Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Believe it or not...

Those of you who have spent some time in the desert know that if you can endure the extreme weather you'll be rewarded with amazing sunrises, sunsets, and the brightest stars you'll ever see (if you're in Iraq watch out for the shooting stars...they're probably tracers!).

I took this photo Sunday evening by one of the man-made lakes here on Camp Victory. The buildings you see are a couple of island houses, or at least what's left of them after the Air Force had their fun.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Baghdad turkey

The ham and turkey were excellent here in Baghdad, and the weather is beautiful (if a bit chilly) as well. Jennyjo and I had to take ours to go (the line for the dining facility was about an hour) but we stopped for a quick photo beside Z lake here on Camp Victory.

One more Thanksgiving note; LTG Metz published a Thanksgiving message that I thought you all might like to see...

To the Soldiers of MNC-I:

Thanksgiving this year is a bit different than most, but even outside our countries' borders and away from our families we have much for which to be thankful.

I am thankful for the liberty that all of us, and now the people of Iraq, can enjoy. As President Bush stated, freedom is not our gift to the people of Iraq, but God's gift to mankind.

I am thankful that we are winning the Global War on Terror. Operation Iraqi Freedom is an important part of that war, and by going on the offensive here we are taking the fight to our enemies instead of waiting for them to strike at us.

I am thankful for every country contributing to the Multi-National Corps. Difficult times prove the value of friends and allies, and our current mission is one in which the entire civilized world has a vested interest.

I am thankful for every Soldier, Marine, Airman, and Sailor willing to make great personal sacrifices, to include for some the ultimate sacrifice, for the cause of freedom. Without your efforts, the Iraqi people would still suffer under the harsh and brutal rule of a criminal dictator.

I am thankful for past generations of warriors and the examples they set for us of leadership, perseverance, selflessness, and vision. Our world has seen dark days before, but brave men and women defeated nazism, communism, and fascism, and we will follow their lead as we battle those who would have our families and us live under the threat of terror.

I am thankful for the constant outpouring of love and support from families, friends, and patriots back home. The encouragement they provide makes an immeasurable difference in this fight, without which our tasks would be more difficult.

You may not consider Thanksgiving dinner from an MRE pouch or at a desert dining facility an ideal holiday, but it does highlight the bounty with which we are blessed. I appreciate your and your families' sacrifices as you celebrate this holiday season in separate locations—half a world apart.

Thank you all for your hard work, have a happy Thanksgiving, and be thankful for all the gifts God has given our free nations.

Happy Thanksgiving!

These are just a few of the folks Jennyjo and I would like to be spending Thanksgiving with...our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we can't wait to seeya again!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Jennyjo in Baghdad

Here's a fine photo of my favorite subject:

I think this one was in Baghdad on the site of a project Jennyjo was working. She coordinates for Iraqi contractors to work on a variety of projects throughout Baghdad; I think this one was a city park beside the Tigris.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Now that beef always wins is up and running, we decided to start this blog to post on more personal matters. I thought this would be a good photo to start out with, and I'll add plenty more!

We took this photo in the Atlanta airport while Jennyjo and I were on R&R leave...it was great to see so many of you while we were on leave. I'll put up some funny photos from Pleasant Garden soon.

If you're interested in posting to this blog just let me know...it's very easy, and even better--it's free! Send me an email and I'll add you to the permissions list...it's a great way to stay in touch.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Microphone check, 1...2...3...

Jennyjo and I will have this blog up and running before long...don't be a stranger.