A Staff Sgt is in Afghanistan now after tours with the Army in Iraq. And he travels with a radio-controlled model truck his brother sent.
The truck is not a toy. It just saved six soldiers' lives.The soldier's brother is a software engineer in Rochester, Minn. He rigged the remote control toy with a wireless video camera and shipped it to Iraq. The little truck is used by the troops to run ahead of them on patrols and look for roadside bombs.
Last week, it paid off.
The soldiers used it to check the road ahead when it got tangled in a trip wire connected to 500 lbs. of explosives. The bomb went off and the remote control truck was destroyed.
The six soldiers controlling the truck from their Humvee didn't get hurt.
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.
Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the "urban heat island effect."
How can I protect myself from extreme heat?
Extreme Heat: Know the Terms
Prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.
A number in degrees Fahrenheit (F) that tells how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. Exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.
Typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim’s condition will worsen. Body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.
A life-threatening condition. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.
Another term for heat stroke.
Before Extreme Heat
To prepare for extreme heat, you should:
Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
Keep storm windows up all year.
During a Heat Emergency
What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
An emergency water shortage can be caused by prolonged drought, poor water supply management, or contamination of a surface water supply source or aquifer.
Drought can affect vast territorial regions and large population numbers. Drought also creates environmental conditions that increase the risk of other hazards such as fire, flash flood, and possible landslides and debris flow.
Conserving water means more water available for critical needs for everyone. Appendix A contains detailed suggestions for conserving water both indoors and outdoors. Make these practices a part of your daily life and help preserve this essential resource.
First Aid for Heat-Induced Illnesses
Extreme heat brings with it the possibility of heat-induced illnesses. The following table lists these illnesses, their symptoms, and the first aid treatment.
Skin redness and pain, possible swelling, blisters, fever, headaches
Take a shower using soap to remove oils that may block pores, preventing the body from cooling naturally.
Apply dry, sterile dressings to any blisters, and get medical attention.
Painful spasms, usually in leg and abdominal muscles; heavy sweating
Get the victim to a cooler location.
Lightly stretch and gently massage affected muscles to relieve spasms.
Give sips of up to a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. (Do not give liquids with caffeine or alcohol.)
Discontinue liquids, if victim is nauseated.
Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale, or flushed. Weak pulse. Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise. Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and headaches are possible.
Get victim to lie down in a cool place.
Loosen or remove clothing.
Apply cool, wet clothes.
Fan or move victim to air-conditioned place.
Give sips of water if victim is conscious.
Be sure water is consumed slowly.
Give half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.
Discontinue water if victim is nauseated.
Seek immediate medical attention if vomiting occurs.
( a severe medical emergency)
High body temperature (105+); hot, red, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid shallow breathing. Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity. Possible unconsciousness.
Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services, or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.
Move victim to a cooler environment.
Try a cool bath, sponging, or wet sheet to reduce body temperature.
Watch for breathing problems.
Use extreme caution.
Use fans and air conditioners.
he estimated death toll from Japan's disasters has climbed past 10,000 yesterday. The prime minister said it was the nation's worst crisis since World War II.
Nuclear plant operators were working to try to keep temperatures down in several reactors affected by the earthquake and tsunami. (Workers were dumping sea water into two reactors to avoid meltdowns.)
Rescuers pulled bodies from mud-covered jumbles of wrecked houses, shattered tree trunks, twisted cars and tangled power lines.
One rare bit of good news was the rescue of a 60-year-old man swept away by the tsunami who clung to the roof of his house for two days until a military vessel spotted him waving a red cloth about 10 miles offshore.Click here to see before and after photos taken by Google
Staying Army strong: Littlest Soldier, Brennan Daigle, receives biggest wish
by Rachel Reischling
03.04.11 - 10:37 am
On Saturday, Feb. 26, a 9-year-old boy arrived with his father to the Chateau du Bon Reve â which translates, from French, to the Castle of Good Dreams â a reception hall in Sulphur built to resemble a medieval castle. The boy, Brennan Daigle, often went fishing at the hall with his father â there is a pond surrounding the castle stocked with fish, and this fishing trip was a precursor to his 10th birthday party â but this day would be different. Brennan caught no fish; instead, awaiting him were more than 40 Fort Polk Soldiers in full formation and standing at attention.
No company commander called them to attention, nor was the National Anthem being played. The 40 members of Fort Polkâs Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and members of the Louisiana National Guard stood at attention for Brennan Daigle.
