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  • Teen Steps Up to Help Family

    04/23/2010 5:16:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 295+ views
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., April 23, 2010 – Chelsea Jarvis prefers to stay busy, rather than focus on her military father’s frequent absences. Chelsea Jarvis, 17, prepares for class at Fort Campbell High School on Fort Campbell, Ky., April 15, 2010. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Chelsea’s father, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Adam Jarvis, is a member of a Special Forces unit here. He often deploys for months at a time.She’s hard-pressed to remember how many times her father has deployed, but guesses it’s more than 10.“I never remember it being a big deal,”...
  • ‘Chaplains' Closet Helps Landstuhl’s Wounded Warriors

    06/26/2009 5:32:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 293+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    LANDSTUHL, Germany, June 26, 2009 – The boxes arrive daily from the United States, 15 to 20 each day, along with $8,000 to $12,000 in cash every week from Americans and U.S. nonprofit groups. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael D. Dubie, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, stands in the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center -- nicknamed the "Chaplains' Closet" -- at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, June 17, 2009, during a visit to wounded warriors. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The boxes and the money are meant for the...
  • ‘Operation Education’ Provides Net for Veterans

    10/31/2008 4:09:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 240+ views
    MOSCOW, Idaho, Oct. 31, 2008 – One decision turned Chase Clark’s life upside-down, but another is helping him realize the dreams he didn't think were possible. While still in high school in rural Blackfoot, Idaho, Clark signed up for the Army National Guard because of the great benefits and the "opportunity to make something" of himself. Immediately following graduation, he took advantage of the educational benefits and enrolled at Idaho State University. "I never expected to get activated, but I knew it was a possibility," he said. That’s exactly what happened his first semester, however. Clark found himself serving...
  • Car dealer helps deployed military (Jim Click of Tucson, Arizona)

    01/09/2008 7:10:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 31 replies · 444+ views ^ | Sandy Rathbun
    A Tucson car dealer is reaching out to help military men and women deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This morning Hailey Peck picked up her car at Jim Click Nissan. She's glad to be back on the road again. Last month her car quit running outside her church. Peck says she had to leave it parked there for months. She says, "We didn't really have the money to repair the car yet. We just needed a few extra paychecks." This mother of two says money's been tight since her husband got deployed to Afghanistan 22 months ago. Enter Click Nissan....
  • Employer Helps with Life on the Farm, Military Wife Says

    09/11/2007 2:24:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 417+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Although Jessica Strasser’s husband is now deployed to Afghanistan with his Iowa Army National Guard unit, she says life on the farm is immeasurably easier thanks to his employer. Jessica’s husband, 1st Sgt. Matthew T. Strasser, is employed by Augustine and Sons, Inc., a 150-year-old family farm in Rose Hill, Iowa. The Strassers and their two sons, Reece, 9, and Tyler, 7, live rent-free and farm on Augustine and Sons-owned acreage.Matthew is a professional farmer who has grown corn, soybeans and hay and tended cattle and hogs for Augustine and Sons for five years...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Tennessee Troops

    08/27/2007 4:40:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 173+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2007 – Troops from Tennessee are finding a local group is there to offer them a helping hand when they need it. The group, “Tennessee’s Helping Hearts,” works in many ways to honor and support servicemembers serving at home and overseas, Teresa Miller, the group’s president, said. “We strive to be there for our military so they are never alone,” she said. The group’s focus is supporting injured servicemembers, whether help needed is in a practical or material form or just for a day of stress-relieving fun. Group members put in a new driveway for a...
  • America Supports You: Firefighters Fund Helps Servicemembers

    08/09/2007 4:47:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 170+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – Each year, the country pauses to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and all who perished in them. One group, however, works year round to honor the 343 firefighters killed that day and to help servicemembers and their families. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was founded in memory of its namesake, a decorated member of Rescue 4 of the New York Fire Department and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, who was firefighters killed in the attacks. The fund offers education and financial assistance to servicemembers and firefighters, said Brian Farrell,...
  • War bill helps dairy farmers, airlines

