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  • Obama: ´I have lived out the promise of LBJ´s efforts´

    04/10/2014 12:17:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/10/14 | Justin Sink
    Texans like to talk all the time about how big Texas is, and how if you´re driving from the bottom of Texas to Canada, then you´re spending half of your time just getting through the state itself. So is that true? It´s pretty close. Texas really is gigantic. Redditor Armeleon put together a map that gives you a good idea of the massive size of Texas. Texas spans about 800 miles from north to south. Everything seen in red on the map is closer than 791 miles to Texas (the longest straight-line distance in Texas from north to south is
  • Shin Bet: Hamas increasing suicide bomb efforts

    03/13/2013 8:57:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    JPost.com ^ | 3/13/13 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Hamas in Gaza has increased efforts to set up terrorist cells in the West Bank, and ordered new recruits to create and fire rockets at Israel from the West Bank, to kidnap and kill a soldier, and prepare suicide bombings, the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] said Wednesday. On the surface, the four-month truce between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding well since the cessation of last year's eight day conflict, but behind the scenes, senior Hamas officials in Gaza are increasing their efforts to carry out deadly attacks on Israelis, the Shin Bet added. The intelligence came partly...
  • Gates Highlights Canada’s Efforts in Afghanistan

    11/20/2009 3:28:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 325+ views
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 20, 2009 – Afghanistan was among the issues that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay discussed during a bilateral meeting here today. In a speech to the Halifax International Security Forum here, Gates recognized the contributions and sacrifices that Canadian servicemembers have made in that country. “In Afghanistan, the Canadian military has more than distinguished itself in battle in some of the most dangerous parts of the country,” Gates said. Canada has more than 2,800 troops in the ground in Afghanistan, serving in Regional Command South, where Canadian generals have commanded...
  • Obama reassures Latinos on swine flu efforts

    05/08/2009 1:08:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 460+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2009 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    AP) — WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sought Friday to reassure Hispanics that swine flu won't lead to an epidemic of discrimination in the United States just because Mexico has been the epicenter of the outbreak. At a town hall-style meeting at the White House, Obama told about 130 Latino public health professionals and neighborhood volunteers that the nation's plan to fight the flu will not exclude their communities. Even if some residents are here illegally, they will still be able to get medical care for the flu, administration officials assured the group. "We're one country, we're one community. When...
  • On the Ground: Troops in Iraq Keep Humanitarian Efforts at Forefront

    03/17/2009 4:10:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 205+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2009 – Though U.S. forces in Iraq have focused their efforts on building the nation’s self-sufficiency, they have not lost sight of the need for humanitarian assistance. Army Sgt. Ray Chavez and Army Pfc. Jonathon Ahrem treat an Iraqi boy during a joint U.S.-Iraqi humanitarian mission in Iraq’s Maysan province, March 8, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Mark Schenk  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In recent days, U.S. forces have conducted humanitarian missions throughout Iraq to boost the quality of medical care and deliver health care and much-needed supplies to Iraqis. U.S....
  • U.S. Will Support Afghan Reconciliation Efforts, Official Says

    10/29/2008 4:56:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 203+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2008 – The United States will support the Afghan government in efforts to step up its reconciliation with the Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan, but not with al-Qaida or those who support it, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters today. "They are an independent, sovereign state," Morrell said of the Afghans’ stated interest in escalating reconciliation efforts. "If that's what they see is in their best interest, we fully support it, and we'll do whatever we can to help facilitate it." Morrell emphasized that U.S. support would be limited to those “willing to work for...
  • McCain campaign steps up efforts to win over California's Latinos

    08/09/2008 11:42:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 120+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 8/09/08 | Shirin Parsavand and Michelle DeArmond
    U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez joined local and state Republican political leaders in Ontario on Friday as part of an effort to build support among Latinos for Sen. John McCain's presidential bid. In his speech to about 100 people at Ontario's Doubletree Hotel, Gutierrez focused on broad economic issues and McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war and in Congress to make the case for why McCain is a better choice for president than Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Gutierrez did not stick to Latino-specific themes but talked instead about McCain's proposals on taxes, trade and energy. He said McCain, R-Ariz.,...
  • Schwarzenegger says he would fight efforts to ban gay marriage

