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  • Papers Show 'Gloomy State" of Insurgency

    06/15/2006 1:52:46 PM PDT · by downtownconservative · 89 replies · 4,096+ views
    Papers show 'gloomy' state of insurgency AP - 23 minutes ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - A blueprint for trying to start a war between the United States and Iran was among a "huge treasure" of documents found in the hideout of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi officials said Thursday. The document, purporting to reflect al-Qaida policy and its cooperation with groups loyal to ousted President Saddam Hussein, also appear to show that the insurgency in Iraq was weakening. The al-Qaida in Iraq document was translated and released by Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie. There was no way to independently...
  • Double amputee still serves Corps as martial arts instructor

    10/11/2005 6:01:03 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 51 replies · 2,929+ views
    USMC Press Release ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va(Aug. 22, 2005) -- Throughout the annals of Marine Corps history, inspired quotations have framed the heroics of great Marines, transforming passing moments into epic legends to be forever retold and celebrated by the generations of warriors who follow. Never to be forgotten is the rallying cry of Gunnery Sgt. Dan Daly at the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, on June 4, 1918: “Come on you son’s of bitches! Do you want to live forever?” [snip] So too will a contemporary Marine be remembered, not only for his extraordinary act of courage and composure under...
  • Tribe mourns one of its own killed in Iraq (Sadness in AZ)

    08/13/2005 12:37:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 879+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Aug 13, 2005 | Carol Ann Alaimo
    The Tohono O'odham Nation is grieving the death of a 20-year-old tribal member killed in action in Iraq. Pfc. Seferino Reyna, an Army combat engineer and father of two, died Sunday when his vehicle was hit by a homemade bomb near Taji, about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad. "This is a tragic loss for the Reyna family, and the entire Tohono O'odham Nation mourns," said Vivian Juan-Saunders, chairwoman of the nation. Reyna was the first O'odham member killed in Iraq. He is the 21st service member of American Indian or native Alaskan descent to die in Iraq or Afghanistan, according...
  • Special operations forces eye terrorists (Rumsfeld)

    08/13/2005 10:04:06 AM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 25 replies · 2,583+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 8/12/2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Special operations forces eye terrorists By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES August 12, 2005 U.S. Special Operations Command has drafted a war plan that sets up procedures for how its commandos will work with other regional commands across the globe to hunt for senior Islamic terrorists. The complex plan from SoCom in Tampa, Fla., has been in the works since summer 2002, when Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed a secret directive authorizing it. His memo directed SoCom to come up with a plan for dispatching special operations forces on quick notice to virtually any spot in the world to...
  • 3/25 tipline counters insurgency

    08/05/2005 4:59:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 671+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Cpl. Ken Melton
    HIT, Iraq (August 5, 2005) -- Marines with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment have a new weapon in the war against terrorism and it is simple, effective and voluntary. The tip lines provided by Regimental Combat Team-2 allows citizens here and in surrounding communities to assist in the fight to make their city safe and secure while remaining anonymous and safe from reprisal from insurgents. Since March, a tip line was provided for the Hadithah area, which proved ineffective and unsecure. Two new lines were installed a few weeks ago and are ringing off the hook. “We have been advertising...
  • Marine learns more than discipline in Corps

    08/05/2005 5:03:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 854+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Sgt. Stephen D'Alessio
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq (August 5, 2005) -- During basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Joanna Lael Baker met her nemesis as she stood atop of the rappel tower and peered down at her certain doom. Her fear of heights was being challenged in a finale that meant the difference between her passing the test with the other recruits and falling back in training. She took a deep breath, grabbed the rope and jumped 40 feet down – stopping short just a few feet from the woodchips. Lance Cpl. Baker finally conquered her fear...
  • Weapons Company almost 200 IEDs

    08/05/2005 5:09:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,198+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Cpl. Athanasios L. Genos
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (August 5, 2005) -- Coming to Iraq, the Marines of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment knew they would be fighting as ‘street cops’ on the roads. The job includes locating hidden bombs before the enemy could use them against the Marines, Iraqi Security Forces and civilians. Their most recent find on a combat patrol brought their total number of bombs found to nearly 200. Over the past six months, they have maintained a ratio of three found to one detonated. “We are successful at this because we are outsmarting them and they’re very predictable,” explained...
  • Brooklyn Marines help children ‘defy’ odds (Bring Kleenex)

