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 18, 2006

Minus 141 Days - Update on Jill Carroll

A few days ago, we ran a post about Jill Carroll, a freelance journalist for the Christian Science Monitor, kidnapped in Iraq.

The Monitor reports today Carroll's captors have issued a statement demanding the United States free all Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours – and are threatening to kill Carroll if this demand is not met.
Al Jazeera television aired a brief, silent video apparently showing Carroll speaking to the camera, but without broadcasting her voice. Several American networks also have aired the video.

Read the entire story here. And pray.

Also, we need to make a correction to our story about Les Bingham, Wayne's "Biker Babe" aunt, who cycles long distances for fun.

Les and her cronies didn't bike 300 miles. They rode 444 miles, the entire length of the Natchez Trace Parkway--from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. The group speculates they may be the first to ride the complete stretch of the National Scenic Byway and All-American Road since the recent completion of the final 13.5 mile segment in the Jackson area.