    04/11/2008 3:21:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 126+ views
    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says if an initiative to ban gay marriage qualifies for the November ballot, he's prepared to fight it. California's governor was in San Diego Friday speaking at the annual convention of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest gay Republican group. Schwarzenegger said he was confident that a ban would never pass in California but called the effort "a waste of time" - joking that he wished activists would focus on allowing naturalized citizens to run for president instead. A Schwarzenegger spokeswoman did not say what prompted the governor to shift his position. He has previously vetoed...
  • America Supports You: Award Recognizes Troops’ Morale Efforts

    02/01/2008 3:02:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 59+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2008 – People in uniform who go out of their way to boost the morale of fellow troops could be rewarded for their positive attitude and hard work, thanks to a group dedicated to keeping members of the armed forces connected and entertained. “The SemperComm Award is designed to recognize and honor those servicemembers who are making personal contributions to boost the morale of their fellow men and women,” organization officials said in a recent news release. Up to three awardees will be chosen from all nominations received by Feb. 29. Any servicemember, including those serving...
  • Ops Chief Briefs Support Groups on Military Efforts Worldwide

    01/25/2008 3:08:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 57+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2008 – More than 150 people attending the America Supports You National Summit here today received a quick overview of the American military as it fights the war on terror. This is the third summit for the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, through which hundreds of volunteer groups and corporations are reaching out to American servicemembers. Ham, who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, gave the group a quick tour of the world, starting with the United States and U.S. Northern Command, based in Colorado Springs, Colo. “It is the command tasked to defend our...
  • U.S. Military Continues Efforts to Improve Iraqi Forces

    08/17/2007 5:10:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 151+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2007 – Iraqi forces are contributing to stabilizing their country even as they continue to train and improve, a senior U.S. officer involved in training and equipping Iraqi forces said today. “Even though the Iraqi army and our Army (are) in contact with the enemy here, they continue to train and equip while engaged in the fight. Although fighting continues, so does training at the same time,” Army Col. Al Dochnal, director of current operations for the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, told online journalists and “bloggers” via teleconference from Baghdad. “The Iraqi army continues to fight...
  • Why We Serve: Afghans, Iraqis Appreciate Troops’ Efforts, NCO Says

    08/17/2007 4:45:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2007 – Most Afghans and Iraqis appreciate the efforts of U.S. troops deployed in their countries because they know the servicemembers are helping them obtain a better future, a veteran Army noncommissioned officer said. “They’re glad to see you. You know you’ve made a difference and an impact,” Army Sgt. Daniel Alvarado, 36, said of the attitudes of Afghans and Iraqis he met during back-to-back tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alvarado is one of eight servicemembers who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa who have been selected to speak to...
  • Diyala Tribal Leaders Continue Reconciliation Efforts

    08/03/2007 6:40:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Multi-National Division–North Public Affairs
    Tribes unite to eliminate terrorists. By Multi-National Division–North Public Affairs TIKRIT, Iraq, Aug. 3, 2007 — Eighteen paramount tribal leaders representing 14 of the major tribes in Diyala province, Iraq, swore on the Quran and signed a peace agreement unifying the tribes in the battle against terrorism during a meeting at the Baqubah Government Center Aug. 2. "Let’s build this tent and live under it like one family – all the tribes and all the people of Diyala. You have to be one family." Ra’ad Hameed Al-Mula Jowad Al-Tamimi, governor of Diyala The meeting, led by Ra’ad Hameed Al-Mula Jowad...
  • Iraqi, Coalition forces continue security efforts

    05/24/2007 5:16:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 260+ views
    BAGHDAD — A press conference discussing the status of security in Iraq was held at the Combined Press Information Center in the International Zone Wednesday. Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman and Dr. Ali Al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the government of Iraq, talked about the progress that has been made and continuing efforts that will make Iraq a safer country. “Our commitment to help Iraq’s government secure progress and provide hope for its people is strong and clear,” Caldwell said. Coalition forces have been working hard with Iraqis to prepare them for their responsibility of protecting Iraq. “We’re...
  • Security, reconstruction efforts improve

