American Heroes Press Top Stories May 29/30, 2010

USS Iwo Jima Embraces New York with Open Arms

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) welcomed aboard the local New York community to visit and learn about the ship’s mission and capabilities while observing displays and demonstrations from Sailors and embarked Marines May 28.

Navy Band Rocks Times Square During Fleet Week

Road Island Sound, a division of Navy Band Northeast, based out of Newport, R.I., performed a live rock concert in Times Square, May 28, during the celebration of Fleet Week New York 2010.

“This is my second time performing in Times Square during Fleet Week and each year has been amazing,” said Musician 3rd Class Rebecca Gonzalez, vocalist for Road Island Sound.

Five Tactics for Civil Service Exams

You can increase your score on almost any multiple choice civil service exam or test by employing five simple “tactics for test taking.”  In fact, it is likely that you could increase your final score by between five and ten percentage points by using these test taking tactics!  That means if you studied enough to score eighty, these tactics can get you a score of eighty-five or ninety.

Arkansas Lighthouse for The Blind Hosts Admiral’s Visit During Little Rock Navy Week

The Navy enjoyed a warm enthusiastic response during a recent visit to the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit agency employing Arkansans who are blind and visually impaired.

City of Coupeville Honor Veterans

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Whidbey Island (NNS) — Hundreds of local residents from Coupeville and Whidbey Island paid their respects for all service members, past and present, during the Coupeville Memorial Day Parade, May 29.

Carthage Cemetery Honors World War II Fallen

Less than a mile from the 2,000-year-old ruins of ancient Carthage, Tunisian groundskeepers worked under a bright Mediterranean sun to prepare for Memorial Day observances to honor the 2,841 Americans buried here, as well as the thousands more who gave their lives in the North Africa campaigns of World War II that laid the bloody groundwork for the Allied liberation of Europe. The North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial lies in a quiet open space surrounded by fig, cypress and eucalyptus trees on Roosevelt Road, between the Tunis airport and the tourist beaches, art boutiques and historic ruins of the Tunisian coast.

American Heroes Press Top Stories May 28, 2010

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Forget Everything you Learned in the Academy

Nearly every new cop has heard a field training officer or senior partner utter the phrase, “Forget everything you learned in the academy.” Indeed, in my conversations with senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) from several branches of the military there is a similar “forget what they told you in Basic.” That’s right. It would appear that the REMFs in training division don’t know jack about field operations.

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Tracking Ticks via Satellite

Finding a tick usually involves a squeamish self-examination – carefully rubbing fingertips through the scalp, meticulously scanning the body, and groaning “eyeww” if a little bloodsucker is discovered.

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U.S. Border Patrol Continues to See Success in West Desert

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Ajo station seized more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana during three separate incidents within the last 72 hours. The combined value of the marijuana is estimated at $2.5 million.

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Jury Convicts Pakistani Citizen of Conspiring to Support the Taliban and Unlawful Possession of Firearms

After a three-day trial, a federal jury has convicted Adnan Mirza, 33, of all nine counts in an indictment arising from his efforts to provide support and funds to the Taliban, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno announced. Mirza, a citizen of Pakistan, had entered the United States on a student visa and was attending a local community college in 2005 and 2006 when he committed the offenses for which he was convicted.

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When Special Agent Rick M. deployed to Afghanistan for temporary duty in 2004, only a handful of FBI personnel were assigned to the war theater, and the Bureau had no formal training program to prepare them for the experience.

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Role Players Provide Key Training Lessons

Enter the tiny, fictional village of West Sangan on this sprawling training base and you’ll encounter a world about as far removed from western Louisiana as one can imagine. The village, one of 22 dotting the Joint Readiness Training Center, looks as if it’s been plucked like Dorothy’s house in “The Wizard of Oz” from one of the most isolated regions of Afghanistan and transplanted deep within a Louisiana pine forest.

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Personnel recovery team lives up to its motto

“These things we do, that others may live.”  That s the motto for the Airmen of the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron who operate and maintain Joint Base Balad’s rescue helicopters.

