FROM THE WebMaster




Please let me know by E-mail if you are attending the reunion this year. I hear that Elvis may make a couple appearances right there in our CP!! I need the tally of bodies to know how much in the way of liquid and snacks I need to pickup for the reunion and I want to list everyone who is coming on our monthly newsletter so we will know ahead of time who to watch out for! Thanks, Bill

The other thing I want to remind you about is the sharing of rooms. You can save yourself considerable money by doubling up in the rooms. Some hotels will allow you to sleep up to 4 people in a room and they will provide the cots. I don't know if they will allow this in Memphis. The Division isn't posting anything on it's website so we are going into this with a lack of input.

Also, if anyone has an extra copy of The Bridgehead Sentenial that contains our story of "Going over" Ft Riley to Vietnam a couple of issues back for our historical files, I would appreciate it. Later, Bill


4May68:Battle of Tan Hiep. A, C and B Troops involved. A Troop uses Box Formation IN Combat. 1,200 plus VC Killed- Vietnam
5-6May68:Battle of Xom Moi III. 1/4th Cav involved.- Vietnam
7May45: WWII hostilities are declared ended. 1st Division liberated Falkenau Concentration Camp.
8May42: 1st Division reorganized and re-designated 1st Infantry Division.
9May43: German resistance ends in Tunisia.
10May91: 1st Infantry Division returns to Ft. Riley, KA from Saudi Arabia Gulf War. 11May67: Operation Manhattan ends.- Vietnam
16May67: Operation Dallas begins. Entire 1/4th Cav involved. - Vietnam
16May68: Operation Birmingham ends. Vietnam
22MaY67: Operation Dallas Ends. - Vietnam
23May69: Battle of An Loc I, Binh Long Province - Vietnam
24May17: First Expeditionary Div is constituted. Later becomes 1st Division.
28May18: Battle of Cantigny, 1st Division wins first US offensive in Europe, - WWI

A salute gentlemen, to the troopers of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry (Quarter Horse) of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Task Force for a super job Well Done!


2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment: Feb. 23-26. Included all elements of the Dragoon Battle Group.
Over a 96-hour period, including the "Battle of 73 Easting", 2nd ACR components "decisively defeated" Republican Guard
(particularly the Tawakalna Division) elements, displaying "intrepidity in combat that clearly set them apart from other
combat units in the VII Corps."

4th Armored Cavalry Regiment (1st Squadron): Jan. 17-March 3.
Leading the 1st Infantry Division's attack, moving so swiftly it was out of communications for many hours, it captured Safwan Airfield in Iraq and also "destroyed 65 tanks, 66 armored
personnel carriers, 66 trucks, 91 bunkers, and captured 3,010 enemy soldiers."

34th Armor Regiment, 1st ID, 1st Battalion: Feb. 27-28.
It "utterly destroyed one armored brigade" of the Iraqi 17th Armored Division. "This action was instrumental in the total
defeat of enemy forces in Kuwait."

2nd Battalion: Feb 24-27.
It "utterly destroyed the 9th Armored Brigade of the Tawakalna Division of the Republic Guard."

64th Armor Regiment (4th Battalion), 24th ID: Geb. 26 and March 2.
"Includes all elements of Task Force Tusker."
It destroyed elements of the Republican Guard's 26th Commando Brigade, seizing battle position 143. Later, it "completed
the destruction of the Hammurabi Division" in the Rumaylah oil fields.


Capt. Michael C. Braden, 31, of Lock Haven, Pa., died April 18 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,
1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.


Army Cpl. Patrick R. Glennon of Rochester, N.Y., will be buried April 11, at Arlington National Cemetery. On Nov. 1, 1950, Glennon, and the G Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, were holding a defensive position along the Nammyon River near Unsan, North Korea, when they were attacked by Chinese forces. Glennon was listed as missing in action following the heavy fighting.
In April 2007, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) handed over six boxes of remains of American service members to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, who were visiting North Korea. The remains had been recovered from areas near Unsan, where Glennon had been lost.
Metal identification tags bearing Glennon's name, and other material evidence were included with the remains. To identify the remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as dental records and mitochondrial DNA -- which matched Glennon's cousins.


Army Pfc. Richard E. Clapp, 19, of Seattle, Wash., will be buried April 25, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
On Sept. 2, 1950, Clapp and the C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment came under fire near Yulchon, South Korea, and Clapp was killed in action. The Army was unable to identify his remains at the time, and the remains were buried as "Unknown" in a military cemetery on the Korean Peninsula.
In 1951, the U.S. consolidated cemeteries on the peninsula. The unknown remains were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
In 2011, due to advances in identification technology, the remains were exhumed for identification. Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as radiograph comparison, and dental records to identify Clapp.


DOD Announces Charges Referred Against 9-11 Co-Conspirators

The Department of Defense announced today that the convening authority, Office of Military Commissions, referred charges to a military commission in the case of "United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi."
The charges allege that the five accused are responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in the killing of 2,976 people.
The convening authority referred the case to a capital military commission, meaning that, if convicted, the five accused could be sentenced to death. Pursuant to the reforms in the Military Commissions Act of 2009, each of the five accused have been provided, in addition to their detailed defense counsel, learned counsel, possessing specialized knowledge and experience in death penalty cases, to assist them in their defense.
Based on the allegations outlined in the charge sheets, the five accused are charged with terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, and destruction of property in violation of the law of war. The convening authority has referred all charges to a joint trial.
The charges are only allegations that the five accused have committed offenses punishable under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, and they are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In accordance with Military Commissions rules and procedures, the chief judge of the Military Commissions Trial Judiciary will assign a military judge to the case, and the five accused will be arraigned at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within 30 days of service of the referred charges upon them.
A media advisory for reporters desiring to cover the proceedings will be published separately at http://www.defense.gov after an arraignment date is set by the military judge. More information, including the relevant charge sheets, is available at the Office of Military Commissions website at: http://www.mc.mil .


DOD Identifies Unit for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation
The Department of Defense announced today one Army brigade combat team to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan. The scheduled early Winter 2012 rotation involves nearly 3,900 soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Claims 4 Service Members
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2012 - Four International Security Assistance Force service members died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, officials said.
In other Afghanistan news, the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, known as the "Big Red One," took charge of military operations in eastern Afghanistan during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield yesterday, officials reported.
The division, which is home-based at Fort Riley, Kan., assumed command authority of Regional Command-East from the 1st Cavalry Division. The latter unit is returning to Fort Hood, Texas, after a successful year-long tour in Afghanistan.
Operating as Combined Joint Task Force-1, the 1st Infantry Division will command and control operations throughout RC-East, an area roughly the size of Virginia, including 14 provinces, 7.5 million Afghans and 450 kilometers of mountainous terrain along the border with Pakistan.
Army Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville, Jr., commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and CJTF-1, provided remarks during the ceremony.
"Our mission over the next year is to maintain the momentum of this campaign, relentlessly pursuing insurgent networks, assisting Afghan efforts to assert sovereignty along the border, and accelerating the development" of Afghan national security forces, Mayville said.
Mayville's task force consists of more than 32,000 coalition troops, including five U.S. brigade combat teams as well as troops from nine NATO countries.
The division is appreciative of its partnership with Afghan security forces, Mayville said.
"The Afghan security forces are growing and maturing at a rapid rate," the general said. "Governance, combined with the growing security environment, has limited the Taliban's ability to exert their negative influence.
"Still, we know this is a tough fight," Mayville continued, "but it is a fight we will win, due to our strong partnership" with the Afghan security forces.
Mayville's team will work closely with civilian agencies. U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson, the coordinating director for development and economic affairs in Kabul, attended the ceremony and gave a brief interview about the future of the civilian-military partnership in RC-East.
"The model [civilian-military] integration here is unlike any we've seen before," Olson said. "The military's strides in security, along with its joint work with [Provincial Reconstruction Teams], have given us the ability to focus on governance and development here.
"We've contributed a lot to Afghanistan in the last 10 years," Olson added. "Now the challenge is to make sure the Afghan people have the capacity to continue these successes and projects after 2014."


