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  • US will welcome target of 10,000 Syria refugees, says Kerry

    07/13/2016 7:34:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 110 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/13/16 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The United States will welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year as promised by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday. Washington has been criticized by some activists for moving too slowly to settle those fleeing the conflict, while Obama's opponents warn their number may include terrorists. But Kerry said the United States is now on course to admit 10,000 vulnerable refugees, chosen from UN camps and vetted by US security and intelligence agencies. "It's also representing six-fold increase over what we did the year before," Kerry said, referring to the US fiscal year,...
  • patriots, conservatives, like minded friends

    05/07/2015 3:44:40 PM PDT · by Misty K. R. · 61 replies
    I just joined and am looking for like minded individuals to be friends with and discuss issues.
  • The truth about AUTOGYNEPHILIA (Bruce Jenner problem?)

    Bruce Jenner is a raging autogynephile! Great article that cuts through the "gender identity" BS and tells what's really happening.
  • Is Saudi Arabia Allowing Jews to Work in the Kingdom?

    12/30/2014 10:38:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/14 | Ben Ariel
    Saudi Arabia has reportedly begun to allow Jews to work in the kingdom, according to a local newspaper. On Tuesday, the Saudi daily Al-Watan reported that Saudi authorities are now allowing people of all faiths, including Jews, to work in the kingdom, saying this was proof of the country's openness to other religions and cultures. The report was translated from Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The Saudi religious establishment is divided over the issue of foreign workers in the country, noted MEMRI, due to differing interpretations of a hadith of the Prophet Mohammed that states, "Remove...
  • City officials welcome German students

    04/19/2014 6:15:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — After spending the morning at Buena High School, a group of 16 students from Radebeul, Germany visited Sierra Vista City Hall on Thursday. Meeting with Mayor Rick Mueller, City Council Member Gwen Calhoun, and City Manger Chuck Potucek, the students learned about some of the differences and similarities in how the city operates here compared to Sierra Vista’s sister city, back in Germany. The same can be said for many aspects of the local culture, like how the schools work, what the food is like and, of course, the climate. “The cars are very different, and the...
  • P.G. council member Toles to welcome new Chick-fil-A

    08/09/2012 9:15:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    The decision whether to eat at Chick-fil-A has become a hot-button issue since the fast food company’s president opened up about his support for traditional marriage, but one local politician says she’s not making a political statement by welcoming the company with open arms. Prince George's County Council member Karen R. Toles, a Democrat, said she’s attending the opening of a Chick-fil-A in District Heights on Thursday to celebrate the economic development in her community. “When you have someone who hires over 100 people from your county alone, that is something to celebrate,” Ms. Toles said. Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy...
  • Obama Says Jobs Report Is 'Welcome' News, as Romney Blasts Job Growth As 'Weak'

    04/07/2012 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Son House · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 06, 2012 |
    Economists have worried all along that job growth couldn't sustain the strong December-to-February pace. They also worry that a 66-cent run-up in gasoline prices (to a national average $3.94 a gallon) so far this year will discourage consumer spending -- though American households are more resilient financially after cutting their debts. Most economists expect annual growth this year of just 2.5 percent. Normally, it takes annual growth of 4 percent to lower the unemployment rate 1 percentage point over a year. The job market is improving largely because the pace of layoffs has fallen sharply. The staffing firm Challenger, Gray...
  • Newbie to Free Republic

    03/19/2012 1:17:13 PM PDT · by TPD_Jim.Smith · 196 replies
    I am new to Free Republic. I look forward to being a small part of this community. I see by many of the postings that most of the posters on this website are ANTI-Romney. That is good because I am too. I am a conservative from Tallahassee, Florida. I am torn between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Reading some of the postings I see there are passionate folks on the Newt side as well as on the Rick side. I am leaning toward Rick Santorum because I think he can best beat Romney in the Primary and frankly I think...
  • Hundreds cheer Wounded Warriors at Bush Intercontinental Airport

