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2-22-06 Iraq News not all bad- Update from GA Lieutenant

LT Micah Garrison 2-14-06 - Our lives have been changed forever by everything we have seen, done, and experienced here. We also realize that we will never take so many things in our lives for granted ever again.  It is hard to explain to people how truly blessed we are as Americans to live in the states and enjoy the freedoms we have. 

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February 17, 2006

 

Iraq News not all bad- Update from GA Lieutenant

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

It is good to hear from someone who is actually in Iraq and has some connection that gives credibility.  Through a friend, I have learned of a young First Lieutenant from Gainesville, GA.   From time to time he reports on how things are going with his unit.   His latest message came on Valentine’s Day.  He sends the updates to family and friends and Gainesville media outlets.  Later in the day, I heard Martha Zoller reading from and talking about the letter on her morning radio show on WDUN, 550 AM and website at AccessNorthGA.com.

 

Micah (Lt. Garrison) wife is named Tara.  They had bought a new home just before he was deployed to Iraq.   Micah describes in a poignant way how his wife described his absence from their home. 

 

“…Today marks our 14th month away from home and our 9th month in Iraq.  It's hard to comprehend how much time that is.  My wife Tara put it into perspective in a recent conversation.  We bought a house in May of 2004 and in September bought a Boston Terrier puppy to keep her company while I was deployed.  Tara recently said, "It's sad that Bailey (our dog) has lived in our new house longer than you have."  It's kind of funny to me when I look at it like that…”

 

Micah’s experiences have matured him and his fellow soldiers.  He describes very graphically some impact of the experiences:

 

“Our lives have been changed forever by everything we have seen, done, and experienced here. We also realize that we will never take so many things in our lives for granted ever again.  It is hard to explain to people how truly blessed we are as Americans to live in the states and enjoy the freedoms we have.  If everyone in the states could have walked in our shoes for the last year they would definitely to some re-prioritizing in their lives and wouldn't take so many things, both large and small, for granted…”

 

It is heartening to know that we have many young Americans who feel love of family, religion and country.   We just do not hear them enough!

 

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2-14-06 Update from Georgia Lieutenant in Iraq

 

1LT Micah J. Garrison

HHC TF 2-130 Infantry

Recon Platoon

APO AE 09381

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:56 PM

 

Iraq Deployment Update

 

Hello everyone.  I hope all of you have had a happy Valentine's Day.  I'm

sure Hallmark has had a pleasant February 14.  Today marks our 14th month away from home and our 9th month in Iraq.  It's hard to comprehend how much time that is.  My wife Tara put it into perspective in a recent conversation.  We bought a house in May of 2004 and in September bought a Boston Terrier puppy to keep her company while I was deployed.  Tara recently said, "It's sad that Bailey (our dog) has lived in our new house longer than you have."  It's kind of funny to me when I look at it like that. 

 

We're definitely looking forward to coming home, but we still have a

lot of work to do here.  At times it is very rewarding and we feel great

about what we do and at other times it is extremely frustrating and makes you angry.  I and two of my men were on a recent three day mission (yes, it was extremely cold) to try to catch insurgents putting in IEDs (roadside bombs) in an IED heavy area. 

 

We watched in frustration and anger when, less than twelve hours apart, two different patrols were blown up right in front of us because they wouldn't listen to what we told them on the radio.  We were less than 400 meters (about 1 1/3 football fields) away from them when they blew up.  The two IEDs resulted in three casualties, one of which was fatal.  It was frustrating because the IEDs had already been put in before we got there and we missed our chance to take out the bad guys.  It was also frustrating for us because the patrols didn't listen to what we tried to tell them and we had to watch as they got blown up.  We did help call in security and medical assets on the radio, so we did what we could to help afterward.  This makes several IEDs we've been very close to when they exploded.  The explosions were quite large and very loud.  At least now I'll have something to blame my selective hearing (oops, I mean hearing loss) on when I get home.

 

The reason I've been sending these e-mails is because the most common question I get is "what is it like to be there?"  While I'll never be able to fully put into words or express what it has been like, I have tried to explain and describe some of the things Infantry soldiers experience over here and what it takes to insure the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  I hope that I have portrayed some of these feelings and experiences to all of you.

 

Tara said that at least I'll have some new stories to tell when I get home,

but I'm sure she'll get tired of them soon enough. 

 

We're not exactly sure when we're coming home yet, but we're fairly confident that we're down to a double digit number.  We've already started some of the initial work required before we can return (equipment accountability, countless inventories, etc), so we know we're finally getting close.  Our lives have been changed forever by everything we have seen, done, and experienced here.

 

We also realize that we will never take so many things in our lives for

granted ever again.  It is hard to explain to people how truly blessed we

are as Americans to live in the states and enjoy the freedoms we have. 

 

If everyone in the states could have walked in our shoes for the last year they would definitely to some re-prioritizing in their lives and wouldn't take so many things, both large and small, for granted.  A quote I read and shared with some of you earlier in my deployment says it best.  It says, "You've never lived until you've almost died.  For those who fight for it life has a flavor the protected will never know."  I hope all of you have a great

spring, I'm looking forward to seeing all of you when I return home.  Take

care, and don't work too hard.  Micah.


 

2-16-06 Good News on Iraq returning soldiers –Covington, GA

 

The Newton Citizen

http://www.newtoncitizen.com/

 

February 16, 2006

 

Soldiers to be greeted by banners

 

By Crystal Tatum

COVINGTON
When soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment return home from Iraq in mid-May, their families want them to know they’ve been well-supported.


The Family Readiness Group for the unit, which includes 180 soldiers based at the Covington National Guard Armory, is asking local residents and businesses to purchase banners to welcome the soldiers home.


The goal is to get enough banners to cover the distance between Hunter Army Airfield, where the soldiers will land, and their base at Ft. Stewart, said Penny Schneider, chairwoman of the Family Readiness Group.


Businesses, community groups or individuals can purchase their own banners and turn them over to the Family Readiness Group closer to the homecoming, Schneider said.


The banners should identify the unit and include a message of support, she said. Businesses may want to put their logos on the banners, she said.


The banners cannot be handmade, she said.
Donations will also be accepted and will go towards the purchase of banners, Schneider said.


Those interested can pay the entire cost of a banner and leave the purchase to the Family Readiness Group…….


The banners will be a message to the soldiers that, “What we want you to know is that people from Covington support you and support what you did,” she said.


The soldiers are tentatively scheduled to return home in mid-May, Schneider said, adding that details on when and where to turn in banners will be provided once a firm return date has been set.


For more information, call Schneider at 404-798-0019 or e-mail her at pnavysgirl@aol.com


To make a donation, send checks in care of Penny Schneider at 119 Banks Road, Griffin, GA 30223.


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