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  • Prayer Request

    12/19/2013 3:53:56 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Helping Cathine
    Touching video.
  • Face of Defense: Officer Beats Suicide, Helps Others

    08/12/2010 2:37:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Face of Defense ^ | Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2010 – Walking her cousin's dog past a cemetery on a winter day in 2009, Army Capt. Emily Stehr realized she envied the bodies buried there -- they had peace. Army Capt. Emily Stehr battled with suicide upon returning from her deployment to Iraq in 2008. She now uses her experience to help others. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. That was the day she recognized she was suicidal. "I started to fixate on death, especially my own death. … I would think of different ways to kill myself," Stehr confessed. Enveloped in what she...
  • Medics proud of helping Iraqis in need

    06/08/2010 4:01:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 27+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Phillip Valentine, USA
    BAGHDAD – A medical team comprised of Soldiers from United States Division – Center traveled to a small town south of the Iraqi capital to help residents with medical needs, June 1. U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jen Wardynski, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks to a father about the health of his young daughter during a joint medical engagement in the town of Qarghuli, south of Baghdad, June 1, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine.As Iraqi Security Forces secured the perimeter, members of 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,...
  • Iran Targeting Dissidents Through Global Police

    05/14/2010 1:25:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 1 replies · 187+ views ^ | 5-14-2010 | Erick Stakelbeck
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Iranian regime is notorious for cracking down on dissent inside Iran. Now Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs are targeting dissidents in other countries -- including those in the United States. And they are using an international organization to do it. The Regime Never Forgets Shahram Homayoun fled Iran for the United States 19 years ago. He was a marked man in his native country, because of his support for democracy and human rights. Now the regime has finally caught up with Homayoun: not in Tehran, but in Los Angeles. "They have managed to keep me...
  • Interpol helping Iran to track dissidents here

    05/13/2010 1:56:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 305+ views
    american thinker ^ | 5/13/10 | Clarice Feldman
    It seems shocking but it is charged that interpol is helping the Iranian regime track and beset dissidents living here: LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Iranian regime is notorious for cracking down on dissent inside Iran . Now Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs are targeting dissidents in other countries -- including those in the United States . And they are using an international organization to do it. The Regime Never Forgets Shahram Homayoun fled Iran for the United States 19 years ago. He was a marked man in his native country, because of his support for democracy and human rights.
  • Face of Defense: Helping Others Motivates Airman

    04/06/2010 5:49:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Tech. Sgt. Heather Kelly, USAF
    DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., April 6, 2010 – For some military members, the call to duty is surpassed only by the call to help others. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Hellmann discusses the best way to load a critical care patient onboard an Air Force transport aircraft for medical evacuation from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Hellmann, a reservist who serves with the 920th Rescue Wing, helping others is his mission in life. When he isn't providing respiratory therapy at his civilian...

    12/12/2009 7:20:19 PM PST · by freedomyes · 15 replies · 548+ views
    jgrantswankjr ^ | Dec 12 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    "Nick, I will get to you in a minute. Just have a seat. I have to check out some other matters first," I explained, pointing for him to take his seat. Of course Nick darted toward his chair, only to jump from it in a few seconds. Again, in my face. Nick ruled the world.

    12/12/2009 7:16:19 PM PST · by freedomyes · 4 replies · 267+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec 12 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Sociologist Berniuce Neugarten of Northwestern University states: "Even in the very oldest group, those above 85, more than one-third report no limitation due to health."
  • Homeless Dogs Help Healing Troops (WOOF - WOOF)

    11/18/2009 3:29:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 344+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009 – Lawrence Minnis never met a dog he didn’t like. Army Capt. Lawrence Minnis sits with his two adopted pit bulls at the Washington Humane Society’s Behavior and Learning Center, Nov. 12, 2009. Minnis met the dogs through the humane society’s Dog Tags program, in which soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center sign up to help teach animals housed at the shelter learn how to behave. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I want just about every dog I see,” the Army captain said with a laugh....
  • VIDEO: Acorn Helping Illegal Aliens Get Home Loans

