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.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Day 122 - Animal Planet Iraq

Yesterday, a couple of guys killed this wannabe intruder trying to sneak into their building on base in Iraq.

Sand viper
Cerastes vipera

Description: Usually uniformly very pallid, with three rows of darker brown spots

Characteristics: A very small desert dweller that can bury itself in the sand during the day's heat. It is nocturnal, coming out at night to feed on lizards and small desert rodents. It has a short temper and will strike several times. Its venom is hemotoxic (causes blood poisoning).

Habitat: Restricted to desert areas.

Length: Average 45 centimeters, maximum 60 centimeters.

Distribution: Northern Sahara, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Somalia, and central Africa.

Sergeant Kevin Kelly said, "I'm trying to keep my feet off the ground right now when I'm on bunk. I don't like snakes to begin with, so I really would prefer them not being in my bunk."

Hey, Guys! Since your backyard already seems to be a wildlife paradise, maybe you could be on Animal Planet's new show, Backyard Habitat, airing this summer!

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