Well, I got back from my little excursion in the field doing training exercises and I can say I was tired when it was over. I volunteered for the night shift since we were doing 24 hour operations. Its funny how fast the body gets used to change. We were out there a few days and I am having trouble sleeping right now cuz I am used to being up. I cant wait till I go home for a few days before heading over to Iraq. It will be a very much needed rest and a time for preparation mentally. A year over there will not be a walk in the park although with each passing day it seems the country is getting closer to stability. That in its own is great news, not just for America and our troops but for the people who live there. Onc day they will enjoy freedoms they might never have imagined (and some of those freedoms they have now with just the ousting of Saddam) I hope that their new government will reflect on the past to make the decisions of tomorrow and learn from history. If you do not learn from the past, history will repeat itself. After doing a tour in Bosnia in '02 and seeing these people enjoy new freedoms is a touching moment and makes you, as a soldier, feel good that what you are doing is truly helping someone. I hope that when I do get in Iraq that I may see those same things. You really dont understand how well off you may be living under the Red, White and Blue till you go to a country that has never had those freedoms or may not have had those freedoms for many generations. I know I changed when I came back from Bosnia. I didnt take so much for granted anymore and was appreciative for the life I have. I can only imagine how much I will change from Iraq. I do not hate the people of Iraq nor will I ever. I know that 99% of all the drama ( for a lack of a better word) being caused over there are people who are not even Iraqi descent. They are from other countries trying to wreak havoc. I also do not hate the Islamic faith. These insurgents and terrorists use that as a shield, as a crutch, and are shaming the religion almost making the religion an outcast of sorts. The more people understand that the better off the world may be. These are troubling times it seems, and the future is cloudy. But looking back in the last century, this has been one of the most bloodiest times in human history. History, their's that word again. I think its time all the world went back to school and learned history all over again. Maybe we can end some of this violence before the violence ends us. Although that is a humble thought, I think its one of my most naive thoughts ever too. Well, I guess I have rambled on enough for tonight, so I will talk to y'all later.