Archive for May 1st, 2008

The Wheelmen LE MC of Long Island in running their third annual ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  This years run will be a ‘poker’ run and is a rain or shine event.

Who:  Wheelmen LE MC

What: Third Annual Ride for Wounded Warriors

When:  Sunday, May 4, 2008

Start Location:  Renegade Classics, 511 Commack Road, Deer Park, NY,  Registration 8:30am – 11am

Maplink: http://tinyurl.com/3fyw9k

End Location:  Centereach VFW, 31 Horseblock Road, Centereach, NY

Maplink: http://tinyurl.com/3salrn

Donation: $20/Rider, $10/Passenger

Prizes for Best and Worst Hand dealt, 50/50 Raffle, More Raffles, Food, Drinks, Music.

Contact: WHEELMEN@WHEELMENLEMC.COM

Troop Scoop

Posted: 01 May 2008 02:15 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
We share with you a memorial to one of our fallen heroes, especially that his family and friends might know that he is remembered with love.  Many criminals and insurgents captured or killed, and important humanitarian work carried on by the Iraqi Army.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 1, 2008

Tip leads to anti-aircraft gun, ammunition in Jurf

BAGHDAD – A tip led MND-Center Soldiers to a cache containing an anti-aircraft gun and over a hundred 37 mm rounds, April 27 in the al-Hujierr area of Jurf as Sakhr, 40 km south of Baghdad.
Soldiers from 7th Inf Regt, 4th BCT, 3rd IS, used intel gathered from SoI to locate the cache.  At the site the unit was assisted by a local resident who had an excavator to help them dig.  After digging approx. 10 feet, the anti-aircraft gun and crate of munitions were visible.
“We couldn’t have done this without the hard work of the Soldiers who dug up the cache all day and the SoI who reported it,” said 1st Lt. Ryan Daly, Co A. The anti-aircraft gun is considered to be in operable condition and is believed to have been buried approx. 4 to 6 months according to informants.

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Soldiers from 2nd Plt., Co. A find an anti-aircraft gun.

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Iraqi humanitarian operation helps citizens

TIKRIT – A successful Iraqi-led humanitarian operation was held in the town of Jadidah, Mosul Province, April 29. The op, a gathering between IA leadership, the Jadidah sheik and informal leaders, was held to counter AQI’s info ops, defaming Iraqi and CF.
Over 200 children and over 130 adults received humanitarian assistance in the form of dry foods, water, vitamins, clothes, comfort items, toys and athletic gear.
This successful op set the conditions for reconciliation, support and future cooperation.

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CF kill 4 criminals, destroy heavy weapons in 2 separate engagements

BAGHDAD – CF killed 4 criminals and destroyed their heavy weapons in 2 separate engagements, April 29.
At approx. 5:15 p.m., criminals were observed firing a mortar system in north east Baghdad.  A fixed wing aircraft proceeded to drop a bomb, killing the 2 criminals and destroying their weapons system.
At approx. 5:30 p.m., Soldiers from the 4th bn, 64th AR came under attack by heavy machine gun fire from a house in north east Baghdad, and returned fire killing the 2 criminals and destroying 2 illegal machine guns.

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Local Iraqi tip leads Iraqi Army to large cache

CAMP VICTORY – An Iraqi citizen led Iraqi Soldiers to a cache containing 450 57 mm mortar rounds, approx. 50 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, April 28.
The rounds were deemed unserviceable, but could still be used as IEDs. The cache was buried in a field in the village of Abu Osage.

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MND-B soldiers kill criminal in firefight

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers engaged and killed a criminal and wounded another after receiving small-arms fire during a security patrol at approx. 1 a.m., April 29 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.
Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID responded to the ambush led by 2 men in Abu T’shir, where the squads conduct ops daily.

