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Misuse Of Rank Leaves An Arkansas National Guard Behind Bars
http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0804/166288.html

Vietnam War hurt us all
http://www.bordermail.com.au/newsflo...page_id=780440

Vietnam vets to march in Adelaide
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...8/s1176754.htm

Republican Armed Services Committee Chair Defends Kerry, Says He
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artma...cle_5047.shtml

Smears by Proxy from Bush
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0812-02.htm

Widow seeks help proving husband was in Vietnam
http://washingtontimes.com/national/...4252-9178r.htm

Medal sought for WWII hero
http://www.pe.com/localnews/desertpa...al16.eb1d.html

Shin Admits Father Was Japanese Military Police
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/2004...2260512070.htm

Bush Announces Major Shift In Military Deployment
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle...7bbc4dfad.html

General waits while training goes on
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...uachuca15.html

Pro/Con sandwich on military time in lieu of prison
http://www.illinoisleader.com/letter...ew.asp?c=18588

Judge supports law that protects military members
http://ardmoreite.com/stories/081604...16040004.shtml

A Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news...US-Deaths.html

Guam Wants to Host US Aircraft Carrier
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?o...6E29A124B93ADA

Military kids face test as parents redeploy
http://www.gazette.com/display.php?sid=1156983

The Betrayal Of The Military Father
http://www.americandaily.com/article/3168

Nasty conditions in Iraq await Asheville-based Guard unit
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headli...=53484&SecID=2

Memorial Honors Dogs' Service to Military
http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/st...6&nav=4QcHPtAu

Corrections chief surveys ranks
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/p...03/1001/NEWS01

Dutch say troops to remain in Iraq
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/worl.../16/2003198994

Colonel begins 90-day jail sentence in sex case
http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2176713

Helping military families
http://www.thehollandsentinel.net/st...81504013.shtml

Intelligence officers implicated in Abu Ghraib
http://www.occupationwatch.org/article.php?id=6303

Indian Workers Say They Are Tricked Into Working in Iraq
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?o...511F4E293C4209

Hagerstown Civil War reenactment highlights new center
http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=2177635

Up close and personal look at Civil War
http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/9410367.htm

Strange Object From Sky Turns Out To Be a Weather Balloon
http://www.thewgalchannel.com/news/3656789/detail.html

Many Reservists Losing Civilian Jobs
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT

Police fire at reporters as US tanks roll up to shrine
http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/m...16/wirq216.xml

U.S. Army Europe Land Combat Expo slated for September
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?...&article=23842

PACAF's top enlisted man touts proposed blue BDUs
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?...&article=23848

2nd Brigade Combat Team families have online information source
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?...&article=23851

Midshipmen learn the ropes, plan plan their paths
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?...&article=23854

On Kitty Hawk, the idea is to stay out of the way
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?...&article=23855

Air Force Crew Chief Follows, Sets Example
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2...004081603.html.

Army Public Affairs Media Alerts

ARNEWS Army eliminates senior rater profile on company-grade OERs, By
Joe Burlas WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 16, 2004) -- Senior
raters evaluating lieutenants, captains and warrant officers 1 and 2
will change the way they compare the rated officer with his or her
peers in the active Army after Oct. 1.

Specifically, the change eliminates the use of block 7b of the
Officer Evaluation Report, Department of the Army Form 67-9, for
company grade officers and warrant officers 1 and 2.

The current senior rater profiling contains four ratings: above center
of mass, center of mass, below center of mass retain and below
center of mass do not retain. With Human Resources Command input, it
reflects where the senior rater has rated other officers of equal rank
in the past and where the senior leader thinks the rated officer falls
in a direct peer-to-peer comparison.

Senior rater profiling will be retained for use in rating majors and
above, and warrant officers 3 and above.

“We’re getting away from that competitive peer-to-peer comparison at
the company grade and lower warrant officer level to allow more leader
focus on developing leaders and fostering closer unit cohesion, ” said
Maj Gen Dorian T. Anderson, Human Resources Command commanding
general.

