What are you thankful for? This time of year things get crazy in the states. Family members come to visit, gifts are bought, stress, excitement and fun wrapped up in one. But I ask, what are you thankful for? Before the Thanksgiving holiday gets here, stop for 2 minutes and try to write down what you’re really thankful for.
Have you thought about your health, to the point if you’re going to see your kids graduate high school? How about the shape of your relationship? How about simple things we overlook everyday like clean water the lack of death squads taking over our houses and families and two of great importance, freedom and the greatest country in the world. They can never take our freedom!

This holiday season try to really enjoy it like never before. Think and live it as if is your last. What would you do different this year? Go and do it. Be the one who resolves past family conflicts. Be the one who says Im sorry. Be the one to give until it hurts. Be the one who makes a difference and knows the meaning of the holiday. Be the one who truly means what they say. Regardless of the outcome of what you do, if you do any of the above, you won’t regret that you at least tried it.

Friends had us over for Thanksgiving one year. After we prayed and before I could devour the chow in front of me, one began to say let’s say what we are thankful for. Mouth watering I quickly brought up the preloaded family and friends answer. Although very true that was what I would say as a reaction I guess. What I didn’t say was that I was glad to be welcomed in their house, was with someone who cared about me and would be there in times of trouble to come. Thankful for healthy family members and that many were together to enjoy the holiday together. Thankful that we were together. Don’t get caught this year not knowing what you’re thankful for.

Your Marines are kicking serious butts here in Iraq and in Afghanistan. I was just out and about and visited with a few of the Marines. In Husaybah Operation Steel Curtain Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Regimental Combat Team – 2 have begun clearing the Ramana area, which is west of Ubaydi on the northern side of the Euphrates River. Ramana is a rural, agricultural region with dozens of small villages. The goals of Operation Steel Curtain are to restore Iraqi sovereign control along the Iraq-Syria border and destroy the al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists operating throughout the Al Qa’im region.

In Ramadi, your Army and Marine teams are Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (2 BCT), 2nd Marine Division began Operation Dhibbah (Bruins) in northern Ar Ramadi Saturday evening. Operation Bruins is part of a series of disruption operations in Ramadi and is designed to set the conditions for successful elections in December. The forces are conducting cordon and searches, blocking off known insurgent escape routes and searching for weapons caches.

Throughout central Iraq, your service members continue to take the fight to the enemy. Its not an ordered or forced fight, your Marines want to fight the insurgency and we want to kill them. If the scumbags want to fight, then by reading the above they are going to get one. Your Marines are powering through the remainder of the above city enemy holdouts. Moving through cities and continuing on after the enemy had thought we had to stop to regroup. Professionalism and the American spirit have the insurgency on its heels and in disarray.

This holiday season add your service members to your “Thankful” list. During this holiday season, we will be forwardly deployed to maintain the fight. We will not stop operations and we will keep the enemy on the run. “We will not waver. We will not tire. We will not faulter. We will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Semper Fidelis,
Keep Attacking!

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