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  • A Moving Story, Worthy of Your Attention

    12/26/2010 8:10:11 PM PST · by reprobate · 34 replies · 6+ views
    This was forwarded to us by family friend XXXXXXXX: From an airline captain: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H..R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I asked. "Yes," she said. "Is there an escort?" I asked. "Yes, I already assigned him a seat." "Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said. A short while later a young Army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked...
  • Marine dad first to get Gold Star California license plate (Father of 3/5 Fallen Marine)

    12/13/2010 8:49:14 PM PST · by Saoirise · 18 replies
    North County Times ^ | 12/13/2010 | Mark Walker
    Six years ago, on Dec. 14, Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Mike Anderson Jr. lost his life during house-to-house combat in the city of Fallujah, a seminal battle in the Iraq war. Last week, his father became the first person in California to be issued a "Gold Star" license plate in recognition of his family's loss. For the senior Anderson, the presentation Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger capped a five-year-long effort to get California to join 45 other states that have made the plates available to families of troops killed in action. "It's an acknowledgment of the sacrifice of families left...
  • California high school mourns 8 war deaths

    12/10/2010 6:15:52 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 49 replies
    AP via Google ^ | December 10, 2010
    CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) — It has become a never-ending heartache within the hallways of Buchanan High School: news that another former student has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. Eight former students have been killed in the two wars, including a Marine sergeant who will be laid to rest Saturday after dying Dec. 2 of a head wound in Afghanistan. The community in the heart of California's farm country has become all-too-familiar with the rituals of grief that have followed each death — tearful remembrances, flag-draped coffins, candlelight vigils. The school even built a memorial garden where the names of the...
  • Holiday Wreath Project To Honor Local Military

    12/07/2010 8:39:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    10News ^ | December 7, 2010
    Wreaths Across America Places Extra Wreaths On Military HeadstonesA project that lays holiday wreaths on the headstones of members of the military has been expanded to include those at Fort Rosecrans in Point Loma. The project, called Wreaths Across America, was started 19 years ago by the Worchester Wreath Company in Maine when it overproduced 5,000 wreaths. Instead of throwing them away, the company owner drove to Arlington National Cemetery and placed the extra wreaths on the headstones. Since then, the project has gained momentum with more than 105,000 wreaths going out this year. Local event coordinator Joann Murphy of...
  • R.I.P. SSG Adam L. Dickmyer [Killed in Action Oct. 28, 2010]

    11/20/2010 3:39:41 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | Saturday, October 30, 2010
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Adam L. Dickmyer, 26, of Winston Salem, N.C., died Oct. 28 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Navy Honors Killed, Injured in USS Cole Attack

    10/12/2010 3:42:28 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2010 – Navy officials, current and former crew members and families of the fallen gathered today at Norfolk Naval Station, Va., to remember the 17 sailors killed and 39 others wounded in the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole 10 years ago today. Suicide bombers launched the surprise Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the Arleigh Burke-class, Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer as it was anchored in Aden, Yemen, for a routine refueling stop. The attackers detonated an explosive-laden boat against the ship’s port side, tearing a 40-by-40-foot hole in the hull and sending seawater gushing into the engineering...
  • Sad Milestone: 900 Military Deaths Under Obama

    10/10/2010 2:08:54 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 5 replies ^ | 10/10/10 | Peter Andrew
    The death of a sailor from Florida marks a sad milestone for the President of the United States. Since Barack H. Obama became the Commander in Chief, 900 soldiers have lost their lives. The 900th to die was Edwin Gonzalez, 22, of North Miami Beach, Florida. The Department of Defense says Gonzales was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as a Hospital Corpsman. He died Oct. 8 from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C. You can see the list...
  • Afghan roadside bomb kills four US soldiers

    08/31/2010 2:44:38 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | August 31st 2010 | APF Staff
    A roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed four US soldiers, Nato said. AFP quoted spokesman James Judge as saying that a home-made bomb, one of the main weapons of the Taliban, was used in the attack. The attack comes a day after seven US soldiers were killed in two bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan. The deaths add to the rising trend of casualties for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). June and July were the worst months for foreign troop deaths since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Nearly 50 Americans have died in August alone....
  • 7 US troops killed in latest Afghanistan fighting