MetLife Takes Over TRICARE Dental
As reported late last year, MetLife will take over managing the TRICARE Dental Program and begin providing dental coverage for more than 2 million active duty family members, Selected and Individual Ready Reservists and their families on May 1, 2012.
Editors Note: This change does not effect TRICARE�s Retiree Dental plan.
All TDP enrollees will receive welcome packages and new enrollment cards.
If you are currently enrolled in TRICARE Dental, you will probably not have to do any paperwork or take any action during the transition. Unless you�re using automatic payments from a checking account or credit card to pay your monthly premium, in which case you have to contact MetLife to reauthorize your automatic payment.
For those not currently enrolled in TDP, MetLife will begin open enrollment applications today, March 21, 2012.
In addition, MetLife�s TDP website with customer service contact information and phone lines went live to support enrollees today.
According to a TRICARE press release, TDP enrollees will have access to MetLife�s network of more than 164,000 dentist locations.
The TDP will have a $1,300 annual benefit maximum and a $1,750 lifetime orthodontic maximum � both increases from the previous contract. It also offers expanded coverage including an additional cleaning for pregnant women, and survivor benefits for eligible family members. For more information or to enroll in the TDP go towww.tricare.mil/TDP. And, for more detailed information about the covered services, limitations and exclusions beginning May 1, 2012, please download the TRICARE Dental Program Benefit Booklet.


Thanks to Gary Chenett for sending this in. BB

Was Soldier-Shooter in Afghanistan Redeployed With PTSD?
Wednesday 14 March 2012
by: Ralph Lopez, War Is A Crime | News Analysis

The Army is keeping mum on whether the Army sergeant who went on a rampage in Afghanistan has ever been evaluated or asked for evaluation for PTSD, but it is well known that in recent years the culture of the military has been to sweep such problems under the rug, in order to redeploy as many soldiers as possible. The Army has acknowledged that the soldier had been diagnosed with a "traumatic brain injury" after a vehicle rollover in Iraq. The soldier was on his fourth combat tour.
Moreover, the base from which he deployed, Ft. Lewis-McChord, has been plagued with soldier suicides and stateside violence, and is under investigation for allegedly dismissing large numbers of legitimate claims of PTSD.
David Wood of Huffington Post said yesterday:
Lewis-McChord has been plagued by high rates of suicide and PTSD and is the home base of the notorious "kill team'' of soldiers accused of killing three Afghan civilians for sport two years ago. The GI newspaper Stars & Stripes once called Lewis-McChord "the most troubled base in the military."
In late 2010 The Hill brought attention to the problem, interviewing Iraq veteran Ethan McCord, who came into the national spotlight that year as the soldier who saved two wounded children after a controversial Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007, which was captured on film and released to Wikileaks. McCord was participating in a campaign by Iraq Veterans Against the War to stop the redeployment of wounded soldiers.
"'I was denied treatment for the mental and physical wounds I sustained in battle, like so many others,' says Ethan McCord... 'This campaign is critical for soldiers because we are asserting our right to heal. Now, the government has a choice- will it recognize our right to heal, or continue to deny it?' McCord, who served in Iraq with the Bravo Company 2-16 made infamous by the Wikileaked �Collateral Murder� video, is actively involved in fighting for veterans' rights as well as reparations for Iraqi civilians who his unit harmed."
The Hill said:
An estimated 20-50% of all servicemembers deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan struggle with PTSD, totaling 350,000 to 900,000 troops. Soldiers report inadequate access to treatment, domestically as well as while deployed. Recently, Fort Hood in Texas saw four decorated combat veterans commit suicide in a single week. Mental health screening is often cursory and anonymous, providing no real assessment of a unit's fitness even between deployments.
In an article today in New Scientist, Debora MacKenzie says of the recent incident: "recent research suggests such disasters are just waiting to happen."
MacKenzie says:
US army researchers have found that after Middle East deployment, 10 to 20 per cent of soldiers suffer severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a type of chronic anxiety including flashbacks, emotional numbing and anger.
They warned in 2010 that these veterans report three times more aggressive outbursts than the pre-deployment average, and that PTSD may not emerge until 12 months after returning from deployment, when soldiers are often deployed again, leading to cumulative stress. We don't know if the rogue soldier had PTSD. However, he was on his fourth deployment from Lewis-McChord military base in Washington state, which has suffered high rates of PTSD, violence and suicide among soldiers with multiple deployments.
In the summer of 2010, veterans associated with the anti-war Under the Hood Cafe outside of Ft. Hood, TX, were protesting the redeployment of PTSD-wounded soldiers in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Division, in which many of them had served, warning that such redeployments endangered both the unit and the mission. Michael Prysner of IVAW wrote that year:
The rising trend of active-duty military suicides culminated in June with the highest monthly total ever in the U.S. military. There is no debate over the cause of the suicide epidemic: repeated deployments with severely inadequate treatment in between. The U.S. military has been exposed for intentionally denying GIs a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis to keep the number of deployable troops at a high level.
Ft. Hood veteran-activists attempted to block the busses carrying the 3rd Armored Cav as they departed for the air transport. From Stand Together:
"Many soldiers facing deployment are known to be unfit for combat due to injuries sustained in prior tours. The Peace Movement must not let this stand!"
Without releasing the suspect's medical records or providing anything but the most rudimentary information about him, the Army seems to have gone in to spin mode, blaming "mental illness" through a headline interview with a former Army psychiatrist, who has never treated the suspect.
Reporting a diagnosis from afar, CNN said today:
"Post-traumatic stress disorder has a cluster of symptoms, and violence, or violence against, others is not usually considered part of that diagnosis," said Paul Newhouse, a professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and a former Army psychiatrist. "So I think it's more likely that we're going to discover that there was some either psychotic illness or delusional condition or some evidence that this person was more seriously deranged or impaired than we would typically see in PTSD."
This should come as no surprise. Lt. Col. Daniel Davis in his recent devastating report on the situation in Afghanistan fires repeated volleys at the Pentagon's current regard for the truth, summing up his experiences by saying "We seem significantly challenged to tell the truth in almost any situation." In one startling passage after another, Davis reveals the mindset of top command:
"In all probability our leaders do not consider what they are saying to be "lying" per se, but an effective part of "Information Operations (IO)" designed to protect the support of the American people..."" Lt. Col.Davis explains:
"IO (Information Operations) becomes a core competency. The importance of dominating the information spectrum explains the objective of transforming IO into a core military competency on a par with air, ground, maritime and special operations."
Davis, a field-grade officer, describes placing this political component of war-fighting on par with what military organizations are trained to do as nothing short of "remarkable."
This tragic incident for all involved only highlights the urgency of withdrawing combat troops out of Afghanistan, to be replaced by reparations in the form of funding for the honest and competent Afghan National Solidarity Program, which will hire men so they won't have to work for the Taliban which pays $10 a day in a place where unemployment is 50% and higher outside of Kabul. Given that it has been determined that the US Department of Defense is likely the biggest funder of the insurgency, through payments made to insurgent groups to allow military supply convoys to travel unhindered, the war is a farce which could be ended tomorrow without sacrifice to American national security interests.
Child malnutrition has edged up in the country from 54% in 2005 according to the World Bank to 60% today according to Save the Children. This winter dozens of children froze to death in the squalid refugee camps in and around Kabul, the most secure area in the country.
Reparations for 30 years of being a pawn of the US in what Zbigniew Brzezinski calls "the Great Game" is the best bulwark against the return of the Taliban, which is still roundly despised in Afghanistan. What is taking place now is what is endangering national security.


