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  • It takes decades to stand-up an army

    12/19/2005 2:23:26 PM PST · by Moonraker · 25 replies · 917+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | December 19, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Gen. Bolger also told me that a new soldier in the Iraqi Army makes around $300 a month, while the terrorists are offering about $300 per night for anyone willing to plant an IED. Yet Iraqi Army boot camps are turning out around 1,650 brand new soldiers every five weeks. That number is growing weekly, and is slated to double in 2006. Like the throngs of voters who queued up to the ballot box last week, volunteers who stand in the Iraqi army recruiting lines are not stupid. Nor are they so desperate for work they'll risk death for a...
  • Where we were when Pearl Harbor was attacked

    12/02/2005 5:57:53 AM PST · by Moonraker · 78 replies · 4,346+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | December 2, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    On December 7, future U.S. President George H.W. Bush was a 17-year-old student and captain of the baseball team at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. "I remember it well," he says. "We had just left church and started to walk across campus when someone shouted out, 'Pearl Harbor's been bombed.'" On his 18th birthday, the following June, Bush signed up to become a Naval aviator. He completed flight school and earned his commission a few days before his 19th birthday making him the youngest aviator in the Navy at that time.
  • 36th Infantry Division deploys to Balkans

    11/28/2005 3:40:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies · 794+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 28, 2005 | Sgt, Matthew Chlosta
    WACO, Texas (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2005) — A day after Thanksgiving, more than 1,500 Soldiers bound for a 14-month deployment to Kosovo and Bosnia were honored in a ceremony Nov. 25 at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center. A circular sea of green seats was filled by excited and emotional family members and friends at Baylor’s indoor arena in Waco, Texas. They were there to say goodbye to their Soldiers one last time before they departed for the Balkans. It was the first time 36th Infantry Division Soldiers were deploying to Europe since World War II. During the ceremony, guest...
  • The Badlands of Al Anbar

    11/21/2005 2:58:40 PM PST · by Moonraker · 8 replies · 989+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Insurgencies are not put down in a fortnight. But considering the successes in the recent counter-insurgency sweep in Iraq's Al Anbar Province, one fact becomes obvious to anyone with so much as a sliver of an understanding of ground combat operations: Eliminating the insurgency in Iraq is best left to those who best know how to do it.
  • 101st Airborne Division Unit Takes Control of Baghdad Sector

    11/07/2005 3:29:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 444+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division formally took control of the southwestern Baghdad area of operations from the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade Combat Team on Oct. 31. Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th BCT commander, and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. James Nelson cased the unit's colors, representing the end of their mission and responsibility for this area. Shortly after the 48th's guidon was cased, Army Col. Todd Ebel, commander of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, the brigade's senior enlisted soldier, uncased the colors...
  • Time to strengthen the bond between veteran and state

    11/07/2005 7:45:43 AM PST · by Sailor6468 · 2 replies · 449+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 7, 2005 | Brig. Gen. David L. Grange
    The older I get, the more I realize what an emotional and powerful experience it is to have served my country. And how incredibly strong the bond becomes between other men and women who have served.
  • 10th Mountain Division's Medic Training Pays Off in Iraq

    11/03/2005 3:19:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 357+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Spc. Carlos Caro
    U.S. Army medics from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry treat and evacuate Iraqi soldiers and civilians Oct. 11, 2005, in the Khadra area in western Baghdad after terrorists detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in the area. U.S. Army photo 10th Mountain Division's Medic Training Pays Off in Iraq Training in a civilian hospital emergency room prior to deployment helped prepare Army medics for treating injured soldiers and civilians in Iraq. By U.S. Army Spc. Carlos Caro 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2005 — Thanks to the time they spent training in a Syracuse, N.Y., emergency room,...
  • 82nd Airborne Division Becomes 'Waterborne' in New Orleans

    09/21/2005 5:57:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 367+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 21, 2005 – The Army's 82nd Airborne Division took to the water soon after it deployed to New Orleans to provide disaster relief assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the unit's two-star general said here Sept. 20. Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in New Orleans Sept. 3. They handed off their duties in the city to National Guardsmen earlier this week and are preparing to redeploy home to Fort Bragg, N.C. About 80 percent of the Crescent City was flooded after levees broke Aug. 30. That became a challenge for the paratroopers when they...

    09/05/2005 12:00:53 PM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 6 replies · 701+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | September 5, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    A few months ago, these same guys were fighting in Iraq. Now they were roaring down the highway in a long green line in central South Carolina, in the lane next to me. As I mentioned, they looked tough. But most also looked as if they were barely old enough to shave. Some of them probably had tubes of Clearasil (or whatever teenagers use today to fight acne) stowed away in their field packs.
  • Divided We Stand?

    08/29/2005 8:28:59 AM PDT · by rockyroadlove · 11 replies · 374+ views
    Personal Observation ^ | August 29th, 2005 | Raquel Moreno
    I have a question - If there are more than 500 Christian denominations in America alone, and thousands of religions and truths throughout the can humanity ever survive? Even Jesus once said that a kingdom divided cannot stand. What is the goal of religion? How can one people believe they alone are God's children? And why do we exploit the poor for ideaology? I have discovered a major key to why we are all divided. Besides the interpretation of texts which I do not encourage, but also the grand scheme behind confusion...the author of sin. Let us all decide...
  • Unit Trains for Routine, Ready for Unexpected

    08/03/2005 4:25:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Defend America ^ | Aug 3, 2005 | Army Spc. Matthew Wester
    The clinic serves as a battalion aid station and also provides lab, dental, x-ray and trauma services. TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 3, 2005 — "You never know what is going to roll up to the door," said U.S. Army Capt. Jacqueline L. Graul, brigade nurse for 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Graul is part of the staff at "Cobra" Clinic, run by C Company, 125th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which provides for the medical needs of soldiers at Camp Taji. "You don't get a second chance with a real casualty. All your training is on the line."...
  • Liberalism Breeds Terrorism - (super sarcastic, and right on the money!)