Along with the end of peer-to-peer comparison at the company level,
the Army will also expand developmental plans and counseling
requirements beyond junior officers to include captains and warrant
officers 2 in the active Army effective Oct. 1. Future version of DA
Form 67-9-1a, Junior Officer Developmental Support Form, will have
the word “junior, ’ deleted to reflect the inclusion of more senior
officers and warrants.

The OER enhancements will eventually be made in the Army Reserve and
National Guard, but each has its own unique requirements and
timeline, officials said.

“Evaluations have to do two things: provide good solid feedback to the
rated individual for development and it has to provide information for
the system to use to select those qualified individuals for promotion
to the next higher grade, ” Anderson said. “The challenge is to find
the balance between feedback for individual development and the
information promotion boards need for selections. The enhancements of
eliminating senior rater profiling, and at the same time requiring
more senior involvement by raters in counseling and mentoring process,
allows company grade officers to get more useable feedback about how
they are doing in their job.”

Company grade officers identified the lack of useful and ongoing
feedback via OER requirements, and a “zero-defects” environment
perception fostered by the OER process as major concerns during an
extensive look at the Army’s methods of growing and developing
leaders. The Officer Army Training and Leader Development Panel
results that identified those concerns were released in May 2001.

In 2002, the Army moved to mask, or remove to the restricted file,
all lieutenant OERs once the officer reached the rank of captain in
order to address part of the panel’s findings.

The decision to mask those OERs at the rank of captain was to allow
junior officers more room to grow, ease the zero-defects perception
and effectively remove comments from a junior officer’s file that may
be a refection of an initial learning curve, said George Piccirilli,
Evaluation Systems chief.

As far as the last OER enhancements go, Piccirilli said they are “in
keeping with the Army’s spirit of transformation -- we are truly
focusing on leader development.”

To those who might think that the elimination of senior rater
profiling is a ploy to retain more company grade officers in the Army,
Anderson said that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth as
promotion selection rates are the highest they have been in decades.
The selection rate of captain promotion board over the past six years
has been consistently more than 90 percent. The selection rate of the
last captain board, held last fall, was 92.3 percent.

“There is a perception among officers in the field that they can make
no mistakes -- that if they do, they will get a senior leader middle
box check and that means they’re not going to be promoted, ” Anderson
said. “The truth is that the promotion system picks up plenty of
officers with center-of-mass ratings. The current enhancements allow
for more interactive and ongoing discussions between the rated officer
and rater about how the officer is doing and allows for timely
correction of errors along the way.”

The enhancements will also bring deeper depth of experience and
knowledge into the mentoring process, as brigade commanders will have
to review the development plans battalion commanders create for their
captains, Anderson said. Under the current junior officer development
system, company commanders create plans for their lieutenants and
battalion commanders review them.

“The OER enhancements that we are talking about -- expanding the
requirements of the use of the developmental support form for company
grade officers and WO2s, as well as eliminating the block check
requirement for company grade officers and WO1s and WO2s -- allows for
leaders to focus on the real development of their junior officers, ”
said Anderson. “ What we want to do here is ensure that our junior
leaders are given the opportunity to be sufficiently mentored as
future joint and expeditionary leaders and warriors.”

An Army Knowledge Online mass mailing to all active Army officers went
out Aug. 16 explaining the OER enhancements in greater detail. In
addition, a HRC Military Personnel Message giving implementing
instructions was sent the same day to all Army personnel activities.

Officers can provide feedback on this subject via e-mail to
.

For more information on the OER enhancements, visit
www.perscomonline.army.mil/tagd/msd/msdweb.htm. link:
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=6261

----------------------------------- Slow start dooms Callahan’s day on
Olympic air pistol range, By Tim Hipps ATHENS, Greece (Army News
Service, Aug. 16, 2004) -- Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Elizabeth “Libby”
Callahan shot a dreadful opening series Aug. 15 and finished tied for
30th in women’s 10-meter air pistol shooting in the Olympic Games at
Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre.

