Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bombers blow themselves up on resistance from Pakistani locals

Bombers blow themselves up on resistance from Pakistani locals
Pakistan News.NetThursday 18th September, 2008 (IANS)

Two of three suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up Thursday after residents in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province tried to apprehend them, officials said.

Three militants stopped briefly in the village of Maskeray in the Dir district, were spotted by residents and challenged, Mayor Bakht Sher said in a telephone interview. The two sides exchanged fire and the two militants blew themselves up, he said.

The third militant fled into a forest near the village but was later caught by the locals and beaten severely, Sher said.

'He told the locals that he was by profession a veterinary doctor and an Afghan national who had come to fight in Swat,' the mayor said.

The three men were travelling from the tribal district of Bajaur to the Swat Valley, which has seen intense fighting between security forces and pro-Taliban militants for almost one year.

The fighters in the valley - where the followers of a radical cleric, Maulana Fazlullah, have launched an armed campaign to enforce Taliban rule in the area - also get support from Taliban militants travelling through Dir from tribal regions.

Hundreds of people, including Taliban fighters and security personnel, have died in the yearlong fighting.Several parts of the North West Frontier Province - particularly those adjacent to the lawless tribal belt, which are known sanctuaries of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters - are suffering from rising Islamic militancy.

The Taliban have blown up hundreds of girls schools, music and barber shops and forced women to wear the veil in some areas, in addition to carrying out dozens of suicide attacks.

But the locals in Dir have so far resisted the spread of Taliban influence by organising small armed groups called peace committees to guard their villages against militants.Some media reports suggested that the three militants Thursday had tried to take hostage about 300 children in a primary school near which they stopped, but Sher denied that any such attempt was made.

'They never entered the school, and a very brief exchange of fire took place between them and the villagers near the outer wall of the school, after which they fled to the nearby forest, where two of them blew up,' he said

'Not a single bullet hit the school building,' he added.

'Thank God we heard the children screaming, and then almost every male in the village came out with a gun and forced the Taliban to flee,' said resident Ghulam Ghaous, 39, whose nine-year-old son was inside the school.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A little help from our friends

08/05/2008 - A U.S. Soldier and a Canadian Air Force Airman help a citizen board a flight at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, La., Aug. 31, 2008. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Defense are transporting citizens to destinations safely outside the path of Hurricane Gustav. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller, U.S. Air Force/Released).

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL, Lt Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) & Joseph L. Galloway

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Pritzker Military Library
610 N. Fairbanks Ct, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Reservations suggested
Member reception: 5:00pm CDT
Presentation & live webcast: 6:00pm CDT
No Charge

They were soldiers once, and young – and today, though many years older, they are soldiers still.

It was the 1992 publication (and Vietnamese translation) of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young that allowed journalist Galloway and retired Lt. Gen. Moore to return to the Ia Drang Valley, in the remote Central Highlands of Vietnam, site of the battle chronicled in their first book. Joined by men they had fought with, such as Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall – and men they had fought against, such as North Vietnamese Lt. Gen. Nguyen Huu An – and equipped with only Moore’s old Army battle maps and Galloway’s very old Boy Scout compass, they returned to what they describe as “ground hallowed by the sacrifices of our men…no one who fought there, on either side, talked seriously about who won and who lost. In such a slaughterhouse there are no winners, only survivors.”

In We Are Soldiers Still, Galloway and Moore find occasion to reconcile with old enemies, examine the face of a land once scarred by war and now reclaimed by nature, and honor friends and young men lost in battle. They also reflect on lessons learned throughout their careers – how they were both changed by war, and how those lessons apply to wars being fought by young men today.

Joseph L. Galloway, sixty-six, is the author of a weekly syndicated column on military and national security affairs. He recently retired as senior military correspondent of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Galloway spent twenty-two years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly twenty years as a senior editor for U.S. News & World Report.

Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, USA (Ret.), eighty-six, was a master parachutist and Army aviator, commanded two infantry companies in the Korean War, and was a battalion and brigade commander in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1977 with thirty-two years' service.

