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UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:42 pm

Alright, I apologize... I haven't posted an update thread for almost 4 months. A few people PM'ed me and asked what the deal was... truth was, I figured y'all probably got bored of them!

Anyhoo... guess what? Come the end of the month, I will have been here for a year. 12 freakin months of this place. My god.

Guess what else? I was slated to go home in February... hmmm... yeah probably not going to happen. Right now we're "frozen" here. Until a definite plan is released of whether or not there will be a troop increase in Iraq, the Army doesn't want to send us home, only to send us back. Because the truth is... if there really is a "troop build up" it won't be fresh deployments. It will be extending the deployments of units currently in Iraq. Tricky, huh?

Honestly, I don't know how I feel about this. Because one part of me says, "Awesome, if this helps win the war... then HOOAH! Where's the nearest fight at?" But another part of me says, "WTF? I just gave you 13 months, and you want more? And I just volunteered to come back here in late Nov '07 with a sister unit. That's not good enough for you?" So the way I see it... every extra day spent in Iraq, is one less day I get to spend with my wife. Especially since I still haven't told her I am volunteered to return. Yikes.  Sad

And lately I haven't even been flying a lot. Our replacement unit has already arrived, and as they are standing up... we are standing down from the fight. Packing up, getting our stuff organized and cataloged, preparing for the re-deployment home and stuff. So I've been doing more administrative duties than flight duties (hence all the extra time I've been blowing here on anet!!).

And honestly... I am ready to go next door and kick some ass in Iran. I know... I know... "OMG! UH60 is being a warmonger!!! AH!!" Well I'm a little sick and tired of Iran supplying weapons and cash to the insurgency. Weapons that are directly threatening my life.

Christ, if Mexico was arming a gang in your neighborhood, wouldn't you be a little pissed?

So yeah... life goes on in Iraq. I don't know if I am going home or not, I will keep you updated on that. And in typical update thread fashion, I will close with some pictures. These are pictures taken by me, my crew chiefs, my buddies, or a few are famous photos of Iraq. ENJOY!




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http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/75.jpg
I don't know what it is about this photo. It happens to be my desktop picture at the moment. For some reason it encompasses everything that "Iraq" is to me. The gun, the burning hulk, the overcast sky and the dirt and grit. I dunno.


OH-58Ds flying formation. Providing support and close air support for the raid.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/153.jpg
Flying patrol over Baghdad. Another day, another mission.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/193.jpg
This picture is rather dull. However, I show it because I think it conveys the oppressive heat of the Iraqi desert during the summer. Because I think a lot of people fail to realize how hot it is in Iraq when they look at photos. It's fucking brutal.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/210.jpg
A pair of us dropped off search and destroy teams on the banks of the river.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/528.jpg
Baghdad neighborhood

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/529.jpg
If you come to Iraq, you have to get a picture of the Hands of Victory

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/531.jpg
One particular mission, we flew joint-ops with Marine Cobras. Cool!

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/533.jpg
Perimeter security as EOD explodes captured weapons caches.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/534.jpg
Iraq is a very, VERY dirty country. Trash is everywhere.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/251.jpg
Look at this palm tree forest. Every time I had seen palm trees prior to Iraq... they were lush green on beautiful beaches where half naked women walked around. ...But everything is so dirty in Iraq. Even the trees. I miss home.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/339.jpg
My crew chief waving to you!


Me suffering from a bad face of "black block face"

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Local garbage truck. Hey, at least they're thinking positively!

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/523.jpg
Baghdad Airport

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Surfing on a B727


What will they remember 20yrs from now, about what we do here and now?

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/500.jpg
My god what a beautiful sunrise.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/341.jpg
The family


My shadow over Iraq.

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The fog of war?

