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David & Lynn's 2010 - A Glimpse into my last year.

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Another year has come and gone. Half of the year had been spent with David and Lynn apart from each other, but they are lucky enough to be able to spend part of the New Year together. Lynn has her own office and computer so they are able to email and talk more often than last year.

David has spent most the year in the admin office of the Dining Facility. He also went out to the field, where he cooked and barbecued for the Soldiers. Right after Lynn left he had a tough bout with kidney stones. He has had a lot of back problems, but being patient and knows it is going to be awhile to find relief. David has tried to be involved and compete in the Iron Chef competitions that the military puts on for the Army, Navy, and Air Force bases in the Seattle area.

The first 6 months of the year, Lynn spent training up for deployment. There were monthly field exercises, medical training in Texas and learning the ins and outs of the unit admin office. [----]th Area Support Medical Company staff and run 3 troop medical clinics in Iraq. It is a lot of workload for one Company of 66 Soldiers. They are staffed with extra Physicians and Nurses to support our heavy workload. Paper pushing is not Lynn's favorite thing to do, but it is still taking care of Soldiers, just in a different way. Lynn has a roommate who helps her pass the time with conversation and is one of the members of the marathon training team the Lynn is on.

A Glimpse into my last year, Lynn. Dec. 2010

Middle of Nowhere, Afghanistan

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Wed 9/8/2010 5:11 AM - Good morning all (at least it is morning out here),

I wanted to give everyone an update on the situation out here.

First, I am thankful that even in the middle of nowhere Afghanistan we have at least some internet and email access. However, due to a glitch in part of the system ALL of my email was lost yesterday except for my contact list (thank God for that). So if you have recently sent me any emails, and was waiting for a response, please sent it to me again and I will try to get back to you as quick as I can.

Fed Up With the Media!!

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You're a 19 yr. old kid critically wounded & dying somewhere in the jungle of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.  It's November 11, 1967.  your unit is outnumbered 8-1 & the enemy fire is SO intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (Commanding Officer) has ordered the Med Evac helicopters to stop coming in.  You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns & you know your not getting out.  Your family is half way around the world, & you'll never see them again.  As the world starts to fade in & out, you know this is the day.

Then- over the machine gunfire you faintly hear the sound of a helicopter.  you look up to see a Huey coming in.  But it doesn't seem real because there are no marking on it.  Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.  He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call & decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gunfire anyway.  Even AFTER the MedEvacs were ordered not to come.  He's coming anyway.  he drops it in & he sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you @ a time on board.  Then he flies you up & out through the gunfire to the doctors & nurses.  he flies you to safety.  And, HE KEPT COMING BACK!!  13  more times!!  Until all the wounded were out.  No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs & left arm.  he took 29 of you & your buddies out that day.  some, perhaps ALL would not have made it w/out the Captain & his Huey.

Medal Of Honor Recipient,

Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died recently @ the age of 70 in Boise, Idaho

My God Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn't hear about him in the media though.  They are too busy covering Michael Jackson's death, & Tiger Woods!

Medal Of Honor Winner, Captain ed Freeman.

Shame On The American Media!!!  

Dismounted Foot Patrol

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Date: 7/19/2008 4:01:59 AM

Hello All, I’m still here at the same central Ramadi combat outpost going on Day 72 (July 19th). I was actually just supposed to be here on a 30-day rotation - the fact that I’m still here is partly my doing and partly the Army’s doing.

I can’t explain the particulars but it has to do with an important mission that is coming up. Consequently, I missed out on the scheduled rotation dates in June & July, but it looks like I’ll be returning to Camp Ramadi in about 3 weeks.

A Funny Thing Happened at the Chow Hall

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Deborah Ussery (Director Bruce Jonas' sister)
Deborah Ussery in Iraq (SOT Director Bruce Jonas' sister) Dec. 20, 2005

December 20, 2005 - Happy Holidays Everyone! Well, not much new stuff has been happening in my world. (Well….at least not when I first started this letter. It changed on the 18th!) Pretty much the same stuff day in and day out. Some people liken it to the movie "Groundhog Day". But, I will admit that the days go by pretty fast. Or, at least, it sometimes seems that way.

Thanksgiving Day was pretty nice. I think I mentioned that in my last letter home. I am sending two pictures of the decorations that the Iraqi chow hall staff did. There are some things that you will see in the pictures that do not have anything to do with Thanksgiving (like a dinosaur), but they had a ball doing it and it looked pretty good.