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July 11, 2007

In Country With Our Troops in Irag and Afghanistan

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frank Bareale of New Jersey, a pilot for 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), washes down a Black Hawk helicopter at Forward Operating Base Taqqadum, Iraq, on Saturday after the night's medevac missions.

Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment soldiers from the Minnesota Army National guard pass time playing spades in transition housing on Sunday at Forward Operating Base Taqqaddum, Iraq. The guardsmen are in their final days in Iraq after having their tour extended to 16 months.

A soldier acts as a lookout July 2 while comrades from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, search a house for Taliban insurgents in the village of Biabanak in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

Sgt. Jake Richardson, left, 1st Lt. Travis Atwood and Staff Sgt. Michael Mullahy take cover while Mullahy prepares to fire an AT4 rocket launcher at an insurgent position during a firefight in Baghdad's Adhamiya neighborhood. The firefight resulted in one insurgent dead and three captured. Mullahy is a squad leader with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment.

Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, search a bedroom in a suspected Shia militant's house in the pre-dawn hours of June 27, in the Hurriyah neighborhood of Baghdad. The paratroopers captured the suspect they were looking for in the house, along with videotapes of attacks on U.S. troops, a list of Mahdi Army formations, fake identifcation papers and other evidence of insurgent activity.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 11, 2007 12:44 AM


Good article WT. I hope those guys all come home safely very soon.

Posted by: Jack at July 11, 2007 03:03 AM

Our troops doing their jobs well.

Posted by: TomR at July 11, 2007 09:58 AM

The NG units have stepped up and done their jobs in awesome ways.
I adopted 6 of them this past year+ and I was sooo happy to get their mail stop notice! Can't wait to hear that their boots are on US soil.

Unfortunately, for a couple of the NG soldiers already home there's been tragedy:

I've always felt that if a soldier survives combat, they should be exempt from bad things the rest of their lives. I know that's not reality, but it should be.

Posted by: yankeemom at July 11, 2007 11:07 AM

Jack I pray for them every day, for keeping them safe and a safe return.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 12, 2007 12:39 AM

Tom, I sent some of these things to the news here in town and asked them if they would put the stories in the paper. They said they have to watch how much paper they use as they are trying to cut back on expenses. OMG I almost fell off my chair.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 12, 2007 12:40 AM

Yankeemom thank is so wonderful that you did that. Thank you so much for sharing about it.

And that link oh my gosh Yankeemom, how terrible!! I am so glad you let me know about it. I left a comment and will be adding it to my prayer list.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 12, 2007 12:42 AM