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American Heroes Press Top Stories May 27, 2010

Seeking Public’s Help Locating Fugitive

Exercises Will Aim to Stabilize Korean Tensions

Upcoming training exercises for the U.S. and South Korean militaries following North Korea’s sinking of a South Korean navy ship are designed to help in controlling and stabilizing the situation, not to escalate tensions, the top U.S. military officer said yesterday during a visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at Peterson Air Force Base that the exercises are part of “strong measures” to address North Korea’s sinking of the frigate Cheonan on March 26. The attack left 46 South Korean sailors dead.

Old Guard Soldiers Put ‘Flags In’ at Arlington Cemetery

More than 1,500 servicemembers from the “Old Guard” and other ceremonial units gathered at Arlington National Cemetery today for a sacred ritual marking the start of the Memorial Day weekend observance.

Mullen Presses for Cyber Leadership at All Levels

Cyberspace “will change how we fight” in the next 20 years, the nation’s top military officer said here yesterday as he challenged leaders at all levels to understand the threats and help to posture the military to deal with them.

Obama: Guardsmen Can Aid Intelligence, Interdiction at Border

An agreement to send hundreds of additional National Guardsmen to the southwestern U.S. border is one part of a comprehensive approach needed for immigration reform, President Barack Obama said today.

Opposing Force Puts Deploying Troops to Test

For the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, Army Spc. Kevin Pemberton is the bane of their existence.He’s the face of the insurgency they will face when they deploy to Afghanistan this summer – an ever-adapting enemy that seemingly will stop at nothing to kill coalition and Afghan troops, instill fear in the population and, ultimately, derail Afghan progress.

Smugglers Abandon Almost One Ton of Drugs After Roll Over

La Casita, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized 128 bundles of marijuana this afternoon from a rolled-over vehicle.

Guardsman Creates With Metal

Just as some look at a blank canvas and imagine art, Army Sgt. Theodore Sweet looks at a piece of metal and sees innovations. With the creativity of a sculptor and the weathered hands of a metal worker, he uses his workshop as his studio and scrap metal as his canvas to create everything from brackets to bed frames.

The Only Thing that Matters is Duty

The Global Fight Against Child Exploitation

Key partners in the global battle against child exploitation gathered today at a meeting hosted by the Department of Justice.  Representatives from the United Kingdom, Australia met with officials from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, as well as representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  An official from Canada participated in the meeting by phone.

American Heroes Press Top Stories May 26, 2010

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 Man Admits Attempting to Use a Weapon of Mass Destruction to Bomb Skyscraper in Downtown Dallas

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to a felony offense related to his attempted bombing of a downtown Dallas skyscraper in September 2009, announced David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas, and Robert E. Casey Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Division.

 Wisconsin Guard members join salute to Vietnam veterans

More than 300 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a statewide effort to honor the service and sacrifice of thousands of Vietnam veterans, thank them and welcome them home.

 Soldier Relates to Iraqis’ Hopes

May 26, 2010 – The struggles of the Iraqi people to build a functioning democracy have been compared to the efforts of the American people during the Revolutionary War. This connection is especially strong for Army Spc. Scott D. Warren, a military police soldier serving here, who said he is a direct descendant of Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Warren, hero in America’s war for independence.

American Heroes Press Top Stories May 25, 2010

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These are just a very few of the children who are far away from home tonight. Please take a minute to look at all the faces on our Kidnapping and Missing Persons webpage and see if you can identify Trenton, Allyson, and Georgina, or any of the other children listed there with their stories.

 The thin blue line was bent but not broken

 Yeoman Displays Positive Attitude

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Clark says his flag staff office job at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command here is comparable to “working in the stock market on Wall Street.” His fast-paced duties as a yeoman include military correspondence, clerical work, office management, travel coordination, supply work and career counseling.

 Workplace Changes Must Have ‘Net Generation’ in Mind

The federal workplace has to adapt to a looming personnel issue that federal managers ignore at the country’s peril, the Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer said.

 Army Reaches 1 Million Unmanned Flight Hours

The Army today celebrated its recent attainment of 1 million hours of unmanned flight with an aircraft display and news conference at the Pentagon’s courtyard. The milestone officially was reached April 14 with missions flown in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

 National Institute of Justice Technology Institute for Corrections

 NIJ Duty Holster Standard for Law Enforcement

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking comments on two draft documents for duty holsters used by the law enforcement community.

American Heroes Press Top Stories May 24, 2010

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Corruption in Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan

Since the inception of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2002, the United States government has privatized hundreds of functions that were conducted by military personnel in previous contingency operations and, in the process, has spent over $770 billion on private contractors.

