Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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BLOGGER'S BROTHER KEEPS WATCH FROM FAR AWAY IRAQ

The following is a paragraph from an e-mail I received from my brother recently. He is in the Army, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., and has been in Iraq since this fall. This is his second tour, and he is due home in the spring of 2009. While we gather with families and friends to celebrate the holidays, let's all remember, in our thoughts and prayers, those that are still fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"Yesterday was not a good day for us Cottonbalers, as we suffered our first casualties of this deployment. Yesterday about 1235 local time, soldiers from our Echo Company were doing a route clearance mission when they ran into an IED belt. I don't know why, but they were dismounted when a soldier stepped on a pressure plate IED. His sergeant went to give first aid and stepped on a pressure plate IED himself, the sergeant died instantly. The first soldier's leg will probably be amputated, but he is alive and in Germany."

A sober reminder that while many celebrate peace on Earth, for others it is still a dream.

In his e-mails, he speaks positively of tremendous progress being made with the new strategy of moving into the communities with the troops, and off of the bases. That effort is possible due to the extra troops from the surge. Also, what the Americans call the CCPs - Concerned Citizen Patrols - are having a positive impact. Makes perfect sense. If your neighborhood is being taken over by thugs, band together with your community and run them out. The U.S. is there to give them extra muscle to empower them to take over their own security.

God Bless the U.S. of A. Merry Christmas to the soldiers.

Posted by user baxley

GREAT HOLIDAY REMINDER

Thanks, Bill. I'll be sure to keep your brother, and his brothers and sisters in arms, in my holiday prayers.

Posted by user OneMann

HE WILL BE IN OUR PRAYERS

Thank you for sharing your brother's e-mail. …

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