New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, December 25, 2005Word of U.S. troops cuts in Iraq suggests more reductions coming OBITUARIES
MOSUL, Iraq—Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, serving Christmas Eve dinner to U.S. soldiers, told the troops they will persevere and win the war in Iraq, just as generations of Americans prevailed in past conflicts.
Rumsfeld told the troops the war that has cost more than 2,150 U.S. lives was a “test of wills.” But he added that previous generations of U.S. soldiers faced similar tests and won.
Over the roar of helicopters, the secretary' said most Iraqis supported the fight for democracy.
"In this fight, the vast majority of Iraqis stand on the side of freedom," he said.
As U.S. military forces begin to scale back in Iraq, their grow-
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Several homes threatened by blaze
distinct plumes of smoke were visible near County Line Road and FM 1044.
As the fire spread, fire departments from Comal, Hays, Guadalupe and Bexar counties responded to the scene in a combined effort to save residences and other buildings in the path of the blaze. Firefighters worked feverishly to protect homes, stopping the fire feet from some residences.
At least on resident in the area took matters into his own hands, fighting the fire on his property with a garden hose.
The firefighting effort was difficult and frustrating for firefighters. Because the blaze was burning primarily in vacant field, fire engines had limited access and firefighters were forced to fight the fire by hand, climbing over barbed wire fences to get to the blaze. At the same time, the heavy winds caused hot spots to re-ignite in some areas after firefighters had moved on and made the fire jump across roads like FM 1044 and Klein Road.
As the fire burned, local residents lined the sides of roads to watch the firefighting effort. The New Braunfels Police Department and the Comal County Sheriff’s Office worked to control traffic in the area.
Several homes were evacuated as a precaution and early reports from the scene had
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ing focus on training over combat could lead to a decline in casualties just as the American political season begins to heat up.
Rumsfeld’s war zone announcement canceling the deployment to Iraq of two brigades is just the beginning of a gradual drawdown of U.S. forces, according to military commanders.
While defense officials would not detail withdrawal plans for the coming year, the latest move drew praise from defense analysts and critics of the administration's war policies as a positive first step in shifting security responsibilities to the Iraqis.
“I think you will see a gradual shifting toward the Iraqis taking more control, and over
time the Iraqis will be bearing more of the casualties,” said Brookings Institution foreign policy analyst Michael E. O’Hanlon. But he cautioned: “It’s not going to be a simple substitution effect.... I think we should be braced for it to be quite slow, and 2006 will still be a bloody year in Iraq.”
Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, told reporters after Rumsfeld announced the troop cuts Friday that he hopes to recommend more reductions as early as next spring — assuming progress, such as fonnation of an Iraqi government.
But he added, “I don’t have a goal for the end of2006.” Rumsfeld announced that two Army brigades—one from
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the 1st Infantry Division in Kansas and the other from the 1st Armored Division now in Kuwait—will have their deployments to Iraq canceled. Casey said the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq will drop by about 7,000, to about 130,000 by March. This year's base level has been about 138,000.
“In this kind of war that we’re fighting, more is not necessarily better,” Casey said.
Caroline Wadhams, a senior national security analyst at the liberal Center for American Progress, said it’s hard to tell whether this will ease public dissatisfaction with the war. But she said, “even if the numbers don’t decrease significantly, it’s still better if they’re not doing the high -visibility combat”
farm equipment destroyed as the blaze moved through.
As of presstime, investigators had not determined what started the blaze or how much damage occurred.
NORMA ILENE KNIGHT
Services are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Norma Bene Knight who passed away on Thursday, December 22,2005 at the age of 82. Norma was born on January 29, 1923 in Brown County, Texas to Homer and Beulah Wilkins.
She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Oty Knight of New Braunfels, daughter Carolyn A. Pitts and husband Bob of New Braunfels, grandchildren Rebecca Pitts of Austin TX, Ryan A. Pitts of Fort Irwin, CA., sisters Nadine Taylor, Billie McCright, Roberta Walford, all from Clyde TX, and June Hill from Vera TX.
She was preceded in death
by her son Tommy D. Knight, her parents, two sisters, and one brother.
Visitation will begin on Monday, December 26, at 1:00 PM. at Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until service on Tuesday. Services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at New Braunfels Church of Christ at 2:00 PM. Intement will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 1:00 PM. at Elmwood Cemetery West, in Abilene, TX. Services under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home.
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would like to thank
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