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. Their son, Donald Wayne (Trey) West, III, was born March 19, 2007. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Day 257 - Brain Food

The 155th INBN was busy last week, uncovering another huge weapons cache consisting of nearly 400 artillery rounds from a site actively used by insurgents.

In a letter to 155th families, the company commander said:

We were able to locate this cache through aerial surveillance. We detained one insurgent at the location attempting to gather bomb making material. It took our Explosive Ordnance Detachment a full day to dispose of the artillery rounds. In addition to discovering this cache, we detained nine more known insurgents.

Also, this week, we conducted a joint food distribution with the
Iraqi Army to over 100 families. They issued 350 cases of milk products, 400 canned food products, 400-500 variety of cakes, condiments (salt, pepper, butter, cups) and 50 boxes of snack products. Over the past two weeks, our soldiers and the Iraqi Police have delivered over 5,000 school backpacks to local schools.

Our Physiological Team received 22,000 backpacks donated by organizations in the U.S. We plan to visit every school in this area and distribute these backpacks along with other school supplies to local students. These students will always remember these acts of generosity by U.S. soldiers, which will enhance future relationships with Iraq.

Thank you again for your continued support.

JOHN M. RHODES
LTC, IN
1-155TH IN BN, 155TH BCT
COMMANDING

Dozens of families from Hot Springs participated in School Kit drives, among them the Nybergs and the Fleishners. I guess I'm somewhat partial to these little ones because Grace and Sophie are my piano students!

Have a great week!

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