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September 8, 2005
A 32-year-old Halfway native working as a contractor performing high-risk diplomatic security in Basra, Iraq was killed Wednesday when a bomb destroyed a heavily armored vehicle in which he was riding.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 17, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - He was sure his mother would cry. And she did. She's going to faint, too, he said. She didn't, but when Smithsburg resident Sharon Steelman saw that her son had returned home from Iraq after eight months in central Baghdad, she said it was hard to breathe. "This is unbelievable," she said. "When I saw him ... Oh, my God. " Her son, 20-year-old U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Nathan Steelman, surprised her Wednesday at Martin's on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, where she works as a cake decorator.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | October 3, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. - Trepidation greeted Staff Sgt. Derek Brown when he stepped off a plane in Kuwait in February. "You get off the plane and you have no idea where you're at. You don't know if you're in a hostile environment. You're pretty scared at that point," Brown, 23, said Friday afternoon, two days after he landed on American soil after serving for more than seven months overseas. Brown is a vehicle operator with the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
August 31, 2010
FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) -- Hours before addressing the nation, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops just back from Iraq that his speech outlining the withdrawal of combat forces "is not going to be a victory lap" nor a cause for celebration. "There's still a lot of work that we've got to do to make sure that Iraq is an effective partner with us," Obama said on Tuesday of his decision to end the nation's combat mission in a war he once strongly opposed. "The main message I have tonight, and the main message I have to you, is congratulations on a job well done," Obama said.
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By William F. Jones | December 17, 2005
To the editor: Much has been said and written about the war in Iraq. President Bush has said that we went into Iraq because of the threat of weapons of mass destruction - oops, no WMD. Well, we went into Iraq to destroy the al Qaeda cells based there. Gosh, no al Qaeda until after we moved in? OK, we went into Iraq to bring them democracy. What a coincidence, President Bush and Vice President Chaney are oilmen and Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world.
NEWS
April 17, 2007
Pfc. Aaron M. Genevie, 22, of Chambersburg, Pa., died Monday in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. Read more in Wednesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 15, 2007
HAGERSTOWN Following his sermon Sunday, the Rev. Clark Carr hugged a parishioner as she walked out of Grace United Methodist Church. "Goodbye," he said. Quickly, she turned to him and said, "We aren't saying goodbye now. " It was not something the more than 200 people at the church Sunday were ready to say to their minister, who will soon be part of a Maryland Army National Guard deployment to Iraq. Carr, a member of the Guard for 21 years, will serve as chaplain of the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | March 16, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com CLEAR SPRING - U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Will Worthington Jr. carried a sonogram of his baby in a pouch when he went on missions. On Monday morning, Worthington's wife and parents learned that the 2003 Clear Spring High School graduate was injured in an apparent explosion while on patrol in Iraq. "He said he was walking down the street with his platoon ... and when he got beside the car is when they blew it up," Nelson Penwell Jr. said of his stepson.
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January 27, 2013
A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has announced his candidacy for mayor of Chambersburg. Darren Brown, 32, said he wants to review police operations to ensure the most efficient use of tax money, ensure transparency for government operations, and establish and strengthen partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Chambersburg's mayor oversees its borough police department. That position is just one of many that will appear on ballots in the May 21 primary election and Nov. 5 municipal election.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 15, 2012
Musselman High School senior Josh Ferguson volunteered to help with the school's Take a Veteran to School celebration Thursday not knowing he would meet a family relative - who served in World War II - for the first time. Charles L. Ferguson, 88, Ferguson's cousin four times removed, was among more than two dozen veterans and active duty soldiers honored at the event. Josh, 17, said he knew of his relative and his service in the military thanks to his grandmother, but had never met his great-grandfather's first cousin, who served in the Army and the Air Force.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 16, 2012
From finding ways to mitigate the devastating effects of improvised explosive devices in Iraq to training future Army officers on the homefront, former Hagerstown resident David Ramsey capped an illustrious military career when he retired earlier this month. The 56-year-old Ramsey said he retired as a colonel on Oct. 1 after 29 years of service. On Saturday, he was among eight people who were inducted into the Maryland Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Camp Fretterd near Reisterstown, Md. “I'm very humbled,” he said of receiving the honor.
OPINION
January 1, 2012
“Waynesboro caller, on the payroll tax cut: This will have to be paid back because payroll tax funds Medicare. Listen, Democrats ran the House since '07, Demo president and Senate until Republicans became the majority less than one year ago. President Obama and his men did nothing to create a budget. First thing Obama did was work on Obamacare instead of jobs. He cut Medicare by $500 billion. All his stimuluses have failed to get America ahead. We are further in debt and (have) higher unemployment.  Unions, enviromentalists profited, and Obama's gambling on 'green jobs' with our money and his campaign donors profited, like Solyndra.” - Hagerstown “On Nov. 9, our house on Sunnyside Drive caught on fire.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2011
Bill Dietrich describes himself as "a ski bum with a purpose. " On Friday night, the founder and executive director of Two Top Adaptive Sports Foundation said his goal was to raise a few thousand dollars for the disabled ski program he runs at Whitetail Ski Resort to provide equipment and instruction for wounded soldiers. His ammunition for the fledgling nonprofit foundation's fundraiser was an appearance by U.S. Army Maj. David Rozelle, an amputee who has returned to Iraq for two tours of duty since being wounded in 2003.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | December 24, 2010
Joe Beeman grew up on a cattle farm in Garrett County, Md. His family was Irish and firmly grounded in the Christian faith. Decembers were characterized by Christmas carols, evergreens strung with lights and ornaments, and family gathered around for satisfying home-cooked meals. Christmas time always was a big deal. Even as an adult, Beeman gathered with his five sisters for Christmas at his childhood home, a “big house full of people” where there was “always music going on.” So imagine the shock to his system when on Dec. 25, 2004, Beeman, now 33, of Hagerstown, found himself across the globe in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
NEWS
August 31, 2010
FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) -- Hours before addressing the nation, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops just back from Iraq that his speech outlining the withdrawal of combat forces "is not going to be a victory lap" nor a cause for celebration. "There's still a lot of work that we've got to do to make sure that Iraq is an effective partner with us," Obama said on Tuesday of his decision to end the nation's combat mission in a war he once strongly opposed. "The main message I have tonight, and the main message I have to you, is congratulations on a job well done," Obama said.
NEWS
August 2, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Monday that the Iraq war was nearing an end "as promised and on schedule," touting what he called a success of his administration though it comes amid persistent instability and uncertainty in Iraq. Obama cited progress toward meeting his deadline of withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of this month. A transitional force of 50,000 troops will remain to train Iraqi security forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and provide security for ongoing U.S. civilian efforts.
NEWS
May 10, 2010
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a textile factory Monday in a crowd that gathered after two cars bombings at the same spot in the worst of a series of attacks killing nearly 100 across Iraq, the deadliest day this year. The government blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for violence in Baghdad, saying the terror group is stepping up its attacks now to exploit political instability. More than two months after the March 7 elections, it is not clear who will control the next Iraqi government and the U.S. is planning to pull out half of its 92,000 troops over the next four months.
NEWS
April 20, 2010
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi and U.S. troops killed a regional leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in an early morning raid Tuesday, as security forces continue to put pressure on the terrorist organization following the reported deaths of its two top-ranking figures over the weekend, officials said. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed in a joint operation Sunday in what Vice President Joe Biden called a "potentially devastating blow" to al-Qaida in Iraq. The intelligence that led to the elusive leaders' desert safehouse about six miles (10 kilometers)
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