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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.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Funny Email from Lauren

Here's a funny email from one of my good friend out in LA's South Bay, Lauren Beattie.


Jake,
I thought you would like to see this...

I went to the TCU v NIU bowl game last week (my younger sister is a jr. at TCU) anyways, we happened to park and tailgate next to a group of TCU grads and current Marines. They challenged me to a shotgunning contest...and I won! I told them to look out for you in Iraq, b/c they are also going in January. Instead of them looking out for you, you might want to teach them how to shotgun =)

Hope you had a merry Christmas...we will see you up here soon!!

Lauren


Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas


I just wanted to take a moment and wish a Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Make sure that you make time today to reflect on all the blessings that God has given you in life, I know that as I sit here and do it I am astounded with what God has provided me. I am so lucky to have my family, my health, my friends, my job and a Lord and Savior that loves me.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Iraq Address

Hey there world, well like I wrote this morning, we now know where we are going to in Iraq. An area between Fallujah and Kharma.

This will be my address while I am deployed.

LCPL Wood, JA
2/7 Golf Co., 3rd Platoon
UIC 41560
FPO AP 96426-1560

From what I have been told mail generally takes between 10-25 days to reach us over there. If any of you sent me something in bootcamp, you know that often it never does reach us either!

A lot of people have been asking me what they should send in a care package. Here's a list of things that people are generally asking for-

good ol' fashioned letters
Beef Jerkey-thats a biggy
baby wipes
canned soup
just about anything you can snack on
burned dvd's- they can be any movie, boredom reigns
old magazines, both for entertainment and news
hand sanitizer (purel)
vitamins
batteries (AA, AAA)
newspaper clippings

If you have any questions about sending stuff, just post a response or email me-jacobawood@gmail.com.

We appreciate your support so much, Thank you to everyone!

Karhma, Iraq

We have officially found out that we will be heading to Karhma, Iraq between the dates of January 26th and January 30th. My whole battalion will be supporting the Fallujah area, with my particular company charged with maintaining the province between Karhma and Fallujah, a mostly rural area. Apparently, as we are coming in, the Iraqi Army that is there now will be moving out to relocate to Baghdad. We aren't sure if the insurgents will leave with them since they make easier targets, or if they'll stick around and try their crack at some Marines. It kind of depends on how dumb they are.

Even better though is the fact that I'm leaving on a jet plane for Iowa in about 36 hours, and get to spend the next two weeks at home. I cannot wait to see my family for such an extended period of time. If anyone wants to come and visit, just let me know, there's always room at the Wood house!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Folwell Does Diego


l to r: Dave, Hunt, Me, totally sober.

Last weekend one of my best friends, Dave Folwell, a guy I have known for a long time, was in San Diego on business. He was attending some conference that was going to make him even more of a hot shot in his company back in Washington DC. That's the not so exciting news though. The best part is that my buddy Hunt and I made the drive down the 215 and met up with him for a weekend of sober fun, minus the sober part.

Hunt and I rolled into San Diego's downtown around 4 in the afternoon. I called Dave to let him know we were there, and he said that he still had to take a certification test and it was going to last him about an hour. So I told him to call me, and that Hunt and I would find a bar to shoot some billiards at while we waited. Not more than 15 minutes later, Dave calls back and says that he's already done with the test...beer in hand ten minutes after that.

Later that night we headed out for some dinner, got some Mexican and the requisite jumbo margaritas. We then began a randomized pub crawl up and down the Gaslamp District, hitting up Rock Bottom Brewery, Gaslamp Tavern, Whiskey Girl, Heat and ending up eventually at Maloney's. At Maloney's we started partying it up with some crazy British Royal Air Force guys who were over here training on the C130 Hercules. Note to self: Never again call an English born German guy a dumb Kraut. There was also the large group of 35-40 year old women that these RAF guys were hitting on. All in all a fun night. Things got a little weird when Dave disappeared and sent a text message reading: "Hope you guys are okay, I'm in Tiajuana". That guy is a legend.

The next day we stopped by the San Diego recruit depot, where Hunt and I went to bootcamp. We thought it would be funny to show Dave what it was all like. While we were there, I actually ran into my old Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant Barrett. Complete stud. Talked to him for a while, which was pretty neat. We then went and crashed at our hotel room for a few hours before we hit up the Pacific Beach district. After getting some sushi, it was time to roll, and the $1.50 pints of Blue Moon at PB Bar and Grill was a perfect transition. I really don't remember much more of that night until Dave and I ended up at a burrito joint at 3 am.

At 6 am, an alarm started ringing and Dave had to stumble to the airport, where he discovered that he had left his tab open at the bar the night before, with his credit card and DRIVER'S LICENSE. Kinda hard to fly without one of them. But he made it.

Overall grade: A

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New Pics Up

I have posted the pics from the Showdown football game. Check them out at the link below.