Operation Iraqi Freedom

My Time

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Hey everyone. Another day in the desert. Things here aren't bad though. I can't complain. We got A LOT of mail in yesterday and a bit in today so we've been working really hard sweating off all of the little bit of weight we have left in the non-air conditioned warehouse we work in. I have some good pictures of it but I'm going to fill up a little before I send my next CD of pics home. They have slacked a little since they hit us last, which was a couple days ago, so hopefully that means their done for a while. But we'll see. We are wearing our vests and k-pots anyway, just in case. Well, I wish there were more to report, but that's all I have. My platoon sergeant SSG Keith Watson wanted me to mention his name so it could be on the internet, so there ya go. :) OK, well everyone have fun w/o me and I'll be home before you know it. Love you all and God bless. Thank you so much for your mail and prayers and support. Oh yea. I wanted to mention that I just found out the my sister Stephanie got a scholarship to UNCG so I wanted to say congratulations to her. Peace out all. Love you guys.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Hey everyone. So when I explain everything that has happened recently, don't think that I'm all down, because it seems as if a lot of bad stuff happened all at once. Ok, so first of all we found out that we have to work 7 days a week now for a while to see how it goes. No days off makes for some really grumpy people, but really, it'll make the time go by faster so it's my best friend. Then we had a new guy come here from another unit, so we had to scrunch all of our stuff closer, so that makes for smaller living areas. But that will soon change because he is moving to a new place they are building and I am probably moving into the NCO barracks (not 100% sure about that yet) so that'll make for more space for everyone. Then we got hit for the first time in a while about 2 days ago. They hit us 15 times in a row but I only heard two of the explosions. From what I hear, a couple people got injured and two lost their lives. So you may want to keep their families in your prayers. The last thing that was really bad is that we found out that unless things change drastically (which I believe they will) we only have 25 R&R slots for the rest of the year. Which means I probably won't get to come home for R&R. Now I really think by the things I've heard that it'll change, but I'm not counting on getting to come home for R&R. But we'll see. Finally, we keep hearing about the 3 month extension, and while we haven't heard anything, IF we get extended, then our year pretty much started yesterday. Yesterday was our 3rd month in country. But aside from all the bad that has happened, spirits are still high so I want you all to know that I'm still fine and I just think about my family, friends, and Amy, and it gets me through one more day. So don't worry for me. Thank you so much for all of your support and mail and God bless you all.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Hey guys. Another day in the desert. I finished my first video, so I'm going to send it home tomorrow probably. Mail is coming fast now, it's getting home and getting here in around a week to 10 days. A lot better than the 21 days it took when we first got here. Today was a day off, but really I'd rather be working. Days off take forever to end here because it's boring and there's nothing to do. Days that you have to work go by fast and while a break is nice every once in a while, I really just want to get out of here as fast as possible. Other than that, things are normal. We had quite a few explosions yesterday. One REALLY loud one, but they were all controlled as far as I know. I wasn't able to get any of them on camera but I will eventually. Alright, well I hope all is well, know that I love you guys and I miss you a lot. Home is right around the 8 month corner :) Thank you for your support and God bless.

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