I just wanted to let everyone know what we are being told here. We are back at start up status. That means that we are at the same status that they were when all this started. We are at war again and are treating as such. I am not getting all the information that we, the drivers, want at this time. I can say that as most of you know, there has been a KBR tanker driver kidnapped. There have been some KBR drivers killed and some are still missing. I have not heard from several of my friends that I know were up north. You would think with us sitting right here in the middle of it all that we would know more than the news, but it is not always that way. Drivers are quitting and going home at a very rapid pace. I can not and will not condemn them for doing that. I just know that I am going to stay. I can’t tell you how I will react or what I will do if one of my convoys is ever hit. That may be enough for me to come home and then it may not. I ask of everyone there in the states to just pray for our guys and gals over here. We have lots of new people over here that are not familiar with he area and we have lots of people that were supposed to be going home in the next few days that are not going to be. My friend Keith is one of them. He was due to fly out on the 14th. They recalled his unit and now after being here a year, he doesn’t know how much longer he will have to stay.
Now as for our convoy security, we are supposed to be getting more escorts and several other things. Because of the possible chance that this email could be seen by the “bad guys” I can not tell you what that is. Just trust me that they are doing everything in their power to keep us as safe as possible. I have a couple of friends that are former military and are helping me in knowing what to do if attacked. They are big help and I thank God that I am lucky to have them in my life at this time. They help me keep my mind in check on all this. I know everyone over there is going to worry about me and all the others that are here, I wish you wouldn’t. What we are doing here is a really good thing and we are doing good here. I know ya’ll may not be seeing that in the news. The news has a thing for only reporting the bad things.
Now, just so you know that it is not all bad stuff here, I am adding a few pictures to the group site, that a friend took of me on the beach here at the villa the day I took off from work. I know that it is not of what I am doing in Iraq, but I want ya’ll to see that I am doing great and a picture says a thousand words.
I need to get to bed now, I have to go in early tomorrow. I have now idea when I will be going back out. But as soon as I know I will let ya’ll know. Ya’ll take care and don’t worry!