Operation Iraqi Freedom

My Time

Friday, July 09, 2004

Hey everyone. Another day closer to getting to come home. We're like 4 1/2 months done now. It's not a lot, but it's better than a month done. R&R seems to be getting better and better every day. Right now it looks like I could be coming home as early as mid August for R&R. Maybe I'll break both of my legs while I'm home and just stay :) Just kidding. It's starting to get good and hot here. I took off my coveralls yesterday after changing some brakes and my legs were soaked with sweat. But we have AC to go cool down in when it gets bad. Plus I drink more water than most whales now. Well, I guess that's it. Things are good and going by quickly, although not quickly enough. I hope all is well home. God bless and thank you all for your support. Peace.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Hey everyone. So things here haven't changed much. I just found out that I have to pull RTO duty for next week sometime. 12 hours a day for a whole week just answering the radio...not excited. But I guess it's something I have to do so better to get it over with. I'm learning a lot over here at the motorpool. Just not generator stuff. The generators we have here are the Iraqi's so we don't really work on them that much. So I've been working on regular vehicles here. I've changed an ignition switch and helped change the brakes on a 6K Forklift. So it's all good learning experiences. Well, I guess that's it. Wish I had more but I don't. Sorry. OK, well I hope is well. Love you guys and I miss you. Thank you so much for your support. God bless.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Hey everyone. So it's my first day back to work. Fun fun fun. Nothing new though. Supposedly we had two incomings last night that caused for a 100% accountability check but I was already in the bed asleep by the time they even came by to check. Therefore, I never heard anything. We're doing a lot of changing around in our motorpool office. We're building desks and shelves so we can get more organized. Right now it's horrible in here trying to find anything. Last night I got a package from my mom in the mail so I wanted to thank her for that. Also, a lot of people are asking me what to send me. The list really hasn't changed much. What I'm going to do is send a list to both my mother and my father and if anyone wants to know what to send, try to get in touch with one of them. If you don't know my mother or my father then chances are you know Amy, so ask her. If you don't know her either, use your imagination :) Really, I'm happy with anything. Getting mail is awesome again like it was during Basic Training. Well, I guess that's it. Nothing else new that I can think of. Thanks everyone for your prayers and support. God bless you all. Peace.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Hey everyone. So I'm back from Balad and it was a horrible experience. Well, it started out really cool. We got to ride on a Chinook on the way up there, completely eventless (which you all know I like) so it made for a great ride. We got there, got bedded up and woke up the next morning and practiced and got ready for the show. When we got there we were surprised to find out that it wasn't a talent show. It was a remake of the old Apollo show. So people were getting booed off stage. I say people meaning EVERY SINGLE PERFORMER after the first person got booed. That's right. Everyone got booed after the first. Some stuck it out, some had friends in the audience that stood up and told everyone to shut up and others just left. So when we got one, the female that we had singing for us, Spc Lahner, decided to tell the crowd off before we started and she called them all evil. Needless to say we got booed right off stage. I was a little upset at first because I had never been booed off of a stage before, but then I said forget it and moved on. Now they are having open mic nights here every Friday so I'm going to do that instead. The ride back was just as fun, and now I can say I've ridden in a Blackhawk and a Chinook. Other than that, things are normal. No attacks here I know of. We had a couple in Balad, but that's normal there. I'm glad I don't live there. Ok, well it's lunch time so I have to go eat. I love you all and miss you all. God bless all of you and I hope you all had a great 4th of July. Peace

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