    09/21/2009 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies · 5,262+ views
    You Tube ^ | 9/21/09 | FOX
    Acorn has been helping illegal aliens receive home loans for years. Finally the media is catching on that the government is complicit in helping the loans to go through. Fox report- video at link
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Enjoys Helping Others

    09/04/2009 4:58:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 504+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Frank Vaughn, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Sept. 4, 2009 – Before she joined the Army, Staff Sgt. Katherine Fults felt her career options were limited to three things, none of which indicate an obvious path to the military. Army Staff Sgt. Katherine Fults, a flutist with the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Band, rehearses at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Aug. 25, 2009. Fults teaches third grade at Ascension School in Minneapolis. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Frank Vaughn  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “To me, there were three things in life: teacher, nurse or nun,” said Fults, who is...
  • New Social Media Platform Helps Military Members With Relocation

    12/03/2008 9:30:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 180+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 – From a civilian perspective, it may be hard to understand the challenge of constant relocation that comes with military service. Finding new schools, identifying new organizations to join and tracking down a safe neighborhood can be an overwhelming process. As a result, many military families turn to others in the military community for information and resources. “What one person doesn’t know, someone else usually does,” retired Army Col. Dale Kissinger said. “The problem is finding that person.” Kissinger is co-founder of, a military-oriented Web site that offers moving, travel and lifestyle services and discounts....
  • Why the GOP has a hard time finding help

    09/10/2008 1:41:12 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 43 replies · 670+ views
    None ^ | Sept 10th, 2008 | Self
    I was just exposed to the ugly internal politics of my local GOP fiefdom (party). I attempted to volunteer to work on election day as a judge/poll worker etc for the party and was treated very badly.
  • America Supports You: New England Group Helps Veterans Move Forward

    01/04/2008 3:51:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 73+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2008 – A group in Massachusetts is offering wounded servicemembers tools to help them transition into civilian life. “(We are) giving our wounded heroes a second chance at the opportunity to become marketable for the 21st century work force through education and training,” said Michelle Saunders, director of Veterans Moving Forward. As a part of the Veteran Hospice Homestead, Veterans Moving Forward is engaging community colleges and educational facilities around the country to create solutions to help alleviate the financial burdens of wounded veterans and their families, Saunders said. The Veteran Hospice Homestead provides medical, psychological...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Vets by Helping Caregivers

    11/26/2007 4:40:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 107+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – A Texas-based group is working to give caregivers of war wounded and military spouses the support they need as they transition from the military community to the civilian sector. “Our goal is to empower achievement, independence, and the assurance of renewed hope,” said Tania Mercurio, an Air Force spouse who serves as executive director of Operation Life Transformed. In working to help every caregiver or military spouse achieve that goal, the group provides virtual or classroom training and education. The training programs allow better job marketability and retention, Mercurio said. The training focuses on...
  • Why We Serve: U.S. Helping Iraqis to Achieve Freedom, Marine Says

    09/14/2007 4:40:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – When people ask him why the U.S. military should be helping Iraq establish a free and stable society, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy M. de Vries cites how France helped the American colonies gain their independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. De Vries is one of eight servicemembers who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa who have been speaking to American community groups and businesses across the nation as part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public-outreach program. “If it wasn’t for the French support, with supplies and...
  • Poll: Iraqis say US troops not helping

    09/10/2007 5:32:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/07 | Alan Fram - ap
    WASHINGTON - Overwhelming numbers of Iraqis say the U.S. troop buildup has worsened security and the prospects for economic and political progress in their country, according to a poll released Monday that provides a strikingly bleak appraisal of the war. Forty-seven percent want American forces and their coalition allies to leave the country immediately, the survey showed, 12 points more than said so in a March poll as the troop increase was beginning. And 57 percent — including nearly all Sunnis and half of Shiites — said they consider attacks on coalition forces acceptable, a slight increase over the past...
  • America Supports You: Foundation Lends Helping Hand to Wounded