    08/29/2010 2:08:01 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29th 2010 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's embattled southern and eastern regions, NATO said Sunday. Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while two others were killed in a bomb attack in the south on Saturday and three in fighting in the east the same day, NATO said. Their identities and other details were being withheld until relatives could be notified. The latest deaths bring to 42 the number of American forces who have died this month in Afghanistan after July's high of 66. A total of 62 international forces have died...
  • Decorated Little Creek-based SEAL dies in Afghanistan

    08/20/2010 8:34:07 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 8-21-10 | Cindy Clayton
    highly decorated Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach died Wednesday from injuries sustained in combat operations in eastern Afghanistan, the Navy said Friday. Chief Special Warfare Operator Collin Trent Thomas, 33, was shot while deployed with a SEAL team based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. As is customary in operations involving the elite commando units, the Navy released no other details about the circumstances of his death
  • Person of the Week: Fallen Hero Derek Farley (the real "Hurt Locker")

    08/21/2010 5:05:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    (Only Weeks Away From Coming Home) Staff Sgt. Derek Farley lived an action-packed life, and loved every minute of it. "He was someone who could see a situation and know he could handle it. He could see his way through it," said his father Kenneth Farley, 53. "He loved to make things go bang." At age 17, Derek Farley already had made up his mind about his future, telling his parents that he had contacted a military recruiter who would speak to them about his choice. According to his father, the motivation was the feeling of camaraderie with other soldiers...
  • Mother's message in a bottle to son killed in Afghanistan

    08/06/2010 4:57:16 AM PDT · by mware · 23 replies
    Mail On Line ^ | Last updated at 9:41 AM on 6th August 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A message in a bottle written by the mother of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been found by workers cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Sarah Adams, 43, was on holiday in Barbados when she wrote the loving message about her son Private James Prosser, 21, who was killed by a roadside bomb. She threw it into the sea and after floating 1,300 miles it was fished out of the water by workers cleaning up the oil leak from the BP pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. The workers were so moved by Mrs Adams' message...
  • Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan

    07/29/2010 4:53:11 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 78 replies · 7+ views ^ | July 29, 2010 |
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials say the body of a second U.S. sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan has been recovered.</p> <p>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, says the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove — a 25-year-old from the Seattle area — has been notified of his death.</p>
  • 3 US troops die, deadliest month of Afghan war

    07/30/2010 1:39:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 30 2010 | ROBERT H. REID
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war.
  • 8 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Attacks

    07/14/2010 5:21:36 AM PDT · by wrrock · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | 7/14/2010 | CBS News
    Three Die as Militants Lay Siege to Police HQ in Kandahar, 5 More Killed Hours Later in 2 Separate Attacks
  • Last salute for a soldier

    06/23/2010 9:48:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carmen Duarte
    SIERRA VISTA - A 21-gun salute marked a farewell Tuesday to Army Spc. Christian M. Adams during a funeral service at the Main Post Chapel at Fort Huachuca. Maj. Gen. John Custer, commanding general of the Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, presented folded flags to loved ones, including Adams' mother, Donna Adams, his wife, Amanda, and their 2-year-old daughter, Faith Marie. Tears flowed among the crowd of more than 100 gathered at the military honors ceremony when little Faith Marie reached out, then held onto the flag presented by Custer in the chapel courtyard. A private funeral...
  • Pararescuemen: Honoring fallen warriors

    06/22/2010 9:57:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes, USAF
    6/22/2010 - SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- More than 20 pararescuemen, active duty, retired and prior service, donned their service dress uniforms, with boots and maroon berets, and fell into formation. Local freedom riders holding American flags lined the street of the funeral procession. As their fallen commrade's remains arrived and were retrieved by honor guard members, the formation saluted him. On a bright sunny afternoon in San Antonio, the mood is far from light on this day as pararescuemen from across the U.S. paid their final respects to their fallen comrade, Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, in a funeral ceremony at...
  • Fallen soldier’s body arrives on Fort Huachuca

    06/21/2010 9:37:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Christian is home. Sunday, slightly after the noon hour, a plane carrying Spc. Christian Michael Adams landed at Libby Army Airfield. Waiting for him were family members and an honor guard of soldiers. The homecoming was sad, somber and sorrowful, as his family watched from just inside one of Libby’s hangars as the 26-year-old soldier’s body was taken from the plane to be returned to his family, by members of his extended family — fellow members of the Army. As the honor guard stood on one side of a red line on the tarmac, the bright sun...
  • Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan (3 dead, 7 injured, chopper crash)

