I just talked to Jake and he is well as well as the other Marines in his outfit. He suggested I give everyone the heads up NOT TO SEND ANY MORE PACKAGES. Anything on the way is fine.
This of course is good news since it is an indication that the end of the tour is near. The cynic in me also thinks it is an indictment of the mail service to the troops, but Jake's AO is so remote, ammo and food are more important.
Personally, I want to thank all of you who have sent Badgermom and me emails of support.
Don't be surprised if the Jarhead from Bettendorf is able do some of his own updates on this blog in the near future.