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Friday, November 04, 2005

SFC Calvin Rogers em

SFC Calvin Rogers emailed me and said he “Just arrived at Camp Taji”.

I heard through the

I heard through the grapevine that the guys have returned from the outing in the desert.  They are supposed to be moving again very soon to their location and be able to establish more permanent living arrangements. This should mean that very soon they will be able to have better computer and telephone access, and will be able to start receiving mail from their loved ones.  With this in mind, I think we might have to start getting those cookies ready that they have been requesting.  

Spc. Eric "Uncle Sam" Roper, took a little extra time while home from Indiana to study the map of Iraq before he was deployed.

(photo submitted by his wife)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Spc. Andrew Perdue, his wife Kelley and their son.

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade
There will be a Veterans Day Parade in Andalusia, AL on November 11 at 10am.  This event will have a special meaning this year since Andalusia is the hometown of Headquarters of the 1/117th.  Please plan to attend if possible.  Remember to wear red also.

Today marks the one

Today marks the one week anniversary of this blogsite that has been dedicated to the men of the 1/117th Field Artillery also known as “Bravo Battery”.  The guys are out in the desert this week honing their skills as they prepare to move North in the near future.  I have not heard from any of them since this time, but I am sure as soon as they make their way back in the phone lines and e-mails will start to flow in again.  I know I will be glad to hear from them.  During this week I have had the chance to communicate with some of the family members of the guys of Bravo Battery.  I would like to thank all of you for giving me little tidbits of information and sending me pictures of your loved ones while they are deployed.  

I received an email this morning asking that Fridays are to be “support your soldier” days.  The letter was asking for everyone to start wearing “red” on Fridays and to continue to wear red until all the soldiers have returned from overseas.  

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

SSG. Lee Barnes and Spc. Randy Barefoot sporting the new haircuts.
(photo submitted by Angie Barnes)
This is the Bravo Battery gospel choir, they formed this group while in Indiana. The group consist of soldiers from the various units that form Bravo Battery. I recognize SSG. West Robinson, Spc. Samuel Lowery, Spc. Randy Barefoot, Spc. Chad Henderson, SFC. Rodger C. Baker and Spc. Jonathan Phillips. If someone can please help me identify the rest I can add their names also.
SSG. Tracy Simpler with his son Garret, SGT. Gavin Kostelecky standing in the background.
(photo submitted by his wife Tracy)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I GOT YOUR BACK
I am a small and precious child, my dad's been sent to fight....
The only place I'll see his face, is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days for my young mind keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud.
My daddy's got your back.
I am a caring mother, my son has gone to war....
My mind is filled with worries that I have never known before.
Everyday I try to keep my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud.
My husband's got your back.
I am a strong and loving wife, with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified, in a way most never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile, as I watch my husband pack....
My heart may break, but I am proud.
My husband's got your back.
I am a soldier....
Serving proudly, standing tall.
I fight for freedom, your and mine, by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing, the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I'll come home.
It's me who's got your back.
By: Autumn Parker
Wife of a Green Beret
Bravo Battery only have a few more days in Kuwait. They are scheduled to fly into Baghdad within the next few days. They have been given an address for their location in Baghdad. All the guys are doing fine.

Monday, October 31, 2005

SFC. Joe Perdue, his wife Glenda and his grandson Logan, Logan's father is Spc. Andy Perdue who is also deployed to Iraq. Do we have a fourth generation Guardsman in the future?
A view across the desert, with a convoy of camels.
(click on picture to see camels)

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Please correct me if I get the wrong name and rank on the photos.
Lt. Simmons and Spc. Chris Burch take time to pose for a quick picture.
Lt. Simmons and Fallin sends a "hello" from Kuwait.

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