Callahan scored 89 of 100 possible points on her first 10 shots, one
of only five sub-90-point series shot by 41 competitors in the
qualification round. She rebounded with series of 98, 95 and 92, but
the damage was done.

“I started off really bad, just couldn’t get settled, ” said
Callahan, a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. “I
was probably a little bit more nervous than usual. I just couldn’t get
into that groove where I needed to be.”

Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych won the gold medal in a shoot-off against
Jasna Sekaric of Serbia and Montenegro. They were deadlocked with
483.3 points in the final before Kostevych prevailed with a 10.2 to
silver medalist Sekaric’s 9.4 in their tiebreaker.

Bulgaria’s Maria Grozdeva won the bronze medal in another tiebreaker.
She prevailed 10.4 to 9.7 over Russia’s Natalia Paderina after
completing the final tied with 482.3 points.

Three-time Olympian Callahan, selected by her peers as captain of the
United States shooting team here, finished with 374 points in the
qualification round and did not advance to the final. She shot well
midway through the match but closed with several 8s that solidified
her dismal morning.

“I’m just not pleased at all with my performance, ” she said.

Callahan, a retired Washington, D.C., metropolitan police officer,
will compete Aug. 18 in women’s 25-meter sport pistol, the stronger
of her two events.

As team captain, Callahan, 52, of Upper Marlboro, Md., had the
honor of marching in the front row of Team USA’s athletes during the
Opening Ceremony at Olympic Stadium Aug. 13.

“It’s a very proud moment for the U.S. to march in as a team like we
did, ” she said. “We got a very warm reception from the fans in the
stadium. You just get goose bumps going in. There’s a lot of
electricity in the air. To me, it’s … something I will never forget.”

Callahan, the oldest member of Team USA in Olympiad XXVIII, also
competed in the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games.

(Editor’s note: Tim Hipps is a member of the Army Community and Family
Support Center Public Affairs Office.) link:
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=6262

-----------------------------------

Szarenski frustrated with 13th in Olympic air pistol, By Tim Hipps
ATHENS, Greece (Army News Service, Aug. 16, 2004) -- Sgt. 1st Class
Daryl Szarenski finished in a four-way tie for 13th place in the men’s
10-meter air pistol event Aug. 14 at Markopoulo Olympic Shooting
Centre in the Athens Olympic Games.

Szarenski, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort
Benning, Ga., came within three points of reaching the final round
of eight competitors.

“It didn’t really go wrong at all, I just didn’t have a high enough
score, ” said Szarenski, 36, of Saginaw, Mich. “I finished and it
was like, ‘Well, it wasn’t a smoker but nothing really went bad.’”

China’s Yifu Wang won the gold medal with a final Olympic record of
690 points. Russia’s Mikhail Nestruev, who set an Olympic qualifying
record with 591 points, won the silver medal with 689.8 points.
Russian Vladimir Isakov took the bronze medal with a 684.3 total.

The other American entry, Jason Turner of Rochester, N.Y., shot a
score of 571 to finish in a tie for 36th place.

Szarenski shot well early in the match but he was off on just enough
shots to finish with a qualifying score of 579 points. The cutoff for
the final round was 582.

“I shot pretty much like I always do, ” he said. “There was some
nervousness at the beginning, but nothing more than any other match.
These are the same guys we shoot against in the World Cups and World
Championships. It’s not like I tried harder here than I would at a
World Cup, it was just kind of a medium day and you needed a good
day.

“If a couple 9.9s would’ve been 10.0s, look at how many points I
would’ve picked up. To get into the medal round was well within reach.
It just takes a little bit of luck sometimes and it wasn’t here
today.”

Szarenski gets another Olympic shot in 50-meter free pistol Aug. 17.

“I’m probably going to kick myself around today a little bit and get
back into it tomorrow at nine o’clock and start working, ” he said.
“There’s not any big thing I have to do. I really don’t know anything
that I can change because it was right there.”

