Friday, April 30, 2010
"I know where they put them now," says Ajab. "It helps to know the terrain. I can also think like the insurgents, stay one step ahead of them, and keep my soldiers, and ISAF soldiers safe."
While detecting equipment is very useful, he says just staying alert can be equally effective.
"I can just see them," he says. "There might be a tell-tale trace, or something just not quite right, or a piece of wire or wood showing - and that is when I know I have found another one. IEDs often come in many parts so we have to find all the bits in the ground."
His successes are etched on a beam on a watchtower next to the place where he sleeps, along with his army number and the description "IED TEAM Sangin Special Force," written in English.
When asked if British soldiers are getting better at finding IEDs too, he smiles and nods his head, "Yes, they are very good. But they are still very happy that we are here to help them."
The allied forces have awarded Ajab for his efforts with a certificate which he prizes.
"I always have it on me," he said. "They know how much I am doing for them. And I am very pleased they are here, helping Afghanistan, too."
Capt. Will Wright, the platoon commander from 1 Scots mentoring team, working alongside Ajab and his soldiers said, "Patrolling with the ANA gives us such an advantage. They see things we sometimes don't, they are brave beyond words, and we learn so much from them every day. Ajab's skills are definitely much valued within this patrol base."
Ajab is due to end his tour with the ANA in the next few months, but he says he is not ready to go home just yet.
"Now I have so much information about IEDs I want to be a teacher. I want to share my experience with the new soldiers joining the army. I want to teach them all they need to stay safe."
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Life after getting shot up--AKA getting a job and making a living-- gaining a healthy perspective and making good life choices--the Vet Foundation is taking the point as a guide for wounded warriors who need help in the transition from military to civilian life.
VET Foundation was started by veterans for veterans to make the transition from military to the civilian world. COMPASS Transition Program - a five day holistic event, held several times a year and comprised of 25 to 30 participants.The mission for these participants is to leave the military and "transition forward.” VET Foundation brings dedicated professionals to COMPASS to help them accomplish that mission.
The purpose of the video is this:
Convince other Wounded Warriors that they should sign up for this.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Courier Post Online:
Over 350 friends and family of B4LAR Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane led by a motorcycle honor guard participated in a 2 mile run benefit in his memory and raised funds for a memorial for all Rutgers graduates who were killed in action during Iraq and Afghanistan operations.
The two mile Memorial run started at Cherry Hill High School East, where Kane graduated, and ended at Congregation M'kor Shalom, where he worshiped.
Story and Photos@: "Rain doesn't hamper Memorial Run for Cherry Hill Marine"
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
bet that's gonna sting.
Friday, April 23, 2010
I told the President, I told Rahm Emanuel and others in the administration that I thought the policy they took to try to bring about negotiations is counter-productive, because when you give the Palestinians hope that the United States will do its negotiating for them, they are not going to sit down and talk. Palestinians don’t really believe in a state of Israel, they, unlike a majority of Israelis, who have come to the conclusion that they can live with a 2-state solution to be determined by the parties, the majority of Palestinians are still very reluctant, and they need to be pushed to get there. If the U.S. says certain things and takes certain stands the Palestinians say, “Why should we negotiate?”…
New York Senator Chuck Schumer on Nachum Segal Show
Thursday, April 22, 2010
JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister on Thursday rejected U.S. calls to halt construction in disputed , clouding a new peace mission by Washington's Mideast envoy.
Benjamin Netanyahu's comments were broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 TV shortly after envoy George Mitchell arrived for his first visit in six weeks. Mitchell's efforts had been on hold due to disagreements over east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city claimed by Israel and the Palestinians.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Posted: 04.21.2010 01:08
The Marines began this routine patrol by speaking with the local Afghans while collecting census data for future patrols in the area.
"The people have kind of turned over to us, they give us the benefit of the doubt," said Sgt. Nathan A. Goodland, platoon sergeant, 4th LAR. "They don't like the trouble that the Taliban have been bringing with them so they have been cooperating with us."
The Marines collect information on the Taliban presence from the locals to use later, but sometimes patrols don't go according to plan.
"It started off like a regular patrol, but a lot of unexpected things happened like running out of water and finding an IED, which happens every once in a while," said Cpl. Juan M. Perez, 24, Security Platoon from San Diego.
