Archive for June 20th, 2008

A group of Wounded Warriors and their families arrived in New York today to participate in events around the city this weekend.  A group of Eagles were there to meet them with a happy crowd of Patriots.
Pamela’s Pictures
Pamela’s Video

Eva’s report:

At 2:00 P.M. today — Friday June 20 (first day of Summer) — Pamela, David, Coretta and myself were at the entrance of 37th and Park Avenue to welcome the Wounded Veterans and their loved ones.

We were the only ones who brought our flags.  They looked so nice flying in the wind.  Two guys from the fire department wanted David’s and my flag which we happily gave to them.  They wanted to be photographed with the flags and kept them till the very end welcoming the Warriors.

Coretta and I held her big flag and acted as the welcoming committee.  We hugged and kissed each and every wounded Warrior Soldier coming off the bus.  We did not cry which was a huge accomplishment for both of us.  I believe they were extremely impressed with their welcoming committee.  Many people from all kinds of backgrounds were there also to welcome the Warriors.  Every time one of them got off the bus everyone cheered and clapped for them.

David helped with the transportation for the Warriors coming off the bus.

Pamela was taking pictures of everything.

Rolling Thunder was there also and we gave them a very loud welcome as they Thundered and rolled in on their very large machines.

We did not see any Moon Bats flying around or any other dirty, crazy, hippy commies.  Perhaps they are a bit demoralized since we are winning this war.

Afterwards we were invited to go with all the Patriots to DUG’S which is about a block away from were we were — for food and drinks.  Coretta and I got some really nice T-shirts too.

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Excellent work!
I see T-Man from Nam Knights and a few other familiar faces there!
Good job by all involved!

Troop Scoop 6/20/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 20 Jun 2008 09:39 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Thanks to compassionate Americans, Iraqi child will have life saving operation, and donating blood saves the lives of 2 IP.  Hawijah literacy program off to a good start.  Suspected terrorists captured, and huge quantities of weapons and munitions caches seized.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

June 20, 2008
Iraqi Army captures suspected terrorist leader, detain four others

BALAD – In Mosul, June 18, the IA conducted an op to disrupt terrorist activities and cell ops.  They captured a suspected terrorist leader accused of facilitating and distributing IEDs in the area. The suspected terrorist is allegedly responsible for numerous IED and VBIED attacks on Iraqi and CF.  The suspect is also accused of engaging and killing CF on numerous occasions over the past 3 years. The IA also detained 4 other suspected terrorists during the op.

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Iraqi child to receive life saving surgeries June 30

FOB DELTA – When she was born, doctors didn’t expect her to live a week, but a one-year-old Iraqi girl is defying the odds.  She overcame the initial diagnosis, but without proper care, Noor Majeed could still die.
Fortunately, surgeons in Boston have agreed to donate their services to help her, and a donor in Cambridge, Mass., donated $100,000 for her medical care.  Noor’s surgery is scheduled June 30 at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The care required to correct bladder exstrophy is unavailable in Iraq. In addition to surgery to repair the bladder, Noor will also require orthopedic surgery on her pelvis and hips, as well as reconstruction and corrective procedures, said Capt. Michael Mullaly, an operating room nurse with the 912th Forward Surgical Team.  Mullaly was attached to the 948th FST as an operating room nurse when Noor began treatment in the FOB Delta medical facility.
“When Noor was born, and when I saw her condition, I wished to die,” said Zainab Najy, Noor’s mother. “I felt hopeless and helpless.  And because of the lack of adequate care that can treat her, and because of our financial situation, we could not afford to help her.  I was expecting her to die at any moment; I even told my mother that I don’t want to get attached to her, because I thought she would die soon.
“But as days go by, Noor resisted and stayed alive.  I was hurt all the time as I watched other children walking and playing.  But, Noor can’t even sit or walk.  My life became filled with depression, sadness and pain, but now, I am happy because I feel that Noor will live and all this made possible by the American people, and the American troops and the medical staff who helped us save Noor’s life,” she said.
“My feeling was desperate, for a father who sees his daughter suffering, and we could not help her.  The Iraqi doctors could not help her, that’s why we came (to Army doctors),” said Neseer M. Jemeel, Noor’s father.  “I was so happy when I heard my daughter will be treated, because I had lost hope completely. I feel safe because (the Americans) are caring. They care about children, mothers — they know life is valuable, and they are true human beings.”
When Noor and her mother arrive in Boston, they will be greeted by a friendly face – Mullaly, now an operating room nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worchester, Mass., plans to meet them when they land.  “It can be overwhelming,” said Mullaly of traveling to a new country where you know no one and don’t speak the language. “I think a familiar face would make it easier.  I’m pretty vested in this case. I’m attached to this baby.”