    05/21/2011 7:26:06 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 7 replies
    KHOU 11 News Houston ^ | May 20, 2011 | Doug Miller
    HOUSTON—Hundreds of people gathered at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Friday to welcome more than 200 wounded veterans to Houston. The veterans, many of them in wheelchairs or on crutches, passed through a cordon of cheering civilians waving flags and yelling their thanks. Some people in the crowd stepped out to shake the veterans hands or hug them and welcome them to Texas. "Awesome," said one of the veterans. "God bless Texas." (snip) "In the morning they’re going to see 200 boats sitting on the water with volunteers that are opening their hearts to show these soldiers a really good time...
  • Big welcome home set for returning soldiers

    03/24/2011 4:57:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 1+ views
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review ^ | Beatrice Richardson • Herald/Review
    Ty Langley, 13, helps hang up a welcome home poster for soldiers of Bravo Company, 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, who are expected to arrive sometime this morning from Afghanistan. In the second photo, Ty’s mother, Tracy Langley, and he look over a number of welcome home banners to be put up in the Barnes Field House on the post. She is the wife of Capt. C.J. Langley, the company commander, who deployed for a year to Afghanistan, and is expected to return to the fort on the next flight either later this month or early in April. The advance party...
  • Marjah Locals Welcome Operation Moshtarak as a 'New Dawn'

    02/20/2010 11:27:10 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 292+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Courtesy UK Ministry of Defence
    Courtesy UK Ministry of Defence As Operation MOSHTARAK enters its second week, local people in Marjah have voiced their thanks to the ISAF troops involved in clearing the area of insurgents. In a briefing to the media today, Friday 19 February 2010, UK military spokesman Major General Gordon Messenger said that locals within the agricultural population of the town are welcoming troops arriving in the area. Operation MOSHTARAK is being conducted in Marjah area by predominantly American and Afghan troops, while British troops and their Afghan partners have been concentrating in the Nad 'Ali district. Maj Gen Messenger said...
  • Ask anything about Sweden.

    02/11/2010 2:24:36 PM PST · by The Swedish Guy · 249 replies · 3,932+ views
    Hi! New member here. Just wanted to see if there are any interesting questions about Sweden. I'll answer them all as best as I possibly can.
  • Are You New To Free Republic or the Tea Party Movement and/or former Obama supporters?

    02/10/2010 4:24:12 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 208 replies · 2,711+ views
    Today Feb 10, 2010 | self
    Saw a post today from someone who was an Obama supporter but who now regrets that support very much and is slowly but surely becoming educated and aware of the deception that was perpetrated to get Obambi into power. Met a table full of people at the Tea Party Nation convention banquet who were in the Tea Party movement but who had never heard of Free Republic (and of course, recommended FR to them all). Wondering if those who may be new to FR from either of these domains might want to post some comments.
  • Welcome Home - From Ford

    02/03/2010 10:43:41 AM PST · by TruthBeforeAll · 10 replies · 774+ views
    Unknown ^ | Ford
  • Just started here

    01/17/2010 9:31:34 PM PST · by ksgoat · 34 replies · 878+ views
    I have just fully gotten my account started on this site. I have read Free Republic for a few years now. But I believe it is important to get the message of what the Republic is out to all. I am retired from the US NAVY, Dad to four, grand-dad to eight, Married to Sharon since 1983. I have survived cancer. I lost my left kidney to it this past September. Conservative almost to a fault as I was brought up as a liberal democrat. Mom was a teacher and Dad was a telephone lineman(IBEW). Voted for a Democrat for...
  • MA FREEPERS: Help Welcome Obama To MA on Sunday

    01/15/2010 9:18:42 PM PST · by no dems · 35 replies · 1,258+ views
    January 15, 2010 | no dems
    Hey Massachusetts Freepers: TELL ME IF THIS IS TOO RADICAL. Obama is coming to MA to campaign for Coakley on Sunday. How about if the MA Freepers and MA Tea Partiers combine forces and show up at his rallies and drown him out with BOOS & CAT CALLS and send him packing with his ego in complete meltdown?
  • Redeploying Troops Get Holiday Homecoming