    03/15/2007 5:48:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 172+ views
    BAGHDAD ¡X A press conference discussing the status of security and the ongoing reconstruction efforts in Iraq was held at the Combined Press Information Center in the International Zone Wednesday. Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, U.S. Embassy Baghdad chargeƒV d¡¦affaires, and Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesperson, , talked about the progress that has been made and the continuing efforts that will make Iraq a safer country. ¡§As you all know, the Multi-National Force is in a new phase of operations,¡¨ said Caldwell. ¡§We¡¦re working with the Iraqi people to secure progress and provide hope.¡¨ Although the additional Coalition...
  • Baghdad Security Efforts Seem to Yield Results

    03/07/2007 3:50:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 344+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2007 – Although it’s too early to draw firm conclusions, the new combined Iraqi-U.S. security effort to reduce violence in Iraq’s capital city already seems to be bearing fruit, a senior U.S. military officer said today in Baghdad. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John F. Campbell, deputy commanding general for maneuver, Multi-National Division–Baghdad, discusses ongoing security operations with Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Ali in Baghdad’s Sadr City section, March 5. Photo by Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, talked with a...
  • U.S. Committed to NATO Efforts in Afghanistan

    02/07/2007 5:35:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 164+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Sean P. Houlihan, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2007 – The U.S. military is committed to supporting Afghanistan and the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission there, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said after a visit to Afghanistan on Feb. 4 and 5. “The United States is the single largest contributor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization International Security Assistance Force. The U.S. currently has some 15,000 troops assigned and supplies the bulk of intelligence, a huge amount of logistics, tremendous enablers including communications and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms,” Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani said Feb. 5 aboard an...
  • Africa Command Will Consolidate U.S. Efforts on Continent

    02/06/2007 4:33:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 237+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2007 – The new U.S. Africa Command, which President Bush announced today, will consolidate U.S. government efforts in Africa and the ability to work with partner nations, the officer in charge of the command’s transition team said today. The motivation behind creating AFRICOM, as it will be called, was the increasing importance of Africa strategically, diplomatically and economically, Navy Rear Adm. Robert Moeller, executive director of the U.S. Africa Command implementation planning team, said in an interview. “The view was that the time has come, in fact, with the increasing importance of the continent to the...
  • Scientists fear climate change will hurt efforts to fight fires

    11/13/2006 5:48:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 525+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/13/06 | Allicia Chang - ap
    Some scientists fear global warming could stoke ferocious wildland fires in parts of the world, disrupting fragile ecosystems and hampering efforts to protect communities. Recent studies have tied rising temperatures to an upswing in widespread forest fires, particularly in the Western United States, which has experienced an unusually high number of severe wildfires in recent decades. "There's really no happy side to this," said Thomas Swetnam, who heads the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Battling wildfires is an arduous and expensive task that has been complicated by thick forest undergrowth and the increasing encroachment of people...
  • Efforts in Iraq bring British honors for Airman

    11/06/2006 5:12:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 287+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Daniel Elkins
    11/5/2006 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- The volunteer efforts by an Air Force captain while deployed to Iraq last year has earned her the honor of being the first American to march with a British regiment at The Cenotaph war memorial Nov. 12 in London's Whitehall. Capt. Jutta Cortes, the deputy director of security forces for the 20th Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., leaves Nov. 6 for England, where she will meet with veterans from the Royal Air Force Habbaniya Association with whom she will march at a remembrance service. The memorial, built for the first...
  • Infantry Company’s Efforts Breathe Life into Small Town

    10/16/2006 7:08:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 356+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    Infantry Company’s Efforts Breathe Life into Small Town Farmer’s crops thrive thanks to guidance, equipment from U.S. troops. By Cpl. Michael Molinaro 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO, 4th Infantry Division FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2006 -- Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldiers delivered an assortment of equipment and goods to the Muehla Agricultural Union, Oct. 9. Refurbished tractors, seed spreaders and water pumps were among the items donated to the union as it begins to move from underneath the guidance of the soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry...
  • CA: State red tape trips up green energy efforts

    09/24/2006 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 316+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/24/06 | Mark Martin
    Sacramento -- As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares this week to sign into law the nation's most ambitious effort to address global warming, a key component of California's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- increasing the use of renewable power to create electricity -- has faltered. Despite overwhelming public and political support for renewable power, ratepayer contributions of $319 million, and a 2002 law mandating a dramatic increase in the use of sun and wind to create megawatts, California has boosted its use of renewable energy by less than 1 percent of the state's overall electricity use in the past...
  • Veto rattles stem-cell efforts - Researchers say Bush's actions hamper work in California

