Archive for the 'Missives' Category


Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Generally I’m a pretty compassionate person, but there are limits.  Apparently that amazing ability of the human psyche to convince itself “that couldn’t happen to me” extends even to those living in a city in a war zone. Call me crazy, but if you live in a city that has a serious VBIED threat I would […]

The Golden Lady of Kirkuk

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

So the other day on my way to a suspect VBIED I noticed this statue: I asked our terp Mike about it, he said it wasn’t an actual person, but a personification of freedom for women in Iraq.  Pretty cool.

Trying Something New

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

So, I’ve been back at FOB WARRIOR (a.k.a Kirkuk Regional Air Base or KRAB) for about a month now, and despite my best intentions I haven’t posted anything in the intervening time.  After some pondering as to why this is I’ve come to the realization that previously (i.e. in Afghanistan) I had more time between missions/call […]

The FOB Life

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

9 July, 2007 What is a FOB you ask? FOB stands for Forward Operating Base, its Army speak for a smaller base, away from a main base that is used to expand the area that troops control. But wait, there’s more: the PB or Patrol Base, is an even smaller base used, oddly enough, to […]

FifthTime’s a Charm.

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

So many, many moons ago I wrote a post about waiting to find out if I had been promoted followed by another post wherein I announced I had not been promoted and was somewhat bummed.  Well, this past Thursday the Air Force announced the listing of the newest Technical Sergeants and yours truly was on it.  […]

And So It Begins…(Again)

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Hey everyone, it’s that time once again, I have departed my home and family for another rousing adventure in the cradle of civilization.  This time instead of Afghanistan though, I’m in Iraq, so I’ve got that going for me.  At any rate, after a stint in the worlds largest hair dryer (al Udeid AB, Qatar) […]

Time Travel

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Wow, so um, sorry to anybody whose been checking back since my last post, I’ve obviously been remiss! Not that it’s any sort of valid excuse but once I redeployed from Afghanistan things just didn’t slow down like they were supposed to, but I guess that’s the military life. Anyway, the return trip was uneventful, […]

Hey! You Can’t Do That to My Cannonball!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

From AFMAN 91-201 Explosive Safety Standards: “2.12.4. Do not tumble, drag, drop, throw, roll, or “walk” munitions.” Now, I realize that the general public doesn’t spend a lot of time reading Air Force publications, but it seems to me that treating any munitions item with care, even one that is over 100 years ago, is […]

Why? (Inspired by Mom, Hi Mom!)

Monday, August 29th, 2005

I was talking to my mom a while ago and I was trying to tell her a bit about what it’s like here in Afghanistan. During the conversation it came up that mom was trying to describe what I do in the military, what I am doing in Afghanistan and why I do it to […]


Monday, August 29th, 2005

Hello all, I must apologize for my lengthy absence. It seems that some rather disgruntled individuals running around the Afghan countryside have decided they don’t like the idea of national elections and taken it upon themselves to try and disrupt the elections by blowing people up. My job being what it is I have been […]