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.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Day 336 - Hallelujah Chorus!

What does THIS smile say??

Five hundred thrity-five days after Wayne reported to active duty, he returned from Iraq this morning at 6:02.

Words cannot express our joy at his homecoming, our gratitude for his service, our humility for his safety.

We'll check in tomorrow, once I get to a high-speed internet location, to share more pictures of the glorious reunion!!

Thanks again, over and over, to all our family and friends who prayed with us and for us during the last 16 months.