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, September 21, 2005

Day 245 - For Days and Daze

Excitement is beginning to build as Wayne’s unit nears the 100 day mark, counting down the days left in their active deployment.

First Sergeant Kevin Kelly reports the new telephone service provider will honor phone cards purchased from the previous provider. That’s good news for all the families who bought hundreds of minutes at one time. That’s even better news for Wayne and Lauren, who talk an average of an hour a day on the phone!
Wayne called us Saturday night during Mandy and Will’s wedding reception to send his best wishes. He also pointed out we didn’t post a picture of Mandy’s parents. Sorry about that. Here’s to the Fishers!

In case you haven’t noticed, the sidebar (over to the right) has shifted WAY to the bottom of the page. Blogger support staff responded with this explanation:
Why does my sidebar shift to the bottom of the page?
On occasion, one column (often the sidebar) will shift when the content contained within a side-menu or a post extends a column beyond its designated width. This behavior varies across browsers so the issue will not always occur when a visitor views your page. To resolve the problem we recommend reviewing the content in both columns to identify items that may be causing column expansion. In most cases, long links and wide images are the cause of the problem.
Just what I need during magazine production week: a trial and error solution! Sorry, but we’ll just have to live with a “shifted template” until the weekend.

Speaking of blogs, our sweet Lauren (Wayne’s fiancé), has started her own wedding diary. Jump over and leave a comment to welcome her to the blogosphere!