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  • Father, Daughter ‘Give Thanks’ During Simultaneous Deployments

    07/16/2007 8:21:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 615+ views
    Defense News ^ | LuAnne Fantasia
    TIKRIT, Iraq, July 16, 2007 — The first thing Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Boschee does when he wakes up every morning in his hooch in Iraq is give thanks. The first thing his daughter, Spc. Hope Boschee, does every morning when she wakes up in her tent in Afghanistan is give thanks. “I think about all the good memories I hold dear to my heart, and thank the Lord for giving me a great family, and another beautiful day on Earth,” Guy said. Hope is thankful for her family and her father. “Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am...
  • America Supports You: Foundation Offers Thanks to Veterans

    06/25/2007 4:36:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2007 – It only takes two simple words to express infinite gratitude and appreciation to the nation’s veterans, past and present, according to The Thank You Foundation’s mission statement. “We believe that a simple ‘Thank You’ can transcend political and religious differences to let those who have served know that they are appreciated,” said John Guinn, president and founder of the Ohio-based organization. The Thank You Foundation may offer a verbal “Thank You,” but it works to make that gratitude a bit more tangible, as well. “Our Thank You Card and Certificate program has really been...
  • Girl Scouts give thanks, cookies to deployed servicemembers

    04/27/2007 6:41:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 359+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Larry Carpenter
    4/27/2007 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNEWS) -- Girl Scouts near Spokane, Wash., finished their third year of collecting cookies for deployed troops through Operation Troop to Troop April 23 and will be sending approximately 9,600 boxes of cookies to servicemembers fighting the war on terrorism. More than 2,200 Scouts canvassed more than 52,000 square miles and collected $38,400 for their cookies destined for American forces overseas. The Girl Scouts took on the challenge to give back to their community and support the troops. "The goal is to give back to the community and provide a way for the...
  • America Supports You: Bush Thanks Troops, Legionnaires

    04/10/2007 4:51:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 181+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2007 – President Bush today praised the troops defending the United States and the veterans who set a powerful example and continue to support them. Bush traveled to American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Va., to recognize the spirit of service and volunteerism he said makes the United States a shining example for the rest of the world. “There’s something to be said for a country where people serve something greater than themselves, where people in this era volunteer in the face of danger to defend” it, he said. The president said it’s difficult facing the...
  • President Thanks National Guard for Helping Secure U.S.-Mexico Border

    04/09/2007 5:57:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies · 935+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2007 – President Bush today thanked National Guard members deployed across Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico for helping the Border Patrol crack down on illegal entry across America’s southern border. “We’ve worked with our nation’s governors to deploy 6,000 National Guard members to provide the Border Patrol with immediate reinforcements,” Bush said during a speech on immigration policy in Yuma, Ariz. “It’s called Operation Jump Start, and the Guard down here is serving nobly.” Announced by the president May 2006, Operation Jump Start deployed National Guard members to assist the Border Patrol in protecting the...
  • Pace Thanks Japanese for Stand in War on Terror

    03/21/2007 4:49:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 323+ views
    TOKYO, March 21, 2007 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today thanked the Japanese people and their government for their help in the war on terror. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Japanese counterpart, Adm. Takashi Saito, salute during the playing of the Japanese and American national anthems at the Japanese Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, March 21. Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marine Gen. Peter Pace spoke about Japanese help in the war on terror and bilateral defense issues...
  • Pace Travels: A Little ‘Moosenip,’ A Lot of Thanks

    02/25/2007 2:09:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 400+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2007 – You’ve heard of catnip, right? Well, somebody must have sprinkled “moosenip” around the VIP quarters where Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and his wife Lynne stayed at Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base last week. Three full-grown, female moose spent several hours, morning and evening, right outside the quarters, nibbling at low-hanging branches and nestling in the snow catching some rays. The 800- to 900-pound, lanky-legged animals ignored the ever-present security specialists and the comings and goings of SUVs and military vans. As for the chairman and his wife,...
  • Chairman Thanks Spouses, Listens to Their Concerns in Alaska