Marines and Soldiers Are About to Get a Better Helmet
by Matthew Cox on March 16, 2012 � 26 comments

The Marine Corps and Army have tapped Ceradyne Inc., to make the first of the new Enhanced Combat Helmets, ending a five-year search for a brain bucket capable of stopping rifle rounds.
The Marines and Army have given the green light to Ceradyne to build 8,600 ECHs, which will be split between the services. Fielding won�t begin until after the services approve the ECH for full-rate production, a decision scheduled for May, according to a recent press release.
The ECH is a protective helmet consisting of a ballistic protective shell, pad suspension system and four-point chinstrap/nape strap retention system. This helmet fully exploits the latest lightweight material technology, Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene materials, to provide increased small arms protection above what is currently provided by the Marine Corps Lightweight Helmet (LWH) and the Army Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH). This material provides a higher degree of ballistic protection than Kevlar and Twaron, fibers used in both the LWH and ACH. It also provides enhanced protection against fragments.
In 2007, the Army and Marine Corps began looking into how to make current helmets stronger without increasing weight. Both could withstand a direct hit from a 9mm pistol round and some bomb fragments, but senior officials in both services wanted improved protection against rifle shots.
The contract award comes after the Ceradyne ECH suffered failures in the First Article Test process early last year. I guess we�ll have to trust that the problems were resolved. The Marines are expected to receive 38,500 helmets, while the Army will buy a total of 200,000 helmets. The Navy is expected to procure 6,700 helmets as well.


DOD Implements New Changes to Sexual Assault Response
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 - The Defense Department has refined new methods to aid sexual assault victims whether reporting a crime or seeking assistance as they transition from service, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said here March 30.
"We have several new options for victims of sexual assault," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog. "First, if you've been a victim of sexual assault in the military you now have the option of requesting an expedited transfer. We signed that into effect in December."
"If you find it untenable or unbearable in the organization that you're at ... you can request to be transferred," she added.
Hertog said a service member's local commander has 72 hours to respond to the request for transfer, and if denied there is an option to take it to the first flag or general officer in the chain of command who also has 72 hours to respond.
"We also have a new document retention initiative," she said. "We heard loud and clear from our veterans that present themselves at the [Department of Veterans Affairs] years later that there was no documentation that they had ever been sexually assaulted [during] their military service."
The issue arose, Hertog said, because varying standards of retention had existed among all of the services but has since been resolved.
"We now have one standard of retention so those individuals that file unrestricted reports will have their documents retained for 50 years," she said.
"And those that file restricted reports will have their documents retained for five years," Hertog said. "And of course our victims of sexual assault who file restricted reports have that option to convert over to unrestricted reports at any time and then we will retain their documents for that 50-year period."
The director also discussed other innovations such as expanding legal assistance to encourage victims to participate in the military justice system "in order to hold that perpetrator accountable."
And as of January, DOD civilians and contractors deployed abroad, and military dependents over 18 years old are now eligible to access sexual assault response services, Hertog said.
Hertog noted other changes implemented include new training for investigators of sexual assault crimes within the services.
"Some of our new training initiatives concern our investigators such as our [Naval Criminal Investigative Service] agents, Air Force [Office of Special Investigations], and Army [Criminal Investigation Division]," she said. "We think we have found the gold standard course ... to send many of the agents to, to build a sexual assault subject expertise cadre of our agents to get them very familiar with these cases."
Hertog said training frequency will increase, more seats will be offered and the training has expanded to include Judge Advocate Generals "because these are some of the toughest cases to investigate as well as prosecute."
Perhaps the most useful option has been established for about a year, Hertog noted.
"You have the option of contacting our DOD Safe helpline," she said. "We stood up a 24/7 crisis hotline -- it's operated by RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network -- who have been trained by us so they're very familiar with military terminology."
"If you don't want to go through your chain of command you can contact them and they will tell you where your nearest rape crisis center is in your community outside your installation gates," Hertog said.
Hertog said the hotline has been "extremely successful" with about 30,000 unique visits to the site and about 2,500 referrals for counseling services.
She emphasized the Defense Department's commitment to "eradicating" sexual assault in the military "from the Secretary [of Defense] on down.
"We have to eliminate this problem from our ranks," Hertog added. "The American public gives us what's most dear to them and that's their sons and daughters. And they trust us that we're going to take care of them [which] is a commander's job."


A few General Officer appointments for your information! BB.

Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and for assignment as director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. Flynn is currently serving as the assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.

Army Maj. Gen. Theodore C. Nicholas, for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and for assignment as assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C. Nicholas is currently serving as deputy director, Signals Intelligence Directorate, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.

MG Kenneth S. Dowd, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, to director, logistics operations, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.

MG Michael R. Eyre, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy chief of engineers for Reserve component, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C., to commanding general, U.S. Army Engineer Division, Trans-Atlantic, Winchester, Va.

MG Charles D. Luckey, U.S. Army Reserve, assistant to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for Reserve matters, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to chief of staff, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

MG Jeff W. Mathis III., Army National Guard, deputy director for anti-terrorism/homeland defense, J-34, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to commander, Joint Task Force-Civil Support, U.S. Northern Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

BG Walter T. Lord, Army National Guard, assistant division commander (maneuver), 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard to deputy senior military representative/chief, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advisory Team-Sarejevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

BG Herbert R. McMaster Jr., to commanding general, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Fort Benning, Ga. He most recently served as commander, combined joint interagency task force-shafafiyat, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

BG Nakasone, deputy director for trans-regional policy, J-5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to director, Information Dominance Center, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

BG Richard P. Mustion, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, military personnel management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to commanding general, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

BG Bryan G. Watson, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, Joint Engineering Directorate/commander, U.S. Army Engineer Division, Trans-Atlantic (Forward), U.S. Forces-Afghanistan to deputy director for Joint and Coalition Warfighting J-7, Joint Staff, Suffolk, Va.

BG Matthew L. Brand, deputy chief, support/security assistance, Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan to deputy chief, operations, Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan.

BG Susan A. Davidson, deputy commanding general/director of operations, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. to commander, Defense Logistics Agency-Distribution, Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland, Pa.

Army Reserve COL Francisco A. Espaillat, for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, and for assignment as mobilization assistant to the deputy director (individual mobilization augmentee), Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. Espaillat is currently serving as project manager, combined arms tactical trainers (Army Guard Reserve), Program Executive Office-Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Fla.


