Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Military matters: Two more Fort Riley soldiers killed

June 14, 2007

Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:

Fort Leavenworth

(AP) Advocate alleges anti-Semitism at Leavenworth: The founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is threatening a lawsuit against the U.S. military over what he says are anti-Semitic materials on a Fort Leavenworth Web site. Three Bible study lessons on the post chaplain's Web site pushed Christianity and blamed Jews for acts of terrorism, including the crucifixion of Jesus and the persecution of other early Christian leaders, said Michael Weinstein. His foundation calls itself a watchdog group for expanding religious freedom in the U.S. military. Weinstein said the materials, which were removed after he and others complained, were an example of a larger problem. He said a lawsuit is necessary to stop "widespread" violations of religious freedom in the military. "It is all over the U.S. military," Weinstein said. "We are going to have to do this, because letter writing and phone calls aren't enough."

(NewsBlaze.com) Two Generations Serving in Iraq: Lt. Col. David Wood, currently attached to Multi-National Forces-Iraq, recently participated in the promotion ceremony of his daughter, Spc. Jenna Wood. Spc. Wood was promoted in a ceremony on June 2 at Forward Operating Base Anaconda, outside Balad, Iraq. "Being present to pin Specialist rank on my daughter was one of the highlights of my tour," said Lt. Col. Wood. "I'm proud of Jenna on this occasion, but I'm even more proud of who she is and that the patriotism that led her to enlist and serve her country is such an essential part of her character." Lt. Col. Wood is a United States Army Reserve officer assigned as the Executive Officer of the 5th Detachment, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Detachment, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Officer graduation scheduled: Graduation ceremonies for 763 officers from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth is set for 9 a.m. Friday on the Main Parade or Bell Hall in case of inclement weather. The speaker will be Gen. George W. Casey, the Army chief of staff.

Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division

(AP) Two Fort Riley soldiers killed in Iraq: Pentagon officials say two soldiers from Fort Riley's First Infantry Division were killed in Iraq. They are identified as PFC Cameron Payne, of Corona, California, and Private William Johnson, of Oxford, North Carolina. Both were 22 years old and were on their first deployments to Iraq. Payne was killed Monday when a bomb exploded near his vehicle while on patrol in Baghdad. He was with the Second Battalion, 16th Infantry. Johnson died yesterday of wounds from a bomb in Baghdad. He was assigned to the First Squadron, Fourth Cavalry Regiment. A total of 106 Fort Riley soldiers have been killed in Iraq.

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