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Oct. 1, 2007: Reflections On Iraq Two Years Later

REFLECTIONS ON IRAQ TWO YEARS LATER It has been two years since my trip to Iraq to see the war through the eyes of Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team located in the aptly named “Triangle of Death”, south of Baghdad. The longer I am away, the scarier it seems. Would I do it again? In […]

Oct. 14, 2005: Iraq Column #7

MIXED EMOTIONS: LEAVING THE 48TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM I am coming home. As you read this, I should be on a C-5A headed for Dover, Del. and then to Home Sweet Home. I leave with mixed emotions. Taking the world’s longest shower and sleeping in a real bed with a real mattress will be a […]

Oct. 13, 2005: Iraq Column #6

COLUMNIST SEES THE WAR ‘UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL’ With Georgia’s 648th engineering battalion in the Triangle of Death. I saw the war in Iraq up close and personal today. In fact, it was up closer than I wanted. A couple of bad guys exploded an IED (an improvised explosive device) as we were crossing a […]

Oct. 12, 2005: Iraq Column #5

GEORGIANS HELPING TO BUILD SCHOOLS AND TRUST With the 118th Field Artillery Battalion in Taji. Today we went by helicopter to Camp Taji, south of Baghdad and the headquarters of the First Battalion of the 118 Field Artillery Regiment. This regiment, composed mainly of Georgians, has a myriad of responsibilities including overseeing various construction projects […]

Oct. 11, 2005: Iraq Column #4

FIGHTING TERRORISM WITH AMERICAN GOODNESS With Georgia’s 48th Combat Brigade Team at Radwaniya near Camp Stryker. General Stewart Rodeheaver, commanding general of Georgia’s 48th, invited us to ride along with him today to dedicate a local health clinic. Why would a general who has a lot of war on his hands these days take the […]

Oct. 10, 2005: Iraq Column #3

DRIVING THE DANGEROUS ROADS OF IRAQ WITH A BAND OF BROTHERS With Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team in Mahmoudiyah and the Lion’s Den. This morning General Stewart Rodeheaver, commanding general of the 48th, had a meeting scheduled with General Mahdi, brigade commander of the Iraqi army, to discuss last minute preparations for Saturday’s vote on […]

Oct. 9, 2005: Iraq Column #2

With Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team at Camp Striker on the Outskirts of Baghdad Just when I had decided that the United States military couldn’t organize a two-tank parade and that I would spend the rest of my unnatural life in that Garden Spot of the World — the passenger lounge at Ramstein Air Force […]

Oct. 8, 2005: Iraq Column #1

Dear Folks: It has been the Week from Hell, but (famous last words) it may be over shortly. It is now midafternoon Saturday at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. After our aborted flight to Baghdad, there have been no planes to take troops or people like me to anywhere. That is about to change. […]

Iraq Column: October 14, 2005: Mixed Emotions: Leaving the 48th Brigade Combat Team

I am coming home. As you read this, I should be on a C-5A headed for Dover, Del. and then to Home Sweet Home. I leave with mixed emotions. Taking the world’s longest shower and sleeping in a real bed with a real mattress will be a pleasure, but leaving behind the men and women […]