Joseph L. Galloway, sixty-six, is a native of Refugio, Texas. The author of a weekly syndicated column on military and national security affairs, he recently retired as senior military correspondent of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Galloway was a special consultant to Gen. Colin Powell at the State Department in 2001 and 2002. Galloway spent twenty-two years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly twenty years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Bayside, Texas.

Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (USA Ret.), now eighty-six, was born in Kentucky. A West Point graduate, Moore was a master parachutist and Army aviator, commanded two infantry companies in the Korean War, and was a battalion and brigade commander in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1977 with thirty-two years' service, and served as executive vice president of a Colorado ski resort for four years before founding a computer software company. Moore lives in Auburn, Alabama.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mail to Afghanistan

Near the end of this video is a good view of mail handling in Afghanistan.

Just heard about of a support effort starting up for some new troopers in Afghanistan. Welcome the 6-4 CAV.

Haole OUT

Monday, July 21, 2008

Media Reports Exaggerated Outpost Battle

Thank you Col Presler ! ! !

Continueing the fight.

"I get emotional about this, you’ll have to forgive me," he said. "These guys have fought for 15 months, and they have fought harder, and I mean this literally, they have fought harder and (had) more engagements, more direct-fire engagements, than any brigade in the United States Army in probably the toughest terrain. These guys are absolutely veterans and they know what they’re doing and they have that airborne spirit and they fought a very, very tough battle and held the ground and did everything they were supposed to do."

Read the Rest of the Story.

Welcome 3-1 ID

We gearing up to support some new guys on the block (the Kush Hindu Mountains). Check back for a new blog, devoted to supporting the 6th Squadron, 4th CAV Regiment 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division. Hereafter known as the

6-4 CAV Raiders

This effort will be continuing the support for guys in the same area as the fantastic 173rd.
(you'll recognize the names of the support team)

The Welcome Home for the 173rd to Vicenza, Italy continues.

Prepare yourselves to become acquainted with the 6-4 Cav 3rd Brigade of the 1st ID.

Raiders Lead the Way

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. George Orwell

I thought this was an interesting perspective.

God bless all our troops and their families.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Go here to view 23 minutes of the documentary.

It was a LONG download, so I just downloaded the site.

If you have never stood looking up at an AirCraft Carrier, you cannot imagine the immensity of these floating cities.

Go here to view specific info on the carrier.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Brandon Friedman / Marcus Luttrell American Warriors

Saturday was a wonderful morning at the TEXAS book festival with Brandon Friedman, Marcus Luttrell, and Jim Hornfischer, the panel discussion of Afghanistan, and the following book signing. Their family and friends were wonderful, and it was a remarkable day. Lots of fun, lots of information, lots of emotion !

I don't know what people were expecting, but they were treated to an insightful view of battle from two typical young Americans. Typical, yet men of courage and commitment called into atypical situations. Battle is not a comfortable situation, as these young men graphically described. No matter how excellent the training, they described the way the senses are bombarded. The sights, the sounds, the smells ---- definitely not a video game, or a day on the ranch doing chores. Thank God we have such young Americans serving in harm's way in the battle against TERROR.

The audience was attentive, and involved. They were so appreciative of these young men, and I believe Brandon and Marcus could feel the connection. I know their was a connection only they could feel, as possibly they were the only ones in the room who truly knew the ravages of war.

Well, I'm off tomorrow toward a brighter future of walking without as much pain. The surgery is on. Catch me at the North Austin Medical Center ----- bring coca-cola. It's a Pepsi zone.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sox win the series

SOX nation --- we could get used to this.
Keep Lowell Bring on A-Rod

Saturday, October 27, 2007

More on a great day

Out my front door, what a way to begin the day. . .

And UT fall exhibition game.

I keep telling you how blessed I am.

Friday, October 26, 2007

A great Day . . .

Today has been a great day.

Doonsbury, The Sandbox finally came, and it looks great !

The pumpkin spice coffee was fantastic.

Pulling together as a group in the office, was rewarding.

