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My Moment of Remembrance; SFC Paul Ray Smith

In this memorial day service, I take a moment to reflect upon the life of Seregeant First Class Paul Ray Smith. SFC Smith was the first medal of honor recipient of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Army SPC Ross McGinnis to Receive Medal of Honor

On December 4th 2006, just three days before the 65th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, SPC Ross Andrew Mcginnis paid the ultimate sacrifice as he "distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism," saving the lives of his comrades.

Ghana King Serves in US Army as Chaplain

Chaplain Nana E Kweku Bassaw, a Major in the United States Army currently serving in Iraq faces a tough decision. Continue serving until he is eligible for retirement in eight years, or return home to Ghana and serve as King of the Sekondi region.

Secretary Gates Sends Gentle Reminder to Iran

In a rare overlap, two US aircraft carriers were seen in the Persian Gulf at the same time as the USS Harry S. Truman redeployed from the region to be replaced by the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Weak U.S. dollar hurts Department of Defense Education System

The declining U.S. economy has hurt many Americans, but perhaps one group not readily thought of may slip through the relief cracks as the DODDS-Europe faces a major budgetary shortfall.

FDA Approves New Rotavirus Vaccine

In a public statement on April 3rd, the GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals announced the release of Rotarix, the third oral vaccine for rotavirus to be developed. The FDA approved the vaccine on February

Op-Ed: And Carter Calls Condi a Liar?

In a meeting with about as much substance as peace talks between Mikhail Gorbachev and Howard Dean, former President Jimmy Carter met with exiled "political" party leader Khaled Meshaal in supposed attempts for peace.

The Last Doughboy to be granted Arlington Burial Upon Death

Frank Woodruff Buckles, 107, will be given a unique honor to match his unique status. Despite never having seen combat, the last surviving WWI vet in the U.S. will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

This baby's the bomb!

Last week, soldiers at FOB Callahan in Northern Iraq watched a car slowly pull up to a checkpoint, stop, and watched as a woman laid down a large black bag.

New Bill allows National Guard and Reserve Members to Draw Early Retirement

The National Guard and Reserve Retired Pay Equity Act was pushed today in a bipartisan movement to allow guard and Reserve members to draw from their retirement 90 days early for every 90 of continuous mobilization since September 11th, 2001.

Predator Crashes in Iraq

An MQ-1 Predator crashed today at 7:10 P.M. while flying an armed reconnaissance mission in Iraq. The plane went down northwest of Balad Air Base, also known as LSA Anaconda, which is about 45 miles north of Baghdad.

Prepare for 'Irregular Warfare'

In the modern electronic age, where nations often have no borders, warfare may soon be waged without the public even knowing it.

Civil Rights leader charged with Incest

The daughter of Reverend James L. Bevel, famed civil rights leader and follower of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, alleged her father routinely molested her starting when she was six years old.

North American Leaders Meet as Part of SPP

President Bush, Mexican President Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Harper held a widely publicized event last Monday and Tuesday,despite a lack of mainstream media attention. They discussed a number of relevant issues to the SPP.

WME's Found in Iraq

Brig. Gen. Robert Holmes, speaking with bloggers via teleconference described the prolific use of Weapons of Mass Effect. He explained how winning the hearts and minds of the people are just as important as winning the fight.

Iraqi Security Takes Priority Over Iraqi Politics

Iraq's politcal progress "lags" behind the progress shown by it's Security Forces, as shown by President Bush's Benchmark Report released yesterday. This report was released three days prior to Congress' July 15th deadline.

Iraqi Forces Outgrow U.S. Presence

The Carter Doctrine, written 23 January 1980, stated, "Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America."

Why We Serve

For many, the it's just a way to pay for college. For others, it's an undying patriotism born from a legacy or new citizenship. For some, it's the urge to protect others. Everyone has their own reason for joining the United States military.

Happy Small Arms Destruction Day

In the news, we often hear of violence and tragedy. The world is a dark and frightening place, where many do not feel as safe and secure as those in America. But the world is not a place of only sorrow.

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