    07/26/2005 9:38:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 742+ views
    Being a rational thinker, it is often impossible to understand how Democrats can be so stupid. What exactly do the Democrats think is going to happen when they Balkanize America and invent categories for people so that no one is an American any longer but rather an "African-American" or an "Hispanic-American" or a woman or a homosexual whose allegiance shouldn't be to America but rather to the "cultural heritage" or the unique behavior that "defines" them? What do the Democrats think is going to happen when English is not the language of everyone but everyone is to speak their own...
  • DIVARTY cases its colors for Army transformation

    07/08/2005 6:06:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 34 replies · 883+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 8,2005 | Sgt. Stephanie L. Carl
    OAHU, Ha., (Army News Service, July 8, 2005) – When the 25th Infantry Division (Light) Division Artillery cased its colors June 15, it became the first division artillery brigade to deactivate in the Army’s transformation. Presently, there are 16 division artillery brigades, but after the transformation, only five or six will remain, said Col. Gary H. Cheek, DIVARTY commander. The headquarters elements of his DIVARTY will be consolidated and restructured within other combat brigades. Units like Battery F, 7th Field Artillery, or FA, Regiment, are inactivating, while direct support battalions like 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment and 2nd Battalion,...
  • New York Reservists Go From Ground Zero to Iraq (Prepare for Blurry Screen)

    07/05/2005 3:51:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 938+ views
    Defend America ^ | July 5, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Julie Nicolov
    Army Reservists assigned to the 101st Cavalry, 42nd Infantry Division were tasked with clean-up and security details at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001; they now serve in Iraq. FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERNSTEIN, Iraq, July 5, 2005 — He bounced out of the gunner’s hatch of his armored humvee, removed his helmet to assess the desert landscape of Forward Operating Base Bernstein, Iraq, and made his observation. “Man, I would love to plant some tomatoes out here,” said U.S. Army Spc. James Letohic, scout, 42nd Infantry Division command group personal security detail. “They’d get as big as basketballs!”...
  • Taiwan's opposition leader to meet China's Hu(divide and conquer?)

    04/20/2005 6:22:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 04/20/05 | Kathrin Hille's opposition leader to meet China's HuBy Kathrin Hille in Taipei Published: April 20 2005 11:43 | Last updated: April 20 2005 11:43Lien Chan, chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang, will meet China's President Hu Jintao next week, a move set to force the island's government to make a quick decision on its cross-Strait policy.After China passed an "anti-secession law" enshrining the threat of force against Taiwan, Taipei suspended cross-Strait trade and investment liberalisation. The government wanted political concessions from Beijing in exchange for reviving dialogue. China has disrupted this strategy by taking advantage of Taiwan's internal divisions. By showering...
  • Christian coalitions of the willing

    03/24/2005 11:30:27 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 122+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 23, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    I think President Bush's use of "coalitions of the willing" as a replacement for rigid treaties and lines of demarcation between allies and enemies makes an interesting application to our Christian cooperation with each other. This is particularly true in the sense that modern believers in Christ have factionalized themselves with their own rigid and outdated creedal "treaties," whether written or unwritten.
  • Tolerating error

    03/17/2005 1:14:06 PM PST · by GospelUnion · 150+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 15, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    Tolerating error In recognizing the brotherhood of all who have put on Christ, one sincere concern of some good friends has been that I may be tolerating error--that I may come to accept the errors of denominationalism or the deeply divided "religious world." Rest assured, I'm not. I still remain just a Christian, not a hyphenated or a sectarian one. But there is a world of difference between tolerating an error and tolerating a person who is in error. ...
  • Bickering, bloodsport of siblings

    03/17/2005 11:46:50 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 7 replies · 276+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2005 | Robin Greene Hagey
    You should worry if your kids aren't squabbling, say the experts. Home is the lab where children can try out behaviors.There's a reason the Felicity Huffman character on ABC's hit show "Desperate Housewives" has resonated with viewers, no doubt a good many of them parents. She's the one who went from high-powered career woman to stay-at-home mom with four kids, three of them out-of-control boys who do nothing but argue, fight and generally wreak havoc wherever they go.The incessant sound of their children's bickering can drive many real-life parents to play a game of "Can you top this?" with other...
  • Social Security and Political Realignments - (encouraging, profound analysis by Noel Sheppard)

    03/01/2005 7:18:39 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 451+ views
    One Sunday this past November, President Bush’s chief strategist Karl Rove went on the talk show circuit to discuss the possibility that 2004 would be depicted by historians as being a realigning election. A little over three months later, with the nation fixated on Social Security reform, his opinions seem remarkably prescient. According to Wikipedia: “[A realigning election is one] in which geographic bases of power for each of the two parties [are] significantly altered, resulting in a new political power structure and status quo. It is generally believed that a realigning election happens only after a shift in partisan...
  • When Perception Becomes Reality - (yet another winner from JB Williams!)

    01/13/2005 9:17:13 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 608+ views
    When opinion is accepted as fact, perception soon becomes reality, at least for those who share these opinions and cling to the resulting perceptions. Herein lies the reason for the division in America today and unless we make a concerted effort to separate perception from reality, opinion from fact, fiction from truth, that division will continue. How is it that an individual can read the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and see the word “of” as relates freedom of press, speech, or redress, yet the word “from” as relates only to religion? How does one reason that we can...