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.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day 2007

Before Trey was born, other women told me next best thing to being a mother is being a grandmother. With that in mind, this post will conclude Wayne's World. We thank all our readers, many of whom shared comments and links to other worlds.

We are especially grateful to all the men and women who continue to serve in the military on behalf of the United States of America -- including Wayne, who is continuing his commitment to the Army National Guard.

Thank you, First Sergeant West. We salute you.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Seems Like Only Yesterday

On June 9, Wayne and Lauren will celebrate the first anniversary of their wedding at Seaside, Florida.

This Mother's Day weekend, the couple are sharing their love with Lauren's folks in Minden, LA.

When I talked to Wayne a minute ago, he was poolside, soaking up some sun, after having completed a week of final exams at school.