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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 754-09 September 30, 2009
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Jordan L. Chrobot, 24, of Frederick, Md., died September 26th while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
For additional background information on this Marine, news media may contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates - September 28, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates
Soldiers keep sky straight, pilots safe
Monday, September 28, 2009

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About above photo: Pfc. Dennis Dickerson, an Air Traffic Controller with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, observes an AH-64D Apache as it clears the Camp Tiji Control Tower, September 26th.
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CAMP TAJI - Day and night, the flight line here is bustling with aircraft coming and going; performing missions essential to the success of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade.
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The control tower is in charge of the air space 3000 feet above the tower and five nautical miles from the center point of the airfield, according to Staff Sgt. Alfredo Rivera, from Fort Knox, Ky., the facility chief with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment.
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When his Soldiers are on shift they separate sequenced aircraft based on known and observed traffic, Rivera said, so they know exactly where everything is.
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"We know where the traffic's at, we observe where it's at and we can sequence the aircraft behind each other or in front of each other," Rivera said. "We separate them via those same means, to get them on the ground, in the air and transitioning through the airspace."
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Rivera said there is an extensive training program that must be taken before someone can be qualified to work in the control tower.
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"For the initial guys, the training program is 154 days long, so it's almost a six month program," Rivera said. "The more experienced guys can get certified within five to six days and mid-experience guys take 10 to 14 days."

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Working in the evenings is where experience pays off, with more traffic on the airfield, Rivera said, which means making the right decisions.
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"In a two hour period at night we can have between 400 to 800 movements on the airfield," Rivera said. "The biggest thing is sequencing aircraft based on their lights. At night it's more of a positional thing.
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"We have radar here, but we don't use it," Rivera added. "Everything is based off what we see and what we know. So if I have a guy on three mile [approach] final and another on two mile final, depending on where they're at, I have to sequence them behind each other."
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Assisting Rivera with these decisions is Pfc. Dennis Dickerson Jr., from Dallas, who is almost at the end of his initial training period and said his responsibilities in the tower vary every day.
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"I'm responsible for all the aircraft in the air, on the ground ... de-conflicting and sequencing aircraft to keep them from interfering with each other," he said.
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Dickerson said the six months of training were necessary for him to be in charge of such operations.
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"I had to take a lot of tests and do a lot of bookwork," Dickerson said. "You have to study the [Federal Aviation Administration] manual and there's a lot of evaluation."
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This is usually done with the trainer sitting behind you to make sure there are no mistakes, Dickerson said, as the 1st ACB must comply with the same FAA rules as other aviation towers.
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"Not all rules and regulations are the same, but very similar," Dickerson said.
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Dickerson, who works a twelve hour shift from noon to midnight, said the main difference between night and day is being able to see everything in the sky during the day.
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"In the day you can see all your aircraft and that helps out knowing who is who, because you tell what kind of aircraft it is," Dickerson said. "At night you have to rely on pilot's reports more, but sometimes it's better because you can see their lights. That makes it easier to spot them."
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Dickerson said keeping the aircraft and pilots out of harm's way gives him tremendous satisfaction.

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Photo/Written by Sgt. Alun Thomas, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade
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AubreyJ.........

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 750-09 September 28, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Kevin J. Graham, 27, of Benton, Ky., died September 26th in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
For more information media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0147 or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the Public Affairs Officer on call).


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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Iran: On Ground Updates - September 27, 2009

Iran Test-fires Short-range Missiles

About News Video: Iran said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the U.S. warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility.
This video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress
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POST UPDATE:
Monday
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* FOXNews.com brings us the following report and it starts off like this... Iran said it successfully completed two days of missile tests that including launching its longest-range missiles on Monday, weapons capable of carrying a warhead and striking Israel, U.S. military bases in the Middle East, and parts of Europe... State television said the powerful Revolutionary Guard, which controls Iran's missile program, successfully tested upgraded versions of the medium-range Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles with can fly up to 1,200 miles. It was the third and final round of missile tests in two days of drills by the Guard...
Read the rest at link below...
Iran Says It Test-Fires Longest-Range Missiles

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AubreyJ..........