I am priviliged to post this information for our membership and expecially those of you who served with SGT Donald Long, 1/4th Cavalry, Medal of Honor receipiant. BB

I'm trying to get contact information for the family of SGT Donald Long.
SGT Long was a member of C TRP, 1-4 CAV, 1ID during Vietnam. We are dedicating our General Instruction Building at Fort Benning, GA in his memory.
The Building is located at "Harmony Church" Fort Benning, GA (new location of the US Army Armor School), and this building is used to train future 19D Cav Scouts and 19k Armor Crewman in the task of Combat Lifesaver, Land Navigation, and Communications. If you can help us contact the families in we would greatly appreciate it.
Also if any of the Veterans of the Quarter Cav would like to attend the Ceremony we would love to have them attend. The ceremony will be in June, still working the exact date, we wanted to contact potential attendees and try to work the date that way. Please pass my email along to anyone who would like to attend so we can work them into our seating chart. Hope to hear back from you.
Nicholas Bryan


ACLJ & 34 Members of Congress Urge Supreme Court To Declare San Diego War Memorial Constitutional

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ � The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, today urged the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 34 members of Congress to take a case out of California in which a federal appeals court held that the federal government�s operation of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego is unconstitutional because it includes a commemorative cross. The ACLJ is urging the high court to take the case and overturn the flawed decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
�It�s vitally important that the high court not only take this case but overturn a troubling decision that not only strikes at the heart of honoring our military veterans, but a decision that is legally flawed,� said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which has been active for years in defending the constitutionality of the memorial and its cross. �This memorial is part of the historic landscape of San Diego and is consistent with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Unfortunately, the appeals court erred in its decision and we�re hopeful the high court will correct that problematic decision.�
In its amicus brief filed today backing an appeal, the ACLJ represents itself and 34 members of Congress including Rep. Randy Forbes who heads up the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and Reps. Brian Bilbray and Duncan Hunter, who represent the San Diego area where the memorial is located.
The brief argues that the appeals court erred in several areas including in its determination that the federal government�s ownership of the memorial is unconstitutional. Further, the brief contends the appeals court failed to recognize what the Supreme Court has concluded in earlier cases that �a Latin cross is not merely a reaffirmation of Christian beliefs. It is a symbol often used to honor and respect those whose heroic acts, noble contributions, and patient striving help secure an honored place in history for this Nation and its people.�
Here�s the complete listing of the 34 members of Congress represented in the brief filed today: United States Representatives Brian Bilbray, Randy Forbes, Duncan Hunter, Robert Aderholt, Todd Akin, Roscoe Bartlett, Dan Burton, Mike Conaway, Chip Cravaack, Jeff Duncan, Jeff Fortenberry, Virginia Foxx, Trent Franks, Vicky Hartzler, Darrell Issa, Bill Johnson, Walter Jones, Jim Jordan, Mike Kelly, John Kline, James Lankford, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Gary Miller, Jeff Miller, Alan Nunnelee, Mike Pence, Ted Poe, Mike Pompeo, Tom Price, Dennis Ross, Ed Royce, Steve Scalise, Lamar Smith, and Lynn Westmoreland, are currently serving members of the 112th Congress


Attention AOL Readers of RAO Bulletin

?Assuming AOL allows you to receive this message:

I sent you a Website Edition of the Bulletin you requested on the off chance you could receive it. Last year I deleted over 19,000 AOL users after over 5 years of trying to get AOL to even acknowledge they had a problem. They refused to do anything about allowing their customers to receive the Bulletin on a regular basis. They allow a few through initially, then block 2 or 3 in a row, then sometimes allow them through 1 or 2 times more before blocking them again. There is no set pattern of when or how many of their customers they block with each new edition. I had to delete all the AOL subscribers because I could not keep up with responding to the hundreds of emails I received from them with each new edition complaining they did not receive the Bulletin and asking what should they do or if I could resend it.
I advised all AOL users that if they could not provide a non-AOL addee for me to send to they could go to www.veteransresources.org/rao-bulletin to read/download the Bulletin. I do not have time to maintain a website myself. Now Roadrunner has started blocking some of their customers randomly one of which is the WebMaster of Veterans Resources� Ray LaDavis. Since it appears I cannot reach him directly with the Bulletin to post on his site I thought perhaps if, as a Test, I sent it to you and you in turn forwarded it to him at WebMaster@veteransresources.org. he could post it on their website for all the other AOL readers to access.
This may or not may not work as there is no way of knowing in advance if your AOL addee is one of those that AOL does not block. If you could do this on a regular basis and if it works it would help out a lot of other veterans.


Thanks to Skip Bell for sending this to us! BB

GEN Anthony Zinni (USMC ret.) followed Joe Galloway at the Marines' Memorial Assoc gathering in San Francisco with an outstanding feel-good speech, accented with a splash of humor, directed at Vietnam veterans. Take a few minutes and view this video. You will come away enriched and proud.

Click here to view Video


Thanks to Corkey Varney for sending this in and Please don't say you were't warned! BB


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This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.This happens
once every 823 years.This is called money bags. So, forward this to
your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese
Feng Shui. The one who does not forward.....will be without money.


I think I have received more copies of this article than anything else Thanks to all who sent it in.BB

You're a 19 year old kid.

You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam ..

It's November 11, 1967. LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO
has ordered the helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.

Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.
You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.
He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey
down into the machine gun fire anyway.

Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the
mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.

He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain
and his Huey.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died in early April at the
age of 70, in Boise, Idaho

May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure heard a whole bunch about Whitney
Houston, Lindsay Lohan, Dr. Murray, that sicko Sandusky, and a 72- day sham marriage.

Shame on the media !!!

Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman


How about this one sent in by Dave Snavely. BB

Thanks to the veterans

THANK YOU TO THE ......0.45%

Author Unknown

I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class . She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter . She wasn't crying because it had been her dream for me to go there . She was crying because she knew how hard I'd worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer . I was going to get that opportunity.
That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: Nick, you're a smart guy . You don't have to join the military . You should go to college, instead. I could easily write a tome defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won't.
What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.
In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four years.
In Vietnam, 4.3% served in 12 years.
Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror.
These are 'unbelievable' statistics.
Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse .
Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress... consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military.
Taxes did not increase to pay for the war . War bonds were not sold . Gas was not regulated . In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts.
The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families . The volunteers . The people who swore an oath to defend this nation .
You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on . You've lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you'll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don't understand.
Then you come home to a nation that doesn't understand.
They don't understand suffering.
They don't understand sacrifice.
They don't understand why we fight for them.
They don't understand that bad people exist.
They look at you like you're a machine - like something is wrong with you . You are the misguided one - not them.
When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can't understand the macro issues they gathered from books, ....because of your bias.
You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that . Your Congress is debating.... your benefits, ...your retirement, and... your pay, ...while they ask you to do more.
But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this . You know your country will never pay back what you've given up.
You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them.
Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought as 'less than normal' for having worn the uniform . But you do it anyway . You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775 - YOU SERVED . Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group.
"Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to... so few." � Winston Churchill
"Thank you" to the 0.45% who have and continue to serve our Nation.


I thought John Conley had found another pet!! b.BB

Lots of ham steaks.
Cute little Texas pig ...That was killed in the town of Cut-N-Shoot TX (a small community just north of Conroe & the Woodlands & Houston & about 20 miles west of New Caney)
We call them Piney Wood Rooter ' s.
There was a documentary on about a month ago about these PIGS growing up rapidly in the US ..
They ' re all over Georgia , Alabama , Arkansas , Texas , Florida and other states.
Did you ever wonder what happens to those people that just leave home and disappear but their car is found out on a dirt road?
Between bigfoot and these monsters, I think we know!
This one was killed by a Medical Radiology worker...
What would you do if this beast was coming at you?
Run for dear life? Climb a tree? Or simply get run over?

Over 1,800 lb. wild boar shot and killed in Conroe, Texas near the county airport, east of I-45 and near the community of Cut and Shoot.
Yep.......only in Texas ! (Probably not only in Texas anymore�al) We were told to stand still because their eye sight is poor.
By standing still they probably would not see you and walk right on by. And NO you can't outrun them!!
And they wonder why most Southerners are armed?
I rest my case.

WARNING!! TROOPERS JOKES - Some of these may not be pleasant for the young or weak of heart.

I like this one from Lynn Anderson. BB

Two rednecks are sitting on the front porch.
One says, "Did you know that Elks have sex 10 to 15 times a night?"
"Aw shoot..," says his friend, "and I just joined the VFW!


