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NPR: We Pause On Veterans Day To Reread ‘In Flanders Fields’

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To all who have served and all that are serving in our armed forces and their families we thank you and we remember.  ~ Ms. Sparky & Forseti

Mark Memmott – (NPR) – November 11, 2011 – Before we move on to the day’s news, serious and silly, we want to pause for a moment to note that it’s Veterans Day.

As President Obama’s declaration states, on this day Americans “pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families.” And, the proclamation adds, “to honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country’s call.”

In May 1915, the U.S. Air Force reminds us, Canadian military doctor, Maj. John M. McCrae, composed the poem In Flanders Fields after treating victims of a German chemical attack in Belgium. It inspired the use of red poppies as a symbol of Veterans Day for many years in the U.S., and they’re still used in Great Britain.

This seems like a good moment to recall McCrae’s words

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

“We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

(Click HERE for original article)

Hero soldiers ‘thrown in the trash’: Military dumped body parts of dead servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in LANDFILL

  • THIRD scandal over how the U.S. Army treats its dead
  • Bodies at Arlington National Cemetery put in WRONG graves
  • U.S. Military lost body parts and shipped fetal remains in cardboard boxes

A damning new report reveals the military mishandled the remains of soldiers returning through Dover Air Force Base

By Daniel Bates – MailOnline
Updated 8:34 AM Nov. 10, 2011

Body parts belonging to U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were routinely cremated and then dumped in a landfill site.

For five years, between 2003 and 2008, staff at the Dover Air Force base mortuary, Delaware, disposed of parts that could not be identified or were later recovered from the battlefield.

Family members were not told what happened to their relatives – and the company running the landfill site was not even informed what was being thrown away.

It is the third scandal engulfing the Army in its treatment of its dead.

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Jose Mendez & 2 others indicted in FMASO procurement fraud scheme

Florida Couple and Utah Man Indicted for Alleged Roles in Procurement Fraud Scheme Involving Foreign Military Materials

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON - October 12, 2011 – Three individuals were charged in an indictment returned today by a federal grand jury in Utah for their alleged roles in a bribery and fraud scheme involving federal procurement contracts, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David B. Barlow for the District of Utah.

The four-count indictment returned today in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City charges Sylvester Zugrav, 68, and Maria Zugrav, 66, both of Sarasota, Fla., and Jose Mendez, 49, of Farr West, Utah, with conspiracy to commit bribery and procurement fraud. The Zugravs and Mendez also are each charged with bribery. In addition, Mendez is charged with procurement fraud.

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Afghan insurgents shoot down US helicopter killing 37 (Updated 08/11/2011 with names of fallen)

Updated: 8/11/2011 – Post updated below with names of fallen, hometown and funeral information if available.
Helicopter shot down, killing 30 US troops, 7 Afghans

By SOLOMON MOORE, Associated Press Published: Aug 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM PDT Last Updated: Aug 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM PDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said Saturday. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.

The downing was a stinging blow to the lauded, tight-knit SEAL Team 6, months after its crowning achievement. It was also a heavy setback for the U.S.-led coalition as it begins to draw down thousands of combat troops fighting what has become an increasingly costly and unpopular war. Read the remainder of this entry »

Schwartz on smoking, Myles joins the club & other news

“Don’t blow smoke up my ass” about what a military platform can do and when it will be ready, Schwartz told a tense and silent ballroom filled with defense industry executives. “There’s no time for it. There’s no patience for it. OK?” –Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz

Interesting Times
ROBERT KAHN - February 11, 2011 – “May you live in interesting times” is supposed to be an ancient Chinese proverb – though no one has ever proved that, and Westerners don’t know whether it’s supposed to be a blessing or a curse.

We live in interesting times, but am I the only one who feels that the rest of the world is missing the point?

Take Wikileaks and Julian Assange.

I, for one, do not care how Julian Assange has sex, nor with whom he has it. Nor do I see what Julian Assange’s sex life has to do with the 251,287 diplomatic cables from U.S. Embassies around the world that have embarrassed O so many people, and may have contributed to the revolution in Egypt.

What I wonder is why the U.S. Army allowed a private, first class, to get his hands on a quarter of a million classified cables, so he could slip them to Mr. Assange.

Doesn’t that seem a more interesting question, for U.S. national security and all, than what Julian Assange did with the condom? (Click HERE for article)

Major General (USA Ret.) James R. Myles Joins DynCorp International 
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - February 11, 2011 – DynCorp International (DI) yesterday announced that Major General (USA Ret.) James R. Myles has joined the company as Vice President of Aviation Operations, within the company’s Aviation business area. He is based in Huntsville, Ala.
“We are honored that General Myles chose to join our team,” said Steve Gaffney, Chairman and CEO of DynCorp International. “As we look to the future and across our seven business areas, DI holds tremendous potential for growth and Gen. Myles’ extraordinary achievements and knowledge will enrich the services we provide. We are committed to the Huntsville community and look forward to continuing to expand our presence there.”

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