    02/24/2007 11:31:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 259+ views
    ELMENDORF AFB, Alaska, Feb. 24, 2007 – About 60 military spouses here had a chance yesterday to share some of their concerns with the military’s top ranking officer. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied by his wife Lynne, thanked the spouses for their contribution to the nation’s defense. “Spouses and families serve this country as well as anybody that’s ever worn the uniform,” the chairman said. In some ways, he said, it’s harder for the folks back home than it is for the troops deployed in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. “When we...
  • Cheney Thanks Australia for Firm Stance Against Terrorism

    02/23/2007 4:21:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 405+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2007 – Australia has earned the world’s respect for its firm stance in the war on terror, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said today in Sydney. Speaking at the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue conference, Cheney praised Prime Minister John Howard and reaffirmed the value of the U.S.-Australian alliance. The vice president recalled a speech Howard made in Washington on Sept. 10, 2001 -- the day before terrorists struck the United States -- in which the Australian leader noted the close working relationship between the two nations and their like-mindedness on the subject of freedom. “In the words...
  • Cheney Thanks Japan for Support, Praises U.S. Servicemembers

    02/21/2007 3:55:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 257+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2007 – Vice President Dick Cheney today thanked Japan for its support of the United States and praised U.S. troops serving in the Asia-Pacific region during a visit to a naval base shared by U.S. and Japanese forces. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to a group of nearly 4,000 Japan-based military personnel, family members and Department of Defense civilian employees during a visit to USS Kitty Hawk. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Todd P. Cichonowicz, USN  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Cheney stressed the importance of continued good relations between the two nations during a...
  • Cheney heads to Australia to say thanks

    01/29/2007 6:26:44 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 17 replies · 443+ views
    Australian AP ^ | 29 Jan 2007 | Staff
    US Vice-President Dick Cheney will travel to Australia next month to thank the nation and Australian troops for their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A statement issued by the White House said Mr Cheney would travel to Australia and Japan during the week starting February 19. "He will meet with [Japanese] Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and [Australian] Prime Minister John Howard to discuss issues of mutual interest including Asian security and the global war on terror," it said. US President George Bush had asked his Vice-President to visit the two allied nations to thank them for their efforts in Iraq...
  • Miss USA skydives with Golden Knights

    03/21/2006 3:19:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 41 replies · 2,037+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Mar 20, 2006 | Reesa B. Kossoff
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 20, 2006) – Miss USA Chelsea Cooley soared through the sky at an altitude of 13,000 feet during a tandem skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, March 14. The tandem jump was coordinated in conjunction with her USO visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. Millions of people in more than 90 countries watched as Cooley was crowned Miss USA April 11, 2005. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Cooley has spent the past year as Miss USA, championing the causes of breast and ovarian cancer education and research. Cooley has also become a...
  • Multinational Corps Commander: ‘American Heroes’ Helping Iraqis Every Day

    12/08/2006 4:35:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 293+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2006 -- The situation in Iraq would be much worse “if not for the American heroes that are out on the street every day in Baghdad and across (Iraq),” the commander of combat troops in Iraq said today. “In the debate over the events happening in Iraq, I think that some people have lost sight of the daily acts of heroism that our servicemembers perform here in the name of service to our nation and to freedom,” said Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq. Chiarelli, who gives up command Dec. 14,...
  • English chaplains help Americans give thanks

    11/24/2006 9:44:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt Scott Wakefield
    11/23/2006 - ELY, United Kingdom (AFPN) -- Chaplains from Royal Air Force Mildenhall set up a night of giving thanks at the historical Cathedral of Ely, which was built in 673 A.D. Although Thanksgiving wasn't celebrated until almost 950 years after the cathedral was built, the end of World War II gave the allies common ground to be thankful. "United States Army Air Force flyers often used Ely Cathedral as a landmark when they were returning from missions." said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Moore from RAF Mildenhall. He said this made the cathedral a logical location for the celebration to...
  • Thankful for my FReeper Friends