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/541.jpg
I don't know if you know these people... but they go to the funerals of soldiers and protest. They're evil hearted people. Well I heard about this group of individuals who travels to the funerals to protect the family from seeing these warped individuals and their fucked up message. They call themselves the Patriot Guard.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/538.jpg
They act as a wall between the funeral and the West Baptist Church protesters.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/539.jpg
Touching.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/540.jpg
When I saw these images, I admit it hit a cord inside. I cannot imagine what it would be like if I saw these protesters outside the funeral of a friend. What the Patriot Guard does is beyond amazing. In fact, I was so moved when I heard about them, that I wrote them an email thanking them for their incredible service they're selflessly providing.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq%202/537.jpg
As many of you already know... I lost a very close friend in Iraq. We were buddies since we were kids growing up in the same town. It still pains me that I was unable to attend his stateside funeral. At his funeral a UH-60 Black Hawk overflew the funeral. He was a great friend and I miss him dearly.


It tears at your heart, doesn't it?

Watch this video and pay close attention to the faces.


-UH60
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:01 pm

Well, I'm not really sure what more there is to say after those last photos and video - they're really touching. Stay safe out there, and hope to hear that you're coming home soon.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:01 pm

I've never read one of your updates from Iraq before (I guess because its been so long), but this is fascinating. I enjoy reading about true experiences of soldiers in Iraq.

I hope you can come home next month... Maybe you'll catch a break.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
And honestly... I am ready to go next door and kick some ass in Iran. I know... I know... "OMG! UH60 is being a warmonger!!! AH!!" Well I'm a little sick and tired of Iran supplying weapons and cash to the insurgency. Weapons that are directly threatening my life.

Christ, if Mexico was arming a gang in your neighborhood, wouldn't you be a little pissed?

Well, I hate to be cynical, but you may very well (and so might I through a draft) be sent to Iran too... IMO, it's not a prospect I look forward to, and I don't think anyone does. Just being truthful.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
I don't know if you know these people... but they go to the funerals of soldiers and protest. They're evil hearted people. Well I heard about this group of individuals who travels to the funerals to protect the family from seeing these warped individuals and their fucked up message. They call themselves the Patriot Guard.

I've heard of them. They are the physical manifestation of what I think is wrong with our country... Although from what I've heard, they mainly protest at funerals of dead gay soldiers with the usual "God hates fags" bullshit...
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:04 pm

Freaking badass, get home safe bro.  yes 
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:06 pm

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
I've heard of them. They are the physical manifestation of what I think is wrong with our country... Although from what I've heard, they mainly protest at funerals of dead gay soldiers with the usual "God hates fags" bullshit...

no no... they protest outside funerals because they believe god is killing our soldiers, because America tolerates gay people.

It really has very little to do with the individual soldier, let alone his/her personal sexual preference. They're more interested using the funeral as a platform to spread their homophobic bullshit. See, they believe the dead soldiers are god's punishment to America. Total horse shit, I assure you, but they believe it nonetheless.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:08 pm

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
Although from what I've heard, they mainly protest at funerals of dead gay soldiers with the usual "God hates fags" bullshit...

Doesn't make them any less of a bunch of assholes. Nobody who's made that amount of sacrifice deserves treatment like that, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, anything. Nobody.

I'm not a member of the military, so I won't pretend to speak for any of them, but as far as I'm concerned, a protest at one funeral is akin to a protest at them all.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:22 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 5):
Doesn't make them any less of a bunch of assholes. Nobody who's made that amount of sacrifice deserves treatment like that, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, anything. Nobody

+1

UH60FtRucker: Thank you for the update. I too hope that you can return home soon. And thank you for sharing the photos as well. But the most important thank you is for all that you and the other troops do there for your country.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:29 pm

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 4):

Basically, they try to exploit any tragedy and picket it to spread their homophobic BS. I remember they were going to protest at the funerals of the Amish girls killed by that psycho in PA, but backed off only when some radio host gave them an hour to themselves on air. They also came to the Des Moines area a few months back when my alma mater put on the Laramie Project, a play about the Matthew Sheppard case.

Anyway, enough about them. Thanks for your service. Stay safe; I hope you can return home soon.
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:57 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 5):
Doesn't make them any less of a bunch of assholes.

Don't worry, I totally agree. Any sort of scene like they make at a soldier's funeral is completely inappropriate (VERY mild wording).
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:04 pm

Am VERY glad to get an update from you! Hope you stay in as perfect shape as possible until your return home!

