Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Hey guys.  Another day down.  We're just hanging out getting ready for our convoy in the next couple of days.  This will probably be my last post until we get back.  Nothing's really new around here.  Still really quiet.  We're just working hard trying to get all of these vehicles up and running.  We have this thing called a deadline and it's when a vehicle is too messed up to be mission capable.  It's normal to have quite a few vehicles on it at a time, but we're striving to get at least 98% of all of the vehicles up and running.  I'm not active duty, but apparently that's some kind of goal for them.  Me?  I'm just trying to get home :)  Well, I guess that's it.  Hope all is well.  Love you guys and I appreciate the help.  Thank you for your support. 
God bless. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Hello everyone.  We found out a couple days ago that there are about 9 people from our company are being moved to a company down in Baghdad.  While I'm not one of the ones getting moved, I just found out today that I'm one of the ones that are taking them down there.  Therefore, I will be going on a convoy sometime in the next week.  I can't tell you when, but I'll let you all know when I get back.  We are only supposed to be down there for a day so it shouldn't be too bad, but I thought I'd let you all know so you could pray for me a little bit extra.  I promise to be as careful as I can and I still have sometime for a few more posts before I have to leave so if we're only gone for a day or two you all may not even know until I get back.  Of course, my mom, dad and Amy will know when I'm leaving, but when I get back I promise to update you all on everything (hopefully nothing) that happens while I'm gone.  I got a package from Jacob and his family today.  I wanted to thank you guys so much for the stuff.  Especially the Hulk Hogan book, the hair brush and the enema.  I'm sure they will all come in great use.  Ha Ha.  Well, that's it for now.  Thank you all for your support.  God bless.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Hey guys.  I'd like to give out a congratulations to the newest father in our company.  My buddy Ricky Barrett's wife gave birth to a 6 lb baby boy on the 24th of this month.  I would also like to point out an injustice though.  Although Ricky, his friends, and even some of the NCO's in his chain of command pushed and pushed and tried their hardest to get him home to see his baby's birth, he was denied by higher ranking officials every time, most for ridiculous reasons.  Like for example, one reason was that he couldn't trade R&R slots with someone else because they weren't going in the same month.  Another reason is because to trade with a higher ranking person would show favoritism.  There are a lot more and apparently in our system, baby's births are no longer important enough to go home to see.  It's sad but it's true.  Ricky's a good friend of mine and it's sad that this is the way our system works.  But nonetheless, he's a brand new daddy of a healthy baby boy.  So congrats to him.  Well, that's it for now.  Thank you all for your support.  God bless you all. 

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