    11/22/2006 1:12:40 PM PST · by Jeffrey_D. · 22 replies · 742+ views
    I would like to take this time to thank all of you for praying for, not only me, but my friends and family. 2006 has proved to be quite the challenge for us. On Thanksgiving morning, my wife an I have always called in our son, James (now 14 to our room), before we get out of bed we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. (We all to often pray for help, but not for thanks.) This is one day that we make sure to give thanks for all the Lord has done for us. This year,...
  • Afghan Defense Minister Thanks U.S., Praises Troops, Rumsfeld

    11/21/2006 5:41:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 278+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2006 -- Afghanistan’s defense minister thanked the United States today for its steadfast support for his country, specifically recognizing the U.S. troops who have served and sacrificed there and outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak told Pentagon reporters Afghanistan is indebted to the United States for the progress it’s made during the past five years. “These achievements would not have been possible without the advice, guidance and generous support we have received from the United States,” he said. Wardak gave special thanks to Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, commander of Combined Forces Command...
  • Free E-card for the troops - HELP OUT

    11/13/2006 3:16:10 PM PST · by GVNR · 2 replies · 327+ views
    I just got this in an email and had gotten the same thing about a week or two ago, and I went to the website and picked out and sent a card. They have a selection of about 10? cards and a variety of messages you can pick to put into the card..AND, if memory serves - I think you can type your own message instead of using the prepared ones. It'd be nice for all of us to do this and swamp the GI's and the server with cards. God knows, they need the support! MESSAGE: Just Say Thanks!...
  • Thank you Jim Robinson, Admin Mod and Control Freak Admin Mod.

    11/08/2006 5:16:18 AM PST · by sidetracked · 47 replies · 1,476+ views
    11/8/06 | Self
    You guys must be exhausted, since I saw posts from you all day and even into the early morning. You guys were awesome yesterday. You kept us thinking positive, kept the threads clean, and maintained your sense of humor throughout. You rock. Judging by the number of "views" on a lot of the threads, you kept thousands of people from shooting their televisions. I know that FR has become the primary source of news for me in the last several months, and last night I never even turned on the TV. From a reformed die-hard liberal who just voted for...
  • Freeper Alien Gunfighter Promoted to Chief Petty Officer

    09/15/2006 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Alien Gunfighter · 127 replies · 1,614+ views
    Skwidd | 15SEP06 | Alien Gunfighter
  • Something cool the Xerox company is doing to say thanks to the Troops

    09/08/2006 8:52:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 1,352+ views
    email
    This is for real. If you go to this website, www.letssaythanks.com, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldnt it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?
  • America Supports You: Rumsfeld Thanks Utah Volunteer Group

    08/29/2006 6:59:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 170+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 29, 2006 -- Wrapping up a trip here that also included stops in Alaska and Reno, Nev., Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met today with volunteers from “Operation Give,” a nonprofit organization that supports children in war-torn and natural-disaster-affected areas of the world. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, center, meets with Operation Give volunteers and thanks them for their contributions during a stop in Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 29, 2006. Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, USAF  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Those of you who volunteer your time are appreciated,” Rumsfeld told...
  • Battle-ready and fighting crime, thanks to U.S. goodwill

    08/20/2006 10:07:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 569+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin McSwain
    An Iraqi police officer fixes his equipment after trying on their new bullet-proof vest for the first time. Department of Defense photo by Army Sgt. Kevin McSwain. BAQUBAH -- Iraqi Police now have more protection thanks to the recent donation of 2,000 protective vests by a U.S. nonprofit.The vests, presented during an Aug. 15 ceremony in Baqubah, were shipped overseas free of charge and delivered by the U.S. Army to the Iraqi National Police.  One e-mail between an Army officer deployed in Iraq and the nonprofit group Brotherhood of the Badge paved the way for the donation. “When I received...
  • CA: Little risk to Schwarzenegger of blackouts, thanks to Gray Davis

    07/21/2006 8:15:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,265+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Despite a midsummer heat wave that has pushed energy use to an all-time high this week, experts say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably does not have to fear the blackouts that ended former Gov. Gray Davis' political career. And he has Davis to thank for that. The long-term contracts Davis signed, at great political cost, guarantee plentiful energy for the next few years at what now look like good rates. "In an interesting twist of fate, he's benefiting from the decisions that his predecessor suffered for," said Frank Wolak, a Stanford economist who specializes in energy. "The terrible contracts" Davis...
  • Cheney Thanks Sailors, Marines at Norfolk Rally