    07/29/2005 5:08:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 511+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | July 29, 2005 | Cpl. Lameen Witter
    New York (July 29, 2005) -- Marines from 6th Communication Battalion joined officers of the 101st and 75th precincts of the New York Police Department in teaching children about leadership and drug awareness through the Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) program held at Floyd Bennett Field, recently. The Marines ran the program from July 5 to July 15. The program, which focuses on building the self-esteem of inner city children ages nine through 13, was created to help the children resist the temptation of drugs and gangs. During the program, groups of children from Far Rockaway and East Brooklyn participated...
  • Aeromedical evacuation process key to saving lives in Iraq

    07/29/2005 7:04:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 657+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 29, 2005 | Master Sgt. Christopher Haug
    In battle, one of the hardest challenges is saving the wounded. Medical professionals encounter injuries not normally seen in peacetime, and many times see multiple life-threatening injures requiring immediate treatment on the battlefield. Another problem is moving patients across hot desert sands on bumpy roads in Iraq, which can be logistically challenging and uncomfortable for the patient. And there is always the danger of roadside bombs. To solve these problems, military aeromedical planners developed what is now an efficient medical evacuation system that moves patients from where they were injured to definitive care quickly and safely. Along the way, patients...
  • Iraq Duty a Family Affair for Army Reserve Couple

    07/29/2005 6:14:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 395+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 29, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    BALAD, Iraq, July 29, 2005 – Bernd and Virginia Zoller are two full-time Army Reserve officers with a lot in common, pulling military duty in an uncommon place. First off, the Zollers share the same rank -- lieutenant colonel -- and both are public affairs officers. "We were promoted together here on Dec. 24 in this room," Lt. Col. Virginia Zoller said during a July 27 interview with American Forces Press Service here. And the pair has the same last name, because they're a couple. The Zollers will celebrate their first year of marriage Aug. 29. Virginia, 42, acknowledged she...
  • Predator operators see whole picture

    07/29/2005 6:33:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 939+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 29, 2005 | Senior Airman Shaun Emery
    BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Each MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle mission flown in the Iraqi sky begins and ends here. Predator operators deployed here put the aircraft in the air and make sure it lands safely. Sitting side by side in the “cockpit,” enlisted Airmen and officers work as a team providing top cover to Soldiers on the ground. Pilots and sensor operators with the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here each play a key role in the successful Predator mission. While technology allows pilots to control the aircraft from the U.S., Predator takeoffs and landings must be controlled...
  • Battlelab develops C-5 aircrew night vision system

    07/29/2005 6:39:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 878+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 29, 2005 | Lt. Col. Christie L.S. Dragan
    FORT DIX, N.J. (AFPN) -- C-5 Galaxy aircrews must tape over some white lights in the cockpit of their huge aircraft before missions into a “blacked out” environment when they must use night vision goggles. Sometimes crews use flashlights or even pull circuit breakers and light bulbs for other light systems to minimize the visual “wash out” effects lights have on their sensitive goggles. Then Air Mobility Battlelab innovators here came up with a solution. This week, command officials at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., approved use of the C-5 Aviator Night Vision Lighting system. This is a portable “clip-on”...
  • Junction City, Ohio Marine receives Purple Heart (Heart Pounding Pride)

    07/29/2005 5:16:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 574+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | July 29, 2005 | Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (July 29, 2005) -- The average day of a Marine deployed to a combat zone is filled with dangerous situations. Marines prepare on a daily basis to ensure that each situation is handled skillfully and diligently. Today’s Marines face tough and unexpected situations on a daily basis in combat zones throughout the world in the Global War on Terrorism. Staff Sgt. John M. Kennedy of Junction City, Ohio, was awarded the Purple Heart medal here, July 25, for wounds received while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion,...
  • This Will Make you Proud!

    07/18/2005 9:48:50 PM PDT · by dvan · 12 replies · 813+ views
    WTV-Zone.com ^ | June 2005 | Bob Lonsberry, journalist and broadcaster
    Turn on your audio and set back on watch this. This is about a real American hero, Captain Brian Chontosh, USMC. Unfortunately our biased news media doesn't cover items like this.
  • Australian Defence Picture Gallery (contains some US specific pictures)

    06/19/2005 3:32:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 959+ views
    The Australian ^ | up to 20th June 2005
  • In Niger, surgical team is there when heat-related 'stuff' happens [Flintlock '05]