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Zainab Najy holds her daughter, Noor, at the FOB Delta medical facility before the infant received several life-saving procedures.

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Capt. Mike Mullaly, an operating room nurse anesthetist attached to the 948th FST, carries Noor into the operating room with her mom, Zainab Najy looking on.

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Staff Sgt. Andrea Bolton, 26th BSB, 3rd ID, checks on Noor May 14 at the FOB Delta medical facility.

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Noor Majeed at the FOB Delta medical facility.

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Sharqat Emergency Response Unit detains three suspected terrorists, recovers cache

BALAD – In the village of al-Kedraniyah, approx. 98 km southeast of Mosul, June 17, the ERU conducted the op to search for weapons caches.  They seized a significant number of weapons and ammo, consisting of approx. 100 pounds of explosive material with assorted fuses, boosters and chargers; anti-personnel land mines; a sniper system with home-made silencer; a Katyusha rocket; several hand grenades; and several thousand small arms and artillery rounds.
During the op, the ERU also detained 3 suspected terrorists with the ISI, a front organization for the foreign-led AQI.

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ISF, NP, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons caches throughout Baghdad

BAGHDAD – June 18, in Sadr City, IA seized 3 RFPs, a PKC machine gun, 2 EFPs, 6 light anti-armor launchers, 11 anti-tank RPG rounds, 2 anti-personnel RPG rounds, a machine gun, several AK-47 mags, a pair of night vision goggles, 2 14 mm rounds, 2 25 mm sights, 3 AK-47s and more than 200 7.62 rounds, 2 RPGs, a fuse and a 9 mm machine gun at approx. 6 a.m.
Approx. 2 hours later, IA Soldiers with the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT), found a weapons cache in the Mansour district, consisting of 3 RPGs, a box of 12.7 mm rounds, a machine gun; 1,000, 7.62 mm rounds; 2 120 mm rounds, a set of body armor plates, detonation cord, a blasting cap and homemade explosives.
Iraqi NP uncovered a weapons cache in the West Rashid district,consisting of a RPG launcher, a war head, 4 hand grenades and approximately 700 7.62 rounds.

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Tip leads Soldiers to militants with ties to cache, explosives

BAGHDAD –  June 18, after receiving a tip from a local resident, Soldiers from the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div (Lt), conducted an op to capture criminals in the Shawra Wa Um Jidir neighborhood and detained 3 militants allegedly associated with a weapons cache seized in a metal shop, June 13. The 3 were also believed to be involved with 3 EFPs uncovered in a car, May 15.  The Soldiers also detained 3 of their alleged associates.

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Hawijah literacy program

During a recent site check of schools in Hawijah and Riyadh, Lt. Col. Christopher Vanek, cmdr, 1st Bn, 87th Inf Regt., 1st Bde, 10th Mtin Div, met with the staff and visited with students at 2 sites for updates regarding the pilot literacy program underway there.  The 2 schools visited are involved in a literacy program envisioned by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the comm. gen of MNF – Iraq, and carried out by Soldiers of the 1st Bn.
It is designed to prepare 500 SoI members in the Hawijah district of northeastern Iraq for the application process that is necessary to be considered as candidates for the IP and IA.

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Capt. William Shields, EO, Co Delta, 1st Bn, speaks with a teacher at the Riyadh site of a pilot literacy program.

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A teacher instructs Riyadh SoI members in a pilot literacy program designed to transition SOI members into the Iraq SF.

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Service members, civilian contractors donate blood, save lives of two IPs

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Petty Officer 1st Class Mike J. Loesch, the Walking Blood Bank supervisor, 1st Marine Logistics Group, draws blood from Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles H. Casler, a hospital corpsman, Medical Co., 1st Supply Bn., 1st MLG, at Camp Taqaddum Surgical, June 18.  Two IPs wounded in separate incidents Monday may have died had it not been for the quick response of CF to donate blood. The blood reached the casualties within 20 minutes of the “walking blood bank” being opened.

