Jake's mom and I were able to talk to Jake Sunday 7/27. He sounded in good spirits. He is currently deployed in an area that is far removed from any western comforts. There is no air conditioning and no internet. When I asked him how long it would be before he got back to a base where he could kick back and enjoy some down time, he replied that he expected to be in his current AO until the end of his deployment.
He said he is getting packages ( one his mom had sent took almost 4 weeks) and he asked me to again extend his thank you's. When he does eventually get some internet he will extend thanks personally.
The Taliban is very active in the areas he is patrolling and Jake's team is getting outstanding artillery and air support.
One request he did make was more reading material. They particularly like military novels both fiction and non fiction. Any historical stuff is always welcome.
On a personal note, Chris and I want to thank everyone for their prayers and emails of support.