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  • HOSPITAL HORROR: VA patients treated with bogus medical equipment, supplies Johnson & Johnson

    11/09/2014 11:28:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/6/14 | Jim McElhatton
    Unauthorized and potentially counterfeit, dangerous surgical devices and medical supplies have flowed unchecked into the Department of Veterans Affairs supply chain and into VA operating rooms, according to internal agency correspondence from a major supplier who blamed new procurement rules. The bogus supplies gained a foothold when the department started using reverse auctions to fulfill some contracts, according to both department officials and a 2012 memo from Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest medical device business. In the memo, the company told the VA it was getting surgical supplies bought from unauthorized distributors through the so-called “gray market,” and said...
  • White House in the dark over arms supplies to Israel: report

    08/14/2014 9:38:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/14/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Since officials there were caught off guard as they tried to restrain Israel's campaign in Gaza, the administration of President Barack Obama has tightened controls on arms shipments to Israel, the newspaper said, quoting US and Israeli officials. But the case illustrated that the White House and the State Department have little influence over the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the paper said, quoting officials from both countries. ......
  • School Districts Cannot Require Parents To Buy School Supplies

    07/31/2013 2:22:05 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 47 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/30/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Every year, public school districts in Michigan request classroom supplies from parents. But few seem to know that these items are not mandatory — state law requires them to be provided by districts. Some parents in the Standish Sterling School District received a flier from three fifth-grade teachers listing a half dozen “necessary items” their children would need and another five “optional items.” In Michigan by law, the school district is responsible for supplying students with necessary supplies. The state Supreme Court ruled that this includes basic school supplies. Standish-Sterling Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski said he checked into it and the...
  • Cyprus Triggers Preference For Goods, Gold And Silver (Buy Stuff)

    04/02/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-2-2013 | Alasdair Macleod
    Cyprus Triggers Preference For Goods, Gold And Silver Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013April 02, 2013 - 07:10 PM GMT By: Alasdair Macleod Almost certainly prices for goods in Cyprus will rise as a result of its banking crisis, because the imposition of capital controls will restrict imports, leading to supply bottlenecks. In addition residents will no longer be complacent about keeping money on deposit, but seek other alternatives. Large depositors may be trapped, but smaller local depositors will draw them down for cash to stock up on things needed tomorrow while they are available.Cypriots will therefore change their preferences...
  • This Is What You Should Have At Home When The Frankenstorm Hits (

    10/27/2012 1:42:56 PM PDT · by blam · 86 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-27-2012 | Adam Taylor
    This Is What You Should Have At Home When The Frankenstorm Hits Adam TaylorOctober 27, 2012 There's a real possibility that Hurricane Sandy, aka the "Frankenstorm", could cause serious disruption to major metropolitan areas in the North East states in the next few days. As such, its better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. has some suggestions for a Emergency Supply Kit that you can keep at home: One gallon of drinking water per person per day Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener First aid kit Flashlight* Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up...
  • Acorn Supplies Celebrates 1st Year, Warns People to Get Food Storage and Survival Kits Now

    05/03/2012 11:41:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    PRWEB ^ | 5/3/12 | staff
    A perfect storm of economic worries could lead to high gas prices, inflation and unemployment. Consumers should prepare now by investing in food storage and other emergency supplies before prices skyrocket. While celebrating the first anniversary of its website launch, Acorn Supplies, a provider of emergency food storage, has a warning for consumers: get ready for rapidly rising food prices. Several dangerous factors are combining to create a troubling economic climate: Tensions rising in the Middle East between Israel and Iran, according to the Reuters article “Israel’s Barak: election would not alter Iran plans.” As many as half of the...
  • What's in your "go-bag"? (Political celebs told The Daily Caller what's in theirs.)