    06/21/2010 12:18:47 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 21st June 2010
    Australian troops have been involved in an incident in Afghanistan that has killed an unknown number of soldiers. Defence has called a snap press conference where Defence Minister John Faulkner will detail the incident.
  • Anatomy of secret life: CIA officer's Afghan death

    06/05/2010 2:18:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 790+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | ADAM GOLDMAN
    HO This is photo provided by family shows Darren James LaBonte, 35, in Afghanistan in 2007. LaBonte was one of seven CIA employees who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a U.S. base in Khost, Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009. LaBonte and the others were remembered at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Memorial Day. As part of the ceremony, a B-17 bomber dropped flowers in the Atlantic Ocean not far from the site of the Twin Towers and the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Courtesy of LaBonte's Family) NO SALES A last...
  • 1,000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour

    06/05/2010 7:42:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies · 245+ views
    Ap myway ^ | May 30, 2010 | AUL J. WEBER
    1,000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour May 30, 4:41 AM (ET) By PAUL J. WEBER KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) - The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan was born on the Fourth of July. He died several days before Americans honor fallen troops on Memorial Day. Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Helmand province that ripped off his right arm. It was the 24-year-old Texan's second deployment overseas. Leicht had begged to return to the battlefield after a bomb took out his Humvee in Iraq. He spent...
  • Children of Fallen Find Comfort at TAPS Camp

    06/01/2010 6:10:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 96+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2010 – Trevor Jones peers into the vivid blue sky, tightly gripping the string holding his balloon. A warm breeze is blowing, and his blue balloon bobs against the dozens of red and white ones around it, each held by a child. The children wait expectantly for the command. The cacophony of chatter dies down just moments before a woman calls out: “Let ‘em go!” Trevor releases his balloon into the wind, where it joins hundreds of others rising into the sky. They separate and rise swiftly as the children tilt their heads back, squinting into the...
  • U.S. casualties in Afghanistan hit 1,000 with massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul

    05/19/2010 7:28:50 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 49 replies · 732+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Stephanie Gaskell
    Yesterday: Seven U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday - five in a massive Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul that filled the streets of the capital with blood. The attack brought the U.S. toll to a grim new milestone - 1,000 American soldiers dead in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, the independent Web site reported. The fighting continued into today as insurgents launched a predawn assault against the U.S.-run Bagram Air Field. Seven militants had been killed during the "ongoing attack" on Bagram, which included rockets, small arms and grenades, a U.S. statement said. Five service...
  • (Vanity) Does anyone have a link to footage of President Karzai's visit to Arlington?

    05/14/2010 4:21:14 AM PDT · by SueRae · 4 replies · 199+ views
    none | 5/13/2010 | self
    I tried to watch at Foxlive but the link didn't work. Thanks
  • Defense Leaders, Karzai Honor Fallen Troops at Arlington

    05/13/2010 8:37:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 211+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 13, 2010 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai, flanked by America’s top defense leaders, walked among the white marble tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery today, a silent tribute to U.S. servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice, many while battling terrorism in Afghanistan.Video Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and John C. Metzler Jr., superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, tour the cemetery's Section 60, in Arlington, Va., May 13, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; Navy Adm. Mike...
  • Officers who died on duty honored

    05/07/2010 4:52:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Brian J. Pedersen
    Hundreds of local law enforcement officials paid tribute to the area's fallen officers Thursday at the third annual Pima County Regional Law Enforcement Memorial. The event, held in the Tucson Convention Center's Grand Ballroom, honored the 42 officers killed in the line of duty in Pima County since 1878, when two U.S. marshals were shot to death near Davidson Canyon. "This serves as a stark reminder for the danger faced and the sacrifices made by our law enforcement," said former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who spoke at the event. "A law enforcement officer never knows when that life-threatening moment...
  • Six Names Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    05/04/2010 6:19:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 632+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2010 – This week, the names of six American servicemembers will join the list of other departed or missing troops featured on the intersecting black-granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Expert stoneworker James Lee cleans the work after engraving the name of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Taylor to Panel 7W, Line 81 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010. Taylor's name is one of six added to the memorial. The new names represent veterans who survived serious injury in the war, but were determined by Defense Department officials to have died as...
  • 1st Lt. Robert Wilson Collins, 24: Soldier from Tyrone killed in Iraq

