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Posted: 5/8/2004 10:38:08 AM EST
Gentlemen,

Well I've been here 10 weeks now and have survived 13 rocket/mortar attacks (one 45 yards from me), 1 C-130 combat dive to avoid an RPG, been hit with rocks 4 times, fired 2 warning shots, killed 21 wild dogs, spotted for an SF sniper, changed 4 M16's into M4s, got a farmer tan, recovered a .50 cal lost last year, got 2 job offers from private security companies, had 2 soldiers in my unit get hits from explosions and watched 4 civilian security personnel loose their lives.

So how was your day?
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 10:43:29 AM EST
Compared to that, every day here in the states is gravy.

Stay safe, and thanks.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:22:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By TANGOCHASER:
Gentlemen,

Well I've been here 10 weeks now and have survived 13 rocket/mortar attacks (one 45 yards from me), 1 C-130 combat dive to avoid an RPG, been hit with rocks 4 times, fired 2 warning shots, killed 21 wild dogs, spotted for an SF sniper, changed 4 M16's into M4s, got a farmer tan, recovered a .50 cal lost last year, got 2 job offers from private security companies, had 2 soldiers in my unit get hits from explosions and watched 4 civilian security personnel loose their lives.

So how was your day?



Stay safe; stay well and THANK YOU !!



5sub
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:36:26 AM EST
Thanks for serving and stay safe.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:51:42 AM EST
Best of luck my friend.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:53:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:55:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/8/2004 12:30:19 PM EST by BravoCompanyUSA]
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 11:58:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By TANGOCHASER:
Gentlemen,

Well I've been here 10 weeks now and have survived 13 rocket/mortar attacks (one 45 yards from me), 1 C-130 combat dive to avoid an RPG, been hit with rocks 4 times, fired 2 warning shots, killed 21 wild dogs, spotted for an SF sniper, changed 4 M16's into M4s, got a farmer tan, recovered a .50 cal lost last year, got 2 job offers from private security companies, had 2 soldiers in my unit get hits from explosions and watched 4 civilian security personnel loose their lives.

So how was your day?



Thank you... and stay safe !!!!
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 12:17:13 PM EST
Tell us what happened to the security contractors.

God Bless You.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 12:43:22 PM EST
THANKS MAN FOR ALL YOU DO1
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 12:43:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/8/2004 12:43:57 PM EST by Tex78]
THANKS MAN FOR ALL YOU DO!

We are keeping yall in our prayers!

Link Posted: 5/8/2004 1:29:13 PM EST
Stay safe and God Bless You! You and your fellow soldiers are always in our hearts.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 1:35:52 PM EST
Be careful man. Take care of youself over there.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 1:49:42 PM EST
Thank you for the service to our country. Be careful and good luck.
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 1:51:15 PM EST
Thanks and take care!
Link Posted: 5/8/2004 1:55:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/9/2004 1:50:40 PM EST by M4CARBINE]
Keep up the good work.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 4:49:14 AM EST
Not to be rude.

Don't ask stuff like what unit are you with and what is your job. OPSEC is important.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 4:56:22 AM EST
M4CARBINE- I am the S2 (Intel) NCO for a rocket artillery (MLRS) unit but I am currently the Force Protection Officer for the base I'm at.

TacticalMan-3 of the civilian contractors were killed by IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices). One civilian was killed after their security convoy was attacked with RPGs and small arms fire. As they were hauling ass out of the kill zone, a round hit him in the back of the head. To add insult to injury, this same guy accidentaly shot himself in the leg about a month ago. Most of the civilian security guys here are former SF or Recon marines and a few Delta.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 6:07:00 AM EST
Keep low and shoot & long and straight...... Thanks for your service and stay safe. I have a deep burn inside that wishes I was over there doing my part. Im 36 and been out for 14 years. 2ea small children that keep me striaght. Please keep writing, U.S. ARMY 4/23 Infatry 1985-1989 . WarDawg
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 6:10:14 AM EST
Thank you......................
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 6:13:50 AM EST
Stay safe and watch your six brother. Keep an eye on the rest of my brothers and sisters.