    05/24/2007 9:17:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 522+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/07 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - In Washington, it pays to read the fine print. The Iraq funding bill is a perfect example, studded with provisions to help dairy farmers, airlines, salmon fisherman and rural counties hurt by cutbacks in federal logging. And that's just scratching the surface. Take dairy farmers, for example. They're receiving $1.2 billion in help in the Iraq bill as lawmakers clear the way to renew a subsidy program aimed at smaller milk producers. Then there are airlines like Continental and American, who won a last-minute battle with the White House over a plan that would allow them to together...
  • America Supports You: Former Marine Helps Heroes Get Hired

    05/08/2007 8:24:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 281+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2007 – A national program is working to help make it easier for veterans to find meaningful jobs. “Hire A Hero,” a program of the nonprofit California-based Armed Forces Support Foundation, can help take the frustration out of that process, Dan Caulfield, the program’s executive director, said. The program originated as a job program for National Guard members and their families. It was piloted in Georgia and Florida as a way for the National Guard to help recruit and retain members. Today, the Hire A Hero program has expanded across all branches and helps transitioning active...
  • America Supports You: Elmo Helps Military Kids Through Deployments

    04/04/2007 5:51:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 314+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 – Sesame Street’s Elmo and his friends at Sesame Workshop are helping military children deal with a parent’s deployment through a new project called “Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment." Leslye Arsht, deputy under secretary of defense for military community and family policy, center, tells a crowd gathered at the National Press Club in Washington about the positive impact the Sesame Workshop's "Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment" and the associated tool kit has had on military families. Joanna Lopez, left, and her three children are featured on a DVD included...
  • America Supports You: Franchise Helps Group Support Injured Troops

    04/03/2007 6:10:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 186+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2007 – Members of Daniel Acosta’s family already had a lot on their minds when he arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from serving in Iraq with injuries that ultimately cost him an arm. And shortly thereafter, his wife, Sandy, delivered their third child. To ease part of their burden, Maid Brigade is lending a hand with weekly household cleaning as part of a national partnership with Operation Homefront to serve military families in need. Operation Homefront is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program that highlights the ways Americans...
  • America Supports You: ?First Response? Helps Wounded Troops

    03/26/2007 4:38:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 1,202+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Carmen L. Gleason
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2007 ? The soldier?s eyelids fluttered as he heard his mother?s voice over the phone. In a coma, it was the first time there had been any response from Army Spc. Jerry De La Cruz since he had arrived to Germany?s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center from the combat zone in Iraq. By holding a cell phone to his ear, a perfect stranger made it possible for Cathy Holcomb to whisper words of encouragement to her son from the other side of the world, telling him that she loved him and wanted him to make it home...
  • NNMC, Veterans Affairs Helps Injured Service Members Transition Care

    08/29/2006 7:45:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication 1st Class (SW/AW) AnTuan Guerry
    BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- National Naval Medical Center and Veterans Affairs are making patient care between the agencies easier with the Seamless Transition Program and benefits counseling. The Seamless Transition Program aids the transitioning process for service members injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, said Bethesda Veterans Affairs liaison Anne LaFond. "[Liaisons] work with social workers, case workers and discharge planners for service members hurt in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who are going to need follow-up care at [Veterans Affairs],” LaFond said. "We try to provide one main point of contact to the family to make sure nobody falls through...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Keep Families, Troops Connected

    08/29/2006 6:50:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 231+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2006 -- The communication gap between military families at Fort Drum, N.Y., and their soon-to-be deployed servicemembers was bridged before it existed, thanks to Operation Homelink. Lisa Wrenn, with help from sons, Casey, 11, (center), and Cody, 8, carries a computer donated by Operation Homelink on Aug. 23 at Fort Drum, N.Y. Wrenn’s husband, Army Spec. William Wrenn, recently deployed with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Courtesy photo  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Operation Homelink is a member of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, which spotlights ways the American people and...
  • America Supports You: Program Helps Wounded Vets Find New Jobs

    08/28/2006 5:31:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 334+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2006 – Severely injured servicemembers and their spouses are seeing doors open to meaningful civilian careers, thanks to a partnership between the Defense Department and the private sector. The Office of the Secretary of Defense, DoD’s Military Severely Injured Center and -- a private organization that provides information and serves as a networking hub for current and former military people, defense workers and their families – are co-sponsors of “Hiring Heroes.” Hiring Heroes helps connect servicemembers with DoD and other federal agencies, as well as civilian companies, with significant positions to fill. But it’s not...
  • Navy Frigate Intercepts Drug Smugglers, Helps Rescue 26