    04/16/2010 8:05:56 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 11 replies · 685+ views
    AJC ^ | April 16, 2010 | Rick Badie
    As a child, Robert Collins played Army. He dressed up in soldier uniforms. One bore the name of his parents and their military rank. His mother, retired Lt. Col. Sharon L.G. Collins, was a military intelligence officer for 20 years. His father, retired Lt. Col. Burkitt "Deacon" Collins spent half of his 22-year career as an infantryman and in military intelligence. "Our son followed us in the family business," said Mrs. Collins of Tyrone in Fayette County. "But it was never something that we said, ‘follow me.' " A 2008 West Point graduate, 1st Lt. Robert Wilson Collins left Fort...
  • One Canadian Soldier Killed By Improvised Explosive Device

    04/11/2010 12:15:56 PM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies · 409+ views
    DND/Canadian Forces ^ | 2010-04-11 | (press release)
    One Canadian Soldier Killed By Improvised Explosive Device CEFCOM NR – 10.006 - April 11, 2010 OTTAWA — One Canadian soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated during a dismounted security patrol in Dand district at approximately 7:30 a.m. Kandahar time on 11 April 2010. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Belanday, Dand district, approximately eight-kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. Killed in action was Private Tyler William Todd from the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was serving as a member with Task Force 3-09 Battle Group. At this sad...
  • Bill O'Reilly to Pay Court Costs of Fallen Marine's Father

    04/01/2010 8:09:11 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 13 replies · 657+ views
    TVNewser ^ | Mar 31, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Newsmax reports FNC's Bill O'Reilly will pay the legal fees for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued members of the Westboro Baptist Church who picketed his son's funeral.
  • O'Reilly Pays Legal Bill for Fallen Marine's Father

    03/31/2010 7:54:39 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 83 replies · 2,292+ views
    No. 1 cable news host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who picketed his son's funeral. According to news reports, the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, located in Topeka, Kan., believe that God is punishing the United States because of its acceptance of gay people. The church garners attention for its views by protesting high-profile funerals.
  • Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza border clashes

    03/26/2010 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 46 replies · 1,438+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 03.26.10
    Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed Friday in clashes with Palestinian militants near the Kissufim crossing on the Gaza border, the IDF spokesperson confirmed. One of the soldiers killed was the regiment's deputy commander. The soldiers have been named as Major Eliraz Peretz, 31, from Kiryat Arba and First Lieutenant Ilan Sebiatkovsky, 21, from Rishon Lezion. Peretz' brother, First Lieutenant Orian Peretz, was killed in south Lebanon in 1998. Two more soldiers were wounded in the incident, one of whom is in serious condition. During the incident, IDF troops shot and killed two Palestinian militants near the Gaza security...
  • Commentary: Dignified Transfer Offers Fitting Tribute

    03/15/2010 4:54:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 – I stepped out from the van and onto the rain-drenched flightline, shivering from the cold that seemed to whip straight through my wool coat. I had traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Del., in late February to write stories about the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. I wasn’t supposed to start working until morning, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to witness an event known as a dignified transfer, which marks the return of a servicemember who has died while supporting a combat operation overseas to U.S. soil. I looked up...
  • Center Offers Respite for Families of Fallen

    03/10/2010 4:11:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 126+ views
    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., March 10, 2010 – Robin Raine walked through the plush, richly appointed room with purpose, her eyes fixed on a lampshade that was askew, a flaw in the otherwise immaculate sitting area. Robin Raine straightens up the sitting area of the Center for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Feb. 22, 2010. The center offers a comfortable waiting area for families who travel to Dover to attend a dignified transfer, an event that marks the return of a fallen servicemember to U.S. soil. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Mortuary Staff Prepares Uniforms for Fallen

    03/09/2010 4:01:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 448+ views
    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., March 9, 2010 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Toro slides ribbons onto a rack, then clips the rack onto a brand-new dress uniform, the finishing touch on a lengthy process to ensure the proper medals and decorations are in place. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Toro measures the distance between an insignia and ribbon rack while preparing a uniform at the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Feb. 23, 2010. Toro prepares uniforms for fallen soldiers’ remains. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for...
  • Air Force Mortuary Ensures Dignity, Honor for Fallen

