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What It Means To Be An American

What It Means To Be An American

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS November 28. 2003 “Merry Christmas, My Friend” by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt Originally published in Leatherneck in December 1991 ‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live. As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even…

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Thank You From The Chief : Oct. 2003

Thank You From The Chief : Oct. 2003

NBC SECURITY, MORE ON RASHEED HOTEL, TOY DRIVE CONTINUES! Monday, October 27, 2003 Explosions have been rocking this place last night and this morning, reminding me of the dangers that lurk beyond the green zone, also reminding me of our vulnerability within the zone. Hearing the stories of several friends in the Rasheed Hotel made me mad that someone had to lose their life before something was done to protect those individuals. Needless to say, the hotel is empty now…

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Hitting the Wall : Sept. 2003

Hitting the Wall : Sept. 2003

GENERAL’S DAUGHTER’S APPEAL, CHILDREN Tuesday, September 30, 2003 Even amidst all that is going on, a day doesn’t go by without thoughts of the 17 Iraqi generals that are still incarcerated in an EPW camp in southern Iraq. They are so desperately needed in this monumental task we have before us of rebuilding the Iraqi military. We could use them in so many different capacities; in leading, teaching, guiding, and consulting the new Iraq soldiers, as we make a serious…

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Things Missed In Life : Aug. 2003

Things Missed In Life : Aug. 2003

FINALLY GETTING NEEDED ITEMS / SONG & DANCE Sunday, August 31, 2003 Howdy, from the desk of Chief Wiggles. We have had some great things happen lately, seemingly small things to most of you but huge in our eyes.  Just great things 1.We got wheels. We finally got a car, a Nissan Pathfinder, not new but it is transportation. We have been begging and borrowing cars anywhere we could get them. We have had to get in really good, doing…

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Joy, Grateful for Miracles : Jul. 2003

Joy, Grateful for Miracles : Jul. 2003

ORPHEUS, MEDIA, POW CONDITIONS July 29, 2003 From Orpheus — “The keyboard is mightier than the Abrams.” Despite the jarring modern wording, this sentence expresses the same concept as its originating phrase involving plucked feathers and pointy metal objects; namely that, to a great extent, reality is shaped and crafted in the collective minds of those who participate in its interpretation. What does a sword in your enemy’s hand matter if he learns to be your friend? And how can…

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Letter From Iraqi Doctor Only : Jun. 2003

Letter From Iraqi Doctor Only : Jun. 2003

BLESSING GIVEN, RELATIONSHIPS Sunday, June 29, 2003 This week we have been working so hard, finally we were able to see some fruits to our labors, we were able to send 7 officers on their way, to their respective homes. The news came around midnight, that there was a chance for the lucky seven. We were hoping it was not just some sick joke allowing them to become excited by the prospect, only to have it yanked away a few…

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Back in the Sand Box : May 2003

Back in the Sand Box : May 2003

LIVING DELIBERATELY Saturday, May 31, 2003 I am trying to live more deliberately doing the things that I feel will have the greatest amount of results for those around me and for me personally. Let me give you an example. Now that the war is over our focus has changed from a tactical mission focus to now one of a more humanitarian mission focus. We are now engaged in our own little way, in an effort to try and win…

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Gaining Intelligence : Apr. 2003

Gaining Intelligence : Apr. 2003

HE’S RETURNING! March 27, 2003 Update — Chief Wiggles thought this was going to be his last post. The Army had other ideas. Chief Wiggles is preparing to return to Iraq and his posts will continue from there. Good luck, and god speed! Look for his thoughts to continue sometime next week. posted Sunday, 27 April 2003   MOTHER’S PASSING, LAST ENTRY, GOODBYE April 7, 2003 I am actually on an airplane on my way back home and felt that…

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Hello From Kuwait : Mar. 2003

Hello From Kuwait : Mar. 2003

OLD MAN, NEW FRIENDS March 29, 2003 I don’t what it is but a lot of the guys here come and talk to me about their problems. Maybe it is because I am older, actually one of the oldest, or it is because I am the moral officer and I am always trying to cheer people up, or maybe it is because I just don’t mind listening, but I have been able to help a number of soldiers with their…

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