Was prompted by that video to look up some stats...in 2004, for the age group 15-24, according to the CDC.gov site, there were a total of 10,874 deaths in USA due to motor vehicles...and 4,877 due to homicide...so if we want to keep our kids "safe", we better stop them from getting anywhere near a car, as they seem to be too hazardous!

And make sure that we stop all killing here in USA...yes, the rate per 100K is more in war zone, but when there are always around 45-50K total deaths per year due to vehicles, and there isn't a national movement to stop this "driving war", I don't see why such a crisis over your fellow troops deaths who are providing a critical and VALUABLE service when doing so...Believe me, I DO care about the losses over there, but it pales in comparison to what's going on here! How many of your age group are killed just due to drunk driving? Maybe about the same percent as due to war...and drunk driving is much easier to solve!

A high-school classmate of mine lost her son-in-law in Iraq in 2005, so I know someone personally affected by this...and just last month, her oldest son was killed in an odd traffic accident...anyway, I feel for your loss, ok?
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:10 pm

Great update as usual UH60 (I have missed them myself). Some very touching pictures.

Keep up the good work.
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:50 pm

Those last photos and video are extremely powerful. I do not want to search for that video on YouTube because I have a good feeling that the comments will be disrespectful.

Stay safe out there and Godspeed on a safe return.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:37 pm

Thanks for the update; interesting as usual.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Especially since I still haven't told her I am volunteered to return. Yikes.

It's your wife and your life, but me thinks she will be pissed when your are going to tell her. Not only that you volunteered to return, but also that you didn't allow her to have a saying in that.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:57 pm

Great job UH60.

Damn fine job. Keep everything in the green and come home safe.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:12 pm

Salute Chief . . . Press the Fight.

Keep us posted on your redeployment to CONUS.

Great photos.

Glad we have folks like the Patriot Guard . . .
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:29 pm

Gripping stuff UH.

Great that you can add pics to your posts again, after the previous "no no". Iraq looks like a complete shite hole eh? May get to see it myself soon enough.

If only we could get together for a beer in the desert, now that would be cool Big grin

Great work by the patriot guard there, absolutely fantastic that they do what they do.  Smile

As for the protesters - complete scumbags, if people don't mind me saying. If I was at the funeral of a comrade, and people like this showed up, id be discusted too.

Anyways, Stay safe....


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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:38 pm

Not particularly on topic but, you can only admire the families and friends who go to funerals protested by the Westboro knobs. I would assume that most people see red simply seeing those signs, but to see them at a funeral of a friend would send me personally over the edge. I think it does the friends and family of those killed great credit that they somehow manage to ignore the protestors.

Take care in Iraq.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:14 pm

Great photos, as usual - thanks for sharing.

Stay safe!
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:24 pm

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Alright, I apologize... I haven't posted an update thread for almost 4 months. A few people PM'ed me and asked what the deal was... truth was, I figured y'all probably got bored of them!

Good Luck to you and may you return home safetly. As a Vietnam Vet I salute you and say thank you for your service. Keep safe

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:34 pm

I second all the above kudos and thanks.

Stay safe.....
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:41 pm

Thanks for the update! Good to hear you're safe!
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:01 pm

Great update - awsome pictures as usual. Stay safe, and return home soon.
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:09 pm

Thanks once again for showing us the "true story" of what's going on. We can't rely on the bullshit the media here spreads so it's really great to get it from your perspective.

Stay safe out there, kick some ass and come home soon!
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:12 pm

Stay safe and keep posting stories and pictures. The story about the the guy getting blown of the moped by the rotorwash, that you posted a while back was absolutley hilarious.
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:23 pm

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
And honestly... I am ready to go next door and kick some ass in Iran. I know... I know... "OMG! UH60 is being a warmonger!!! AH!!" Well I'm a little sick and tired of Iran supplying weapons and cash to the insurgency. Weapons that are directly threatening my life.

Thank you for the update. It is always interesting to have "inside" information, not the usual media biased one.

We had friends from Israel over the weekend, and their feeling is exactly what you have described above. There is a growing consensus that Iran might very soon start showing its teeth. However, contrary to all belief, not directly towards Israel, but rather towards other Arab Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia and else. Sunni vs Shia seem to be the focus of the next military movements in the middle east. Anyways, stay safe and Godspeed.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
It tears at your heart, doesn't it?

