I am Steamed
UPDATE: It appears that some folks are starting to come out and lend a hand. Myself, I'll be tuning in to see Tim McGraw.
because the slow squirrel is left on the road...
Whatever these [early] explorers were after, they were also searching for themselves. Deep in a man’s heart are some fundamental questions that simply cannot be answered at the kitchen table. Who am I? What am I made of? What am I destined for? It is fear that keeps a man at home where things are neat and orderly and under his control. But the answers to his deepest questions are not to be found on television or in the refrigerator. Out there on the burning desert sands, lost in a trackless waste, Moses received his life’s mission and purpose. He is called out, called up into something much bigger than he ever imagined, much more serious than CEO or “prince of Egypt.” Under foreign stars, in the dead of night, Jacob received a new name, his real name. No longer is he a shrewd business negotiator, but no he is one who wrestles with God. The wilderness trial of Christ is, at its core, a test of his identity. “If you are who you think you are…” If a man is ever to find out who he is and what he’s here for, he has to take that journey for himself.
He has got to get his heart back.
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Aug. 27, 2005
Release # 050827-05
Training ignites first Afghan Army demining operation
By U.S. Army Capt. Cenethea Harraway
Office of Security Cooperation-Afghanistan Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan National Army recently put their training to use as they successfully conducted the first ANA-led demining operation in Afghanistan . The mission highlighted not only the expanding military capabilities of the ANA, but the government’s commitment to achieve a mine-free Afghanistan for future generations.
With the approval of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the ANA leadership took charge and organized two days of real-world demining operations at the Area Military Depot of Pol-e-Charkhi. HALO Trust, a British-based non-governmental organization dedicated to humanitarian mine clearing, identified the area as containing mines.
“Getting the soldiers to work in a real minefield immediately after training was essential to instill the courage and confidence needed to do their job,” said French Army Capt. Thierry Sagon, the primary instructor for demining training.
The demining operation consisted of three main areas: the entry control point, the demining zone and the company area of operations.
At the entry control point, each two-man demining buddy team received a safety briefing and protective gear. They were also listed on an accountability roster by name and blood type. Each buddy team was comprised of a first-degree and a second-degree deminer. A first-degree rating qualifies deminers to search for mines and provide initial detection. Second-degree deminers, who are also rated as instructors are qualified to identify and determine which neutralization method is best for disabling each mine or munition. The ANA company leadership provided the overall command and control for the operation.
Safety was emphasized over speed, with the operation occurring in a secured environment under daylight conditions. A medical evacuation team was on site as well. In the demining zone, three two-man buddy teams took positions 50 meters apart and worked in corridors 80 centimeters wide. Since manual demining can be tedious, repetitive and dangerous, the teams were rotated every 20 minutes as a safety precaution.
During the second day of the operation, the Afghan demining teams discovered an improvised explosive device and a Russian anti-personnel mine. Applying their knowledge and training, the deminers quickly assessed the situation and determined that the IED could be safely detonated in place. They marked the anti-personnel mine’s location and left it in place for later destruction.
The Afghan demining teams cheered and applauded their first live detonation. Yet their confidence and elation did not distract them from the gravity of their work. Only two months prior, 90 members of the engineer company from the 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps’ 4th Combat Support Kandak (Battalion) completed advanced demining training and earned their first and second-degree ratings.
Members of the French Army’s Engineer Mobile Training Team conducted the training as part of Operation Epidote, the name France has given to its entire training mission in Afghanistan.
“It was very necessary for the Afghan Army to be involved today and to show that they can learn and execute technical skills,” said Lt. Col. Gaetan Sevin, chief of the French training team. “We do not alter our standards of training. The Afghan soldiers are trained just as we are in France . We are very pleased with the outcome and have much confidence in the abilities of the soldiers.”
