Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quit Smoking - Bobby

Quit Smoking - Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson (Navy Surgeon General)

Quit Smoking - Gen Robert Magnus USMC

Quit Smoking - Aaron

Adm Moulen on stress

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs told lawmakers May 14 he is deeply troubled by the long-term effects of combat stress on the nation's armed forces.

Mullen on Army Suicides

The Pentagon is seeking answers to the growing number of suicides in the military.

Fort Campbell Suicide Prevention

Fort Campbell, Kentucky is in the final day of a three-day standown to focus on the pressing issue of suicide prevention.

Healthy Military

This month, the Defense Commissary Agency has stepped up its effort to get military members and their families to be healthier.

Quit Smoking


New VA Website

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new website to connect veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with their college mental health care professionals.

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is Sunday May 31, a time to remind smokers around the world, it's time to quit.

Army Investigates Misconduct Allegations

The Department of the Army announced today that the Army's Criminal Investigation Command and Multi-National Force – Iraq are investigating allegations of serious misconduct involving members of the 266th Military Police Company, Virginia Army National Guard, which allegedly took place during the unit's pre-deployment mobilization training at Fort Dix, N.J., in fall 2008.

The allegations state that several soldiers of the unit inappropriately photographed and filmed female soldiers while showering.

Commanders in Iraq learned of the allegations on May 21 and initiated an Army Regulation 15-6 investigation on May 22. The Criminal Investigation Command initiated a criminal investigation on May 23.

For more information regarding the investigation, please contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 697-2564. PR No. 372-09

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ride to Recovery

This weekend thousands of wounded veterans and their supporters are set to wrap up a week long journey.

Gates on North Korea

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is downplaying the rhetoric stirred up by this week's North Korean missile tests.

TRICARE Reserve Select Numbers Increase

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The number of National Guard and Reserve members purchasing TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) coverage is growing. The premium-based healthcare plan is available for purchase by eligible members of the Selected Reserves. The latest information on TRS is available on the TRICARE Web site at

To view the entire news release visit:

About TRICARE Management Activity and the Military Health System TRICARE Management Activity, the Defense Department activity that administers the health care plan for the uniformed services, retirees and their families, serves more than 9.4 million eligible beneficiaries worldwide in the Military Health System (MHS). The mission of the MHS is to enhance Department of Defense and national security by providing health support for the full range of military operations. The MHS provides quality medical care through a network of providers, military treatment facilities, medical clinics and dental clinics worldwide. For more about the MHS go to

Hurricane Preps

The Florida National Guard is getting ready for the 2009 hurricane season.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Night Vision Goggles

Hundreds of Soldiers are heading downrange with new top-of-the-line equipment they say helps them own the night.

North Korea Threat

The international response to recent events in North Korea will have a far reaching impact.

Hats Off to Academy Grads


Mitigation Workshop for Homeowners Scheduled On June 3 in Center

Wed, 27 May 2009 11:13:38 -0500

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FEMA advisory for Atlanta, Ga.

Baker, Early Counties In Georgia Now Eligible For FEMA Disaster Assistance
Wed, 27 May 2009 09:24:26 -0500

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Two additional Georgia counties - Baker and Early - are now eligible for additional federal disaster assistance to help individuals cope with damage from the March 26-April 13 severe storms and flooding, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said today. Baker and Early counties were already eligible for reimbursement under another FEMA program that provides infrastructure assistance.

Tell Your Neighbor About Disaster Assistance
Wed, 27 May 2009 09:27:12 -0500

ATLANTA, Ga. -- More than 1,300 Georgia residents have applied for disaster assistance to date and more than $4.7 million has been approved for eligible applicants. Officials want to make sure no one is overlooked.

Non-Citizens May Be Eligible For Disaster Recovery Aid
Wed, 27 May 2009 09:20:02 -0500

ATLANTA, Ga. -- People who are not U.S. citizens but who are in the United States legally may be eligible for state/federal disaster aid according to officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Early County
Wed, 27 May 2009 08:35:39 -0500

ATLANTA, Ga. -- A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (Mobile DRC) operated by the State of Georgia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is open in Early County through Thursday, May 28, to assist people affected by the March 26-April 13 storms and flooding.

