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Monday, October 29, 2007 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - In a six-hour battle in southern Afghanistan more than 50 Taliban fighters were killed or wounded. U.S.-led coalition forces raided a compound in the northeast suspected of housing Al Qaeda facilitators, killing several militants on Sunday. "More than 50 enemies were killed or wounded" and 13 others detained during the operation, said Afghanistan's Defense Ministry. Learn More.
Saturday, October 27, 2007 KABUL, Afghanistan U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 80 Taliban fighters during a six-hour battle outside a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan on Saturday.  The coalition reported that four bombs were dropped on a trench line filled with Taliban fighters, which resulted in most of the deaths.  Learn More .

050628-N-0000X-002This Monday, October 22, 2007, President Bush on behalf of the Nation publicly honored fallen Navy SEAL Mike Murphy by presenting his grieving parents with the Medal of Honor - and privately honored their sacrifice by wearing a dog tag they'd given him moments before.

"He took his deployment personally. He was going after, and his team was going after, the men who planned, plotted against and attacked not only the United States, but the city he loved, New York," said his father. "He knew what he was fighting for." It is because of the character of men like Lt. Mike Murphy that our children live in safety and  businesses prosper in a stable environment.  And it is darn well time that we all (businesses included) start standing up like real men and real women for our neighbors like Mike Murphy who stand up for all of us.
GoldStarSupport Our Troops® is pleased to announce that NBA Coach Brian Hill has joined its Heroes Board- October 11, 2006:  NBA Coach Brian Hill graduated from Kennedy College, Nebraska, in 1969 with a bachelor's in physical education. He was a three-year starter on the basketball team and lettered in track. Since 1996, Brian Hill's family has been active in fundraising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The family's efforts have raised $3 million to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. They were awarded the "Breath of Life" award in 1993 from The National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2006 the Hill family was honored with the Jefferson Award for Public Service.   Hill's extensive coaching resume spans over 35 years. Hill's coaching career includes high school and fourteen years at the collegiate level. He began as an assistant at Montclair State in 1972, and held assistant coaching positions at Lehigh University and Penn State. He was the head coach at Lehigh for eight seasons. His NBA career began in 1986, serving as an assistant to Mike Fratello in Atlanta for four seasons with the Hawks. Coach Hill joined the Orlando Magic as an assistant to Matt Guokas in 1990, and was promoted to head coach on June 30, 1993. He served as head coach of the Magic from 1993-1997 and is the most successful coach in franchise history, posting a record of 191-104 (.647) during that span. Coach Hill led the Magic to a 60-22 (.732) mark in 1995-1996, a franchise record that still stands. He also led the Magic to their second consecutive Atlantic Division crown and guided the team to the Eastern Conference Finals, before losing to the eventual NBA Champion Chicago Bulls. The Vancouver Grizzlies named him head coach prior to the 1997-1998 season. As the third head coach in franchise history, he took over a team that had won just fourteen games in 1996-1997. The Grizzlies improved by five games under the first year of Hill's leadership. His career with the Grizzlies ended 22 games into the 1999-2000 season. During the 2000-01 season. Coach Hill served as the co-host of "NBA Match-Up" on ESPN. Hill spent two seasons, 2001-2003, as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets. From January 2004 to roughly May 2005 he served as an assistant on the New Jersey Nets coaching staff. Brian Hill returned as head coach of the Magic on May 24, 2005, and during the 2005-2006 season led them to a 36-46 record. He guided the Magic to a 16-6 finish, the best in franchise history, including an eight-game winning streak (March 31-April 15, third-longest in team history) and a 12-game home winning streak (March 10-April 15, fourth-longest in team history). Coach Hill left the Orlando Magic in mid-2007 and is now settling on his next coaching pursuit.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007 KABUL, Afghanistan - 24 Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with U.S. Forces in Southern Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters attacked Afghan and coalition troops with rockets and gunfire Monday in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province, sparking a four-hour battle, a coalition statement said.  Learn More.

id-remarks-3-29-07A Tall Moral Obligation.

Remarks at Bill signing, Governor's office, Boise, Idaho, March 29, 2007. I am Martin Boire, chairman of Support Our Troops® A question: A neighbor leaves his family to go off and protect your family. Morally, what do you think you should for his family? For her family?
The thing is, everyone in this room already knows the answer. Witness your presence here and the nature of this gathering. IdahoThe Support Our Troops license plate This license plate enables people to publicly state support for their troops and families, and to aggregate patriotic private money to bolster the families of their neighbors who are sacrificing to protect all of us. Education, car repairs, medical, home needs, emergencies, and the like -- the kinds of things that dad or mom could do if they were home. The Support Our Troops license plate is our gift to those who are serving, and those yet to serve. Those who preserve our liberties, livelihoods, and businesses --- and have families at home while they do. Our message is simple: They Support Us Let's Support Them! This is a tall moral obligation -- looking out for the families of those who are looking out for ours. Thank you Roy Eiguren for shepherding this plate through the Idaho Legislature. Thank you Sen. Lee Heinrich (R), Rep. Mary Shepherd (D), and Rep. Bob Nanoni (R) for sponsoring the legislation. Truly great civilians. And God Bless all of our amazing troops and their wonderful families.