    12/23/2009 3:40:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 267+ views
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 23, 2009 – Two days before Christmas, the longest line today at the airport here wasn’t at a ticket counter, or at security checkpoints. It was at the international terminal, where hundreds of well-wishers lined up to welcome about 150 troops home from combat deployments. Troops returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan get a hearty holiday homecoming as they arrive at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. DoD photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Families, veterans, beauty queens, students enjoying the first day of their holiday vacations and even Santa Claus began descending on...
  • Wounded Warriors Get Heroes‘ Welcome at Andrews

    10/02/2009 3:58:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 805+ views
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md., Oct. 2, 2009 – Minutes after the hulking C-17 transport jet rolled to a stop on the tarmac, two oversized ambulances backed up to its rear loading ramp to receive its precious cargo: 23 wounded warriors and sick or injured servicemembers in need of advanced medical care. The 779th Aeromedical Staging Facility at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., transports a severely wounded soldier being medically evacuated from Iraq for advanced treatment care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. DoD photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Most of the patients...
  • L.A. to Kanye -- We Forgive You!!!

    09/27/2009 10:32:09 AM PDT · by Saije · 10 replies · 516+ views
    TMZ ^ | 9/27/2009 | Staff
    He may be a social pariah everywhere else -- but when Kanye West made a surprise appearance at Common's benefit concert last night in Hollywood, he got a hero's welcome. The crowd at the show -- which featured Common, Nas, Ludacris, De La Soul, The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more -- just exploded when Kanye rushed out on stage. He stayed for a few songs -- including "Good Life" and "Run This Town" -- and had the crowd going nuts the whole time. Kanye was able to perform without interruption.
  • Video: Cheering Crowd Gives Lockerbie Bomber ‘Hero’s’ Welcome Home to Libya

    08/23/2009 6:45:58 PM PDT · by Justaham · 6 replies · 481+ views ^ | 8-23-09
    The Lockerbie bomber tonight landed in Libya to a hero's welcome as thousands greeted him at the airport waving flags and posters. He was greeted by a mob who had descended on Mitiga Airport brandishing placards and cheering. Some displayed Megrahi's face on their t-shirts while others waved Libyan and Scottish flags For more details and photos:
  • Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie Bomber Receives Hero's Welcome on Return to Libya - Video 8/20/09

    08/21/2009 6:07:46 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 19 replies · 728+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 21, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi arriving back in Libya to a hero's welcome. As he descended the steps of the airplane that flew him home from Scotland, you can see him waving his arms in victory as music plays and the crowd cheers. If ever there is a picture of the stark difference in moral values between America and the nations influenced and dominated by Radical Islam, here it is. We mourn the death of 270 innocent people while they cheer as a hero their killer. . . . (Watch Video)
  • Jubilant Crowd Greets Lockerbie Bomber At Airport In Tripoli (Videos)

    08/20/2009 8:33:51 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 1 replies · 241+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 8/21/09 | talkradio03
    Looking at the video, you'd think it was someone who had just won 5 gold medals in the Olympics getting off the plane, sadly this SOB is responsible for killing 270 people in 1988...
  • Lockerbie bomber arrives in Libya (Video)

    08/20/2009 8:38:43 PM PDT · by dervish · 19 replies · 1,328+ views
    You Tube ^ | 8/20/09
    Hero's welcome for Lockerbie terrorist link
  • Lockerbie Convict Returns to Jubilant Welcome

    08/20/2009 6:35:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 759+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 21, 2009 | ALAN COWELL and A. G. SULZBERGER
    Over ferocious American objections, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie jet bombing, flew home to a jubilant welcome in Libya on Thursday night after the Scottish government ordered his release on compassionate grounds. Mr. Megrahi,57, a former Libyan intelligence agent, had served 8 years of a 27-year minimum sentence on charges of murdering 270people in Britain’s worst terrorist episode. Widely forecast in British news reports over the past week, his release angered many Americans whose relatives died in the bombing, leaving them to confront anew the agony and anguish of loss and to question...
  • Freed Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi gets hero's welcome

