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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZEITUNG Friday April Photos by K JESSIE As Thursday evenings Junior ROTC awards banquet comes to a close Master Sgt John Medrano prepares to dismiss the seniors in the program one last time 1A Td rather be in the Marine Mehrer said Hope fully Ill do that In the Marine Corps you have the esprit de corps You have in my opinion I think better enlisted personnel Its quality over Fellow Cadet Sgt Michael Menser a sophomore said he wanted to go in the Marine Corps after graduat ing He said he wanted to go through the Marine officer candidates school while an student and then get a snipers qualification or jump into the data processing field But data processing and computers arent in Cadet Capt Jake Saucedos plans although is Saucedo a senior just received a full fouryear Navy Junior ROTC Marine Option scholarship to He wants to be a Marine infantry officer upon gradu ation I want to go infantry its challenging and a little more physical than the other Saucedo said Watching Saucedo and the other aspiring officers were two grizzled veterans One Joe Guzman the local past commander for Post 179 Winner of several of the most prestigious awards given Thursday evening Battalion Commander Cadet Lt Col Joseph Mehrer right accepts the Fernando Diaz Memorial Scholarship Award from Master Sgt John Medrano of the American Legion was presenting awards for scholastic and military achievement He said Marine Corps JROTC was a good program It teaches them discipline and they have a good cur riculum that they can learn about our Guzman said Guzman also said Marine Corps JROTC was an oppor tunity to learn all of the goals that are ahead schools and colleges available once cadets are in the service Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt Ski Haneiwich of a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post said the kids learned a lot from the pro gram and there was more to come for those going in the military I think its great They get a little more discipline than what theyd get at Haneiwich said They learn how to take orders It teach es them the basics of leader ship and if they do go into the service theyll pick up Garner aims for operating government by next week BAGHDAD Iraq AP Iraqs American administra tor said Thursday he hopes to get government ministries up and running by late next week and if necessary well buy the furniture for them in this looted and capital Jay Garner said little how ever in his first Baghdad news conference about the poten tially explosive issue of nam ing a top political leadership for Iraq In a possible sign of trouble an important Shiite Muslim cleric said that sects highest authority would refuse to meet with the Americans troops meanwhile made a new catch in their pur suit of the top figures in Sad dam Husseins toppled regime Tariq Aziz the former deputy prime minister and one of the most visible members in the leadership was in custody Central Command announced Thursday Azizs capture meant 12 of the 55 most wanted members of the regime were now in cus tody and Sen Bob Graham former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday night the arrest of another top Iraq official in Syria would be announced shortly In Baghdads streets peo ple pressed on with their dai ly struggle to restore some nor malcy to life two weeks after the invasion force ousted Saddam took control of Iraq and set off a rampage of looting and arson by Iraqis Electricity knocked out dur ing bombing in early April was only slowly being restored Supplies of clean pumped water dependent on electric power remained large ly cut off Almost all shops remained closed In a still mostly lawless city looters picked at buildings not yet emptied of fixtures and mer chandise We need security we need peace we need a writer and retired English teacher Youarash Haidou told Gar ner at a town hall meeting that started the retired gen erals day in Baghdad after he spent two days touring northern Iraq The town hall staged in a giant conference hall behind the security of US tanks and combat troops was attended by no more than 60 university professors and gov ernment bureaucrats all men chosen in some undisclosed manner My superior came to us last night and said we were required to one acad emic confided to a reporter The process has been simi larly murky for moving Iraq toward an interim authori a provisional government led by a new president that would prepare the way for democratic elections two years or more in the future in a country divided between Sun ni and Shiite Kurd and Arab In Washington Defense Sec retary Donald H Rumsfeld told The Associated Press that the beginning of an interim authority would come soon though he added I dont know quite what soon But he said the United States will not allow a reli gious government like Irans to take hold in Iraq as some Shiites demand If youre suggesting how would we feel about an Iran iantype government with a few clerics running everything in the country the answer is That isnt going to he said A first allfactions meeting April 15 in southern Iraq sponsored by Garner was attended by 80 representatives but boycotted by some invited groups opposed to the military administration Some believe Washington will force a president on Iraq Ahmad Chalabi a longtime exile little known in Iraq who was sup ported by government funds in building an opposi tion movement A second meeting will be held in the coming days in the Baghdad area Garners spokesman Nathan Jones said the scenes promi nent Iraqis converged on Baghdad for long lunches and quiet talks jockeying for posi tion in what may be a weeks long series of sessions to select a national leadership 1 are going on all over the alShabbut said After decades of rigid onepar ty rule people are getting to know each Many in Iraqs Shiite major ity though long suppressed under Saddam have voiced opposition to the military presence In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday a leading Baghdad Shiite cleric said his religious institution would not counte nance meetings with Garner We dont put our hand in the hand of the foreigners People should rule themselves by themselves The Americans should leave our country said Sayyed Ali al Kathimi alWaethi Garner said he hoped to have ministries working with in days By the end of next he told reporters the governmental process will have Iraqi faces on The Americans are encouraging civil servants to report for work ALMOST EVERYONE CAN AFFORD A NEW ENERGY HOME in New Braunfels 6 reasons why you should own an Energy Home AlrtlQhtSIPs Walls we Structural proving a Proven Architecture I The roof system Is made of Inch thick SIPs which are so strong they do not require rafters or trusses Combined with the SIP walls this home Is 3 to 6 times stronger than a conventional stickbuilt home Homes built with SIPs have been proven to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes without suffering structural 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