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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Experiences from Iraq 1

I recently spoke with my brother, who just last week deployed to a northern location in Iraq with the Delaware Air National Guard. I thought that this would be the perfect forum to share his experiences. His field within the Air National Guard is Aeromed/Medivac. On a daily basis, he'll be flying critically wounded soldiers and Iraqis from Iraq to various military installations for further treatment. Picture an ambulance in the sky.

He was quick to point out in our most recent telephone conversation, that the area is nothing like what we hear about on the news. The media may highlight all the negatives, as I'm sure we are all aware of, but in reality there is so much positive in the region. The average temperature on a cool day is 109 degrees, and he stated that the sun makes the environment extremely bright. His analogy was having your pupils dilated and then immediately going skiing.

At his location, they have the new Star Wars episode for the troops when they get some down time, and full phone use at night. They're treating them very well, and my brother said that the food is first class, since its contracted out to the civilian side. I'll be e-mailing him frequently and getting as many pictures from his as I can. Unfortunately, there are only certain things he can take pictures of, confidentiality in the military is crazy sometimes for all those who don't know. I'll be sure to post whatever images I receive here and to keep this blog updated, so we all can realize the good that is happening over there in spite of our tainted news sources.

The war becomes extremely real when you have a relative or friend there. Regardless of your personal views on the U.S. involvement in that region, what's important is that our military is there and they deserve all of our support.

5 Comments:

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger spence0422 said…

    Hey dude, I am glad to hear your bro got there safely. Wish him luck for me. He is gonna have a real nice tan when he gets back. I look forward to hearing his stories.

     
  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous just a mom said…

    he is in our thoughts and prayers along with all the other brave men and women. u have to wonder what makes the media want to be so negative all the time. it is for the good of all mankind to do what we wish we didnt need to do. just the change for women and children should be enough to make our hearts and minds put this in perspective. tell him to be sharp and we will celebrate his homecoming whenever that may be!

     
  • At 6:22 AM, Blogger American Sean said…

    Your brother is very brave :)

     
  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger Madelaine said…

    I think a documentary I watched recently may have presented a realistic view of the troops in Iraq - it was called "Gunner Palace".

    That said, normal day to day life probably wouldn't make for the type of news to stop you from changing the channel. That's what they're after.

     
  • At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for sharing his experiances with us.

    Grump

     

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