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Friday, April 07, 2006

Blue Skies and Sun!

Well, here it is Friday again. The last 2 weeks have felt like I've been in a Time Warp Continuum. (Not that I even really know what that is, but I heard it on StarGate - SG1 and they had a devil of a time with it.)
I've been trying to get caught up on the paperwork for our business and dealing with the Fibro and MPS. As the bumper sticker says, "Sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug." Been both of these the past couple of weeks.

But, the rain has stopped for the moment and the sun is doing it's darndest to shine on through.

So, I thought we'd have a Good News Day here. There's been enough of the other kind this last week or so.

From the US Department of Defense:

World Affairs Council Honors U.S. Servicemembers

By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2006 – The U.S. military's top general
accepted a prestigious award on behalf of the men and women of the U.S. military
in a ceremony here last night.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace waits for the ovation to finish April 4 after he received the "Global Service Award" on behalf of the U.S. armed forces, presented by the World Affairs
Council of Washington D.C.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace accepted the "Global Service Award" from the World Affairs Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes greater understanding of world affairs. The award honors "individuals and organizations that have made an important contribution in the international arena," according to information on the organization's Web site.
Pace told the audience that military families also deserve recognition. "As a Marine, when I was in combat I knew when I was in trouble," he said. "And, by the way, when I was in trouble I had Marines on my right and my left. That's not a bad place to be.
"But our families don't know when we're in trouble. And they sit at home, and they pray, and they worry at every moment that their son or daughter, husband or wife is in danger," Pace said.
Read the rest here.
Hooah!! Oorah!! and the thingie the Air Force yells!!!
(Was this on the news? I don't watch it very often so I don't know if it was or not. Did anyone out there see anything about it?)

A young girl smiles at 1st Lt. Marcia Frazho after receiving a bag of assorted goods during a recent Adopt-A-Village visit to Gadia in Parwan Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jennifer Redente)

An Iraqi boy rests on the arm of U.S. Army Cpl. James Reinhard outside an Iraqi police department in Baghdad, Iraq.

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bart A. Bauer, U.S. Navy.

(I can't get enough of the photos of our Troops with the kids there.)


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JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition corpsmen rushed to the assistance of two girls, 8 and 10, who were injured when a Soviet-era land mine exploded near here March 31.
The incident occurred when one of the girls picked up the device – one of millions that litter the Afghan countryside – and began playing with it.
“The landmine that injured these girls is called a ‘toe-popper,’” explained Navy Lt. Aric Aghayan, battalion surgeon for the 1st Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment, deployed to eastern Afghanistan from Kaneohe Bay , Hawaii .
“The reason it is called a ‘toe-popper’ is because if you step on one, it will blow off your toes. It is designed to maim its victims. It is very small and doesn’t look menacing, but it brings damage and destruction,” he said.
Two corpsmen – Seamen Michael Ewing and Charles Mark – ran more than a mile
to help the girls, and were the first on the scene.
“Both girls were seriously injured, but the older sister was in a more critical state,” recalled Ewing, a native of Mount Laurel , N.J.
“We immediately started treating the girls, starting with the older sister,” said Mark, from Dinuba , Calif. “We stabilized her and then had her transported back to our medical facility at JAF.
From there, the girls were airlifted to Bagram Airfield. They are both going to
be OK.” Aghayan, of Shawnee , Kan. , praised Ewing and Mark for keeping cool
and letting their training come into play.
“It was a great exercise in teamwork,” he said. “I am very impressed by these two corpsmen and by the job all our corpsmen have been doing since we got to Afghanistan ” in January.
As impressed he was with Ewing and Mark, it was the elder sister who amazed
him, he said. “The older girl … was incredibly stoic and brave and kept her
cool the entire time,” Aghayan said. “Before she was airlifted to Bagram for
surgery, she said something to us, which our interpreter translated as, ‘God
bless you guys for helping me and my sister.’ ”
Chief Petty Officer Claude English, the senior enlisted medical department representative for the 1/3 Marines, said the incident could have had a different outcome had the corpsmen not followed their instincts.
“We want to help people who are hurt,” said
English, himself a corpsman. “It’s not just our job – it’s who we are.”

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TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi Soldiers and Police teamed up to rescue three Iraqi kidnap
victims April 5 in Mosul.

A local citizen’s tip led Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, Iraqi police and Soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade to a house in Mosul. The combined force entered the house and found three Iraqis chained to the wall of the basement. The joint force freed the hostages. No one was injured during the rescue.

Recent tips from Iraqi civilians have led to the discovery of kidnap victims, suspected terrorists and weapons caches and have shown the increased trust and confidence in the security forces around northern Iraq.


Created at 4/5/2006 6:22 AM by Christopher J. Augustine
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I hope you all have a windshield kind of weekend!

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