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, May 01, 2005

Day 104-B - Camel Spiders

Solifugids are commonly called camel spiders simply because they share the desert with camels, not because they eat them. Very quick and frighteningly aggressive, they have a strong bite, but rarely attack humans or larger animals. They prey primarily on other arthropods, like scorpions, but have been known to kill lizards, mice and birds.
Common rumors about camel spiders (which technically aren't spiders, but are arachnids) started in the 1991 Gulf War. Camel spiders are quick, but far from capable of the speeds attributed to them, and are completely silent. Fearsome hunters, they are not venomous, though their bite can produce slight numbness and extreme pain.
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