Thursday, July 28, 2005

Typical day on the ground

9July2005

We’ve been busy, busy, busy. Early mornings, long days, and hot weather (135F on Sunday) were my companions these past few days. We are now going on missions with the IA. They do raids with coalition forces help, and we watch them to make sure they don’t mess up. Our goal is to approve them as “ready to go on their own” so that coalition forces can leave the country to the Iraqi security forces. We performed around 4 raids these past few days, back to back. We searched around 12 villages, some as large as 8,000 people. We cordoned them off and searched each and every house. We found LOTS of stuff. I’m sure we have prevented countless deaths throughout the country. We blew up a cache of weapons the first day that consisted of a dozen RPG’s, over 200 mortar and rocket rounds, 3 AK47’s, thousands of rounds of ammo, Motorola radios for detonating IED’s, spools of wire, and other IED making materials. The next couple days were more of the same. I’m not sure how many people we detained, but it should have been a lot more. It’s tough with the IA because they will tell their buddies we are coming, and we find that a lot of terrorists are long gone by the time we get there. You know how quickly word spreads in small towns. We are working to rectify the situation though, so it won’t be a problem for long.

I’m still uninjured and our battery has faired extremely well. Not a single injury yet. We have had some close calls, but so far, your prayers and well wishes have done us good. Keep them coming please, I’d like to see us end our deployment just like we got here.

That’s really about it. It’s been quite boring besides the weekly action of a planned raid, or cordon. Most of us enjoy the action, but we all are just anxious to get home. Our primary mission is finished. We have trained and equipped an entire battalion of Iraqi soldiers. I can attest to the fact that the 4th Iraqi Army Battalion is the best trained battalion in the Iraqi Army. They are doing well, have lost no one, and have a couple kills and many arrests. Let’s hope they can keep this country like it is, and finish off the rest of the crazy terrorists.

One more plug before I finish. Things are good here. Regardless of what you hear on the news. The terrorists are losing, and losing bad. If you can’t see that, you need to open your eyes. They have resorted to such cowardly tactics as suicide bombers targeting civilians. Civilians! What did the civilians ever do to the terrorists? Nothing. But it doesn’t matter. The terrorists are only here (from other countries mind you) to create havoc. It’s not working too well. For every huge explosion you see on CNN, there were probably two dozen that were prevented by quick thinking, hard working soldiers. You don’t hear about that on the news though. You don’t hear about the 18 year old machine gunner who shot a suspicious vehicle trying to enter their convoy which turned out to be an attempted suicide bomber. This hero is not on CNN for saving the lives of fellow soldiers and Iraqi civilians alike. You don’t hear about how many lives were saved when the Iraqi army raided a small village and destroyed hundreds of would be IED’s. No, that is not news my friends. But when some pus nuts friggin terrorist blows up innocent people in the middle of a market, you are told by the media that we are losing the war and that we shouldn’t be here. Well, we should. When you work with these people daily, you see what the hard work is doing. When the kids are anxious to go to school to learn about the world around them, you realize that we should be here. I hope the trend continues, and that the terrorists run out of cowardly suicide volunteers. Can there be that many stupid people around? Iraq doesn’t have any left. Neither does Iran. These terrorists are from Syria, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, ect. I hope the people fight back. They are starting to, believe me. Yesterday we were tipped off by a man in the village about a house that had already been searched. When soldiers went back inside to search more carefully a cleverly hidden sniper rifle was found. How many people had this terrorist killed? How many would he have killed had we not been tipped off? A big thanks goes out to that civilian. That Arab wants to see his country make something of it’s self. I do too. And you know what, I think it will.

I hope those of you that disagree with me take a moment to realize how right I am. If you still don’t agree, I’ve got a spot here for you. You can be an E-4 in the US Army. You can work with these people every day. You can drive around and fire my machine gun. Please do. I’d like to go home and see my family.

"Look what we found!"


"A shot through my NVG's (night vision goggles)"


"Iraqi Army soldiers"


"Myself on the right with two of my good buddies"

Comments:
Great to see a new post from you. I have just one bone to pick with you, this quote " It’s been quite boring" It's never boring, stay alert stay alive. God bless, you and all the troops are in our daily prayers. Those of us Americans who pay attention to whats going on in the war know of the outstanding job your doing and are very proud of all of you. One side bar it's really amusing how a lot of the news has been the "heat wave that's been plaging the US. when my friends bitch I just tell em , how about 135 deg. wearing 50 lbs of armor and gear and getting shot at, stop your bitchin be thankful. again God bless.

Bravo Zulu
ramblings of and old man.
 
The funny thing is more and more of us are learning about these great things you guys do daily, not from CNN or MSNBC, we learn directly from you guys. And I am more interested in hearing it that way then from the distorted view of a journalist. It's honest and genuine and there is no chance you will have to retract your story because of a bad source :o)

You guys are doing a GREAT job, and you have never left our thoughts since the moment you left home. We are all praying for you guys and will continue to do so even after you return with your mission accomplished.