Brennan was diagnosed in October 2009 with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which muscular tumors attach themselves to bone. The healthy young boy of 8, spindly and growing, began to lose weight and grow pale as the chemotherapy treatments he underwent took their toll.
By October 2010, the tumor had grown in size and mutated.
On Feb. 10 of this year, Brennanâs doctor gave his mother and Brennan the worst news of their lives: There was nothing more they could do for him.
âThe doctor told him theyâd done everything they could and that he probably had two weeks left to live. So she sent him home to be with us,â his mother said.
There would be no more needles.
After the doctor left the room, Brennan and his mother were left to absorb the news; Brennanâs mother had to come to terms suddenly with the fact that she would lose her only son and there was nothing in her power that could save him. The power to save, or accept, would have to come from beyond: From the familyâs faith.
âI know that with faith in God Iâll be OK,â he said. âI think God will lead me.â
Still, Brennan does not want to die. After hearing the news that he was being sent home to spend his last days with his parents and sister, he said so to his mother.
âI wonât see you every day,â Brennan said to his mother.
âOh, Brennan,â she answered, âyouâll be able to walk hand in hand with your grandma whoâs already in heaven, and youâll see us again.â
Even with his intense faith, Brennan is a typical 10-year-old; he enjoys fishing, having sleepovers with his best friend, Kaleb, and playing video games, many of which glorify combat and victory.
Brennan also loves all things Army.
As his mother planned a cancer society fund-raiser event, Brennan suggested a G.I. Joe theme. The image of a strong and healthy man battling his enemies connected with Brennan, who was fighting his own battle. Days later, Brennan and his family learned that his tumor was still growing.
To keep all of his family and friends apprised of his condition, his mother created a Facebook page, called, aptly, âBrennanâs Brigade,â with pictures and hundreds of comments from people around the world â including Soldiers who have written comments of encouragement.
âMany of these Soldiers write things like, âweâre over here fighting for our country while youâre at home fighting for your life,ââ said Daigle.
âWe even got a picture of Soldiers surrounding a HMMWV in Afghanistan, holding an American flag, who gave him the message âWeâre flying this flag in honor of you; weâre here to back you. Stay Army strong.ââ
From the âBrennanâs Brigadeâ page, Brennan began developing bonds with some of the Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He met one of the Soldiers who came home from overseas; that Soldier gave Brennan the X Box game âCall of Duty: Black Ops.â The Soldier, Adam Langley, often plays the game with Brennan online.
âItâs Brennanâs favorite game,â his mother said.
He could not have guessed that for his 10th birthday, like an image from the game he loves, he would be surrounded by a formation of Soldiers or that he would ride in a camouflaged HMMWV.
Instead, this past Saturday, Feb. 26, as Brennan dreamed of reeling in a fish or three, he stepped out of his fatherâs truck to the sight of the 1st MEB Soldiers, all standing at attention in front of a National Guard HMMWV. Brennan stood still, wide-eyed, uncomprehending. Then everyone â about 400 people â shouted âHappy Birthday, Brennan!â in unison and the entire crowd broke out in applause.
âWhen he realized it was a surprise, and for him, he couldnât say anything. All he could do was giggle. He was speechless,â said his mother.
A simpler party had been planned for Brennan, who had asked for an Army-themed birthday celebration.
âHe was under the impression that there would be a little birthday party this coming weekend,â said his mother. âHe had no idea about the castle, and we (her husband and daughter) had no idea that the Army would send Soldiers to fulfill Brennanâs wish,â â the wish to meet Soldiers before his illness worsens.
That wish was facilitated by Becky Prejean, executive director of âDreams Come True of Louisiana.â Prejean heard through word of mouth about Brennan and contacted his mother.
âKristy said he had two days to two weeks to live and asked if we did parties. He wanted an Army-themed party, so I contacted Katey Husband, Fort Polk community member and mother of a âDreams Come Trueâ child, who contacted Tresa Lawson, Fort Polkâs Community Relations Officer.â
Lawson asked for five to six Soldier volunteers; 40 answered the call.