One Month Left To Register For Disaster Assistance
Wed, 27 May 2009 09:21:55 -0500

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia families, individuals and businesses are reminded today that they have one month left - until June 22 - to apply for disaster assistance for damages suffered from the March 26 through April 13 storms and floods. The reminder was made by officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another Day by Paul McCartney

Every day she takes a morning baths e wets her hair,
Wraps a towel around her
As shes heading for the bedroom chair,
Its just another day.
Slipping into stockings,
Stepping into shoes,
Dipping in the pocket of her raincoat.

Ah, its just another day.

At the office where the papers grow she takes a break,
Drinks another coffee
And she finds it hard to stay awake,

Its just another day. du du du du du
Its just another day. du du du du du
Its just another day.

So sad, so sad,
Sometimes she feels so sad.
Alone in her apartment shed dwell,
Till the man of her dreams comes to break the spell.

Ah, stay, don't stand around
And he comes and he stays
But he leaves the next day,
So sad.
Sometimes she feels so sad.

As she posts another letter to the sound of five,
People gather round her
And she finds it hard to stay alive,

Its just another day. du du du du du
Its just another day. du du du du du
Its just another day.

So sad, so sad,
Sometimes she feels so sad.
Alone in her apartment she dwell,
Till the man of her dreams comes to break the spell.

Ah, stay, don't stand around
And he comes and he stays
But he leaves the next day,
So sad.
Sometimes she feels so sad.

Every day she takes a morning bath she wets her hair,
Wraps a towel around her
As shes heading for the bedroom chair,
Its just another day.

Slipping into stockings,
Stepping into shoes,
Dipping in the pockets of her raincoat.

Ah, its just another day. du du du du du
Its just another day. du du du du du
Its just another day.

Troops Deploy

The 844th Engineer Battalion furled their colors May 25 in preparation for their latest deployment to Iraq.

Guantanamo Detainee Trends

A look at the tendencises for detainees released from Guantanamo Bay to return to terrorist activities.

North Korea Missile Test

A report from Pentagon Bureau on North Korea's missile test.

Citizen Corps News: FEMA, NEMA, and IAEM Leadership to Present National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards at 2009 NCCP

FEMA's Community Preparedness Division is excited to announce that FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, NEMA Incoming President Dave Maxwell, and IAEM President Russ Decker will announce the winners of the National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards- Celebrating Resilient Communities during a ceremony at the 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness (NCCP).

Two representatives from the winning Council in each award category will be FEMA’s honored guests during the 2009 NCCP, August 9-12, 2009, in the Washington, DC area. Each award recipient will be recognized by FEMA, NEMA, and IAEM in the awards ceremony and highlighted during a breakout session at the NCCP. In addition, each award recipient will be featured in national outreach activities and on the national Citizen Corps website.

The National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards- Celebrating Resilient Communities will recognize innovative practices and achievements of Citizen Corps Councils across the nation that are making our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. Winning Citizen Corps Councils will exemplify excellence in community emergency planning, foster successful public-private partnerships, prioritize collaboration, demonstrate creative and innovative local problem solving, and implement sound programs that can be modeled for use by other communities. There is one award for State/Territory Councils and five award categories for tribal, regional, and local Councils who may submit applications for multiple categories. The categories are:

  • Outstanding State/Territory Citizen Corps Initiatives Award
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award
  • Collaborative Preparedness Planning Award
  • Preparing the Public Award
  • Preparing Community Organizations Award
  • Volunteer Integration Award

To be eligible for consideration, entries must be received no later than June 12, 2009. For more information, including the application kit and FAQs, visit

This news story and other Community Preparedness news, including Citizen Corps Bulletins, can be found on our website at


The National Office of Citizen Corps

FEMA Community Preparedness Division

FEMA advisory

President Declares Major Disaster For Florida
Wed, 27 May 2009 17:28:42 -0500

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Florida to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds beginning on May 17, 2009, and continuing.

Federal Aid Programs For Florida Disaster Recovery
Wed, 27 May 2009 17:39:54 -0500

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for Florida.

Florida Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds
Wed, 27 May 2009 16:56:48 -0500

Major Disaster Declaration number 1840 declared on May 27, 2009.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the beginning of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season upon us, hurricane prone states across the country are doing their part to help prepare their citizens and communities. From sales tax holidays on hurricane and emergency preparedness equipment in Virginia and Louisiana, to a major hurricane exercise in Florida, states are taking actions to ensure that citizens and the emergency response community are prepared for the 2009 hurricane season.

