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White House now considering shift of terror suspects to Fort Leavenworth

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Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Leavenworth[(AP) Kansas prison could house suspected terrorists:][1] The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere, The Associated Press has learned. ... The advisers will consider a proposal to shut the center and transfer detainees to one or more Defense Department facilities, including the maximum security military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where they could face trial, said the officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal deliberations. ... Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., whose district includes Leavenworth, is concerned about the possibility of housing detainees in Kansas, said Shanan Guinn, her chief of staff. "She feels that moving the detainees to Leavenworth would make it a prime terrorist target and the disciplinary barracks simply does not have the room or the correct security features to handle detainees," Guinn said.[(LJW) Academics, soldiers team to examine war issues:][2] Bart Dean and Charles Bartles might seem an unlikely team. Dean is a self-described "left-leaning" anthropologist and an associate professor at Kansas University; Bartles is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, and is a Purple Heart recipient. But they teamed together for their part in a "military-social science roundtable" Thursday at Fort Leavenworth. "People will criticize me," Dean said of his participation in the roundtable. "I will be viciously criticized. : But that's OK. I like controversy." Five teams, each made up of a social scientist and a student or faculty member at the fort's Command and General Staff College, teamed up for presentations designed ultimately to help the military better conduct its operations in unfamiliar lands.Fort Riley ยข 1st Infantry Division[(AP Iowa) Bettendorf memorial service set for soldier killed in Iraq:][3] Friends and family members are gathering today in the Quad Cities for a memorial service for a soldier killed in Iraq. Thirty-4-year-old Private First Class Michael Pittman died last week when a roadside bomb exploded near the Humvee he was riding in. The service is set for 10 am today at First Assembly of God in Bettendorf.[(LincolnCourier.com) Bomb injures soldier from Lincoln:][4] A Lincoln soldier was wounded on Friday in an explosion in Iraq that killed the driver of the Humvee in which they were patrolling. Pfc. Phillip Nodine, 24, of Lincoln was hit by shrapnel in the face, left arm, both hands and his lower torso when an improvised explosive device detonated along a road his unit was patrolling in Baghdad. Nodine was riding in the front of the Humvee when the explosion occurred. Two other occupants also were injured. Nodine was on his first tour of duty and had been stationed in Iraq since the end of January. He is based out of Fort Riley, Kan. He is a member of the First Squadron, Fourth Cavalry Regiment.[(South Bend Tribune) Body of slain soldier returned to States:][5] The body of U.S. Army Pfc. David Wilkey Jr. has been returned to the United States for an autopsy, WSBT-TV reported. Wilkey, a 2003 graduate of Jimtown High School, died Monday in Iraq from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit Sunday in Baghdad. The body arrived in Bethesda, Md., today. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., and lived in nearby Clay Center with his wife, Melinda, and his two children, Christian Clark, 4, and 1-year-old Blayke Wilkey. A third child is due in October.[(Washington Post) Career Soldier Saw Army as His Calling:][6] Sgt. 1st Class Greg L. Sutton was a career soldier, following in the footsteps of his father, who had spent more than 20 years in the Army. The Army was his calling, family members said. Sutton, 38, was killed June 6 in Baghdad by an improvised explosive device. Yesterday, more than 80 mourners gathered to pay tribute to the devoted husband and father as he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Sutton was the 348th service member killed in Iraq to be buried there. Sutton was on his second tour of Iraq, serving as a fire support specialist, when he was killed. He was a member of the 212th Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan.Kansas National Guard[(AP) 26 Kansas National Guard Troops Due Home:][7] Twenty-six Kansas National Guard soldiers arrive home from Iraq on Saturday. The soldiers were attached to a Kentucky National Guard battalion which is also returning to the US. More than 80 additional soldiers in the unit will remain in Iraq until July. A welcoming ceremony will take place at 2pm at Pratt Community College in Pratt. The troops' tour was extended in January 2007. During the unit's deployment, Staff Sergeant David Russell Berry of Wichita was killed in action and eight other Kansas Guard soldiers were wounded. [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jun... [2]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jun... [3]: http://www.wqad.com/Global/story.asp?S=6696071&nav=1sW7 [4]: http://www.lincolncourier.com/story.asp?SID=6447&SEC=8 [5]: http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070621/News01/70621027 [6]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/20/AR2007062002208.html [7]: http://www.kbsd6.com/Global/story.asp?S=6691766

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