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  • Insurgent Blast Levels Afghan Mosque, Destroys Young Lives

    06/25/2006 12:48:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 396+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan, June 25, 2006 – An extremist-engineered explosion in eastern Afghanistan destroyed a mosque while killing three people and wounding eight, including three children, officials here announced today. The attack occurred on June 6 near the southeastern provincial capital city of Ghazni. Terrorists triggered the explosion that destroyed the Haji Adam Khan Mosque in Oal a-I Oadzi. Gov. Elhaj Sheer Alam, the Ghazni provincial governor, told reporters Taliban members attempting to construct a motorcycle-born improvised explosive device were responsible for the blast. Ghazni District Afghan National Policemen and Afghan National Army soldiers from 2nd Kandak, 1st...
  • Pentagon Memorial Dedication Time to Reflect on Lives Lost

    06/15/2006 4:05:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 405+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 – A ceremony here today marking the start of construction for the Pentagon Memorial will provide "a reminder of why we all do what we do," the Joint Staff's deputy director for regional operations told Pentagon reporters yesterday. The dedication ceremony, set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, will honor those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Army Brig. Gen. Carter Ham said during a Pentagon news briefing. "It's for those who were killed, and their families, that all of us privileged to wear the uniforms of our nation have pledged...
  • Teams combine efforts to save lives

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

    05/19/2006 4:29:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 306+ views
    BAGHDAD, May 19, 2006 – Traumatic injuries are a tragic fact of life in war. But thanks to the efforts of military medical personnel here, wounded servicemembers have the best chance of surviving their injuries than in any previous conflict. Army Capt. Virginia Griffin monitors instruments used to treat a patient in the intensive care unit at Ibn Sina Hospital, where the 10th Combat Support Hospital is based, in Baghdad's International Zone. Photo by Jim Garamone   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "It's like the TV show 'Survivor,'" said Army Dr. (Lt. Col.) Mark Smith. "The characters change...
  • Murals Reveal Aristocrats' Lives 1,500 Years Ago (China)

    05/18/2006 6:11:06 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 771+ views
    People's Daily ^ | 5-18-2006
    Murals reveal aristocrats' lives 1,500 years ago Some well-preserved murals have been discovered in a tomb of more than 1,500 years old in Datong, North China's Shanxi Province, supplying rich first-hand evidence for the research of early ethnic apparel and rituals. The tomb was identified to belong to a general's mother who died in AD 435. Taking up an area of 24 square metres, it was found in a cemetery of 12 tombs excavated last summer by local archaeologists. Lying on a plateau in the rural suburbs of Datong, the cemetery dates back to the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534)....
  • Reward of dangerous job is saving lives

    04/27/2006 5:46:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 279+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Will Ackerman
    4/27/2006 - SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- One might think explosive ordnance disposal troops are adrenalin junkies. But they are meticulous about their work and don’t take unnecessary risks. However, because they deal with explosives placed by the enemy, the risk is real. “We all know the consequences,” said Tech. Sgt. William Sistler, a 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD team chief. “But we don’t think about it.” Since January, the EOD Airmen here responded more than 340 times in an area of responsibility covering 500 square miles. Even though they face the chance of injury or death every...
  • Deployment disrupts children's lives, too

    04/25/2006 6:47:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 272+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Megan Smith
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Army News Service, April 25, 2006) – When deploying Soldiers leave behind loved ones, the disruption to family life can be especially hard on children. That’s why Dr. Thomas Hardaway, a child psychiatrist and chief of behavioral medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center, spoke with first- and second-graders at Fort Campbell, Ky., last fall when the 101st Airborne Division went to Iraq. He was coaching school administrators, counselors, nurses and parents to talk with children about deployment. “Deployment has potential to be destructive to a child’s development,” Hardaway said. “The message I’m trying to give is that...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Donate Blood to Save Lives

    04/20/2006 4:12:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Jason Thompson
    Iraqi Soldiers Donate Blood to Save Lives Iraqi Army soldiers donated 350 pints of blood to the Baghdad Blood Bank for distribution to numerous medical centers in Iraq. By U.S. Army Spc. Jason Thompson 4th Infantry Division CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, April 20, 2006 -- Approximately 75 soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, took some time from their dangerous mission of patrolling the streets of Baghdad to offer more service to their nation: donating blood during an Iraqi army blood drive April 5 at Forward Operating Base Justice. "Terrorists are injuring innocent Iraqi people every day. When...
  • Construction Program Improves Afghans' Lives

    04/14/2006 4:36:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 14, 2006 – As coalition leaders continue their efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan and prevent the re-emergence of terrorism, they often turn to the Commander's Emergency Response Program, which lets them quickly improve Afghans' lives with low-cost, high-impact projects. Workers build a new aqueduct system in Afghanistan's Khost province with funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program. The program lets coalition leaders rapidly allocate resources to address local needs. Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Such projects include rehabilitating roads and bridges, building and...
  • America Supports You: Singer Chronicles Military Spouses' Lives

    04/13/2006 4:31:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 287+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2006 – Growing up in Bristol, Tenn., country singer April Taylor heard tales of her grandmother's struggles while her grandfather served in Korea, and she's hearing similar tales from her friends today. America Supports You member and country music singer April Taylor remembers her grandmother's struggles as a military wife, and is working to support military spouses, their families and the troops. Twenty percent of the proceeds from Internet sales of her single "Hero at Home" will go to benefit military spouses. Taylor recently became a member of the America Supports You program. Photo by Samantha...
  • Air War Strategy Preserved Iraqi Infrastructure, Lives

