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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, March 24, 2009

Back to it

Just got back from a very relaxing, perhaps not needed, but certainly appreciated week of leave. Indra and I hopped on a plane to attend her sister's wedding and found ourselves on a beach for about 5 days. Not bad. Beats Iraq, beats Afghanistan, certainly beats 29 Palms, and definitely has a leg up on Pendleton. I'll post some pics when I can.

Otherwise, I'm pretty pleased that I didn't have the chance to fill out an NCAA tourney bracket, my obvious choice for the National Champion managed a loss to Xavier in round two... that more or less ruined an afternoon of pina coladas for me.

What else... oh yeah, I am once again chasing my sergeant promotion. I'd rather not talk about it, but lets just say the cutting score jumped to an unheard of level for 0311's this month. I'm apparently just not sergeant material. I've been denying it, but getting out a corporal in October is looking more and more like a real possibility. If that's the case I'm just gonna stop doing things the right way and start working on my civilian hair cut and beard. That way I can get promoted to Master Pirate Hunter of the Seven Seas and forget about sergeant.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Earmark Me

Yo Congress, here's an idea- why don't you earmark me some off-base housing?? What's that? You can sneak 9,000 earmarks into the new federal budget, worth about $8 BILLION, but a 26 year old Non-Commissioned Officer, with two combat deployments (that you sent me on), who has been awarded medals and commendations, who has never been arrested, missed a housing payment, has no NJPs or Page 11s, can't get an off-base housing allowance.

Instead, you cram three to a room, with TWO other NCOs, into a room that was made for only two Marines. Hey congress, did you know that a Marine Corps Order states that no Marines will live more than two to a room? Oh yeah, and did you know that you are spending $14 million to renovate a dilapidated barracks building that probably would only cost $6 million to tear down and simply rebuild? Well, it's true, it's happening right across the street from me.

Mr. President, do you remember saying, "I will go through the entire federal budget, page by page, line by line, and eliminate programs that don't work and aren't needed," in Arlington, Va., in October?? I do. That's in quotation marks becaused its a direct quote by the way. But wait, what did your spokesman say today?? Gibbs said: "I think it's reasonable to assume that the president has not gone through each and every item in the legislation."

I would like to take a moment to thank the elected representatives of our nation for making me feel like a man. Nothing makes me feel like a proud 26 year old combat veteran like sitting in a cinder block barracks room with two other guys, reading a book because the government would rather give cable and internet to prisoners for free, or getting out of the shower and having to change in front of two other grown men.

Thanks for the earmarks.

Nathan Windsor, KIA 3/11/07

Rest in peace Windsor. All of Golf-3 remembers you today. We were all there, we all fought to get you out, and you fought hardest of us all. We'll never forget the terrifying crack of that sniper round, the fierce fight that you put up to stay alive, the hope we all felt when the helo flew away, or the grief we felt when heard you lost your battle.

Death touches us all, but we all feel it touched you too soon.