April 4, 2007 No Comments
Royal Air Force’s 847th Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force
Maj. William D. Chesarek, Jr. has done something no other U.S. service member has done since WWII. On March 21 of this year, Maj. Chesarek was awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross, by Queen Elizabeth, for saving lives and in recognition for his bravery during combat operations in Iraq. Maj. Chesark was assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force’s 847th Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force in 2005 and was the pilot of the RAFâ€™s Lynx Mk7 helicopter.
On the evening of June 10, 2006, Chesarek was providing radio communication relay for British ground troops conducting a company-sized search operation near Amarah, Iraq. Listening to radio transmissions, he overheard that a vehicle involved in the operation had became disabled and a crowd of insurgents was firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the company.
According to his award citation, “Chesarek elected to fly low over the area in an attempt to distract the crowd and if possible, to engage the insurgents.” Because the crowd was so close to the ground troops, instead of engaging his machine gun, he “opted instead to provide bold, harassing, very low level flight over the area in an attempt to disperse the crowd.”
You can read Maj. Chesarek’s story in it’s entirety here.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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April 4, 2007 No Comments
What is safe food today, for humans and pets may be on the recall list tomorrow…
Amid growing concern about the 3,057 animals that have died as a result of being poisoned..
This wheat gluten may actually be in the food humans consume as well.
Delightful. Well it would be if we had all the facts.. but after digging and researching for hours, this is what I know..
Christie Keith, the San Francisco Chronicleâ€™s online pet-care columnist and an Pet Connection Contributing Editor has written a must read article.
What do we actually know?
What assurances do we have that the wheat gluten, purchased from Chinese Suppliers
Has not also contaminated human food?
horseass.org, quotes “Yes, it is food grade,â€ Del Monte spokesperson Melissa Murphy-Brown wrote in reply to an e-mail query.”
From the Boston Globe: According to import records, the wheat gluten was shipped to the United States from Nov. 3, 2006 to Jan. 23 of this year and contained “minimal labeling” to indicate whether it was intended for humans or animals. The vast majority went to pet food manufacturers and distributors, according to the FDA. But some of the processing plants that remain under FDA scrutiny make both human and pet food.
WASHINGTON — The Nevada firm that imported tainted wheat gluten that triggered a massive, nationwide recall of pet food said it shipped the product only to pet food manufacturers. ChemNutra Inc. of Las Vegas sent recall notices to four customers that purchased the product from it directly,
but asked other companies that received the wheat gluten indirectly to contact the company.
They issued a nation wide recall yesterday..
The FDA has issued an alert
“To date, we have nothing that indicates it’s gone into human food,” said Dorothy Miller , director of the FDA’s Office of Emergency Operations . “We have a bit more investigation to do.”
April 4, 2007 7 Comments