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, August 24, 2005

Day 217 - Video Clip 2 - Fighting Insurgency

A couple of days ago, WLBT-TV3 in Jackson, MS, reported on Alpha Company’s patrol missions. Last night, Mississippi moms told me about a follow-up story telling how soldiers of the 150th fight insurgents.

As I listened to Wayne’s answers on these two segments, one particular conversation pinged my memory.

...I had just asked Wayne if he was in a safe place. “Now, Mom…” he mumbled, words dribbling out slow as syrup that's been in the refridgerator. “You know, if you just wouldn’t ask questions like that, you’d have a lot less to worry about.”
He is so busted!
Better news today from Soldier’s Mom about Nathan’s recovery. Over 200 people have posted notes of encouragement to her since last night.
“Just spoke with my son from Iraq!! He is waiting evac from Iraq to Germany for further evaluation of his spine... All the prayers worked BIG TIME as they determined that they did not have to operate in Iraq and will await further tests in Germany… Thank you all for your caring and your compassion, but mostly thank you for your prayers... they DO work!"
To watch the second installment of WLBT’s coverage of the 150th in Iraq, look under “Featured Videos.” Click 150th Engineers: Fighting Insurgent Attacks. (Again, Wayne is the last soldier interviewed.)