Thursday, November 08, 2007

400 days of OEF

I start active duty today. 400 day orders. First, I will be doing some training here in the US. Then I will be off to help train the Iraqi Army.

I knew I had something coming up, some months ago - but I had expected to go back to Afghanistan. I shall now be a fully rounded out Soldier when I get home - I will have supported operations in Bosnia (1997), Afghanistan (2004-2005) and Iraq.

I hope to keep everyone updated, as I am able, on our progress and what I see and experience. I will also be sharing my story with some other blogs (this was how I handled my Afghan tour).

Oh, time for me to start a new "Miserable Donut"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck, stay safe, see you on the intarwebs when you get back.


7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Iraqis are lucky to have you. Best of luck-- you know I think the world of you.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a safe deployment, friend. Hopefully they don't have any White Castles over there...

8:20 AM  
Blogger dianainsa said...

We hope you have some time to let us know what is going on over there, we always enjoyed your posts about Afghanistan. Good luck!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, the extent some people will go to get away from this miserable season of the Bears.

Seriously, Major John, good luck, kick ass, and git yer rear end home safe.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Major John,

Godspeed. Look forward to your reports. I think you'll be a terrific observer to let us know how the next chapters are written!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Acad Ronin said...

Geh gesundt. Be careful; we all want to see you back safe and sound.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best to you!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Maggie Goff said...

Will be looking forward to your reports and photos, Sir. God Speed.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your service and sacrifice..We are a few blocks from the giant whole in the ground formerly known as the World Trade Center. May God keep you and your colleagues safe. We are not safe without men and women who are willing to do what you do.
Donald Beier

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sincerely thank you and your colleagues for your service to our country and the American people. Best wishes for a very successful tour and a safe return.

Bill G.
SGT, US Army (retired)

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perseverance; and remember, track-side down.

J.M. Heinrichs

9:28 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

God Speed Major John. Keep in touch! We are all so proud of you.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes, Major John.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know we're with you and all the troops in spirit.

Former Marine

9:44 AM  
Blogger Carin said...

Into the belly of the beast, Major John! Stay safe, and we'll be expecting regular updates.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Rob B. said...

I know that is totally off your radar but around Mishraq, on the Tigris River, south of Mosul, they have some world class native Frasch sulfur deposits and are pretty well covered as far as phospahte mineral collecting.

Yeah, we have a mission over there and all but if your into mineral collecting you can do pretty well.

Other than that, keep safe sir and know that your on the prayer list till you get home.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Just saw a show last night on the History Channel called "Band of Bloggers."

I think you SHOULD be as effective and influential as those guys.

I spoke at my Propettes' school before seeing you on Thursday and told all the kids that they can learn all they want and be able to form a full and educated opinion of the war if they read, watch and listen to everything and make their own decisions.

I told them they have to work at it, but it is available.

I direct them to this blog whenever I can.

10:08 AM  

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