FEMA Public Assistance Funds Awarded To Jefferson County Drainage District
Wed, 27 May 2009 13:45:30 -0500

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1 million to Jefferson County Drainage District No. 6 to repair cranes damaged in Hurricane Ike's storm surge.

North Dakota Disaster Recovery Centers Hours Change
Wed, 27 May 2009 14:05:10 -0500

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota Disaster Recovery Centers will be closing one hour earlier on Monday - Saturday, effective Thursday, May 28. The new operational hours will be 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., local time and closed on Sundays.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Just for Fun


Register Now For Disaster Assistance

Tue, 26 May 2009 08:06:36 -0500

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia residents and business owners in Mingo and Wyoming Counties who suffered property damage or losses from the severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides that began on May 3 may register for disaster assistance.

Preparing Mentally for Deployments

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - The Military Health System Blog
Posted by: Guest Blogger

Today we hear from USPHS Cmdr. Guy Mahoney.

One of the hardest things about deployment is being separated from your family and friends. During deployment, we often think about our loved ones and their welfare, and, when problems arise at home, it can become especially distressful for us. At times we feel powerless because we are not physically there to help.

As a clinician, I know these home-front difficulties often negatively impact mission performance and our own health. So what can we do to head off these problems? Put simply, I’ve learned that the more we prepare for difficulties before deployment, the better we cope once we’re apart. I recommend taking these few steps before you deploy.

1. Have your contact information and your family’s contact information updated regularly.

Maintaining contact is essential when you are apart. Keep a running list of things you want to discuss, remembering to share the good things, too. Additional opportunities for communicating might crop up unexpectedly. This way you’ll be prepared.

2. Accomplish as much as you can together before the deployment.

Taking care of standing issues or setting plans in motion that will resolve such issues well before your deployment will ease everyone’s mind and allow you to maintain some control. For example, use the pre-deployment period to have family discussions about legal concerns or medical issues; create budget and financial plans; and think realistically about housing, utilities, transportation, school, and childcare needs.

3. Create a list of local community and base resources.

Especially for those situations you can not anticipate, it is vital that your family can quickly and easily find assistance in their local communities and through support organizations. Good planning and networking here will lessen the edge on home problems when they arise (and they will!).

4. Actively prepare for your family’s and your own deployment stress

You and your family should resolve to stay positive and flexible before, during, and after deployment. Communication by phone or by text should be regular. Keep connected within your social circles, and identify “personal sanctuaries” where you and your family can refresh yourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Make sure everyone is balancing sleep, rest, play, diet and exercise. Encourage seeking assistance when it is needed.

5. Have a trusted family member or friend who’ll check in with your family from time to time.

One of the most important things you can do is to identify a resourceful family member or trusted friend (or a few of them) who will check in with your family from time to time.

These are some easy and practical steps to take to help you with deployment. Preparation and planning together with your loved ones will go a long way in lessening the impact of any issues should they arise.

The President of USA

I am proud to announce my nominee for the next Justice of the United States Supreme Court: Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

This decision affects us all -- and so it must involve us all. I've recorded a special message to personally introduce Judge Sotomayor and explain why I'm so confident she will make an excellent Justice.

Please watch the video, and then pass this note on to friends and family to include them in this historic moment.

Watch a special message from the President

Judge Sotomayor has lived the America Dream. Born and raised in a South Bronx housing project, she distinguished herself in academia and then as a hard-charging New York District Attorney.

Judge Sotomayor has gone on to earn bipartisan acclaim as one of America's finest legal minds. As a Supreme Court Justice, she would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any Justice in 100 years. Judge Sotomayor would show fidelity to our Constitution and draw on a common-sense understanding of how the law affects our day-to-day lives.

