Friday, July 31, 2009
[first posted to http://jmr.janes.com - 30 July 2009]
Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:08:49 -0500
Major Disaster Declaration number 1853 declared on Jul 31, 2009
Federal Aid Programs for Nebraska Disaster Recovery
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:16:51 -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 Nebraska.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
President Declares Major Disaster For Maine
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:04:53 -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 Maine to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of June 18 to July 8, 2009.
Federal Aid Programs For Maine Disaster Recovery
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:17:42 -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 Maine.
Maine Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:28:38 -0500
Major Disaster Declaration number 1852 declared on Jul 30, 2009
FEMA Urges Caution For Those Returning Home After Wildfires
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:32:18 -0500
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges residents and business owners to take extra precautions when returning after wildfire-caused evacuations. Dennis Hunsinger, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington warns that unseen dangers may linger long after the flames die down.
More Than $8.6 Million In Federal Disaster Aid Flows To Volusia County
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:08:02 -0500
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Although the deadline for individuals and business owners in Volusia County to register for disaster assistance has passed, the federal government continues allocating funds to help survivors recover from the severe late-May storms, flooding, tornadoes and straight line winds.
FEMA Staffers In Jackson Helping Area Food Banks
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:10:22 -0500
BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency employees at its Area Field Office in Jackson are pitching in to help two food banks replenish their shelves.
Bridge City Isd Awarded $4 Million FEMA Grant To Replace Hatton Elementary School
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:28:27 -0500
TEXAS CITY, Texas - Hurricane Ike's estimated 13.5-foot storm surge in Orange County, Texas, caused extensive damage throughout the county, including the Bridge City area. Now, a nearly $4.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help the Bridge City Independent School District replace the severely damaged Hatton Elementary School.
FEMA Obligates $27 Million In Grants For Hurricane Ike Debris Cleanup And Protective Measures
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:03:43 -0500
TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The state of Texas and the city of Houston will receive more than $10.7 million in federal grants to recoup their costs for measures to protect lives and property during Hurricane Ike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Monday. Hardin and Galveston counties also were awarded FEMA grants totaling more than $16.7 million for debris cleanup.
Thought his short life he received the following medals and commendations: Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
His Medal of Honor citation:
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
For service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service".
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
[first posted to http://jmr.janes.com - 28 July 2009]
FEMA Authorizes Funds To Help WA State Fight Union Valley Fire
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:07:55 -0500
SEATTLE, Wash. --The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today authorized the use of federal funds to help Washington State fight the Union Valley Fire burning in Chelan County.
When Wildfires Rage: Prepare, Stay Informed And Evacuate If Directed
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:00:03 -0500
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Sustained record-breaking temperatures have raised wildfire hazards throughout the Pacific Northwest. With wildfires burning in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger encourages at-risk residents to prepare for the worst, stay informed on local conditions and evacuate if instructed to by fire or emergency management officials.
American Forces Press Service
"A bipartisan cross section of distinguished Americans has called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and has done so for a period of years," Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department's general counsel, said before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The president imposed a deadline on us for closing Guantanamo Bay, and we remain committed to meeting that deadline, and we're confident we'll get the job done."
Two interagency task forces made up of personnel from the Defense, State, Justice and Homeland Security departments have been reviewing dispositions of detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay and the general detention policy there to determine the best practices for prosecuting the detainees in civilian court.
For the past six months, "these task forces have worked diligently" to collect the necessary information for a comprehensive review of the U.S. detention policy and the status of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Johnson said. The interagency group assigned to reviewing the cases has made recommendations to approve the transfer of more than 50 detainees to other countries.
Reform also has taken place to amend policies within the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Johnson said. Johnson said Obama's administration feels the Senate has identified the issues needed for reform, and that officials are working side by side with Congress to make further changes.
"The Department of Justice and Defense Department were happy that the language was amended to more closely reflect the Classified Information Procedures Act, so that classified information in military commissions prosecution is treated in a manner [and] in a way in which it's treated in federal civilian courts," Johnson said.
The new policy under the National Defense Authorization Act proposes changes that ban in-court use of statements obtained by cruel interrogation methods, which Johnson said will go a long way to enhance the nation's national security and the credibility of military commissions.
Johnson added that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently announced five changes to the rules for military commissions that will also go a long way toward improving the process. The rule changes follow the Defense Authorization Act and provide detainees greater latitude in choice of counsel, afford basic protection for defendants who refuse to testify, reform the use of hearsay by putting the burden on the party trying to use the statement, and make clear that military judges may determine their own jurisdiction.
Johnson said he and his colleagues are more than pleased with the amendments made by Congress.
"It is our basic view that the [National Defense Authorization Act] identifies virtually all of the elements we believe are important to further improve the military commissions process," he said in his written testimony. "We are confident that through close cooperation between the administration and the Congress, reformed military commissions can emerge from this effort as a fully legitimate forum -- one that allows for the safety and security of participants [and] for the presentation of evidence gathered from the battlefield that cannot always be effectively presented [in civilian courts]."