    08/27/2006 12:52:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies · 952+ views
    NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 27, 2006 – U.S. Navy frigate USS Boone intercepted a drug-smuggling speedboat Aug. 24 while enroute from Algeria to Spain during a patrol of the Mediterranean Sea south of the Spanish coastline. According to U.S. Navy 6th Fleet officials, the crew abandoned its cargo—five packages of marijuana weighing 90 kilograms--when the USS Boone was sighted and entered Algerian territorial water. The Boone’s crew confiscated the marijuana. A few hours later, near the same location, the USS Boone encountered two small rubber boats in apparent distress, officials said. The ship approached the boats and found 26 people on...
  • Jet Scare Over Asian Men 'Helps Terrorists' (UK)

    08/20/2006 7:10:52 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 1,301+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-21-2006 | Sally Pook
    Jet scare over Asian men 'helps terrorists' By Sally Pook (Filed: 21/08/2006) An airline yesterday stood by its decision to remove two Asian men from a holiday jet bound for Britain despite criticism from a Muslim group. The two passengers were asked to leave Monarch flight ZB613 from Malaga to Manchester, apparently because other passengers became alarmed that the men were wearing heavy clothing and kept checking their watches. Cabin crew informed the Spanish authorities of the passengers' fears and the men were taken off the flight. One of the passengers told a Sunday newspaper: "Some of the older children,...
  • America Supports You: RE/MAX Helps Military Spouses on Career Path

    08/18/2006 4:56:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 308+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2006 -- Moving frequently is not always beneficial to military spouses’ careers, but RE/MAX officials hope to help change that. RE/MAX, an international realty company, announced “Operation RE/MAX” on Aug. 14, during opening ceremonies of the 2006 RE/MAX International Conference of Broker/Owners and Managers here. This program assists military spouses in developing careers in real estate, which a recent American National Standards Institute survey indicated as one of the top five careers suited for military spouses. “A career in real estate is ideal for many military spouses,” Dave Liniger, RE/MAX co-founder and chairman of the board,...
  • Program helps wounded warriors heal through sports

    08/15/2006 5:32:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 338+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Michael E. Dukes
    KENT ISLAND, Md. (Army News Service, Aug. 14, 2006) – About a dozen wounded warriors paddled outrigger canoes with military precision Aug. 13 on the Chesapeake Bay at Kent Island, Md., as a supplement to the ongoing medical care they receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The outing was sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and the Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club. “Outrigger canoeing sets itself apart as a therapeutic sport because it lends itself particularly to those who are physically challenged and it’s easily adaptable,” said Julia Ray, Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project manager. Volunteers from...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Troops Trade Helmets for Hardhats

    08/09/2006 6:45:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 265+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2006 -- Transitioning from the military into the civilian work force can be as simple as trading one type of headgear for another through “Helmets to Hardhats.” Shane Anderson of Seattle registered with Helmets to Hardhats as he was preparing to transition from the Army back into the civilian work force. The organization helped him secure an apprenticeship with the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 19. Courtesy photo  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Helmets to Hardhats helps people leaving military service find careers in the construction industry, said Sarah Hayes, the not-for-profit organization’s general...
  • Sailor helps improve Iraq

    08/08/2006 4:29:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Chief Boatswain’s Mate Brian Cissell gives an Iraqi boy some candy. BAGHDAD -- “We’re making a difference, one project at a time,” says a Navy man who is finishing a six-month tour deployed to one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas. “I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish as we worked side-by-side with some truly remarkable and courageous Iraqi people.” Chief Boatswain’s Mate Brian Cissell was responsible for overseeing 55 projects in an area in south Baghdad province, referred to by many as the “Triangle of Death.” He was involved in four separate improvised explosive device detonations. He...
  • Shura Helps Build Communications

    08/07/2006 4:40:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, Aug. 7, 2006 -- Coalition commanders and prominent religious leaders in the Khost Province conducted their first shura, or meeting, July 26 to provide a forum for open discussion of provincial issues. Army Lt. Col. David A. Bushey, Task Force Wolfpack commander, and Navy Cmdr. John F. Wade, commander of the Khost Provincial Reconstruction Team, clarified Coalition policy toward the religion and culture represented by the mullahs in attendance. “We make three promises to all Afghan citizens, “ Bushey told the assembled mullahs. “The soldiers under our command will respect your religion, they will...
  • Civil Affairs unit helps Iraqis help themselves