A nomination for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land is one of the most important decisions a President can make. And the discussions that follow will be among the most important we have as a nation. You can begin the conversation today by watching this special message and then passing it on:

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Wikipedia on Sotomayor

Nomination to the Supreme Court

Sotomayor had been regarded as a potential Supreme Court nominee by several Presidents, both Republican and Democratic.[7][27] In July 2005, a number of Senate Democrats suggested Sotomayor, among others, to President George W. Bush as a nominee acceptable to them to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The suggestion was criticized by John Lott and Sonia D. Jones on the conservative blog National Review Online as being in bad faith, because, they argued, it reflected insufficient effort on the part of the Democrats to suggest conservative nominees acceptable to Bush. Lott and Jones noted that Sotomayor was rated only "moderate" or "neutral," rather than "conservative," in a survey by the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary of courtroom lawyers regarding the political views of the judges they encounter in their litigation.[28] John G. Roberts was nominated for the seat initially, but instead was nominated and later confirmed as Chief Justice following the death of William H. Rehnquist. The seat was eventually filled by Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Third Circuit.

Since Barack Obama's election, there had been speculation that Sotomayor could be a leading candidate for the Supreme Court seat of Justice David Souter, or for any opening on the Court during President Obama's term.[7][8][9][27][29][30][31][32][33] On April 9, 2009, New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a joint letter to President Obama urging him to appoint Sotomayor, or alternatively Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, to the Supreme Court if a vacancy should arise on the Court during his term.[34] On April 30, 2009 David Souter's retirement plans were leaked to the media, and Sonia Sotomayor received early attention as a possible nominee for the seat to be vacated in June 2009.[33] On May 13, 2009, the Associated Press reported that President Obama was considering Sotomayor, among others, for possible appointment to the United States Supreme Court.[35] If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the Supreme Court's first ever female [[Hispanic and Latino Americans|Hispanic] (Benjamin N. Cardozo being the first ever Hispanic on the bench). .[34][36][37][38] On May 26, 2009, ABC, CBS, NBC and all other major news outlets reported that President Obama has nominated Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next United States Supreme Court Justice. [39] President Obama will be live on TV to make the official announcement at 10:15am EST.

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CNN Breaking News

President Obama to nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, sources tell CNN.

Hawaii Memorial

Fallen servicemembers from a unit in Hawaii were memorialized May 21 with a granite monument at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu.

Boating Safety Tips

Following these boating safety tips can keep a fun summer outing from turning into a tragedy. Visit U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division.

Monday, May 25, 2009

USS Lake Champlain Rescues More Than 50 Mariners in Distress

Story Number: NNS090525-04
Release Date: 5/25/2009 8:23:00 AM

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- The San Diego based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) responded to a vessel in distress in the Gulf of Aden May 23, rescuing 52 men women and children who had been adrift in a small skiff for approximately seven days.

The crew of Lake Champlain's embarked SH-60B helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 45 detachment Four, conducting a routine flight in the Gulf of Aden, spotted the skiff and upon seeing the mariners in distress, notified Lake Champlain. The ship, operating approximately 30 miles away, proceeded at maximum speed to assist the skiff.

Upon arrival, Lake Champlain's crew assessed the situation and began providing medical care to the mariners in distress. Seventeen personnel were immediately transferred to Lake Champlain and treated for severe dehydration and other critical medical issues. The remainder of the personnel initially remained aboard the skiff and were provided with food and water until they were later brought aboard Lake Champlain.

"U.S. Naval forces have a longstanding tradition of helping mariners in distress," said Capt. Kevin P. Campbell, Lake Champlain's commanding officer. "It's fortunate that our helicopter was flying over the right place at the right time. I'm glad we were able to be of assistance and rescue these men, women and children. Our Chief Hospital Corpsman stated that had we not found them at the time we did, the pregnant woman (who was in her third trimester) may not have survived."

The skiff experienced engine problems, due to a bad fuel mixture, leaving it unable to operate at sea. A determination regarding the final disposition of the 52 personnel has not yet been made.

"We were very fortunate to have come across these people in the state they were in," said the ship's Chaplain, Lt.j.g. Jarrod Johnson. "Seeing their condition really makes your heart go out to them. You can see the relief and hope in their eyes, and hear it in their conversation."

Lake Champlain, deployed as part of the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, is operating as part of the Commander Task force (CTF) 51 and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to conduct maritime security operations (MSO). MSO helps develop security in the maritime environment. From security arises stability that results in global economic prosperity. MSO complements the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, visit

Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept G.I. Mail

At New York Times By LARRY ROHTER

“It has been a long time since any of us boys have seen a woman, so we are writing to you in hopes that you’ll help us out of our situation,” Cpl. Frank J. Gizych lamented in a letter posted from the fog-shrouded Aleutian Islands. “Since we know that it’s impossible to see a woman in the flesh, we would appreciate it very much if you could send us a photo of yourself.”

