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.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Day 225B - Home Sweet Home

About fifteen minutes ago, SGT Wayne West walked through the front door with his new fiancee, Lauren Ritchie. Momma's feeling a lot better now, and we're all happy campers for the moment.

We're off to Outback Steakhouse to make good on a promise for a juicy steak when Wayne got back. Red beans and rice and gumbo are ready for the weekend.

More later...