The Texas Book Festival Posters were delivered, and are awesome.
Met by phone, a wonderful woman (submariner wife, Baseball fan).
Terri wrote a wonderful post on why Americans enlist, and Terri is seeing the beginnings of a dream accomplished.
Acquantances with various physical ailments seem to be getting answers, and moving toward better health.
All of my contacts in war zones, are well, and blogging steadily.
Progress is being made toward surgery.
Boston took game two.
UT plays baseball tomorrow.
Ashlee and Brooke play volley ball Saturday.
The John Deere is home, and mowing is a wonderful experience again.
There are two flat driveways to the house.
Hershey makes dark chocolate M&M’s.
Day ONE --- No Coca-Cola (I know I can, I know I can, but I really don't want to!)
Life is good !
Thank you God !

Monday, October 15, 2007

Salerno Hospital

Caring for the Best is the motto/mission of Salerno Hospital at FOB Salerno. Located at Khowst, Afghanistan --- they are on the front edge of caring for "the best" their fellow warriors, and Afghan nationals.

Check out "Richard's Deployment to Afghanistan . . ." as LTC Richard Phillips, commander of Salerno Hospital, and some guest bloggers chronicle the progress at Salerno Hospital.

Comment and ask questions, and let these warriors know we appreciate their service.

Okay, This is it . . .

The date for my first knee replacement surgery has been set. Nov. 7th Wednesday AFTERNOON.

I understand there is a pool forming as to whether I'll go through with it, this time.

Put your money on the positive. First this one, and then rehab, so I can get the right one completed.

I am ready, AND I am terrified ! ! !

I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SIGN SOMETHING ASKING THEM TO CUT OUT THE MIDDLE OF MY LEG. Am I the only one who questions my sanity on this ! ! ! !

But, I have rehabed to get ready to do this and I am psyched.

Stayed tuned, I will be chronicling the whole thing.

In a total knee replacement, an incision is made to expose the knee joint (A). The surfaces of the femur are cut with a saw to receive the prosthesis (B). The tibia is cut to create a plateau (C). The prostheses for the femur, tibia, and patella are put in place (D). The incision is closed (E). (
Illustration by GGS Inc.)

It really does say "CUT WITH A SAW." This is not a pretty picture.


Monday, October 8, 2007

Badgers Forward: "Ya like the rock melon?"#links

Congratulations to Badgers Forward Readers of the Week - HAOLE WAHINE via comments

Badgers Forward: "Ya like the rock melon?"#links

Thursday, October 4, 2007

New chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets service members assigned to Forward Operating Base Bucca in southern Iraq, Oct. 3, 2007. Mullen is on his first tour of the Central Command area of operation visiting with the leadership and service members assigned to the region since becoming chairman on Oct. 1. Defense Dept. photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.

If you haven't already seen the letter from Admiral Michael G. Mullen to the troops:

To America's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and your families,

I am honored today to begin my term as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As I do allow me to thank you for your service at this critical time in our Nation's history.

Whether you serve in Baghdad, Bagram, Kabul or Kuwait -- whether you find yourself
at sea in the Pacific, flying support missions over Eurpoe, on the ground in Africa, or working every day at stateside bases -- you are making a difference and so is every person in your family Your service matters. And I do not take it for granted.

The world is a dangerous place. The hundreds of thousands of you who have deployed since September 11th -- many of you more than once -- already know that. You've stood up to those dangers. You have lost friends to them. You may even have lost some of yourself to them. The dangers of this new and uncertain era have hit you and the people you love squarely in the gut. I will not lose sight of that.

Nor should any of us lose sight of the need to continue serving. The enemies we face, from radical jihadists to regional powers with nuclear ambitions, directly and irrefutably threaten our vital national interests. They threaten our very way of life.

You stand between these dangers and the American people. You are the sentinels of freedom. You signed up, took an oath, made a promise to defend something larger than yourselves. And then you went out and did it. I am grateful and honored, to be able to serve alongside you.

The law says my main job is to advise the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council on issues of military readiness and capabilities. I will do that. But, I also see myself as your representative to those same leaders, an advocate for what matters to you and your families -- your voice in the policies, programs, and processes that affect our National security. I will not forget the impact my decisions have on you.

