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, June 26, 2005

Day 159 - Good Morning, Arkansas!

A few days ago, we mentioned SFC Kevin Kelly, who posts an online daily journal from Camp Dogwood.

Today, I think he really wants to know if anybody from Arkansas actually READS his journal. Check out Kelly's tongue-in-cheek jab at Arkansas soldiers at the end of this post:

I had been walking by this one area where soldiers from Arkansas fly an American Flag. The last few days, I noticed the flag was tattered and badly worn. Having gotten a new flag from home, I did a swap for them. I think the Arkansas soldiers thought I was crazy to offer them a brand new flag for an old worn and tattered flag.

The red Engineer flag that flies over our building was also very worn. I swapped out that one with a new one my sister had sent me.

Most of the guys see the ones I took down only as worn flags. I am sending both of them home to be framed and put up in my office. I think it will be pretty nice looking to see these flags matted, framed and hanging on the main wall. One day, I hope to be able to give them to my son, Walker, so he can have something from this war.

After telling them what I planned to do, the Arkansas soldiers said that they were going to get some flags from home and do the same thing. They have an Arkansas flag that is kind of worn, but I told them they were on their own with that flag.

OK, so who wants to volunteer to send flags? Posted by Hello