    08/26/2011 7:57:50 PM PDT · by martosko · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2011 | Amanda Carey
    FEMA urges those living in hurricane-prone communities to prepare emergency supply kits, or “go bags.” So as a service to all our readers on the Eastern Seaboard, The Daily Caller found out what some notable hacks, flacks, consultants, politicos, operatives, and public figures are packing in theirs. We spoke with Rick Wilson, Bettina Inclan, Paul Begala, Kevin Curran, Scott Rasmussen, Jerri Ann Henry, Brad Woodhouse, Joe Pounder, Courtney Cohen, Wesley Donehue and Roger Stone.
  • COMEX Registered Silver Supplies Down to 29.6 Million Ounces

    06/01/2011 10:07:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | 6/1/11 | staff
    COMEX warehouse data for 5/31 is out, and COMEX registered silver inventories are now officially below 30 million ounces, registering in at 29,631,268 ounces! As there were 31.1 million ounces of silver as of last Friday, this means 1.471 million ounces of silver were lost from COMEX registered silver supplies yesterday. It appears that most of this loss was not due to a withdrawal, but rather was due to an adjustment from Scotia Mocatta, which recorded an adjustment of 1,456,488 ounces from registered to eligible status! (Eligible silver does not qualify as inventory that can be delivered to longs).
  • COMEX Registered Silver Supplies Down 54 Million Ounces Since 2009!

    05/07/2011 10:29:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    silverdoctors ^ | 5/3/11 | staff
    While it appears that the COMEX will be able to survive May delivery in silver, Blythe and friends may not be able to kick the can down the road much longer. In 2009, total COMEX registered silver supplies were 87.4 million ounces. Fast forward to May 2011, and registered silver supplies are now 33.2 million ounces. This is a drop of 54.2 million ounces in registered silver supplies in 2 years, or an average drop of 27 million ounces/ year! Translation: the end game in the silver manipulation may well arrive in the next year.
  • U.S. Weather Could Affect World Food Supplies, Prices

    04/29/2011 9:28:18 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 48 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | April 29th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Late corn plantings usually mean lower yields. The prices on corn, wheat and beans are already at record levels and still climbing. Each day that farmers are unable to plant, the prices go higher. Corn and wheat are over $7 a bushel and beans are over $13. Eventually, this will be passed to consumers by way of grocery prices. Products that contain corn, wheat or soybeans will continue to cost more as oil, weather and world demands go higher.
  • Iowa Town Provides Afghan School with Supplies

    01/08/2011 10:03:39 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 8) – U.S. Army Sgt. Derrick Wygle, mortarman, fellow soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat, 34th Infantry Division, other and Afghan National Army soldiers from 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Regiment, conducted a dismounted patrol to the Najil village Jan. 3 and delivered a batch of school supplies to the school. Toward the end of November, Wygle was talking with his wife Ona, who asked him what he wanted for Christmas. In a way she was asking on behalf of her husband’s stateside employer, the Waverly Health Center, where he works...
  • Demand for vehicles in China, India tightens supplies for tires

    10/16/2010 1:34:11 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 10 replies ^ | October 16, 2010 | Larry P. Vellequette, Blade Business Writer
    Demand for vehicles in China, India tightens supplies for tires Now is not the time to blow a tire. The worldwide price of rubber is at its highest level in decades as demand from China and India outstrips existing supply, leading tire companies such as Findlay-based Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. to raise their prices. Cooper Tire announced last month that it would pass along a price increase of as much as 6.5 percent, beginning Nov. 1, citing rising raw materials costs. The increase is the second time in five months Cooper has raised its tire prices, passing along a...
  • Militants attack Nato tanker convoy in Pakistan

    10/03/2010 2:19:46 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 Oct 2010 | anon
    Suspected militants in Pakistan have attacked a convoy of oil tankers ... at least 20 tankers were set on fire in the attack close to the capital Islamabad. Unconfirmed reports say at least six people were killed in the attack. This is the latest in a series of atacks on Nato convoys travelling by land through Pakistan to supply Nato forces in Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan cuts NATO supply line after border firing

    09/30/2010 1:43:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | 30/9/10 | Chris Brummitt & Deb Reichman
    ISLAMABAD -Pakistan closed the most important supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan after a coalition helicopter attack killed three Pakistani soldiers at a border post Thursday, raising tensions in a vital relationship for both Islamabad and Washington. NATO said its helicopters entered Pakistani airspace and hit a target only after receiving ground fire. The alliance expressed condolences to the families of the soldiers and said both nations would investigate the incident. A lengthy ban on supply trucks would place intense strain on the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and hurt the Afghan war effort. But that was seen as unlikely,...
  • Marines Proud of Providing Critical Supplies