    07/09/2007 5:39:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 159+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2007 – In the month after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mike Talleda was searching for a way to help the country and motivate others to do the same. His answer was the “9-11 HelpAmerica Foundation.” “The 9-11 HelpAmerica Foundation’s mission is to recognize and support the families of … fallen and wounded warriors,” Talleda, the foundation’s president, said. “(It’s) huge for families to know that people have not forgotten their sacrifice.” For the past six years, the foundation has focused on providing monthly financial support to wounded servicemembers and families of the fallen. That support...
  • Therapeutic Riding puts vets back in the saddle

    04/13/2007 6:42:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 366+ views
    Riding horses is part of the wild west charm of Southern Arizona. But, for some local veterans, it's a way to get back in the saddle of life. It's been a long, hard ride for retired Navy Airman, Rene Suarez. "I have arthritis in every joint in my body pretty much." This time last year, he needed a cane just to walk. Now, thanks to weekly visits to Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, he no longer needs that cane. Rene credits rides on Bisbee (the horse) for helping him gain strength, by stretching his legs and using muscles he wouldn't normally...
  • Locals helping troops find weapons

    03/11/2007 1:27:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 423+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    BAGHDAD — Iraqis in the country’s north, fed up with ongoing violence, are leading U.S. and Iraqi forces to some of the largest weapons and bombs caches found in the region to date, the commander of Multi-National Division-North told Pentagon reporters Friday. This comes as U.S. troops in that area are handing off most counterinsurgency missions to Iraqi forces. This allows U.S. forces to focus on killing or capturing those who finance, make and emplace IEDs, said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander of MND-N and the 25th Infantry Division. So far this year, his forces have nearly doubled...
  • Iraqis Helping Troops Find Weapons Caches, General Says

    03/09/2007 4:47:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 400+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 – Iraqis in the country’s north, fed up with ongoing violence, are leading U.S. and Iraqi forces to some of the largest weapons and bombs caches found in the region to date, the commander of Multinational Division North told Pentagon reporters today. This comes as U.S. troops in that area are handing off most counterinsurgency missions to Iraqi forces, allowing U.S. troops to focus on killing or capturing those who finance, make and emplace the deadly improvised explosive devices, said Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander of Multinational Division North and the 25th Infantry Division....
  • Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based Marines lend helping hand to locals in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province

    03/07/2007 5:46:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Sapp
    RAWAH, Iraq (March 7, 2007) -- In a town set on the Euphrates River, 150 miles northwest of Baghdad, two Marines stood calmly as a group of local Iraqi men surrounded them. Although Marines from the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion had posted security up and down the street in the city of roughly 30,000 people, ready for any situation, Maj. Sean Quinlan’s hands weren’t anywhere near his own weapon. Instead, his hands were gripping those of the elderly men around him in friendly greeting. Mostly former school teachers, the Iraqi’s told Quinlan, the commanding officer for...
  • CA: As our GOP Quarterback, Schwarzenegger is helping Dems to score touchdowns!

    02/28/2007 10:41:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 484+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 2/28/07 | Jon Fleischman
    ANALOGY WARNING: I have been told by those closest to me that when I try to wind up a lengthy analogy, sometimes I miss the mark. That said, I am going to try to equate the Governor's behavior with California Democrats to a football game. Wish me luck: Imagine that we are all on the same football team, and that is the middle of an important game. We're all on the field, intent on scoring an important touchdown. Suddenly, our quarterback, who without doubt is our leader out there on the field, receives the ball, and to the amazement of...
  • America Supports You: Group Takes Helping Wounded to New Heights

    01/30/2007 4:56:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 120+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2007 – Sometimes all it takes for a wounded veteran to begin healing is being surrounded by family and friends. That’s the premise on which the Minnesota-based Veterans Airlift Command was founded. Walter Fricke, founder of the nonprofit organization and a former Army aviator, knows having family and friends nearby can aide a wounded vet’s recovery. “I was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, and I was wounded while flying a helicopter,” he said. Fricke said he spent about six months in a military hospital with 700 miles separating him from his family. It was only after...
  • Syria may want reward for helping Iraq

