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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Day 174 - No Dumping Allowed

For everyday news straight from Camp Dogwood, nobody does it better than SFC Kevin Kelly. The last paragraph of his post today cracked me up.

Good News Sunday was postponed until Good News Monday this week.

1) Wayne called yesterday morning. His birthday packages, along with our first shipment of school supplies for the Iraqi children, finally arrived. No word on the shoes yet. Hopefully, we'll be able to post some pictures soon!

2) We talked to Dr. Monta yesterday (See Day 172 for details.) Adaire was resting well at the hospital. Apparently, her heart is out of sync with itself. Doctors will install a pacemaker on Monday.

"She's remarkably chipper," George chuckled, "especially to be in such a weakened condition. Her heart seems to operating with a mind of its own."

Imagine that.

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