    07/20/2006 1:15:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 496+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/20/06 | Paul Jacobs
    President Bush's veto of a bill to ease restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research will hinder California's $3 billion voter-approved effort to turn stem cells into cures, backers of the state-funded research effort said Wednesday. Bush's rejection of the legislation -- his first-ever veto in his 5 1/2 years in office -- shows his continued support for those who oppose, on moral grounds, destroying human embryos to create stem cells in research intended to develop new treatments for grave conditions such as Parkinson's, diabetes and spinal cord injuries. --snip-- The veto was a crushing blow for advocates who hoped...
  • Teams combine efforts to save lives

    06/12/2006 6:09:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 159+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Candy Knight
    6/12/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- In an effort to build better relationships and save lives, the 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron’s Fire Department and Manas International Airport Emergency Response team joined forces and trained June 6 to 7. “We have a memorandum of agreement that allows either party to request assistance from the other during emergency responses, so it is critical that we can operate effectively as a team,” said Senior Master Sgt. Shepherd Pinney, base fire chief. He is deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During the exercises, members from each department familiarized themselves...
  • Al-Qaida likely to alter marketing efforts

    06/09/2006 7:16:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 560+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/06 | Katherine Shrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - With the demise of charismatic terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida will be looking for a new sales approach in its worldwide fundraising campaigns. Al-Zarqawi had become a key part of al-Qaida's marketing: He was a terror operator who stole headlines with jarring, gruesome attacks carried out by a network of foreign and Iraqi fighters. For more than three years, he evaded an international manhunt. Counterterrorism officials have said al-Zarqawi served as a worldwide jihadist rallying point and a fundraising icon. "The terrorist celeb, if you will," said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a former FBI agent who serves...
  • EUCOM Supports Efforts to Promote Democracy, Economic Stability

    05/26/2006 7:41:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 278+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 – The 91 countries in U.S European Command's area of responsibility represent a vast breadth of culture and geography, yet the command's mission is the same throughout: supporting the Long War and creating conditions hospitable to democracy and stability. Though no combat zones are within European Command's boundaries, the command is doing its part in supporting the global war on terrorism, new EUCOM deputy commander Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward said in an interview yesterday. "Assigned forces of the United States European Command are involved globally in prosecuting this long war. Our forces are serving...
  • Sheep stranded near Santa Maria resist rescue efforts

    05/11/2006 10:39:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 236+ views
    Two sheep stranded without water on a rocky ledge above a highway have defied efforts to shoo them to safety. Officials from fire, wildlife and law enforcement departments on Wednesday shot non-lethal ammunition, explosives and water hoses at the sheep, and let loose dogs, threw rocks, blared sirens and hollered at them. The ram and ewe, however, refused to scale a steep trail that leads off the ledge 50 yards above Highway 166. "They're like a person. Do you want to take a chance or stay where it's safe?" said supervisory wildlife biologist Joe Bennett of the U.S. Department of...
  • C-5 recovery efforts continue at Dover

    05/05/2006 6:14:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 607+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. James Wilkinson
    5/5/2006 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFPN) -- One month after a C-5 Galaxy crash-landed less than a mile short of the runway here, recovery operations are proceeding on schedule, officials said. All 17 people on board survived the April 3 crash. “We started the recovery effort the same day of the mishap and have been working every day since,” said Maj. Rob Triplett, the 436th Maintenance Squadron commander and director of the mishap recovery effort. “Safety has been our number-one priority. Our team’s primary focus, besides safety, was to preserve vital evidence for the safety investigation board.” An...
  • Village Leaders Hear About Security, Reconstruction Efforts

    04/28/2006 10:13:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 179+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ASADABAD, Afghanistan, April 28, 2006 – Coalition, Afghan National Army and village leaders discussed regional anti-terror efforts, security and reconstruction at a meeting in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province recently. About 50 village elders and townsmen from Ali Abad, Korangal, Arawara Bandeh and Babiel met with Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Zamari, commander of the 3rd Brigade, 201st ANA Corps; Army Col. John Nicholson, Task Force Spartan commander; Army Lt. Col. Chip Bierman, Task Force Lava commander; and other Coalition leaders as part of Operation Mountain Lion. Coalition delegates vowed to defeat terrorists operating in the Korangal Valley...
  • USS Underwood Lends Hand in Counter-Narcotics Efforts in Caribbean (FFG 36)