    06/18/2005 10:00:35 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 4 replies · 595+ views
    Stars and Stripes - European Edition ^ | June 17, 2005 | Charlie Coon
    TAHOUA, Niger — Heat exhaustion, dehydration, diarrhea. “Stuff” happens when soldiers spend days in 120-degree desert heat in Third World conditions. That’s one reason soldiers from the 160th Forward Surgical Team were brought to Niger for Flintlock 05. There might still be dust from Iraq on their medical tent, one said, because that stuff is hard to get out. But inside it’s nearly as clean as a hospital. One week into their mission in Niger, the doctors and medics of the 160th FST had treated three cases of heat- or food-related misfortune. Flintlock 05 is a monthlong training exercise for...
  • Marines Kill About 50 Terrorists in Iraq

    06/18/2005 10:12:25 AM PDT · by NYFreeper · 21 replies · 1,433+ views
    Fox news ^ | 6/18/05 | AP
    <p>KARABILAH, Iraq — U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces battled insurgents on two fronts Saturday in a restive western province, killing about 50 militants in a dusty frontier town in the military's latest campaign to stop foreign fighters infiltrating from neighboring Syria (search).</p>
  • Marines train with troops from four other nations in Poland

    06/18/2005 11:21:19 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 650+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Friday, June 17, 2005 | Russ Rizzo
    Marines train with troops from four other nations in Poland By Russ Rizzo, Stars and Stripes European edition, Friday, June 17, 2005 STUTTGART, Germany — For old-timers, it was a sign of the times. Infantry soldiers from Russia and Germany stormed the beaches of Poland, guns in hand, to keep the peace. U.S. Marines and their equivalents from four other countries practiced a beach landing and peacekeeping operations on the northern coast of Poland this week as part of the 33rd annual Baltic Operations maritime training program. Once on land in Ustka, Poland, the nearly 500 troops from the United...
  • 2006 Thunderbirds team includes first female pilot

    06/16/2005 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 171 replies · 3,334+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 16 June 2005 | From ACC via Air Force Link
    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds,” officials announced their new pilots for the 2006 demonstration season which includes the first female demonstration pilot in the 52-year history of the Thunderbirds. Capt. Nicole Malachowski, of the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, joins the team as the first female demonstration pilot on any U.S. military high performance jet team. Lt. Col. Kevin Robbins, from the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Capt. Ed Casey, of the 56th Training Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz., also were selected for...
  • Sergeant, 23, Is First Woman Awarded Silver Star Since World War II

    06/16/2005 3:03:04 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 35 replies · 1,836+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-06-16-05 1749EDT
    Sergeant, 23, Is First Woman Awarded Silver Star Since World War IIBy John J. Lumpkin Associated Press Writer Published: Jun 16, 2005 WASHINGTON (AP) - A 23-year-old sergeant with the Kentucky National Guard on Thursday became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star - the nation's third-highest medal for valor - since World War II. Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, who is from Nashville, Tenn., but serves in a Kentucky unit, received the award for gallantry during a March 20 insurgent ambush on a convoy in Iraq. Two men from her unit, the 617th Military Police Company of Richmond,...
  • U.S. Soldiers care for Iraqi kids hurt by terrorist bombs

    05/30/2005 4:02:19 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 472+ views
    MNF-Iraq Combined Press Information Center ^ | May 29, 2005 | MNF-Iraq Combined Press Information Center
    BAGHDAD , Iraq – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers provided medical treatment for two Iraqi children injured when a roadside improvised explosive device exploded in northwest Baghdad May 27. The children were hurt when a bomb targeting the Soldiers' patrol detonated prematurely near an Iraqi vehicle. The Soldiers tended to the children's injuries and sent them on their way. While the medics were helping the children, an Iraqi man brought his 4-year-old daughter to Soldiers providing security at the site. The little girl was bleeding from shrapnel wounds. The girl's father told the Soldiers his daughter had been playing with some...
  • Death of a Marine - (this one will give you chills of pride in America.......also genuine grief)

    05/30/2005 4:04:17 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 15 replies · 998+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | MAY 30, 2005 | JEFF JACOBY
    Long lists of soldiers killed in wartime can have great emotional power, as anyone who has been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington can attest. However dignified and moving, though, in the end such a listing can really describe them only as a group: They wore the uniform and died in the service of their country. But who they were individually, how they served, what they left behind — that is more than a catalogue of names can convey. So here is the story behind just one of the names ''Nightline" will enumerate on Memorial Day: Sergeant Rafael Peralta...
  • Memorial Day meditation-(cameo vignettes of heroism; (WWII Pacific, Vietnam, Afghanistan; great!)

