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By Greg Boghossian | February 5, 2009
Since 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been an integral part of reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and has successfully completed design and construction of countless projects. Having experience and background in construction and project/program management, I wanted to make a difference and contribute to the Iraqi reconstruction mission. I’ve just completed my second deployment to the region. I served in Afghanistan from September 2006 to April 2007 as a program/project manager with USACE’s Afghanistan Engineering District office in Kabul.
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March 10, 2005
He is 27 years old, stands fit and trim at 6'2'' and will return for a second tour of military duty in Iraq sometime this month. His name is Cpl. Michael T. Morton and he is a U.S. Marine. For me, the war in Iraq now has a face. I met Morton and members of his family last Saturday night during a surprise birthday party for his father, Marty Morton, who is director of Maintenance, Facilities and Operations for La Cañada Unified School District. The party in La Crescenta celebrated a dual purpose, as it was also a farewell send-off for Mike.
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December 22, 2005
Franz Phillip Hosp V, formerly of La Cañada and deployed since January of this year in Baghdad, Iraq, was recently awarded the Army Bronze Star Medal for exceptional meritorious service while serving as a Battalion Support Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom III. In April, 1st Lt. Hosp became executive officer for C Company, 1st Battalion 64th Armor Regiment stationed in Baghdad. On the morning of April 29, during a coalition forces combat patrol, 1st Lt. Hosp and his men came under attack from multiple vehicle born explosive devices.
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May 10, 2007
A former military police officer who served as an advisor to the Iraqi police was the guest speaker at the most recent meeting of the La Cañada Flintridge Republican Club at Beckham Grill in Pasadena Capt. Philip Carter, an attorney and writer in Los Angeles, where he practices government contracts, national security and international law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP told about his experiences as an advisor to the Iraqi police and about his view of the situation in that troubled part of the world.
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By Fereva Lawrence | September 16, 2004
Approximately 60 people, some of them grouped in families, gathered for a candlelight vigil last Thursday evening at La Cañada's Memorial Park. All came to mourn the 1,000 American troops dead in Iraq, which was announced by the media two days earlier, on Sept. 7. The vigil was led by Conchita Marusich, who organized the grassroots gathering with Ellen Young. "I was watching a collage on TV of these people who are just?gone," Marusich said. "There were just too many young faces.
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April 24, 2008
Letters to the Editor Philosophies of candidates unstated We have survived 15 months of presidential campaigning, and most of us are not looking forward to another seven months of the same. What has been said and what we have learned over the last 15 months could easily have been taken care of in 15 days. I seriously doubt that what has been presented has changed anybody’s mind about the candidates. The word “change” was tossed around a great deal, but we heard little about the candidates’ principles and philosophies forming the foundation for the changes.
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November 10, 2004
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK by CAROL CORMACI If all went according to plan, La Cañada subscribers to the Sun received their papers a day early this week, as the U.S. Post Office would not be delivering mail Thursday in observance of Veterans' Day. The local public schools are also closed as our nation says "thank you" to those who have served in our armed forces. As the daughter of a man who served and was very seriously injured in the European theater during World War II, I am keenly aware of the sacrifices our young men and women make on our behalf.
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 3, 2006
Raad Ommar, 56, a longtime La Crescenta resident, was a victim of kidnapping in Baghdad on July 31, according to published reports. Ommar is the chief executive officer of Iraqi American Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He moved back to Iraq in 2003 after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime. According to reports, gunmen wearing military uniforms and traveling in sport utility vehicles entered a Baghdad business in the afternoon. The initial target was thought to be a cell phone company.
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February 15, 2007
On Monday, Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) introduced H.R. 988, a bill that would name a Riverside post office the Lieutenant Todd Jason Bryant Post Office. Bryant, a product of the La Cañada public school system, was killed a little more than three years ago while on active duty in Iraq. His family lives in Riverside. "It is an honor to introduce this bill in memory of Lieutenant Todd Bryant," stated Rep. Calvert. "Todd was one of those rare individuals who distinguished himself at every stage of life.
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By Greg Boghossian | February 5, 2009
Since 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been an integral part of reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and has successfully completed design and construction of countless projects. Having experience and background in construction and project/program management, I wanted to make a difference and contribute to the Iraqi reconstruction mission. I’ve just completed my second deployment to the region. I served in Afghanistan from September 2006 to April 2007 as a program/project manager with USACE’s Afghanistan Engineering District office in Kabul.
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