    04/25/2006 5:45:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist Seaman Charles A. Ordoqui
    USS UNDERWOOD, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Underwood (FFG 36) Sailors are making efforts in counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea during the month of April as part of Partnership of the Americas. Underwood deployed March 24 from Naval Station Mayport, Fla., to conduct counter-narco-terrorism operations (CNT-OPS) in the western Caribbean to stop illegal drugs from reaching the United States. “We‘re out here with other units patrolling in search of drug smugglers as part of our nation’s continuing war on drugs,” said Cmdr. Roderick Fraser, commanding officer of Underwood. Sailors along with an attached U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement detachment...
  • Intelligence Center Coordinates Central Command Efforts

    04/19/2006 4:45:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 156+ views
    AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar, April 19, 2006 – The new Joint Intelligence Operations Center here looks like what Hollywood's conception of what a "war room" should look like. The center is the heart of U.S. Central Command Forward, based here. Everything the command can do at its Tampa, Fla. Headquarters also can be done here, officials said. The center is capable of running coalition operations from Kenya to Kazakhstan and Egypt to Pakistan, a senior Central Command official who gave a tour of the facility said. The center is also closely connected with command's headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla....
  • Recruiting Efforts Attract, Retain Model Soldier

    04/19/2006 4:41:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Defend America News ^ | 2nd Lt. Anthony D. Buchanan
    U.S. Army Spc. Andrea Landi works on the tire of a vehicle at Forward Operating Base Caldwell. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Anthony D. Buchanan U.S. Army Spc. Andrea Landi Recruiting Efforts Attract, Retain Model Soldier By 2nd Lt. Anthony D. Buchanan 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BALAD RUZ, Iraq, April 19, 2006 - ; Spc. Andrea M. Landi, a mechanic from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division was intrigued by an Army recruiting TV commercial in her home in Anchorage, Alaska."I saw a commercial with people jumping out of airplanes and...
  • 'America Supports You' Thanks PGA for Troop Support Efforts

    04/12/2006 5:54:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 248+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – Professional Golf Association troop supporters had a memorable day touring the Pentagon today, as both a reward for their work raising money to support the troops and as a catalyst for more work in the coming year. America Supports You members from the PGA Tour, an America Supports You corporate member, toured the Pentagon on April 12 to celebrate their work raising money for America's troops and to set up plans for this year's charity work. Army Spc. Donald Balsavich, a Pentagon tour guide, explains the symbolism in a painting print hanging in one...
  • Bayji Council Coordinates Security Efforts

    04/07/2006 7:22:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 186+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Capt. Amy A. Bishop
    Members of the Bayji Security Council meet April 3, 2006, to discuss security issues and ways to use all available agencies to combat the problems. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Amy A. Bishop Bayji Council Coordinates Security Efforts Meetings of the newly formed Bayji Security Council and coalition forces serve as a forum to tackle security issues and convey news about community improvements. By U.S. Army Capt. Amy A. Bishop 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAYJI, Iraq, April 7, 2006 — The newly formed Bayji Security Council and coalition forces are conducting joint meetings to discuss ways to combat...
  • Teenager and Legislators Establish March 26, 2006 as First National Support The Troops Day

    03/26/2006 4:55:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 470+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/24/06
    Soldiers’ Angels Salutes Michigan Teenager and Legislators on Efforts To Establish March 26, 2006 as First National Support The Troops DayFri Mar 24, 7:00 AM ET In this hand out photo released by U.S. military, Iraqi Army Soldiers of 4th Iraqi Army Division exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of Operation Swarmer in Samarra, Iraq, Thursday, March 16, 2006. U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest airborn assault in nearly three years, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said. The Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing 'a suspected insurgent operating area' northeast...
  • CA: GOP efforts to denounce governor's policies gaining

    02/08/2006 7:09:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 338+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/8/06 | Soroya Sarhaddi Nelson
    SACRAMENTO – Republican activists’ efforts to get their party to formally denounce Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s policies are gaining momentum, but not their proposal to yank the GOP’s endorsement of him for the November election. The chairman of the state party in recent days agreed to help get three proposed resolutions against the governor’s budget, public works and minimum wage hike plans a "full and fair hearing" at the GOP convention in San Jose later this month. Party chairman Duf Sundheim helped tweak the resolutions over the weekend so that they now avoid any direct attack against Schwarzenegger. "There are 1,400...
  • President Praises Military Efforts in Terror War, Urges Resolve

