Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Medal of Honor Speaks Out

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Troops Come Home: To war and back

The late Philip Graham, once one of the owners of The Washington Post, famously said that "journalism is the first draft of history."

On this the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that launched the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we find it fitting to look at that draft of history as it has appeared in The Fayetteville Observer.

In sum, they capture the story of war that isn't over on a day when we pause to be grateful that so many of the men and women who serve are home safe, at least for a time.


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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Under the rainbows...

Under the rainbows...
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

U.S, may slow pace of troop withdrawal from Iraq

BAGHDAD - American commanders, worried about increased violence in the wake of Iraq's inconclusive elections, are reconsidering the pace of a major troop pullout this summer, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The withdrawal of the first major wave of troops is expected to be delayed by about a month, the officials said. Waiting much longer could endanger President Obama's goal of reducing the force level from 92,000 to 50,000 troops by Aug. 31.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)

"Washington, US (KRG.org) – Mr Qubad Talabani, the Kurdistan Regional Government's Representative to the United States, on April 9th addressed a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery commemorating Iraq Liberation Day. Members of American and Iraqi forces, including members of the Peshmerga, attended the event, alongside veterans and family of those soldiers who have fallen in support of Iraq’s freedom.

“On this day, it is appropriate and right for us to commemorate the sacrifices made to liberate Iraq from decades of brutal tyranny under Saddam Hussein,” said Mr. Talabani. “So to be absolutely clear: Iraq thanks you. I thank you. And the people of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, most of all, thank you.”"


Other speakers included General Nasier Arkan Abadi, Vice Chief of Staff, Iraqi Joint Forces of the Republic of Iraq; U.S. Brigadier General Judd Lyons, Adjutant General of Nebraska; and Ms. Wendy Hoffman, National President of Blue Star Mothers of America. “Today, we must thank those who have helped us get to where we are,” Mr. Talabani said. “Because although we face complicated political problems, the majority of the political forces and people who guide Iraqi society want to live in peace. They want to live up to the promise that American forces have given us.”

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Monday, March 01, 2010

FRG Newsletter

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mourners honour death of last Canadian First World War veteran

First World War veteran John 'Jack' Babcock, seen here in February 2008, has died, the Prime Minister's Office announced Thursday, Feb. 18. He was 109. Babcock, who enlisted at 15, was the last remaining First World War veteran for Canada.

Photograph by: Brian J Gavriloff, Edmonton Journal

SPOKANE, Wash — When Jack Babcock joined the Canadian Army at the age of 15, it’s likely he never imagined that he’d be the last soldier standing more than 94 years later.
But that’s exactly what Babcock was when he died Feb. 18, at the age of 109.
Babcock was remembered Saturday afternoon at a memorial service at Messiah Lutheran Church in his hometown of Spokane, Wash.
The service was attended by a list of Canada’s top dignitaries.
Babcock was the last Canadian veteran of the First World War, and the last link to what many Canadians consider the country’s coming-of-age.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Advise and Assist Paratroopers jump in Iraq

U.S. Department of Defense - Photo Essay

Dirt flies off a U.S. paratrooper's boots as he finishes a parachute landing fall with other paratroopers stationed on Camp Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 5, 2010. The paratroopers are participating in a basic airborne refresher course taught by instructors visiting from Advanced Airborne School on Fort Bragg, N.C., to prepare for upcoming airborne exercises. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade, an Advise and Assist Brigade.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod
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U.S. Army paratroopers land on a drop zone near Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, Feb. 12, 2010, as part of a training exercise they hope will lead to combined U.S. – Iraqi training jumps. The jumper rolling on his back is performing a “parachute landing fall,” a maneuver that dissipates the energy of impact, avoiding injury to the paratrooper.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ten Devils become US Citizens today at Victory Base Complex, Iraq

Paratroopers with 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist Brigade), stand with their new flags after participating in a naturalization ceremony to gain U.S. citizenship Feb. 15, 2010, in Al Faw Palace, Victory Base Complex, Iraq. From left to right are Spc. Victor Martin-Hurtado, Spc. Hector Tobar-Castaneda, Spc. Georgios Theocharis, Sgt. James Hayes, Spc. Ojumiri Mammah, Pfc. Yaroslav Prikhodko, Spc. Casper Alsoft and Spc. Arturo Maint-Martinez. Also with 1/82 AAB and earning citizenship, but not pictured here, are Spc. Said Bahmad and Spc. Isa Jubran. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod, 1/82 AAB, USD-C)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Portable ultrasound empowers Special Forces medics

Dr. (Maj.) Andrew Morgan (right), battalion surgeon, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), explains some of the functions of a portable ultrasound machine to Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Burkett, medic, 1st Bn., while Sgt. 1st Class Steven Radloff, medic, 1st Bn., looks on during the Special Operations Medical Association's annual conference Dec. 15 in Tampa, Fla. Morgan and his office have been pushing to get more portable ultrasound machines, as well as practical training, in the hands of Special Forces medics in order to help empower them on the battlefield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp/ 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)).

Portable ultrasound empowers Special Forces medics

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

U.S. Military Begins Air Drops in Haiti

With ground transportation in Haiti severely limited following last week's massive earthquake, the U.S. military begun a series of air drops Monday afternoon to deliver aid supplies to the Haitian people.

CBS News has learned that the Air Force is flying C-17 transport planes out of Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C. Each plane will deliver 40 aid bundles per trip and the military is planning to deliver 600 bundles over three days. The military has secured three drop zones where the aircraft can unload from an altitude of about 1,000 feet.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Deployed Paratrooper first to Re-enlist

CAMP RAMADI, Iraq – Zero hundred hours into the new decade Baghdad time, which is to say, at the commencement of the New Year in Iraq, Spc. Michael Lindsay may have become the Army's first 2010 reenlistment in Iraq.

A geospatial engineer and paratrooper with 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist Brigade), Lindsay reenlisted under a full moon Jan. 1 at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, where his unit is deployed.

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