Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blue to Gold: ARMY Sgt 1st Class Ryan J Savard

ARMY Sgt 1st Class Ryan J Savard, twenty-nine, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, died October 13, in Khanabad District, Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, twenty-nine, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, died October 13, 2012, in Khanabad District, Afghanistan, from small arms fire while on patrol during combat operations.

According to WMUR in New Hampshire, Savard's family disclosed that he had been shot multiple times in the firefight and did not survive the medevac flight to a military medical facility.

The same news source also stated that Savard was a ten year veteran of the Army and was on his fourth combat tour. Savard's brother in law is escorting his body home.

Savard was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C.

Blue to Gold: ARMY Sgt. Thomas R Macpherson

ARMY Sgt. Thomas R Macpherson, twenty-six, of Long Beach, California, died October 12, in Andar District, Afghanistan.
 Sgt. Thomas MacPherson, twenty-six, was killed in a firefight Friday in the Ghanzni province of Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

MacPherson enlisted in the Army in 2007 after attending Los Alamitos High School. He was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan and had also been deployed to Iraq.

MacPherson leaves behind his wife and son, both living in Tacoma, Washington. 

Baumgartner Successful

Felix Baumgartner successfully completed his jump, from space, at an altitude of nearly 128,000 feet, more than twenty-four miles up.

It took two hours and twenty-one minutes for the balloon to get him to altitude.

During his journey he set the record for highest manned balloon flight, highest sky dive, and for becoming the first man to break the sound barrier without an airplane.

After jumping, he landed safely in the New Mexico desert, outside of Roswell.

With a bit of history justice, today was the sixty-fifth anniversary of Chuck Yeager's becoming the first man to break the sound barrier, in an aircraft.

The event set another record, with nearly seven million people watching it live, on youtube.

Turkey and Greece to Finally Define Aegean Sea Border

Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks that would finally set a border in the Aegean Sea.

The two countries have never set an official border, with both claiming almost all of the area.

Just this year alone, Turkey has complained about more than two hundred "violations" of their territory by Greek airplanes and water going vessels.

Talks over the border would settle disputes over many islands, economic zones, and fishing areas.

No date has yet been set for the meeting, which will take place between the prime ministers and foreign minsters of both countries.

Sources tell us that the two countries are very close to an agreement.

Israeli Retaliatory Attack Kills 3 Militants

A Salafist leader, in Gaza, was killed Saturday by an Israeli airstrike.

Hisham al-Saedni and two other Islamist militants were killed when Israel retaliated to a rocket attack.

Saedni headed the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a terrorist group, which carried out the attack on Israel.

No one in Israel was injured when the rocket exploded in a Netivot apartment complex courtyard.

Baumgartner Hoping to Jump Today

Felix Baumgartner is currently in the middle of his third attempt to become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound.

His first two attempts, last week, were both cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions, mainly high winds.

Today would actually be an extremely fitting day, as it is the sixty-fifth anniversary of Chuck Yeager becoming the first man to break the speed of sound, in an aircraft.

Takeoff occurred at 9:30am MDT, and ascent will take about three hours.

It will take him about ten minutes to land, after jumping from 120,000 feet, over the desert near Roswell, New Mexico.

Baumgartner, who has set many records over the years, plans on retiring after this jump.

Redbull is sponsoring the jump, and you can watch live:

President of Mauritania Shot, Leaves For France

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania was flown to Paris early Sunday.

The President underwent surgery, after being shot by a military patrol, Saturday night.

No word was given on what medical treatment he will be receiving in France.

Officially, the shooting is being ruled an accident, but initially it was reported that he had survived an assassination attempt and two military officers have been detained over the incident.

Some believe that the shooting was a successful coup, and that he left the country as part of an agreement to leave power.

Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf is running the country in the President's absence.

Sketch Released of Wyoming Suspect

The FBI has released this composite sketch of a man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a twelve year old girl, Monday, near Cody, Wyoming.

The man asked the girl for help, finding his lost dog, getting her to enter his vehicle, he took her to a secluded area. Hunters found her a few hours later, walking down a rural road. She was given medical treatment and then reunited with her family.

He is described as a white male, forty-five to sixty years old, weighing between 185 and 200 pounds. At the time of the attack he had short strawberry blond or white hair, with neatly trimmed facial hair, and was wearing brown glasses with blue accent stripes, a brown shirt, blue jeans, and a tan baseball cap. He was driving a white SUV, possibly a 2004-2005 Toyota SR-5 4-Runner.

Authorities are considering him armed and dangerous, though no word of a weapon was mentioned in the assault case. Anyone with information should call the Cody Police Department at 307-527-8700 or the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

Police were very clear that they do not believe the man is connected to the Jessica Ridgeway case, in Colorado.