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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Day 120 -MS Native Named Brigadier General

Maj. Gen. Harold Cross, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, has announced the U.S. Senate confirmation of Col. Augustus L. Collins for promotion to brigadier general.

Collins, a Booneville native, is in Iraq as commander of the 155th Brigade Combat Team, comprising more than 3,000 state Army National Guard members.

"Brig. Gen. Collins epitomizes the spirit of the Mississippi National Guard and has risen through the ranks continually training himself and soldiers for duty in combat," Cross said.

Collins, a 23-year veteran of the Mississippi National Guard, has previously commanded at the platoon, company and battalion levels, Cross said.

As commander of our troops deployed with the 155th Brigade Combat Team, Brig. Gen. Collins is one of the leaders we pray for God to grant wisdom, strength and courage.

For all of our military, we suggest this guide from "Pray for Our Nation," published by Harrison House:

"Thank you, Lord, for the men and women of our armed forces. Protect them as they protect us. Defend them as they defend us. Encourage and strengthen their spirit, soul and body in the execution of their duties and responsibilities. May they be mentally and physically strong when required to face the challenges of combat. Undergird them with Your spirit and might when they are called to endure hardships of battle.

We pray that nothing would take them by surprise, but that they would be aware of all potential aggression. Enable them to curtail hostile actions before they start.

Reveal to military leaders the strategies and plots that enemies would wage. Give leaders wisdom and insight in all decisions. May response to any aggression by enemies of this nation be swift, accurate and effective.

Lord, give our military favor with the governmental agencies of this country, especially that they would have sufficient funds to keep our nation's military preeiminent in the world.

Thank you for providing America with a well-trained and fully equipped military force. Fill them with the Gospel of Peace.

Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done. Amen."
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