    07/08/2010 1:27:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan PAO
    KABUL, Afghanistan (July 8) - ISAF forces concluded a small-scale, rapid-response aerial delivery test last week, validating a new way to get mission-critical supplies to Afghan and ISAF forces on the ground. The U.S. Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) spent two weeks planning and evaluating the most effective way to get supplies on the ground safely when landing an aircraft is not practical. "We are exploiting a niche in aerial delivery tactics in order to resupply Marines under all conditions," said Maj. Sam Schoolfield. The Marines pushed more than 1,300 bottles of water bundled...
  • US troops, Iraqi Police supply 2 schools

    04/15/2010 6:38:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 194+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Ry Norris, USA
    DIYALA – Eager faces peeked through windows as students tried to catch a glimpse of Iraqi Police and U.S. Soldiers bearing gifts of school supplies here, April 7. U.S. Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, and IP visited students at two schools; the Andleab school, in the Albulatif village, and the Abn Baitars school, in the Jamaylia village of Diyala province. School faculty had no prior knowledge, nor knew the purpose, of the visit. "It's an unexpected surprise," said Vice Principal Raad Mahmouad of the Abn Baitars school. "Anything that will help us is very...
  • Soldiers deliver tons of supplies for orphans

    04/12/2010 5:07:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 201+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Bryce Dubee, USA
    BAGHDAD – Nearly 75 Iraqi orphans here recently received some much-needed aid when U.S. Soldiers brought a truck full of supplies to the Iraqi capital’s Jamia Support Council. While most waited in orderly lines, one group of children performed a song welcoming the members of the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion and Company F, 52nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who were there to deliver humanitarian assistance goods, March 29. The delivery was part of an overall shipment of 20 tons of humanitarian assistance goods to the 422nd, donated by a stateside nongovernmental organization (NGO). "It...
  • Afghan-ISAF Forces Distribute School Supplies in Helmand Province

    04/08/2010 5:13:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 172+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | UK Ministry of Defence
      Courtesy UK Ministry of Defence Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) and troops from the Afghan National Army (ANA) have distributed school books to children in the Wishtan area of Helmand Province.The densely populated area of southwest Wishtan is home to one of the largest schools in the area, teaching 50 children for five days per week in an area where literacy among young adults is very low and public schooling is targeted by insurgent intimidation. On a previous visit to the area, teacher Hafiz Hekmatullah had explained to the British and Afghan...
  • Distribution Center Meets Warfighters’ Needs

    04/01/2010 5:05:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2010 – Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are getting their work done more quickly and efficiently, thanks to the U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center. “Our goal very simply is to ensure that we are as effective as possible in supporting warfighter requirements while being as efficient as possible from the taxpayer's perspective," Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert H. McMahon, the center’s director, said during a "DoD Live" bloggers roundtable yesterday. The center, known as the CDDOC, monitors all supply routes into Afghanistan and Iraq by air, land and sea, working closely with U.S. Transportation...
  • India admits setback with Russia over defence delivery delays

    02/19/2010 10:34:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 278+ views ^ | 2/20/2010 |
    Admitting "setbacks" in its relations with Russia over delays in defence supplies, India said the two sides have signed an agreement which will help in improving the product support from that country. "There may be delays and setbacks sometimes but we have a long relationship with Russia... There have been delays in delivery and product support in the past. But after the signing of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia, issues have been sorted out, things are moving faster now," Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters after the induction of Russian-made MiG-29K maritime fighters into the Navy at a...
  • Supply teams support responsible drawdown

    02/13/2010 2:41:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 153+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, USA
    JOINT BASE BALAD – The Iraqi theater of operations is packed full of Army gear. Equipment, supplies, parts, trucks, weapons, tools ... the list just keeps going. To account for all this equipment, Soldiers here with the 514th Support Maintenance Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), track and inventory everything under the control of supply sections across theater. "The Army puts a lot of focus on property accountability, and my job as a supply sergeant for the 514th SMC is to carry this concept into our specific area of operations," said Sgt. Renee Messina, originally...
  • Ghazni PRT Delivers Medical Supplies

    02/03/2010 4:03:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 78+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Master Sgt. Sarah Webb, USA
    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team travelled to the district of Kwaji Omari to bring much needed medical supplies to the clinic, and to conduct an engineering assessment for equipping the clinic with alternative energy capabilities, Jan. 30. Due to a recent increase of insurgent activity in a neighboring district, there has been a growing number of patients being seen in the clinic. Subsequently, medical supplies were running dangerously low, driving the need for replenishment. The boxes brought to the clinic contained items such as antibiotics, analgesics, pediatric medications, infant formula, cereal products for toddlers, and contraceptives for...
  • Kandahar Airmen airdrop supplies to troops, prepare for troop increase