Szarenski finished 25th in 50-meter free pistol in the 2000 Sydney
Games. He feels fortunate to have another shot in Greece.

“I’ll just see if I can get my game a little bit better, ” he said.
“I’ve still got another day so it’s not over yet. My only desire is to
win a medal. That’s the only reason I came here. I have plenty of time
to regroup; I’ll be alright.”

(Editor’s note: Tim Hipps is a member of the Army Community and Family
Support Center Public Affairs Office.) link:
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=6263

-----------------------------------

Johnson places 14th in Olympic air rifle competition, By Tim Hipps
ATHENS, Greece (Army News Service, Aug. 16, 2004) -- Spc. Hattie
Johnson opened and closed her Olympic 10-meter air rifle competition
with a bang Aug. 14, but she failed to reach the final of the first
medal event in the Athens games.

“My hardest shots were my first shot and my last shot, ” said Johnson,
who finished in a five-way tie for 14th among 44 competitors. “My hand
was shaking and I put the gun up and down a few times, but I thought
to myself: ‘This isn’t going to happen to me because I’m nervous. I’m
going to hold it all together and I’m going to shoot a 10.’ ”

Johnson did just that on her first and final of 40 shots and scored
394 of 400 possible points in the qualification round at Markopoulo
Olympic Shooting Centre.

“After I shot my first shot, it was like a huge weight was lifted
right off of me, and I was like, ‘OK, let’s shoot.’ ” Johnson said.
“Of course I would’ve loved to make the final, but overall I had a
very good performance for me. This is the highest international score
that I have shot. For me, I succeeded.”

China’s Li Du, who tallied 398 points in the qualification round,
won the first gold medal of Olympiad XXVIII with a final Olympic
record of 502 points. Russia’s Lioubov Galkina, who shot an Olympic
record 399 in qualifications, won the silver medal with 501.5 points.
Czech Republic’s Katerina Kurkova took the bronze.

Johnson, 22, a medic with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, said she
left all she had on the range.

“When I finished shooting I was exhausted, ” she said. “Every body
part felt like it was sore and hurt. I had a great performance for
myself mentally and physically.”

Johnson was a beneficiary of competing in the opening event by getting
to spend the remainder of her stay in Greece with her No. 1 fan,
father Jeff Ponti, who came from her hometown, Athol, Idaho, to
watch her compete abroad for the first time.

“You have no idea how proud I am. It’s just incredible, ” Ponti said.
“How she finished is irrelevant to me. Just her getting here is
absolutely unbelievable.”

(Editor’s note: Tim Hipps is a member of the Army Community and Family
Support Center Public Affairs Office.) link:
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=6264

-----------------------------------

Actions earn 1st Cav Soldier Silver Medal, By Cpl. Bill Putnam
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 16, 2004) -- Pfc.
Christopher Fernandez, of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 21st Field
Artillery Regiment, was awarded a Silver Star Medal for valor by the
1st Calvary Division commanding general Aug. 13.

The Silver Star is the Army’s fifth highest medal for valor and the
third highest during combat.

Fernandez said his family was proud, that they had even told members
of his church back home about his award, but he didn’t know if they
understood that the Silver Star was a big deal.

“It’s a great honor, ” said Fernandez, a Multiple Launch Rocket
System crewman. “I never thought it would happen.”

Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st Calvary Division commanding general,
said Fernandez embodied the Army values of selfless service and
courage.

“Pfc. Christopher Fernandez is a hero, ” Chiarelli said. “He
represents the best of us. He embodies the Army Values and the Warrior
Ethos.”

Fernandez was awarded the Silver Star for his actions on the night of
May 5, when his unit came under attack. Fernandez, a Tucson, Ariz.
native, was on a patrol through Baghdad’s Saidiyah neighborhood when
insurgents ambushed his unit.

An improvised explosive device hit the patrol’s rear vehicle.
Immediately following the explosion, the patrol was barraged with
small-arms fire. The patrol’s crew-served weapons, an M-240B machine
gun and a .50 caliber machine gun, immediately returned fire.

