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Sunday, February 11, 2007


Quick note about something that happened today. I was working out in our 'jail yard' gym with CPL Muir, no where near our weapons or flak jackets and helmets. We were changing the weight on the bench press when we were rocked by an enormous boom. We both just kind of looked at each other and then simultaneously took off sprinting for our gear across the FOB. We both knew it was incoming mortars, but the proximity of the blast shocked us. We got about halfway to our room when the second blast hit, this one was even closer, and it turned out later that it landed inside the FOB about 65 meters away from us on the other side of a building. We finally got in our room and scrambled to gear up. Everyone else was already waiting there. We had to wait around for the all clear, and spent the whole time joking about the whole thing. Seems that the only way to stay normal over here is to make everything a joke. The Muj got lucky on these shots though. They don't even aim, they just lob 3 rounds and take off. It just so happens that these were the best lobs they've done in a while.

Have a great Valentine's Day, I won't be on here for about 4-5 days. Take care.


  1. Jake, why would you not have your weapon nearby? How many sentries are posted around your perimeter? do you have tracking radar to see where the rounds came from? Praying for your safety.
    Love, dad

  2. Only a Dad would say, "why would you not have your weapon nearby? " etc, etc. I say, thank goodness you can run FAST!!!! Stay safe!

  3. Hello well I am glad you guys are safe. Do you guys have phones overthere? I thought overthere in camp Viking you were not going to have any phones or internet.