Sunday, May 06, 2007

Fw:This Just In: Two News Stories of Interest

A couple of news items for you to check out...

Japanese Female Sumo Wrestler

There's an interesting article in East West Magazine about a female amateur Sumo Wrestler (rikishi) who wrestles for her company here in Japan.

Sinai Peacekeeper Plane Crashes
This story was of interest to me because I served in this unit for a year in 1994. I made many trips back and forth between the North Camp and South Camp, near Sharm al Sheikh. It was always an incredible flight that ended up over the Red Sea, with views that included four
countries (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia).

It's always sad when people die, but in the business we're in, it's an unfortunate fact of life. The MFO has been keeping the peace for almost 30 years now, and if I'm not mistaken, this is the first time anything like that has happened. There was the horrible Gander crash in 1985 that decimated a battalion of the 101st Airborne, but otherwise, it has been a generally casualty free mission. If you're the praying sort, please include the French and Canadian troops and their families.

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