Friday, March 4, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes

Today is Friday and of course we here in the US all look forward to Friday, even if you have to work Saturdays and or Sundays, we all have a Friday.

This is one huge difference about being in a combat zone. There is no time frame except for the hour and sometimes just the day time vs the night time.

Jobs need to be done everyday no matter what. There are no days off, no breaks except to grab a bite to eat if you're lucky, or some shut-eye. Troops learn to sleep anywhere at the drop of a hat.

Your body learns to run on adrenaline. You know you have to stay alert because it could be a matter of life or death not only for you, but for your battalion.

Veteran's have a hard time living back in the real world. They feel guilty because they're alive, having a Friday. They have to remember that they're back living because they did their job well. Because they did their job well, more of their brothers and sisters returned alive.

Enjoy your weekend...there are a lot of people out there who've died for it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - Frankfurt

This is horrifying. Frankfurt is used by a lot of Military in and out of Afghanistan.

TWO U.S. AIRMEN SHOT DEAD: Two U.S. Air Force airmen were shot and killed and another was severely wounded at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany, in an incident involving a U.S. military bus. The identity of the bus driver, who was also reportedly killed, was unknown; another unidentified source said that two other people had been injured. The two soldiers killed were from a base in the United Kingdom and were taking a commercial flight on their way to a deployment. It is believed that German police have a Kosovo national in custody.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - 3rd gender

I don't have the statistics in regarding the female or third gender in the Afghanistan War, but you can bet I'll be getting them.

In mid-April, hopefully, I'll be traveling with the 3BCT 25th Division.

It's crazy how women have been denied the recognition they deserve, awards, decorations and their rightful place in history. The American Military doesn't acknowledge their combat status.

But women have been involved in war throughout history and some even taken prisoner of war. I haven't read this book, but I'm getting it and will review. If anyone has read it already, write a review and I'll post it.

Operation Desert Storm saw the capture and imprisonment of an Army Flight Surgeon, Major Rhonda Cornum and an Army Transportation Specialist-Sp4 Melissa Rathbun-Nealy.
Major CornumThe real story of Major Cornum's experiences as a prisoner is told in her own words in this excellent book "She Went to War". It is a remarkable narrative by a courageous military officer - who happens to be a woman, wife and mother as well as a physician, pilot and soldier.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - Jacksonville connection

When I read in the paper or hear of a wounded or killed troop it brings the war into my heart. With all that's going on in the world we can't forget our own. War is our own making, a cancerous cell of hell that spreads and takes over. We need to find a cure.

Westside Jacksonville Marine seriously injured in Afghanistan
A 21-year old Westside Jacksonville Marine corporal was severely injured in an explosion in Afghanistan...First Coast News.

Westside Jacksonville Marine seriously injured in Afghanistan |