Monday, November 27, 2006

This weeks news from CENTCOM is inspiring

When I read these articles about the spirit of our men and women and the people in other countries, I cannot help but be touched in a good way. First of all, they are helping people in the Horn of Africa. How many of you non-Military people have heard of this?

Proof of a Positive Impact in Gode, Ethiopia is an artice that is very touching.
    So it was a welcome-home party of sorts when Smith participated in relief flight support for the Gode region Nov. 10. This time, an U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane delivered food and relief supplies to flood victims there. Smith served as the assistant commander and oversaw the logistics of moving a lot of materials in a short time.
The next article, Afghan Def. Min. Thanks US, Praises Troops, Rumsfeld, is one you will not find in your newspapers.
    Afghanistan’s defense minister thanked the United States today for its steadfast support for his country, specifically recognizing the U.S. troops who have served and sacrificed there and outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
The next article is about the Violence in Iraq Drops in Weeks After Ramadan.
    As expected, violence in Iraq has dropped following the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today.

    Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said civilian and Iraqi security force casualties were at the lowest levels since the government was formed in May.

    So far this month, the civilian casualty count is well below the casualty count in October and below the six-month average. The security force casualties reduced 21 percent over the past four weeks, and are at the lowest level in 25 weeks, he said.
Not exactly what you've been hearing the news, eh? Does this change what you think about Iraq? I wonder what would happen if the news you were given was not from the enemies of this country...

The next article is a very sweet one, indeed. Military family members reunite in Djibouti.
    The senior enlisted leader for U.S. Central Command’s reserve forces recently returned here from Djibouti after a visit in which she assisted fellow troops, including one special service member.

    Sgt. Maj. Judith M. Harford, acting command sergeant major for USCENTCOM Forward Headquarters met up with her brother, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Samuel R. Husner, a hospital corpsman with the 5th Provisional Security Company deployed to Djibouti, Africa.
Finally, there is a wonderful article of how our brave men and women are using their humanitarian skills: Kirkuk Hospital, Clinics Receive Medical Supplies.
    Medical supplies in shortage, such as intravenous (IV) bags and burn blankets, were supplied by civil affairs soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division.

    “God willing, these supplies will be helpful,” said Ahmed Karman, an Iraqi pharmacist working in the medical warehouse at the Kirkuk General Hospital . “In the past we were forced to rely on the black market for medical supplies.”
I am in awe and full of respect for our Military. Aren't you? Have a nice day.

Hat tip: Flopping Aces and CENTCOM.
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