Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Hey everyone. I know I didn't make my usual every other day goal, but oh well. Things here are still pretty normal. We're still walking around everywhere with flak vest and K-Pot cause of the holiday season. How cheerful. But as far as I know, nothing major has happened.

We had to go to a class yesterday because now they are getting more strict with the Iraqis that they let on the base. Apparently they found two guys that they were letting on the base with full unescorted access that had blasting caps, IED's and 40 or so grenades in their house. Again, cheerful.

We haven't played another softball game yet and they may have cancelled them until we get out of having to wear the body armor everywhere. I'm not sure. Other than that, I'm still pulling guard when the gates aren't closed, and when they are, I'm working in the motorpool. Not much time off, but who needs rest right? I

don't know how many of you know that I have had a pay problem since I got here, well they are finally resolving it, but it's going to put me in debt a couple thousand dollars. It's kind of crappy that I have to pay for their mistake, but on the other hand, it's the government so I'm not surprised at all.

I guess that's it. Everything else is going well and we're getting really close to finishing the movie. OK, well I hope everyone else is doing well. I love you all and thank you so much for your support and prayers. God bless.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Hey everyone. So we lost last night in softball, but I didn't do too bad. And it was fun, so that's all that matters. Things are good and have been quiet for a few days, but as some of you may know, the Muslim holiday Ramadan is coming up, so we're guarding up for that, just in case.

George just let me know that there are new pictures from when I was home up on the site now. They are pictures from my father's wedding. I'm not sure if I mentioned it yet, but my father got married to Lesli, a very cool person who is now my new step-mother :) But I wanted to let you all know and say congrats to him. I played a song at his wedding, so there are some pictures of that up.

Also, I wanted you all to know that my squad leader SSG Byrd had to go to Germany for some minor surgery, so keep him in your prayers. I guess that's it for now. Love you all and thanks for your prayers and support. Keep them up. Peace.

PS. Oh yea, I forgot. Geroge put another website on the right side of the screen. It's a good one. You guys should check it out. OK, that's it.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Hey everyone. I've been on guard duty for the last week and that's why it's been so hard for me to get to the computer. Things are going well though. The trash pile that my worker is cleaning w/ his dozer is slowly but surely getting smaller.

We seemed to be hearing blasts every day now. And multiple times a day. We still don't get actual incomings a lot, but there were two IED's that went off outside the gate in the past two days and we've had a lot of outgoings and a bunch of controlled blasts. It just seems that there is always something shaking the trailer now.

On a good note, and as crazy as it sounds being in a war zone and everything, but they started a softball tournament. I played my first game last night. It was a practice game, but we won. It's fun to play again. Of course I haven't swung a bat in almost a 6 years, so that was something to get used to, but at least it was softball and not baseball. But it was fun. Anyway, the tournament starts this week, so I'll let you guys know how it goes.

Well, I guess that's it. I appreciate all of the support and prayers that you guys take time to give out. It all really means a lot to me. I love you all and God bless. Peace.

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