    08/20/2009 2:00:20 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 39 replies · 1,120+ views
    al-Megrahi was greeted at the airport in Tripoli by thousands of his cheering countrymen. Loudspeakers blared patriotic music and a ceremony with the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was said to be planned.
  • Fort Campbell welcomes home Vietnam vets

    08/16/2009 10:58:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,423+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/16/2009 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    Tears filled the eyes of some Vietnam veterans who were warmly greeted with cheers from their family and friends Sunday in an re-enactment of their original return from the war, when they were often met with angry demonstrators and harsh headlines. The ceremony was a first for the 101st Airborne Division and the Army, said Maj. Patrick Seiber, an Army spokesman based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. "Our hope is that other units and other posts will follow our lead in having this type of ceremony," he said...
  • True Irish welcome for U.S. troops at wedding party

    07/31/2009 9:49:03 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 36 replies · 1,559+ views
    IrishCentral ^ | July 23, 2009 | KELLY FINCHAM
    U.S. soldiers were given a true Irish welcome at a wedding in Co Clare this week. The 300 troops were stranded in Shannon last weekend after their Iraq-bound plane was grounded. As luck would have it, they were booked into the same hotel as the wedding party for Amelia Walsh and Sean O'Neill. And so the 300 troops were invited to join the festivities at the Clare Inn in Newmarket-on-Fergus. The groom's uncle, Joe O'Neill said: "It didn’t take long before the combat fatigues were manoeuvring to the strains of ‘The Walls of Limerick'." The happy couple posed for pictures...
  • CNN Anchor's Smackdown: Bush Got Just as Warm a Welcome in Africa as Obama

    07/13/2009 4:15:26 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies · 2,616+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | July 13, 2009 | el Sheppard
    Future attorneys are taught in law school to never ask a witness a question they don't already know the answer to. On Saturday, CNN's Don Lemon learned this lesson the hard way. Well after President Obama finished his speech in Ghana, Lemon was speaking live to correspondent Nkepile Mabuse who was reporting on location. When Lemon asked whether the warm reception Obama received upon his arrival Friday was unprecedented, Mabuse caught him quite off guard with her response. Pay particular attention to Lemon's body language when Mabuse says, "It's not unprecedented. When President Bush was here, you will remember, in...
  • Army team gives special welcome home to all wounded

    06/30/2009 6:36:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 643+ views ^ | Holly Meyer
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 29, 2009) -- Wounded Soldiers sent home from overseas are greeted by their own before they are even off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The Army’s wounded are welcomed back to the country by a team of three Soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington: the Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals team. Col. James Conaway, Master Sgt. Jon Taylor and Master Sgt. Juan Reyna act as advocates and liaisons for wounded Soldiers transitioning back to the United States. “We help to coordinate, communicate and just take care of all the...
  • A touch of home (Troops in Bangor)

    05/23/2009 10:20:02 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 2 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 24, 2009 | David Filipov
    A touch of home At Bangor's airport, the gateway back for many troops, greeters make sure they get the warmest of welcomes By David Filipov Globe Staff / May 24, 2009 BANGOR - As a chaplain in the US Army's First Cavalry Division, Captain Edward Tolliver just spent nearly a year in Iraq as the guy to whom soldiers came for advice, comfort, or just a welcome face. But on a recent May evening in Bangor International Airport, Tolliver was the one receiving the comforting embrace.
  • Hero's welcome for Biden in Kosovo (Operation 'Get Biden out of the country' Hugh Success)