The IED explosion killed two U.S. Soldiers, wounded five others and
rendered their vehicle inoperable.

Fernandez returned fire with his weapon, an M-249 squad automatic
weapon. He reloaded his weapon at least once during the short
engagement, said Capt. Thomas Pugsley, Battery A’s commander.

“There was a tremendous volume of fire coming at them, ” Pugsley said.

In all the chaos, Fernandez saw the stricken vehicle’s M-240B machine
gun was unused. Fernandez knew that another weapon would suppress the
enemy’s fire long enough to evacuate the wounded and leave the area.
He left his vehicle, ran to the disabled humvee, and recovered the
weapon and its ammunition.

Fernandez then opened fire on the enemy.

What made all of that spectacular was the recovered weapon’s
condition, said Pugsley. The handguards covering the machine-gun’s
barrel, so the gunner’s hands won’t burn, were blown off in the
explosion. That didn’t matter to Fernandez though; he kept firing even
though his hands were burning.

Almost 10 minutes later, the wounded were loaded onto the Fernandez’s
vehicle, and the ambush site was abandoned.

Pugsley said two other Soldiers were recommended for Bronze Stars with
Valor devices for their actions that night. One received it; the other
received an Army Commendation with V device, he said.

But to 1st Lt. Ryan Swindell, Fernandez’s platoon leader, and
Pugsley, Fernandez’s actions during those hectic minutes warranted a
Silver Star.

“He bought those Soldiers time, ” Pugsley said.

(Editor’s note: Cpl. Bill Putnam is a member of the 122nd Mobile
Public Affairs Detachment.) link:
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=6266

-----------------------------------

Missouri Guard unit ready for WMD incident, By Master Sgt. Bob
Haskell JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Army News Service, Aug. 16, 2004) --
Sixty-eight members of the Missouri National Guard demonstrated they
are ready to take the next step to help fight the global war against
terrorism on a rain-chilled Saturday morning in late July.

They passed an Army evaluation that determined their ability to
provide emergency medical care and to decontaminate victims of a toxic
chemical agent delivered by a weapon of mass destruction -- the kind
that Homeland Security and Defense officials fear could be used on
American soil.

They did that two months earlier than originally scheduled, by Aug. 1
instead of Oct. 1, because officials believe that terrorists are
plotting another catastrophic event in this country during the next
few months -- perhaps to disrupt the November presidential election.

The new team of Army and Air National Guard men and women demonstrated
in a small field beside the Cole County Fairgrounds that they are
ready to take on the National Guard’s new mission of caring for a lot
of people in short order.

“Everything here went great. These guys actually surprised me. They
surprised everyone on my line, ” said Maj. Rich Ward, chief of the
5th Army’s nine-member team that evaluated the morning exercise. “It
won’t take me too long to tell you how good you did, ” Ward told Lt.
Col. William Johnson, commander of the Missouri Guard team.

The 52 Army Guard soldiers and 16 Air Guard medical people belong to
Missouri’s new CERFP. That is short for a mouthful of a title. The C
stands for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or High
Yield Explosive. ERFP means Enhanced Response Force Package.

In short, a CERFP is a National Guard team trained to help local,
state or federal authorities locate, care for and clean up casualties
should terrorists attack a part of the country, most likely a city,
with a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or other
high-explosive weapon.

The teams will have at least 104 people when fully staffed and will
include an engineer element equipped to locate and extract victims
from the rubble of buildings and from vehicles. Johnson anticipated
that the engineer unit would be added to the Missouri team next year.

Twelve state teams have been formed since last September * one for
each of the 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency regions plus two
more.

They have been developed, with existing resources, around the
Guard’s WMD civil support teams in California, Colorado, Florida,
Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York,
Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington state and West Virginia.