    05/30/2005 4:33:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 1,093+ views
    AMERICAN THINKER.COM ^ | MAY 30, 2005 | JOHN B. DWYER
    “Memory n. 1. The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience; the ability to remember. 2. An act or instance of remembrance; a recollection… see smer in Appendix.” “smer – to remember. In Germanic murnon, to remember sorrowfully, in Old English murnan, to mourn.” I remember Chuck Meerholz and the day I was supposed to drive. After four months with B Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor; four months of on-the-job-training for a guy trained as an infantrymen, I was being taught to drive our tank. B Company was to participate in a big operation centered on the village of...
  • To Honor a Three War Marine, my Father (vanity)

    05/30/2005 5:01:15 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 19 replies · 757+ views
    My Heart ^ | 5/30/05 | Me
  • Call to duty: Fallen Marine ‘wanted to make a difference’

    05/30/2005 5:02:42 PM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 1 replies · 579+ views
    BostonHerald.com ^ | May 30, 2005 | Tom Farmer
    Knocked on his back by a burst of gunfire that hammered the body armor covering his chest in November in Fallujah, Marine Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel gave his corporal the thumbs-up and continued to cover the room where his attacker lay waiting. Within minutes, the 29-year-old Gavriel would be dead, killed by more bullets and a grenade tossed by the Iraqi insurgent who would also draw his last breath that day.
  • Ring melt ceremony bonds past with the future

    05/30/2005 11:04:37 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 1,223+ views
    Pointer View ^ | March 19, 2004 | Spc. Eric S. Bartelt
    Steve Rasmussen stood earnestly, his voice cracking with emotion describing his father’s love for the U. S. Military Academy and his privilege to witness something that meant so much to his father with the hope it will mean the same to its new owner. His father, James Asa Rasmussen, USMA class of 1945, who died October 26, had a last wish of contributing his class ring to the Class Ring Memorial Program. His ring was included among the 12 present at the ring ceremony conducted at the Pease & Curren Refinery in Warwick , R.I. , March 8. In four...
  • Coalition forces raids in Rahwah and Karabilah net key anti-Iraqi terrorists

    05/30/2005 2:30:43 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies · 948+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | May 30, 2005 | MNF-Iraq
    BAGHDAD , Iraq – Acting on intelligence sources and tips provided by Iraqi citizens, Multi-National forces conducted simultaneous raids in the Rahwah and Karabilah regions to capture or kill terrorists within the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi network. Multiple sources of intelligence indicated that elements of the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi terrorist network were operating in the area, including key lieutenants, suicide bombers, and a contingent of foreign fighters. Multi-National forces engaged and destroyed these targets. Operations against suspected foreign fighter strongholds resulted in killing over a dozen terrorists and foreign fighters. Specifically the bodies of three Saudis and one Moroccan have been...
  • Terrorists dead following attack on Security Forces

    05/30/2005 2:36:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies · 1,639+ views
    TASK FORCE FREEDOM, MULTINATIONAL FORCE ^ | May 30, 2005 | TASK FORCE FREEDOM, MULTINATIONAL FORCE
    MOSUL , Iraq – Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) killed several terrorists and captured four people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities in northern Iraq Sunday in combined operations with Iraqi Security Forces. Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment were attacked by terrorists while conducting a raid in a village in northern Al Anbar Province. Iraqi Army and U.S. 2-14th Soldiers quickly overwhelmed the enemy. Following the attack, the units also discovered a weapons cache inside the building the terrorists had used. The suspects are in custody with no MNF or ISF injuries reported.
  • And Now We Say Thank You

    05/30/2005 1:50:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies · 936+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | May 30, 2005 | Paul Combs
  • USN Photo of the Day: Protecting Our Country, Preserving Our Freedom With Assets Seen and Unseen

    05/30/2005 3:08:27 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 5 replies · 1,350+ views
    Navy NewsStand - Eye on the Fleet ^ | March. 18, 2003 | U.S. Navy Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Brien Aho
    March 18, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Central Command Area of Responsibility: Sgt. Andrew Garrett (left) and K-Dog (the Bottle-nosed Dolphin in mid-air) of Commander Task Unit 55.4.3 (CTU-5.4.3) during a training session in the Arabian Gulf. CTU-5.4.3 conducts very risky deep/shallow water mine countermeasure operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief. PhotographerPhotographer's Mate 1st Class Brien Aho, United States Navy (USN), http://www.Navy.milBig imagehttp://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/030318-N-5319A-002.jpgCreditsCaption: http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=5691Photo as sized above: http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20050530.htm
  • UK soldier killed in Iraq attack