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U.S. Navy Destroyer Locates Pirated Vessel

The USS McFaul, a U.S. Navy Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, located the pirated M/V Iceberg I off the coast of Somalia with up to 50 pirates and more than 20 crew members on board.

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101st ‘Currahee’ Brigade Prepares for Afghanistan Deployment

For troops seeking the most realistic training experience possible before deploying to Afghanistan, most wouldn’t expect to find it within the pine forests of western Louisiana. But here at the Joint Readiness Training Center, that’s exactly what the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team is realizing, as it goes through a rehearsal exercise designed to build on its strengths and identify any shortcomings before the deployment.

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Top Enlisted Airman Addresses Quality-of-Life Issues

As Air Force leaders work to improve the quality of life for airmen and their families, suicide prevention is among their top priorities, the service’s top enlisted airman said. The suicide rate for all four services in 2009 was higher than the national average, defense officials said. The Air Force reported 41 suicides among active-duty airmen in 2009.

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National Missing Children’s Day, Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families

Active duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed up so far to participate in Operation Appreciation: Blue Star Museums. The program offers active duty servicemembers — including activated Guard and Reserve — and up to five of their immediate family members free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Bloomington

On Friday, May 21, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the US Bank located at 5149 West 9th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota, was robbed by a lone individual.

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Sea Services Release Naval Operations Concept 2010

National Veterans Golden Age Games set to begin

Hundreds of veterans from around the nation are making their way to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games, the largest annual sports competition of its kind in the world. The events run from May 26 through 31.

Mass fatality training integrates Air Guard recovery teams

One of the key functions of the Regional Mass Fatality Management Training Evolution was to develop and evaluate protocol for integration of Air National Guard Fatality Search and Recovery Teams May 10 at the Army Reserve Center/Jersey City Police Facility.

Korean War

On June 3, 2010, Conversations with American Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a conversation with Donald J. Farinacci the author of Truman and MacArthur: Adversaries for a Common Cause.

Program Date: June 3, 2010

Program Time: 1700 hours Pacific

Topic: Korean War

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About the Guest

Donald J. Farinacci is a US Army Vietnam-era Veteran.  After his military service (1966-1969), he became an attorney.  Donald J. Farinacci is the author of When One Stood Alone, Last Full Measure of Devotion: A Tribute to America’s Heroes of the Vietnam War and, his upcoming book Truman and MacArthur: Adversaries for a Common Cause.

According to the description of Truman and MacArthur: Adversaries for a Common Cause, “The author’s purpose in writing this book was to tell a story of events which occurred during a brief but momentous period in American history, involving two extraordinary men, President Harry S. Truman and General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur. The story tells of their interaction during a time of grave national crisis, how they veered badly off course and ultimately collided head-on. It was a collision which both altered the course of history and irreparably changed their personal destinies.

What is related here is first and foremost a human story, but one that plays out against the panorama of the Korean War—a nasty, brutish and fearsome slice of hell where what was at stake was nothing less than the determination of whether the Communist Sino-Soviet alliance would gain dominion by force over large regions of the continent of Asia or be contained and held in check by a coalition of United Nations Forces led by the United States.

As the drama unfolded during a critical period of approximately ten months in 1950 and 1951, the all-pervasive tension holding the principal players in its grip was the ever-present threat of nuclear war looming over all of humankind.

Other larger-than-life personalities also emerge in this epic tale and are interspersed with the two main characters. They include Eighth Army Commander Matthew B. Ridgway, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall, South Korean President Syngman Rhee, NATO Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ambassador Averell Harriman, Army General Walton W. Walker, Marine General O.P. Smith, Army Chief of Staff J. Lawton Collins, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Omar Bradley, and Marine Colonel “Chesty” Puller. Every one of them played an integral role in the drama and some of them such as Ridgway, Acheson, Marshall and Eisenhower actually changed the course of history. But, the overarching giants of this tale are Truman and MacArthur. Their saga of 1950-1951 underscores the fact that no matter what the magnitude of events, history is still primarily a collection of stories about people. This is one of those stories—one that is part of the larger framework of the forty-five year-long Cold War, but one that is surpassed in importance by none other in that singularly perilous epoch of world history.”

About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is Police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. American Heroes Radio brings you to the watering hole, where it is Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Public Safety Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA