U.S. Central Command Electronic Newsletter – Week of June 26, 2006

Soldiers On Patrol Find, Save Infant’s Life
By Army Pfc. Paul J. Harris, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division

BALAD, Iraq – Soldiers from Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad saved the life of an abandoned, near-death baby June 9.

Staff Sgt. Donald White, patrol leader 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, and his team came across a box on the side of the road while on patrol.

Initially, he thought it was an improvised explosive device until he heard crying coming from the box. White made sure there were no wires protruding from the box and made sure it was not booby trapped. Then he picked it up.

“I ran as fast as I could, snatched the box off the ground and kept on running, thankfully nothing blew up,” White said.

White then asked Spc. John Sullivan, healthcare specialist, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, to evaluate the child and assess its medical needs.

“The skin was literally hanging off the child and we could see it was massively dehydrated and malnourished. Sullivan told me we needed to get the child to a hospital right away and we jumped into the trucks and drove to the hospital as fast as we could,” Smith said.

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379th AEW Anti-Terrorism Program, Manager Named Named Best in CENTCOM, CENTAF
By Air Force Capt. Kelly Murray Howard,
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

The anti-terrorism program and program manager at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing has claimed top honors in the Central Air Forces competition for 2006, and won the same awards at the CENTCOM level.

Maj. Scott Foley, 379th AEW chief of Force Protection, was selected as the 2006 CENTCOM Anti-Terrorism Program Manager and the wing received the Best Anti-Terrorism Program – Installation award.

Major Foley spearheaded many of the projects during the year that improved the security of the base and its assets. The installation award is the result of several units on base working together to ensure terrorists do not interrupt the wartime mission.

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376th ESFS Builds, Dedicates New Children’s Playground
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Candy Knight, 376th AEW Public Affairs

MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan– With the whack of a hammer and the cut from scissors, the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron formally completed and dedicated the new Oktobersky Village School #1 children’s playground June 22.

The ceremony was attended by Col. Joel “Scott” Reese, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, village leaders and members from the 376th AEW.

The ceremony began with Ms. Galina Tereshyuk, Oktobersky Village mayor, and Colonel Reese, thanking the service members for using their rare days off to plan and construct the playground.

“We thank you and hope we can continue our friendship in the future,” Mayor Tereshyuk said.

“To Major (Mark) Anarumo and your crew, great job. Way to stay safe while working hard to make this a better place for the children to learn and develop their physical abilities, and have fun while they’re at it,” Colonel Reese said.

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U.S. Army MPs Mentor Afghan National Police
By Army Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramón, 345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, June 16, 2006 —U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gordon Key and his fellow military police officers have provided security for several Afghan National Police checkpoints along the outskirts of Bagram since their arrival in Afghanistan last March.

“The mentoring is very good for all of our guys. The techniques they show us, we will use when we are actually running checkpoints,” said Abdul Kator, Afghan National Police

With their vast knowledge and experience, the MPs noted the instances where the Afghan National Police would benefit from that knowledge. This prompted Key and two other MPs in his unit to take action.

In early May, the MPs began mentoring the Afghan National Police at an Afghan National Army outpost in the Kohi Sofi District about 40 kilometers south of Bagram. They plan to mentor a total of approximately 40 Afghan National Police.

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Airmen Train Soldiers for Protection Mission
By Air Force Master Sgt. Andrew Gates, 407th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs

ALI BASE, Iraq — Airmen from the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron have found themselves performing a unique mission in the last month – providing training to 164 Army Soldiers.

“It wasn’t so much training as refreshing their skills, and letting them know specifics about protecting Ali Base and the people on it,” said Tech. Sgt. Scott Morris, 407th ESFS and lead trainer.

The 164 Soldiers from the 528 Quartermaster Company are assuming the Ali protection mission currently held by the 407th ESFS – in July, the Soldiers will begin patrolling the base perimeter as well as outside the base to look for possible attacks and protect the surrounding area. This training gave the Soldiers the tools, and techniques, they need to do this mission safely, said Sergeant Morris.

The Soldiers started with 12 days of classroom training, developed by a team of four Security Forces experts. The classroom – more accurately various structures and open fields – connected 20 Soldiers with experts in a number of force protection areas.

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Human heads, drug gangs, Mexican politics, and immigration

Cross posted from Right Truth

Police on Thursday found a human head by the main entrance to City Hall in Acapulco, Mexico. A turf war exists among drug gangs competing for control of the region, so they can smuggle drugs up the coast and into the United States.

A note was found signed with the letter “Z,” which authorities said was an attempt to link the death to “Las Zetas,” a group of former elite Mexican soldiers who now work for the Gulf drug cartel.