    02/01/2006 3:11:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 160+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – President Bush praised the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers are making to protect the country and urged the American people to stay the course in the war on terror during his annual State of the Union address tonight at the U.S. Capitol. Bush heralded democratic advances in Afghanistan and Iraq, where U.S. troops are helping bring newfound freedoms to millions of people who once lived in fear and repression and forming solid partnerships as they fight terrorism. These successes have come through the skill and spirit of the U.S. military, he said. "Our men and women in...
  • DoD Taps Industry Know-How in Ongoing Counter-IED Efforts

    01/25/2006 4:28:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2006 – Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England called on what he called some of the best minds in the country today to help come up with new solutions to the threat improvised explosive devices pose to U.S. troops. Speaking to some 600 leaders from industry, academia, the national laboratories and all branches of the military at a two-day industry conference focused on the IED threat, England challenged participants to find better ways to counter what has become terrorists' weapon of choice in Iraq and, more recently, Afghanistan. "We owe it to the troops," he told the group....
  • McCain: Reform Efforts Don't Address Core

    01/22/2006 5:39:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 684+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) said efforts by both Democrats and Republicans to reduce the influence of lobbyists are not addressing the core of the problem. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," the Arizona Republican renewed his criticism of "earmarks," late additions to bills that often provide millions of dollars for lawmakers' pet projects. "If we don't fix the earmarking, then I can assure you the corruption will go on," McCain said. He described an "earmark" as "a single provision in a line that nobody's ever seen or heard of, and most times we don't find out...
  • Veteran: Freedoms instilled through efforts of soldiers

    11/13/2005 6:10:44 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Nov 11, 2005 | Michael Maresh
    BISBEE — The U.S. flag was in the spotlight during Bisbee’s Veterans Day ceremony. “That is the only flag I will ever salute,” said Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 836 Commander Frank Martinez Jr., who coordinated the ceremony. More than 50 residents turned out for the celebration that was held at Bisbee’s historic Evergreen Cemetery. Martinez said Veterans Day is a time to honor and respect fallen comrades, those missing in action, and those still serving in the armed forces. He said these soldiers are the backbone of how democracy was instilled. Veterans have stood side by side as a...
  • Recovery Efforts at NAS Key West Continue

    11/02/2005 5:37:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 640+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Naval Air Station Key West Public Affairs
    KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- Key West service members and their families returned to the island Oct. 30 after a weeklong evacuation from Hurricane Wilma. Upon their return, they discovered an air station invaded not only by the sea, but a surge of Navy support hard at work to bring Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West air operations and family life back to full mission capability. “Military careers are full of challenges but no challenge is greater than the one Mother Nature threw our way with Hurricane Wilma,” said NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. James Scholl. “It’s going to...
  • Iraqi Security Thwarts Insurgent Efforts to Stop Referendum

    10/20/2005 4:34:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 20, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2005 – Increased numbers of Iraqi security forces and government-implemented precautions combined to thwart insurgents' desire to stop the Iraqi Oct. 15 constitutional referendum, a senior U.S. military officer said today in Baghdad. Roughly 63 percent of registered voters -- about 10 million Iraqis -- went to the polls to vote on a new constitution, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said. Officials reported "a significant reduction in the number of attacks" during the referendum compared to during the Jan. 30 elections, Lynch said. For example, he said, there were 299 attacks...
  • Security Efforts Stepped Up for Iraqi Referendum

    10/13/2005 5:05:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 240+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 13, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2005 – With the Iraq constitutional referendum just days away, Iraqi security and coalition forces are taking steps to establish safe and secure conditions so all citizens can participate in the democratic process, a senior military official told reporters in Baghdad Oct. 12. The official, speaking on background, assured Iraqis they "can be confident in the abilities of the more than 200,000 Iraqi security forces to protect them" when they go to the polls Oct. 15. Despite the spike in violence predicted for the days leading up to the referendum, violence is actually down compared to last...
  • New Efforts Strengthen Pentagon's Aid to Severely Injured Troops (Sniff!!)