The Marines continued and occasionally stopped at local Afghan compounds to speak with the household elder.
Before the Marines could make it safely back, they checked on a possible IED located off a traveled road a mile away from their present position.
The order, which came four hours into a foot patrol, caught the Marines a little off guard due to the amount of water each Marine had left.
"Water conservation really kicked us in the butt," said Goodland, from Redlands, Calif. "Searching for the possible IED wasn't the original mission. We got [intelligence] once we were out there to go check out the possible IED."
The Marines patrolled to the possible IED site and conducted sweeps of the area until the possible IED was found. A cordon was set around the possible IED and a quick reaction force and an explosive ordnance disposal team was sent to eliminate the threat.
"Its pretty hard to find an IED. All of our patrols are foot patrols, and if we don't have solid intelligence then it's basically on us as the foot patrol [to find an IED]," said Sgt. Daniel Yim, 3rd squad leader, Security Platoon, 4th LAR, 28, from Huntington Beach, Calif.
The possible IED turned out to be an actual IED, and was eliminated by the EOD team.
"We take each patrol day by day and after the debrief we see what we can work on and what we can't," said Yim.
"We have to prepare for the worst," said Perez.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
In honor of Israel's 62nd Independence Day, and in light of President Obama's repeated claims that US interests are best served by distancing itself from Israel, Caroline Glick has written an essay,"The strategic foundations of the US-Israel alliance", on the reasons why having Israel on our six is essential for U.S. security.
Happy Birthday, Israel! Today is your 62 year of Independence.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the day as a "double miracle in the life of the Jewish people".Israel declared statehood on May 14, 1948, a day before the expiry of Britain's United Nations-mandate over historic Palestine. It traditionally celebrates Independence Day according to the Jewish calendar, which this year falls almost a week before May 14.
Earlier in the day, at 11 A.M., a two-minute siren sounded throughout the country to mark Memorial Day, followed by ceremonies at Israel's 43 military cemeteries.
On Tuesday, Independence Day, Defense Ministry museums and military bases will be open from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. The Israeli air force will conduct flyovers over cities and other sites across the country. A naval demonstration will be held off the coast.
The annual international Bible competition will be held at 3 P.M. in Jerusalem. Among the contestants this year is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Avner.
On Tuesday evening, the Israel Prize ceremony will be held in the capital.
During the day Tuesday, Israelis are expected to throng to the country's national parks. The Jewish National Fund will host hikes around the country and activities at the Tel Aviv port. One of the hikes on offer goes from Kibbutz Nirim in the south to the Halutza sands, where new communities are currently being built. Haaretz
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Queen Marie Antoinette of France, "Let them eat cake"
ABC News reported that
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser tonight, President Obama touted his administration’s tax cuts and said that the recent tea party rallies across the nation have “amused” him.
“You would think they should be saying thank you,” the president said to applause.
Members of the audience shouted, “Thank you.”
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
LTC Terry Lakin ---refusing all military orders including deployment orders for his second tour of duty to Afghanistan pending release of the president's original 1961 birth certificate attesting to his constitutional legitimacy as a natural born citizen.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
From the Conglomerate Blog and Erik Gerding--via the Professor--how's this for over the horizon radar. Ten years before the banking scandal and the so called too big to failure crap hit the fan this was old news for Arthur Wilmarth:
"Transformation of the U.S. Financial Services Industry(2002 U. Ill. L. Rev. 215) article, which I mentioned in that earlier post (we love our banking law in our household), she convinced me that Arthur Wilmarth really deserves wider recognition.
Read this article (it’s long) carefully. Almost everything in it displays an uncanny prescience. Consider just this quote from p. 224:
Doubts about the claimed advantages of universal banks are buttressed by concerns that the creation of large financial conglomerates will intensify the “too big to fail” (TBTF) problem in the financial markets. Over the past two decades, leading banks, securities firms, and life insurers have pursued aggressive lending and securitization programs, as well as speculative underwriting and investment activities in the markets for securities and financial derivatives. As a result of these high-risk activities, large financial institutions have become increasingly vulnerable to disruptions in the capital markets. Moreover, the growing concentration of securities and derivatives activities within a small group of major financial institutions increases the likelihood that the failure of any big institution could create systemic risk and trigger a costly bailout by federal regulators.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Remember this article was published in 2002! "