    08/03/2006 5:49:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. James Hunter
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers from Company A, 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, distributed about 100 blankets, 50 hygiene kits and a box of soccer balls to Iraqi families Saturday during a humanitarian assistance mission in Karkh. Nearly three months ago, a rocket was fired at a building within the International Zone in central Baghdad . The rocket misfired however and hit the residential area, destroying many homes. Initially, Coalition Forces went into the area following the attack and distributed clothing, food and water. They did not have enough materials to distribute...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Military Families Make Memories

    07/21/2006 4:36:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – If a deployed servicemember misses a milestone in a family member's life, it's gone forever, unless someone at home keeps a good record. "The military family, unlike any others, has multiple stresses related to daily life," said Linda Davis, founder of Connect And Join. "Our communications portal is designed to easily allow families to share events while they are apart, and this scrapbook will allow families to capture ... events to share for a lifetime." Today in Chicago, Connect And Join, a Web-based company that provides a forum for military families to keep in...
  • 'SchoolQuest' Helps Military Parents, Students Find Their Way

    07/19/2006 5:31:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 149+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 19, 2006 – An organization devoted to the unique education challenges that face the children of military families is using the World Wide Web to help transitioning parents and students get information about schools across the nation. The Military Child Education Coalition launched "SchoolQuest" during its 8th annual conference in Houston last week that featured the theme, "Reaching New Heights for Children." "SchoolQuest is tailored toward individuals and also families finding information they need about schools in different areas of the country," said MCEC's chairman of the board, retired Army Gen. Tom Schwartz. MCEC officials touted SchoolQuest...
  • Marine Helps Train Army Reservists

    07/19/2006 5:28:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Defense News ^ | Cpl. Ken Melton
    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Carlos Domenech Marine Helps Train Army Reservists By Cpl. Ken Melton,Marine Forces Special Operations Command CAMP SANTIAGO, SALINAS, Puerto Rico, July 19, 2006 -- Most people return home to visit family, friends and old hangouts. Cpl. Carlos M. Domenech, a Marine and native of Puerto Rico, got to do that as well as help train his fellow countrymen in the Army ReserveÂ’s 65th Readiness Reserve Command. Domenech and Team-5 of the Foreign Military Training Unit, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, held their Operational Readiness Exercise here recently and the soldiers of the 448th Engineer...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Deployed GIs' Children

    07/14/2006 4:31:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 337+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2006 – More than 115,000 kids have at least one parent deployed in the war on terrorism, and that doesn't include those children affected by routine deployments, according to an organization that supports military children. "War takes its toll on the servicemembers who fight in the field and on the families who wait and worry at home," according to a news release from "Salute Our Services." "In the course of their parents' service to our nation, these children also make many sacrifices." Missed birthdays, holidays and special events top that list of sacrifices, the release said....
  • One family hopes their tragic loss can help save others (Tissues Needed)

    07/12/2006 6:19:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 862+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Amy Sufak
    7/12/2006 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPN) -- With a knock on his door late one evening, 1st Lt. Kevin Lombardo's entire life changed. "One of my sergeants stood outside my trailer door clutching a note. My heart skipped a beat. He said I needed to call home now, something was wrong," the lieutenant said. "When I heard the sound of my wife Billie's voice, I knew it was serious." While deployed to Iraq, Lieutenant Lombardo, an operations officer for the 21st Security Forces Squadron, learned his 3-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, were being rushed to the...
  • America Supports You: Web Hub Helps Spouse Groups Connect

    06/29/2006 7:40:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 236+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Ashleigh Covington
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 – Frequent moves make it difficult for military spouses to maintain relationships with friends they make at each new assignment. Vicki Cariello, a Navy wife and family support group adviser in Gulfport, Miss., helps a girl sort through Easter eggs at a unit's Spouses Club Hub event. Spouse club Leaders like Cariello can create personalized Web sites for their groups, giving military spouses the ability to network with each other on the Internet. Courtesy photo   But thanks to Meredith Leyva and her Web site, military spouses can now stay in touch with one another...
  • U.S. Sailor Helps Coordinate Rescue Effort for Ship Off Somalia

