brian Ferguson
    5/30/2006 - AR RASHEED BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- When most Airmen think of base defense, they may think about security forces checking ID cards at the gate. However, a U.S. team in Iraq is showing that base defense means much more. A group of five security forces Airmen and their Army commander have combined to form a base defense unit, or BDU, team. They are tasked with training and advising the Iraqi Army on base defense tactics at Ar Rasheed Base, an Iraqi post on the outskirts of Baghdad. “The mission of BDU team 3602 is to mentor and guide...
  • Israel attacks militant bases in Lebanon

    05/28/2006 9:08:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 537+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/06 | Bassem Mroue - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian militant bases in Lebanon Sunday in response to a rocket attack on northern Israel, Lebanese officials said. One militant was killed and at least five were wounded. The Lebanese army said six rockets were fired at a base in eastern Lebanon while several others hit a base near the Mediterranean coast. "Lebanese army anti-aircraft units opened fire at the hostile warplanes," the army said. The jets targeted two militant command posts, one of which was used as a storage facility for weaponry and ammunition, the Israeli army said. The planes carried three raids...
  • BASE Jumping: Not Suicide, But Sure Looks Like It

    05/27/2006 8:10:22 PM PDT · by strategofr · 46 replies · 1,276+ views
    Several recent incidents, including the April 27 arrest of Jeb Ray Corliss IV, who was caught by police as he prepared to skydive off the Empire State Building’s observation deck during rush hour, have called attention to BASE jumping, a fringe sport that’s been around since the early 1980s. The “BASE” in BASE jumping is an acronym that stands for the four locations a skydiver must leap from before he can call himself a BASE jumper: Building, Antenna, Span (in other words, a bridge) and Earth (i.e., a cliff). And the action isn't limited to New York City. On May...
  • U.S. Troops Restore Base to Hand Back to Iraqis

    05/26/2006 7:32:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 385+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. L.C. Campbell
    U.S. Troops Restore Base to Hand Back to Iraqis U.S. soldiers are restoring the main palace on Forward Operating Base Courage in preparation to hand it back over to the Iraqi people later this summer. By U.S. Army Spc. L.C. Campbell 138th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOSUL, Iraq, May 26, 2006 — U.S. soldiers assigned to the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team are restoring the main palace on Forward Operating Base Courage, Mosul, Iraq, in preparation to hand it back over to the Iraqi people later this summer. From squad automatic weapon gunners, to rifleman, to grenadiers, these soldiers...
  • Strike Targets Support Base, Marines Respond to Ramadi Attacks

    05/19/2006 4:31:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 266+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006 – Coalition forces destroyed an abandoned hotel yesterday in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, using precision munitions to deny its use as an insurgent support base, military officials in Baghdad reported today. Officials said the hotel was a known location of insurgent activity, and that coalition forces have targeted it multiple times since May 7 in response to repeated insurgent activity. In other Iraq news, coalition forces responded yesterday to multiple insurgent attacks in central Ramadi. Insurgents attacked Marines from 2/28 Brigade Combat Team multiple times with homemade bombs, medium and heavy machine-gun fire, and small-arms fire from several...
  • Trespasser shot dead on air base

    05/18/2006 4:15:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 888+ views
    HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) -- A man with a history of mental illness was shot and killed after driving through a checkpoint at an Air National Guard Base and leading security on a high-speed chase, officials said Thursday.
  • Oldest Amphib Serves as Base for Iraq’s Future [USS Ogden (LPD 5)]

    05/16/2006 4:22:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Zack Baddorf
    PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- USS Ogden (LPD 5), the Navy’s oldest active amphibious ship, is currently serving as the Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) for the multinational maritime coalition operating in the North Persian Gulf. As the AFSB for Commander, Task Group (CTG) 158.1, the 41-year-old amphibious transport dock is providing logistical support for the various forces that are protecting Iraq’s territorial waters and oil platforms, as well as serving as a training platform for Iraqi sailors and marines. “The crew is having a wonderful time,” said Cmdr. James Hruska, Ogden’s commanding officer. “Everyone understands the importance of keeping these...
  • It's Time For Bush to Listen to His Base

