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Iraq insight, from my brother

SlaveToTheGrind

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When I hear from my brother, Capt. USMC, I'll post here to let everyone know what is going on, at least from his perspective. Because of concerns expressed by others, I'll will leave out any specific information.

I was able to catch a ride back to base today. I will leave tomorrow to
return to the field. The Company tries to rotate everyone through the rear.
Today was my turn. I have not had a shower (other than baby wipes) for
the past two weeks. This is a new record for me. So, one of the first things
I did was take a shower and drop of my clothes at the laundry. They will be
ready in 2 days so I will need someone else to pick them up. Hopefully that
will work out OK. My utilities were quite dirty. There was quite a salt
build up in several places.

The company is doing well so far. We have done several patrols and searches
during the first few weeks in the field. We hit our first landmine today. No
one was seriously injured. One of the wheels will need some work, but the
LAV drove back to the rear to be fixed. It is a very durable and so far,
safe vehicle to drive in. The land mine was probably placed many weeks ago.
The company had hit another mine in the same area before I joined them.

My back is almost back to normal. Occasionally it feels sore, but it does
not affect my mobility. It was not fun while at it's peak.

I have been in the field for less than 2 weeks and it feels like much
longer. It's now hard to imagine many months of this. It will be a long hot
summer. The nights are actually quite nice here. In the morning it can
actually be cold. Several nights ago I went out on a patrol and one of our
vehicles broke. Instead of moving to the where the rest of the company was,
we went half way to a safe area and waited until morning to link up with
everyone else. I did this patrol with another vehicle and did not have my
sleeping bag and ISO mat. I borrowed the thin bag from a Marine and tried to
sleep. I woke up freezing. I was surprised. I had not had a problem yet. But
without the ISO mat and my gortex bivy sack, I was quite cold. Most days so
far have been spent waiting for the temp to go down before we do anything.
We set up shade and sleep and sit around. Early evening and nights are prime
times for patrols.

We received hundreds of soccer balls and other stuff to give out. We drove
through several towns and gave the balls to the kids. There is an incredible
amount of kids here. The women are literally baby machines. One Iraqi told
me that he and his only wife have 15 kids. Some have more than one wife
though. Anyway, when we drive though towns now of patrols, all the kids run
to the road and beg for soccer balls. I'm not sure if that is good or bad.
The ones who received the balls are happy though.
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Duke Of Dystopia

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SlaveToTheGrind said:
When I hear from my brother, Capt. USMC, I'll post here to let everyone know what is going on, at least from his perspective. Because of concerns expressed by others, I'll will leave out any specific information.
(Dan) Quote taga added.
Hope he does ok. I hate it when anything happens to our guys.

If you keep posting this stuff for us. Don't edit out what he says except for operational information. That way we have a window onto what is really happening and how they are doing.

Send him packages of food stuffs and goodies often to share and trade with others, write often, it keeps you going.
 

michaelskis

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SlaveToTheGrind said:
When I hear from my brother, Capt. USMC, I'll post here to let everyone know what is going on, at least from his perspective. Because of concerns expressed by others, I'll will leave out any specific information.

Thank you for sharing. My dad works with a guy who's son is over there. (for those of you who don't know, my dad is in radio) Well this guy is the morning show host, and from time to time, his son Ryan will call, and they will talk (on the air). It is funny because the morning guy asked his son to hang on so they could do sports... well the sports guys said that the scores did not change from the last time, and they are not going to change in the next half hour, and that his kids don't call enough from what ever state they are in, and if Ryan is calling from Iraq, talk with him... Even though I don't live close enough to hear the station, it sounds like he is proud that he has the opportunity to help his country, and the people of Iraq....
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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My coworker said to send any extra garage door openers. Evidently they set land mines off when the button is pressed.
 

Duke Of Dystopia

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SlaveToTheGrind said:
My coworker said to send any extra garage door openers. Evidently they set land mines off when the button is pressed.
Thats freaking hilarious, unintended consequences! :-D Ingenuity at its best! :-D
 
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