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December 2009
In This Issue
Honduran Election
LEEP Bomb Squad Program
Kings Bay Base Visit
JINSA Holiday Appeal for Deserving Soldiers
Troops Thank JINSA

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Honduran Elections a Beacon of Democracy in Region Threatened By Venezuelan Leader's Socialist Revolution

Honuran Checking ListJim Colbert, JINSA's Communications Director, was a direct witness to the historic elections in Honduras that took place Nov. 29. Colbert served alongside international observers from 31 other countries. Here is his story of those elections and how Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez's attempts to subvert Honduran democracy were thwarted.

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Major Success for LEEP Program

Bomb Squad RobotIn October 2009, JINSA sponsored the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) for an intensive program in Israel. All of JINSA's LEEP trips to Israel have been tremendously valuable for the participants. The law enforcement officials who have traveled with JINSA have repeatedly expressed this judgment. This particular trip, however, was unique. The NBSCAB organization represents over 400 individual police bomb squads across this country.

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JINSA Group Briefed on Navy's Ballistic Missile Submarine Ops at Kings Bay Base

USS MarylandOn Nov. 19, a JINSA delegation visited U.S. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, the east coast homeport of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. The boats, also known as Trident submarines for the 24 nuclear-tipped Trident ballistic missiles they carry, form one third of America's nuclear deterrent arsenal along with the Air Force's air-launched and ground-based missiles.

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Holiday Appeal for Deserving
Soldiers in Full Swing: Designed to Brighten Holidays for Our Troops

For the seventh year in a row, members and non-members alike are supporting our military through JINSA's Holiday Program. As in the past, the contributions are distributed to brighten the holidays for service men and women who are in considerable financial need. The intent is to assist them with groceries to ensure a festive and dignified holiday for them and their families, thus ensuring the opportunity to celebrate the holidays which they wouldn't otherwise have had. Once again, a percentage of the funds raised will be allocated for use on behalf of members of our military who have sustained catastrophic injuries and need financial assistance. Every cent raised goes to the troops. For further information, please contact, JINSA staff member, who is coordinating the appeal. The results of the 2009 Holiday Appeal will appear in the next newsletter.

Troops Remember Fallen and Thank JINSA

2009 Annual Report"This United States flag was flown over the Special Tactics Fallen Comrades Memorial in Honor of Mrs. Marsha Halteman" (representing JINSA) at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on June 5, 2009. Airmen of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron then framed it with the certificate from which the above statement comes and sent it to JINSA.

Marsha Halteman, JINSA's director for law enforcement and military programs, spearheads the "Deserving Soldiers Holiday Appeal" in coordination with JINSA Officers and Professional Staff. The Appeal is one component of JINSA's Year-Round Programming on behalf of deployed and wounded troops.