    11/26/2006 12:59:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 530+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/06 | Salah Nasrawi - ap
    DAMASCUS, Syria - As the U.S. debates whether to reach out to Syria for help in calming Iraq, some close to the Syrian regime say the country would be willing to help, but only if it got something valuable in return. Syria certainly is interested in political dialogue with the West and wants talks with Washington, many here say. But the regime of President Bashar Assad will want, in return, help on issues it cares deeply about — such as a return of the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War. The regime itself has...
  • Troops extend helping hand to town

    10/27/2006 6:00:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 277+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Chris McCann
    Spc. Carrielynn Spillis (left) of Toledo, Ohio, a medic with Company C, 210th Brigade Support Battalion attached to 4-31, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, examines a young Iraqi girl. Spc. Chris McCann, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. RUSHDI MULLA -- The first few were hesitant, coming in by ones and twos, but soon the floodgates opened and the citizens here came from all over town to receive medical care for a variety of ailments Oct. 19 at a Multi-National Division - Baghdad medical operation. The Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,...
  • Program is helping our wounded warriors

    10/20/2006 4:20:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 193+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Many wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan know what it is to be disabled, Col. Greg Rose told an audience attending a Sierra Vista Commission on Disability Issues. The Intelligence Center’s deputy commander for training had an audience who knew about being disabled, as some at the Wednesday luncheon suffered from a variety of maladies. But, like returning wounded GIs, who Rose called “Wounded Warriors,” those sitting in wheelchairs or who were sight-impaired, know that the spirit of overcoming a personal problem will be done by the soldiers. The horrific wounds soldiers and other members of...
  • Pakistan Denies Helping Terrorists (Tony Blair)

    09/28/2006 2:24:16 PM PDT · by blam · 222+ views
    Pakistan denies helping terrorists (Filed: 28/09/2006) Seeking to defuse a row, Tony Blair has reassured Pakistan's leader that the leaked document accusing Pakistan's secret service of backing Islamist extremism did not reflect the view of the British government. Mr Blair's conciliatory words followed the leak of a report prepared for the Ministry of Defence that said Pakistan's powerful secret service was aiding terrorist groups through its support for religious organisations. Pakistan has been accused of helping Taliban fighters Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said before talks with Blair today that he planned to protest over the British think-tank report alleging that...
  • Passion for helping children

    09/19/2006 7:59:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 549+ views
    Edmay Mayers’ heart was touched by the children and the teachers at Al Diwaniyah Kindergarten. For Edmay Mayers the desire to volunteer for service in Iraq was the same as it was for many Americans - she wanted to do her part to support her country in the Global War on Terrorism. Once in Iraq however, she felt her heart open to the victims of war, especially those too young to have been anything but pawns of the previous regime. Mayers has been in Iraq for more than nine months of her one-year tour. She has traveled all over the...
  • Helping the next generation

    09/15/2006 5:01:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 364+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Lance Cpl. Ray Lewis
    An Iraqi boy looks up to Sgt. Michael D. Grant in his house Husayba, Iraq, during Operation Rubicon. Department of Defense photo. HUSAYBA -- Marines in this western border town say that if there is no other reason why they are in Iraq it is that they are here for the kids. Stopping through during Operation Rubicon, Marines assigned to the 2nd Marine Regiment met with neighborhood kids in this small city near the border with Syria to show them there is a bright future for Iraq. With the water treatment facility in the town damaged by insurgents, the Marines...
  • Helping Iraqis help themselves

    09/13/2006 7:07:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. George Welcome
    RADWANIYAH — As efforts continue to return normalcy to Iraqi citizens around the country, security often takes center stage. However, ensuring safety is only one part of delivering Iraq from decades of repression and stagnation under Saddam Hussein. Coalition forces are also working to empower Iraqis to take part in the economic restoration of their country. On Sept. 2, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers and local Iraqi staff celebrated the grand opening of the al-Bashair Center for Micro-Finance at the Radwaniyah Civil Military Operations Center. The center’s opening was the culmination of an 11-month project under the combined efforts of...
  • Helping Iraqi Youth a Rewarding Experience

