Gunfighter family and friends,
Don’t you wish all the months in a deployment could be just like February? Nice and short and it’s over before you know it. February was a relatively quiet month following the excitement of the elections. Pretty soon it’s going to start heating up over here. There doesn’t seem to be any spring out here. The transition from winter to summer is rather quick and soon the temperatures will start climbing into the 90s and even over 100 degrees on occasion.
Seeing the changes that Iraq has gone through in the past 6 years is amazing and ultimately inspiring. We’ve arrived to the point where Iraqis are actively participating and successfully fighting for stability within their country, both in terms of politics and security. These developments are encouraging and we continue to have high hopes for our partnership with Iraq.
We are now past the halfway point of the deployment and I know you and your Gunfighter are starting the countdown to our return. Our timeline for our return remains on track. However, we still have quite a bit to go to successfully complete our mission here in Iraq and return home safely. The Gunfighters continue the “flying and fixing” from three different locations. The Marines and sailors continue to impress and motivate me every day with their hard work and professionalism. The Gunfighters’ professionalism and espirit de corps really stand out to all we operate with.
Thanks again for all the care packages and keep the mail coming. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate that gesture of thanks and support. Take care and have a wonderful and safe March.
If there are immediate questions or concerns please feel free to call or e-mail Mrs. Barbara Greenbush who is our Remain Behind Family Readiness Officer. Her MAG-39 office phone number is (760) 725-8681. Her cell phone number is (760) 936-2994. And her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!