    03/08/2010 4:07:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 82+ views
    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., March 8, 2010 – Under a deluge of rain, the 757 touched down here late at night, returning Army Staff Sgt. Michael David P. Cardenaz home. He had been killed just a few days before in an enemy attack in Afghanistan. With family and friends near, an Army carry team marched in slow, measured steps to the aircraft, undeterred by the whipping wind. Their hands clad in stark, white gloves, the soldiers slowly moved the transfer case from aircraft to waiting vehicle. Only the sound of distant aircraft and the anguished cry of a loved...
  • Airmen unveil memorial, raise money to honor families of fallen Iraqi comrades

    03/02/2010 5:21:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 119+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Senior Airman Mindy Bloem, USAF
    3/2/2010 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- Members of the 506th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team here and Iraqi officials and family members gathered together Feb. 23 at Kirkuk Air Base for an unveiling ceremony of a memorial wall painted to honor three Iraqi men killed by the improvised explosive device attack last year. On Aug. 12, 2009, three members of an Iraqi police counter explosive team responded to a possible vehicle born IED in downtown Kirkuk City, when the IED went off, killing all three men. The wall displayed the likeness of the three men and...
  • Report faults officers' absence in Afghan ambush that killed 5 U.S. troops

    02/18/2010 9:35:23 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 18, 2010 | By Jonathan S. Landay,
    WASHINGTON — The absence of experienced senior leaders and inadequate action by officers in a tactical operations center, including a failure to provide effective artillery and air support, contributed to the deaths of five U.S. troops and nine Afghans in a Sept. 8 battle, an official investigation has found. Three unidentified officers from the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., received official reprimands following the inquiry into the clash, which erupted after Afghan security forces and U.S. Army and Marine trainers were ambushed in the Ganjgal Valley, near the border with Pakistan in northeastern Kunar province. "This event highlights...
  • Navy SEAL dies during dive training in Key West

    02/18/2010 12:41:05 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 21 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 18, 2010 | Cammy Clark
    A 26-year-old Navy SEAL died in Key West waters during intensive dive training in preparation for an overseas deployment, according to the Naval Special Warfare Group. Ronald Tyler Woodle of Waynesville, N.C., was part of a small group of Navy SEALs undergoing routine training at Truman Annex Harbor when he was reported missing by his teammate about 9 a.m. Monday. Within minutes, he was found unconscious. Training for that day was in fairly shallow waters. CPR was administered and Woodle was taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately...
  • Pakistan blast kills US soldiers

    02/03/2010 5:27:28 AM PST · by Cardhu · 20 replies · 1,367+ views
    BBC ^ | 3rd Feburary 2010 | Staff and Agencies
    Three US soldiers are among at least 10 people killed when a blast hit a convoy near a school in north-west Pakistan.Police said around 70 people, including 63 school girls and a US soldier, were injured in the bombing in Lower Dir. The soldiers were believed to have been training Pakistan's Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency operations. The two governments deny substantial numbers of US troops are based inside Pakistan, where public opinion is strongly opposed to their presence. The US embassy has declined to comment on the killings. Taliban presenceMilitary spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told the BBC that the...
  • Family, friends remember Marine killed in suicide attack

    02/01/2010 7:02:32 PM PST · by ivyleaguebrat · 4 replies · 202+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2010 | Brigid Schulte
    As a boy in Frederick, Md., David Smith loved to play with his Army and G.I. Joe action figures and spent hours rescuing his older sister Kristen from all manner of imagined peril. As a young man just out of high school, Smith joined the Marine Corps, because he was moved, his friends and family said, to make a difference and put the lives of others ahead of his own. He served in Iraq in 2006 and then volunteered for a tour of duty in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Sgt. David Smith, 25, died of injuries suffered in a suicide bomber...
  • Afghan interpreter shoots dead two US soldiers

    01/31/2010 11:53:14 AM PST · by Dubya · 26 replies · 809+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Two US soldiers who died in eastern Afghanistan on Friday were shot dead by an Afghan interpreter, it has emerged. A Nato official said the translator gunned down the US soldiers before other soldiers shot him dead at an outpost in Wardak province.
  • Afghan Interpreter Killed 2 US Troops

    01/30/2010 8:11:11 AM PST · by mellow velo · 60 replies · 2,466+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, January 30, 2010 | Associated Press
    ... Underscoring those tensions, an Afghan interpreter killed two U.S. service members Friday at a combat outpost elsewhere in Wardak province, a NATO official said. A U.S. soldier then killed the interpreter, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information. It wasn't clear why the interpreter had opened fire on the Americans.
  • What Is Sin? The Testimony of the Egg