Yes, it always does. It is horrible to see the natural order broken, i.e. a mother burying her son/daughter. Let us hope it ends soon.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:45 pm

May God bless and protect you.

Thank you for all you do.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:53 pm

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
I don't know if you know these people... but they go to the funerals of soldiers and protest. They're evil hearted people



Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 4):
It really has very little to do with the individual soldier, let alone his/her personal sexual preference. They're more interested using the funeral as a platform to spread their homophobic bullshit. See, they believe the dead soldiers are god's punishment to America. Total horse shit, I assure you, but they believe it nonetheless.

Yeah that's what I have heard, not sure assholes is the right word, I would call them nuts. Makes me think about tighter rules on institutionalization.

Other than that UH I wish you safe days in Iraq and a prompt return.

That video is one of the saddest things I have ever watched.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:44 pm

Regarding the black hawk, the Ridley Scott movie with Black Hawks has excellent shots about this chopper. A few months ago there was one on display in Heldenplatz here in Vienna, along with a bell and an apache, and I remember being very impressed by the number of crew the black can carry. It's amazingly large.

Flying an aircraft this size for war missions must require mastering it like second nature. When private and civilian pilots (propellor for me) fly leisure flights, keeping the aircraft happy and navigating remains an extremely concentration intensive activity. In comparison, it's really something what you do UH60.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:56 pm

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 4):
It really has very little to do with the individual soldier, let alone his/her personal sexual preference. They're more interested using the funeral as a platform to spread their homophobic bullshit. See, they believe the dead soldiers are god's punishment to America. Total horse shit, I assure you, but they believe it nonetheless.

I wonder if they would think it G-d's judgment if somebody kicked their asses?

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 24):
We had friends from Israel over the weekend, and their feeling is exactly what you have described above. There is a growing consensus that Iran might very soon start showing its teeth. However, contrary to all belief, not directly towards Israel, but rather towards other Arab Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia and else. Sunni vs Shia seem to be the focus of the next military movements in the middle east. Anyways, stay safe and Godspeed.

Yep....one thing a lot of us miss is that not only is there a river of bad blood between the Sunni and Shia because of the schism, the tenth Imam, the Caliph Ali etc etc, there's a lot of history of sectarian fighting too. AND, if you get beyond all that, the Arabs don't like the Iranians a whole lot because they're not Arabs....they're Persians.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:59 pm

Quoting Kay (Reply 27):
Flying an aircraft this size for war missions must require mastering it like second nature.

A wise man once said a helicopter is just a million parts flying in formation. I have a friend over there with UH60 flying the Seahawk (the Navy's version of the Blackhawk) who says it is a great bird but that it is interesting flying something that is trying to kill you at a moment's notice.

Stay safe over there and get home soon.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:39 am

Thanks for the update - just keep them coming.

It's always good to hear from you, and nobody is forced to open a thread.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Guess what else? I was slated to go home in February... hmmm... yeah probably not going to happen. Right now we're "frozen" here. Until a definite plan is released of whether or not there will be a troop increase in Iraq, the Army doesn't want to send us home, only to send us back. Because the truth is... if there really is a "troop build up" it won't be fresh deployments. It will be extending the deployments of units currently in Iraq. Tricky, huh?

Not a big surprise under the circumstances. My guess is that this approach will be especially hard on the ground forces. Sad

One can only hope that some good will come out of it at least.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
So the way I see it... every extra day spent in Iraq, is one less day I get to spend with my wife. Especially since I still haven't told her I am volunteered to return. Yikes.

Yikes indeed... you're treading dangerous territory there...!  mischievous 

I'm sure she'll have a word or two to say about it as well...

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
And honestly... I am ready to go next door and kick some ass in Iran. I know... I know... "OMG! UH60 is being a warmonger!!! AH!!" Well I'm a little sick and tired of Iran supplying weapons and cash to the insurgency. Weapons that are directly threatening my life.

The impulse is understandable, but the military-only approach to crisis handling has already reached its limits. Iran is a much bigger fish than Iraq again. I doubt that you've got the resources for another "cakewalk" on an even greater scale.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
It tears at your heart, doesn't it?