    08/24/2006 2:24:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Norris Jones
    Helping Iraqi Youth a Rewarding Experience   By Norris Jones Gulf Region Central District US Army Corps of Engineer BAGHDAD, Aug. 24, 2006 -- Bettering the lives of Iraqi youngsters is what Peter Debski says is the best part of his job. He’s been involved in overseeing millions of dollars of reconstruction work in and around Baghdad over the past 10 months including new water and sewer networks, electrical distribution projects, police and fire stations, and primary healthcare centers. But he says “renovating two youth centers and four schools were definitely the most personally rewarding projects, seeing the joy...
  • U.S. Engineer: Helping Iraqi Youth 'Best Part of My Job'

    08/11/2006 4:23:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 410+ views
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 11, 2006 -- Bettering the lives of Iraqi youngsters is what Peter Debski says is the best part of his job. Project engineer Peter Debski poses for a photo with local children at a youth center in Baghdad’s Kadamiyah district in February. Debski said renovating the facility is one of the most fulfilling things he’s done in his career. Photo by Norris Jones  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. He’s been involved in overseeing millions of dollars of reconstruction work in and around Baghdad over the past 10 months, including new water and sewer networks, electrical distribution...
  • Supply Officer Enjoys Helping People

    07/25/2006 4:18:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Defense News ^ | Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos
    U.S. Army Capt. Demechel Robinson Supply Officer Enjoys Helping People By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, July 25, 2006 -- U.S. Army Capt. Demechel Robinson likes helping people. From her job as the assistant S-4 of Operations, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division to her involvement in many charitable organizations, she spends most of her time giving something back. Robinson helps bring the 3rd Brigade Combat Team troops on the ground their medical supplies, water, food, ammunition, and other necessities by providing an accurate and continuous picture of the brigadeÂ’s...
  • Engineer Returns from Helping Rebuild Iraq

    07/21/2006 4:24:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 207+ views
    Defense News ^ | Pat Fisher
    Lt. j.g. Alfred Nuzzolo mingles with school children in Iraq during his recent seven-month deployment. Nuzzolo helped local Iraqis rebuild a training base that had been damaged during the global war on terrorism. Courtesy Photo U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Alfred Nuzzolo Engineer Returns from Helping Rebuild Iraq By Pat FisherMarine Corps Logistics Base MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga., July 21, 2006 -- A Navy engineer assigned to the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction office here recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq to help rebuild an Iraqi training base. Lt. j.g. Alfred Nuzzolo, assistant resident in...
  • Airmen helping transport people from Lebanon

    07/19/2006 5:21:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 603+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Louis A. Arana-Barradas
    7/19/2006 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Three Air Force MH-53 Pave Low helicopters are part of the forces helping transport American citizens from Lebanon to Cyprus. The aircraft, from the 352nd Special Operations Group at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, are operating out of Akrotiri, Cyprus. They have been doing this for several days, U.S. European Command spokesperson Maj. Pam Cook said. The helicopters were in the region when tasked to provide support to the ongoing movement of Americans, the major said. The Airmen join other U.S. military forces also helping in the operation. Other U.S. military units involved are...
  • Operation Helping Hands brings gifts to Iraqi children

    07/19/2006 4:44:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 272+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Rachel Brune
    DAHUK, Iraq (Army News Service, July 19, 2006) – Soldiers brought toys and smiles to children in one of Iraq’s northernmost provinces recently with Operation Helping Hands. The humanitarian assistance mission was conducted by Soldiers of the 142nd Corps Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. “The 142nd enjoys this just as much as the kids enjoy it,” said Lt. Col. Ronald Green, battalion commander. “This will stay in the minds and hearts of my Soldiers.” Soldiers handed out Beanie Babies, sports uniforms, soccer balls, teddy bears and candy, all donated by a variety of American organizations, said Capt. John Smith, battalion...
  • Gulfport evacuees receive helping hand

