"I would, on behalf of myself and "the lost boys" like to thank you for your gifts of books. We are not on a fob (forward operations base) - we're on a cop, where living conditions and creature comforts fall under the category of austere at best and downright nasty at worst and don't have access to nor do we want the creature comforts of our bretheren who live on fobs throughout the country. But we sure do appraciate when good hearted people such as yourselves take the time, make the effort and extend to us the goodwill and generosity that helps so much to make the job we do here meaningful and a bit more bearable. Besides that, it helps the youngsters here discover the wonderful world of good book reading and gets them out of their ipods, psps and xboxes. I'm the medic of the team and we do tremendous things with just a small amount of support. As a civil affairs tactical a team our job involves not only raids, snatches and interdiction of enemy movement; a lot of what we do is the management of infrastructure rebuilding projects such as repair/rebuilding canal pump stations, electrical transfer points, medical clinics, schools and village administration centers, and pay and support of the sons of iraq security program, where local populations are invested with the security and stability of their own areas. We do good things with the us taxpayers' money and now are seeing much more iraqi oil dollars being diverted into our efforts and less of our us dollars being thrown down a hole with little return . Contrary to what the media portrays, now we are winning a peace and the war is all but over, save for a very small group (unfortunately in our northern province) of hired help from Iran and Syria whose agenda still is dedicated toward a destabilized neighbor, rather than a peaceful stabilized, ecomomically strong partner nation. In a nutshell, the winds of change have given the population here hope and a vision of a future that just a year ago was not possible. Again, thank you for your support. "Read more notes...
By: Chris M. (Iraq)
Left on 01/19/2009
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