News from Baghdad

A small spot to describe to a certain extent what it is like for the soldiers here in Iraq. I must remain anonymous as there may be some who would view this as an "official" posting, however, it is not. Just some personal views on the politics and public views in this war that has been to oftentimes tainted by the sensationalism of the media.

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Location: Home, United States

I enjoy my job to the fullest, regardless of the political climate at any particular time. My family and my soldiers are the central focal point of my existence as well as my religious viewpoints.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

9 October 2004

It has never ceased to amaze me that during the most trying, tiring and just down right exhausting times here, I never fail to find something to laugh about. I have always held to the precept that humor makes any bad situation better and we have plenty of those. My soldiers, though, seem to always do something every day that just trips me out.

Today we had a major operation, of course location and other intelligence I cannot divulge, however, suffice it to say that my day started at 2:30 this morning, and it is now nearly 7:00 at the time that I am writing this. We did find quite a few weapons and were able to get many of them off the streets. My feet have not been this sore in a long long time. Well, while we were out there going house to house, one of our medics was approached by one of our Battle Captains. The Captain asked this young Specialist where our First Sergeant was. The Specialist replied "I don't know, sir". The Captain then asked him where our Company Commander was. Again the Specialist replied, "I don't know, sir". The Captain began to berate the Specialist with, "That's not very good situational awareness now is it troop?". The Specialist calmly replied to the Captain, "Well, sir, you don't know where they are either". Needless to say, that will be the talk of the Platoon for quite some time.

Also, as my Squad was finishing up our last house, we discovered that the family was very friendly. They offered us dinner, which we declined of course, based upon the hygiene and general health issues involved with eating local fare (of which I am guilty of consuming from time to time, being the guest of honor at a couple of our schools), and they offered us other things, water (again not a good idea), drinks, etc. I went upstairs to search the dwelling and as I came down after I had finished, the old man handed me a glass of milk. Well, knowing the aforementioned hazards, I was really not of the intestinal composition to try any type of dairy product. Well, I noticed one of my team leaders, one of my Sergeants, drinking a glass himself. When I began to refuse the offer, he told me that if HE had to drink it, so did I so as not to offend them. Well, I swallowed my apprehension and took a sip. Well, as I took the sip, the Sergeant told me it was goat's milk, which he had failed to mention beforehand, and it was the most rancid thing I have ever drank in my entire life. Tequilla would not have been strong enough to wash the taste out of my mouth. Well, again, I did not wish to offend the family, so I finished what I could (approximately half a glass), and told them that I really needed to go. When we left the house, I told this Sergeant that I was going to kill him. He informed me that he was not aware of it being goat's milk, and asked him straightaway "How many cows have you seen in this country?". Well, I will get him back for that, but it will be all in good fun. If any of you have ANY ideas, please feel free to inform me. Keep them clean and the risk to his health to a minimum (as decided on a case by case basis).

All in all, it was a tiring day, however, we got quite a bit accomplished, least of all, a few more weapons will be pointed in our direction. Take care and God bless. I will write more soon.

90 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen A said...

J - Here is proof there are cows in Iraq. Guess the water and milk there is like it is in Mexico...sorry for that! I enjoy your blog. Tell the guys/gals THANKS and be safe.

http://kitkat92470.bravejournal.com

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay:

Maybe next time you can take some cans of coke with you? "No, let me share with you..."??????

I forwarded what happened with your specialist to my entire military email list. It'll make a lot of people's day.

airforcewife

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,

Thanks for the humor from the front lines. Also thanks for your work for the country. I'm amazed by the folks I've met in today's military.

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Blogger OSAPian said...

Outstanding blog Jay. Keep up the good work. My CA ARNG unit will be over your way soon.

7:37 AM  
Blogger RightMakesRight said...

Great site. It's so great to hear that your spirits are up and that there are some light moments. Keep up the great work you guys are doing over there. We really appreciate it here at home.

God Bless you and your fellow soldiers.

RMR

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Blogger GotDesign said...

Jay,
First off, Hoooah! Next, try to find some camel milk. It's worse than goat milk. I was in Ethiopia a couple years ago and was forwarned about camel milk.

God bless you and your soldiers. And, once again, hoooah!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our "kids" never cease to amaze me. You're a remarkable bunch of guys. Thank y'all for keeping us safe. We are so very proud of you.

Haven't been around military humor in a few years, so was brought back to a time when the medic's response might have been " It's not my turn to watch them, SIR".

Thanks again for the memory and the chuckle.

God bless and protect you all.

former WAF, current C-inC House

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Blogger RightAllTheTime said...

Wow, great blog! Thanks for all you do. Yes, even for drinking rancid goat milk for us :-)

God Bless You!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping me safe, Jay. You stay safe, too. I post this on Columbus Day despite being a little old American Indian lady from South Dakota. Lakotalady

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,
I am amazed at your posts. Thank you so much for what you are doing for us, and thank you for taking the time to write. I have one friend over there and one Adopted Soldier, but only through you do I get a good picture of what is going on. I keep you in my prayers, and also pray that you know how many millions of people are supporting you every day. Please stay as safe as you can. Words aren't nearly enough, but THANK YOU again. Karen

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Blogger Toni said...

Wow Jay - just got linked up thru Hugh Hewitt to your blog. Can't believe you actually drank the milk!! I read all of your posts and am grateful for the honest and upfront comments you posit. Many are questions those of us at home ask ourselves all the time. With the boy cleric I had the same reaction and then started to read some of what happened in the aftermath of WWII. There were many incidents of the same nature of people involved with the after war insurrgency who were let go!! I still have mixed emotions about this and maybe it's because it's so much closer today with the info we have at hand. But, nothing beats getting the news from the horses mouth vs mainstream media. Bloggers Rule! Don't burn yourself out doing this which has happened to a couple other milblogs out there. Thankyou so much for your service.

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