    06/16/2006 4:30:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
    6/16/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- It's been more than eight months since Hurricane Katrina displaced thousands of people. Veterans who stayed at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Miss., were among those who had to leave. More than 400 of the 600 residents were evacuated to the AFRH here and have been without most of their personal belongings since September. "The only thing I brought with me was three shirts, two pairs of pants, two pairs of shoes and a towel -- that's it," said Leonard Drozal, a World War II Marine Corps veteran. "I miss my computer." Since...
  • Google ‘spying’ on IDF

    06/12/2006 8:52:28 PM PDT · by mastercylinder · 35 replies · 1,357+ views ^ | 6/11/06 | Dudi Goldman
    Photos of IDF bases and top secret IAF facilities have recently become available to the public courtesy of Google’s satellite imagery service, Google Earth . Google Earth, launched a year ago, initially featured low-resolution photos of Israel. Lately, however, the company improved the resolution of those satellite images, and last Friday they succeeded in matching the images’ standards to those of all other Google photos. This allows users to see detailed aerial photos of IAF bases and the top-secret power station located near the southern city of Ashkelon. The current resolution is two meters per pixel and it allows for...
  • Troops begin helping with border fence

    06/06/2006 10:04:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 816+ views
    ap on Daily Bulletin ^ | 6/6/06 | Arthur H. Rotstein - ap
    SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- Military bulldozers, road graders and other heavy equipment rumbled along the Mexican border early Monday as more than 50 National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to get to work under President Bush's crackdown on illegal immigration. The soldiers with the 116th Construction Support Equipment Company will hit their work sites by 5:30 a.m. during their two weeks of duty. They will improve a dirt road running parallel to the border, fill in gaps in fortified fencing and run wiring for new lighting to help the Border Patrol spot illegal crossers. "It's exciting to do...
  • Company spent past year helping install lines throughout Iraq (Troop Home Coming!)

    05/12/2006 7:27:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 374+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Soldiers of the 69th Signal Company returned home after nearly a year in Iraq where they put in a number of communication infrastructures. The 142 men and women of the unit — most of whom are cable dogs, individuals who install communication lines — stepped off the charter aircraft at 8 p.m. Thursday, concluding a trip from Kuwait to Arizona. Waiting for the ramp to be put up to the plane, soldiers of the 11th Signal Brigade, to which the 69th belongs, were as anxious to see their fellow soldiers get off the commercial airliner as probably...
  • SMA Preston: U.S. Soldiers helping build Iraqi, Afghan armies

    05/03/2006 5:53:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 278+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Ken Hall
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 3, 2006) – The work of American Soldiers is helping countries like Afghanistan and Iraq recover from years of war and repression, according to the Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston. Preston has visited forward operating bases across Southwest Asia and the Balkans several times during his tenure, and will visit again this summer and fall. In addition to checking on the welfare of U.S. enlisted Soldiers, Preston will look for continued progress in Iraq and Afghanistan’s emerging enlisted army structure. In spite of terrorist and insurgent attempts to unseat the stability of...
  • Politics Helping to Defeat Insurgents in Iraq, Rice Says

    04/30/2006 11:48:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 172+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, April 30, 2006 – Recent political progress in Iraq will help defeat the insurgency there, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today. "You defeat an insurgency through politics, not just through military force. The Iraqis have gone out and voted three times, and they now have a permanent government. That's a sign progress," Rice said on CBS's "Face the Nation." During last week's first-ever joint trip to Iraq with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Rice said, the country's new leaders said they wanted to take on more responsibility in the security realm. "We talked with the Iraqi leadership. ... They...
  • Lending a Helping Hand (COMMENTARY)