    05/21/2009 3:41:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 570+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/21/09 | Ismet Hajdari
    PRISTINA (AFP) – Vice President Joe Biden received a hero's welcome Thursday as the most senior US official yet to visit Kosovo since its disputed declaration of independence from Serbia last year. "Kosovo's independence was the only viable option for stability in the region," Biden told a special sitting of the Kosovo parliament in Pristina. "Your independence is irreversible," he said in a speech lawmakers greeted with several standing ovations. "The success of an independent Kosovo is a priority for our administration." Cheered on by a huge crowd, Biden's motorcade had made its way towards the parliament along streets lined...
  • Indiana Welcomes Guard Members Home

    02/02/2009 5:26:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. William E. Henry, USA
    INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 2, 2009 – The Hoosier State welcomed home its National Guardsmen who have deployed around the globe during a tribute at Lucas Oil Stadium here Jan. 31. U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Euripides Perez, an Indiana National Guardsman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, briefs soldiers before entering Lucas Oil Stadium during the homecoming celebration in Indianapolis, Jan. 31, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William E. Henry  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Thousands of loved ones, friends and fellow Indiana residents, including Gov. Mitch Daniels, paid tribute to more than 4,500 soldiers and airmen who...
  • Sadr City residents welcome IA, MND-B Soldiers into homes (How things have changed)

    12/13/2008 8:19:30 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 531+ views
    BAGHDAD – The residents of Tharwa 1 shook hands with Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Battalion, 42nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division, in the streets as they conducted house-to-house searches for unauthorized weapons and the residents gladly opened their doors and welcomed the Soldiers inside. Most residents offered tea and breakfast and they took handbills and tip cards with great interest as they hoped to show the Soldiers they were willing to help out in order to keep the area safe for their children. “The people here in Sadr City really appreciate our efforts, and...
  • Program helps welcome troops, families 'home' after deployment

    11/07/2008 4:34:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 236+ views
    11/7/2008 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -- Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command has a new office charged with ensuring deploying reservists and their families are well taken care of. The Office of Deployment Cycle Support manages the command's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. "The program helps Airmen and their families face the challenges of deployment," said Col. Mary Hill, DCS director. "It provides the family with information about the many programs and services that are available to help them and it addresses issues and concerns that families face when reintegrating back to their home communities." Colonel Hill and Master...
  • America Supports You: New Jersey Cities to Welcome Units Home in Grand Style

    10/22/2008 10:36:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 291+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2008 – Two units of the 82nd Airborne Division will be treated to a heroes’ welcome in November when Holmdel and Middletown, N.J., host a joint homecoming for their “adopted” troops. The units and the cities were paired by America Supporting Americans, a California-based nonprofit group that links military units with communities across the country. “The centerpiece of ASA's work is the Adopt-A-Unit Program,” said Linda Patterson, the group’s president and founder. “Believing that a strong, supportive connection between young men and women of our armed forces and the civilian communities they are ready and willing...
  • Ceremony Of Welcome At The Government House In Sydney

    07/19/2008 12:49:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 1 replies · 97+ views
    EWTN ^ | July 17, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    On Thursday 17 July 2008, the Holy Father was formally welcomed to Australia by the Governor General, the Prime Minister and other officials. He delivered the following address. Your Excellencies, Dear Australian Friends, It is with great joy that I greet you today. I would like to thank the Governor-General, Major-General Michael Jeffery and Prime Minister Rudd for honouring me by their presence at this ceremony and for welcoming me so graciously. As you know, I have been able to enjoy some quiet days since my arrival in Australia last Sunday. I am most grateful for the hospitality that has...
  • President Bush Welcomes Rolling Thunder Leadership to White House

    05/25/2008 5:50:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 71 replies · 1,816+ views
    The White House ^ | May 25, 2008 | Office of the Press Secretary
    THE PRESIDENT: It's been a pleasure of my presidency to get to know the leaders of Rolling Thunder. For our fellow citizens who don't know Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder is the moment in time here in Washington, on Memorial Day Weekend, when thousands of motorcyclers come to the nation's capital to pay tribute to those who have died in service, to those who sacrificed, and those who serve. And it's a magnificent sight. We just choppered in, Artie, and saw your brothers and sisters cranking up their machines and driving through the nation's capital -- many of them have got...
  • The pope in America