    05/29/2005 9:37:59 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 8 replies · 487+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 29, 2005 | Staff
    A British soldier has been killed in south Iraq after a military convoy was attacked, the Ministry of Defence says.Lt Karim Lueibi, of the Iraqi police, told AP news agency that a roadside bomb had exploded near the troops. An unknown number of casualties were airlifted from the scene in the Kahla area south of Amara on Sunday. Earlier this month, Anthony Wakefield became the 87th UK soldier to die during the conflict after a roadside bomb blast in the same area. The MoD says it is investigating the latest hostile action against UK forces and will not identify the...
  • Iraqi Forces Target Insurgents; 21 Dead

    05/29/2005 10:31:34 AM PDT · by anonymoussierra · 11 replies · 672+ views
    America News Information ^ | By PAUL GARWOOD, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi forces swept through Baghdad on Sunday, erecting checkpoints and searching vehicles as they launched the largest offensive of its kind since Saddam Hussein's ouster, but insurgents hit back with suicide bombings and ambushes that killed at least 21 people, including a British soldier. [end] The first of more than 40,000 soldiers and police, who are being supported by U.S. forces, searched hundreds of vehicles and raided several houses, described as "terrorist dens" in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood, arresting several suspects, army Capt. Ihssan Abdel-Hamza said. Operation Lightning was launched as a direct challenge to the bloody wave...
  • Marines in NYC for Fleet Week visit WTC

    05/27/2005 8:42:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 892+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/27/05 | Jenny Holland - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of troops here for Fleet Week took time off Friday to attend two events to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks - one a very public show of strength, the other quiet and private. Almost 300 members of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard took part in the first event, a three-mile run around lower Manhattan followed by a wreath-laying ceremony beside the former World Trade Center site. As they stood under a cloudless sky at the site of the terrorist strikes, the group let out a shout that reverberated across the 16-acre...
  • Nonprofit group helps wounded Iraq war veteran build dream home

    05/27/2005 10:15:16 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 27 replies · 845+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 26, 2005 | Cindi Lash
    Perched on a tree stump stool, Sam Ross grinned and cocked his head in the direction of the concrete slab dangling from the enormous crane parked in his newly laid gravel driveway. Andy Starnes, Post-Gazette Sam Ross sits in front of the handicap-accessible home being built for him near Dunbar, Fayette County, by Homes For Our Troops. Click photo for larger image. Moments later, the rectangle of prefabricated concrete swung past Ross' face, then slipped into place in the muddy pit in front of him. "What's happening?'' Ross asked yesterday, anxious for assurance that work truly had begun on the...
  • 'Class of 9-11' graduates from West Point

    05/28/2005 7:05:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 662+ views
    contra costa times.com - AP ^ | 5/28/5 | MICHAEL HILL
    WEST POINT, N.Y. - Graduating U.S. Military Academy cadets - who came here just weeks before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - were told Saturday they were a special group forged by historic events. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the class "one of the few since the early days of the Vietnam War who came to West Point in peace time, saw the nation transition to war and chose to stay, knowing you would raise your right hand and take an oath and swear to defend the constitution of a nation that was still...
  • A touching story takes bloom

    05/29/2005 3:13:57 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 1 replies · 519+ views
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | May 29, 2005 - | Jennifer Kavanaugh
    FRAMINGHAM -- When Collin Kelly arrived at Edgell Grove Cemetery to place flowers on soldiers' graves yesterday, he discovered a crowd of people and decades of emotions buried deep. The cemetery visit by the young boy, whose effort to honor dead veterans has made him a national media celebrity this past week, attracted a large group of onlookers: veterans, reporters, patriotic well-wishers and people grieving the loss of loved ones laid to rest at Edgell Grove.
  • Death of a Marine

