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The 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who has given us … Continue reading

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Jon deployed to Iraq

For those of you who had been keeping track, my brother Jon (in the Marines) has been deployed again. This time he’s headed for Iraq—Camp Fallujah, to be exact, according to the rumors he’d heard. This time he’s expected to … Continue reading

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Pre-Christmas Update

Things have been going pretty well lately, but I’m definitely ready for Christmas break to start. We’ve both been pretty weary these last couple of weeks, and are about ready for a recharge. Tuesday is the beginning of Christmas break, … Continue reading

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They’re back!

Looks like Jon’s unit is supposed to come ashore in N.C. on Sunday and Monday. UPDATE More from the unit websites here and here.

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24th MEU: Lebanon evacuation duty

As many of my readers have probably already noticed, Jon’s unit has been in the news quite a bit over the last couple of days as the primary force tasked with evacuating U.S. citizens from Lebanon due to the current … Continue reading

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24th MEU hits the beach

Apparently Jon’s unit has gone ashore at Aqaba, Jordan on the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. I’m not sure exactly when the pictures were taken, or why they are making this particular stop, but it must have been … Continue reading

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24th MEU transitions to CENTCOM area of operations

Apparently Jon’s unit, the 24th MEU, spent Independence Day transiting the Suez Canal. This also meant that they transferred from European Command operational control to CENTCOM control, putting them at CENTCOM’s disposal for possible service in Afghanistan or Iraq. CENTCOM Continue reading

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Jon’s unit deployed

My younger brother Jon is in the United States Marine Corps, as some of my readers may already know. Last week his unit, Sierra Battery, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8, deployed aboard the USS Whidbey Island as part of the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend

I spent the afternoon and evening yesterday driving home to Indiana for the weekend. This will be the last time for the whole family to get together for quite a while (Jon is being deployed overseas in a couple of … Continue reading

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