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.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Day 294 - You Are My Son. Shine!

Late afternoon sunlight streams through the trees these days like Nature’s flash photography. Over the weekend, cars slugged through mountain roads as tourists and natives alike wrapped themselves in a blanket of Fall color.

The sun also smiled on Wayne’s new niece, Taylor Catherine, at her recent christening in Lafayette, Louisiana. Daughter of Shawn and Nikki (West) Moore, Taylor takes the place of her older sister, Reagan Elizabeth, as the newest little Moore.

In Iraq, another mother beamed with joy Saturday when she talked to her daughter, who is recovering from life saving surgery at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Soldiers from the 155th Brigade Combat Team learned of Hadiya’s congenital heart defect during a routine inspection of a water treatment plant. Through the generosity of Americans, Hadiya (whose name means ‘God gift’) traveled with her father to the United States in mid-October to prepare for surgery last week.

After the operation, soldiers visited Hadiya’s mother to share the good news her daughter had come through surgery with flying colors.
(Read the full story here.)

We pray The Son continues to shine on our own soldiers, until they all come home under the flying colors of the red, white and blue.