Saturday, September 26, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 749-09 September 25, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died September 24th in Omar Zai, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

Killed were:
Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds, 23, of Columbus, Ohio
Sgt. Edward B. Smith, 30, of Homestead, Fla
Spc. Joseph V. White, 21, of Bellevue, Wash

For more information media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0147 or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the Public Affairs Officer on call).

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Photo for the Day - September 25, 2009

* Photo for the Day *Faces of Iraq
Students of the Al Amal Deaf Institute, Al Rumaiytha District, Muthanna province, Iraq, received equipment needed for education and information access, September 14th, from the U.S. Army and the Provincial Reconstruction Team, Muthanna, based at Camp Adder. The school received 80 hearing aids, two flat-screen televisions with DVD players and a generator. They also received school supplies and toys. The delivery of these items is the culmination of a 10-month long project. The military and PRT will continue to work with the students, teachers and community to make the transition from assistance to self-sustainment.
Photo by Spc Anita VanderMolen - 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Thursday, September 24, 2009

FBI Continues Ongoing Terror Probe of Alleged Bombing Plot with Suspected Ties to al Qaeda - Update 2

Post Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
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AP brings us the following report and it starts off like this... An Afghan immigrant plotted for more than a year to detonate homemade bombs in the United States, had recently bought bomb-making supplies from beauty supply stores and was looking for "urgent" help in the past two weeks to make explosives, an indictment charged Thursday... Najibullah Zazi -- a 24-year-old airport shuttle driver who authorities said received explosives and weapons training from al-Qaida during a trip to Pakistan last year -- was charged in New York with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction...

Read the full report at link below...
Feds: Suspect hit beauty stores for bomb supplies
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The DenverPost.com has the following report...
FBI: Terror suspect cooked bomb materials in Aurora
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CBS Unplugged: The Zazi Indictment

About this video: Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on a count of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Bob Orr and CBS News National Security Analyst Juan Zarate discuss the ongoing investigation.
This News Video posted on YouTube by
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AubreyJ.........

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates - September 23, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates
Donated filters purify village water
Wednesday, September 13, 2009
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About above photo: U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Teeter, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, gives a water filter to an Iraqi woman in the village of al-Tameem, September 21st.
Photo by Sgt. Joshua Risner, Multi-National Division – Baghdad
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Something as simple as clean water can easily be taken for granted. However...
purified drinking water is a luxury not everyone enjoys here. U.S. Soldiers found that a simple water filter can have a profound impact during a visit to the tiny village of Tameem, September 21st...
Read the FULL Story
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AubreyJ..........

DoD Identifies Army, Air Force Casualties

No. 742-09 September 23, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pfc. William L. Meredith, 26
, of Virginia Beach, Va., died September 21st in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 569th Engineer Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.
For more information media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-7525; after hours (719) 526-5500.



No. 741-09 September 23, 2009
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Tech Sgt. James R Hornbarger, 33, of Castle Rock, Wash., died September 12th as a result of a non-hostile incident in the Mediterranean. He was assigned to the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
For further information related to this release, please contact the Beale Air Force Base public affairs office at (530) 634-8887.
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Photo for the Day - September 23, 2009

* Photo for the Day *
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 115th Fighter Wing sits ready for departure at Truax Field in Madison, Wis., September 22, 2009. Fourteen F-16s are deploying as part of the wing’s scheduled Aerospace Expeditionary Force rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
DoD photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman, U.S. Air Force