DEATH FROM ABOVE! 13 FOXTROT! HOOAH!
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 6:27:36 AM EST
We oughtta do a group buy on some .50s. I'm sure the guys over there would love a few more of those.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 9:37:21 AM EST
You rock. Thanks for your service. God bless all of you.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 9:44:41 AM EST
Thank you for your service!

Is there any gear that you need and/or want that I/we can get for you?
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 11:07:25 AM EST
Thanks for your service!

I say this everytime when I can (in public in front of everyone). And it goes something like this, "I bet they aren't going to _fill_in_the_blank_ in Iraq right now". This usually puts things into perspective for the people I'm around. I've never been where you are right now, but I have been in some shitholes. I feel for you and wish we could make life a little better for you. Most civies don't realize how good they have it and what you are doing there in Iraq.

Watch your six!
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 11:16:37 AM EST
Very well said TnRonin. WD
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 11:23:29 AM EST
TC,

There are a lot of us that have spent time in the jungles or deserts for our country, and we continue to think of those of you who still are.

Stay safe.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 1:34:51 PM EST
Thanks ,watch you six and keep on keeping on and make it back safe.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 2:39:14 PM EST
Hua! and God Bless!!
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 6:19:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/9/2004 6:20:37 PM EST by TANGOCHASER]
Thanks for the sentiments guys. I just wish I had more opportunities to wack some bad guys. As soon as I get this base secure, I'm going patrolling with the SF guys here. My boss won't let me go play until then.

adh- I don't need anything right now but thanks for asking.

If any of you are interested, the private security companies over here are paying $12,000 a month. The 2 biggest here on base are Custer Battles Group, and Cochise. They protect personnel working for Washington Group who are rebuilding bridges, power plants and power lines. They also do convoy security for logistics convoys.

Cochise is owned by Charlie Beckwith's (1st Delta Force Commander) old executive officer.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 8:07:35 PM EST
Stay safe and watch your six. My boss's 3 kids that joined the Marines last year are going over to Irag soon.
Link Posted: 5/9/2004 8:22:17 PM EST
Thanks.
STAY ALERT, STAY ALIVE!
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 4:55:27 AM EST
Our days are not as nearly as important as yours. Moreso are your days to come. Be safe and keep the postive attitude.
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 5:06:49 AM EST
Bill,

Looks like I'll be at your location next month. Watch yoiur six and maybe we'll go hunting together. I'm back in the 2 shop again myself.

CD
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 8:19:35 AM EST
thanks for your service and stay safe!
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 8:34:50 AM EST
Thank you for your service. Have faith that we know that US servicemen and women are doing their best!
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 9:40:35 AM EST
Stay safe man.
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 9:58:35 AM EST
Glad to hear from you MSGT. Take care, I might be visiting next year.

Link Posted: 5/10/2004 10:25:54 AM EST
Thank you.
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 7:19:07 PM EST
TC,Godspeed and keep your head and ass down.Thanks for your service.Our prayers are with you.Let us know if you need anything.Good Luck to you all.Lonestarwj
Link Posted: 5/11/2004 7:39:04 AM EST
Thanks for your service!
Now kill some bad guys!
And watch your 6.

Tim
Army Grunt 82-90
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 2:58:36 PM EST
You are the man. Pass on my regards to to all you serve with, your country has nothing but pride for all of you. Take it easy bro.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 4:49:00 PM EST
Thanks to all of you.
Keep your head when things are moving fast.
Fight like hell.
Come home safe!

MKS
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 5:00:24 PM EST
We are very proud of all you serving over there. God bless all and Gods speed.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 5:18:25 PM EST
Stay frosty, brother. Expect much free brew when you get back state-side.

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