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1-87 dedicates Patrol Base to fallen comrade in Hawijah

By Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, 115th MPAD

PB HOWELL, RIYAD – The 1st Bn, 87th Inf Regt named their new Patrol Base after Pfc. George Howell during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Riyad, located in the Hawijah district of northeastern, Iraq, April 26.
Howell, 24, was an Infantryman with 2nd Plt, Delta Co, 1-87, 1st BCT, 10th Mtn Div. He was killed by an IED while on patrol during combat ops Dec. 21, 2007.
Pfc. Lewis Nagel summed up the unanimous response of the platoon when asked what memory of Howell will remain with them. “His disposition. I never saw Howell without a smile on his face. He was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met,” Nagel said.
Howell is survived by his pregnant wife, Kristen, and two children; Raiden and Niya.

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A barrier at PB Howell in Riyad stands in honor of its namesake, Pfc. George Howell, revealed during a dedication ceremony.

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Capt. Jon Anderson, cmdr., Delta Co, salutes with other members of 1-10th Mtn Div during the playing of the National Anthem.

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First Bn, 87th Inf Regt Cmdr Lt. Col. Christopher Vanek, Pvt. Eric Wooten (representing the youngest member in the company), and Capt. Jon Anderson cut the ribbon.

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Soldiers with 2nd Plt, Delta Co, honored Pfc. George Howell during the dedication ceremony.

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MND-B soldiers find explosives cache

FOB FALCON – Soldiers attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered a cache at approx. 3:45 p.m. in the Abu T’shir community of southern Baghdad, April 28.
Soldiers from Co F, 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, with the assistance of the Iraqi NP, found 2 IEDs consisting of 20 pounds of TNT and 24 pounds of homemade explosives.
Soldiers also found 3 155 mm artillery rounds, 6 120 mm mortar rounds, 34 82mm mortar rounds, a 60mm mortar round, 3 RPGs, and approx. 1,000 rounds of ammo.
The soldiers of “Fox” Co also found 3 81 mm mortar rounds during security patrols, April 29.

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The Soldier’s, Sailor’s, Marine’s, Coast Guard and Airman’s Club is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Happy Hour to raise funds for improvements at the Club including a ramp entrance for Wounded Warriors.  The SSMAC has been a staunch supporter of our troops and our Wounded Warriors since 1919.

Who:  SSMAC Junior Committee

What:  Hurley’s Happy Hour

When:  Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6pm-??

Where: Hurleys (the hold-out bar),  232 West 48th Street, New York, NY, Top Floor

Contact:  Yolon Jambor, yjambor@ssmaclub.org

Donation:  $25 at the door.  Draft Beer $4, Wine $5

50/50 Raffle, Raffle for two junior tickets to this year’s Military Ball ($600 value) honoring the US Navy.

Come, meet some patriots and have a great time for a good cause!

About Hurleys:

This NYC historical landmark in the heart of the theater district has been serving up suds and down home pub food since 1892, surviving prohibition by renting the front of its then Rockefeller Center facade to Greek florists, while the Hurley brothers ran a speak-easy in the back.

Hurley’s fame as the hold-out bar came from the 1930s when the Hurley brothers refused to sell the establishment to John Rockefeller when he was acquiring properties to build Rockefeller Center.  So the 6th Avenue facade of the 70 story RCA building was designed with a niche to accomodate the four story saloon at its base.

Recently the business moved to its new location where it continues its tradition of generous drinks and hearty food.

Updated May 3, 2008 – Anger Management Classes for Moonbats and an admission they were wrong!

In the continuing debacle in Erie County and Edinboro, Pennsylvania, another key piece of evidence has surfaced. Portion of the video from the ‘peace’ thugs point of view and it lends full support to my analysis of the events.

The video is here.

You can compare it to the original video here .

The new video is shot from a different perspective and reveals actions that were blocked in the original video.

You may have to pause and rewind portions of this video to see the actions I will describe.

Most importantly, for those who have claimed the veteran’s wife took the first physical action. Your claims are proved to be unfounded. The video clearly shows the woman in green advancing from screen right left and touching the veteran’s wife before the wife pushes her away.

It shows that every physical action was initiated by the ‘peace’ thugs Every action that escalated the conflict was theirs. They were out of control and unrestrained in their actions. Every action taken by the veteran and his family was in self defense or in seeking to stop the violence. No one sober can view these videos in any other fashion.

