What a difference a year makes. Last year I was up to my arm pits in scum and now this year I will be up to my arm pits in rum!  I think of those still deployed this New Year, what a difference a year makes!

Semper Fi & Happy New Year!!

Major Pain

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HAPPY NEW YEARS FROM IRAQ! (NEWS YEAR POST 2005)

BANG…..BANG BANG BANG!!………..Its 0001 Jan 1st 2006!!!! (eastern standadrd time + 8hrs)
Plan “B” – Things have been very busy here as we have been continuing to take the fight to Haji. You can’t stop the clock not even on New Years and so time continues to tick away at our fun filled adventure here in Iraq.

0530, alarm clock from HELL goes off, I use my panther like reflexes (not) to find the snooze button as wish I could sleep for another eight hours. Dash two alarm clock goes off and Im voicing some very colorful verbiage about this time and right out of a wake up scene from Bruce Almighty Im kicking, flipping trying to go back to sleep and ignore the clock.

Morning chow is a nice cup of joe and a strawberry pop tart (not only wrapped in foil but good for you too!), a couple vitamins and viola the day is under way. Alarm clock number one returns for a second butt kicking but Im ready and mash the Chinese made plastic. Scratch one alarm clock…toast!

Mission for the day is to take some VIPs to another base to show them some great things Coalition forces are doing. No problemo. We roll out to an undisclosed landing zone (LZ) where they will land at. We make our way through the city and its smells ok but here comes that dang short of breath again but I see a lot of little Iraqi ankle bitters (kids) out and about which is always a great sign and they are waving vise doing the IED detonator motion with their hands…also another good sign. We motor down the major highway past a couple M1 Tanks (checkpoints) that have black soot all over them from previous IEDs, RPGs and gas bombs….not so much a good sign Watching out in the distance and gutters for threats things look good and we seem to motoring well. We get to our LZ and are all set up but where we are the sniper threat is moderate to high so we want to keep our VIPs protected and get them in the truck as soon as possible. The aircraft come in and drop off our passengers (PAX) and we load them up to take them to another location for their visit. Things are great and going smoothly and now we have to transport them to yet another location for more information and now we are going to go through the FUN part of town. We begin to load up and one of the civilian passengers turns to me and says, this isn’t like a downtown city in the states; you guys are pretty serious here. I said, Yes Sir these Assholes are trying to kill us so we kill them first. Oh man he wasn’t ready for that answer as I helped him put on his body armor. He was then briefed to stay put in the hummer as the crew got out of the hummers to go to condition one and load all of our weapons. Here are these civilians sitting there in a beat up, shrapnel spotted hummer watching a crap load of Marine loading multiple weapons like we were about to fight it out at OK coral……..wait a second that’s exactly what we were getting prepared to do. We headed down our prescribed route and black smoke began to rise off the road a ways. Usually nothing, sometimes a signal to let scumbags know good guys are on the road near by We approached a bridge and the scout vehicle called back that “the bridge is blocked” as I saw a sheep truck crossways in the road with no driver which meant we would go to plan “B”. One of the PAX that heard the conversation over the cab speaker asked what that all meant. I looked back at them and said “nothing good, hang on” and we turned to another street. We approached another trouble spot and new something was not right with the blocked bridge and lead truck spotted an IED. We were headed into a freaking ambush bigger than monkey shit and the three Hajis scrunched down in their Mercedes confirmed it as they were probably the maneuver element of the IED ambush. With some good training and quick actions we called an audible and turned yet again almost back tracking. An Army patrol was on the scumbags and had them cuffed on the road as we passed. Our PAX’s weren’t to sure and weren’t saying a whole lot when they saw the detainees in the dirt. The best compliment Ive heard since Ive been here I think was when all was calm when we got on the next base. When we walked in and one PAX stopped me and said, Im really impressed, Im not sure what all happened on our way over here in the convoy but thanks, that was awesome. Holding back a smile of being proud of the guys, I said, you’re welcome the men did good today and left to check on our trucks status.

As we hear a small arms attack unfolding in the distance, tracers in the sky and New Years approaches here in Iraq, I only hope they very best for you and yours this New Year. A new start a new beginning, and time to move on and a time to remember the past year and to plan for the next year approaching. Be smart, be safe and have a plan “B”.

FOR OUR FALLEN:
(you may recognize the words to this bagpipe backed song as its taken from the movie “We were Soldiers Once and Young” )
Lay me down in the cold cold ground Where before many more have gone Lay me down in the cold cold ground Where before many more have gone When they come I will stand my ground Stand my ground I’ll not be afraid Thoughts of home take away my fear Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears Once a year say a prayer for me Close your eyes and remember me Never more shall I see the sun For I fell to a Germans gun Lay me down in the cold cold ground Where before many more have gone Lay me down in the cold cold ground Where before many more have gone Where before many more have gone In memory of Sgt. Charles Stuart MacKenzie Seaforth Highlanders Who along with many others gave up his life So that we can live free We will remember them all.

