In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Monday, November 01, 2004

Soldiers to missions, just another day

Wow, two posts in two days. I can’t believe it. Today, I’m told I have a mission far, far away to go cover. The typical story: Soldiers work hard to provide security for the Iraqi people. I’ve been doing this so long now, it seems that I can just fill in the blank here and there and the story is done. Of course, I try to give it a special ring to it that will garner attention. What else happened today? Well, I had a soldier come crying to me… saying they can’t handle it anymore. Of course, I have an unbelievable amount of passion for my soldiers and hate seeing them like this. I sent her to a combat stress specialist who listened to her and provided professional advice. No matter what job you do in the army living every day in a combat zone is incredibly stressful and I don’t know if words can ever fully put it into perspective to those who haven’t been there done that. I do everything I can to make sure the soldiers aren’t too strapped and that they are enjoying, with all things considered, life. Of course, I’m the reason for a few tears too. Once, I made a soldier cry because she didn’t know a certain unit’s designation. At the time, we had been here for 8 months and she didn’t know the name of the unit we’d been covering. Honestly, that’s all I said; I guess my tone was just mean. I made another soldier cry when I scolded her for being disrespectful to an NCO. In the army, if leaders aren’t stern and decisive, the soldiers will take advantage of the “nice guys.” A bad attitude, or disrespect, can lead to the mission not being accomplished. The mission not being accomplished can lead to the battle being lost. I think you get the point. Anyway, sergeants like me are there to make sure soldiers don’t get out of line and execute, execute and execute again. We keep them motivated, frustrated and smiling all at the same time. Of course, we must lead by example too. That’s why I choose to go on the more dangerous missions and try to stay in tip top shape… albeit I’ve put on 20 pounds since coming to Iraq (my marathon physique looks normal now). And when the soldiers have hit bottom, I try to pull them out of the water. In other words, that’s why I’m going on another fill-in-the-blank story… so my Joes can have a break.

9 Comments:

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everything is going well for you, Sergeant. You guys are on the frontlines in a war against thugs, murderers, and the bottom of the barrel of humanity. Judging by one of the posts here, I'd say that the terrorists don't restrict themselves to simply murdering innocent women and children; apparently some of them know how to use a computer too. I pray every day that the killing will stop and the murderers will be brought to justice by our soldiers. God bless you all.

 
At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sargeant,
Thank you! Thank You! Bedankt! Gracias!..THANKS!
Your blog & the awesome story of Logan was linked at another satire site I frequent.

As I perused your blog tonite, I was reminded of a quote I heard from a Pastor/minister from the Bahamas---The definition of a True Leader. He said: "A true leader is a confident". I believe that's descript of you, Sargeant.

BTW--Saddams palaces have NEVER served a more noble purpose than housing The Finest! Salute (as best a civvy salute I can do)

God bless, protect and favor you, and get ya ALL back here safely. Since the blood thirsty whackjobs are so anxious to collect their 72 crystal raisins...err...Virginians..err...something like that, let THEM be the ones to *depart* earth!!

Just plain sickening to read the hate seething words here of the satan spawned that were directed at you. I hear labotomies and heart removal surgeries are in vogue for terrorist appeaser/sympathizers.

I'm confident you're aware enough of the OVERWHELMING support you have from the majority of us. (U.S.) It pays to not give audience to the lame stream media propaganda "ho's" & the sheeple they *feed*.

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aiy yai yai! I accidentally hit "publish" instead of "preview".
As I was saying in my previous comment to you, Sargeant Sminkle:

"A True Leader is a confident servant."

God bless you BIG Time!
You are MUCH appreciated, loved, respected, admired AND prayed for!
Consider yourself hugged,

Rocky Mtn. Snow Leopard(ess)
(a stones throw from Ft. Carson, CO)

 
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