Here are some quickies from Alan Benoit. BB

'If the enemy is in range, so are you.' 
- Infantry Journal- 
'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.' 
- US.Air Force Manual -  
'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered 
automatic weapons.' - General MacArthur -  
'Tracers work both ways.' 
 - Army Ordnance Manual-  
'Five second fuses last about three seconds.' 
 - Infantry Journal - 
'Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.' 
 - Naval Ops Manual -  
'Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.' 
 - Unknown Infantry Recruit-  
'If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up to him.' 
 - Infantry Journal-  
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No 
Evil.  For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.' - Sign over SR71 Wing Ops-  
'You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.' 
 - Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)-  
'The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.' 
 -Unknown Author-  
'If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter 
-- and therefore, unsafe.' - Fixed Wing Pilot-  
'When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power 
left to get you to the scene of the crash.'   -Multi-Engine Training Manual-  
'Without ammunition, the Air Force is just an expensive flying club.' 
 -Unknown Author-  
'If you hear me yell;"Eject, Eject, Eject!", the last two will be echos.' 
If you stop to ask "Why?", you'll be talking to yourself, because by then you'll 
be the pilot.'-Pre-flight Briefing from a Canadian F104 Pilot-  
'What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? 
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; but If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies.' 
-Sign over Control Tower Door-  
'Never trade luck for skill.' 
-Author Unknown-  
The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in military aviation 
are:'Did you feel that?' 'What's that noise?' and'Oh S...!' -Authors Unknown-  
'Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete 
the flight.' -Basic Flight Training Manual-  
'Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person 
on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.' 
- Emergency Checklist-  
'The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world;  it can just barely kill you.' 
- Attributed to Max Stanley ( Northrop test pilot) -  
'There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.' 
-Sign over Squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Montham AFB , AZ-  
'You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to 
taxi to the terminal.' - Lead-in Fighter Training Manual - 
As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, 
having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives. 
The rescuer sees the bloodied pilot and asks,'What happened?' 
The pilot's reply: 'I don't know, I just got here myself!'


Buster! is that you Buster!! Nice one from Bill Bowker . BB

A lady was telling her neighbor that she saw a man driving a pick-up truck down the interstate, and a dog was hanging onto the tailgate for dear life! She said if the pick-up truck driver hadn't been going so fast in the other direction, she would have tried to stop him.
A few weeks later, her neighbor saw this truck at the local Bass Pro Shop.
The pick-up truck driver is a local TEXAS taxidermist with a great sense of humor!
Taxidermists are a twisted lot anyway!
And it is not a dog in the 1st Place ; it is a Coyote.
Can you imagine how many people tried to stop this guy?
Now, scroll down.


I know this is on everyone's mind. Thanks to Ron Brauer for helping out . BB


I sent this to you because I know you're interested in finance.
Will the Dollar fall or not?
Scroll down to check answer:

I don't know if it will or not, but I bet Ben Franklin has smile on his face.....


Heres one from John Conley. BB

What is Celibacy?

Celibacy can be a choice in life or a condition imposed by circumstances.
While attending a Marriage Encounter Weekend, Summerville's ace auto-service technician Larry Paul, and his wife Shelby Sue, listened to Rev. Bubba, the instructor declare, �It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.�
He then addressed only the men.
�Can you name and describe your wife's favorite flower?�
Larry Paul leaned over, touched Shelby Sue�s arm gently and whispered,
�Gold Medal-All-Purpose, Isn't it?�

And thus began Larry Paul's life of celibacy


For your information, Bob Corbin lived for awhie in Florida. BB

Subject: Smart Ass

Two young businessmen in Florida were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new store in the shopping mall. As yet, the store wasn't ready, with only a few shelves and display racks set up.
One said to the other, "I'll bet that any minute now some senior is going to walk by, put his face to the window, and ask what we're selling."
Sure enough, just a moment later, a curious senior gentleman walked up to the window, looked around intensely and rapped on the glass, then in a loud voice asked, "What are you sellin' here?" One of the men replied sarcastically, "We're selling ass-holes."
Without skipping a beat, the old timer said, "You must be doing well. Only two left."
Seniors -- don't mess with them, They didn't get old by being stupid.


Ask him if he'll drop her off at my house. Sent in by Fred Currier. BB

After 25 years of marriage, Eileen and her husband Bob went for counseling.
When asked what the problem was, Eileen went into a passionate, painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 25 years they had been married.
She went on and on and on�.. neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for quite a long time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking Eileen to stand, embraced her, unbuttoned her blouse and bra, put his hands on her breasts and massaged them thoroughly, while kissing her passionately, as her husband Bob watched with a raised eyebrow.
Eileen shut up, buttoned up her blouse, and quietly sat down, while basking in the glow of being highly aroused.
The therapist turned to Bob and said, �This is what your wife needs at least three times a week.. Can you do this?�
Bob thought for a moment and said, �Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I play golf.�


Good idea from Dan Horn. BB

It is never too early to start thinking about your $$$$ in 2012...
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today!
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for the recycling refund, you would have received $214.00.
Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.
It is called the 401-Keg.
And, as a bonus...
A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that, on average, Americans drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that the average American gets about 41 miles to the gallon! Beats what Detriot is doing...
Makes you damned proud to be an American!


We lost Trooper Rob Ferguson last year. Rob sent me a lot of jokes and I will be sharing them with you until They run out. . BB

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.
Looking up to heaven he said, "Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place, I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life, and give up me Irish Whiskey!"
Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."


Smokey Guillespie says its all about the size . BB

I'm sure that you have seen pharmaceutical advertising in doctor's offices on everything from tissues to exam table cover paper. Well, in my book, this one should get the prize....

One of our doctor buddies e-mailed back: 'If the light stays on for more than 4 hours, call your electrician.'


Really a great try by Howard Greenfield. BB


Over the past few months I have forwarded some inappropriate pictures and jokes To friends who I thought shared the same sense of humor..
Unfortunately this wasn't the case and I seem to have upset quite A few people who have accused me of being sexist and shallow..
If you were one of these people, please accept my sincerest apologies.
Looking to 2012 onward, I will only post or send e-mail with a cultural or educational Content such as old monuments, nature and other interesting topics.
Below is a picture of the Pont Neuf Bridge in Paris . It is the oldest bridge In Paris and took 26 years to build. It was completed in 1604..



Real good advice from Gary Chenett. bb

Someone had to remind me, so I'm reminding you, too. Don't laugh.... It is all true!

Perks of reaching 50 or being over 60 And heading towards 70 or beyond!

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run -- anywhere.

4. People call at 9 PM (or 9 A M) and ask, 'Did I wake you?

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

7. Things you buy now won't wear out.

8. You can eat supper at 4 PM.

9. You can live without sex but not your glasses

10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.

13. You sing along with elevator music.

14. Your eyes won't get much worse.

15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

19. You can't remember who sent you this list.

And you notice these are all in big print for your convenience.

Forward this to everyone you can remember right now!
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Never, NEVER, NEVER, under any circumstances,
take a sleeping pill, and a laxative on the same night!


Contributed by: Edmund Hayes, MD

Anticoagulation Self-Monitoring Halves Thromboembolic Risk
Results of a meta-analysis show that self-monitoring of oral anticoagulation by patients was superior to usual care in reducing thromboembolic events, with a risk reduction of 49%.
Self-management of anticoagulation, where patients not only self-test international normalized ratios (INR) themselves but actually were trained to self-adjust the warfarin dose based on these results, was superior to self-testing alone, where dose adjustments were made by physicians.
Rates of bleeding and mortality were similar between groups. The most striking reductions in risk were seen in patients younger than 55 years and in those taking anticoagulation because of a mechanical heart valve, the authors note, but there was no safety signal from this approach even among the very elderly.