    07/10/2006 4:34:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 10, 2006 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney thanked sailors and Marines during a July 7 rally aboard the USS Wasp for serving in uniform during a period of national challenge, military transformation and unprecedented threats. Vice President Dick Cheney waves to sailors and Marines during a rally aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., July 7. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Davis J. Anderson, USN    (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "We have asked a great deal of you. You've answered the call with tremendous reliability and skill,"...
  • President Bush Thanks Military On Independence Day At Fort Bragg, North Carolina

    07/05/2006 3:08:25 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 5 replies · 579+ views
    White House Website ^ | 7-4-06 | President George W. Bush
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thanks for the warm welcome. (Laughter.) It's a pleasure to be back here at Fort Bragg -- "Home of our Airborne and Special Forces." (Applause.) I flew down on Air Force One, and our pilot, Colonel Tillman, he said, "I can open the hatch and drop you out by parachute." (Laughter.) I said he had the wrong President Bush. (Laughter.) Old '41, I call him -- happens to be my dad -- has jumped five times with the Golden Knights of Fort Bragg. (Applause.) Mother appreciates you helping him down safely. (Laughter.) He's the only...
  • Pace Thanks Troops, Families in Independence Day Interviews

    07/04/2006 12:56:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 135+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, July 4, 2006 – As the nation observes its 230th birthday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took to the airwaves today to thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families for their service. Marine Gen. Peter Pace noted on NBC's "Today" program that Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, had observed the holiday by presideing at a citizenship ceremony for 110 U.S. servicemembers. "You know, we've got almost 200,000 folks in the Gulf right now making it possible for us to celebrate today, and it's proper for...
  • America Supports You: Cheney Thanks NASCAR Community

    07/03/2006 1:54:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 508+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 3, 2006 – Attending his first NASCAR event July 1, Vice President Dick Cheney thanked the car racing community for its continued support of America's servicemembers. Vice President Dick Cheney meets members of the U.S. Army NASCAR racing team July 1 while attending the 2006 Pepsi 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla. White House photo by David Bohrer   "I want to thank everybody associated with NASCAR, and especially the drivers and the crew chiefs," Cheney said during the drivers meeting prior to the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona,...
  • Vice President Thanks ESG 1 Sailors and Marines

    05/24/2006 4:19:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | May 23, 2006 | Journalist 2nd Class Adrian Melendez
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to approximately 3,200 Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 Sailors, Marines and family members here May 23. While aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), where the event was hosted, Cheney thanked the ESG 1 service members for their hard work in supporting the war on terror and providing humanitarian aid to Pakistan after an October 2005 earthquake there killed more than 70,000 people. "This operation would not have been possible without the effort of ESG 1," said Cheney. "Thank you for your exemplary work in this great time of need." Rear Adm....
  • Miners say thanks

    05/11/2006 4:38:01 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 290+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12 May 2006 | Matt Cunningham
    BRANT Webb and Todd Russell last night paid an emotional tribute to the men who saved their lives in the Beaconsfield mine collapse. Speaking publicly for the first time since being freed from their tiny cage 1km below the surface, Mr Webb and Mr Russell thanked people from all over Australia involved in their "great escape". Mr Webb said: "For all our mates who . . . put their lives on the line for us and worked in dangerous unstable conditions to bring us out -- we owe our lives to them." The pair had the biggest cheer of the...
  • Mounted gunners seeing clearer thanks to new turrets

    05/10/2006 4:24:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 580+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | May 9, 2006 | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (May 9, 2006) -- Duty in the turret of Regimental Combat Team 5’s seven-ton trucks just got clearer with new ballistic-glass and steel encased firing positions. The new turrets, called Marine Corps Armored Turret Systems, are being installed on seven-ton trucks, the first in an upgrade to give gunners greater visibility and beefed-up protection for convoy operations. “The advantage of these turrets is the protection it provides the gunner,” said Master Sgt. Adam Lyttle, the 42-year-old Motor Transport chief for the regiment. “The most noticeable change is the ballistic glass. They also have higher turrets and they...
  • Casino Thanks Servicemembers With Red, White and Blues Bash

