Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Friday, March 05, 2004

Hey guys. Thanks for your comments. Today’s still early but we have a lot on our plate today. I have to leave the wire again today to take a soldier to what we call A POD. It’s just another camp in Kuwait. She has to have surgery and they will fly her to Germany for the surgery and we have to get her to the airplane first. Every time we leave the wire it's kind of fun, but kind of nerve racking at the same time. The whole media thing about how everyone over here loves us and is always waving at us is a lie. Mostly we just get stared at but the other day one of my buddies was driving around and got flipped off. I have had a couple of people wave at me though smiling, just not as many as the media would like for they’re to be by any means. But the route we travel is relatively safe so no worries. We have all had a few things to do since our vehicles came in from the ship. A lot of them got parts stolen off of them or "lost" as they say, so we have to get some more parts. Some of the guys had to go to another camp so they could get the bulletproof plates that go in our body armor. Right now they just protect against fragments and not bullets. That adds another 10 or 20 lbs to the jacket so while it's safer, im not looking forward to it. But ill tell you what I am looking forward to, getting out of here. I can't wait. But it'll come soon enough so I guess I have to just wait. We also have to go to the connex yard to find our connex. They went on the ship w/ the vehicles so they are here, but they all look the same except for color and they only make about 5 different colors, so you can imagine how long it's going to take to find ours. It’s like looking for a needle in a big stack of needles. But I guess that's all I have for today, keep your chins up and ill keep my head down. Thanks for your prayers and support, it is appreciated. lots of love. Peace

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Hey everyone. So I'm here, it's hot, and I’m ready to head north. So far we've done nothing but make sure we can get our butts out of here and where we're supposed to be. We have to go to a range and re-zero our weapons before we can go, so today we did a recon of the site...oh yea, the guy who lead us got us lost and we spent 3 hours looking for a place that was 50 minutes away. Fun fun fun. But hey, it got done and now we can zero on Saturday. The living conditions are the same but I've gotten used to them, I think they do that so now when I get to where I’m supposed to go it HAS to be better (hopefully). Today it was over 100 degrees. It’s winter here. In the summer it gets around 150 or so. So I’m really looking forward to that. And that "the heat isn't as bad" rumor.... lies. 100 degrees is 100 degrees, and I’m not looking forward to that. We finally found out where and when we're going, but I can't let you all know right now. But again, once I get there, ill let you all know how it's going. I can tell you that it is not Baghdad. Lets see, what else. Oh I got a lot of e-mails this time and I appreciate every single one of them, thanks for your notes on this site and your e-mails, they are all appreciated. Kind of like getting mail :) Speaking of which, ill have a mailing address for you all as soon as I get where we're supposed to be. So keep checking and that should be up in a week or so. Well all, I hope you're doing well, and I look forward to seeing you all in a year. Pray for peace and thanks for your support.

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