    04/20/2006 4:06:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, April 17, 2006 — Last week I flew to Fallujah to meet the men and women of the 5th Regimental Combat Team. As I do with all units, I shared the words of T.E. Lawrence, "Do not try to do too much with your own hands … it is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them." This powerful theme, consistent with our motto, "Iltizam Mashtarak – United Commitment", guides our joint vision for success in Iraq. Iraqis are determining their future according to their Constitution. Together the people, the government, and the...
  • Hawaii-based Marines provide security, helping hand to Iraqi town

    03/29/2006 4:36:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 622+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Roe F. Seigle
    BARWANAH, Iraq (March 29, 2006) -- When 22 year old Cpl. Jeff Globis taped a picture in his Kevlar helmet of his wife, he did so knowing it would be the only way he could see her for seven months. “I think of her all throughout the day,” said the team leader from Winthrop Harbor, Ill. “It was hard to say goodbye to her, but my Marines are my family and I can turn to them for support.” Globis is deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with hundreds of Marines and sailors from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion,...
  • Command helping with Iraqi utility projects

    03/15/2006 3:21:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 175+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Staff Sgt. Sheryl L. Lawry
    BAQUBAH, Iraq (Army News Service, March 14, 2006) – Challenges facing quality maintenance of a water treatment plant and a primary electrical sub-station northeast of Baghdad were laid out by Iraqi engineers during a tour by Coalition leaders March 9. Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, visited the Khatoon Water Compact Unit and the Al-Abarra Electric sub-station. Both facilities were in great need of refurbishment and oversight. Chiarelli spent the day with the command group of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, and toured two of the brigade’s areas of...
  • Army helping Iraqi businesswomen win contracts

    02/07/2006 4:26:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 138+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 7, 2006 | Lt. Col. Stan Heath
    Karen Durham-Aguilera takes a “hands-on” approach to inspecting a reconstruction site in Iraq last year. Last week she explained how she helped women-owned firms in Iraq win more than $250 million in reconstruction contracts. • Printer-friendly version • E-mail this article • Army helping Iraqi businesswomen win contractsBy Lt. Col. Stan Heath February 7, 2006 WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 7, 2006) -- About 250 reconstruction contracts worth more than $250 million have been awarded to women-owned businesses in Iraq over the past eight months. Opportunities for Iraqi businesswomen are increasing, with help of the U.S. Army Corps of...
  • Coalition's Newest Democracies Helping Fledgling Democracies

    01/29/2006 4:54:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 440+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 29, 2006 | Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 29, 2006 – For more than a year, Albanian army Maj. Ilirjan Balliu has served as the senior national representative for Albania with the 63-nation coalition organized to combat global terrorism. Shortly after his arrival to U.S. Central Command here, Balliu had breakfast with a U.S. military officer. As the two shared conversation and coffee, the U.S. officer revealed what was on his mind. "'If you would have told me years ago that I would have been sitting at a U.S. military base, eating and talking to an Albanian military officer, I wouldn't have...
  • U.S., Coalition Efforts Helping Improve Afghanistan

    01/23/2006 2:53:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 113+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | ombined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2006 – Humanitarian efforts continue in Afghanistan as coalition forces helped remove snow from impassable roads and built "hygiene facilities" at a small school. In addition, international diplomats visited a provincial reconstruction team Jan. 21. U.S. troops from Task Force Sword have stepped in to help clear roads that are nearly impossible because of snow and ice, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said. "It's a joint effort between the (U.S.) military, Afghan government and contractors hired by the provincial reconstruction teams," Lt. Col. Jud Cook, Task Force Sword deputy commander, said today. This joint team has successfully...
  • New equipment helping wounded Soldiers in Iraq

    01/11/2006 4:25:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 280+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Karen Fleming-Michael
    FORT DETRICK, Md. (Army News Service, Jan. 10, 2006) – Crucial equipment to help wounded Soldiers in Iraq has been fielded over the past five months, thanks to a new system of communication between medical units in theater and experts here. Anticipating what materiel the Army's medical professionals need before they deploy is one of the missions of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Now the command has a system in place that lets Army medical units tell the command what they need even after they've deployed. By tagging along as a medical expert on the Army Materiel...