    01/28/2010 2:23:22 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 27 replies · 339+ views
    Today there are many different views and thoughts about just what the term “Sin” means. Just the word alone gives people the Hee-bee-Gee-bees. People do not like to think of themselves as “Sinners.” They say or think, “Well, I’m not that bad. I’ve never killed anyone. If you only knew the good I do...(and so on and so forth).” These statements and sentiments are expressed in attempting to justify themselves in light of the realities of their "sinful"condition. (John 3:19-21, Hebrews 6:1; 9:14). Sin, as defined in God’s Word, the Bible, is the transgression and violation of the righteousness and...
  • Portrait honors Tuxedo's war hero Widow, sons of Lt. Allen receive painting

    01/23/2010 7:52:38 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 1 replies · 471+ views
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 1/23/10 | Doyle Murphy
    TUXEDO — Barbara Allen and her four young boys climbed the stairs onto the stage. More than fours years have passed since Barbara's husband, 1st Lt. Lou Allen, died in Tikrit, Iraq. The boys looked like him. Their hair is blond like Barbara's but just a tad unruly even when they're dressed up like they were this night. That must be Lou. More It's the Lou of the stories told by his friends, relatives and former colleagues at George F. Baker High School — the science teacher Lou who kept the electrodes for demonstrations strictly color-coded in his classroom but...
  • Hall of Remembrance Honors Fallen Troops

    01/19/2010 4:12:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 183+ views
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 19, 2010 – Army Spc. Jonathan Emard, 20, was killed June 4, 2008, in Tikrit, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire and hand grenades. A photo of Army Spc. Jonathan Emard hangs in the Hall of Remembrance at Fort Hood, Texas. Emard was killed June 4, 2008, in Tikrit, Iraq. His family submitted the photo to honor their soldier’s memory and sacrifice. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. At Fort Hood, his is one of 97 photographs of fallen servicemembers enshrined in the survivor outreach services program’s...
  • Canadian soldier killed by improvised explosive device

    01/16/2010 2:32:43 PM PST · by Clive · 13 replies · 908+ views
    DND/Canadian Forces ^ | 2010-01-16 | (press release)
    Canadian soldier killed by improvised explosive deviceNR – 10.001 - January 16, 2010OTTAWA — One Canadian soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device during a dismounted security patrol near the town of Nakhonay in the Panjwayi district, approximately 15 kilometres south-west of Kandahar City. The incident took place at approximately 2:00 p.m. Kandahar time on 16 Jan 2010. Killed in action was Sergeant John Wayne Faught from the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was serving as a member of the Task Force 3-09 Battle Group. At this sad time, our thoughts and...
  • New facility fulfills needs for families of the fallen

    01/06/2010 4:10:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 156+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Edward Drohan
    1/6/2010 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) -- The staff of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center has been providing dignity, honor and respect for fallen warriors, and care, service and support for their families since the unit was activated on Jan. 6, 2009. So it was only appropriate that a new facility that will carry that family support even further be dedicated on the one-year anniversary. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presided over the dedication of the Center for Families of the Fallen here Jan. 6, a new facility that will be a haven...
  • Blasts kill 4 US, one UK soldiers in Afghanistan

    01/04/2010 2:32:21 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies · 405+ views
    Press tv ^ | 4 Jan 2010 | anon
    Four American soldiers and one British soldier have been killed in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan. The dead soldiers, who were serving under NATO's International Security Assistance Force, were killed on Sunday, NATO said in a statement Monday. The US soldiers died following an improvised explosive device strike, the statement said without giving more details. Meanwhile, a British soldier was killed in another roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, according to British forces. The British soldier, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died after the blast hit a foot patrol in Helmand province. Regarding US casualties in Afghanistan,...
  • United States Forces - Iraq Completes Month without Combat Action Death

    01/01/2010 2:40:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 413+ views
    Press Release 20100101-01 January 1, 2010 BAGHDAD – December passed without any servicemembers being killed in action. This was the first month in the history of Operation Iraqi Freedom without any U.S. military being killed in combat. Three USF-I troops did die from non-combat related incidents. “We enter the new year with mixed emotions. While we are thankful that no troops were killed in action in December, we are equally mindful of those who have lost their lives while serving our nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, and all that have lost a loved one in...