    06/27/2006 5:13:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 304+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Abraham Essenmacher
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s (NAVCENT) command center answered a distress call from the owner of the Indian-flagged merchant vessel Kayana, after the ship sank off the coast of Somalia, June 22. Lt. j.g. Brad Fancher, NAVCENT’s watch commander at the time, received the call. He then set in motion the chain of events that led to the safe rescue of Kayana’s 18 crew members. “I called the Rescue Coordination Center [RCC] in Falmouth, England, because they coordinate most rescue operations around the world,” said Fancher, a native of Lumberton, Texas. After the vessel sank,...
  • Soldier Helps Train Iraqi Army

    06/07/2006 5:19:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Lee Elder
    U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Andrew Berry (right) listens to an explanation offered by one of his Iraqi Army counterparts during training near Muqdadiyah, Iraq, May 20, 2006.  Berry, a retired New Jersey police officer, works to train the Iraqi Army to be self-sustaining. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lee Elder U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Berry Soldier Helps Train Iraqi Army By Spc. Lee Elder 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUQDADIYAH, Iraq, June 7, 2006 -- An Army Reserve officer serving in northern Iraq has now had to answer a quick call to service twice. Capt. Andrew Berry, a member...
  • Soldier Helps Feed Troops in Iraq (Now who was it that was asking for a story on Cooks????)

    06/06/2006 5:32:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 273+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Lee Elder
    U.S. Army Spc. Norchell Samuel (left) reviews an order with a member of Normandy Dining Facility in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, May 25, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lee Elder U.S. Army Spc. Norchell Samuel Soldier Helps Feed Troops in Iraq By Spc. Lee Elder 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUQDADIYAH, Iraq, June 6, 2006 — She’s a small lady with big dreams. U.S. Army Spc. Norchell Samuel, a cook with D Company, 426 Forward Support Company, 3rd Battalion 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, is one of the busiest people at Forward Operating Base Normandy...
  • America Supports You: Virginia Reservist Helps Troops

    06/05/2006 4:31:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 181+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Ashleigh Covington
    WASHINGTON, June 5, 2006 – An Army Reserve soldier who received care packages from Americans while serving for a year in Iraq is taking that effort to another level through a program he started in Fairfax, Va. Army Sgt. William Dunn (front row, left) takes times to pose with a few "Project We Care" volunteers at the James Lee Community Center in Fairfax County, Va. Boxes of goodies are packaged and shipped over to soldiers deployed in Iraq. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Sgt. William Dunn, of the 229th Engineering Company, said that after his tour...
  • Robotic vehicle helps clear minefields

    05/23/2006 4:53:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 311+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Timothy P. Barela
    5/23/2006 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- Building roads and airfields in Afghanistan presents a unique challenge that stateside heavy equipment operators don’t encounter … minefields. That is why members of the 823rd Red Horse -- or Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers -- here joined the Air Force Research Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., to develop a robotic mine-area clearing vehicle. “The mine-area clearing vehicle is going to provide the Air Force -- specifically Red Horse combat engineers -- the opportunity to clear a known minefield or an unknown minefield to expand the air base...
  • Coalition's Vendor Day Helps Afghan Businesses

    05/21/2006 2:43:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 475+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Carina M. Garcia, USA
    KABUL, Afghanistan, May 21, 2006 – The second annual Combined Forces Command Afghanistan Vendor Day was held May 17 at the Serena Hotel here. Army Capt. Sonya Heinrich, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan's chief of finance, explains to a local businessman what forms are needed to receive payment for services rendered at the coalition's second annual Vendor Day in Kabul on May 17. Photo by Spc. Carina M. Garcia, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Contracting officers from Camp Eggers, Camp Phoenix and Bagram Air Base were there to inform and educate the Kabul business community on U.S. procurement...
  • Medical Civic Assistance Program Helps Korengal Valley Afghans

    05/10/2006 8:42:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 272+ views
    JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 10, 2006 – Defying estimates of a low turnout, more than 6,300 patients were treated during a historic six-day medical civic assistance program conducted by the Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Kunar province's Korengal Valley in Afghanistan recently. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Sandra Hearn of the cooperative medical assistance team for Combined Joint Task Force 76, treats an Afghan girl with a head injury during a six-day medial civic assistance program run by Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan''s Korengal Valley. More than 6,300 patients were treated. Photo by Capt. Dan Huvane, USMC  (Click photo...
  • Medical operation helps Mushada residents

