Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
It's "all in the family." They target each other; picking off a GI is just gravy. These people are happiest when they "resolve" feuds by taking out other Iraqi's who might have a different sect belief, or whose ancestor may have offended their ancestor. It doesn't matter the reason.
The sector Fox Company is in is relatively quiet. The population is much less dense than when they were in Baghdad and consequently there is much less noise. Small arms fire is almost nonexistent. That's the good news. The bad news is the criminals are much more likely to use IED's.
There haven't been any US injuries here since February, but Daniel reports they were busy over the weekend killing each other.
Anyone who believes the fall election will bring a speedy exodus of troops from this area is delusional. There is not a savvy politician alive who is willing to take the PR fallout from the massacre which will occur when these internally warring factions are unrestrained.
Daniel ventures that within 7 years, Baghdad will become a duty station.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Just like, "I love you," I firmly believe, "Thank you" should be said when the person to whom it is directed is able to receive it.
but the williness to act, regardless.
He's been learning a photo editing software, so the added verbiage is his work as well!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Yes please. food is kind of scarce around here so far. I haven't eaten much. Cup noodles and other such boil-water only things would be good. Even in the heat it's still food and easy to make.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
oh yeah, apparently. If I wanted to , I could join the British army, and keep time in service, and rank when if I were to join. interesting fact of the day.
(they pay in pounds)
Don't you have to be a British citizen?
we were talking to some British soldiers and they said we could sign a contract while we are here to join their army.
And the advantage would be...? Other than getting paid in pounds?
a LOT better equipment, a Much more funded and cared about military.
shorter time in service?
don't know, didn't ask. not really interested in staying in any military
But they could take you to England for training. It is lovely there. Nice vacation and you could bunk with the future heir to the throne. All in all, it could be much worse.
And another inane bit of chit and chat. I hope I won't get him in trouble with Homeland Security by divulging this
Matt's now eating a day old donught. Nothing better than stale pastry.
cold pizza? day/week old popcorn?
Cold pizza, yes. Old popcorn is nasty and makes your breath smell bad so girls don't want to suck your neck. Stay away from it if you ever want to have children.
well at least we agree about the pizza. I don't think I agree with your theory of a new form of contraceptive. I don't think its as affective as you think
Trust me, dad and I could have potentially had 27 children except he insisted on eating old popcorn. You're lucky to be alive bucko!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
So he's back in Baghdad and it's 105 degrees. Quite a change from the snow he experienced when he was here. The chopper which was to ferry him back to the FOB was cancelled, as were all chopper sorties. Instead he's to phone his squad (why am I thinking of ET?) and they will send someone to get him.
They will be moving to another FOB, so he asks you to hold off on packages in case he gets a new mail address. It probably wouldn't be any different other than the zip code, but he'd rather not have to have packages "catch up" to him - he's not sure they do that very well
Saturday, May 3, 2008
They have until late September or early October in Iraq, then to Kuwait for outprocessing and debriefing (making sure no one wants to go off and get weird), then back to Germany for at least 90 days. After that comes the breath holding. The goal is to stay with the 2-2 SCR, which is not scheduled for a re-deployment for at least a year. If they get transferred to another unit, he could go back for a 2nd stint. He would like to come home and get on with education and the rest of his life.
It was wonderful to have him here. Please stick him back in your prayers for safety.