With such exhausting days and with so little sleep at night, we often dragged ourselves wearily through the day wondering how we would get through.  Caffeine and energy drinks gave us just enough edge to get through many times, but it’s not healthy for one’s body to put so many of these substances into your system.  One of our troops actually passed out during our operations briefing one night.  It turned out that he was dehydrated and that he had put too many of these over-the-counter supplements (energy drinks and “diet pills”) into his body to keep him going.  But all of us were going through this exhausting pace and trying to find methods to keep going through this stress.  The stakes were just too high to let up.  Every one of us had a tremendous amount of responsibility with a piece of the overall puzzle that made the ongoing operations possible.  In addition to this great amount of stress and responsibility, we also faced the constant mortar and rocket attacks, which would send everyone on base scrambling for their helmets and flak vests (if they were not already wearing them). 

These attacks would come at any time of the day or night.  And when they came in the middle of the night, we were supposed to leave our sleeping quarters and go into one of the many hardened concrete bunkers spread liberally around the base.  However, we often did not even bother to do this.  After so many such attacks during the night, we got to where we really did not even care whether we might be hit.  The weariness of the days and the dire necessity of what little sleep we did get became more important than the vague chance that we might get hit by a round in our sleeping quarters.  So, when we heard the ear-splitting attack warning siren go off in the middle of the night, most of us would just roll over and go back to sleep.  Most of the time, there was no real danger of being hit by these rounds anyway since they were just lobbed blindly up in the air by the insurgents somewhere just outside the wire (the barbed wire topped fence that surrounded the entire perimeter of  the base).

There was, however, one time when we were attacked quite expertly by what we think was probably one of the former Iraqi soldiers.  He had obviously had training and had a couple of dozen rounds to work with.  We weren’t sure whether he had any real intelligence over the location of our buildings on base, and we doubted whether he had an observer on base reporting where the rounds were landing (such information would have allowed him to gradually shift his fire closer and closer to the whatever target he might be intending to hit).  But he did walk several rounds in a very precise line starting just outside one soldier housing area, landing a few rounds within the housing area (miraculously not hitting any buildings), then going beyond the housing area, working his way up toward our headquarters building, where he hit the front wall of our operations center.  Thankfully, the hit on our headquarters only knocked a hole in the brick outer wall a few feet wide, and the shrapnel did not even get through an inner wood wall that formed the front wall of our operations cell in which a few dozen people were working that night. 


I pray that His perfect peace will comfort you, your family, and your friends on this day that He has made.


 


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This one is very sad article and it is about the Iraq. Many strong countries are attack on other countries for get the power. It is not good for us ad we should give the right living a life. As a human all peoples are equal i all over the world.

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07/02/2017 7:47pm

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07/15/2017 12:50am

It must have been hard living there in such a condition. I was looking for my assignment help discount but this post made my heart melt. Thanks for the share I hope we get to see the Country get well again

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07/22/2017 7:40am

OMG, there are really difficult days coming to Iraq. Hope these bad days in Iraq come to an end soon. I know how drastic things are inside there. Hope to see a better change in the country soon.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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