I will remember that you, too, comprise a great generation of patriots, and that among you are combat veterans with battlefield experience that many at my level have never and will never endure. I will tap that experience. I want to make sure we learn from it.

I am not interested in planning to fight the last war, but neither am I interested in ignoring the valuable lessons we continue to learn from this one. It would be foolish to dismiss the knowledge you have gained. I will not do that.

I know the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking a toll on you and your families. They are taking a toll on our equipment, our systems, and our ability to train as well. I worry, quite frankly, that they are taking a toll on our readiness for other threats in other places.

But that does not mean our struggles there are not important. They most certainly are important. They are vital.

To the degree the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contribute to or detract from a stable, secure Middle East, they bear a direct effect on the security of the United States. That is why my number one priority will be developing a comprehensive strategy to defend our Nation interests in the region.

Next on my list is resetting, reconstituting, and revitalizing our Armed Forces, especially the Army and Marine Corps. I believe our ground forces are the center of gravity for the all-volunteer force and that we need to make sure that force is correctly shaped and sized, trained, and equipped to defend the Nation.

Finally, I intend to properly balance global strategic risk. We must stay mindful of our many global security commitments and of the core war fighting capabilities, resources, and partnerships required to conduct operations across the full spectrum of peace and conflict. The demands of current operations, however great, should not dominate our training exercises, education curricula, and readiness programs.

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will one day end. We must be ready for who and what comes after.

There is much to do. The speed of war, the pace of change, is too great for any of us to manage it alone. I need your help, your ideas, and your input. Whenever I travel to the field and to the fleet, I expect you to tell me what's on your mind. Tell me what you think. I need your constant feedback. I can't succeed -- we can't succeed -- without it.

You made a promise to defend this country. Let me make one to you: I will listen to you. I will learn from you. And I will endeavor to lead always with your best interest at heart.

The way I see it, that is my job now.

M. G. Mullen
Admiral, U.S. Navy

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Introducing "DEEBOW"

As Blackfive says: Notice the damn sexy American Fighting Man

A NEW old warrior with so much Afstan experience (If you don't know about the elephant, you really need to learn the "forgotten war"), he brings a whole new WINDOW.

Get on over to Blackfive and RSS/ATOM that site --- come on surely you already had it RSS'd !

If you didn't PLEASE don't admit it.

Really, though, ALL the light we can shed to NEVER FORGET !

Welcome DEEBOW

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Disbanding the Iraqi Army

Charles Ferguson, a filmmaker, presents a rebuttal to claims made by L. Paul Bremer III that top American officials approved the decision to disband the Iraqi army.

THE WAR A Ken Burns Film

PBS will start airing THE WAR, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Sunday September 23, 2007.

View the preview:

It's 29 minutes long, but time well spent.

Harry J. McKinney (Mac) was my Daddy. He's passed on, now, but he was a SEABEE. We didn't hear many details of his service, but we sure knew his pride.

He came to visit when we were stationed at Pearl during the 70's.

He and I drove and we drove and we drove, looking and for Red Hill, because that was where he had helped construct a "whole lot of buildings." He just could not believe that it had been dug up and carried away to make room for the highway.

He went to the Arizona Memorial, but we and all around us got a heartful. "They wouldn't let us get those boys home to their mothers." His opinion, but one we heard very loudly.

Then there was Punchbowl National Cemetery.

My Daddy wasn't one for reading historical markers, but he walked every step, around every one of those great stones. He found names he said he hadn't thought of for years, and the tear would show --- before he moved on. All he said about the little sand boxes of the battles across the Pacific, was "Yeah, looks about right."

"They didn't like us boys with the cats. We'd just raise that blade and go on," was all I ever heard about I Iwo Jima. Oh, there was something about trying to build a runway, and it being hard because they kept landing planes on it. But I'm not sure where he was talking about.

So, I'll be watching THE WAR because that's my Daddy, uncle Bob, uncle George, uncle Orn, uncle David,

AND the rest of my family that waited and kept things going at home