    05/05/2006 6:24:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 382+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., May 5, 2006 – It was all about blues at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino here last night. Zee (left) and Elwood Blues - Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd - take the crowd at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino's Hard Rock Live venue down memory lane with their trademark songs, "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Soul Man." The concert was part of the casino's "Red, White and Blues Bash" on May 4 in conjunction with Fleet Week USA and the 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The...
  • President Bush Job Approval (@ 37%)

    04/29/2006 11:13:54 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 123 replies · 2,143+ views
    Rassmussen ^ | April 29 2006
    Public approval of President George W. Bush continues to decline. Today, for the third time in two weeks, the President's Job Approval Rating has fallen to the lowest level ever measured by Rasmussen Reports. Just 37% of Americans now give the President their Approval, only 16% Strongly Approve. Even among Republicans, approval has tumbled and is currently measured at 66%. For most of his first term, Bush earned Approval Ratings in the high 80s from Republicans. At the other end of the spectrum, 62% Disapprove including 45% who Strongly Disapprove. Those figures are also the bleakest for President Bush ever...
  • Cheney Thanks Fairchild Airmen for Terror War Support

    04/18/2006 4:24:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 314+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 18, 2006 – Vice President Dick Cheney told servicemembers gathered at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., yesterday they're playing a key role in the global war on terror and that their countrymen believe in them and their mission. Vice President Dick Cheney addresses a crowd of more than 600 airmen and residents of Spokane, Wash., during an April 17 visit to Fairchild Air Force Base. The vice president pointed out the role Fairchild plays in the war on terrorism and thanked the troops for their contributions and sacrifice. Photo by Staff Sgt. Laura K. Smith, USAF  (Click photo...
  • 'America Supports You' Thanks PGA for Troop Support Efforts

    04/12/2006 5:54:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 248+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – Professional Golf Association troop supporters had a memorable day touring the Pentagon today, as both a reward for their work raising money to support the troops and as a catalyst for more work in the coming year. America Supports You members from the PGA Tour, an America Supports You corporate member, toured the Pentagon on April 12 to celebrate their work raising money for America's troops and to set up plans for this year's charity work. Army Spc. Donald Balsavich, a Pentagon tour guide, explains the symbolism in a painting print hanging in one...
  • Defense Leader Thanks Lawmakers for Support of Special Ops Forces

    04/05/2006 5:47:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 180+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, April 5, 2006 – Ultimate victory in the Long War requires the U.S. military to adopt more unconventional and indirect approaches in the way it fights, and the Defense Department is doing just that, the Pentagon's top special operations official told a Senate panel here today. In testimony prepared for delivery to the emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee of the Senate Armed Service's Committee, Thomas W. O'Connell said the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review sets a course for continued special operations transformation from a reactive force with regional capabilities to a pre-emptive global force. O'Connell is assistant secretary of...
  • General Praises Troops, Thanks Americans for Support

    03/31/2006 4:42:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 204+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 31, 2006 – The commander of Multinational Division Baghdad expressed thanks today to the American people for supporting U.S. troops in Iraq and their families and urged Americans to recognize the contributions and sacrifices servicemembers are making. Army Maj. Gen. James Thurman offered special thanks to the people of Central Texas, where he and soldiers of his Fort Hood-based 4th Infantry Division will return after their deployment to Iraq. Speaking to Pentagon reporters from Baghdad, Thurman praised his troops for the contributions they're making toward Iraq's future. As part of Multinational Division Baghdad, they and Iraqi and coalition...
  • Briton Thanks Soldiers Who Rescued Him

