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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 28, 2008

Home, Sweet Home

Well, after a 31 hour ordeal getting from Kyrgyzstan to 29 Palms, I am currently sitting in Palm Springs with my parents and my older sister Sarah.

It's hard to put into words how good it feels to be back in the States. Coming home this time around was a lot different then coming back from Iraq. I'm not sure if I just fooled myself into thinking I'm some kind of grizzled war vet, but it just seemed like another trip. About the only time I really came close to emotional during the return happened as we were pulling out of March Air Force base and were greeted on the road by about a dozen of the "Patriot Riders". That these guys would brave the cold and wait for us at 3 am just so they could escort us 2 hours back to 29 Palms on their motorcycles really touched me.

For right now I'm just going to relax and catch up with my parents and Sarah. Meghan couldn't make it down because she's a big girl now with a big girl job (meaning she's a teacher and has parent-teacher conferences this week). I'm going to put up some pictures from Victory Field, and maybe a video or two of my mom...doing the same thing she did last year.

I wish I could have had more access to the internet on this deployment. I'm not sure I still would have posted things that were going on with our operations as we were working, the stakes were a little higher this time around, but I certainly would have liked to have answered everyone's emails better. What I plan on doing is posting various pictures up a couple at a time, with whatever story may be behind it, that way I can kind of walk people through the way things were out there. I don't know where I'll even start, but there should be some good stuff coming shortly. In the meantime, I owe everyone of you a sincere thank you for all the love and support that you have showed me and my fellow teammates over the past 7 months. Your graciousness and charity are truly appreciated. Thank you so much.


  1. JAKE!!! Welcome Home! Look forward to seeing you later!
    Love, Uncle Paul & Aunt Jo

  2. Great to have you back in the USA! We missed you!

  3. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 10/29/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  4. Jake, welcome home !! Enjoy your time with the family ! Be sure to stop by if you are ever out this, we would love to see you !

  5. Jake, grateful that you're back home. We enjoy your blog and look forward to reading how your days went on your last deployment. Thanks for all you do.

  6. Thank you for everything! Welcome home. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now. I look forward to reading about your deployment and your life

  7. welcome back brother

  8. Welcome home - all of us following your blog are delighted to see you return safe to your family and friends. Thanks for taking us on your journey and for helping us understand a little of the true sacrifice you (and your family) have given for our country and way of life.

    Perhaps your return will give the Badjers the boast they need to do anything this year - and - keep the Packers winning.

    Thank you again for your service.

    Go Badjers
    Robin '68

  9. Welcome home Matine.

    We are all thankful you made it home safe and are very proud of you and your brothers.

    Job well done.

    Robert Windsor