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates - September 22, 2009

Iraq: On Ground Updates - September 22, 2009
U.S. Troops Cleaning Out 'Garages' in Iraq
Post Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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American forces are cleaning out a "very, very big garage" in its drawdown in Iraq, the deputy commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said today.
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Air Force Maj. Gen. James P. Hunt, during a videoconference from Baghdad with Pentagon reporters, said moving equipment out of Iraq is like a giant assessment and cleaning.
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There are 125,000 American servicemembers in Iraq, down from a peak of roughly 180,000. That number is to remain constant through the Iraqi elections in January. After that, the number of U.S. troops is to drop to 50,000 by August 2010, with all American forces out of the country by the end of 2011.
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But the drawdown of U.S. forces already has begun with equipment, Hunt said. "We're going to do it just like you do back home when you have to empty out your garage," he said.
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The command already has closed more than 200 bases and facilities and processed almost 50,000 pieces of equipment.
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When cleaning the garage, people take the cars out and put everything on the driveway just to see what they have, Hunt said. "And that's what we're doing here," he said. "We essentially have done an inventory, and we have been amazed at how much stuff has gathered in six years."
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The units are looking at what things they have and deciding what they will need through the end of 2011. "They're packing it up, and they're shipping it out. And we are doing that on a daily basis," he said. "Essentially every base in Iraq is going through their garage and cleaning out what they've got so that they only have the mission- essential things left."
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As the last troops withdraw from the country, the mission-essential materials will leave with them. "So this is a major science-of-war operation," he said. "It's a very, very big garage."
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Another sign of the withdrawal was the Sept. 17 closure of the Camp Bucca internment center in southern Iraq, Hunt said.
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"As part of that closure and in accordance with our security agreement, we have released almost 6,000 detainees and transferred just under 1,400 detainees to Iraq since January 2009," he said. "We have worked closely with the government of Iraq to ensure these releases and transfers were done in a safe and orderly manner."

.Taken from a DoD’s American Forces Press Service news article - Written by Jim Garamone
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Thinking of you guys, Jimmy. Keep up the GREAT WORK you all are doing over there... getting all that equipment moved from point A to point B... safely!!! Hope the IEDs are being avoided still and are now far and few between. None at all would be our wish... but...
Stay safe all you guys over there...
Uncle Jay.........

AubreyJ.........

FBI Continues Ongoing Terror Probe of Alleged Bombing Plot with Suspected Ties to al Qaeda - Update 1

Post Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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* The Wall Street Journal has the following report posted up on their website this Tuesday and it starts off like this... Federal investigators probing an alleged bombing plot with suspected ties to al Qaeda are trying to track purchases of chemicals that could be used to make explosives, as three men charged as a result of the probe appeared in court Monday... Two officials familiar with the probe said investigators were combing records on the purchases of chemicals, particularly hydrogen peroxide, that could be used to make bombs. Peroxide-based explosives were used in a deadly attack on London's subway and bus system in July 2005, and al Qaeda's interest in such explosives has been a top concern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for almost two years, according to intelligence assessments made public...
Read the full report at link below...
Chemicals a Focus of U.S. Bomb Probe
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* TheHawkEye.com website has the following report today...
Transit systems warned to watch for terrorists
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* CBSNews.com is reporting... Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins to police around the U.S. about terrorists' desire to attack stadiums, entertainment complexes and hotels - the latest in a flurry of such internal warnings as investigators chase a possible bomb plot in Denver and New York... In the two bulletins - sent to police departments Monday and obtained by The Associated Press - officials said they know of no specific plots against such sites, but urged law enforcement and private companies to be vigilant. These two bulletins followed on the heels of a similar warning about the vulnerabilities of mass transit systems...
Read the rest at link below...

Terror Alerts Issued for Stadiums, Hotels
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Mass Transit Terror Warning

About this news video: No plots confirmed, but the Zazi investigation turned up materials like the ones used for Madrid train bombing, leading officials to warn mass transit security to be on their guard...
This Video posted on YouTube by CBSNewsOnline
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AubreyJ.........

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 736-09 September 21, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Michael S. Cote Jr., 20,
of Denham Springs, La., died September 19th in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when the Blackhawk helicopter he was in crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information the media may contact the U.S. Army, Alaska, public affairs office at (907) 384-1542.



No. 738-09 September 22, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died September 20th in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover. The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.