Lithium Remains Best For Bipolar
Doctors should feel more confident in recommending lithium for people with bipolar disorder, say Oxford University researchers who have reviewed the evidence on possible side-effects of the drug.
Lithium is the most effective long-term therapy for bipolar disorder, but its use has decreased. This is partly due to concerns about the drug's safety, such as its possible effect on kidney function.
Since many patients who might benefit from lithium may be missing out because of these uncertainties, the Oxford team led by Professor John Geddes of the Department of Psychiatry set out to gather better information about lithium's side-effects. They assessed almost 400 articles investigating the possible adverse effects of lithium and make a number of recommendations to guide lithium treatment in the future. The results are published in the Lancet medical journal.


Google Knows More About Certain Diseases Than Physicians Ever Will
Professor Gunter Dueck, is a calm and eloquent german mathematician who's also the CTO of IBM Germany. He studied mathematics and philosophy and eventually turned out to be a great writer and speaker. Unfortunately he only does so in German, which is why it doesn't make much sense to post a video of him here.
In a recent talk he gave (German only), he talks about whether a connected and information-based world is a nightmare or a dream come true. Near the end of the talk he picks up the topic of what a connected society, what the Internet and what ubiquitious information means for certain jobs, in particular for contractors or service providers like lawyers and doctors.
You are more and more disapointed by professionals who live off their knowledge, whom you've always trusted and whose expertise you've considered to be untouchable. Now the Internet gives everyone and extremely powerful tool to research even the most complex medical knowledge. Be it Map-Kinases or the different types of leukemia. It is simply amazing (and to some of us, slightly discomforting) that such highly specific knowledge which was only able to be acquired going through several years of med school is now freely available to everybody. And it changes things.


Fake Drugs Top List of Items Seized by US Customs that Threaten Consumer Safety
Counterfeit pharmaceuticals made up the largest portion of seized items in the Consumer Safety and Technology category, at 28% when ranked by domestic value, as reported by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The report "Intellectual Property Rights: Fiscal Year 2011 Seizure Statistics," prepared by the CBP Office of International Trade, indicates that "The domestic value of counterfeit pharmaceutical seizures in FY 2011 rose by more than $11 million, an increase of almost 200%." Pharmaceuticals were the third largest category among all seized fake commodities in 2011, with consumer electronics and footwear making up the majority of seized counterfeits.
Counterfeit pharmaceuticals were a target of enforcement efforts by CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2011, as noted in the report.


Acid Reflux Drug Does Not Improve Asthma in Children
Asthma and gastroesophageal reflux (GER) are both common illnesses in children. GER in children often occurs without the typical symptoms of heartburn, and physicians frequently prescribe the acid reflux drug lansoprazole to supplement the standard inhaled steroid treatment for children with uncontrolled asthma regardless of GER symptoms. However, a randomized clinic trial conducted by the American Lung Association's Asthma Clinical Group found that the addition of lansoprazole does not improve asthma symptoms or the control of asthma in children and may increase the risk for upper respiratory infections and other adverse events. Results of the study appear in the January 25 issue of JAMA.
Lansoprazole belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that reduce acid in the stomach. Use of these drugs, including for the treatment of asthma symptoms, has risen dramatically in children over the last decade.


Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesized With the Help of Oxygen and Light
The most effective anti-malaria drug can now be produced inexpensively and in large quantities. This means that it will be possible to provide medication for the 225 million malaria patients in developing countries at an affordable price. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and the Freie Universit�t Berlin have developed a very simple process for the synthesis of artemisinin, the active ingredient that pharmaceutical companies could only obtain from plants up to now. The chemists use a waste product from current artemisinin production as their starting substance. This substance can also be produced biotechnologically in yeast, which the scientists convert into the active ingredient using a simple yet very ingenious method.
There is an effective treatment against malaria, but it is not accessible to all of the more than 200 million people worldwide who are affected by the disease. Millions, especially in the developing world, cannot afford the combination drug preparation, which consists mainly of artemisinin. Moreover, the price for the medication varies, as this substance is isolated from sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua) which grows mainly in China and Vietnam, and varies seasonally in its availability. To make the drug affordable for at least some patients in developing countries, the Clinton Foundation, for example, subsidises its cost to the tune of several million dollars per year. Nevertheless, over one million people die of malaria each year because they do not have access to effective drugs.


Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Depression
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, according to UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study. It is believed to be the largest such investigation ever undertaken.
Low levels of vitamin D already are associated with a cavalcade of health woes from cardiovascular diseases to neurological ailments. This new study - published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings - helps clarify a debate that erupted after smaller studies produced conflicting results about the relationship between vitamin D and depression. Major depressive disorder affects nearly one in 10 adults in the U.S.
"Our findings suggest that screening for vitamin D levels in depressed patients - and perhaps screening for depression in people with low vitamin D levels - might be useful," said Dr. E. Sherwood Brown, professor of psychiatry and senior author of the study, done in conjunction with The Cooper Institute in Dallas. "But we don't have enough information yet to recommend going out and taking supplements."


Four-Week Vaccination Regimen Knocks Out Early Breast Cancer Tumors
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania report that a short course of vaccination with an anti-HER2 dendritic cell vaccine made partly from the patient's own cells triggers a complete tumor eradication in nearly 20 percent of women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an early breast cancer. More than 85 percent of patients treated appear to have a sustained immune response after vaccination, which may reduce their risk of developing a more invasive cancer in the future. The results of the study were published online this month of Cancer and in the January issue of the Journal of Immunotherapy.
The researchers say the results provide new evidence that therapeutic breast cancer vaccines may be most effective for early, localized disease, and when the treatment attacks a protein critical to cancer cell survival.
"I think these data more than prove that vaccination works in situations where the target is right," says the study's leader, Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD, surgical director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center and Surgical Director of the Immunotherapy Program for the Abramson Cancer Center. "Previous vaccines targeted tissue antigens that were expressed on the cancer cells, but were not necessary for tumor survival.
So a vaccine response would cause the tumor to just stop expressing the antigen and the tumor would be fine. Here we're going after HER2/neu, which is critical for survival of early breast cancers. If we knock it out with the immune response, we cripple the tumor cells."


MS Drug Prevented Fatal Heart Condition In Lab Study
A drug used to treat multiple sclerosis may also be effective at preventing and reversing the leading cause of heart attack, a new study has found.
Scientists found that Gilenya, a drug recently approved in the US for treating MS, was effective at reversing the symptoms of ventricular hypertrophy in mice.
Ventricular hypertrophy is a fatal cardiac disorder that can result in an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and cardiac arrest. It is caused by sustained pressure on the heart due to stresses or diseases, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), valvular heart disease or myocardial infarction (heart attack), and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death worldwide.
Researchers from The University of Manchester and the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered that enhancing the activity of an enzyme molecule called Pak1 that is found naturally in our bodies using Gilenya produced remarkable results in mice with ventricular hypertrophy.


FDA Approves Vertex's Kalydeco, But It Won't Come Cheap
A young patient holds Kalydeco, a cystic-fibrosis treatment from Vertex just approved by the FDA.
Certain cystic-fibrosis patients will now have an FDA-approved treatment that targets an underlying cause of their disease.
But that drug - Kalydeco, from Vertex Pharmaceuticals - won't come cheap.
As Dow Jones Newswires reports, the annual cost will be $294,000. Vertex has set up a patient-assistance program to help patients pay for the treatment. New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases


A club drug called "Special K" is generating a lot of buzz among researchers who study depression.
That's because "Special K," which is actually an FDA-approved anesthetic named ketamine, can relieve even suicidal depression in a matter of hours. And it works on many patients who haven't responded to current antidepressants like Prozac.
Those traditional drugs, which act on the brain's serotonin system, can take more than a month to kick in, and don't work for up to 40 percent of people with major depression.


