August 26, 2009
I am unwilling to support more troops for this conflict without more clarity as to what outcomes are possible and expected. As difficult as the Iraq conflict has been, the situation in Afghanistan is much more complicated as a result of the inhospitable terrain, the history of the area, and the instability in northern portions and border regions of neighboring Pakistan. I have some major questions, including what the Obama administration visualizes as the desired outcome of an increased U.S. presence.
October 27, 2011
Two films dealing with war and politics in the tinderbox of the Middle East are coming to Newport-Mesa for one-night special screenings. The city of Costa Mesa on Friday night will host a screening of "Patrol Base Jaker" at the Triangle Square Cinemas. The documentary, directed by David Scantling, follows the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Battalion, 5th Marines — otherwise known as the "1/5" — during a 2009-10 deployment to Afghanistan. The group is the city's adopted military unit.
January 26, 2010
Between packets of hot chocolate and tubes of lip balm, sixth-graders from Temple Bat Yahm’s religious school tucked personal letters into care packages heading this week to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “I told them basic stuff, like where I live and what I like to do. I also tried to ask a lot of questions, too,” said 12-year-old Alex Roude, who attends school at Vista Verde Elementary. “I hope they write back,” Alex said. The students stuffed boxes of goodies for troops as part of the Newport Beach temple’s annual Mitzvah Day program.
October 24, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city will host a pre-screening Friday of a movie following Costa Mesa's adopted Marine battalion into the frontlines of the Afghanistan war. The movie, "Patrol Base Jaker," follows the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines into their tour in Afghanistan's Nawa district in 2009 and 2010. It will be shown at 7 p.m. at Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd. The film was named best documentary at the 2011 GI Film Festival and was dedicated to the 1/5's Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan, who received the Navy Cross and was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
October 16, 2001
While many people are on edge because of threats of terrorism and biological attack, UC Irvine will host a town hall meeting to discuss security issues, civil liberty concerns and ethnic relations in light of the terrorist attacks and the military action in Afghanistan. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in Social Sciences Lecture Hall 100. Panelists will include Stephen Steinhauser, assistant special agent in charge with the FBI; Dr. Maher Mathout, senior advisor, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Daniel Tokaji, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union; and George Jaramillo, assistant sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
September 10, 2011
Sue and William "Bill" Pollard last spoke to their son, U.S. Army Specialist Justin Pollard, on Christmas 2003. "We talked about how he was coming around to the tail end of his tour, and I asked him if he had any plans for when he got home, and if he thought that being in Iraq had been worthwhile," Sue Pollard said. "He said to me, 'I truly believe in the reason why we are here and that our being here is for the greater good. This is where I need to be.'" Five days later, he was killed by friendly fire in Iraq.
May 30, 2005
Lindsay Sandham Afghan-Americans from all over the country filled the gymnasium at Estancia High School this weekend for the 2nd annual Afghan Holiday Classic, a basketball tournament. This year 20 teams comprised of Afghani players -- along with four women's teams, two senior teams and three junior teams -- competed against one another for first-place medals and bragging rights. Co-sponsored by New Era Finance and the Afghanistan Relief Organization, all proceeds from the tournament go toward humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
March 10, 2011
Costa Mesa has resumed its Care-Pac program for the 1 s t Battalion, 5 t h Marines. The 1/5 Marines are stationed in Afghanistan, and monetary donations to help offset the cost of shipping items there are appreciated, city officials said. Among suggested items to donate are toothpaste and toothbrushes, dental floss, disposable razors and shaving cream, soap, shampoo, jerky, granola bars, Vienna sausages, instant coffee, canned nuts, sardines, smoked oysters, lip balm, hand lotion and sunscreen.
May 11, 2010
Reigning Rookie of the Year for AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, Raquel Caulkins, is reaching out to her volleyball fans and friends to support the troops in Afghanistan. On Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 5-6 p.m., she will be appearing at Beach Pit BBQ in Costa Mesa to sign autographs and collect soft BEACH volleyballs, nets, soccer balls & basketballs for "Chief Morale Officer" Micah Redmond, son of Costa Mesa resident Mary Davis, who is with the Navy Seabees serving in Bagrum, Afghanistan.