Absolutely. Sad

I can only hope the families will be supported as they deserve. As should all the wounded.


And it doesn't even stop there. On the other side of the fence iraqi families are losing their loved ones while having to live in a de-facto war zone. 100 dead yesterday, and even that wasn't really that extraordinary.

The amount of grief on all sides is staggering.


UH, all the best to you and your family, and stay safe and sane!
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:55 am

Thanks for the update.

I also have had the touch of war...I have had to load/escort a few bodies of local soldiers killed in action onto aircraft at CLE, often for transport to VA for a burial at Arlington. To carry a flag-draped coffin of a dead soldier hits you; hard. It is when you look at it in a different sense; is as if America mourns and protects her defender whose ultimate sacrifice is respected upon the flag...just more blood to add to the red stripes of the blood shed throught her history, in order to keep the white stripes of liberty flying

While I disagree totally about the war in Iraq, I still support the troops, donating as much as I can to help the front line. The sh*t you guys have to go through earns my respect (even my cousin is a marine in Iraq).

Stay safe...and God bless

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:12 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 28):
the Arabs don't like the Iranians a whole lot because they're not Arabs....they're Persians

Very good point and although the Persian Empire disappeared a long time ago the grudges are still there. I just wish that people would use their brains instead of their hearts. The Iraqis instead of killing each other should work together, then the "Satan Americans" would leave and then they could really get on killing one another without our boys involved. Don't not take offense at the "Satan Americans" I only used that to illustrate my text. But I support our boys over there and just wish it was all over and they could come to their families. Yes I agree that Iran maybe the next big problem as long as they have their current leader, but recent reports have it that he may be losing some ground, because of all the money problems within the country and his seemingly extravagant way of flying all over the world
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:17 am

Quoting N231YE (Reply 31):
While I disagree totally about the war in Iraq, I still support the troops, donating as much as I can to help the front line. The sh*t you guys have to go through earns my respect (even my cousin is a marine in Iraq).

I like your attitude  Smile
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:19 am

Very interesting post, UH60. Some photos quite gut wrenching.
You put a human dimension to what many only read about in
the paper or on the newtwork news.

Obviously you are disappointed about next Friday not being 'the' day, but I'm
sure you will get your movements orders shorlty.

Stay safe -- close to your shadow would be a good policy!  Smile
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:51 am

Good to hear from you, UH60.

Those are awesome pictures of the Patriot Guard. My Father-in-Law (a Harley fanatic who is most passionate about his flag and his country) has ridden with the Patriot Guard a few times when time and distance have allowed, and he counts in enormous privilege to be able to honor those that have lost their lives and protect their surviving family from those Westboro freaks.

Be careful, stay safe, and get home to your wife as swiftly as you can. Good luck, God bless, and God speed.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:11 am

Quoting N231YE (Reply 31):
While I disagree totally about the war in Iraq, I still support the troops, donating as much as I can to help the front line. The sh*t you guys have to go through earns my respect (even my cousin is a marine in Iraq).

A friend of mine did his service during the Viet Nam war mostly looking at aerial recon photos at Fort Wadsworth and having his fatigues dry cleaned. One of his other duties was to go to Dover and escort a body occasionally. He showed up Christmas evening all drunk and crazy and soaking wet because it had been raining and he told me he'd had to escort the body of a Puerto Rican kid up to Spanish Harlem on Christmas day...when he arrived at the funeral home the kid's relatives looked at him. One handed him a bottle and said "Here. You need this more than we do."
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:30 am

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
And honestly... I am ready to go next door and kick some ass in Iran.

We don't need another battlefield right now, but....

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Well I'm a little sick and tired of Iran supplying weapons and cash to the insurgency. Weapons that are directly threatening my life.

So I don't blame you. I do think Iran is pressing it's luck, but this nation doesn't need that right at the moment.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
. I cannot imagine what it would be like if I saw these protesters outside the funeral of a friend.

Know about wanting to kick some butt in Iran? I think you could use it on these lowlifes. Whaddaya think?

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
As many of you already know... I lost a very close friend in Iraq. We were buddies since we were kids growing up in the same town. It still pains me that I was unable to attend his stateside funeral.