    02/02/2010 5:38:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 121+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Angelique N. Smythe, USAF
    2/2/2010 - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen of the 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron here dropped 56 containerized delivery systems over three different drop zones within Afghanistan from the same aircraft Jan. 27 to support Operation Enduring Freedom warfighters. "It's more bundles than we've ever been able to drop in one day," said Maj. Joe Framptom, a 772nd EAS operations officer. "We're testing it to iron out any kinks so we'll be able to go full speed and do more airdrops like this once the new rigging facility opens up," he said. The Army 82nd Airborne Corps' new rigging facility,...
  • Aviators Answer Afghan Teacher’s Call for Help

    01/20/2010 3:39:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 580+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Monica K. Smith, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2010 – Army Sgt. Matthew West said he didn’t know what to think when a rock came flying at him while guarding his Black Hawk helicopter at a landing zone on Camp Kiwi in central Afghanistan’s Bamyan province. Army Sgt. Matthew West removes boxes of supplies from the back of a Black Hawk helicopter to be delivered to schools in and around Bamyan province in Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Monica K. Smith  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Children throwing rocks isn’t unexpected out here,” said West, a crew chief...
  • Haiti Relief: Anger Mounts Among Desperate Haitians Over Supplies Stuck At Airport

    01/17/2010 6:24:46 PM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies · 1,231+ views ^ | January 17, 2010 | Kate Snow,Dan Harris,And Brinda Adhikari
    Tensions are becoming dangerously high on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as increasingly desperate Haitians search for food and water while tons of supplies remain stuck at the country's airport. "What's going on? We can't even breathe! Who is helping us?" a man cried out today to an ABC News camera crew. Wearing a yellow bandana over his face and surrounded by other young and angry men, he said, "It takes one night to get the U.S. troops here, you know. It takes just a second for the military to get here."
  • A Cannon for Shooting Supplies into Space

    01/15/2010 3:00:45 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 35 replies · 1,372+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 1/15/10 | Amina Elahi
    John Hunter wants to shoot stuff into space with a 3,600-foot gun. And he’s dead serious—he’s done the math. Making deliveries to an orbital outpost on a rocket costs $5,000 per pound, but using a space gun would cost just $250 per pound. Building colossal guns has been Hunter’s pet project since 1992, when, while a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he first fired a 425-foot gun he built to test-launch hypersonic engines. Its methane-driven piston compressed hydrogen gas, which then expanded up the barrel to shoot a projectile. Mechanical firing can fail, however, so when Hunter’s company,...
  • Partnership in Iraq Provides School Supplies

    12/16/2009 3:32:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2009 – Police in Iraq’s Babil province soon will distribute 2,000 backpacks filled with notebooks, coloring books, pencils and pens to the children in their province. Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Byers shows a police officer from Iraq’s Babil province a backpack filled with school supplies at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Dec. 6, 2009. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team donated 2,000 backpacks to the police department. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The provincial police received the school supplies here Dec. 6 from their partners in the 3rd Infantry Division’s...
  • Iraqi Army delivers wheelchairs, supplies

    11/12/2009 5:31:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 251+ views
    Staff Col. Abbas, 3rd Brigade, 29th Iraqi Army Division, meets one of the young Iraqi children who benefited from the wheelchairs the 29th IA brought to Rutbah, Oct. 25. Photo courtesy of the 82nd Airborne Division. CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE — American troops aren’t the only ones conducting goodwill missions here, as Iraqi troops are out in force to win the hearts and minds of the people. Earlier this month, Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 29th Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, entered the town of Rutbah to distribute school supplies and other needed items.The goodwill mission was planned and executed without any...
  • Emergency Food Storage

    10/22/2009 5:39:49 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 112 replies · 2,618+ views
    vanity | 10-22-2009 | goodwithagun
    I am making a list of emergency food storage items. Please tell me what you have stored or what you will be storing. Some of the things I have: powdered milk, flour, dried beans, rice, jerkey, water purification tabs.
  • Supplies delivered as school bell rings