Thank You for taking the time to see why this is so important, rather than just looking at it as just another mission.
 
Stay safe and this doesn't sound at all like the war CNN, MSNBC, CBS, etc. keep talking about. LOL! The biggest societal change in my lifetime may be frontline reporting from a war by the people fighting the war. Fantastic stuff and it makes me deeply question all previous war reporting. I know that most Iraq "reporting" from the major news organizations consists of attending news briefings at a Baghdad hotel and hanging around the lobby the rest of the time.
 
Just passing by and wanted to wish you well and send out a huge THANK YOU to you and those with you. You do us all proud.......
 
TO ALL THE TROOPS:
FOR EVERY ONE WHO DOESN'T AGREE WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING THERE IS THOUSANDS WHO PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU EVERYDAY. SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL ALL BE HOME SOON. WE ALSO PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND. SO WHEN YOU SEE CNN AND OTHER PUT YOU DOWN KNOW THAT WE STAND WITH ALL OF YOU 1000%. WHAT YOU HEAR IN MEDIA IS NOT WHAT MOST OF THINK. GOD SPEED AND PROTECT ALL OF YOU. ANOTHER THING THEY DO NOT TELL OUR TROOPS IS HOW MANY OF US ARE BEHIND. SO DON'T LET WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR IN MEDIA THINK THAT WE DO NOT STAND WITH YOU. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.
 
I borrowed a bit of your post to make a point on my blog. You put out some great information that helps those of us not there put things in perspective. Thanks.
 
I too will be sending a Hat Tip to this Post. Well written and a very- very good read.... Good luck to you and your friends over there....
Hat tip to 'Jack Army' for bring this post to my attention...
AubreyJ..................
 
I am glad there are people like you telling the truths. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifices. I think more people than not, know what is the truth. The dumbies just happen to be louder.
 
Thanks for the wonderful comments. I'm glad that I can get the word out to you guys. I plan on posting at least one story a week. I've got another one approved, that i'm just waiting to post. Plus three more awaiting approval. The system is working folks. I should be able to get you all a front lines view for the last few months I'm here. Wish me luck, and stop by often.
 
Your now on my Blogroll and Hat Tips your way always... Stay safe my friend and thanks to all of you for everthing you do...
AubreyJ......................
 
Hey, you've been Instalanched! Looking forward to your weekly lowdown, such stories inspire beyond words. Sending lots of hugs and prayers from NYC!
 
God bless you and thank you--not only for your service, but for taking time to give us real news about what is happening there. Come home safe.
 
Just want to add my thanks and gratitude for your service to our country, and especially for your well crafted writing. Millions of Americans DO believe we are winning, and that you and your brothers in arms ARE making the difference in the lives of many good people in Iraq, regardless of the crap idiots like Bob Herbert spew. Stay sharp, we wish you home soon.
 
Thanks for your excellent post and your service to our country! Good luck, stay safe and may God Bless you and your team.

Freedom is on the March...
Dinah
 
Just wanted to thank you for all you are doing...those of us who care to know the truth find the blogs like yours...we've long time given up on the general news media. If we wanted our news spoon-fed, we'd go to them. We want the truth so we go in search of you and those like you. Take care soldier and stay safe. America sure does miss her heroes. God Bless.
 
Good work. Good reporting. Please keep it up. We need to hear from our soldiers.

The media doesn't even know how to cover the war. It's so obvious that they are acting as the propaganda machine for the terrorists. They ascribe motives to the terrorists in Iraq that simply don't exist. It's amazing to me that they don't know what propaganda is, how it works, how they are being complicit, finishing the job for the terrorists, by imporvising a political message that isn't there.
 
Hey, its great to hear whats actually going on there, its too bad not everyone see's all this stuff-it seems like just the people who want to know read it. This stuff is what should be on the news. All you hear from these damn reporters and protestors is how bad this war is and how we shouldnt be there-I think we are all tired of hearing it! President Bush, in my belief, is doing the right thing. As much as we would all love to see our troops home, it would open the doors for more terrorist attacks. It would show these heartless terrorists that we are afraid of them and we cant let that happen! I believe, in the end we will win this war-it may be a slow fight, but we will win!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! Help the people that WANT to be helped! Get home safe! and most of all GET SOME!!
Keep writing-this is the first I am reading here and look forward to hearing more from you.
Be Safe
 
Well, my prayers are definitely with you guys.....
 
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Thank you for your efforts.

You wrote:
"I hope ... the terrorists run out of cowardly suicide volunteers. "

Did you see the polls that millions in Turkey, Morroco, etc. think suicide bombings are justified?

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How many troops know of the 1999 UNICEF study that says that 500000 kids(0-5) died of US led sanctions?
 
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Wow. Some of these comments were posted in 2005 about winning and what not.

Its now Jan 2007 and the same crap is going on.

Are we winning?
 
Yep.
 
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