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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Update on Jake in Afghanistan

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.


  1. Glad to hear Jake is OK; even without the air conditioners, internet, and other comforts we take for granted these days...please be assured this Marine's Mom will continue to support (and pray) for young men, like Jake, who put their lives on the line for us, daily. Please keep updating us! Some of us, like me, feel like we've gotten to know your son thru this blog. I know you're proud of him, and rightfully so! Thanks again.

  2. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 07/29/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  3. Chris & Jake's Dad, We met you at 29 P last homecoming under the tent! So great you heard form Jake. Up until 2 weeks ago, our Marine Sgt. was also in Farah, Afghanistan, with Jake's Battalion ,Golf Co. (3rd deployment). He said they have been working with 'special forces' allot and they have the best equipment and air power! I often wonder if Jake is one of the guys our Marine was telling us about when we went down to see him a couple of weeks ago. He said they just showed up and joined them in a major battle. Our Marine, has completed his 4 years with the USMC and he gets out of next month. He remains in 29P waiting for his 'brothers' to get home. Some of them are home early because of severe injuries and are in hospital and he has been visiting them. Keeping Jake and all of our Marines in prayer everyday. Semper Fi, Mary

  4. Thanks for the post!

    Thanks for the awesome jobs you are doing!

  5. Thanks so much for posting an update on Jake. With the recent fighting in Afghanistan, I have been watching his blogsite hoping for some news.

  6. I'm sure he knows this, but he was a lot of thankful people back home who appreciate all he is doing over there. Thanks for the update!

  7. So good to get an update from Jake! I have had him in my thoughts and prayers lately, and have been checking for some form of an update - glad to hear that he's safe!