I couldn't remember if I sent the picture home or not so I thought I would post it on the blog. This is an old Iraqi tank that is behind our building, with SSG Johnson and I holding up the still MIA and presumed lost Husker flag. Today is Sunday. We still work but the day does seem to be a little more laid back. We can go to church services if we want in the morning, which breaks up the day. Chaplain Luken preached a good sermon today. The topic was deliverance, he talked about the story of Gideon from Judges. He is working his way all the way through the bible, hitting a book each sermon, and tying them all in together under the overall subject of our covenant with God. It will be interesting to see how it progresses. The Squadron received what I'm sure was an answered prayer a few nights ago. We had a Humvee get hit by IED and totally destroyed, however all 3 soldiers escaped without any injuries. I haven't seen the Humvee, but from what I've heard from looking at it is a miracle they weren't seriously hurt. Please continue to keep our soldiers in your prayers, they are often in harms way and all though the violence has definitely lessened since we've been here, Iraq is still a very dangerous country. Also pray for the families at home. Without going into any details there have already been issues both at home and over here that are testing the resolve of soldiers and their families. The stress of separation weighs heavily on even the most stable of relationships.
Chief Regan ran in a Marathon relay today. They did teams of six and said they had a good time. I was going to try to round up a team, but I originally misread the flyer and thought the entire thing was going to be run at the stadium on a quarter mile track. Running 18 laps in a row is not my idea of a good time. Turns out that was just the starting point. It also started at 0530 so that was another reason not to go. SFC Kerchal and SPC Benes went on a mission recently and were tasked with driving a couple of Army semis on a round trip. They said it was quite an experience and very different from life here on Anaconda. There was a tense moment when one of the trucks in the convoy got stuck but it turned out to be uneventful. They re-iterated what has been said before but I don't know if I've shared, our soldiers are incredibly professional and they do their jobs as if they've been here for years. There isn't another unit in the Army that I would be more proud to serve with. We have our share of issues from time to time, but overall our troops are motivated, dedicated, and always in pursuit of doing the difficult job here better.