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, January 04, 2006

A Letter of Thanks from Wayne

Dear Friends,

Well, I must say I have never been so excited to see a new year in my life! Still, 2005 will never be forgotten.

It was the year boys from all over the country became men who pulled together as one unit to conquer a common enemy. Although it was real and even fun at times, it was never real fun. There was always another place we would rather have been.

A wise woman once said -- actually she said it three times, "There is no place like home!!" So to every one of you who supported us from here at home with letters, shoes, food, shoes, magazines, shoes, prayers, shoes, school supplies, etc., and more shoes, I give you my deepest appreciation.

Your prayers were felt all year long. Ya'll helped pick us up and push us forward when it got hard.

Thank you for encouraging my mother all year, too. This blog was like therapy for her. So thank you for visiting the site and loving on her with comments all year. We have made a lot of good friends in 2005.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year and pray that 2006 will be joyful and exciting and full of life! We love you guys.

Take care,

Sgt. West, Donald W