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.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Day 183B - Clouded Vision

Hot Springs, AR – After a big storm blew through about 5 o’clock this afternoon, the sky puffed up its cheeks and spit out this pile of cotton.

Actually, these are Mammatus Clouds , named for their sack-like resemblance to udders.

Depending on the reflection of the sun, mammatus clouds can look somewhat eerie or quite beautiful. See pictures.

The weekend forecast for central Iraq is partly cloudy to sunny, with highs of 116 – 118F. Lows Friday and Saturday range from 87-95F, with a cool front pushing temperatures down to 80F by Sunday evening.