The 4th Kandak’s Engineer Company was the first ANA unit to complete the comprehensive two-month demining training. According to the French instructors, they trained in realistic, difficult situations to master the drills and procedures needed to work in a live minefield. The training focused on mine identification, detection, clearance, neutralization and removal methods. The students learned to identify 60 types of munitions and 35 different mines.
“I am very happy our soldiers were able to get professional demining training,” said Lt. Col. Aminjan, commander of the 4th Kandak. “Last year, our unit deployed to the Ghazni province and could do nothing when we faced real minefields and explosive materials. Thanks to the French trainers and Coalition forces, we now have the skills and moral courage to locate and neutralize the mines to help protect our people.”
The French instructors lead the way in ANA demining training with support and donations from Coalition forces and other non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan.
Despite progress made by mine action organizations, Afghanistan still remains heavily contaminated by mines and other explosive remnants from years of war. These mines continue to have a devastating effect on the Afghan people and impede economic development.
“Today was not about just finding mines or munitions, but rather their ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world environment,” Sagon said. “They organized and executed the operation in entirety. They did a great job.”
The demining mission marked a huge step and a new direction in operational abilities for the ANA.
“The training and today’s demining operation will help us in our military duties,” said Capt. Shenwari Hanifullah, the ANA engineer company commander. “More importantly, it will help us to protect the people of Afghanistan.”
Corporal James Holcombe, the 250,000th R&R Soldier, arrives at the Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport from Iraq for his two weeks of rest and relaxation. Scenes include Soldiers leaving to go overseas, CPL Holcombe arriving, taking pictures with volunteers from the USO, shaking hands and talking to volunteers and VIPs in the conference room, a speech from Lieutenant General R. Steven Whitcomb, Commanding General of Third U.S. Army/US Forces Central Command (CENTCOM)/Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC), a speech from Georgia State Senator John Douglas, and a presentation of plaques. Video from Third Army Public Affairs.
Phase III of the $10 million Najaf Teaching Hospital project began this week with a symbolic “ground-breaking” ceremony on the second floor of the hospital. This phase of the project includes civil, mechanical, electrical and plumbing rehabilitation throughout the facility. The contract also includes a physicians’ residence building, sewer treatment plant, a morgue, storage and garages, and remodeling of the main entrance to the hospital.
Five hundred children in a community west of Al Hillah will start school in a newly renovated school, thanks also to the Coalition forces in the Central-South Division, who finished work on the Abu Gharaq School this week. Other Coalition forces built a playground Aug. 19 for the children of the Tesin Orphanage in Kirkuk. Soldiers built the playground out of discarded auto parts, welding the various parts together. Coalition civil affairs Soldiers spent a busy day with the local leaders, delivering school supplies and then assessing the Musala and Al Sader Primary Schools.
The government's very considerable savings from reduced pension obligations over an initial phase-out period totaling almost forty years from start to finish, should be earmarked for reductions in the Social Security taxes of the workers who will never be able to enter the system, i.e., in the above scenario, workers aged 34 and less at the time of the reform's enactment. As these workers advance in age, new workers will be entering the labor market. There will thus be an increasing number of workers to bear the burden of the Social Security system's final phase. This will permit Social Security tax rates to be steadily reduced on this group, until they disappear altogether.
The end of Social Security would be the end of something that should never have been started in the first place. The root of the system is the philosophy of collectivism, in that it forces everyone into a giant stewpot as it were, in which individuals are compelled to support the parents and grandparents of total strangers, whether they want to or not, in exchange for themselves later on being compulsorily supported by the children and grandchildren of total strangers.
And, of course, standing between the generations has been a mass of politicians and government officials who have used whatever excess has existed of these forced exactions over current pension payments, to fund ordinary, current government spending.
KFI-AM Los Angeles HIRES Talk Show Host Graham FIRED By WMAL After Islam Remarks...Damn right.
"KFI has an extended offer for Michael Graham to fill in at the station because KFI still values free speech,' says KFI pd, Robin Bertolucci..."
