Operation Iraqi Freedom

My Time

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Hey everyone. You will all be happy to know that I am now where I'm supposed to be for the remainder of my time here in Iraq. This place isn't that bad so far, the food is excellent, the internet is fast. The phones are harder to get on which will cut my calling down drastically, but at least I'm here. Right now I'm living in a huge holding area with about 200 or 300 other people. This will change in a couple days and we will get our final stop until we come home. I can't wait.
Ok, now for some scary news. We had another attack last night in our old staying place and it was scary. It really wasn't that bad, but it was close. I was in the MWR tent (that is where they have all the tv's, pool tables, and what I was enjoying...Ping Pong) and a mortar hit about 500 or so yards away from the tent. It was so close that I acctually heard the round leaving the barrel of the mortar gun. When it hit we all hit the deck and rushed outside so we could all go to a hard building for protection. When I looked outside, I saw where the smoke rising from where it hit. It was by far the closest uncontrolled blast that I had experienced. From what I heard, two American soldiers were injured but no one was killed. This blast was followed by multiple other blasts, but they were a lot further away. We hope that these attacks will end soon. A combination of the anniversary of the beginning of the war and the recent assasination of one of the terrorists leaders has caused a bit of an uproar. Personally, I just hope to be out of here before Sadam's trial. Every little event seems to upset the terrorists.
Anyway, like I said I am here and I have a mailing address for anyone that wants to send me anything in the mail. Please no illegal items ie. tobacco, alcohol, pornography, etc. Nothing that is illegal to send in the mail. I don't need it, and I don't want to get in trouble for it. Also, if you send food, don't send any perishables, ie chocolate. It will cause a huge mess. Thank you. The address is:

SPC Meadows, Joseph M
449th AG Co
APO AE 09378

That's it, letters and packages can both be sent to that address. Thank you everyone for your support in my travels. And thank you all for the e-mails. I love getting new mail. So God bless and pray for peace. Thank you

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