Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla. Their son, Donald Wayne (Trey) West, III, was born March 19, 2007. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Day 29 - No PX (Postal Exchange)




Friends and Family,

Our base camp does not have a Post Exchange. This is where we need your help. Please send us care packages of snacks, toilet items, sun tan lotion, and reading material. This will help us greatly. We hope to have a mobile PX come to our location weekly, but it will take some time before we can get this established.

The morale of everyone is high. These soldiers came here to do a job, and they are performing this task superbly. I am proud of everyone. We already have soldiers conducting missions in Iraq now, and they doing great. Every soldier has accepted the present conditions and continues to do his assigned tasks. It is an honor to command such a great unit. You should be proud of what they are doing and what they represent.

I thank each of you for your contributions and support. I will continue to update you on a regular basis.

Thank you again.
LTC John Rhodes
1-155 IN BN
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