  1. The wheelchair man bumping his chair into the leg of the veteran.
  2. The lady in white grabbing the veteran’s sign and throwing it into the street.
  3. The lady in white then standing on the sign in an attempt to prevent the veteran from recovering it.
  4. The veteran’s wife interjecting herself between the veteran and the lady in white to defuse the situation.
  5. The lady in green charging over with her red sign and pushing the veteran’s wife with her right hand.
  6. The veteran’s wife pushing the lady in green away from her.
  7. The lady in green and the lady in white attacking the veteran’s wife.
  8. The veteran grabbing the lady in green to restrain her from attacking his wife.
  9. The man in yellow and man in blue shirts pushing the veteran to the ground while he is restraining the lady in green. (Partially obscured by signs).
  10. The lady in white kicking the veteran’s wife in the head.
  11. The veteran’s son rushing over to pull the lady in white away from his mother.
  12. The lady in white kicks the veteran twive while he is restrained.
  13. The lady in green attacking the veteran’s son.
  14. The lady in white attacking the veteran’s son.

This video should be required viewing by anyone wanting to know what happens when ‘peace’ thugs are given free rein to vent their ‘peaceful’ feelings.

Dan Maloney, NY State Coordinator, Gathering of Eagles

Update May 3, 2008

In an admission that the ‘peace’ thugs were out of control, the Erie Peace Initiative has proposed the equivalent of ‘Anger Management’ therapy for the group that attacked the Veteran and his family.

EDINBORO — A peace group that meets in Edinboro will receive training in nonviolent conflict resolution — a result of two members being charged for their parts in an April 22 brawl.

Trainers from the Erie Peace Initiative will meet with the Tuesdays at Two group, which includes a number of students from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The session has not yet been scheduled.

In my view this should be the first in a twelve step program to bring loony moonbats back to a rational perspective on the law, history, the history of the United States, the threat and history of Islamofascism, and the attempts of the foreign influenced communist party splinter groups in the United States to undermine our morale and our government. But that’s just me…

The Erie Peace Initiative also left the sisters (green and white) hanging out there in a tacit admission of their culpability.

Some in the peace movement blame the sisters’ inexperience.

“They were wrong,” said Richard McVay, a Penn Action activist who met with the sisters after the fight. “They were wrong to react violently to a violent provocation. But I can see how it could happen.”

Thank you, Richard, for finally speaking the basic truth “They were wrong”. Of course you try and couch it by accusing the Veteran and his family of a “violent provocation”, but anyone viewing the two videos can see right through that rhetorical device.

All in all this was an important first step. Fixing the problem begins with realizing you have a problem and the first step was taken today.

Read the whole thing:

Peace activists to be trained in conflict resolution

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Troop Scoop

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 05:34 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Significant weapons caches found;  and among others, a high ranking AQI member captured.  Our troops feeling very proud as a new building for the Rashid District Council Hall is opened; a girls school is refurbished, where there was no electricity or usable restrooms; and teaching sanitation and personal health in small villages.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 30, 2008

MND-B soldiers find 2 significant cache finds in Baghdad

FOB FALCON – MND –  April 28,  Soldiers of Co A, 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID seized 107 mm rockets and an incomplete EFP during security patrols.  The soldiers discovered the cache acting on info provided by an informant in the Saydiyah community, after they detained 5 individuals and a sixth suspected of plotting terrorist activities against Iraqis and CF in Baghdad.
Soldiers from 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt also discovered a mortar system near a mosque in Abu T’shir, while acting on a tip from an anonymous citizen.

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Local citizens fend off AQI attack

TIKRIT – Defensive actions by local citizens of the Diyala Province against AQI resulted in the death of 12 insurgents, April 28.
The SOIs’ ability to repel the initial attack provided Iraqi SF enough time to conduct a hasty offensive op with minimal CF support.

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Iraqi soldiers turn in weapons cache

CAMP STRIKER – Iraqi Soldiers retrieved a cache in the vicinity of PB Lion’s Den, approx. 7 km southwest of Baghdad, April 27.
Info from a detainee led the Soldiers to the cache that was buried by a canal, consisting of 80 machine gun rounds, 4 69 mm mortar rounds, a 120 mm mortar round, and 2 bags of homemade explosives.