The discovery came one day after a decapitated body was found outside the residence of city employee Maria Teresa Ascencio Villasenor, a close ally of Mayor Felix Salgado. Police said the letter “Z” was carved into the chest.

Ascencio and four of her relatives were injured May 10 when assailants launched a grenade near her home.

Neither the head nor body have been identified.

Earlier this month, a severed human head washed up on the beach in the heart of Acapulco’s tourist zone. In April, suspected drug gunmen decapitated two police officers who had participated in a shootout with traffickers.

Salgado, who has been mayor eight months, called the killing “an act of provocation” aimed at forcing him out of office. source

What does any of the above have to do with immigration? It’s just another example of the politics that goes on in Mexico. It shows the extent that these gangs will to go to get their drugs to market. The gangs that traffic in human cargo are no different. The same routes for moving drugs are used for moving illegals into the United States.

If you have ever been to Mexico, Acapulco in particular, you know that it is a beautiful place — if you stay inside the resort area. If you walk on the beach, or leave the protection of the resort, you are subject to the ‘real Mexico’. It’s a place of proverty that you cannot imagine without seeing it. People living in sheds and lean-to’s that we would not even allow our livestock to stay in. Children begging for coins or anything.

It’s no wonder they want to get out and start a life somewhere else, specifically the US. But if their elected officials would do their jobs, get the criminals out of the police departments, clamp down on the drugs and gangs… perhaps Mexico could have a thriving economy, a place where their citizens could make a living for their families.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

Your Freedom to …

Cross posted from Fix4RSO 

DoD DVIDS Photo by Spc. Ferdinand Thomas, 214th MPAD, Richmond, VA

Your freedom to hate the US Military,
Your freedom to vilify those prosecuting the Global War on Terror,
Your freedom to burn Old Glory, our standard, the banner of freedom,
Your freedom to key my truck because you hate my showing pride in my service,
Your freedom to be born and later carelessly take the life of the unborn,
Your freedom to feel guilt for your own success because others are not,
Your freedom to stand in awe of this great country,

This is your freedom, paid for by 480,000 servicemembers being honored at the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. Each star represents 100 souls and the memorial has 4,800 stars.

DoD DVIDS Photo by Spc. Ferdinand Thomas, 214th MPAD, Richmond, VA

Will you continue to disrespect this man, someone’s Dad, someone’s GrandPa, someone who truly knows what freedom means? Can you take for granted, with all you have today, the freedom this man’s brothers in arms sacrificed? Are you so bent on being right that you have forgotten the fact that previous governments and regimes would snuff an inconsequential person such as yourself without a care? Has the value of freedom paid by so many been lost on you, ’cause you forgot? Do you not see that freedom is costly, requires commitment and sacrifice, and cannot be taken lightly?

Freedom is earned. It is blood, sweat, tears, and long periods of time alone in foreign lands and at home. It is a path not all take. It is the families left behind that continue to pay the day to day sacrifices for freedom.

Your freedom must be cherished, because you have been given the greatest gift.

God Speed to all before me. God Bless those left behind.

Happy Fourth of July!

I am busy trying to get everything done for going away tomorrow. We are going up to our property on top of the mountain until July 5th. There will be two professional fireworks displays to watch, shooting, drinking, grilling and hiking. I am hoping to feel rejuvenated when get back.

So until then Happy Fourth of July!
This will be The Weekend Open Trackback Party!

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The O’Really Factor Interview of John Kerry

The interview was horrible! O’Reilly pissed me off again! What a softball interview! He had some options to really follow up on him. Like every time he said something should have been done, why not say you are one of the longest running Senators at about 22 years, how many times during the almost 50 years the dems were in power, did you put forth legislation on this issue? There was more than one he could have did that on.

Kerry is running for President again, you can tell he has been working on his stick since 2004. He even closed by saying “Both parties” are to blame. Well, Then you are to blame, since you have been a Senator for 22 years!

You people better not even think, of voting for that career, washington politician! ARG!!!

Illegal Aliens Taking Jobs Fighting Fires

I just watched a gentleman on Fox News who was a supervisor for Bush Fire Fighters and he was demoted for not being able to speak spanish. He said 35-45% of the fire fighters he has trained were hispanics who only speak spanish. Hmm, I wonder if they could be here illegally?

He went on to explain they are hiring more and more hispanics because the contracts for fighting the fires are bided on and the lower the bid, the more points you get. See, they are paying the illegals less money so they can bid lower.

So, this U.S. Citizen lost his job because of illegal alien invaders, this makes me sick.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.