Operation Iraqi Freedom

My Time

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Hey guys. So not much new. I got to pull escort for some of the Iraqis on base today. Kind of interesting. I didn't get to talk to them much because the spoke almost no English, but some of the guys around here speak pretty well. They hire them around here to work on some of the projects on base, and they are fixing some of our extra barracks so that we can get some more space, so now we are switching off guard duties. You and one other person are in charge of around 15 or so people and you're only job is to watch them. It's a boring job, but it allows for great opportunity to learn a different culture a little. And they are already searched and checked before coming on base so they are safe. The only problem we've had is that they found about 7 Iraqi's with maps of the area. They had been doing pace counts when walking and secretly jotting down maps for attacks. They caught and arrested them, but I'm sure there are plenty more out there that haven't been caught. Kind of sad, some of these guys are really just trying to make a living and the insurgents are ruining if for everyone. But since you can't trust all of them, you have to look at all of them with one eye of humanity and one of caution. It's a horrible thing to do, but it's not worth a soldier's life to make friends if you ask me. Well, I suppose that's it, not much new, hope I didn't depress you all with my rambling. But God bless you all and thank you so much for your prayers and support. Thank you. Peace.

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