    10/11/2009 11:06:44 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 500+ views
    An Iraqi student from the Abar Primary School pauses for a picture as she receives a backpack with school supplies during Operation Back to School, in the Mushada Nahia region, Oct. 7. Photo courtesy of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command. NUBAI — U.S. Soldiers and Airmen here joined the Iraqi Army to deliver school supplies to the Abar Primary School, Oct. 7 – all part of "Operation Back to School." Operation Back to School is a volunteer mission that has been months in the making, spearheaded by Air Force Lt. Col. E. Kent Wong, director of operations, 821st Expeditionary Training Squadron,...
  • U.S. Troops help stock Radwaniyah clinic

    10/10/2009 9:50:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 474+ views
    Cpl. Marc Strickland, of Boone, N.C., (left), and Sgt. Derrick Smith, of Sanford, N.C., both serving with Company D, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, hand medical supplies to a Son's of Iraq member at a clinic in the Radwaniyah Community Center, south of Baghdad, Oct. 8. American Soldiers brought a cargo truck full of supplies to the recently-built clinic so it can be opened soon. Photo by Mary Phillips, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. BAGHDAD — A new medical clinic here in Radwaniyah, south of the Iraqi capital, received a truck-load of medical supplies from U.S. Soldiers...
  • C-130 crew delivers humanitarian supplies to Afghan village

    08/31/2009 8:46:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 329+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    8/31/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron dropped eight bundles of humanitarian aid from a C-130 Hercules Aug. 26 to a remote village in northern Afghanistan. The Air National Guard crew, deployed from the 158th Airlift Squadron in Savannah, Ga, performed the mission to support coalition and civilian Afghans. The eight bundles weighed approximately 4.1 tons and were packaged in a container delivery system, which assured the bundles and their cargo of food, water, clothes and blankets arrived intact. Coalition forces waited on the ground to help distribute the humanitarian aid to the...
  • Supplies delivered to villages in need

    08/25/2009 5:08:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Maurice A. Galloway, USA
    Residents of Faddaqhryah carry food and supplies away from a humanitarian aid drop coordinated by the Iraqi Army, 17th Fires Brigade and the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Aug. 18. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Maurice A. Galloway. BASRAH — U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers joined forces to deliver food and supplies to residents of the Faddaqhryah and Bahar communities here, Aug. 18. The U.S. Soldiers from the 17th Fires Brigade (FB) and the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team helped the Iraqi Army (IA) provide this urgent humanitarian assistance and lay the groundwork for a lasting relationship...
  • Iraqi Air Force, Army Deliver Supplies to Local Communities

    07/11/2009 11:45:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    NAJAF — With the recent help of many organizations back in the United States, the Iraqi Provincial Government received three pallets of humanitarian relief supplies June 21 for distribution to the local populace here. “Helping people who are less fortunate is always a good thing whether in your home town or across the world,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Fred Harmon, deputy team leader for provincial reconstruction and project coordinator at Najaf. “Overall, these shipments send a message that bridges the cultural divide. In the more immediate impact, they simply help those who need it.” “It is important because it...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Furnishes Equipment to Front-line Troops

    05/22/2009 4:51:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Brandon Sandefur, USA
    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, May 22, 2009 – As a supply clerk, it’s Army Spc. Francisco Rivera Gonzales’ job to get essential equipment to the front-line troops when they need it most. Army Spc. Francisco Rivera Gonzales fills out supply forms at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, May 18, 2009. Rivera is responsible for making sure all supplies are accounted for and soldiers have what they need. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Hopkins  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The job is both important and enjoyable, Rivera said, because he knows he is helping his battle buddies in...
  • Republican women collecting supplies for overseas troops

    05/07/2009 5:19:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 387+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — The Huachuca Area Republican Women’s Club will be having a collection for troops in Afghanistan on Monday. The collection will take place at their luncheon at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. “After our successful donation of money for phone cards to our military in Iraq, we decided we wanted to do more,” said Vera Hylsky, the club’s president. They were told donations would soon be needed for troops and Afghanistan. Toiletries, snacks and games are a few of the requested items. Anyone interested in donating or attending the luncheon should...
  • Unit Delivers Mail, Supplies Across Afghanistan