    04/15/2008 6:14:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 65+ views
    The Economist ^ | 4/15/2008
    THREE years ago, in the final weeks of Pope John Paul II's papacy, the Vatican's diplomatic service took great care to distance the Catholic Church from American foreign policy, in order to protect Christians in mainly Muslim lands from being tarred with the same brush as the Bush administration. But as his successor Pope Benedict XVI arrives on Tuesday April 15th for a five-day trip to the United States, the gap between the Vatican and America seems to have narrowed a great deal. The Vatican fear that Middle Eastern Christians would pay a high price for the perceived misdeeds of...
  • US President Bush warmly welcomed — and protested — in Croatia

    04/04/2008 6:45:15 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 163+ views
    International Herald Tribune - Europe ^ | April 4, 2008 | Associated Press
    ZAGREB, Croatia: U.S. President George W. Bush was warmly welcomed by the government in Croatia on Friday and he praised the ex-Yugoslav country as a trusted ally. But his opponents used the occasion to protest his foreign policies. Bush came to Zagreb from a NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, where Croatia was invited to join the alliance, one of the government's top goals. "We celebrate your invitation to become one of America's closest allies," Bush said in a toast to President Stipe Mesic. "We're so proud of our relationship," Bush said. Croatia's government sees Bush's two-day visit as a clear...
  • Struggling but Grateful, Liberia Welcomes Bush

    02/21/2008 11:09:42 PM PST · by ari-freedom · 9 replies · 156+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2008 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    MONROVIA, Liberia — It has been 30 years since a sitting president of the United States has visited this West African nation, and in the decades since, rebel generals with nicknames like Butt Naked laid waste to this seaside country, raping and plundering, and a brutal warlord named Charles G. Taylor campaigned for the presidency under the slogan, “He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him anyway.” Now Mr. Taylor is gone, pushed out in 2003 after more than a decade of civil war, and Liberia is taking tender steps toward recovery under Ellen...
  • “First of the First” return from 7 month deployment

    02/21/2008 5:06:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 87+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. M. Trent Lowry, USMC
    Cpl. Eric A. Otero, a squad leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, hugs his daughter Kiali, 3, after returning Feb. 12 from a seven-month deployment. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2008) -- Wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, and other friends were among the excited greeters waiting for the return of Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Feb. 12 at the battalion’s home at 53 Area, Camp Horno. Flags waved and children played on the parade deck behind the headquarters building for 1/1 – the “First of the First” – who were drawing to...
  • Rochester-based soldiers return home

    11/14/2007 3:42:21 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 196+ views
    Post-Bulletin ^ | 11/14/2007 | Post-Bulletin
    Flags, applause, hugs and tears greeted 27 soldiers from the Rochester-based 79th Military Police Co. of the Army Reserve as they rolled into the city this morning for a homecoming celebration. Flags and motorcycles from the Minnesota Patriot Guard as well as nearly 200 family and friends were waiting for the soldiers as they returned to their unit's home after 14 months on active duty, mostly in Iraq. Fire trucks were parked on U.S. 52 overpasses as another greeting, and firefighters at the Army Reserve Center pulled out the ladder on their truck to hang the American flag from it....
  • America Supports You: Carolina Panthers Welcome Home War Heroes

    11/09/2007 4:37:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 84+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Antonette Maltagliati
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2007 – When the Carolina Panthers football players enter the stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 11 night for their Veterans Day home game, they will be joined by a large cannon blast and six war heroes. Former Marine Staff Sgt. Edwin Bono, center, reacts after tossing a football into a Carolina Panthers locker-room bin, as players, fellow veterans and family members cheer him on in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 6, 2007. Bono’s toss earned him a mid-field spot for the pre-game coin toss at the Panthers vs. Falcons game on Veterans Day. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Northwest Baghdad residents welcome variety of improvements

    09/14/2007 6:18:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Sgt. 1st Class Mendez J. Frith, Bravo Battery 9th Engineer Battalion, enjoys a brief chat with neighborhood youngsters while checking on a variety of essential service projects in northwest Baghdad. USACE photo. BAGHDAD — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing more than $50 million in essential service projects in northwest Baghdad. Water and sewer lines are being repaired, roads paved, and electrical distribution networks upgraded under contracts USACE is managing. “And that’s just a portion of the work being carried out there,” said Lt. Col. Glen Masset, commander of the U.S. Army’s 9th Engineer Battalion, who keeps track of...
  • Family, Friends Welcome Stinger Battery (Marines, sailors return from seven-month tour in Iraq.)

