Former AFP officer and Bali bombings first responder reflects on the terror attack ahead of the 20th anniversary

Frank Morgan, a retired Australian Federal Police officer, remembers responding to the Bali nightclub bombings of October 12, 2002. He was on holiday in Bali at the time in a hotel next to the bombsite and helped many of the injured, including one of his colleagues.

As the 20th anniversary of the attacks approaches, he spoke with Michael Rowland of ABC about his sadness and how the attacks are still a part of his life.

“I think it’s something if you keep bringing it back to the front of mind, it affects your life. It affects people around you. It is just better to keep it to myself … very few people know the full story.”

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USS Arlington hosts Ukraine youth while in port call

Last month, twenty-seven children of Ukrainian soldiers spent a week aboard the USS Arlington, being treated “like rock stars” in the words of Captain Eric Kellum, reports Petty Officer 1st Class John Bellino for DVIDSHUB.net.

The ship’s crew organized the event in 48 hours. Crewmember Ensign Vladimir Stadnik, Ukrainian by birth, acted as guide to the children. One of the children’s chaperons told Ensign Stadnik that being on the ship was the first time they had seen the children smile in days.

“Throughout this deployment, the Arlington has traveled over 20,000 miles, visited three continents and participated in five large-scale multinational NATO and partner nation exercises,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Eric Kellum, commanding officer of the Arlington. “But hosting these children, helping to bring them joy and making them feel safe is the most memorable and purposeful experience we’ve had on this deployment.”

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Plaque unveiled at S.I. Cricket Club’s 9/11 memorial match honoring Sushil Solanki

A plaque was unveiled on September 10, 2022 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Staten Island Cricket Club at their 21st annual 9/11 memorial match, reports Jillian Delaney of the Staten Island Advance.

The Club’s 9/11 memorial match honors Sushil S. Solanki, 35, a cricketer with the club who was killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 while working for Cantor Fitzgerald.

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