Johnson also addressed the issue of Guantanamo detainees who cannot be prosecuted in civilian courts but still pose a threat to U.S. national security. Detention of enemy forces captured on the battlefield during war is "an accepted practice under the law of war, to ensure that they not return to the fight," he said.
For this category of people, a thorough process of periodic review must be carefully evaluated and justified, he said, echoing Obama's May 21 address at the National Archives here.
"This president believes that, if any detention of this sort proves necessary, the authority to detain must be rooted firmly in authorization granted by Congress," he said.
Biographies: Jeh C. Johnson
Related Articles: Top Defense Lawyer Calls for Military Commissions Reform / Guantanamo Bay Closure 'On Track,' Pentagon Lawyer Says
- 2009 Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review (QRM) Report
- All Hands Manual 2009
- China - The Olympics countdown – broken promises
- Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
- Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
- DTM 09-009
- Economic Report of the President Economic Report of the President February 11, 2008
- Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
- Iraq Study Group Report
- Landmine Casualty Data: Best Practices Guidebook
- National Strategy for Combating Terrorism
- NAVADMIN 006/09
- NAVADMIN 007/09
- NAVADMIN 219/11
- NAVADMIN 219/11
- NAVADMIN 246/10
- USCG Posture Statement
- USCG Strategy
- Zionism Today is the Real Enemy of the Jews
Pictures from Santiago Trip
- ► 2011 (119)
- ► 2010 (1607)
- Sea Power
- US Navy yet to decide on new SSBN design
- Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
- FEMA advisory for Nebraska
- Today's Top News - 07.31
- FLOTUS at Norfolk
- GEN Petraeus Honors Marines II
- GI Bill Questions - 07.31
- GEN Casey at Fort Jackson
- GEN Petraeus Honors Marines
- Yokosuka Education Benefits
- Naples Public Health Evaluation
- Environmental Management System
- Combat Training Pool Dedication
- Gen. Petraeus USS Bainbridge Visit
- Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2009
- Artificial Eye
- ADM Stavridis in Kosovo
- Pacific Missile Intercept
- GEN McChystal Meets German Troops
- CJCS Podcast 29 JUL 09
- Grandola, Vila Morena
- Five for Fighting: Superman (It'S Not Easy)
- Today's Top News - 07.30
- FEMA advisory for Maine
- New Fort Belvoir Hospital
- Taliban Code of Conduct
- Social Networking in Afghanistan
- FEMA advisory 07.30
- Army Secretary Hearings
- Souda Bay Suicide Intervention Training
- Individual Augmentees Contribution Awareness
- USS Gettysburg Returns To Mayport
- Pacific Partnership 2009
- FEMA advisory for Texas City, Texas
- Ex-Salem Museum Ship Inspection
- Headlines For Thursday, July 30, 2009
- Haitian Shipwreck
- USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) Will Be Christened on A...
- F35-C, Carrier Variant (CV)
- F35-C Unveiled
- Aviators Fly Home
- Gates Meets with Kurds
- Brazil releases more details of SMK bomb kit
- Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat: Lucky
- Today's Top News - 07.29
- FEMA advisory 07.29
- Troop Stress
- Quality Recruits
- Official Underscores Commitment to Close Detention...
- Navy Celebrates Diversity
- USS Harry S. Truman Family Day Cruise
- Life After The Military Seminar
- 2009 Sergeant Major Symposium
- Exercise Talisman Saber 2009
- Headlines for Wednesday, July 29, 2009
- Green Day: Wake Me Up When September Ends
- Closing time - Colonel Lawrence Morris, chief pros...
- Navy Christens New Guided Missile Destroyer Jason ...
- Today's Top News - 07.28
- Gen Renuart on Capitol Hill
- Military Ordered To Find $60 Billion in Savings Ov...
- Senate Judiciary Approves Sotomayor Nomination
- ADM Keating on PACOM Strategy
- In 13 to 6 Vote, Senate Panel Endorses Sotomayor
- Gates in Iraq
- FEMA advisory 07.28
- GI Bill Questions
- Afghanistan Death Toll Policy
- Seabees Help In Tonga
- Sasebo Navy Divers
- Bahrain Water Basketball
- USS George Washington Surface Training Team
- Rifle Marksmanship Competition
- Headlines For Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- U.S. and Libya Relations
- Army Anti-Terrorism Plan
- GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
- Gates in Middle East
- NAVY - Power in Motion
- Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams
- Today's Top News (07.27)
- Gates In Jordan
- Army Modernization
- FEMA advisory 07.27
- GI Bill
- Morale Survey
- Obama on China Partnership
- License Plates for Vets
- WWII Veteran Returns To Sasebo
- USS Harry S. Truman Missile Exercise
- USS George Washington In Talisman Saber
- U.S. Fleet Forces Change Of Command
- Souda Bay Pie In The Face
- Headlines For Monday, July 27, 2009
- Terrorism Prevention Exercise
- Gates Visits Israel
- Iraq Bombing
- Grow The Army
- ▼ July (440)