I made it to Iraq on 7 July. It is hot here as you would expect. Days are long but not monotonous. I have some of the best people I have met in my years in the Air Force here with me. We have an amazingly strong joint relationship amongst the US Forces. That is really new to me also.
There have been a couple attacks but the insurgents can't aim. God really shields this place well. The daily temperatures are around 120 degrees. There are some things here I can't really speak of but I will try to get pictures of what I can. I hope anyone who sends their husband/wife/child here knows the US Forces are doing their level best to make sure he/she comes home to you safely.
To God and Goddess with the poem... it is not nice to make a big bag GI's eyes well up with tears... I love the poem. I told everyone the sand was in my eyes.
I will blog more when I can. THANK YOU for all the support. We cannot do this without the support of the American people. And whatever CNN, MSNBC... or FOXNews may say good things are happening here for people who have had crap their entire life. Is it worth it to give a life for some other person to have a better life? I say yes!