    05/16/2006 9:24:55 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 163 replies · 2,369+ views
    Human Events ^ | 5/16/2006 | Michael Reagan
    It's Time for Bush to Listen to His Base by Michael ReaganPosted May 15, 2006A week before he died I asked Lyn Nofziger if the White House was arrogant or just plain stupid.   “Both,” he said.   Nofziger was one of the nation’s most astute political analysts and a White House aide my father Ronald Reagan greatly admired. If you need proof that Lyn knew what he was talking about, you need only consider the White House policies on illegal immigration, which are both incredibly stupid and incredibly arrogant.   Aside from the Iraq war, no issue threatens Republican...
  • Navy to Base First Four Littoral Combat Ships in San Diego

    04/27/2006 5:22:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 495+ views
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced April 27 that the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. Key in the success of implementing these new concepts is the ability to colocate these ships to achieve readiness alignment and economy of scale. This colocation is especially important for the first ships in the class as waterfront facilities, infrastructure, training and maintenance efficiencies are developed. San Diego was chosen as the initial homeport because of the Navy’s increased emphasis on the Pacific theater based on the Quadrennial Defense Review. “Homeporting the first four ships...
  • Airmen improve base for Soldiers in northern Iraq

    04/26/2006 11:22:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 338+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Airman 1st Class Jason Ridder
    /26/2006 - FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq (AFPN) -- In the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Airmen from the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing are using their construction expertise to help the U.S. and Iraqi governments and the U.S. Army. The 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron is deployed in support of the Army's 555th Combat Support Brigade (Maneuver Enhancement) here. Red Horse stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineer. "Red Horse is a heavy construction outfit that directly supports combat air power worldwide," said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Richardson, Red Horse airfields manager. "They provide air component commanders...
  • I'm sick of Republicans

    04/13/2006 9:56:09 AM PDT · by canadianally · 46 replies · 670+ views
    Redneck's Revenge ^ | August 11, 2006 | Redneck's Revenge
    <p>Y’all want to hear somethin’ funny? I recently had a revelation. I don’t have to vote Republican. In fact, I’m leaning towards voting straight Dem in the Fall. Once the Republicans get done f@cking up immigration reform, so that we have full amnesty coupled with no enforcement and greatly increased illegal immigrant rights, I think I’ll be done voting for them for a while.</p>
  • America Supports You: Singer Aims to Play at Every Military Base

    03/24/2006 4:39:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 426+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2006 – Raymond Harris hopes to do something no other performer is doing. The country music singer plans to spend five years on a tour to every possible military installation to support America's troops. America Supports You member Raymond Harris (center) poses with Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honore and Army Col. Angela Manos-Sittnick at Fort Gillem, Ga., Dec. 14. A country music entertainer, Harris is in the midst of a five-year tour of military installations to support America's troops. Photo by Sherrye Ehrenberg   In the past 13 months, Harris has played to crowds at 70 military...
  • New Water Pipeline Established to Iraqi Army Training Base

    03/22/2006 10:03:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 306+ views
    KIRKUSH, Iraq, March 22, 2006 – Building a 16-kilometer pipeline in eastern Iraq recently took well over its originally scheduled month and cost much more than dollars. But the water it carries will improve the quality of life for Iraqi soldiers and workers here. One hundred kilometers from Baghdad and 20 kilometers west of the Iraq/Iran border, the terrain is so desolate at Iraq's Kirkush Military Training Base that an approaching friend or foe can be seen for miles. Where ripping winds send desert sand and rooftops flying, water is as vital as ammunition for troop survival. Even before the...
  • Coalition builds base at Jurf As Sukhr

    03/21/2006 4:22:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 154+ views
    FOB KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, March 21, 2006) -- Coalition forces completed construction of a patrol base in Jurf As Sukhr, about 80 miles southwest of Baghdad, March 17. The base was built primarily as an integrated security effort between Coalition Forces and the Iraqi police from the Musayib police station while the Jurf As Sukhr police station is being built. “The patrol base is a sort of incentive to promote the stability the town required in order to get the construction of the new police station underway,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Donahoe, commander, 1-67 Armor, 4th Infantry Division....
  • Former Terrorist Base Sees New Beginning (They can turn a sows ear to a silk purse)

