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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Day 156 - Cover My World

(Picture of Chow Hall decorations on Memorial Day supplied by SGT Kevin Kelly. Wayne must sit at the first table on the left...Notice the BIG bottle of Tobasco!) Posted by Hello

Many of you recall Northeast Mississippi’s Daily Journal reporter Jennifer Farish and photographer Thomas Wells, who recently spent 30 days in Iraq covering the Mississippi-based 155th Brigade Combat Team. The Daily Journal of War included stories, photos and columns from four bases where Wayne and our other soldiers are deployed.

Coverage of the 155th resumes today, this time from the home front. Jennifer will begin a weekly front-page column about the troops, drawing heavily from ongoing correspondence with soldiers she met in Iraq.

The Daily Journal will devote a full page each month to the 155th, filled with feature stories and photos, soldier profiles and other reader-supplied information. The first monthly page will appear July 4.

Continuing news about the 155th, as well as other major developments in Iraq, will be reported as soon as possible.

“My column, as well as our ongoing coverage, will depend a great deal on what we hear from the folks at home,” says Farish. “Depending on the event, we may also be able to cover support activities at home as they happen.”

To contact Jennifer, send e-mails to or call her at (662) 281-1069.