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, October 01, 2005

Day 255 - THE Rock of the Cradle

A journalist for the Cincinnati Post thinks if Iraq slips toward civil war, Iskandaryia, a town along the Sunni-Shiite fault line, will be one of the flash points. Iskandaryia, by the way, is the closest town to Wayne's base.
“Talking to U.S. troops at a base near here, you come away with a sense of what the war looks like out in the killing zone - and how hard it is to mesh U.S. strategy with the nightmarish reality of the Iraqi insurgency.”
Moving toward October 15, when Iraqis have a historic opportunity to vote on a new constitution, we will continue to pray as we did during the days leading up to their first Election Day on January 31.

No Triangle of Death. No Sunni-Shiite fault line. No flash points.

We pray ‘that the eyes of their hearts may be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which (God) has called them, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.’ (Ephesians 1:18)

Texas National Guardsman John Upperman, blogging from Iraq, believes in the cause of freedom:
"As we were leaving (Saddam’s palace), I overheard my brigade commander telling someone that people will one day pay thousands of dollars to visit this area and see what we had just seen. Obviously that can only happen once the country is stable and secure. I believe he is right."

"I stood in the place where the cradle of civilization branched out into the rest of the world. Now it is time for us to bring civilization back."
(Read his entire post.)