Although we are continuing to do great work in country our time here is limited. We continue to disrupt the enemy and keep the area safe. At some point we will begin the hurry up and wait procedure out of country and make the transition towards home. We ran into a few Georgian soldiers that were making their way back home due to the situations in their country. With broken english, Marines talked with them about what was happening in their home land. Organized and ready, they departed Iraq, making only small talk heading back home to do their work there.

That night, I sat and enjoyed a nice Padron 1929 vintage cigar sent by a great supporter. A couple Marines came by and asked what I was smoking as I handed them one to enjoy. The Marine Corps is an unique organization where young Marines can sit and talk with seniors at times. We talked about the daily events and how things were going. What they planned on doing when they got home and what was next for them. The temps were nice and as the night continued. As time passed I realized I was spending time with warriors. There are many great times I recall throughout my short military career, but times like this will always remain up front. Semper Fi

Email is down so I will reply when I can.


  1. Communication through the ranks helps to make the USMC the amazing military force it is today. Thanks for doing your part.

  2. The sign of a good officer is being able to sit with his enlisted and NCO’s and have a discussion as if you were hanging over the back fence with a neighbor at home. You, Sir, have been hanging over the back fence and your men consider you a good neighbor.
    Don’t let down ANY of your guards for you and your men will soon be winging your way home to all of the Love Ones waiting in all of those back yards.


  4. “helicopters” ?
    Sammy D has been in the Scotch again!!
    However now that she brings it up…I invented helicopters!

  5. Pay no attention to the propeller heads trying to distract you! Stay vigilant until you’re feet wet, then dive in!
    Good job, Marine. Can’t wait to say “Welcome Home!!!”

  6. We always send the best to do the worst. Where ever The Corps happens to be, it has to be the worst. Keep your noggins on a swivel. Semper Fi!

  7. USMC Officers have as much a mentoring role as a leadership role, by design in the culture of the Corps. It is much the same with non-rates and staff NCOs.
    I remember many smoke breaks while on work detail at Btn HQ that started with Btn staff officers (Capts and Majors) telling jokes and then working the discussions around to various current world events, the history leading up to those events and perspectives on what the near future would bring.
    I can recall one long smoke break, lasted an hour or more, where our Btn CO (Lt Col) and much of his staff were going into much detail on the eventual beginning of what they called the “sand wars”. This was in the early ’80s, and it was already recognized that we’d be at war with Iraq and/or Iran in the not too distant future.

  8. I so enjoy the simplicity, but depth of your posts. You and your Warriors have my deepest Admiration, Respect and Appreciation.

  9. Thank you, Sir, for all you are doing, for all you do. Thanks to all those warriors you have the privilege of sitting down with.
    Enjoy that smoke!

  10. If I’ve learned anything, it is the glass is always half full with you Marines. Nice moment Major. God bless you. Can’t wait to say, welcome home. Stay safe.

  11. Thank you for your service to our nation. Please tell any Marine around you, a former active duty Platoon Sgt. says his prayers for active duty Honorable military men, and women.
    G-d’s speed,
    Mark A. Morris RDMS

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