Killed were:
Spc. Corey J. Kowall, 20, of Murfreesboro, Tenn
Spc. Damon G. Winkleman, 23, of Lakeville, Ohio
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For more information the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public emberaffairs office at (910) 432-0661.


No. 739-09 September 22, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. David A. Davis, 28, of Dalhart, Texas, died September 19th at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked Bagram Airfield using indirect fire. He was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.For more information media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-7525; after hours (719) 526-5500

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Israel Shall Soon Attack Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Monday, September 21, 2009 AubreyJ.........
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Back in a March 31st interview with the Atlantic, (The Atlantic article here) and just hours before his swearing-in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said if the Islamic Republic is not stopped quickly, Israel may be forced to attack… “You don’t want a messianic, apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs," Netanyahu told the magazine's Jeffrey Goldberg in what the journalist described as "unusually blunt language."
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Netanyahu also said he would support President Obama’s decision to engage Iran, so long as negotiations brought about a quick end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “How you achieve this goal is less important than achieving it,” he said, but he added that he was skeptical that Iran would respond positively to Obama’s appeals. (As of today... they haven’t either.)
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Today... Iran is now WELL embarked down the road to achieving Nuclear Weapons. That is a fact and not just me talking either.
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The way I see it... the End-Game is up. There is nothing left but two choices for Israel now.
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They can either sit by and let Iran BUILD the nuclear bombs while the West talks about it... (and most of us KNOW that anymore talks with Iran will get us nowhere...) or Strike!
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I for one believe Israel will NEVER let Iran build the Nuclear Weapons... So I guess it is STRIKE... and strike them hard is what they will/MUST do.
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Now -- How do I come to this conclusion you ask...? Simple!!! Today... Iran is no longer trying to acquire nuclear knowledge and capability. These things they have already achieved. Even the International Atomic Energy Agency, (the IAEA,) now believes Iran has developed the knowhow and capability to build a Nuclear Weapon.
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Former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh is now saying Israel will attack Iran's Nuclear Facilities before year’s end if the West has not launched crippling sanctions by then. (Crippling Sanctions!!!? That’s not going to happen!) Sneh also says a nuclear-armed Iran was an unacceptable threat to Israel. (My point exactly.)
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Folks... It’s not IF -- but WHEN Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, and in the VERY near future I might add... it will be done so without a green light from the United States.
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That’s not a shocker either for hell... who could possibly believe Obama has the cahoots to approve such a thing anyway! Israel surely doesn’t. So why would anyone expect Israel to ask for approval... in advance. Simply put... Israel would much rather explain what went down after the fact than ask the Obama Administration for any approval beforehand.
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Sadly... Obama is one of the weakest Presidents the world has ever seen, and I believe the only good he could possibly do in all this mess, (and I believe in the end he and the left will end up SCREWING it up too...) would be help mop-up the political mess after Israel takes care of its and the World’s business.
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I’ll end with this... No one knows for sure where Israel will strike or WHEN. That’s a GOOD thing!
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I for one do believe though that wiping out all of Iran's capabilities to enrich uranium is just about impossible. But that’s OK... The effects of even a limited air attack would most likely be good enough to be extremely devastating to the Iranian’s Nuclear Program and not just a short-term setback either... as some in the West believe.
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Who knows!!! Just maybe... with the NEW unrest and uprisings within Iran since their summer elections, (see latest Iranian protest videos from Friday, September 18, 2009
HERE,) Israel’s attack just might help in the final collapse of the leaders of Iran who are in power today. Now wouldn’t THAT be something!!!
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That’s it my friends... say what you may... But I say- Israel Shall Soon Attack Iran’s Nuclear Facilities. Talk to the hand, Obama!!!

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God’s Speed, Israel on having a highly successful mission!
I say this, today... for I do not believe we have many Months or Years to wait... but rather just so many days left before Israel does what they MUST do to defend their Homeland...
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AubreyJ.........
September 21, 2009

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

No. 733-09 September 21, 2009
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Senior Airman Matthew R. Courtois, 22, of Lucas, Texas, died September 20th as a result of a non-hostile incident on Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait. He was assigned to the 366th Security Forces Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For further information related to this release please contact Mountain Home Air Force Base Public Affairs, (208) 828-6800.