    05/09/2006 4:53:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 190+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Spc. C. Terrell Turner
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Army News Service, May 9, 2006) – The residents of Mushada were recently offered free medical care from Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad medical personnel at the Mushada medical clinic. The medical operation is a continuation of support for Iraq’s reconstruction, with the Iraqi army and coalition forces working together to assist locals in the Mushada area. “We do these projects all over,” said Maj. Herb Joliat, civil affairs officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, “but the people in this area hadn’t seen any support from the Ministry of...
  • America Supports You: Group Helps to Protect Servicemembers

    05/09/2006 4:17:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 205+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006 – A nonprofit group founded and organized by a U.S. Navy veteran is protecting troops on the front lines against severe head trauma by mobilizing citizens to support deployed servicemembers. Operation Helmet, led by Dr. Robert Meaders, a former naval flight surgeon, ophthalmologist and dive master, has been providing Kevlar helmet upgrade kits to troops since February 2004, and today the America Supports You member has provided nearly 4,800 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines with the kits. "My grandson, a Marine combat engineer at the time, was told by a gunnery sergeant during training for...
  • America Supports You: 'Family' Helps Those on Homefront

    05/08/2006 6:49:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 138+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2006 – As the mother of a Marine on his first deployment in 2003, Donna Clemons didn't know where to turn for support. She didn't know anyone else with family members in the military who would understand what she was going through, she said. When Clemons' son went on a second deployment in 2004, she found an online support group for military family members and through that group learned about a luncheon for Marine mothers in Tennessee, her home state. Clemons went to the luncheon and met other parents of Marines. Together, they decided to form a...
  • Palace HART helps injured Airmen

    05/05/2006 6:16:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 300+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Julie Weckerlein
    /5/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- A common trait exists among the injured Airmen recuperating at hospitals in the capital region, said the Air Force chief of staff. “Every Airman I’ve met wants to return to active duty and (his or her) unit,” said Gen. T. Michael Moseley in recent testimony on Capitol Hill. “I am proud of them and their courage as they travel the hard road to recovery.” The determination of injured Airmen inspired the creation of a program dedicated to helping them -- Palace HART, or Helping Airmen Recover Together. This program is offered to separated or retired...
  • Range Helps U.S. Personnel Practice Skills Needed in Iraq

    05/03/2006 4:52:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 256+ views
    UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait, May 3, 2006 – Training never stops in the push to ensure American soldiers and Marines are ready for duty in Iraq. As part of a training scenario at Udairi Range, Kuwait, actors playing an Iraqi policeman and drivers argue at a traffic accident while an American convoy waits to enter the village. The scenario gives a realistic look at what challenges lie ahead for the soldiers when they move north into Iraq. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Servicemembers polish their skills here just prior to deployment "up north." Earlier this...
  • Humanitarian group helps Iraqi children get medical care

    05/02/2006 4:49:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 237+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Robert Adams
    KUWAIT (Army New Service, May 2, 2006) – Many Iraqi children suffer from war-related injuries or medical deficiencies. The Humanitarian Operations Center public health team gets them the medical care they need. Comprised of civil affairs Soldiers and Kuwaiti officials, the HOC works with the Iraqi Ministry of Health to get children and young adults medical treatment outside the country when it can’t be provided in Iraqi hospitals. The HOC was formed in 2003 to ensure humanitarian aid got into Iraq during hostilities. Since June 2005 it has facilitated more than 338 medical projects. “This is routine in our mission,...
  • Book by Army spouse helps families enjoy moving

    04/25/2006 4:31:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 306+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Apr 24, 2006 | Fonda R. Bock
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 24, 2006) – It can leave a person overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, but military families must endure it over and over – moving. One Army spouse claims she’s developed techniques that relieve some of the stress and make moving enjoyable. “It’s time to take a different look at PCSing,” said Sandee Payne, a freelance organizer and decorator who has relocated seven times in 10 years to follow her husband’s military career. “From now on, think of it as your ‘positive change of surroundings.’” Payne has compiled her hard-earned knowledge into “That Military House: Move...
  • America Supports You: Ohio First Lady's Initiative Helps Military Families

