This Article, the second one by our embedded reporter, pretty much sums up how I feel right about now. I'm slated to go home for my 15 days sometime in September. The soldiers that are quoted are a New Jersey unit that is attached to us. They are pretty unique bunch, the first one quoted, SGT D, has the thickest Bronx accent you can imagine, and he has a bunch of "sayings". For example: Am I beautiful or what, baby? You know you love me baby! Who's better than me, tough guy? I could go on all day, but again, this is one of those things that you probably have to be there for.
Another Nebraska Soldier died in Iraq this week (see stories at WOWT and Omaha.com). SPC Joshua Ford was from Pender Nebraska and was assigned to a transportation company, which means that most likely he was out on the roads all of the time. He is the 4th Nebraska Guardsman to die in Iraq and the 41st soldier from Nebraska and Western Iowa to die in the war on terror. His dad says in the article that while he was home on leave both he and Joshua discussed the feeling they both had that he might not come home. Obviously pretty tough on a family. Every death over is tough to take, but our fellow Nebraska Guardsmen hit pretty close to home. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers this weekend.