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.

Saturday, May 21, 2005


The Fleischners and Susan, Soren and Grace Nyberg of Hot Springs, AR, packed school supplies yesterday to send to Sgt. Wayne West's unit in Iraq. Alpha Company will distribute the supplies to children attending a local school adopted by the soldiers.

Identical kits are pre-packaged according to instructions from 150th's Captain Cager.

Purchased at Office Depot's online prices, the net supply cost for each kit is $12. Adding an additional $3 for flat-rate priority shipping (2 kits per box), brings the cost for one kit to $15.

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