Drug To Fight Common Skin Cancer Gets OK
Federal regulators Monday approved the first drug for people with advanced forms of basal cell carcinoma, the most common kind of skin cancer, as well as the most common cancer in general in the United States.
The drug, made by South San Francisco's Genentech, a subsidiary of the Swiss drug giant Roche, is designed for patients whose basal cell cancer has spread either locally or to other parts of the body.
Basal cell carcinoma, which forms in the lower part of the outer layer of the skin or epidermis, affects some 2 million Americans each year. While basal cell carcinoma is rarely fatal and is generally considered curable, in a small percentage of patients it can spread and in some cases cannot be treated with surgery or other methods.


Complementary And Alternative Medicine Need More Randomized Trials
Since I dedicated an entire issue of JAMA on Nov. 11, 1998 to the theme of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in an effort to move CAM into the mainstream, I keep hoping that some of the numerous CAM offerings will make it out of the realm of anecdotal and placebo-healer-effect, and successfully through randomized controlled clinical trials.
So I got excited when I saw the BMJ Evidence Centre via McMaster feature the article, entitled "Evidence for the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review," published in Rheumatology in September 2011.
The authors critically evaluated the evidence regarding complementary and alternative medicine taken orally or applied topically (excluding fish oil) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


Believe it or not - 1
Four-year-old U.S. boy pulls out marijuana at school
A four-year-old U.S. boy who announced to his teacher at school snack time that he wanted to share pulled nine bags of marijuana out of his jacket pocket.
Police in Meriden, Connecticut were called to Hanover Elementary School Tuesday afternoon after the young special needs student displayed the drugs, authorities said.
Meriden police said the nine individually wrapped bags of marijuana appeared prepared for sale.
Hanover Elementary School principal Miguel Cardona called it an "extremely unfortunate" and "isolated" incident that was not witnessed by any other students. "What's so disheartening is this is really an adult issue and problem and adult behavior put a student at risk," Meriden schools superintendent Mark Benigni told Reuters.
"This student had no idea what he brought to school or what the substance was," he added.
Authorities are not releasing the names of the student or parents and police said there is a possibility for arrests pending the outcome of the investigation. The Department of Children and Families is also looking into the incident.


Believe it or not - 2
Researchers find cancer in ancient Egyptian mummy
A professor from American University in Cairo says discovery of prostate cancer in a 2,200-year-old mummy indicates the disease was caused by genetics, not environment. The genetics-environment question is key to understanding cancer.
AUC professor Salima Ikram, a member of the team that studied the mummy in Portugal for two years, said Sunday the mummy was of a man who died in his forties. She said this was the second oldest known case of prostate cancer.
"Living conditions in ancient times were very different; there were no pollutants or modified foods, which leads us to believe that the disease is not necessarily only linked to industrial factors," she said.
A statement from AUC says the oldest known case came from a 2,700 year-old skeleton of a king in Russia.


Copy Error Messages to the Clipboard
(Works with all Windows versions)

Instead of re-typing long, confusing error messages whenever you are trying to Google a solution, you can simply use Ctrl+C to copy the text of the message to the clipboard.
To test this out for yourself, open Windows Explorer and type an incorrect drive letter into the address bar (such as W: if you don't have a drive called W:), and you'll get an error message box telling you the drive doesn't exist. Now hit Ctrl+C, load up Notepad, and then you can paste it there (hit ctrl-v to paste) or anywhere else you'd like - an email message, Microsoft Word, and so on.


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How Can I Find VA�s List of Foreclosed Homes?
April 04, 2012 | Justin Bath, iFreedom Direct

Potential homebuyers looking to save money on their purchase might want to consider a foreclosed home. If a buyer is looking to obtain a VA home loan through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they may want to look into the VA�s foreclosed properties.
After the VA acquires a property that has been foreclosed upon from one of its loans, the department markets it through its Real Estate Owned (REO) property list managed by BAC Home Loan Servicing LP. The foreclosed properties are listed by listing agents through the local Multiple Listing Systems or MLS.
Those who are interested in learning more about a property that was foreclosed upon by the VA may want to contact their local Veterans Affairs Department or a local real estate agent to find out more. Learning how to identify the most affordable homes, as well as the ways to obtain a VA home loan, can save veterans thousands of dollars on their purchase.

Read more: Military.com's VA Loan Blog


Senate Probing Army's Handling of PTSD Cases
WASHINGTON -- Fearing that the Army may be mishandling the matter, the top senator on the veterans affairs panel said Wednesday that she has begun an investigation into whether military hospitals across the country are denying treatment to service members with post-traumatic stress disorder because of cost considerations.
Democrat Patty Murray, the chairwoman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said she decided to take the step to make sure that Army officials "don't just bury this under the rug" as they investigate the issue on their own.
"I will not be satisfied until I know that they have done an absolutely in-depth evaluation and found every soldier that may have been misdiagnosed - in a timely manner - and get them the care they need," Murray said in an interview.
The Army already is conducting at least three separate probes amid disclosures that the Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Murray's home state of Washington has reversed hundreds of PTSD diagnoses for patients who were up for medical retirement. Murray's office said last week that a review of PTSD cases dating to 2007 found that 290 of 690 diagnoses - more than 40 percent - had been reversed by a medical screening team.
The Army now is re-evaluating how those diagnoses were changed.
Murray said she fears the same type of misdiagnoses may be happening at other military hospitals. She said she already has directed her committee staff to start looking for other cases. While Murray's committee does not oversee the Army, it has oversight over all issues involving veterans and the federal services they receive as soon as they leave the active military.
"Obviously, there's a very intense focus, necessarily, on Madigan right now and that has to be ongoing," Murray said. "But I've directed my VA staff to start looking at cases nationwide, and we are finding them. I want to make sure that the Army is not just saying, 'Well, this was just Madigan,' because if we do that we're going to lose a lot of people who have the same issue across the country. ... I'm going to absolutely stay on top of the Army."
The fourth-term senator announced her investigation earlier in the day when she questioned Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, who is also the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command, at a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Horoho oversees all of the Army's medical facilities.


Shinseki: VA on Track to Break Claims Backlog
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says VA is on track toward meeting one of the top priorities he set on arrival at the department three years ago: breaking the back of the disability claims backlog.
VA spent the last two years creating an automated tool to make claims determinations faster and more accurate, he said.
"Our intent is to have no claim over 125 days," Shinseki told American Forces Press Service. "And every claims decision that we put out the door [will be] at a 98-percent quality mark."
Toward that end, VA has been testing the new Veterans Benefit Management System in Providence, R.I., and Salt Lake City. Shinseki told Congress last month he believes this technology is helping VA "approach the tipping point in ending the backlog in disability claims." This advance is expected to go a long way in helping VA reduce the time veterans must wait for disability claims decisions, the secretary said.
"We know we can do it manually," Shinseki said. "But we plan to layer this automation tool on top of that, and have the people who did the manual work now armed with an automation tool. I think we will be able to improve our productivity in ways that we will be able to take that backlog down quickly."
Shinseki noted the monumental challenge VA has been up against. During 2009, VA produced 900,000 claims decisions, but also received 1 million new claims. The next year, VA increased its claims decisions to 1 million, but received 1.2 million new claims. Once the automated system is in place, Shinseki said, he believes the 125-day, 98-percent accuracy goals he set are achievable. "There is a lot on the line here," he said. "And that is why this rollout in September is an important one."
His confidence, he said, comes from the successes he's seen automation bring to VA's processing of Post-9/11 GI Bill claims.
Shinseki recalled arriving at VA in 2009 just as the new program was being launched and having to implement it on the fly, with no automation tools. Within about nine months, he said, VA was able to prepare the manual process of getting about 173,000 people into schools by the fall 2009 term.
"It was pretty rocky," he acknowledged.
But today, with the process now automated, VA is able to process more than 600,000 Post-9/11 GI Bill claims faster, and with fewer mistakes, the secretary said. That experience demonstrated the importance of keeping manual processing going as automation is being rolled in, then gradually moving all the processes toward automation, he added.
"The lessons we got out of that were tremendously important," he said. "It educated our efforts with the automation tool for the [disability] claims process, and we are doing the same things, step-by-step, that we learned how to do through with the [Post-9/11 GI Bill]."
The new system is just one initiative VA has taken to break the claims backlog.
Another effort focuses on fundamentally changing the relationship between veterans and VA, making VA an advocate in putting together a strong claims package. VA began giving veterans a checklist of what's needed to file a claim, and also did its own digging to produce whatever documentation veterans couldn't find. This effort reduces the time needed to put a claims package together.
Another pilot program focuses on making claims processing more efficient by simplifying the process and improving communication among the entities that process a claim to reduce procedural delays, the secretary said.
Shinseki said he wanted to focus on getting the bugs out of the claims process before increasing automation.
"We didn't want to automate bad processes and just get lousy decisions faster," he told a Paralyzed Veterans of America gathering. "So we broke the complex, convoluted claims process down into its component pieces to improve each part before putting them back together."