The last two weeks in July and the first week in August is crunch time
* when 10 of the teams are being evaluated for three days each by
teams from the 1st and 5th Armies. The teams in Hawaii and Washington
will be evaluated later. But even those teams can be pressed into
action should they be needed, said National Guard Bureau spokesperson
Lt. Col. Kate McHenry, because “there is no federal certification
process here. The adjutants general validate the CERFPs capability
within their own states based upon their Army evaluation assessment.”

Still, all of the teams have to show the Army they know their stuff,
and the Missouri team more than rose to that challenge on July’s final
Saturday.

“A lot of hoops? We had to jump through one giant hoop to get ready
for this evaluation two months early, ” said Johnson who is getting to
be an old hand in homeland defense. He organized Missouri’s 22-member
civil support team that had nearly two years to be trained and
certified, from 1999-2001.

“We found out about the accelerated schedule for the CERFP in early
July, ” Johnson added. “A lot of people called off their vacations and
made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen.”

The Missouri University Fire and Rescue Training Institute and
emergency responders from Cole County and other places also helped to
prepare the team at the Ike Skelton Training Site, Missouri’s
National Guard joint headquarters, Johnson said.

The 16 Air Guard medical people * physicians, dentists, nurses, and
technicians -- joined the Army Guard decon and security Soldiers to
fill out the team the day before the evaluation.

“The Air Force has a long tradition in emergency medical care. We’re
all traditional Guard people, but we bring a lot of years of
experience into a situation like this, ” said Col. John Owen, the
medical team chief who is also a family practice physician. “This
speaks highly of these people’s commitment, to come out on a summer
weekend.”

This was the exercise scenario on that summer Saturday. A crop duster
plane had sprayed a highly toxic chemical agent over 67, 000 people at
a county fair and had crashed into the crowd during its second pass.
About 45, 000 people ran from the area before the local mayor ordered
everyone else locked down. Besides being covered with the spray,
people were trampled while trying to get away or killed or injured
from the plane crash. The incident commander called for the CERFP to
help triage, care for and decontaminate the casualties.

In real time, the team arrived at the field at 6:50 a.m. that
Saturday. They set up a 100-yard decontamination line of 13 tents and
shelters and put on their yellow and tan protective suits, rubber
boots, face masks and respirators with the precision they had learned
during a week of training in the heat and humidity of this Missouri
summer. They were ready to receive casualties in 90 minutes.

“The more training you receive, the more comfortable you feel in a
real situation, ” pointed out Staff Sgt. Donald Kilmer. “Everything
this country is doing to combat terrorism is important. The terrorists
are getting smarter, and we have to be able to deal with them.”

About 50 role players put the team through its paces as the heavy
clouds let lose their downpour. The actors keeled over and had to be
carried through the decon line. They nursed broken arms and legs. They
screamed in agony. And they shivered in the showers and the rain three
or four times to give the CERFP team plenty of works as the evaluators
in the florescent orange vests took notes.

“One of our biggest concerns over the last couple of years has been
triaging the casualties and getting them decontaminated to distribute
them to medical facilities should we have a weapons of mass
destruction event. That’s the long pole in the tent of effective
response here, ” said Brig. Gen. George Shull, the Missouri adjutant
general, who also observed the evaluation.

“It became real apparent to us that the Guard needs to add value to
the triage, decontamination and distribution of casualties equation,
” he added. “It’s been worth all of the extra work and effort we’ve
put into it.”

All told, Johnson reported, his team processed and decontaminated
171 casualties in 2 hours and 11 minutes. That included scanning
everyone for chemical and radiological agents and making sure that one
mother and her two daughters went through the line together.

That number is small compared to the casualties that such a team might
be expected to deal with in a real crisis. But it was enough to
convince the Army evaluators that the Guard people know what they are
doing.

“That easily exceeded the standard that we set for them, ” said Ward.
“They showed us that they can do decon very well.”

(Editor's note: Master Sgt. Bob Haskell writes for the National Guard
Bureau.) link:
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=6267

Blacks in Government Conference Honors Servicemembers
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2...004081602.html.