Some of you may also read some posts from a buddy of mine. Major B aka “Taco”. (click here to read some of his stuff) Well you see he is over here with me but not at the same base. We both have been getting a lot of encouragement to write a book. Well were gonna do it. We are going to combine our stuff and let er loose! HERE is where you can help. We need a name for the book. Got an idea?? Email me with it. If we use it you’ll probably get mentioned in the book. The book will be one of many ways for us to give back to all of you who have supported us and help other service members to get the same support that we got. Get of yer butts and shoot us a title!

Capt B sends………………………I gotta go blow something up and bring in the New Year right!!!!

Semper Fidelis

Comments

  1. AMERICANS ARE THE REALLY GREAT ASSHOLES IN THIS WORLD !!!!
    I HOPE A LOT OF DIE SOON !!!!KILLERS OF KIDS AND WOMEN !!!!!!!!
    RAPIEST`S OF LITTLE GIRLS !!!! AMERICANS REALLY SICK ASSHOLES !!!!!
    FUCK YOUR DIRTY WHORE MOTHER !!!!!

  2. HHHMMM, I am a woman, I have children and amazingly none of us have been murdered…..and we know A LOT of soldiers and Marines. Thanks iris for giving us an insight to insanity.
    God Bless America and our troops!!!

  3. SGT TAYLOR B’S MOM .
    AGAIN WELL SAID,YOU HAVE A WAY WITH WORDS FOR THE IGNORANCE OF SOME PEOPLE. BUT LET US TRY TO FORGIVE THEM THEN BEAT THE PISS OUT OF THEM,SURE WOULD MAKE MY DAY.
    COM’ON IRIS BRING IT ON I’LL TELL YOU WHAT IRIS ,I WILL MAKE THIS AN EVEN FIGHT. YOU COME VISIT ME WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR P.M.S,AND I WILL BE BLIND FOLDED WITH ONE HAND TIED BEHIND MY BACK,SMOKING A CEE GAR AND HOISTING A FROSTY ONE TO MY MEN WHILE I POUND THE SHIT OUT OF YOU CORPS STYLE.NOW COM’ON TRY ME!!!!

  4. LAS WEEK MY FRIENDS IN IRAQ KILLED SIX US SOLDIERS !!!! I AM SO PROUD!!!
    THEY KILLED THEM WITH A BOMB !!!! AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO KILL SOON MORE US SOLDIERS !!!
    THAT MAKES ME REALLY HAPPY !!!
    KILLERS AND RAPIEST`S OF LITTLE GIRLS AND WOMEN !!! DIE DIE DIE DIE !!

  5. IRIS,
    ADMIT IT YOUR A STAND UP COMIC, CUZ YOU SURE AS SHIT MAKE US LAUGH.BUT PLEASE COME UP WITH SOME NEW MATERIAL,AND SEND US AN AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF YOURSELF,I NEED A NEW DART BOARD COVERING.

  6. IRIS,
    YOU ARE 100% A/H. WHAT IS THE RATIO OF THE U.S WHACKING YOUR FRIENDS AS TO HOW MANY YOUR A/HS FRIENDS GOT OF US. CANT FIGURE THAT ONE OUT CAN YOU.WELL THEIR LEADER IS IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND COVERED WITH PORK CHOPS AND BACON GREASE. AND TACO SAVE THOSE PORK RINDS FOR ME. HEY HOW ABOUT A PIG SKIN FOOT BALL FOR A PILLOW.THE NOOSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE FROM TWINED PIGS TAILS.

  7. YEAH COME AND VISIT ME !!! MY FRIENDS FROM THE ISLAMIST GROUP WANT TO KILL YOU DIRTY AMERICANS !!!!!
    AND SOME FRIENDS ARE MEMBERS OF THE ISLAMIST TERROR GROUP IN IRAQ !!THEY KILL US SOLDIERS THERE !!!!
    I LOVE THAT !!!!!!
    AMERICANS HAVE NO CULTURE NO HONOR!!!
    BLOODY KILLERS OF LITTLE KIDS !!!
    GO AND F**K YOUR UGLY FAT AMERICAN WHORES!!!!!

  8. FUCK YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE !!!
    MY FRIENDS FROM THE ISLAMIST GROUP IRAQ RESISTANCE ARE GOING ON TO KILL NEXT MONTHS SOME AMERICAN SOLDIERS AGAIN !!!
    (“Iris” has been reported to “Web.de (his web provider in Germany) and has been reported to the proper authorities in Germany for his accusations. His current info is below
    Email: Cindy-weller@web.de
    Domain Name (Unknown)
    IP Address 212.88.134.# (teresto media AG)
    ISP teresto media AG
    Location Continent : Europe
    Country : Germany (Facts)
    State/Region : Saarland
    City : Riegelsberg
    Lat/Long : 49.3, 6.9333 (Map)
    Language English (United States)
    en-us
    Operating System Linux UNIX
    Browser Firefox
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041119 Firefox/1.0
    Javascript version 1.5
    Monitor Resolution : 1024 x 768
    Color Depth : 16 bits

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