    05/29/2005 3:27:07 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 8 replies · 658+ views
    Boston.com ^ | May 29, 2005 | Jeff Jacoby
    TOMORROW NIGHT, in a special broadcast of ''Nightline," Ted Koppel will call the roll of the more than 900 US troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past 12 months. As each name is read, viewers will see a photograph of the fallen soldier. Executive producer Tom Bettag says the program is meant to remind Americans, ''regardless of their feelings about the war, that the men and women who have given their lives in our behalf are individuals with names and faces." Long lists of soldiers killed in wartime can have great emotional power, as anyone who...
  • Marines return to fight in lawless Haditha

    05/28/2005 2:27:29 PM PDT · by Dubya · 8 replies · 614+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May. 27, 2005 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    HADITHA, Iraq - More than 1,000 Marines, sailors and soldiers are taking part in a counterinsurgency operation in Haditha, a Sunni-dominated trouble spot 140 miles north of Baghdad, the military said Friday. Two Marines have been killed in the operation, which began Wednesday. U.S. forces returned to Haditha less than two months after they thought they cleaned up the Euphrates River town. But insurgents assassinated the police chief and devastated his force more than a month ago, leaving Haditha without a security force. Iraqi troops also stayed clear of Haditha. Until Iraqi forces can handle security in places like Haditha,...
  • Army recruitment centers swamped with applications in south (Iraq)

    05/28/2005 3:00:08 PM PDT · by Nick Danger · 11 replies · 696+ views
    Azzaman ^ | May 26, 2005 | Bassem al-Rikabi
    More than 23,000 young Iraqis in the southern province of Dhiqar have responded to a call to set up a new battalion to protect the province. The provincial authorities have been swamped with applications, Governor Aziz Kadhem told the newspaper. He said the authorities had asked for maximum 1,000 volunteers but “we have received more than 23,000 applications so far.” The new force will be based in Nasiriya, the province’s capital and home to more than 550,000 people. Nasiriya, on the Euphrates River, is relatively quiet but, according to Kadhem, the new force is needed to bring stability across the...
  • Duty,Honor,Country (interview of a battle-hardened Lt.)

    05/08/2005 9:10:21 PM PDT · by Susannah · 3 replies · 520+ views
    CBS 60 minutes ^ | May 8, 2005 | Morley Safer interview
    (snip, snip) "Do you ever take a half step back and say, 'Was this war really necessary?' Or you don't even go there?" asks Safer. "No, on a daily basis. Because it's a responsibility I have to my soldiers, because they're gonna ask me those questions," says Blickhan. "And no reporter can put it as blunt as an American paratrooper. 'Why are we here? Why are we doing this?' And I've gotta be able to answer that. In my heart, I've found an answer that it's worth it. And I've lost soldiers, and Americans are dying over there, and Iraqis...
  • A Vietnam War Vet Looks at 'THE' Iraq War Photo - (U.S.Army Major Mark Bieger holding child)

    05/08/2005 9:13:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 41 replies · 2,924+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | WAYNE LUSVARDI
    The recent photo of U.S. Army Major Mark Bieger cradling a wounded Iraqi girl in his arms is one of those indelible images that puncture the often impenetrable fog of the war at the geo-strategic level. (For the story of the photo click here http://komotv.com/news/story.asp?ID=36687). This powerful photo contrasts with the negative media portrayals riveted into our minds about the Viet Nam War. One memorable Viet Nam war photo is the picture of children fleeing down a road from where a napalm bomb was dropped by the South Vietnamese Air Force on the village of Trang Bang where Viet Cong...
  • US Marines land on Somali coast to hunt militants

    05/05/2005 6:58:48 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 13 replies · 859+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 5, 2005 | By Hussein Ali Nur
    HARGEISA, Somalia (Reuters) - U.S. Marines landed on Somalia's coast in one of their most visible hunts for militants in the country since they set up a Horn of Africa counter terrorism force in 2002, Somali officials said on Thursday. Two boats brought about 20 lightly armed Marines to the fishing village of Maydh in the northwestern enclave of Somaliland on Tuesday, where they showed pictures of suspected "terrorists" to locals before leaving, residents said. "They met some of the fishermen and the people and they showed some pictures they were carrying, saying that these people are terrorists that they...
  • Battle For Mosul

    05/04/2005 1:31:25 PM PDT · by metalcor · 20 replies · 1,096+ views
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | 5/1/05 | Michael Yon
    Sunday, May 01, 2005 The Battle For Mosul The Deuce-Four Fighting for Mosul Mosul, Northern Iraq As the new map of Iraq unfolds, a picture of progress emerges. The Iraqis who want freedom and democracy are gaining ground. From what I hear about the news back home, this might sound unreal. Nightly tallies of roadside IEDs and suicide car bombers driving headlong into crowds, like the Vietnam body counts on the Huntley-Brinkley Report, are the main summary of events, while most of this country is peaceful. There are seventeen provinces in Iraq, and more than ten are quiet. They are...
  • Marine meets his Internet pen pals (Have a hanky handy)