"Personally, I would have just met with Mrs. Sheehan several weeks ago when she first made this solitary request."Quite frankly, he may be right. I wonder what would have happened if the Prez had just met with her right off the bat. Would she have garnered the same amount of press? Should we care? Fortunately, the right-thinking blogsphere has done a magnificent job of exposing her for the hypocrite that she is. Still, one wonders why Allen feels the need to get his view out. Clearly, he is posturing for a Presidential run. I'm not sure that he would be a good candidate. Dammit! Quit helping the moonbats!
"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a senior aide improperly manipulated [emphasis added] the national base realignment plan announced earlier this year to compel the movement of more than 20,000 defense jobs away from the Washington area."What? Manipulated? Seriously, the greater metropolitan area is absolutely bloated with Defense and now Sen. Warner sounds like a conspiracy theorist. I understand that he has a job to do for the Commonwealth of Virginia, but this sounds somewhat crazed. I have harped about the size of staffs... we need to cut back. I actually agree with Sen. Warner, in that, simply moving these jobs will not solve the problem. The real problem involves McManus' Law. This Law states that a bureaucracy will grow to the size of the building that it is housed in. Moving Defense positions to other areas will only create a vacuum that will be filled by... you guessed it, more positions.
What is your vision of the future? Your intent?Each person (or couple) has a different vision for their future. Some (apparently most) want to own a house. Personal or children's education, travel, aging parents, nest egg, retirement... some of the reasons people need to learn to save. So the first thing you have to decide is what it is that you desire for the future. What is your purpose?
1. Your typical Joe is between the age of 17 and 21. This is the first steady paycheck coming in and his life (and financial future) stretch out before him. There is no sense of urgency or need for planning.
2. Make the military a career and you get a paycheck for life! This is true, just ask my old Sergeant Major who drives a big-rig.
3. Schools may teach you math and how to balance a check, but there is little formal training on investment, so all young people suffer. Writing a simple budget is a rarity in the lower enlisted.
4. Frankly, there is always war and rumors of war. “Live for today” is the motto of the young soldier.
5. The only two alternative savings pushed in the military are the Thrift Savings Plan and automatic purchase of EE U.S. Savings Bonds.
The first round of base closings in 1988 addressed Cameron Station, long the home of the Defense Logistics Agency. All 165 acres were declared excess, and the Station's major activities were relocated to Fort Belvoir in 1995. Cameron Station ceased its mission on September 30, 1995. 101 acres of Cameron Station were sold to a private developer in December 1996. The remaining 63 acres were transferred to the City of Alexandria Parks Department.
Although the Basic Allowance for Housing has been hiked more than 50 percent over the past five years to fully cover average rental costs, service members across the country say the allowance still doesn't measure up.
Since the Aug. 9 announcement of Byrnes’ relief, many in the Army community had questioned why the popular and highly respected general had received a punishment that, on the surface, seemed disproportionate to his alleged offense.
“The allegation against Gen. Byrnes involves a consensual, adult relationship with a woman who is not in the military, nor is a civilian employee of the military or the federal government,” according to an e-mail statement from Byrnes’ lawyer, Lt. Col. David Robertson, an attorney in the Army’s Trial Defense Service. “Gen. Byrnes and his wife separated in May 2004. They remained separated until their divorce became final on 8 Aug 2005,” Robertson wrote to Army Times, indicating that the couple maintained separate domiciles and did not appear together at official Army functions following their separation. Byrnes, who was due to retire in November, did not respond to a message left on his answering machine seeking comment.
“You’ve got to wonder, what the hell’s the story,” a TRADOC source said. “And why 90 days before a change of command? Why not let him change command and then hold up his retirement?”
But more than anything, [Col. Robert Shaw, commander of the AWG] will be looking for exceptionally bright soldiers who can think on their feet. Candidates will be put through a rigorous 21-week assessment course to determine if they have the skills and intelligence Shaw is looking for.
So far the response has been positive. Shaw said a major even took herself out of the astronaut program to try out for the group.