Baghdad Band-Aid

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Location: Ewa Beach, HI, United States

I got out of the Army in October 2007, and went back to being a Paramedic. I am now working as an RN in Case Management.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

the most beautiful view in the world.

I went to Pali while here on O'ahu. Mark Twain once said it is the most beautiful sight in the world, and I don't have any problem agreeing with him. My newest daughter, Adelia Paige Lopez Benson was born at 0407, September 11. She is a healthy and happy baby, although a bit of a Diva. Her baptism ws today, and the baptism party is tomorrow. I have to return to baghdad in 5 days, definitely not looking forward to it. Here are a few pics for ya. Click 'em if you want a bigger view.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I got all my pretties sewn on my cammies, and paid an Iraqi a buck to iron my blouse. Got another one to give me a fresh haircut. I'll be headed for my chopper in the morning, going to Baghdad International, then Kuwait, then Dallas, and finally Honolulu. Should be a few days travel time, but I'm stoked!

All dressed up, and he's got somewhere to go!

Ohhh, so hawt!

Al Bundy, on the other hand, won't be going anywhere til next month.

Hawt?  Nawt.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Perception is Reality

I am in a unique position since I am one of the few who had a career before the Army. Most people my age can think of nothing much more than that great day they get out of the military service. Of course, when that day comes, most of them tend to sign up for another hitch anyway. It's neat to see the psychology of it. They want to be civilians again so badly, yet most harbor disdain for the selfishness and decadence of modern America. The 3ID, which has born the heaviest brunt of fighting in this war, have reenlistment rates much higher than expected. Of course, I always have to have a goal so that my time isn't wasted, and right now, that goal is using the Military for P.A. school. But, I wonder; will I stay even after my obligation is over? It is such a sacrifice to miss out on the wonderful thing that is seeing a child grow up, but on the other hand, in the service, a man's word is truly a promise, something he can measure himself by. Whereas, in the civilian world, a promise is worth about as much as the air used up by speaking. On another note, the DOD is becoming increasingly concerned over soldiers' blogs. They are terrified that some sensitive information is leaking out. I'm pretty sure I don't fall into that category, as my writing is more of a look at the human side, instead of the technical war-making crap. So, I will continue to write. I think our soldiers are ready for America to go home. Indeed, they have grown beyond us now, but still have light-years to go before they are as disciplined as a U.S. Infantryman. I really don't get to see the big picture, as I am involved in training a light infantry battalion. We have only jeeps, and troop transports. I have seen some medium armor around town, and a couple of T-72 tanks. I read an article a month ago about some helicopters the IA were trying to buy, and they got majorly ripped off. It was some com-block country selling them old HIND helos. The vehicles we use were donated to Iraq by the Ukrainian Government. Our mechanics (American) have done a wonderful job keeping them running without parts, or manuals! Another IA soldier was struck by a car 3 days ago. We are still patrolling hot and heavy, and some intel is finally starting to flow, so hopefully we can have a bit more impact before we leave. Some 10th Mountain soldiers are moving into our AO, and will be doing their right seat rides soon. The torch will be passed for yet another year. I hear our next deployment will be to Afghanistan. Funny, the mountain guys going to the desert, and the "Baghdad Butchers" (as they like to call us) going to the mountains. Of course that's still a rumor. Think I'll have a cup of joe, and go for a run. My team went on patrol without me this a.m.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The stitches are out. Looks pretty good for having been such largewounds
Scars from suturing wounds
A couple of cute kids in our sector
Karrada Children

I have alot to say, but no time to say it. Check back often, I will get around to posting soon!