âWords can never express what I felt seeing all those Soldiers there, knowing some of them had just come back from Iraq and still took time out for just one little boy,â said Kristy Daigle. âJust to know that they care enough to give their all, to give their love and support to a little boy is phenomenal. It says so much about our men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.â
As Brennan recovered from his initial surprise, Soldiers invited him to examine the HMMWV; he climbed in the driverâs seat and took the wheel, smiling widely. Then, Soldiers took Brennan and his best friend Kaleb for a ride in the HMMWV. Afterwards, Brennan and Kaleb stood out from the hatch at the top of the vehicle, posing as hundreds of cameras flashed.
After the HMMWV ride, Brennan walked to the front of the formation and each Soldier shook his hand. He was inducted as an honorary member of the Army, given a coin symbolizing merit and achievement of excellence and presented with passels of presents ranging from a military jacket with his first name embroidered on the pocket, an Army hat, his own personalized dog tags and a rucksack. Brennan stood still, accepting the gifts quietly but with a smile.
âIâm a little shy,â Brennan said later.
One of the dog tags presented to Brennan was inscribed with the seven Army values: Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal service.
âBrennan, you exemplify what personal courage means,â said Pfc. Kamesha Starkey, 1st MEB.
Chris Duncan, the mayor of Sulphur, honored Brennan with a key to the city and the title of Honorary Mayor of the Day; afterwards, Soldiers mingled for a while, talking with Brennan and his friends and family. Some hugged Brennan, some simply stood and watched in groups as Brennan explored his gifts.
Many of the Soldiers â even seasoned ones who have seen battle â were at a loss for words as they observed Brennanâs quiet grace.
âThis event is a profound one. A lot of us just wanted to be there for him, show him we support him totally,â said Sgt. Joe M. Battle, 1st MEB public affairs. âBut I canât say it wasnât hard emotionally.â
Pfc. Kyle Frederick added, âIt was good to be able to give back. It opened my eyes to a lot of things: How I take my kids for granted, how lucky we are, how we complain on a day-to-day basis and we really have it good compared to others.â
A reception was held in the castle, with barbecue and a three-tiered birthday cake. The cake was decorated with an Army emblem. Brennan made the ceremonial first cut, and picked the prime piece for himself: The piece with the emblem.
After people ate, chatted and gave Brennan more hugs than most people receive in a lifetime, he sat down to open the dozens of birthday presents guests had brought for him. Like every younger sibling, as he pulled out tissue paper from gift bags, he handed all the bits and scraps to his older sister Lauren, 11.
The next day, on the way to school â Brennan still attends third grade every day â he asked his mother âAm I really in the Army?â
âYou most certainly are,â she said. âThey donât just swear in anyone!â
âThatâs awesome,â he said.
Two things very close to my heart: our soldiers, and good dogs...please give this a read and tell me what you think.
By Ian Drury
L/Cpl Tasker was the 358th serviceman killed in the conflict while his dog Theo was the sixth British military hound to die in action in Iraq and Afghanistan
In life, they were united in their tireless work saving countless British soldiers in Afghanistan.
In death, they were united in tragedy.
Shortly after Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was killed in a firefight with the Taliban, his devoted Army search dog Theo suffered a seizure and passed away too.
Tragic loss: Liam Tasker was on patrol with his dog Theo at the time of the attack in Nahr-e-Saraj, Afghanistan
The pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months â a record for a dog and his handler in the conflict.
L/Cpl Tasker, 26, this week became the 358th British serviceman to die in the ten-year conflict.
Only last month he described his joy at the close bond he had developed with Theo, a 22-month-old springer spaniel cross.
âI love my job and working together with Theo. He has a great character and never tires,â he said in an interview on the Ministry of Defence website.
âHe canât wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing.â
Theo and L/Cpl Tasker, an Arms and Explosives Search dog handler of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, were part of the Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit based at Camp Bastion.
On Tuesday they took part in a mission in the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand, a hotbed of the insurgency.
Theoâs task was to be the âfront manâ, sniffing out any hidden IEDs, weapons and bomb-making equipment.
But a firefight broke out with the Taliban and L/Cpl Tasker was shot dead.
After his body was flown back to Camp Bastion, his beloved Theo is thought to have died of a broken heart.
The soldier, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, leaves behind mother Jane Duffy, father Ian Tasker, brother Ian, sisters Laura and Nicola and girlfriend Leah Walters.
Dog handler: Liam was a member of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Theo also died after the attack
In a statement, his family said: âThere are three words that best describe Liam: larger than life. He lit up every room he walked into with his cheeky smile.