    04/27/2009 4:18:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 289+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pvt. Cody A. Thompson, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, April 27, 2009 – Using a fleet of specialized aircraft, members of the 53rd Movement Control Battalion ensure that mail, equipment, passengers and supplies make it to their destinations across Afghanistan. The Casa 212 is a civilian-made, Air Force-owned airplane that transports passengers, equipment and mail. An eight-member crew consisting of soldiers, airmen and contractors can move the entire fleet in less than 30 minutes. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cody A. Thompson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The 53rd MCB specializes in scheduling, coordinating and executing flights and can move their numerous airplanes on...
  • Logistics Battalion Keeps Supply Lines Open in Iraq (Loggy Doggies)

    04/14/2009 4:39:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA
    BAGHDAD, April 14, 2009 – Logistics soldiers here may not be clearing routes of roadside bombs, but they are taking the fight to the enemy in a different way. Army Spc. Jason Sleeper, left, does pre-combat checks on Army Pvt. Timothy Rickett before the private’s first logistics mission, April 6, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Risner  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Without a steady supply of food, fuel and ammunition, an army cannot sustain itself for long. Soldiers of the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion keep the supply lines open for the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade...
  • On the Ground: U.S. Forces Add Farm Supplies to Iraqi Aid Missions

    04/13/2009 4:33:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 300+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2009 – As the planting season gets under way in Iraq, U.S. forces there are adding agriculture supplies to regular humanitarian outreach efforts they conduct with Iraqi forces. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Jones Jr. hands a meal to a girl in Samarra, Iraq, March 31, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Ian M. Terry  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Task Force Bucca civil affairs team presented agricultural equipment April 11 to members of the Umm Qasr and Safwan farmers associations and town councils at Camp Bucca. The forces presented six water trucks and eight...
  • On the Ground: Troops Aid Afghans With Security, Supplies

    03/17/2009 4:17:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 168+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2009 – As the Afghan people work to develop their infrastructure, U.S. forces are offering their assistance on a number of fronts. Provincial Gov. Lt. Gen. Attiqullah Lodeen and other government officials tour Khoshi district in Afghanistan’s Lowgar province, March 4, 2009, prior to the opening of a new district center for the region. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Thompson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In recent days, U.S. soldiers provided security for the opening of a new district center in eastern Afghanistan and delivered humanitarian aid to villagers in the south. More than...
  • Airmen deliver 1 million pounds of supplies in 42 days

    03/02/2009 3:37:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 222+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Brok McCarthy, USAF
    3/2/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Airmen of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron dropped its 1 millionth pound of equipment from a C-17 Globemaster III Feb. 16 over Afghanistan just 42 days after arriving here Dec. 30. Unit members deployed from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., completed the milestone mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. "We have been flying sorties at a quick pace," said Lt. Col. Chris Mann, the 816th EAS commander. "This was because the warfighters' requirements have increased dramatically, so the need for airdrop has increased dramatically." Squadron Airmen have been dropping an average 30,000 pounds of supplies...
  • Afghanistan Operations Not Vulnerable to Supply Line Dangers, General Says

    02/26/2009 3:45:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 209+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2009 – Despite dangers U.S. convoys face in delivering supplies to coalition forces in Afghanistan by way of Pakistan, military operations there aren’t susceptible to those threats, the Defense Department’s top uniformed logistician said yesterday. Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, ensured members of the House Armed Services Joint Air and Land Forces and the Air Power and Expeditionary Forces subcommittees that troops get what they need, because his command doesn’t rely on one option or system of resupply. “My job that you’ve given to us is to make sure we...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Deliver Needed Food, Supplies to Maysan Province

    02/23/2009 3:11:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Sean Frankum, USA
    Iraqi Soldiers delivered household goods to citizens in Maymunah, Feb. 20. Photo by Christopher White, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. FOB GARRY OWEN — Iraqi Soldiers traveled to a small town in the Maysan province of southern Iraq to deliver food items and household products to approximately 150 families, Feb. 20. The 4th Battalion, 38th Iraqi Army (IA) Brigade led the humanitarian mission, along with U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division.“Many improvements can be made in this area,” said Maj. Ali, a 38th IA company commander in charge of the mission. “The citizens of Al Maymunah still lack basic...
  • Manas Air Base ‘Not Irreplaceable,’ Official Says

