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This blog exists only as an archive. It is a journal that serves as a window into my life as a Marine combat veteran serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; it was written with no filter, no politics and no agenda. Please feel free to follow my journey from beginning to end. Welcome to my life.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

What will you do without me?

Well this is going to be my last post for about a month.

I wish that I could say that I am excited to leave for my training tomorrow, but, unfortunately I'm not to thrilled. Mojave Viper, as they like to call it, is going to be about 31 straight days in the desert of virtually nonstop training to include squad attacks, platoon attacks, company attacks, escalation of force scenarios, IED lane training, SASO lane training, Military Operations- Urban Terrain training, the whole nine yards. Individually these are all awesome evolutions, but back to back like we will be doing them creates an operational tempo that's probably faster than anything we will see in Iraq. But hey, an ounce of sweat saves a gallon of blood right?

Did anyone else see the Badger three ring circus against Indiana? Wow, John Stocco may have won himself the Heisman right there! Unfortunately, I have to miss the next four games because of Mojave Viper, but, wait for it, wait for it....the day I get back I hop on a plane for Madison to watch them play Penn State! Anyone up for some beer and brats?

Sad News
I also have some sad, borderline outrageous news to share with the world. Three of my good friends and teammates from college, Joe Thomas, Ben Strickland and Steve Johnson recently suffered a horrible tragedy. One of their good high school friends went missing during Oktoberfest in La Crosse, WI and was recently found dead on the shores of the Mississippi. It has been ruled an accidental death due to excessive drinking and subsequently falling into the river. BUT, many people in the area, myself included believe that there is a serial killer involved. This is actually a very documented theory, since there have been about 5 or 6 such 'drownings' in the past five years, all involving good looking males of approximately the same age, disappearing from the exact same location downtown. I just find the consistency hard to swallow. I hope and pray that this is further investigated so no one else has to suffer what my friends are dealing with right now.

Until next time, God bless you and I hope I can see you in Madison in one month.