He knows you were there in spirit, UH60. He knows. And he's there with you everyday, I'm sure.

Quoting Queso (Reply 22):
Thanks once again for showing us the "true story" of what's going on. We can't rely on the bullshit the media here spreads so it's really great to get it from your perspective.

Really unneeded in this thread.

Thanks for the latest update, UH60. Keep the faith, keep safe, and get home soon. You ARE appreciated back here.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:52 am

IMO UH-60 is a great Representative for the US soldier. Try going down to the VA and talking to some of the guys down their, they all come off like UH. Passionate about what they do , compassionate for the people of Iraq , fused to souls of their comrades in arms. What more can you ask from soldiers ,, its just fu***** amazing. This is why the US military is so far and away the best ever, soldiers who actually care for what they are doing!

Quoting FXramper (Reply 3):
Freaking badass, get home safe bro.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:05 am

Ditto on the above UH - keep your head down and your spirits up. Get home safe, whenever that may be.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Especially since I still haven't told her I am volunteered to return. Yikes.

Might you need a set of your very own Personal Body Armour for this particular 'mission'?  Wink
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:09 am

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 38):
This is why the US military is so far and away the best ever

I wouldn't want to take away from your appreciation and UH has indeed earned many people's respect by the way he personally presented himself around here.

But please refrain from implications about other people's or other armies' inferiority or lack of qualities while you're at it, especially of those which you don't have personal knowledge about (which would probably be all of them).

It would quite often be mistaken and it doesn't do anybody any good, especially not anyone you appreciate or admire.

Thank you for your attention.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:18 am

Keep it up man. Thanks for everything you do.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:25 am

UH,

Thank you for serving our country. Get home safely.
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:30 am

It's really interesting to hear about what's going on over there from the point of view of someone who actually knows what's happening and has a personal stake in the war, not these politicians and pundits we usually hear from. Stay safe, and come home soon!

BTW, I'm not usually one to support a whole lot of flag-waving, but I congratulate the Patriot Guard for what they are doing for the families of the dead soldiers. They don't need to deal with Westboro's BS at the same time they are grieving their lost relative.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:33 am

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 43):
BTW, I'm not usually one to support a whole lot of flag-waving, but I congratulate the Patriot Guard for what they are doing for the families of the dead soldiers. They don't need to deal with Westboro's BS at the same time they are grieving their lost relative.

Absolutely. I fully agree.

As much as I'm normally suspicious of flag-waving of any kind, this is a worthy exception!
 
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:42 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 44):
Absolutely. I fully agree.

As much as I'm normally suspicious of flag-waving of any kind, this is a worthy exception!



Free speech is not an easy topic to approach. Ultimately we have to hold our noses and let those folks sink or swim in the marketplace of ideas....although, I DO wonder where in the hell the Fred Phelps people get their money from.

Another part of free speech is that if you want to get up in public and say something really offensive, you don't have much cause for complaint if someone takes you to task for it.

The WBS have managed to offend nearly everyone I can think of, and this is just their latest gambit to barge into our living rooms and poop on the floor. I would seriously like to see someone put an ass whuppin' on those folks.
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:51 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 28):
I wonder if they would think it G-d's judgment if somebody kicked their asses?

Of course not - they'd think it was heathens and promoters of the gay agenda trying to get in the way of G-d's will.

Doesn't mean it shouldn't be done, though.  Smile

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:02 am

Good stuff
Great update
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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:11 am

Thank you for protecting our country. I'm on the verge of joining the military because I actually want to go to Iraq and demolish terrorists and protect the freedoms that we have. The only thing stopping me right now is that I'm a junior at the Univ of Texas and it would be hard to give up such a great degree/education when Im so close to finishing.

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RE: UH60's Long Overdue Update From Iraq

Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:23 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 48):
I'm on the verge of joining the military because I actually want to go to Iraq and demolish terrorists and protect the freedoms that we have.

Protecting our freedom, that's one thing, and a good thing. Wanting to do the other-even if they deserve it-sounds like you'd be going with a bit of hatred in your heart. No one should ever serve out of a hatred. Put that part aside, and if you do go to Iraq, do so to help that nation have a chance. Go there to build, not to destroy.
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