    05/04/2005 9:28:19 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 32 replies · 1,087+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2005 | Amy Doolittle
    <p>Students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School at Gallaudet University had used e-mail and a school Web log to get first-hand accounts of the insurgency in Iraq and the daily survival of a U.S. Marine stationed there.</p> <p>Yesterday, the 42 students met their personal link for the first time.</p>
  • America Remembers Desert One Heroes

    04/26/2005 5:03:24 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 20 replies · 1,433+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 25, 2005 – America today honored eight American servicemen who died trying to rescue American hostages in Iran 25 years ago. A ceremony here, on the 25th anniversary of their deaths, brought together the families of those killed, their comrades and those servicemembers who carry on the special operations mission. In November 1'7' Iranian militants took 53 Americans in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran hostage. It was the most egregious violation of the principles of diplomacy in the history of statecraft, L. Bruce Laingen, the highest-ranking American taken hostage, said at today's ceremony. On April 25, 1'80, the...
  • Lest we forget: April 25, 1980 Operation EAGLE CLAW - Rescue Mission for the US hostages in Iran

    04/25/2005 5:01:17 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 38 replies · 2,237+ views
    one man's opinion
    Sadly, watching the end of Hardball tonight, I just realized that today is the 25th anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw, the heroic, but doomed mission to rescue the American hostages held for over a year in the US embassy in Tehran.
  • Teen soldier had "backbone of steel" - Pfc. Sam Huff RIP

    04/23/2005 5:17:22 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 96 replies · 5,029+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | April 23, 2005 | Alex Fryer
    Pfc. Sam Huff decided at age 16 she would enlist in the Army. On Monday she was killed when a roadside bomb detonated next to her Humvee in Baghdad. Eighteen-year-old Pfc. Sam Huff was born with a man's name. But she was a consummate "girlie-girl," said her father, Robert Huff. She liked to wear false eyelashes and played flute in her high-school band. Last July, she joined the Army, the first step in a career she hoped would take her to the FBI. On April 18, Huff, an only child, became the 37th U.S. female to die in combat since...
  • Soldier blogs bring the front line to the folks at home(take pole)

    04/18/2005 5:55:41 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 831+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 19, 2005 edition | Brad Knickerbocker
    The sergeant stationed just west of Baghdad was once again recounting the dangers of being on the front line - sometimes with dark humor. He referred to how the "muj" (mujahideen or insurgents) were the gang that couldn't shoot straight, but still represented a considerable threat. "They're horrible shots," he wrote in an e-mail to his family, "but every once in awhile they get lucky. We lost another Marine the other day." This is the first war in which American GIs and military families can communicate freely and in real time via e-mail and cellphone, while gathering endless amounts of...
  • U.S. special operations born out of Iran tragedy

    04/15/2005 4:22:10 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 37 replies · 4,209+ views
    aberdeennews.com ^ | April 15th , 2005
    WASHINGTON - It was a quarter-century ago this month, April 24, 1980, that the secret American raid into Iran to rescue 53 hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran collapsed in disaster on a make-shift airstrip in the middle of the Iranian desert. The embarrassingly public failure of the raid, code-named Operation Eagle Claw, was a low-water mark for the Carter administration and for our military as well, still struggling to get back on its feet in the wake of the debacle in Vietnam just five years before. Eight American servicemen died when the raid came apart with the fiery...
  • Brave Sailor Awarded Navy/Marine Corps Medal

    04/15/2005 3:07:32 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 36 replies · 973+ views
    Navy Compass ^ | April 15, 2005 | JO2 Cherwanda Lancaster
    Seaman (SW) Brit L.J. Garrett stood in front of his family, friends and shipmates April 4, aboard USS Preble (DDG 88), and was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Medal, the naval service’s one of the highest awards for extraordinary heroism. Garrett was awarded the medal for heroic acts he performed Aug. 31, 2004 while on a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Maritime Interception Operations. What happened that Tuesday in August, Garrett will never forget. While training a seaman on the destroyer’s flight deck, a mechanical failure caused a helicopter to crash onto the ship’s flight deck during...