    03/25/2006 1:12:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 941+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/25/06 | THOMAS WAGNER
    Briton Thanks Soldiers Who Rescued HimBy THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 21 minutes ago Norman Kember the freed British Christian peace campaigner smiles as he reads a statement after arriving at London's Heathrow airport Saturday March 25, 2006. Kember on Saturday thanked the soldiers who rescued him from kidnappers in Iraq, in a statement made shortly after flying into London. (AP Photo/Luke MacGregor, Pool) LONDON - Freed British hostage Norman Kember returned home Saturday after four months in captivity in Iraq and thanked the soldiers who saved him and two other peace activists. Kember, 74, arrived on a...
  • Freed Kember Thanks Rescue Troops

    03/25/2006 12:05:08 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 461+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-25-2006
    Freed Kember thanks rescue troops Freed hostage Norman Kember has thanked the soldiers who rescued him from kidnappers in Iraq after being reunited with his wife Pat at Heathrow airport. But the peace campaigner - criticised earlier for apparently failing to thank the rescuers - restated his opposition to foreign troops in the country. He also said he needed to reflect on whether he was "foolhardy or rational" to have gone to Iraq last year. Mr Kember, 74, of Pinner, London, and two Canadians were held for 117 days. Tribute paid Reading from a hand-written statement, Mr Kember said he...
  • America Supports You: Miss America Tours Pentagon, Thanks Troops (Put smiles on your faces)

    03/23/2006 5:51:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 819+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2006 – Reigning Miss America Jennifer Berry had nothing but good to say about servicemembers she met in a tour of the Pentagon today. Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry poses in front of the Pentagon with her famous crown March 23. Berry toured the Pentagon to meet with service members. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "It was absolutely wonderful and such an honor for me," the 22-year-old Tulsa, Okla., native said. Berry visited with soldiers after a briefing on Army operations and later met with sailors working down the hallway....
  • Vice President Thanks Scott Airmen for Terror War Support

    03/21/2006 5:12:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 28 replies · 322+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Senior Airman Rhina Portillochacon, USAF
    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., March 21, 2006 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney visited the U.S. military's transportation hub here today to thank U.S. servicemembers for their support in the global war on terror and assure them that the country won't abandon Iraq before the mission is completed. Vice President Richard B. Cheney rallies troops during a visit to Scott Air Force Base, Ill. March 21. Photo by Marv Lynchard   Cheney met with Air Force Gen. Norton Schwarz, who commands U.S. Transportation Command, before visiting the base's Hangar 1, where about 2,300 people awaited his speech. "These are...
  • PACOM Thanks USS Essex, 31ST MEU Marines For a Job Well Done

    03/02/2006 3:25:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 201+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Journalist (SW/AW) Christina Johnson
    USS ESSEX, At Sea (NNS) -- Adm. William J. Fallon, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, visited USS Essex (LHD 2) March 2, to thank the crew and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for their hard work during the Leyte humanitarian assistance, disaster relief efforts while the ship was underway off the Philippine coast. Essex, commanded by Capt. Martin J. Keaney, along with USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and elements of the 31st MEU, were diverted from the previously planned Exercise Balikatan 06 to help in the relief and recovery efforts after a devastating landslide covered a village in the southern...
  • Letter from Iraqi Mayor to 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Iraq)

    02/13/2006 4:37:17 PM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 47 replies · 1,410+ views
    Najim Abdullah Arid Al-Jibouri ^ | 2-13-06 | Najim Abdullah Arid Al-Jibouri
    A letter from the Mayor of Tall 'Afar, Iraq to the men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and their families. In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life. To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months. To those who spread smiles...
  • First Lady Offers Thanks, Encouragement at Italy Base

    02/10/2006 4:35:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 505+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2006 – First lady Laura Bush thanked U.S. airmen at Aviano Air Base, Italy, today for their sacrifices as they and their fellow servicemembers defend the United States and help bring peace and stability to the world. Stopping at Aviano on her way to Turin as leader of the U.S. delegation to the 2006 Olympic Games, Bush and several former Olympians traveling with her told the airmen they're America's true heroes. "These athletes make America proud," she said this year's U.S. Olympians and the former Olympians who joined her, including speed skater Eric Heiden, skaters Dorothy Hamill...
  • Bush Thanks Poles for Supporting Iraqi Democracy

