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., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Day 46 - Paper, Rock, Scissors??

Jonathan Prewitt smiles with a Victory sign for his family and friends back home.

The hand sign indicating victory, solidarity, or approval, is formed by holding the raised index and middle fingers in the shape of a V while the remaining fingers are clenched. Generally considered a "Victory" sign, it can also carry connotations of "Peace" and "Defiance".

In the UK, if the hand is held out, palm towards the person performing the gesture, this is sometimes considered to be highly insulting, similar in severity to the "one-fingered salute."

In Asia, the gesture is often used by persons posing in photographs, with no necessary particular meaning.

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