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.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Day 178 - It's Gonna Be a Great Day!

Myron got up at 6 a.m. to play his customary early round of Saturday golf. As usual, his first stop was the computer to check today’s weather.

“Rebecca!” he hollered back to the bedroom. “Wayne’s online!”

After typing a quick Good Morning, I stumbled into the kitchen to make coffee. (Actually, it was 3 p.m. for Wayne.)

Our soldier didn’t have a lot of “news” this morning, but his words seemed particularly pensive as he talked about how his year in the desert has motivated him to build his business when he comes home.

Wayne concluded our conversation with this comment on the greatness of America: “People who don’t take advantage of the free enterprise system in America insult the rest of the world.”

Here’s more great stuff:

Great news today from Army Wife Toddler Mom:
I just got off the phone with Dear Husband. He is returning to his office, after a visit with the Chaplain of the 39th Brigade. Chaplain McLemore is out of his coma, he has been awake for a few days. My husband says his sense of humor was intact, and Chaplain said 'laughter is the best medicine for everything.' The prayers appear to be working.

Soldier’s Mom has great care package ideas.
(Somebody can send me one of these!)
Muchas Gracias Nachos Supreme"- Doritos &/or Fritos &/or any corn tortilla chips; Mexican Velveeta; salsa (wrapped in bubble wrap); small can of olives (don't forget the can opener); bean dip; nacho cheese dip; small can of green chilies; jar of jalapeno's (wrapped in bubble wrap); taco seasoning; small paper plates or bowls (so they can make their nachos); taco sauce (especially easy are those condiment packets from Taco Bell); You could also send the sauces from the various Mexican dinner kits (they also have tortillas in those dinner kits that are sealed so they would probably get there without molding or drying out).

Little Green Footballs applauds traditionally liberal Dallas Morning News for a great wordsmith-ing decision:
Today, this editorial board resolves to sacrifice another word – “insurgent” – on the altar of precise language. No longer will we refer to suicide bombers or anyone else in Iraq who targets and kills children and other innocent civilians as “insurgents.”

Michael Yon continues to post great writing and reporting from Iraq:
The successful bondage of man depends, at least in part, on equal measures of ignorance and intimidation. These are the twin towers of both tyranny and terrorism.

Great thinking:
JOHN HOWARD: These people are opposed to what we believe in and what we stand for, far more than what we do. If you imagine that you can buy immunity from fanatics by curling yourself in a ball, apologising for the world - to the world - for who you are and what you stand for and what you believe in, not only is that morally bankrupt, but it's also ineffective. Because fanatics despise a lot of things and the things they despise most is weakness and timidity. There has been plenty of evidence through history that fanatics attack weakness and retreating people even more savagely than they do defiant people.

Kickstart your weekend with a great laugh from this Kosovo Music Video.

And for today's Greatest Comeback, watch this astounding video seized two weeks ago from terrorists who tried to kill a US Army medic with a sniper bullet from 75 yards away.