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Christmas In Ramadi, Iraq  
User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

I'm not Christian, nor do I celebrate Christmas.... but about 95% of the troops here in Iraq DO celebrate the holiday. So today is still a pretty big deal and the mood is pretty somber. Because you can hang up as many decorations as possible... but as hard as we try... this still isn't "home."

So today my crew and I will be going out over Ramadi, searching for IEDs and providing support to EOD. The goal is to have ZERO losses or injuries today. I doubt Haji got the memo... but it would be a nice xmas gift for us.

Anyway - this video has been circulating around the troops a lot. I'm not big into christmas music... but the middle eastern feel to this song isn't bad for an xmas carrol.

Enjoy your christmas day, and don't forget that even though today is a holiday... the war doesn't get put on pause and soldiers still have to go out on dangerous missions!


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
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Best wishes to you and your fellow service men and women!

God speed.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineDavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Really moving video, brought a tear to my eye.

I've been thinking about myself being home for Christmas and then about you UH and all of your fellow Servicemen and Women away from home during not only the holiday season but throughout the whole year. I feel very selfish knowing I have a warm home to live in, family to spend time with, and a sense of security in my daily life.

Thank God for people like you UH and everyone currently serving and those who have served because we would be nothing without you. You are are heart, soul, and livelihood.

Thanks for your sacrifices and for showing what bravery, heroism, and courage truly mean.

You and everyone there are in my prayers.

Please be safe, and God Bless.


Yesterday we've sinned, today we move towards God. Touch the sky....love and respect...Safe Star!
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Happy Holiday's to you and all the troops - from where ever they hail - in Ramadi, and across the world. It's a thankless damned job . . . most of the time . . . it takes a special breed.

Salute to you Chief . . . always.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21463 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

I wish you all down there the best time you can have under the circumstances - happy christmas and happy hanukkah (retroactively - sorry!  innocent  )!

We're thinking of you - please stay safe and sane!

User currently onlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

Hey UH, I really hope you and your fellow troops have the best Christmas/Holiday that you can have under the circumstances. It takes a special man to be able to put up with what you are doing. I support you 100% and wish the best of luck to you and everyone around the world fighting for peace for the free world whether you are American, Canadian , British etc... hope everyone comes home.

God speed UH, stay safe

Cheers Chris

Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

While I was at a friends house for dinner earlier this evening, I happened to think of you over there and wondered how you were making out...and later said a prayer for you and your fellow troops later at midnight church service.

Some of us ARE thinking of y'all and hoping that as many as possible stay safe and return home...we know that some won't, but at least we can express our support to those whom we know are there....hang in there, kid! (sayin' so only cause I'm twice your age)

COBOL - Not a dead language yet!
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Happy Holiday's to you and all the troops

let me include all the public safety folks working out there tonight.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
it takes a special breed.

I'll second this  highfive 

**only up at this hour because the home of a neighbor caught on fire, the police/fire came and did what they are trained to do, no compliants even in the wee hour of christmas morning.**

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

Be safe down there regardless of what you celebrate!


911, where is your emergency?
User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 1066 times:

Hopefully this will be your first and last Christmas out there...knowing the Army, probably not. I'll be spending my Christmas near North Korea next year, hoping that conflict doesn't get worse, but without M-16s, grenades, convoys, etc.

Good luck to you. Be Safe.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 1055 times:

Holy Irony! That is powerful.

Merry Christmas and all the best to you, and those with you.

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1034 times:

A very moving video.

Although I'm vehemently opposed to the war in Iraq the UK and US (and other nations) troops serving out there are in my thoughts.

Stay safe and I hope you all come back soon, safe and well.

User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4695 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
The goal is to have ZERO losses or injuries today.

One would say that should be your goal every single day.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 993 times:

A very big Thanks to you and your buddies for serving!

Hope you can be home with family this time next year!

Fighting Absurdity with Absurdity!
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