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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

17 April 2007. Well, I'm still at work at the moment. I'm about to sneak out so I can go to the gym and workout. It looks like the next week will be rather busy but it does make the time go by faster.
I slept a good 7 hours last night and felt pretty good today. I mainly worked on straighting up the new office spot I have acquired as 1SG R left today. I'll be combining his duties with mine.
The night before last, the city decided to tear up the road in front of the camp to resurface it. This makes a lot of sense and I believe they have been trained by the Oklahoma Dept of Transportation. It was the smoothest piece of road in a 5 mile area and they haven't finished any other part of the road they have been working on in the last year we have been here. They have remained out there for the last two days and at least appear to be doing something. We will see how it goes.
The biggest piece of news I have at the moment is a letter my daughter wrote. As a class assignment they were asked to write a Any Soldier letter and they would be mailed out. She thought the letters would go to Iraq. Well, a Major serving in the Bde here was the recipient of the group of letters and he recognized of course the unit and the last name. Major E brought the letter over to LTC Y and then they showed it to me. I was able to scan it and sent it to Mrs. Dub. I gave her a little bit of grief saying she could write to another soldier but not to me. Of course, I was just joking with her and I was very proud of the letter she wrote. Prior to our first deployment we went to an awards assembly at her school. I didn't know anything about what her project had been at the time until we arrived at the school. I found that she had been awarded 1st Place for her painting of her hero, me. This made me cry then and swell with pride for my daughter. The letter yesterday did the same. Here is what it said:
"Dear U.S. Soldier,
My name is ______, and I would like to thank you for all that you have done for our country. I know what your family is going through with you half way around the world, only able to talk to them every few days, sometimes longer. My dad is with the 45th infantry and the 180th infantry from Oregon. This is his second tour to Afghanistan. I really appreciated everything you are doing to help keep this great nation free.
I hope you and your comrades are kept safe. Our prayers are with you and the rest of the troops. I deeply cherish the sacrifice you make on a daily basis to be away from your family, friends, home, and country. I know it's hard, but you seem to always keep strong and never give up. This country may have some people who don't appreciate what you are doing, but know that everything you do is for a good cause. To keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave.
when you troops come home, you help make it the home of the brave. I don't go to at night without praying for you and the others serving with you. I can't wait till you and your comrades can come home to your families! It will be such a joyous reunion.
So, with that said, I thank you again for everything you have done in order to keep this great nation free. You of all people know that freedom is never free. I hope God keeps you safe throughout the rest of your deployment.
God bless you, your comrades, families and everyone else serving to endure and protect freedom."
I've got a pretty good kid on my hands. MAJ E said he wanted to keep the letter to frame it. I was fine with that.
Be safe and have a great day.

22 comments:

MrsDub said...

You stole my BLOG! Oh well, I guess we can both be proud of our baby girl!

Sarge Charlie said...

Your kid makes my eyes swell with tears, you are a lucky man and mrs dub is a lucky woman, you have done your work with your daughter, now you reap the rewards

Sarge Charlie said...

ps....i hope you get the hell out of there before they get around to extending the guard units

Dixiechick said...

Children do learn by example... and a very fine example you and Mrs. Dub has set for her. You do have a very good daughter, and she has very good parents. Thank you!

Ron Simpson said...

Good kids come from good parents. Not from the "it takes a village" idiots. (funny, village idiots) You guys have every right to be proud. And MrsDub should write how she feels about lil' MissDub on her blog.

What you guys do is hard on the soldier as well as the family. It shows an incredible ammount of strenght and character for her to have written this letter. Even better, most teens cannot write so well. She has promise as a writer or reporter.

keep safe.

Whirlwind said...

Wow, what a small world! That's great that you got to see her letter!

Sanni said...

You got me: I´m in tears!

Hugs to you and your wonderful family - be safe and have a great... evening!

Odat said...

Seems like the lil Dub has learned a good set of values from her Dub parents!!!! You should be proud of her!!!
Peace

Callie Ann said...

I think when people mention brave soliders it also means there families are brave and fighting for all of us also. It takes tons of being brave for a women to let the love of her life go off a protect us. Also our kids they know what dad is doing and they sacrifice a huge part of their life so their dad can protect us. I thank you, I thank Mrs. Dub and your daughter. Thank you for allowing us to have your dad protecting our country. You are wonderful people.
Callie

Miss Dub said...

Hey, thanks for postin that, i'm gonna go update my blog now. Promise. Thank you all for what you said about me. Check out my blog soon,

~Miss Dub

Vadon said...

Howdy Dub,

Vadon here...been keeping up with your blog and thought I would drop you a note. Awesome daughter you have there! I am digitizing the video I took there as we speak and as soon as I am done I will send it to you and Lt. M. Keep your head down and your chin up...it is almost over!

Vadon

Comedy + said...

Sgt. Dub - Miss Dub did a fine job on her letter. It was even nicer that you happened to end up with the letter. Stay safe and God bless.

Linda said...

That's quite the daughter you have there! You have every right to be proud! Make sure you give her an extra, extra hug when you get home.

JustMeShann said...

What a Beautiful letter and Wonderful Daughter... Brought tears to my eyes and I am with Linda, that Gal deserves a Huge Hug! Aren't kids wonderful; Straight from the Heart...

Mimi Lenox said...

What a beautiful letter. I know you must be proud.

Stay safe, SGT.

Travis said...

She's a keeper!

Sunni Kay said...

What a wonderful little girl you have! I hope my son turns out to be just as wonderful. I think he is on the right track. My congratulations to you and the Mrs. for a job well done. Stay safe!

chtrbx said...

What a wonderful heartfelt letter by MissDub....not surprised one bit though...look at her role models!!....

Desert Songbird said...

Wonderful letter by an incredible kid.

Great job, Sgt and MrsDub!

[[wiping my tears]]

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wonderful letter. very grown up too!

smiles, bee

AMAZING GRACIE said...

I first saw Miss Dub's letter over at Sarge Charlie's and boo hooed. It really touched my heart cuz i was so close to my dad. I love the fact that you got the letter!!! Miss Dub, you are one lucky lady and I'm glad you recognize it now. You've had to sacrifice some very important time with your dad and yet you understand that our country needed him too. What a wonderful young lady you are! You have two very special parents. Love them and treasure them always...
Fondly,
Gracie

Kai said...

What a wonderful letter she wrote! Sounds like you've got yourself a great daughter there :-)