Saturday, February 12, 2005


Our unit had its first contact with the enemy two days ago. One of our convoys was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) on its way to Baghdad.

Everyone is okay.

IED is just a fancy name for a home made bomb. This has been the insurgents modus operandi for quite some time. They place the bombs on the side of a road that has a lot of military traffic, and then wait for just the right moment to blow it. They are usually about 300 meters away hiding like cowards when they detonate it. They know if they fight us toe-to-toe they will get to meet Alah sooner than they hoped.

Two of the guys in the convoy suffered minor injuries. One caught some shrapnel in the face, and the other suffered a mild concussion. I saw them both today, and they both look and act fine. They are very fortunate since it could have been a lot worse.

I know this is news that a lot of people don't want to hear (i.e. my parents, wife, kids...etc), but I want to keep everything in perspective. Yes the elections were a huge success, and a true testament to what we have accomplished here, but the insurgents are still active and they will not stop until we have eliminated every last one of them.

That won't be anytime soon.

God Bless,



Blogger Junkpoet said...

duck 'n run! duck 'n run!

Just kidding. Awesome the emotions you must go through on a daily basis.

Stay blessed,


8:54 AM  
Blogger jaibone said...

I don't agree with this war, but know what it is like to be a soldier and receive nothing but scorn from everyone who isn't in the Army.... So, here's hoping everyone who left with you will return home and that this farce ends quickly.... Will send stuff for your troops....

US Army 1974-1981

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a little scary, but i'm glad your ok. Love and miss you.

Baby Girl

11:11 AM  
Blogger T Daugherty said...

We thank God the two who got hit are ok. The elections remind us that God is capable of ANY miracle we hope for, and He hears prayers. He's da bomb of all bombs, so to speak. And thankfully He won't be going away either - ever. If there will always be insurgients who use fear in hope of power, thankfully there are also others who stand against them. We're indebted to you and the troops there. Your safety is a priority in our prayers. Just spoke to Amy - it is always good to hear what she has to say. We appreciate every post, John. God bless you too, all ways. Mike and Terry

12:54 PM  
Anonymous dad said...

Take care of your self son,keep your head up and eyes forword. you have all the support from the home front.we all love you so keep us informed

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Hi John, I'm so sorry you and Megan, (your baby sister) are having to go through this. If I could take your place I would do it in a minute. Just don't think the army would let me, not too old,just too clumsy! Megan's unit got hit also and lost someone, a 23 year old girl. As a parent this is the hardest thing I've ever gone through. Don't want to bring you down anymore than you are. Just so proud of both you and pray for both of you every minute of every day. Be careful out there...Much Love, Momma

3:06 PM  
Anonymous ashlynn blessing said...

God Bless the work you do. We pray for you daily. Keep the faith.


ashlynn blessing

4:45 PM  
Blogger Steve Briscoe said...

John... you are the man. If you ever get over to Al Asad look me up. I'll be the only bearded man on post. Hang tight with whatyour doing... just remember: Scan, Focus, Act

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and your men, Never-ending courage deserves never-ending gratitude. Thank you all for your sacrifices. "Thank you" seems so inadequate for all you are doing . You are making the world a better place which touches the very heart of God.I pray that in everything you do and wherever you all go you will have a special discernment and wisdom. God IS with you. Luv Ps91

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear everyone is okay!

Next time you run into the enemy you might just want to hold up an XPS with the "SKULLZ QuickSnap™ Cover".
Show em whos boss!


10:11 AM  

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