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

FBI Arrests Colorado Father, Son and Another from New York Connected With Ongoing Terror Probe

Post Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
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* Bloomberg.com
had this report posted up on their website late this Sunday morning and it starts off like this... The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested three men from Afghanistan on charges of making false statements in connection with a terrorist investigation, according to the Department of Justice... Federal authorities in Colorado arrested Najibullah Zazi, 24, and his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, the Justice Department said in an e-mailed statement. The third man, Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, was apprehended in New York... “The arrests are part of an ongoing and fast-paced investigation,” David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security, said in the statement. “It is important to note that we have no specific information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack.”...
Read the full report at link below...
FBI Arrests Afghan Men Connected With Terrorism Probe
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* NYDailyNews.com reports it this way... An alleged al-Qaeda terror operative told investigators he received training in "weapons and explosives" from Osama Bin Laden's goons last year, according to documents released Sunday... Najibullah Zazi admitted he visited Pakistan's war torn tribal areas for the training, documents said... Zazi, 25, was collared by the FBI late Saturday night in Aurora, Colo., along with his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi... Also arrested was Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, the imam of a mosque in Flushing, Queens... All three face initial charges of lying to investigators from Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Denver and New York...

Read the rest at link below...
Najibullah Zazi admitted receiving 'weapons and explosives' training from al-Qaeda: court documents
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> Here’s a VERY Informative, Sunday, FBI Press Release...
Three Arrested in Ongoing Terror Investigation
Above Image by FBI
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Much more to come over the next few days on this ongoing... fast-paced investigation! I’ll find some good videos to post up too so check back...
AubreyJ.........

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Photo for the Day - September 19, 2009

* Photo for the Day * UNDER FIRE
U.S. Army soldiers take their firing positions on a roof top after a mortar landed on Forward Operating Base Baylough in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tia P. Sokimson

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 731-09 September 19, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pfc. Jeremiah J. Monroe, 31, of Niskayuna, N.Y., died September 17th in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
For more information media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-7267.

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Photo for the Day - September 18, 2009

* Photo for the Day * Attention to Detail
2nd Lt. Sean Williams (front), officer in charge of a personal security detail for a military transition team,1st Air Cavalry Brigade,1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, stands guard during a water treatment plant inspection, September 16th. The PSD Soldiers from Company F, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1 ACB, escorts the MiTT members during inspections of living conditions and operation standards of the 34th Iraqi Army Brigade.

Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Joe Wilson’s “YOU LIE” based on racism!!!?

Joe Wilson’s “YOU LIE” based on racism!!!?
Thursday
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Columnist Mary Mitchell has the following article posted up on the Chicago Sun-Times website this early Thursday morning and... WHAT!!!
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She writes in part... Say what you will, but former president Jimmy Carter is too old to lie. At 85, he's seen the best and worst of human nature... So, when he says the "You lie!" shouted at President Obama during his address to Congress last week was "based on racism," he is speaking with wisdom...
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>>> NO... Mary! You’re not lying when you’re 85 and spouting crap... You just haven’t a clue as to what the HELL you’re talking about!!!

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That’s anything BUT WISDOM... That’s puredee DUMBASS!!!
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Read Mary’s full (of it) article at link below...
White president would never hear 'You lie!'
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AubreyJ.........
Enough of this race card, finger pointing... America!
Only in the minds of the LEFT...

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 727-09 September 17, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died September 16th in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle September 15th with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Killed were:
Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle, 29, of Glen Burnie, Md
Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, 33, of Peachtree City, Ga
Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills, 24, of El Paso, Texas
For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005; after hours (910) 689-6187, or visit
http://news.soc.mil


No. 726-09 September 17, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Robert D. Gordon II, 22, of River Falls, Ala., died September 16th at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, from a non-combat related illness, after becoming ill September 11th in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0147 or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the Public Affairs Officer on call).