    02/19/2009 3:59:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 393+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2009 – Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted today to close Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub for the U.S. military, but a senior Pentagon official said the base closure would not affect operations in Afghanistan. “[Manas Air Base] is an important base for operations in Afghanistan, but it’s not irreplaceable,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters here today. “If it’s not available to us, we’ll find other means.” Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev still must sign the bill for the eviction to be official. If he signs the bill, troops will have 180 days to withdraw, based on...
  • Ramadi Hospital Assessed, Given Supplies

    01/10/2009 10:00:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Joshua S. Higgins, USMC
    RAMADI — Servicemembers here donated medical supplies to the Ramadi General Hospital, including oxygen masks, IV bags and mass casualty equipment, Jan. 7. Soldiers and Sailors with the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team-Ramadi and with Regimental Combat Team 1 visited with staff at the hospital to discuss emergency response capabilities and preparedness for potential threats during Iraq’s elections scheduled for Jan. 31. While Coalition forces and citizens alike hope for a peaceful election process, the need to be prepared for mass casualties is ever present as Iraqis work to rid insurgent activity and build a sovereign nation. “Since Ramadi General Hospital...
  • U.S. Soldiers Deliver Humanitarian Supplies to Ameriyah Leader

    11/16/2008 4:53:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 330+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Whitney Houston, USA
    Al Firdous Mosque, located in the Ameriyah neighborhood of western Baghdad, was the site chosen for a humanitarian aid drop carried out by U.S. Soldiers, Nov. 13, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Whitney Houston, Multi-National Division Baghdad. CAMP LIBERTY — With many families lacking the daily essentials in Ameriyah, a neighborhood in western Baghdad, U.S. Soldiers delivered 50 humanitarian aid boxes to the Al Firdous mosque, Nov. 13.  The boxes were dropped off to be given to needy families in the area through a key local community leader, or shaykh. “We’ve done this a few times,” said 2nd Lt. Andrew Kendzierski,...
  • Donations Help Mentoring, Support Missions in Afghanistan

    10/07/2008 4:53:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, USA
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2008 – Donations of school supplies and children’s clothing from military families and friends at home are helping deployed New York Army National Guard soldiers in their mission to mentor and train the Afghan national security forces and support the Afghan people. Army Master Sgt. Michael Molgaard helps to unload boxes of donated clothing and school supplies with an Afghan policeman at the Afshar School. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Robert Romano, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Members of the Afghan National Police delivered hundreds of pounds of schools...
  • Wisconsin Native Helps Iraqi Schools with Support from Home

    09/17/2008 9:13:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 220+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. J. Frank Garcia, USA
    Samantha Schroth, a local 4-H member and Hortonville High School student, helps unload donated school supplies, June 12, 2008, in Hortonville, Wisc. Photo by Capt. Casey Plamann, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — A Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldier has reached back to his native homeland to gather English school books for use in Baghdad classrooms. Capt. Casey Plamann, a school teacher from Hortonville, Wis., presently serving as a civil affairs information manager and planner with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in northwest Baghdad, took a great concept...
  • Low-Altitude Delivery Service Takes Supplies to Ground Troops

    06/18/2008 4:20:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 72+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Charles Brice, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, June 18, 2008 – The jumpmaster stands in the back of a turbo-prop cargo airliner with a nervously rumbling stomach, holding on to a few pallets of supplies that soon would be dropped to soldiers in an isolated region of eastern Afghanistan. The flight doors begin to open, and the pilot performs jaw-dropping maneuvers through the mountain valleys. Two civilian-contracted C-212 Aviocar aircraft fly in tight formation and drop a resupply payload to soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, June 6, 2008. Payloads can range from 250 to 560 pounds and are bundled on...
  • Soldiers Deliver Supplies from Wisconsin School Children

    05/31/2008 10:46:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 104+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, USA
    KUTIMIYAH — As if the last day of school wasn’t enough to put smiles on Kutimiyah children’s faces, they also received a special surprise courtesy of 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, delivered school supplies to the children May 24, courtesy of Mrs. Casandra Hanson’s 9th grade literature class at Germantown High School, in Germantown, Wis. The children had been without a school for several months after it was ravaged by insurgents, said 1st Lt. Greg Highstrom, leader of 2nd Platoon, Battery B. The insurgents cracked windows, damaged the building’s structural integrity and destroyed most...