:: Sunday, February 25, 2007 ::
It sometimes takes certain tragic events to put things into perspective for everyone. Some people see things the way they are supposed to be seen immediately, others are hard-headed and don't realize the obvious.
Oklahoma has lost a great citizen, the Army has lost a great soldier, and the Thunderbirds have lost a great Warrior. On February 19th, 2007 SGT Buddy "Doc" Hughie was killed in action fighting for freedom and liberty in Afghanistan. He was the first soldier from the 1st Battalion 180th Infantry Regiment killed in action here in Afghanistan. The memorial service was yesterday and it touched plenty of lives. Soldiers from several states, sailors, airmen, marines, soldiers from different countries all attended to pay their respects to SGT Hughie.
Everyone here was reminded that this is a war we are fighting. There are people outside these walls trying to kill us. These are the people that attacked America in the first plce. Now we are bringing the fight to them.
The saddest part is that the politicians on the hill don't seem to care about any of this anymore. The have turned this war against terrorism into a platform in which to launch themselves further into the government so they can make more money.
I don't even know what to say. This is why I don't post a lot anymore because my thoughts are so jumbled up I don't know how to express them. I just can't watch the news anymore because of all the things the politicians are trying to do. I just ask that everyone, all the sane people back in the states, please remember what SGT Hughie died for. Remember what every soldier and marine has died for.
Things around here are pretty much the same as they always have been. The plans around here haven't changed much and that's mainly because there are no plans. We're so close to coming home but noone knows when or how or where. Oh well. Eventually they'll figure it out and we'll all be stuck running around trying to do everything at the last minute. Welcome to the Army.
For those of you that don't know, my wife has decided to join the Army. I think I posted about it before, but I don't remember. Either way, she has signed up with the Oklahoma National Guard to be a 42A, a human resources specialist. She is going to be an admin person basically. I think she will like the Army as a whole but only once she gets past the dreaded basic training. Of course, I'm a big whimp so maybe basic will be fun to her.
Rumors out the window, don't be surprised if Ann and I go to Iraq next year. I'm counting on it and so is she pretty much. We both said that it wouldn't be so bad if we could go together and there is a pretty good chance we will. Hopefully. It's all in the good Lord's hands, right?
I haven't started playing in the chapel again yet. I'm holding off for awhile. I want to get reset back at work before I venture off and start other things. At this rate though, I may not go play again before I leave. If not, oh well. I'll probably make a trip back over there at least once, but I don't want to get roped in like I did last time and get stuck. Who knows.
I can't really think of anything else to write about right now. I'm just chilaxin in my room doing nothing else because my beautiful wife is at a drill type thing for the guard. She leaves for basic on the 1st of March. I have NO idea what I'm going to do while she is gone. I guess sit around a lot and watch movies. I'll spend some time writing her letters so that will keep me busy for a while.
Well, my old man is online so I'm going to chat with him for a bit. I'll post later about the rest of my endeavors in this crazy world.
God is good. All the time.
:: Ben 8:28 AM [+] ::