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Somalia: On Ground Updates - September 16, 2009

Somalia: On Ground Updates
Senior Commander Of Radical Islamist Group al-Shabab Issues Public Call For Foreign Fighters To Join Them In Somalia Fight
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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* VOANews.com brings us the following round of news out of Somalia this Wednesday afternoon and it starts off like this... A Senior Commander of radical Islamist militant group al-Shabab in Somalia has issued a public call for foreign fighters from around the world to come to Somalia and join its fight against the Western-backed Mogadishu government... The leader of al-Shabab forces in the Bay and Bakol regions, Sheikh Mahad Abdikarim, is asking for foreign Islamic militants to join al-Shabab in Somalia... He says that all Muslim religious warriors should come and participate in their war...
Read the full report at link below...

Al-Shabab Asks Foreign Fighters to Come to Somalia
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* REUTERS has the following take on today’s Somalia news and it starts off like this... Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents called on Wednesday for more foreign militants to join them in the failed Horn of Africa state after U.S. forces killed one of the region's most wanted al Qaeda suspects... The U.S. commando operation that killed Kenyan-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, 28, in remote southern Somalia on Monday has triggered an angry response from Islamist rebels fighting the nation's U.N.-backed government... The raid likely gained Washington valuable counter-terrorism intelligence, but it risked further inflaming anti-Western opinion in a country of growing concern to the West...
Read the rest at link below...
Somali rebels call for foreign reinforcements
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Read more, from my Tuesday’s post, at link below...
Somalia Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Suspect Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan
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POST UPDATE:
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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At Least Nine Peacekeepers Killed In Attack UN File Photo - AMISOM Peacekeepers in Somalia
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Nine Peacekeepers Killed In Suicide Bombers Attack, Including General Juvenile Niyoyunguriza, AMISOM’s Deputy Force Commander - 30 Others Wounded, Including Force Commander, General Nathan Mugisha
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* CBC.ca brings us the following report this Thursday afternoon and it starts off like this... At least nine peacekeepers are dead after suicide bombers attacked their base in Somalia, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said... Earlier reports from a witness indicated that 11 people were killed in the explosion at the African Union peacekeepers' base in Mogadishu, but the secretary general only confirmed nine deaths at a news conference Thursday in New York...
Read the full report
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* UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplores killing of nine African Union peacekeepers in Somalia
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Suicide bombers kill 11 people in Somalia


About this News Video: Suicide Bombers struck in the troubled Somali Capital of Mogadishu killing at least 11 people including African Union peace keeping troops. The terror group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
This news video posted on YouTube by
NTVKenya
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Photo for the Day - September 16, 2009

* Photo for the Day * U.S. Army Soldiers of Apache Platoon 1/501st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division are extracted via a CH-47 Chinook outside the village of Marsac, Paktia province, Afghanistan, during Operation Champion Spear, September 5th.
Photo by Spc. Christopher Nicholas - Joint Combat Camera Afghanistan

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 721-09 September 16, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device September 14th in southern Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

Killed were:
1st Lt. David T. Wright II, 26, of Moore, Okla
Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell, 24, of Carlisle, Pa

For more information media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0147 or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the Public Affairs Officer on call).

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 718-09 September 16, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Demetrius L. Void, 20, of Orangeburg, S.C., died September 15th at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when a military vehicle struck him while conducting physical training. He was assigned to the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 287-2520; or via the internet at Fort Hood's News Center online at
http://www.hood.army.mil/news.paos.aspx .
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Somalia Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Suspect Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan

