Yes, I know it has been quite some time since my last post but I was busy playing tourist in Iraq. Here are some things that went on since my last post.
- We had moved into our new office which is actually an office type trailer. It is quite nice and enough room for our section, the only problem was faulty wiring. Come to find out the contractors who built this office didnt bother putting wire nuts on exposed wires and basically the office was a livewire. A Marine actually got shocked on the outside of the can and they turned all the power off to our office so we wouldnt have anymore accidents. The office became a sauna and we had to run power off of another trailer to power our computers. It was actually cooler outside even during the day. That lasted about a week and half before someone got off their ass and got the problem fixed. I have never sweated so bad for so long in my whole life.
- I went on a little trip to visit some of our other companies who are detached from us and serving with other units. The visits were of official purposes and I was talking with some of our soldiers, answering questions about leave, reenlisting, bonuses and your basic rumor squashing. While on my adventure, I had the unfortunate luck of experiencing my first roadside bomb. I was slightly injured from the explosion, receiving a piece of shrapnel to my nostril. One vehicle was disabled and I had to help recover it and I wasnt going to see the medics upon getting back to base cuz I thought it was just a flesh wound. But my sergeant made me and its a good thing cuz the tiny piece was actually imbedded in my nostril. I now qualify for a purple heart which I find kinda funny due to the fact the injury was minor. I will update on the progress of whether or not I actually recieve the award. I also qualify for the Combat Infantryman Badge which is also kinda funny cuz its a running joke that everyone is out trying to earn this award and I had no intentions of trying to earn anything. Whether or not I recieve either award is still pending, so I will keep ya'll posted.
- Their is also a somber note to add. While on my journies, we got word that we lost 5 more soldiers from my unit, all killed by enemy actions. Right before leaving, we also had got word we lost one last week. That now brings our total to 7 soldiers from my unit who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. All these guys come from the same communities and I can only imagine the atmosphere back home right now. My thoughts and prayers are with those families during these dark hours.
- On another note, I go home on mid tour leave in 2 weeks. I can't wait till I get home to see my girlfriend, Kristen, and visit with family and friends. I will be able to forget about over here for a few days, at least until I see my friends and they all want to hear the "war stories". I will probably save those for a good night out on the town at our favorite bars.
Until next time.....
Remember to have a moment of silence each day for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who paid the ultimate price for freedom....