$10 Million Gift for Military Veterans Studying at USC
Posted: 27 Mar 2012 04:45 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ � USC trustee William J. Schoen BS �60, MBA �63 and his wife, Sharon, have made a $10 million gift to the university in support of military veteran scholarships. The Schoen Family Scholarship Program for Veterans Endowment was established at USC in 1986. Their recent $10 million gift will [...]
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Assisted Living House and VA Benefits

If a home in an assisted living community is what you need, then it�s possible that veterans� benefits can help.
Homes in assisted living communities are often for sale rather than rent. VA borrowers with assisted living needs may be able to get a VA-guaranteed mortgage to finance a property located in an assisted living community.
As long as the property meets VA requirements for acceptable use, then it can be considered for VA financing. For instance, condos and townhomes must be on the VA-approved list, and all properties must undergo a VA appraisal and provide safe living conditions.
Qualified veterans or surviving spouses with assisted living needs may purchase approved homes in assisted living communities using the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program, and there may be additional VA benefits available.
Through an underutilized VA benefit called Aid and Attendance, wartime veterans and surviving spouses can receive reimbursement for in-home care. Those who are unable to feed and dress themselves and take care of bathing and other bodily needs without assistance, and those who are bedridden or need help with prosthetic or orthopedic devices, may qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit. Also, those with physical or mental injuries or illnesses that may require assistance to protect them from daily environmental hazards or dangers may also qualify.
The annual income threshold for Aid and Attendance is currently $18,234 for a veteran with no dependents. Those with one dependent can make $21,615 and still qualify. For each additional dependent, the threshold is upped by $1,866. For surviving spouses with no dependents, the annual Aid and Attendance threshold is $11,715. For spouses with one dependent, the threshold is $13,976 and increases by $1,866 for each additional dependent.
The advantages of buying a home using a VA loan include:

No money down up to conforming loan limits
No monthly private mortgage insurance premiums
No prepayment penalties
Competitive interest rates
For more information about purchasing a home in an assisted-living community using a VA-guaranteed loan contact a VA specialty lender..


Reconnect with Military Buddies
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Medicare News Update
The House of Representatives has voted 228-191 to pass Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI.) Path to Prosperity fiscal 2013 budget Resolution 112, which would drastically change Medicare. Ryan's budget proposal contains provisions to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), overhaul Medicare and Medicaid, drastically cut nondefense spending over the next decade, and reshape the U.S. tax code. It would turn Medicare into a "premium support" system starting in 2025 when Medicare beneficiaries would be given a choice between traditional fee-for-service Medicare and several private insurance plans. Once a beneficiary chooses a plan, the government would send that plan a "premium support" payment equal to either the cost of traditional Medicare or the second least-expensive private plan, whichever is less. Beneficiaries who chose a plan costing more than the amount of the premium support payment would have to make up the difference. The proposal also would change the Medicaid program -- currently a joint federal/state program that guarantees a specific set of benefits -- into a block-grant program, in which states would receive a set amount of money to spend for Medicaid. The proposal includes deficit cuts totaling $3.3 trillion dollars. The bill is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
[Source: MedPage Today Emily P. Walker article 29 Mar 2012 ++]


Cell Phone ICE: Car accidents and medical emergencies happen all the time too. If you were unconscious, would first responders know how to contact your family? Could paramedics find out about your medications, allergies, or health conditions? Fortunately, it takes five minutes and zero dollars to make sure those first responders can reach your emergency contacts if you�re the one unconscious. You just have to �ICE� your cell phone. �ICE� stands for �in case of emergency.� If you add the prefix �ICE� to your emergency contacts in your phone�s contact list, first responders will know to call them first. So if Jane Doe is your emergency contact, simply change her entry in your contact list from �Jane Doe� to �ICE: Jane Doe.� A paramedic in the United Kingdom, Bob Brotchie, came up with the idea. Perhaps you remember when he promoted the ICE system in 2005, gaining a lot of media attention as the system caught on in other countries, especially after the London bombings that summer. Even though the ICE system made national headlines in the United States, haven�t �iced� their phones. If you haven�t, stop what you�re doing and update your phone contact list right now. It won�t cost you more than a few minutes � and it could save your life some day. Here are tips for getting the most out of your icing�

� Don�t password protect your phone or icing it is pointless. Alternatively, some phones have programmable ICE buttons that a first responder can press to call your emergency contacts without having to unlock the phone. Ask your carrier if your phone has this ability.
� �ICE� multiple emergency contacts. In case one emergency contact can�t get to the phone when the paramedics call, pick two or three emergency contacts. Some people who have multiple ICE contacts label them something like �ICE1: Jane Doe,� �ICE2: John Doe,� etc. That way, the paramedics will know you have multiple emergency contacts, regardless of which one they scroll to first.
� Use relationships instead of names. For example, your ICE contact might be labeled �ICE: mom� instead of �ICE: her name�. Do this for non-ICE contacts too, just in case. So my brother is in my phone as �brother� instead of �Peyton.� If a person finds your and is nice enough to try to return it, he/she would knew which would be a good contact to call to let you know where the phone could be picked up.
� Supplement your ICE. If you have any medical conditions or drug allergies or take any medications, you should have more than ICE for emergencies. If not a medical bracelet, put something in your wallet.
� ICE friends and family. Next time you talk to your folks or others you love that could benefit from ICEing, tell them about it. And if they�re tech-challenged, do it for them.
[Source: MoneyTalksNews Karla Bowsher article 22 Mar 2012 ++]


Alzheimer's UpdateMp> A researcher at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has pinpointed how vitamin D3 works with some of the body's cells to help clear the brain of amyloid beta, the main component of plaques that are seen in Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin D3 may activate certain genes and cellular signaling networks to trigger the immune system to clear amyloid beta. An abstract of the study is available under the �pages 51-62� section on the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease website atClick here for more information on Alzheimer's Disease"
[Source: Military.com article 26 Mar 2012 ++]


Thanks to Dan Thompson for this months inspiration. BB

Chemo Day Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again. If you ever have it you will never be free of it. Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure. A SMALL REQUEST...

A small request.....Just one line Dear God, I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer in 2012 . In Jesus Name, Amen

Thats all the news for this week. Check back next Saturday. Thanks, Ole' Bill

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