The War Veterans Directory, Free
http://members.aol.com/veterans/freedir.htm

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...International/
Judge orders Canadian's equipment returned

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...ent/Columnists
Why Canada backs Americans' 'useless scarecrow in the sky' Editorial
-- Times Colonist

http://www.canada.com/victoria/times...d-df58c955cb85
It's safer inside the missile shield Editorial -- The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Con...d=968256290204
Help Afghans rebuild Editorial -- The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...ent/Editorials
Up against Afghanistan's corrosive opium trade Scott Taylor -- The
Chronicle Herald

http://www.herald.ns.ca/stories/2004...on156.raw.html
Journalist to testify for Milosevic !-- End Canadian Commentary --

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspap...217999,00.html
If I might be allowed to intervene here, some wars are worth fighting
William M. Arkin -- Los Angeles Times
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arkin/message/78
'Star Wars': Pie in the Sky

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-arkin15aug15,1,7388608.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions"
onMouseOver="window.status='To view this article, a free subscription
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LAT Peter Preston -- The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/st...283779,00.html
The purple heart of a campaign Editorial -- The Christian Science
Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0816/p08s03-comv.htm
Japan, China Need to Chill Out Leader -- The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/st...283760,00.html
Dialogue before bullets Editorial -- The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug15.html?
'Daiquiri Diplomats' !-- End International Commentary --

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0816/p02s01-usmi.htm
Pentagon balks at intelligence reform The Associated Press

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
Bush Announces Plan for Troop Realignment

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
Rumsfeld Briefs Russia on Shift of Forces

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
Reservists Say War Makes Them Lose Jobs The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/st...284079,00.html
Mountain terror summit 'planned attack on US'

http://washingtontimes.com/national/...1237-9757r.htm
Air marshals cover only a few flights The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/...3312-7526r.htm
New helicopters join fleet of airborne Border Patrol

http://www.alea.org/pics/images/usbp/013004/bortac1.jpg
Photo The Associated Press

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.p...80404a4_drones
Border Patrol drones have helped capture 248 migrants

http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1...336280,00.html
More Reuters News Agency

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml...toryID=5988852
U.S. to Handle 'No-Fly' Airline Passenger List The Daily Telegraph

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/m.../16/nmod16.xml
MoD doctor calls for ban on soldiers' tea and football The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/humanright...284087,00.html
UK 'sleepwalking into Stasi state'

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml...toryID=5986594
Displaced Darfur Villagers Return to 'Live in Fear' of Militia The
Daily Telegraph

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/m.../16/wsud16.xml
Rwandan troops spearhead peace force for Darfur

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/m...16/whutu16.xml
Rebels kill 156 refugees The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/germany/ar...283864,00.html
German minister says sorry for genocide in Namibia

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug16.html?
Delegation Dispatched to Meet With Sadr The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug15.html?
Protest at Iraq Forum Reshapes Najaf Crisis The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug15.html?
U.S. Troops Stay Active in Najaf Fight The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug16.html?
Three Soldiers Killed During Iraq Fighting The Christian Science
Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0816/p01s04-woiq.htm
Two visions of Iraq struggle to take hold The Daily Telegraph

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/m...16/wirq216.xml
Police fire at reporters as US tanks roll up to shrine The Daily
Telegraph

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/m.../16/wirq16.xml
Police expel journalists from Najaf The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug16.html?
Journalist, Translator Missing in Iraq The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/...1235-4438r.htm
Saddam's agents on Syria border helped move banned materials The
Associated Press

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...rnational/Asia
Afghan troops seize contested air base The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug15.html?
In Kabul, Private Jail Leads to Trial CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/nation...ema040816.html
Mercenary claims U.S., Afghan officials conspiring against him The
Associated Press

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...LAT E=DEFAULT
Professor Says China Detention Baseless The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...004Aug16.html?
Last U.S. Defector Said Living in N. Korea !-- End International News
--

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspap...211450,00.html
Blenheim Anthony Sattin -- The Sunday Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspap...211368,00.html
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