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MND-B Soldiers seize weapons cache

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad Soldiers confiscated several weapons caches in separate actions across Baghdad, April 28.
Soldiers from Co A, 4th Bn, 64th AR, 1st BCT, 4th ID, seized a weapons cache consisting of 10 RPGs, 2 launching tubes, a suicide vest, 2 grenades, a 105 mm round, two 60 mm mortar rounds and an unknown amount of home-made explosive in west Rashid.

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MND-B Soldiers seize emplaced EFP, rocket, munitions cache

BAGHDAD – April 27, in the Abu T’shir community, at approx. 6:30 a.m., Soldiers from Troop C, 7th Sqdrn, 10th Cav Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID., seized a 107 mm rocket with launcher.  At approx. 2:15 p.m., Soldiers from Co F, 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, located an EFP IED during a combat patrol.
Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, patrolling the New Baghdad area of eastern Baghdad, uncovered a
munitions cache at approx. 8:50 a.m., April 28. The cache seized by the Soldiers from 1st Bn, 66th AR, consisted of 20 mortar rounds and 6 RPGs.

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MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
PRESS DESK BAGHDAD

Rashid community leaders open district council hall (Baghdad)

BAGHDAD – Leaders from the Rashid district community, local Iraqi SF, and 1st BCT, 4th ID, gathered to demonstrate their joint commitment to improve the quality of life for Iraqi citizens during the commemoration of a new building for the Rashid District Council Hall on April 26.
“This building provides the leaders and citizens of Rashid a meeting place to voice their concerns to their elected officials, to plan, and with wisdom, map out the way of progress for all Iraqis here in Rashid,” said Col. Ted Martin, cmdr, 1st BCT.
The Rashid District Council is a self-governance program, where community leaders work with the estimated 1.2 million people of the Rashid district to help restore order to local neighborhoods. “When terrorism attempted to halt creativity and progress, our efforts were pulled together to repel all forms of terrorism for the purpose of moving forward and rebuilding,” said Yosif, head chairman of the Rashid DC. “We are hopeful that it becomes the first of many projects in Al-Rashid district and throughout Iraq,” Yosif added.
An example of ongoing efforts to stabilize everyday life for the people of Rashid is the unveiling of a new construction project to build a HQ for the Civil Services Department in the Jihad community of Rashid, on April, 25, according to Lt. Col. Paul Hossenlopp, deputy comm. officer, 1st BCT.  “The CSD Building will be the first community services building in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.  It will eventually operate with the support of the GOI and provide permanent jobs for local communities, by creating and sustaining an Iraqi workforce employed to rebuild Baghdad’s infrastructure and restore essential services to the citizens of Rashid,”  said Lt. Col. Hossenlopp.
The construction project employs an estimated 400 Iraqis and provides vocational tutoring and on-the-job training for the unskilled laborers.  Based on the program’s success, other CSD Buildings will be planned for the Rashid district and Baghdad.

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Sons of Iraq capture key terrorist

BAGHDAD –  April 28, during a meeting with a local sheik and other citizens, a SoI member indicated that a known key terrorist was nearby.  The SoI member detained 2 suspects and turned them over to MND-B soldiers for further ID. One of the suspects was positively identified as a high-ranking member of AQI. The captured terrorist is a prominent member of an AQI cell that operates in Baghdad and the southern outskirts of Baghdad.  He is reportedly known for VBIED attacks, IED attacks, sniper attacks on CF, the kidnapping and murder of Iraqis, and weapons trafficking.
“The SoI again prove to be heroes of the day; they found this extremely dangerous terrorist and took him off the streets,” said Maj. Al Hing, spokesperson for 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID.  “His actions directly led to the deaths of both U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi citizens. The partnership between the SoI and CF, working together to capture this known terrorist, makes for a safer and more stable Iraq.”
Soldiers from MND-B continue to work with the Iraqi SF and conduct operations to maintain pressure on AQI and any other foreign terrorists and Special Groups criminals by targeting their leadership, networks and sanctuaries.

