Friday, May 4, 2007

Dear Breens ~ A Note From Sam

FOB Iskan, built around a Soviet constructed electric power plant. photo: S. Chamberlain 26 Feb, 2007
Dear Breens,
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 7:42 AM

Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.

Iraq is getting warmer and warmer each day. I think the current day time temp is in the low 90's, night time cools into the 60's and 70's. It will keeping getting warmer until July and August, the hottest months will be around 120-130 degrees. That's pretty hot, then add about 70-80lbs of gear we are required to wear on missions just as basic combat load (body armor, ammunition, etc...)

We lost a good paratrooper this past weekend. He was a medic, and died rushing to help two other paratroopers wounded by an IED.

We haven't gotten any care packages in about a week, but mail is supposed to arrive on a LOGPAC (logistics patrol) tonight. Mail Call is definitly the best day of the week. The popular item right now from back home is Girl Scout cookies. You wouldn't believe how many boxes of cookies are laying around this place, some people will put 15-20 boxes in a package, at $4.50/box, that's incredible, but we sure do love them, and more then anything, they remind us of home.

Our XO (Battalion Executive Officer) likes to boost morale with "fun run's" around the FOB for different holidays, and one of the LT's has gotten various organizations from back home to sponser t-shirts, so this week we're having a "cinco de mayo" 5k, last month it was "the leprachuan lap", we also had a "jingle jog" and "turkey trot". The runs vary from 2miles, 5k, the longest has been 10k. One lap is about 2.1 miles around the FOB perimeter, and is paved.

Well that's about it for now.

Great to hear from you guys. Have a great summer.


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