This Week marks the passings of first female Air Force General Jeanne M. Holm, skier C. R. Johnson and actor Andrew Koenig. In addition, the Pentagon has released the names of twelve service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marine LCpl Joshua H Birchfield, 24, of Westville, IN
Marine Cpl Gregory S Stultz, 22, of Brazil, IN
Marine LCpl Adam D Peak, 25, of Florence, KY
Marine SSgt Christopher W Eckard, 30, of Hickory, NC
Army SSG Michael David P Cardenaz, 29, of Corona, CA
Marine LCpl Matthias N Hanson, 20, of Buffalo, KY
Marine LCpl Eric L Ward, 19, of Redmond, WA
Army PFC JR Salvacion, 27, of Ewa Beach, HI
Army CPT Marcus R Alford, 28, of Knoxville, TN
Army CWO Billie J Grinder, 25, of Gallatin, TN
Army Sgt Marcos Gorra, 22, of North Bergen, NJ
Army Cpl Daniel T O'Leary, 23, of Youngsville, NC
Per iCasualties, this brings the total number of allied soldiers killed in Iraq to 4,698; in Afghanistan, 1,667. During this same week, Iraq Body Count lists 69 Iraqi civilians killed. In addition, a story I haven't noted in most of the media, CSM reports that half (7 of 15) of the Afghanistan Taliban leadership was arrested this week in Pakistan--where we officially are not at war.