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1-3-06 Iraq Update from Georgia Lieutenant

GA Lieutenant:  I still believe we are doing the right thing by being here.  A stable Iraq will forever change middle-eastern politics………I would rather have trained soldiers fight the terrorists here than innocent civilians try to protect themselves back home.  ……

 

……I've heard several people on the news who are against the war state that Iraq has turned into a terrorist battlefield.  I think that's a good thing.  I'd rather fight them and preoccupy them here

than wait for them to hit us again back home……

AVOC

 

January 2, 2006

 

Iraq Update from Georgia Lieutenant

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

I do not have a close relative or friend in Iraq in combat.  However, I have kept up with several Georgia Soldiers who report back to their friends and family about events in Iraq.  I always read their messages closely to try to understand their feelings on the War, their pain, their morale.  No one soldier can see the whole picture as can the Theatre and Washington commanders.  However, one gets some sense from reading several sources-straight out of the military and Iraq, about how most soldiers feel.  They feel they are doing something positive for our nation.

 

Through a friend, I have learned about a relative that is in Iraq – Lt Micah Garrison.  His wife lives in Gainesville.   Some of his writings have appeared on Martha Zoller’s radio show WDUN (550 AM) and Website at AccessNorthGA.com.

 

We sent cards and packages to his unit before Christmas.  My wife and I recently received a nice Thank You note from Micah.  His remarks are very revealing and informative on the situation in Iraq.  

 

We need to all think about these young men and women serving our nation.   They are doing something tangible and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.

 

If we have concerns, send cards and encouragement.  Do something constructive.  Remember them with letters and prayer.  Many of us are doing that and it feels better than just opining about different positions on Iraq.  There are a number of sites that can give addresses and ways to contact American Soldiers.  Some appear on the 12.3.05 AVOC Link below.

 

May God Bless and Keep Our Troops!

 

SEE:

 

12-3-05 Remember Our Soldiers- Especially at Christmas Time


12-28-05 Update on War from Georgia Lieutenant in Iraq

 

TO: Friends and Relatives in United States

 

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 8:27 AM

 

Subject: Deployment update (Iraq)

 

By 1LT Micah J. Garrison      (Stationed in Iraq)

 

Hello everyone.  I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.  It rained for an hour or two a couple of days ago, only the second time it has rained since we've been here (over seven months).  The temperature ranges from the low 30s at night to the 40s and 50s during the day.  This is a significant change from the 130s we usually had during the summer.  Also, because everything is so wide open, the wind makes it seem a lot colder. 

 

The last several days have been pretty rough, we've had several friendly casualties.  They seem to come in bunches. While our battalion has been fortunate that no one has been killed, it still hurts when fellow soldiers die even if we don't know them.  It definitely dampens the holiday mood because we know that every time someone dies we think about who's waiting for them back home and what they'll go through when they are notified by the military and then you automatically think of your own loved ones.

 

The surrounding units have to come through our area so we often link up with them if they don't know where they are going to render additional aid on the way to the treatment center.  The day after Christmas a soldier died while we worked on him and today another one came through that probably won't make it.  While being here has numbed us to death, fear, and physical pain it is still hard to deal with seeing a fellow soldier die. 

 

While we know that death is part of the Infantry's job description we know that someone back in the states had their lives changed forever.  Don't get me wrong, fighting is why many of us joined the military.  If I wasn't married and didn't have a wife I dearly love waiting on me I'd almost enjoy being here.  We didn't join to train.  We joined to fight.

 

I still believe we are doing the right thing by being here.  A stable Iraq will forever change middle-eastern politics.  (Whether or not it remains stable after we leave remains to be seen).  But at least we will have the intelligence networks in place so that we can continue to develop sources and leads in the war on terror.  As I've stated before, I would rather have trained soldiers fight the terrorists here than innocent civilians try to protect themselves back home. 

 

I've heard several people on the news who are against the war state that Iraq has turned into a terrorist battlefield.  I think that's a good thing.  I'd rather fight them and preoccupy them here

than wait for them to hit us again back home.  9-11-01 demonstrated that the enemy we face is willing, capable, and ready to kill innocent civilians on our own soil.  Hopefully fighting them here will prevent them from freeing up the assets required to carry out another such attack. 

 

Please continue to pray for our troops in the field.  I cannot stress how comforting it is to know how many of you back home pray for our safe return and God's hand of protection.  As the old saying goes "war is hell".  But we also know that God is always in control.  He doesn't let things happen by accident.  Everything happens for a reason, everything happens for His purpose.

 

Knowing that makes all the difference.  I hope all of you have a blessed year. 

 

Micah.

 

1LT Micah J. Garrison

HHC TF 2-130 Infantry

Recon Platoon

APO AE 09381


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