    04/24/2006 5:46:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 251+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    BEXLEY, Ohio, April 24, 2006 – In an effort to ease the burden military families face when a loved one is deployed, the first lady of Ohio, Hope Taft, started the "On the Ohio Homefront" initiative. Ohio First Lady Hope Taft started the "On the Ohio Homefront" initiative to help military families. She discussed the initiative with American Forces Press Service at the Ohio governor's mansion in Bexley, Ohio, April 19. Photo by Steven Donald Smith  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Internet-based project connects the families of deployed Ohio military personnel with free and discounted services from...
  • Coalition Helps After Plane Crash; Marine Medics Treat Afghans

    04/24/2006 4:49:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 345+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2006 – Coalition forces sent medical personnel to provide emergency treatment to the victims of a plane crash in Afghanistan's Helmand province today, and Marines in Kunar province are giving villagers free medical treatment, military officials reported. Three people are confirmed dead and several people were injured in the plane crash, including six people taken to Kandahar Airfield for treatment. Initial reports indicate the plane attempted to avoid a truck and overran the airport runway, crashing into a nearby village. "When we were alerted that an airplane had crashed, the coalition immediately sent medical support to assist...
  • New York Banker Helps Rebuild Iraq Infrastructure

    03/23/2006 4:35:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 287+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Waine D. Haley
    U.S. Army 1st Lt. Peter Hegseth New York Banker Helps Rebuild Iraq Infrastructure By Sgt. Waine D. Haley 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SAMARRA, Iraq, March 23, 2006 — A New York City banker steps into the Army’s Civil Affairs world to help stabilize and rebuild Samarra’s infrastructure. A member of the New Jersey National Guard, 1st Lt. Peter Hegseth is now serving as the assistant civil affairs officer, 3 rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, known as the Iron Rakkasans of the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. As a civil affairs officer stationed at Forward Operation Base Brassfield-Mora, he...
  • VA Center Helps Hundreds of Veteran Entrepreneurs

    03/15/2006 4:22:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 248+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2006 – The organization that helps veterans become entrepreneurs by hooking them up with national franchises and contracts with industry and the federal government celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday with an open house at the Department of Veterans Affairs here. Scott F. Denniston (left), director of the Veterans Affairs Center - part of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- chats with Danny M. Cobb, who opened his new company, Meridian Solutions, in Frederick, Md., last month. The conversation took place March 15 during the center's fifth anniversary celebration at Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo...
  • Sheik helps 24th MEU win hearts and minds

    03/13/2006 3:23:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 402+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Jeffrey A. Cosola
    NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. (March 10, 2006) -- The battle for hearts and minds isn’t won where the metal meets the man. It’s not won with superior technology, 5,000-pound, laser-guided bombs or from inside a command post. It’s won in the warmth of the home, surrounded by smoky wisps of apple-scented tobacco, sitting face to face with the leader of 35,000 local citizens. The training necessary to win the Iraqi citizen’s approval – training that is increasingly needed – is near impossible to duplicate without being “in theater.” But, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units, during its Training in an Urban...
  • Doctor brings trauma experience to Naval Hospital, helps to heal Marines again (sniff! sniff!)

    03/10/2006 5:13:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Brian A. Tuthill
    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (March 10, 2006) -- Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town nestled in the Pocono Mountains and dreaming of becoming a doctor, Joe Strauss would have never predicted he would be the lead resident physician at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., during one of the Marine Corps’ bloodiest battles in Iraq. Now a Navy lieutenant commander and an orthopedic surgeon, dealing with musculoskeletal injuries at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital, Strauss said his past experience helping wounded Marines allows him to better serve Marines and Sailors aboard...
  • Assistant District Attorney Helps Troops in Iraq

    03/10/2006 4:54:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Capt. Cory Angell
      U.S. Army Capt. Jason Frankenfield Assistant District Attorney Helps Troops in Iraq By Capt. Cory Angell Pennsylvania Army National Guard Public Affairs RAMADI, Iraq, March 10, 2006 — When Capt. Jason S. Frankenfield decided to go to law school he could have never guessed that someday he would be practicing law in a combat zone. That is exactly where he finds himself today, in Al Anbar, the largest province in Iraq. “Being away from home has been challenging,” said Frankenfield. “But I am tremendously proud to be a part of this mission and a member of the Pennsylvania...