It’s been a very busy couple of weeks around our neck of the
woods. Bad guys getting froggy, temperatures dropping, and ill tempered mice
massing in large groups! …It’s all good, no worries.
Your Marines are doing great things around the area. With
continued operations that pin the enemy back into unmaneuverable positions we
continue our progress forward. Many people ask me, “Are we really making a
difference here?” Being the second go around for me here, I can tell you it’s
100% better than the first time I was here. In a more closer look to the area,
I can tell you that local leaders have and continue to make great gains
in their local economic and life support structures throughout their
When you have local civilians begin to inform you of IED
emplacements and continue to stand up against the enemy threat, when you have
people that want to make their area better without intimidation and, although
scared, continue to work with Coalition Forces, those are signs of progress in
the area. Not how many Marines are in a square foot but more so of what
those Marines do and how they carry out their actions that defines
progress. Yes, there is progress in Afghanistan and your Marines are
leading the way.
Mail is arriving, however, I did just now get a letter sent
before Thanksgiving. Its hit & miss at times. All of you out there please
know, because of the austere conditions, limited computer networks, our
fighting position, email and even slow snail mail isn’t available much of the
time. We have received your care packages and I want to send out a HUGE thank you
for all of you that have sent packages and letters of support. You don’t know how
much that helps. We don’t have a PX, our chow hall is a burnt out
building so we don’t have the “luxuries” of many large bases. Mail gets to us
when it “gets to us” .
We are maximizing and validating the techniques, tactics and
procedures of the concept of “light infantry fighting”….and it’s working very
Time for a stoagy, Semper Fi!