President Obama’s First Somalia Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Suspect Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan
Post date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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FBI retouched file photo
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* BBC News brings us the following good news this Tuesday morning and their report starts off like this... US forces are "likely" to have killed a top al-Qaeda suspect during a military raid in Somalia, US officials say... They flew helicopters into Somalia and attacked a car they say was carrying Kenyan-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan... US agents have been hunting Nabhan for years over attacks on a hotel and an Israeli airliner in Kenya in 2002... It is believed he fled to Somalia after the attacks and was working with the al-Shabab group, which the Americans see as al-Qaeda's proxy in Somalia...
Read the full report at link below...
Al-Qaeda Somalia suspect 'killed'
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* CSMonitor.com reports it this way... US commandos killed Kenyan national Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in a helicopter raid against Mr. Nabhan's convoy, as it traveled through the Barawe district in southern Somalia...
Read the rest at link below...
Obama's first Somalia strike hits Al Qaeda suspect
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* Telegraph.co.uk has this report and it starts off like this... Six helicopters were involved in the attack in which Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was killed and his body was recovered and taken away... The operation had echoes of the notorious "Black Hawk Down" mission in 1993 in which two helicopters were shot down by Somali gunmen during the Battle for Mogadishu... It is thought to have been the first time American boots have been on Somali soil since the debacle...
Read this report in full at link below...
Al-Qaeda man killed in 'Black Hawk Down' raid
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US Forces Kill Leading Al Qaeda Suspect

About this video: US forces say they've killed one of the FBI's most wanted men, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, who had suspected links to Al Qaeda.
This news video posted on YouTube by
itnnews
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DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

No. 717-09 September 15, 2009
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Bryan D. Berky, 25, of Melrose, Fla., died September 12th near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from enemy fire while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
For further information related to this release, please contact the Ellsworth Air Force Base public affairs office at (605) 385-5056.

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Monday, September 14, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 712-09 September 14, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died September 12th in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised-explosive device and small arms fire. The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Nekl B. Allen, 29, of Rochester N.Y
Spc. Daniel L. Cox, 23, of Parsons, Kan

For more information media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-7267.


No. 711-09 September 14, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., died September 11th at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered in Paktika province, Afghanistan, September 4th when enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
For more information the media may contact the U.S. Army, Alaska, public affairs office at (907) 384-1542.


No. 710-09 September 14, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Duane A. Thornsbury, 30, of Bridgeport, W. Va., died September 12th in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colo. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005; after hours (910) 689-6187, or visit http://news.soc.mil .


No. 709-09 September 14, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Tyler A. Juden, 23, of Winfield, Kan., died September 12th in Turan, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fires. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
For more information the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

B-Roll Video: Afghanistan - Apache Gunships Observing Insurgents Emplacing IED, Then BOOM!

About Afghanistan - B-roll video: Taken from Apache gunships with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Pegasus, observing insurgents in the act of emplacing an Improvised Explosive Device in southern Afghanistan. (Notice their concern over a child in area.) But before the Apaches could move in for the strike, the insurgents' bomb goes off, killing them in the act.
B-Roll video from U.S. Forces Afghanistan - Taken from the DVIDS website
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Congressman Joe Wilson Says No More Apologies From Him, On House Floor Or Anywhere Else - 'One Apology Is Sufficient'

Official Joe Wilson photo portrait from U.S. Congress
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Post Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009
USAToday.com has the following report posted up on their website this Sunday afternoon and it starts off like this... The House of Representatives appears headed for a vote to formally rebuke Rep. Joe Wilson this week for heckling President Obama after the South Carolina Republican refused Sunday to apologize on the House floor... "The House likely will take up a resolution," Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told USA TODAY. "He violated the decorum of the House; it has to be resolved in the House."... Daly's comments came after Wilson said on Fox News Sunday that he would not deliver a speech of apology on the House floor that some of his Democratic colleagues demanded... "I have apologized to the president," he said. "I believe that is sufficient."...
Read this report in full at link below...
House may vote on formal rebuke for Rep. Wilson outburst
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Fox News has this take on all of this and is well worth reading...
Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize on the House floor for his outburst during President Obama's health care address, even though Democratic leaders have threatened to formally discipline him if he does not... Wilson noted that he already apologized directly to the White House after shouting, "You lie," to the president during his Wednesday address to a joint session of Congress. The outburst triggered a political firestorm, but Wilson told "FOX News Sunday" that Democrats are just "playing politics" by trying to drag out the issue and force another apology... "I've apologized one time. The apology was accepted by the president, the vice president. ... I am not apologizing again," he told "FOX News Sunday." "I believe that is sufficient."... Wilson said he would "never do something like that again," but continued to defend himself...
Read the rest at link below...