    02/09/2006 9:08:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 299+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 9, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2006 – The United States and Poland are friends in liberty, President Bush said while hosting Polish President Lech Kaczynski at the White House today. "I thank the president and the Polish people for their support of the democracy movement in Iraq," Bush said. "We're strong allies and friends. We're friends in liberty, and we believe in peace." Poland has troops serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In September 2003, the Poles assumed command of the Multinational Division Central South in Iraq, and along with their multinational partners have helped train Iraqi forces and stabilize the south...
  • Sergeant thanks Congress for helping keep her team together

    02/01/2006 5:31:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 578+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    2/1/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- As the president spoke to the nation during the State of the Union address, an Airman sat in the gallery, dressed in blues, displaying the combat medals she earned in Iraq. America’s most prominent leaders were gathered in one room on Capitol Hill for the annual speech Jan. 31. Sitting attentively at her feet, the Airman’s German shepherd attended the speech too. Tech. Sgt. Jamie Dana is an Air Force security forces specialist and military working dog handler. In June she was severely injured by an improvised explosive device while on duty in Iraq with...
  • Hoorah – 58 Is A Beautiful Number (Alito is Confirmed -- Thank You Pres Bush and RNC)

    01/31/2006 10:22:45 AM PST · by PhiKapMom · 27 replies · 1,249+ views
    Polilpundit ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Lorie Byrd
    Hoorah – 58 Is A Beautiful Number It is now official. Justice Samuel Alito has been confirmed with a vote of 58 - 42. Gee, I wonder if the President will mention this vote tonight. There will be a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 at the White House. Polipundit and I are suggesting all those wishing to make it known how much you appreciate the confirmation of Justice Alito to contribute to the RNC to help elect more Republicans to the Congress. You might even want to tack on an extra 58 cents to your contribution (for each of the...
  • New Liberian President Thanks U.S. Sailors for Support

    01/17/2006 6:24:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 367+ views
    MONROVIA, Liberia, Jan. 17, 2006 – The newly elected president of Liberia visited USS Mount Whitney sailors and civilian mariners today while the ship was off the coast of Liberia's capital city, Monrovia. Mount Whitney, the U.S. 6th Fleet's flagship, and frigate USS Carr were deployed to the area as a sign of support for the newly elected leader. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came aboard via "Ghostrider," the MH-60S helicopter stationed aboard Mount Whitney. She briefly met with Navy Capt. Ladd Wheeler, the ship's skipper, and several other key staff members before having a brief tour and addressing the crew. "Thank...
  • Remembering WWII Vets.

    01/10/2006 11:13:08 AM PST · by tryon1ja · 11 replies · 2,256+ views
    Private Email | unknown | Sam Bierstock & John Melnick
    My Dad will be 84 on the 15th. of this month. He is one of the WWII vets still with us. The following email got me to thinking about him and how unique he has become and ever more so every day. He never talked much about the war and still doesn't until this day. About all he ever told me is that he drove a gasoline truck and that he spent a lot of time in North Africa and Italy. I know he won a bronze star because I saw it once. But other than that, he won't same...
  • Teen Sets Sights on 2.6 Million Thanks

    01/03/2006 4:18:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 169+ views
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2006 - LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2006 – The Defense Department's "America Supports You" program and Shauna Fleming, 16, founder of "A Million Thanks," launched the "2.6 in 2006" letter-writing campaign Jan. 1. The goal of the new campaign is to increase the number of letters of thanks sent to servicemembers through the "A Million Thanks" program to 2.6 million -- the total number of people in the armed forces, including the Guard and Reserve -- with the bulk of the letters coming from school-aged children. The initiative invites America's youth to make it their New...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Salutes, Thanks Servicemembers

    01/03/2006 4:03:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 336+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 3, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti, Jan. 3, 2006 – A Medal of Honor recipient saluted the work servicemembers are doing around the world as part of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's tour of the U.S. Central Command area. Retired Army Col. Jack Jacobs, who received the nation's highest award for heroism in the Vietnam War, told servicemembers that he has seen improvements all across the theater "and it's all because of you." Jacobs, a military analyst for NBC News, thanked the troops for their service. He spoke to thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines at 13 stops in...