    03/21/2006 3:35:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 294+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Lt. Brett Matzenbacher
    Former Terrorist Base Sees New Beginning The small village of Sadr Al Yousefiyah has become a source ofsweeping change in this war-torn region of Iraq. By U.S. Army Lt. Brett Matzenbacher 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, March 21, 2006 — The word “Sadr,” in Arabic, roughly translates as “the beginning.” In the case of Sadr Al Yousefiyah, it refers to the small cluster of houses that surround the source of the Yousefiyah River. However, this town has become symbolic as a source of more than just a modest river in the south Baghdad area....
  • Ceremony Transfers Base Control to Iraqi Army

    03/10/2006 5:51:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Pfc. Paul David Ondik
    Ceremony Transfers Base Control to Iraqi Army Iraqi troops assume control of Forward Operating Base Hope, reflecting the increasing responsibility for the Iraqis as their army gains control of more battle space throughout the region. By U.S. Army Pfc. Paul David Ondik 506th Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, March 10, 2006 — The Iraqi army’s 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, assumed control of Forward Operating Base Hope during a transfer of authority ceremony March 9. "We work side-by-side with the dedicated soldiers of the [Iraqi Security Forces] every day. The [2nd...
  • Iraqi Air Force Stands Up New Al Muthana Air Base

    03/07/2006 4:13:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 442+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Rick Czepka, USA
    BAGHDAD, March 7, 2006 – The Iraqi air force, along with its coalition partners, officially opened a new air base in Baghdad today. U.S. airmen from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq's Coalition Air Force Transition Team stand in formation during the formal stand up of the new Al Muthana Air Base in Iraq March 7. Photo by Master Sgt. Will Ackerman, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Al Muthana Air Base, near the international airport, provides a foundation on which Iraq's air force can rebuild with help from its allies, U.S. officials said. On display were two...
  • Construction at Kandahar Airfield looks to future (Boardwalk, runway extensions in the works)

    03/05/2006 2:03:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 351+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 3/06/06 | Kent Harris
    Construction at Kandahar Airfield looks to futureBoardwalk, runway extensions in the works at growing base By Kent Harris, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Monday, March 6, 2006 KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — So what if the nearest ocean is hundreds of miles away? That doesn’t mean coalition troops and civilians stationed at the largest military base in southern Afghanistan can’t enjoy a (sometimes bouncy) walk on the boardwalk, and grab some American fast food while they’re at it. The wooden structure, located near the geographic center of the base, was a pet project of Lt. Col. Jim Hardy, the recently departed...
  • Soldier Serves as Mayor for Base

    03/02/2006 3:54:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
    U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Statam, a native of Pensacola, Fla. is "the mayor" of Forward Operating Base Normandy in Iraq. Recently Statam had gravel laid and protective cement barriers emplaced on a landing zone for medical evacuation helicopters. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Statam Soldier Serves as Mayor for Base By Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUQDADIYAH, Iraq, March 2, 2006 — There is no doubt that the mayor of a city or large town has a lot of responsibilities – keeping up with infrastructure, security and...
  • First Lady Offers Thanks, Encouragement at Italy Base

    02/10/2006 4:35:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 505+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2006 – First lady Laura Bush thanked U.S. airmen at Aviano Air Base, Italy, today for their sacrifices as they and their fellow servicemembers defend the United States and help bring peace and stability to the world. Stopping at Aviano on her way to Turin as leader of the U.S. delegation to the 2006 Olympic Games, Bush and several former Olympians traveling with her told the airmen they're America's true heroes. "These athletes make America proud," she said this year's U.S. Olympians and the former Olympians who joined her, including speed skater Eric Heiden, skaters Dorothy Hamill...
  • Airmen to Supplement MP Unit at Tikrit Base

    02/08/2006 3:26:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 305+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Pfc. Cassandra Groce
    U.S. Army Col. Diana Bodner (left), deputy commander of the 49th Military Police Brigade, prepares to hand the banner to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Sullivan (right), commander of Detachment 1, 732nd Expeditionary Force and Mission Support Group. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Jones Airmen to Supplement MP Unit at Tikrit Base An Air Force law and order detachment moves to Forward Operating Base Speicher to supplement the U.S. Army’s military police. By U.S. Army Pfc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, Feb. 8, 2006 — A U.S. Air Force law and order detachment...