    04/10/2006 4:37:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 550+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2006 – Aerial strategy practiced by coalition pilots during Operation Iraqi Freedom hinged on knocking out pertinent enemy targets while preserving vital Iraqi infrastructure as well as citizens' lives, an F-16 pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq early in the war recounted here today. A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies through the sky during a combat mission over Iraq on July 23, 2004. Before then, South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 pilot Maj. Michael Norton flew his fighter in the aerial vanguard that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003. Photo by...
  • Burial Find Reveals Ancient Lives

    04/10/2006 3:07:19 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 727+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-10-2006 | Greig Watson
    Burial find reveals ancient lives Greig Watson BBC News, Leicester A huge amount can be learnt from skeletal remains They are dust and dry bones. Hundreds of people, generation upon generation, reduced to neatly boxed scraps and splinters. But a team from the University of Leicester archaeology unit has a rare opportunity to tell us about the lives these people led. Work on the extension to a shopping centre in Leicester city centre unearthed the largest medieval parish cemetery outside London, containing more than 1,300 skeletons. As well as the sheer scale of the site, the significance lies in its...
  • Zimbabweans Have 'Shortest Lives' (Avg = Men 37, Women 34)

    04/08/2006 3:55:26 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 884+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-8-2006
    Zimbabweans have 'shortest lives' Zimbabwean women are more likely than men to be infected by HIV Life in Zimbabwe is shorter than anywhere else in the world, with neither men nor women expected to live until 40, a new UN report says. Zimbabwe's women have an average life expectancy of 34 years and men on average do not live past 37, it said. The World Health Organisation report said women's life expectancy had fallen by two years in the last 12 months.Correspondents say poverty because of the crumbling economy and deaths from Aids are responsible for the decline. Zimbabwean women...

    04/06/2006 10:50:24 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 89 replies · 641+ views
    Vanity | 6 April 2006 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    My dad died yesterday. He just quit breathing. We have been working with him in home hospice for quite some time and making him comfortable in the process. He didn't suffer excessively. My dad was a wonderful man and we ALL are happy and overjoyed for him at the same time we sorrow. He worked his whole life to teach the Gospel to the unbelieving and did so with complete diligence and faith. We have absolutely no doubt he is in Paradise awaiting the day of Judgement. He taught me so many things much of which has been expressed here...
  • DoD Works to Save Lives on Battlefield, Improve Talent Pool

    03/29/2006 4:41:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 29, 2006 – The Defense Department is working on ways to use technology to save lives on the battlefield, and has created a full scholarship program to increase its talent pool of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, a top official said here recently. During DoD's Women's History Month observance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here earlier this month, Sue C. Payton, DoD's deputy undersecretary for advanced systems and concepts, spoke of technologies provided by "the best and brightest female scientists and engineers in DoD and the world." She noted that "dozens of exceptional women scientists...
  • Combat engineers unearth 500-plus weapons caches, save lives in Iraq

    03/24/2006 4:26:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 431+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (March 24, 2006) -- Iraq’s roadways are a bit safer, thanks to a platoon of Marine combat engineers here. Marine combat engineers from Company C, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, have discovered more than 500 weapons caches in the area, the most discovered by a single unit in the massive western-part of Al Anbar Province. The unearthed caches, found over the past six months during the unit’s deployment to Iraq, contained a variety of explosives and ordinance, ranging from bullets, to anti-tank mines and artillery and tank rounds. The explosives are used by enemy forces to make roadside...
  • Brooklyn, N.Y., native uses motivation to lead Marines, save lives

    03/08/2006 7:01:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Matthew K. Hacker
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 8, 2006) -- “At first it was rough, because they didn’t look at me as a Marine,” said Cpl. Christine DeCaprio, an administrative clerk, of fitting in with an all male military police squad in Iraq. “But, once I got up on the [.50 caliber heavy machinegun] they changed their minds.” This event set the tone for DeCaprio’s next ten months in the desert with Company B, 2nd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. Being the only woman in a platoon full of men proved difficult in the early stages of the...
  • Iraqi Forces Limit Damage, Save Lives in Recent Violence, General Says

    03/02/2006 4:33:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2006 – Decisions made by a capable Iraqi government and executed by capable Iraqi security forces have limited damage and saved lives during recent violence, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman in Baghdad said today. "The Iraqi government, at the point of crisis, decided to impose certain emergency measures," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters during a news conference. "They relied on the Iraqi security forces to implement those measures." To date, beginning with the Feb. 22 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, there have been 33 attacks on mosques across Iraq, Lynch said. The attacks...
  • Saving lives with Marine Armor Kits at the Combat Center

    02/25/2006 12:32:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 297+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Michael S. Cifuentes
    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2006) -- According to J.T. Coleman from the Army Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., vehicle accidents, involving both tactical and non-tactical vehicles, are the leading cause of non-combat fatalities in Iraq as of May 18, 2004. Most result from excessive speed and not wearing seat belts, he said in an interview with Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service. Most accidents occurred during convoys in forward areas, with speed a factor in more than half of the accidents, and failure to use seat belts contributing to the severity of...
  • Transformed Battlefield Medical Care Saves Lives

    01/30/2006 3:42:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 351+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 30, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – The military health system has revolutionized battlefield medical care in the past four years, reducing fatalities and raising the quality of care to all-time high levels, two Defense Department officials said here today. Injured servicemembers are now more quickly transported from the battlefield to medical facilities where they can receive advanced care, and more of them are surviving because of it, David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said at the State of the Military Health System 2006 Annual Conference. "You have produced the lowest loss among wounded that this country has...