It was July 1944, and America was at war. From bases and battlefields in Europe and on Pacific islands, soldiers, sailors and airmen were sending streams of letters to their favorite actresses in Hollywood, asking for pinup photos and commenting on life on the front lines.

Almost all of that mail, which studios usually answered with a glossy shot showing the star in a saucy pose, has been lost. But the actress Donna Reed, later famous for her roles as Mary Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the middle-class housewife Donna Stone on “The Donna Reed Show” and who won an Oscar for “From Here to Eternity,” saved some of the correspondence. After nearly 65 years in a shoebox inside an old trunk long stored in the garage of her home in Beverly Hills, Calif., the letters have at last been read and made public by the actress’s children. Ms. Reed died in 1986 at age 64.

“Mom never mentioned them,” said Mary Owen, 52, the youngest of the four. She added, “I had no idea she was such an important symbol to these guys.”

The United States military encouraged the pinup phenomenon as a way to maintain the morale of soldiers far from home. Most of the leading pinups were established stars known for their sex appeal, in particular Betty Grable, blond hair piled high, poured into a swimsuit and photographed from behind, her face turned toward the camera with a smile. There were others: images of Rita Hayworth, Ann Sheridan, Hedy Lamarr and Dorothy Lamour also adorned lockers, barracks walls and the noses of military aircraft.


"O bode e a cabra" by Rita Lee


CinC Addresses USNA Grads

In his first address to military graduates, Commander in Chief Barack Obama told members of the Naval Academy's Class of 2009 May 22 they have embraced the virtues the country needs the most right now.

Citizen Corps News: Upcoming Events of Interest for Citizen Corps Councils & Partners

  • Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24-30, 2009
  • Home and National Safety Months: June 2009
  • Lightning Safety Week: June 21-27, 2009

Citizen Corps supports weekly and monthly outreach themes which encourage and promote civic engagement, public safety, preparedness, resilience, and volunteerism. The outreach themes are intended to be used as an opportunity to jumpstart work with additional Citizen Corps partners and affiliates on promoting awareness, planning events, and media outreach to strengthen community preparedness at the state and local level. Local Citizen Corps Councils and partners may contact local representatives from the organizations below to learn how the community can benefit from involvement, reach out to citizens about participation, and involve the local media in distributing information on these events. These events will help raise awareness for local Citizen Corps activities and ultimately increase community preparedness, training, and volunteer participation.

The following are the upcoming events for the end of May and June…

Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 24-30, 2009): Hurricane Preparedness Week can be utilized by local and state Citizen Corps Councils and partners to educate, train, and prepare the public prior to the official start of Hurricane Season on June 1st. The following NOAA and FEMA Hurricane Preparedness websites were created to inform the public about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take protective action. This information can be used to save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water. Visit and for more information and resources.

Home Safety Month (June 2009): Each year during June, the Home Safety Council, a National Citizen Corps Affiliate, works to educate and motivate families to take actions that will increase the safety of their homes. This year’s Home Safety Month campaign theme – Hands on Home Safety – asks the public to take some simple steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury – falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation and drowning. Visit the following website to obtain information and resources that Citizen Corps Councils and partners can share with community members to encourage them to take a hands-on approach to making their homes safer:

National Safety Month (June 2009): Every year the National Safety Council, a National Citizen Corps Affiliate, promotes National Safety Month, an initiative that focuses on heightening awareness of important safety issues. The National Safety Council asks employers to help prevent work place injuries and individuals to protect their loved ones from injury. Visit the National Safety Month website to learn about opportunities for Citizen Corps Councils to become National Safety Month Sponsors or to become Safety Ambassadors. Additionally, the site offers resources, in both Spanish and English, to support each of their June 2009 weekly themes. Visit to learn more.

Lightning Safety Week (June 21-27, 2009): Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. In the U.S., an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning; hundreds of others are injured. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a National Citizen Corps Affiliate, has recently posted new resources that Citizen Corps Councils and partners can use to increase lightning safety awareness, such as a brochure titled ‘Lightning Safety for You and Your Family’ and a lightning safety quiz for kids with Leon the Lightning Lion. Visit the NOAA Lightning Safety webpage at for more details.

A complete list of weekly and monthly outreach themes for 2009 is available on the Citizen Corps website at


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