    10/06/2005 8:31:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 244+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Lt. Penny Cockerell, USN
    ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 6, 2005 – Naval Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Ty Redmon starts each day at the Military Severely Injured Center with a new life-changing challenge. Each case that comes across Redmon's desk involves helping a severely injured Reserve, Guard or active sailor, mostly due to action in Iraq and Afghanistan. He may help get military orders for relatives to stay bedside, wrangle with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service on pay issues, or simply provide a list of free child care centers injured troops' hometowns. "You can't put a cookie-cutter pattern on people that are hurt," Redmon said. "And...
  • Taji Depot Ramps Up Training, Supply Efforts

    10/05/2005 6:45:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 349+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Army Sgt. Lorie Jewell
    An Iraqi maintenance worker checks under the hood of a truck to make sure it's operational before being shipped out. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lorie Jewell Taji Depot Ramps Up Training, Supply Efforts The depot supplies the logistic needs of 10 divisions of the Iraqi Armed Forces, with items ranging from weapons and body armor to ambulances and pickup trucks. By U.S. Army Sgt. Lorie Jewell Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2005 -- Since operations began in May, the Taji National Depot has completed roughly 500 missions by ground and by air to move equipment...
  • High-Tech Swift and Crew Support Relief Efforts

    10/05/2005 4:28:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 279+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Navy Seaman Marissa
    NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 5, 2005 – High-speed vessel Swift, homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Va., played a major role in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Swift was pierside at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, when the crew learned they were needed to deliver fresh food to federal, state and local agencies assisting with the relief efforts. “You can only eat MRE’s (meals ready to eat) for so long,” said Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Pournelle, Swift’s executive officer. " You can build all the high tech ships in the world, but unless you have the crew that’s capable and willing to...
  • Texas National Guard relief efforts move to rural areas

    10/03/2005 7:52:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Oct 3, 2005 | unattributed
    10/3/2005 - CLEVELAND, Texas (AFPN) -- As power is restored to smaller cities, Texas National Guardsmen are moving further into rural areas of Texas to assist Federal Emergency Management Agent officials with distribution of food, water and ice to Hurricane Rita victims. Task Force-Seguin, which comprises 300 Army and Air National Guardsmen from throughout Texas, is currently distributing commodities in various Texas towns. Since Sept. 28 the team has distributed 19,214 meals to area residents, along with more than 30,000 bags of ice and almost 35,000 cases of water. “As the electricity comes on and grocery stores open for business,...
  • Texas National Guard, Fort Sam Houston Continue Rita Relief Efforts

    09/28/2005 6:24:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 359+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2005 – Elements of the Texas National Guard continue supporting relief efforts for areas affected by Hurricane Rita, and Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, has been providing essential support, military officials reported. The Texas National Guard is placing fuel-distribution sites in the Texas towns of Beaumont and Lufkin today. The National Guard will be used to supply fuel to state and local emergency vehicles and facilities in the areas affected by Hurricane Rita. After establishing the stationary fuel supplies, Guard units will provide unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel on heavyweight flatbed trucks. Each truck can transport...
  • Mine Warfare Ships to Support Hurricane Rita Recovery Efforts

    09/28/2005 5:55:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 385+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs
    NAVAL STATION INGLESIDE, Texas (NNS) -- Mine warfare ships based here are prepared to deploy in support of Hurricane Rita disaster recovery efforts. USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Avenger (MCM 1) and USS Pioneer (MCM 9) are conducting unit level training and sonar calibration operations in the Gulf of Mexico. These ships are on standby to conduct survey operations of the Galveston and Houston safety fairways to help determine if they are free of any storm-related debris and to ensure the safety of deep-draft traffic transit. “We are looking forward to supporting Hurricane Rita recovery efforts,” said Capt. Jonathan Tobias,...
  • Reserve Seabees Support Katrina Recovery Efforts

    09/21/2005 6:07:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | Cmdr. Meg Reed
    GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- Reserve Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 18 are supporting their active-duty counterparts here during hurricane relief efforts. A twelve-member detachment from NMCB 18, headquartered in Washington, is augmenting NMCB 1, an active-duty battalion homeported at the construction battalion center here. "Our heart goes out to the people affected by this horrific event, and our unit is proud that we can be part of the first responders to help those in desperate times,” said Cmdr. Bradley Posadas, NMCB 18’s commanding officer. “I'm very happy our personnel from both Helena, Mont., and Central Point, Ore., detachments...