Saturday, January 01, 2005

In the beginning

Well, here is my first post on the first day of the new year. Welcome to my blog. If you have found your way here, then you are probably a family or friend since I don't know why anyone else would come across this web site.

This is my first attempt at publishing any type of web site so I'm a little nervous about doing it right. I'm not sure if there is some sort of "blog etiquette" that I should be abiding by in order for this to meet the approval of everyone who sees it. Ultimately, I am putting this together so I can communicate with all of you while I'm serving in Iraq, and give you a way to communicate with me as well. It would be difficult for me to consistently email everyone with the latest I'm hoping this will help me get the word out on a regular basis. I plan to post entries regularly, but I'm not sure how often that will be. I'd like to keep it interesting so I don't plan to pepper this site with daily posts that have no value. I also plan to publish pictures, once I can get the sotware installed. I'm currently using a military computer, and I can't even change the clock on the blasted thing without administrative access (which I obviously don't have).

I hope to chronicle the interesting events that occur with myself and my unit (56th Brigade Combat Team) over the next year, and hopefully publish some of the good things that are occurring in Iraq since they don't get published in the nightly news. Hopefully all of you will find it valuable, and we can keep it going. I'd hate for this to be one of those "projects" that starts out with a bang to only fizzle after a few weeks.

To quickly bring everyone up to date; I am currently at Ft Hood, TX and have been since my unit was activated last August. We have completed our training and I am scheduled to depart for Kuwait tonight. (I was supposed to depart on Dec 28th, but my name was not on the "list".) Once I get there it may be a while before my next post since I don't know what type of computer access I'm going to have. Once we get to our base camp, I'll have access on a daily basis.

Feel free to post and leave me some messages. I'll talk to you soon.



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3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to hear from you J! I have been praying for you and your family all along, and even more since the 28th when I thought you left. This Blog is a great thing, and I look forward to communicating with you and believing with you for the safety of you and your brigade, good things happening in Iraq, objectives meet, and your quick and safe return. I hope you take every opportunity to share the peace you know at every opportunity with others(I know you will). Look forward to your next post!

6:45 PM  
Blogger megan upperman said...

hey John!
you should get plenty of access to the internet...i mean i'm only OVER here! But i'm not a big bad officer, either. I thought you were over here already, as well. i'm on a north mission as we are speaking, i couldn't sleep. I hope your trip over here was safe one. and expect a LOT more...."you weren't on the list" :-) the weather is spectacular and the scenery is even better hehe. the weather seriously is REALY nice right now, and we've had crystal blue skies for the past three days. i think i even got a little sun on my cheeks! I hope you had a good new year, mine was spent loading trucks. i love you big bro!


7:31 PM  
Blogger Aunt Maidi said...

John -

We also thought you had already deployed. We will continue to shower you with prayers for your safety.

This site is a great idea. We'll look forward to your comments and to learn something about what life is really like there.

Peace and grace,

Aunt Maidi

10:45 AM  
Blogger Junkpoet said...

What the heck is a "blog" anyway? Interesting stuff.

Send your address as soon as you get it. Got everything ready to send you a care package each and every sheet of tp at a time.

God speed!


7:14 PM  
Blogger wcmaness said...

I've always wondered what it would be like to have the guts to do what you are doing. I'll be reading your blog as often as I can. Man, keep a sharp eye out there. I'll be praying for you.


9:57 PM  
Blogger James Carroll said...

Johnny U! Great to hear from you. Good luck to you over there. You should be proud of what you're doing for our country. Take good care of yourself and your team, nothing is more important than all of you coming home together. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you or send you. As we fighter pilots like to say, "Check Six!"

4:28 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Johnny--great to get on the blog. I like your style and look forward to the communication. I have to tell you Chicago is freezing as the high is around 25 and snow and ice. I did send you a cool package but not sure if you got it? Had a very cool night camo backpack and some movies--not those kind of movies as I thought some General or Major might confiscate them. I did talk to Gary at Dell and he told you are doing well.
Look forward to your return so your wife can break some more wine glasses. Maybe Dell will sell some camo backpacks to the military and we can get you back on the Dell payroll and perhaps make a few extra bucks to help pay off the war?
Hope all is well and you are in our prayers.

8:38 AM  
Blogger coffee goddess said...

Well, I'm no family member nor a friend and I managed to Blurk into your Blog...

8:44 AM  
Blogger Ron said...


This is ironic - I didn't hear about the whole "blog" thing until I read how much trouble the Pentagon was having with angry soldiers posting accounts of events to counter the versions published by the news outlets. I'll be checking in on your postings - been trying to get back in touch with everyone on a regular basis - had a good exchange with Strick not long ago. We'll be praying for you and your family - Duck and Cover, Duck and Cover!

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, It is good to here from you. You have been in our prayers for outstanding success and a safe return. We look forward to hearing from you.

We pray you God's Blessing, God's Protection and God's Speed!

In Christ,
Mike and Terry Daugherty

10:22 AM  
Blogger Junkpoet said...

Checking in again.

Wonder if you could sell that dust on eBay? Then again, you could probably sell it on the streets of New York.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there John! I guess you are in the heat of things, so just letting you know we Love you and continue to pray for your safety. Wanted to drop you a line to ask for a mailing address so if someone wants to send you a feel good package, we know where to send it. Do you know how long it would take to arrive? I look forward to your next post!

7:13 AM  

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