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Official English' amendment passes Senate committee


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Ben Fenwick
An amendment that would require Oklahoma to conduct all official business in the English language passed a state Senate committee Wednesday and will go to the House for approval, according to the lawm...
 
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Inhofe visits Oklahoma troops in Iraq


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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe returned Tuesday from Iraq after visiting Oklahoma National Guard troops deployed there, according to a release from his office.   State Adjutant Harry M. Wyatt III acc...
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Planting perennials gets gardeners most boom for buck


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Ben Fenwick
Landscaping during an economic downturn often means firing the help and bending one's own back. But you don't have to go it alone, according to Tommy Precure, manager of Precure Nursery & Garden C...
 
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Army's howitzer plan creates defense jobs in Elgin


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Ben Fenwick
This year, an $11 billion cannon was supposed to roll off an assembly line in Elgin, the beginning of a new era for the indirect-fire weapon known as a howitzer. Called the "Crusader," the vehicle ha...
 
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Oklahoma soldiers charged with guarding Iraq's largest detainee facility


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CAMP BUCCA, IRAQ " When Steven Turner, 24, of Stillwater, got to Iraq, he wanted to kill as many Iraqis as possible. He wanted to kill them for his high school buddy back in Indiana, Marine Lance Tho...
 
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Oklahoma's National Guard soldiers cope with new mission


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CAMP BUCCA, IRAQ " Over and over last summer, members of Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Brigade, the Thunderbirds, sweated, trained and drilled the basics of what they expected their mission in Iraq to be: ...
 
Thursday, March 6, 2008

Government-issued badges like status symbol in Baghdad


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BAGHDAD " Badges " multicolored, coded and biologically linked to the person to whom they are issued " are carried by virtually everyone in Baghdad's International Zone, or "Green Zone." The badges ma...
 
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Coburn criticizes Bush administration's lack of military vision


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BAGHDAD " Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, strode through the great dome of Saddam Hussein's Baghdad palace " now the temporary United States Embassy " with an air about him like he does it every...
 
Thursday, February 21, 2008

45th infantry faces menace in Baghdad missions


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BAGHDAD " A recent explosion did not kill or injure any of Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Brigade, the Thunderbirds, but instead underscored the nature of the menace that lies outside the U.S. Embassy Annex...
 
Thursday, February 14, 2008

Oklahoma's female soldiers face restrictive world in Iraq


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CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT " When University of Oklahoma architecture student Jennifer Arends hits the ground imminently in Iraq, her 5-foot-4-inch frame will bear the uniform of a U.S. Army solider, truss...
 
Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thunderbirds cautiously optimistic of cease-fire in Iraq


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CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT " As many as half or more of the members of Oklahoma's National Guard " the 45th Infantry Brigade, or Thunderbirds " have deployed overseas. Detainee operations, "Green Zone" se...
 
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jan. 26, 2008


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The Great Meal-Ready-To-Eat; En route to Kuwait I'm not completely alone in this, but MREs -- Meals Ready to Eat --are really not that bad. There are a variety of entrees available, giving the option...
 
Monday, January 28, 2008

Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Brigade heads to Baghdad


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As advance elements of the Oklahoma National Guard land in Kuwait this week, their mission will be to hand off Baghdad's International Zone to full Iraqi control, said Brig. Gen. Myles Deering, comman...
 
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jan. 22, 2008


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Without a shot; Camp McGregor, NM   The "cha-chink!" of a pistol bolt being drawn and released is distinctive. It's often used with menace in many a scene of a movie thriller. The bad guy is ab...
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jan. 19, 2008


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Camp MacGregor, near El Paso, Texas, 12:30 p.m. This training camp is associated with Fort Bliss, but not part of it. It is the barest of places, windswept, dusty and cold. Humvees patrol the perimet...
 
Sunday, January 20, 2008
 
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