âHe died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so proud of him and everything heâs achieved. Words canât describe how sorely he will be missed.â
Miss Walters added: âLT never met anyone without touching their lives in some way. I am the proudest girlfriend there could ever be and there will be an LT-sized hole in my life forever. Sleep well, my darling, my soulmate, my best friend.â
Lieutenant Colonel David Thorpe, commanding officer 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, also paid tribute to L/Cpl Tasker, saying: âHe genuinely loved the dogs he worked with and was always able to get the best out of them.
âEpitomising the hard-working, determined and ambitious nature of our very best soldiers, he wanted to go to Afghanistan. He wanted to ply his trade in the harshest of environments, to be outside of his comfort zone and he wanted to be successful. He was.
âThe work he did in his five months in Afghanistan saved countless lives, of that I have no doubt.â
L/Cpl Tasker joined the Army in 2001 as a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. But his passion for animals led to a transfer to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 2007.
He only learned about the dog unit when a friend showed him videos of them in action. He spent 15 weeks on a handlersâ course with Theo, where they learned to work as a team and developed their bond.
Once in Afghanistan, Theo was so successful at detecting explosives that his tour of duty was due to be extended by a month.
Major Caroline Emmett, Officer Commanding 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, said: âL/Cpl Tasker was one of the best people I have ever known. Kind, with a good heart, he always put others before himself. He and his dog Theo were made for each other.â
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said he was âdeeply saddenedâ by the news.
âIt is clear that L/Cpl Tasker was a dedicated and highly capable soldier whose skills in handling dogs were second to none,â he said.
âHe and his dog Theo had saved many lives and we will be eternally grateful for this.â
It's true, cut the worry out of your life, and you'll quickly find that it's indeed much more enjoyable. Take the following 9 out of your mind now, and watch the affect!
1. Drink eight glasses of water a dayThe Truth: Water's great, but you can also drink juice, tea, milk, fruits, and vegetables. Even coffee quenches thirst. The caffeine makes you lose some liquid, but you're still getting plenty.
2. Stress will turn your hair grayThe Truth: Too much stress does age us inside and out. But there hasn't been any scientific evidence that a bad day turns your hair silver.
3. Reading in poor light ruins your eyes
The Truth: Reading in dim light can strain your eyes. You squint and that can give you a headache. But you won't do any permanent damage except maybe cause crow's-feet. A good night's rest will help your eyes recover just fine.
4. Coffee's really bad for youThe Truth: Too much cam give you the jitters, but it has a lot of positives. Coffee has antioxidants and gives your brain a boost, too. Coffee also doesn't have any effect on heart disease.
5. Feed a cold, starve a feverThe Truth: Colds and fevers are caused by viruses that last seven to 10 days, no matter what you do. And there is no evidence that diet has any effect on a cold or fever. Even if you don't feel like eating, you still need fluids, so put a priority on those. If you're congested, the fluids will keep mucus thinner and help loosen chest and nasal congestion.
6. Fresh is always better than frozenThe Truth: Frozen can be just as good as fresh because the fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of their nutritional content, taken to a plant and frozen on the spot. Unless it's picked and sold the same day, produce at farmers' markets could lose nutrients because of heat, air, and water.
7. Eggs raise your cholesterol The Truth: Newer studies have found that saturated and trans fats in a person's diet, not dietary cholesterol, are more likely to raise heart disease risk.
8. Get cold, and you'll catch a cold The Truth: Mom was wrong. Chilling doesn't hurt your immunity unless you're so cold that your body defenses are destroyed and that only happens during hypothermia. And you can't get a cold unless you're exposed to a virus that causes a cold. The reason people get more colds in the winter isn't because of the temperature, but as a result of being cooped up in closed spaces and exposed to cold viruses.
9. Your lipstick could make you sickThe Truth: The reality is that lead is in almost everything. It's all around us. But the risk from lead in lipstick is really small. In fact, lead poisoning is most commonly caused by other factors like pipes and paint in older homes.
OK, I'm a music fan...any type (except rap...just sayin'). I grew up playing music in bands and ensembles, then of course now playing the radio, music is in my soul. With that said, I wanna introduce to you Sunny Choi, playing some of country's biggest hits:
It most certainly has been the best year ever at 93.1 The Wolf. We got to see some really awesome concerts, meet tons of new artists, help out some amazing folks, and played some stellar country music. If you missed the countdown show over the New Years holiday, I'd like to share with you the official rundown of the top 93 songs played in 2010 on 93.1 The Wolf!