Hello my friends! It has been a good run of things at Fort Dix. Despite my constant complaining about the food and the weather, my unit any myself managed to make it through with out any injuries or hiccups in training. That was step one and priority one. Our next priority was getting over the pond which we have done successfully as well. We got a charter flight … a short stop in Germany for re-fueling and then over to the sandbox. Our first stop is Kuwait. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to step off the plane a NOT see snow!! Now the weather wasn’t perfect, but there was no wind and the temperatures are more than comfortable right now. Soon we will head north into Baghdad to get things rolling. We are all pretty excited to start what I think will be an amazing journey.
I know I have said it several times before, but I can’t help but say it again. Thank you very much for all your support. I can’t tell you how many e-mails just lift my spirits so much. Before I left I got to go home and spend my final days in America with my family and loved ones. They will never know how much that time meant to me and how much I look back on it with strength. The friends and fans in the Charm City have become my extended family and each message, email, Facebook post give me a pick-me-up everyday. I think about all of you and how much you have supported me and that makes me work even harder to accomplish our mission. What lies ahead will be challenging, dangerous and different, but I know what a great team that myself and all the soldiers have behind us.
I am coming home with a “W” …