We thought this would be a great way to stay in touch with those we love during this current deployment.
Thank you for your fervent prayers and support. It is simply all that gets us through such a lonely and tumultuous time.
God is good; all the time and it is on that Solid Rock that we stand ... united.
For the last week or so my Commander, COL Rathje and I have been on the road attending several meetings and briefings with the G5 Staff of the MNF-(W) Headquarters Command II MEF(FWD) in Fallujah and in the IZ(international zone), Baghdad.We are attending to the transitioning of the PRT mission from one of a military (DoD) lead footprint to one in which the civilians (DoS) and USAID take up the principal role as the political and economic action arm of the MNF-I Coalition Forces interagency team.At some point the military will take on an overwatch/security mission and then most interactions with Iraqi’s will be by U.S. civilians.
Travel continues to be the thorn in our side.Because of the vast distances between destinations all of our travel continues to be by Marine helicopter assets scheduled during the wee hours of the morning.A week or so of this type of movement is hard on this “old” body; as this always was and still is a young mans game.Never-the-less it is what it is.The good news is that in less than two weeks I will be rotating up on my mid-tour R&R and I will be getting some much needed TLC at home from Rex (Terri-short for T-Rex).
The mission here continues to be difficult, however there has been definite progress and by this time next year Iraq will have turned the corner.The surge is paying great dividends here in al Anbar and by early 2008 the view from Anbar and Iraq will be much clearer.Kinetic operations and the heroic actions of great professional soldiers continue to weaken AQI and JAM (Jaysh al Mahdi Army).Let us all pray for the Iraqi people to have the occasion to control their own destiny.“And so it goes.”