    09/06/2007 5:28:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 143+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Lance Cpl. Robert C. Frenke
    By Lance Cpl. Robert C. FrenkeMarine Corps Base Camp Butler OKINAWA, Japan, Sept. 6, 2007 — More than 130 Marines and sailors from 1st Stinger Battery, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, returned here 1 a.m. Sept. 4 following the unit’s first combat deployment since the start of the war on terrorism. During the deployment, the servicemembers helped secure the movement of more than 100,000 vehicles and personnel while ensuring the safe, uninterrupted flow of personnel, supplies and materiel required for sustaining missions and operations at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, according to Capt. Christopher A....
  • Yo, Bush! And welcome to Australia

    09/06/2007 1:40:55 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 396+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 6th September 2007 | Piers Akerman
    YO, Bush! Welcome to Sydney. Forgive the informality, but you're a Texan and Australia is a pretty laid back as you'd know from the Aussies you've met over the years and though you're only visiting briefly, a lot of us hope you get to experience something of the flavour of the country we love while you're here. You've had an opportunity to see something of the Harbour, the Bridge and the Opera House and perhaps you'll get a chance to see Bondi and some other famous beaches before you leave. I certainly hope so. As you know from your escapades...
  • Residents of Hababiyah welcome Cavalry troops

    08/14/2007 7:00:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Courtney Marulli
    Members of Company D, 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry, attached to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, went door-to-door recently in the neighborhoods of Hababiyah, in eastern Baghdad, to greet the people and collect information. Photo by Spc. Courtney Marulli, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH — Knowing the lay of the land is important for a successful operation, but just as important is knowing the local people and showing them that coalition forces are here to help, and not harm them.Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company D, 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry, attached...
  • America Supports You: Dallas Cowboys Welcome Wounded Troops

    08/14/2007 6:33:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2007 – The National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys took a break from training camp recently to express team members’ gratitude to injured servicemembers recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. More than 25 injured servicemembers recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Bank of America representatives enjoyed a day at the Dallas Cowboy's training camp at the Alamodome in San Antonio, on Aug. 6, 2007. Bank of America is the football team's official bank and its military segment capitalized on the relationship to create the opportunity and...
  • Gates Joins Revelers to Welcome Troops Home

    05/03/2007 10:05:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 269+ views
    DALLAS, May 3, 2007 – Almost 200 deployed troops got a Texas-sized homecoming today as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates joined hundreds of friends, family members and local residents to welcome them home from the Middle East for two weeks of rest and recuperation leave. Kimberly Smith embraces Army Spc. Corie Barran at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport after he arrives home May 3 for two weeks of rest and recuperation leave from his deployment to Iraq. Photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates took his place alongside the flag-waving, banner-carrying, chanting revelers gathered at Dallas/Fort...
  • Al-Doura residents welcome Soldiers, security

    02/23/2007 5:56:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
    Bronx, N.Y., native Staff Sgt. Juan A. Lopez, speaks Arabic with some Iraqi children during his unit’s patrol of a market in Baghdad’s Al Doura district. BAGHDAD -- “Face time.” It seems to be a term used more by celebrities than Soldiers, but as Iraqi Army and Police go on patrols with Coalition forces, “face time” is something one unit is saying is very important to their mission of capturing the bad guys. On what’s become a normal patrol mission in Baghdad’s northwest Al-Doura neighborhood, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers are using...