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MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
PRESS DESK BAGHDAD

Two wanted men captured in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD –  Continuing to use info gleaned from an op Apr. 21, CF captured 2 suspected AQI terrorists in Mosul.  One of the suspects is a wanted man who is believed to directly conspire with several senior terrorist leaders in the city, including one who is known to conduct attacks against Coalition and Iraqi SF.
Iraqi and CF captured an alleged AQI operative in Kirkuk and one additional suspected terrorist.  The alleged operative is believed to have ties to senior terrorist leaders in both Kirkuk and Mosul.

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Refurbished School Opens in Salman Pak

By Maj. Joe Sowers
3rd HBCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

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Local leaders cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the Salman Pak Girls Secondary School, April 24.

FOB HAMMER — Leaders of the Salman Pak Council, the IA the 1st Bn, 15th Inf Regt and 2nd Bn, 6th Inf Regt, gathered in Salman Pak for the ceremony.  Members of the Salman Pak Council brought the decrepit school to the attention of 1-15th Inf. Regt. leadership in January. The school was in disrepair and local leaders’ desire to improve educational facilities matched the goals of the battalion leadership.
“We were looking for a big school to refurbish to make an impact,” said Capt. Matt Givens, the civil-military ops officer for 1-15th Inf. Regt. “It was the only female secondary school in the area.  Before the refurbishment, the school was pretty much falling down.  It had no electricity, and students couldn’t use the restrooms.”  Givens said the project completely overhauled the building.  Iraqi contractors repaired structural damage, erected a security wall, rewired electrical outlets, replastered the outside and repainted the inside.
Two of the most significant improvements were connecting the restrooms to a septic tank and the construction of a concrete courtyard. “Unpaved courtyards get quite muddy when it rains,” said Givens, who has facilitated 13 different school refurbishment projects during his unit’s 14-month deployment.  “School administrators commonly ask for concrete courtyards for assemblies and recreation.”
Givens said these projects make a difference in the community.  “People view it as you’re helping take care of their children and it helps to build trust within the community,” he said. “They are excited when they see you helping their children.”
The 1-15th Inf. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd HBCT, 3rd ID, from Fort Benning, Ga.  The 2-6th Inf. Regt. is assigned to the 2nd Bde, 1st Armored Div from Baumholder, Germany, and will soon replace the 3rd HBCT in the Mada’in Qada.

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Iraqis Learn Longevity Tips from Coalition

By Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis
4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

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Soldiers from 703rd BSB, 4th BCT, teach villagers the importance of purifying water during a cooperative medical engagement in the village of Samrah.

FOB KALSU — CF are trying to increase Iraqis life expectancy by teaching basic hygiene, and reinforcing the importance of drinking clean water.  Under the auspice of a cooperative medical engagement, Soldiers from 703rd BSB, 4th BCT, 3rd ID, taught classes on water purification and handed out 150 water purification systems to families in Samrah.
The engagement allowed villagers to learn about basic public health.  Most of the classes focused on the importance of clean water to prevent gastrointestinal issues and skin problems experienced in the area.  The local drinking water comes from a canal used by animals and as a result, residents have been victimized by worms and skin diseases, said Spc. Lori MacFarland, a medic for 703rd BSB, who taught the classes.
The local sheikh selected 5 males and 5 females from different households throughout the village to participate in the train-the-trainer course.  Medics from the unit scooped a bucket of water from the canal, strained it through a white clothe and boiled it to show residents all the sediments that still remained despite filtration.  “By boiling the water it kills the living organisms and makes it better for them to drink, which will mean fewer illnesses,” MacFarland said.  Medics strained the water several more times until clear.  “After that I drank the water it gave them the confidence that it was clean,” MacFarland said.
Classes also included instructions on brushing and flossing teeth, hand sanitation, washing food, and using the purification systems.  “Overall I think this was a step in the right direction,” Woody said. “It’s sustainable and the nice thing about the classes is now they have something they can use.”  The Soldiers also left behind Arabic instructions so other families could benefit from the classes, and donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, basins, straining cloth and goodies for the children.  “After I went and came back I thought, ‘Wow, they really did need this class,’” MacFarland said. “It’s a good idea to go out and train others and have them get the info out to the other families.”
Right now the unit is scheduled to conduct another CME in a different location May 24.

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