Hey everyone! Things continue to push along nicely here in Baghdad. Fortunately, the amount of “action” in the Baghdad area has quelled quite a bit. Still getting mortars and rockets fired our way pretty regularly … but all you have to do for those is DUCK! ;)
There was a “Day of Rage” here on February 25th. The U.S. called it the “Day of Organized Demonstrations” (gotta love the spin) … the Iraqis planned it to peacefully protest the government corruption. The definition of “peaceful” here is 8 dead and over 200 wounded. Unfortunate … it seems the whole Middle East is in a state of upheaval. It is a double-edge sword. Places like Libya and Egypt are all in chaos in the name of democracy … and that is a GREAT thing! Unfortunately, when you are dealing with scarce loyalties and violence speaks louder than anything else, civil unrest is never good.
I am learning a lot about loyalty while I am here. It’s only been a month and every fiber of my being wants to be back home already, close to the things that I care about and the people and the comforts I love. But my loyalty to my mission and my men keeps me focused. It is an internal struggle, but one that I am willing to deal with.
Life is pretty good here all things considered. I spend most of my free time in the gym. Shocker there, huh? Believe it or not, I have been to the gym three times in one day … hey, I got kill all 24 hours in one day! HAHA! I have gotten a chance to finally see some of the city and some of the sites. There are new businesses all over the bases here. A sign that things are good for the economy and a positive step for the future. Some of the shops made me laugh. There was one that actually sold women’s lingerie!! Like there is a need for THAT here!!!!!!
Here’s a crazy story. During my last deployment I stood up and trained an entire Iraqi army unit. It was one of my greatest achievements in my military career. During the process, I invented the unit patch for that unit. I have carried that patch in my uniform since the day I left Iraq the last time. While I was out looking at some of the stores, they were selling all sorts of patches in the store … and wouldn’t you know it, the patch I invented was for sale!!!! I guess that means my work 5 years later is still going strong! It was weird, I was kinda pissed that they stole my patch, but kinda proud to see that the symbol still was alive. Life is amazing sometimes.
Enjoy the photos folks!
Coming home with a W …