Wilson Defends Outburst, Says He Will Not Apologize on House Floor
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Joe Wilson: 'One Apology Is Sufficient'


About this News Video: Congressman Joe Wilson says his outburst during President Barack Obama's national address on health care was a 'town hall moment,' and adds he doesn't plan to apologize again.
This video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress
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Don’t give in to them, Congressman Wilson. We got your back out here in the Homeland!
Thank you for standing firm on the truth too...
I believe any forced apologies from here on out, by anyone or group, is just BAD Politics... So hang in there and stand firm... for all of us!

AubreyJ.........

Saturday, September 12, 2009

1- Back to the Moon and Beyond - September 12, 2009

- Back to the Moon and Beyond -
NASA Ares I First Stage Motor Gets First Test Firing
Post date: Saturday, September 12, 2009

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NASA is already at work developing hardware and systems for the Ares I rocket that will send future astronauts into orbit. Built on cutting-edge launch technologies, evolved powerful Apollo and space shuttle propulsion elements, and decades of NASA spaceflight experience, Ares I is the essential core of a safe, reliable, cost-effective space transportation system -- one that will carry crewed missions back to the moon, on to Mars and out into the solar system.
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Ares I is an in-line, two-stage rocket configuration topped by the Orion crew vehicle and its launch abort system. In addition to the vehicle's primary mission -- carrying crews of four to six astronauts to Earth orbit -- Ares I may also use its 25-ton payload capacity to deliver resources and supplies to the International Space Station, or to "park" payloads in orbit for retrieval by other spacecraft bound for the moon or other destinations.
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During launch, the first-stage booster powers the vehicle toward low Earth orbit. In mid-flight, the reusable booster separates and the upper stage's J-2X engine ignites, putting the vehicle into a circular orbit.
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Crew transportation to the International Space Station is planned to begin no later than 2014. The first lunar excursion is scheduled for the 2020 timeframe.
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Ares I First Stage
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The Ares I first stage is a single, five-segment reusable solid rocket booster derived from the Space Shuttle Program's reusable solid rocket motor, which burns a specially formulated and shaped solid propellant.
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A newly designed forward adapter will mate the vehicle's first stage to the upper stage, and will be equipped with booster separation motors to disconnect the stages during ascent.
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Ares I Upper Stage / Upper Stage Engine
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The J-2X is an evolved variation of two historic predecessors: the powerful J-2 engine that propelled the Apollo-era Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets, and the J-2S, a simplified version of the J-2 developed and tested in the early 1970s but never flown.
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On July 20, 2009, NASA and ATK unveiled the completed Ares I first stage five-segment solid rocket booster in Promontory, Utah. The completed solid rocket booster was installed horizontally in a test stand that was modified from the Space Shuttle's four-segment configuration to fit the new five-segment Ares I booster. The first major ground test of the NASA Constellation program was originally set for August 27th but was postponed until September 10th... which turned out to be a HUGE success. Watch the video below...
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Above info/photo from the NASA.gov website
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Ares Development Motor 1 Test
September 10th...

About this video: NASA and industry partners lit up the Utah sky on September 10, 2009, with the initial full scale, full-duration test firing of the first motor for the Ares I rocket. ATK Space Systems conducted the successful stationary firing of the five-segment solid development motor 1, or DM-1. ATK Space Systems, a division of Alliant Techsystems of Brigham City, Utah, is the prime contractor for the Ares I first stage. Engineers will use the measurements gathered from the test to evaluate thrust, roll control, acoustics and motor vibrations. This data will provide valuable information as NASA develops the Ares I and Ares V vehicles. Another ground test is planned for summer 2010.
Above video posted on YouTube by
NASAtelevision.
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