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ISF, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons, munitions

BAGHDAD –   June 17, in a combined patrol with IA soldiers and Iraqi NP, seized were 20 rifles of various types, 7 pistols, a radio, a scope, a taser, a military map and 150 rounds of ammo at approx. 4 a.m. in  Kadhamiyah.
Later in the day, Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT), found 2 EFPs, 3 60 mm mortar rounds, 3 RPG launchers, 3 RPG charges, 5 grenades, 4 spools of cord, a mortar tube, 2 IED initiators, 400 rounds of 7.62 mm ammo, 3 RPGs and 4 RPGs rigged as IEDs.

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ISOF capture suspected Special Groups criminal leader in Baghdad

BALAD –  In Baghdad June 16, the ISOF conducted the op to capture the criminal believed to be responsible for emplacing IEDs and organizing meetings of Special Groups criminals targeting Iraqi and CF.  He is also suspected of an IED attack against a U.S. convoy in November 2007, which damaged an M1 tank.

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Iraqi Border Patrol detains suspected terrorist, recovers weapons caches

BALAD – The Iraqi Border Patrol detained a suspected terrorist and recovered 2 weapons caches in Butha, approx. 80 km west of Tal Afar, June 16.
IBP officers were conducting an op to search for weapons caches when they discovered a house in an apparently abandoned village containing 100 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a box of 90 mm ammo, and 9 unidentified explosive containers.
After searching the village, officers discovered a family and the suspected terrorist living in one of the houses. They determined the suspect threatened the family in order to use their home as a hiding place after he fled the weapons cache site.  The suspect is identified as a member of the ISI,  a front org. for AQI.  He allegedly trains future ISI members.  He admitted to knowing about the cache and said an associate owned the cache house.
An additional 150 pounds of ammonium nitrate were recovered from another abandoned home nearby.

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The Wounded Warrior Project has initiated its first Soldier Ride in New York. The Empire State Challenge Manhattan to Montauk ride challenges us all to come out, meet and ride with Wounded Warriors. This ride is held in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter of Sag Harbor who made the supreme sacrifice on April 22, 2008, in Ramadi, Iraq. This is a bicycle ride and walking event. Website.

Day 1Thursday, July 24, 2008

Manhattan Ride. Central Park to Battery Park via the World Trade Center. More information to follow.

Fundraiser Dinner at the Airpower Museum in Farmingdale.

Day 2Friday, July 25, 2008

Nassau/Suffolk Ride.  Come join Miss USO and the 77th RRC Army Band to welcome our wounded warriors to Long Island for the second day of the Empire State Challenge!

Who: Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride
What: Empire State Challenge
Where: Babylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, NY
MapLink: http://tinyurl.com/5eydde
When: Friday, July 25, 2008, 9am

Ride Route:

  • Depart Town Hall, West on Sunrise Highway  (.8 mi)
  • Turn South on Wellwood Avenue   (1.3 mi)
  • Turn West on Hoffman Avenue (changes name to Oak Street)  (2.4 mi)
  • Turn South on Route 110   (.5 mi)
  • Turn West on Montauk Highway  (4.8 mi)
  • Turn South on Jones Beach Bike Path to Water Tower (5.3 mi)
  • Turn East on Ocean Parkway to Cedar Beach  (9.8 mi)

Total Distance: 24.9 Miles

Day 3Saturday, July 26, 2008

Suffolk Ride.

There are three separate components of this event:

  • Metric Century (100km/62mile) Ride
  • 35 Mile Challenge
  • 4 Mile Walk

Choose the one that best suits your capabilities. Route Maps.

Who: Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride
What: Empire State Challenge
Where: American Legion Post 419, Montauk Hwy and Abraham’s Path, Amagansett, NY
Maplink: http://tinyurl.com/52xo49
When: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 8am – 5pm

  • 8 – 10am Registration
  • 10am Opening Ceremony and Ride Start
  • 1 – 5pm Post-ride food, beverages and music
  • 4pm Prizes awarded

Online Registration: You can register as an individual, or team or join an existing team here.
Forms for Registration, Event Flyer, Contribution Collections, Donations are available here.
Donation/Regiostration Fee: $50/Adult, $25/Age 15 and under

  • All pre-registered riders will receive an event T-shirt
  • Riders raising additional money will receive incentive prizes
  • Raise $500 or more and receive a Soldier Ride cycling jersey

General Contact: Peter Honerkamp, 631-267-3142, info@stephentalkhouse.com
Sponsorship Contact: Bill Read, 516-398-6820