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The Wann

TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

10:49 AM - Over 50,000 Iraqi insurgents dead, caught / 2000 soldiers dead...


Alright once again I am just sick and tired of it all!!! "Hey CNN you wanna play the numbers game look at my title!!!" According to Washington Times we have caught and killed 50,000 of these punk arse little... AHHHHHHHH!!!!! We have lost 2000 American military members as you can see if you watch CNN, which really hurts. I hate the idea of losing any American lives!! But there is sooo much good stuff going on here. Of course the insurgents are trying to hurt us but really they aren't doing that great. Here check it... how many people know that the constitution passed? Well it did and CNN...at least what we have seen from eating at the chow halls haven't gave that a second thought, barely a 4 minute blip before going to the big story, the 2000 deaths. If you look at CNN.com it is flooded with stories and photo galleries on the deaths. None on the front page talking about the consatution passing. How do you think that makes several thousand American Service Members feel while eating breakfast? Forget all the good stuff, right? Or how about the military training we are giving these Iraqis? Oh and for anyone out there that wants to tell me about how we just did that in the recent past with several other countries that eventually turned their backs on us and used our training and weapons against us... well you are right but we didn't help change their government 10 fold, we didn't free them and in the new Iraq the vast majority of the attacks are coming from non-Iraqis! Here is something to think about; the Iraqi constitution is the biggest historic event since the Berlin Wall coming down! Yet we are lucky to see it on page 3 with more than 100 characters to explain what happened while we have the front page and half the back page filled with how bad things are going, which they aren't!

Sorry I am not near as articulate as my chaplain...I get pissed and annoyed and let it be known. We have Army Soldiers and AF Airmen most likely going out side the wire today, as they normally do, and this is the first thing they see in the morning. Do you know how rewarding it would have been to instead give the death toll a small blip and all we heard was about the passing of the constitution! It would have helped everyone say "Yeah! We are making a difference!" But instead CNN is helping in the de-moralizing of our troops,

Thanks CNN!!!

Here is a link to my Chaplains comment on it, he can hold is anger back a bit better than I LOL. He has also sent his post in letter format to several people. Rush, white house, Aaron Brown, his local paper and local govt officials.

But finally just to say this because I know someone will say something... I have no prob with the telecasting of the deaths, non-at all!! I do have a problem with not telling both sides and not letting the American people know ANY of the good things going on over here!
'Much luv...'till next time,


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Monday, October 24, 2005

8:41 PM - Good weather, no computer


Well hello once again! Wow! The weather here lately has been awesome. Around the low 80s possibly high 70s for a high every now and again it gets into the low 90s again, but wow it feels great. Sometimes you actually need a jacket. The good thing is the weather feels great right now no more 120+ degree temps the bad news is the rain season is around the corner and I have seen pictures that just look horrible. As for the pic I know I am not in the Army but....hey its Alaska! So Holla to everyone at Fort Rich from Iraq!

Again the chaplain and I had some free time to talk about weird stuff. The topic the other day...? My generation and future generations and how we rely on computers/electronics and mainly the internet. How did this come about? Well the internet went down along with email meaning if you were logged off at the time it went down you couldn't log in either. The base was doing some major upgrades on the security of the servers and all that... of course I can't get into it ;-) Well I guess I was pacing around the tent and my chaplain just thought it was the funniest thing ever. With out the internet/computer what was I going to do? Funny...yet sad. It was true my life along with so many others totally relied on computers. I honestly doubt I could remember how to use one of those fileing cabinets that the libraries used in the day. Or how about the good 'ol journal or diary our parents wrote in? Now we have blogs and e-journals and so many other services to post our deep thoughts and have millions of other people access to them, Or even meeting people? We have E-harmony, chat rooms, MySpace, Tagged and so many other services to meet people. Forget trying to leave your house to get human interaction. Or how about spell check... the good 'ol dictionary. I remember getting all pissed off at my dad cause I would ask how to spell something and he would tell me to look it up in the dictionary. And how about books? go to amazon.com and look for some E-books, they are a lot cheaper than the good 'ol turn the page type. I actually bought some while here b/c I don't have to wait for them to get shipped here. Email has taken over the postal service. I chat all night with people over email. Soo...take all that away when you have been doing it for so long and what do you have? A generation lost and if forced outside to play probably walking around outside in a daze not knowing what to do. But off course I love it all and I may complain and wish for the "Good 'ol days" but I love my tech just funny...sad how much we rely on it. My chaplain made a crack and said now you know what its like to be in the military back in 1980. I laughed and said it must have been hard to look busy LOL. Well now I am off to be a hypocrite and see if I can find a PhotoBlogging service so I can upload more pics, I will let you know if I find one and I will link to it

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

4:05 PM - The Challenge Coin


--- Taken from About.com

Like so many other aspects of military tradition, the origins of the challenge coin are a matter of much debate with little supporting evidence. While many organizations and services claim to have been the originators of the challenge coin, the most commonly held view is that the tradition began in the United States Army Air Service (a forerunner of the current United States Air Force).

Air warfare was a new phenomenon during World War I, when the army created flying squadrons and manned them with volunteer pilots from every walk of civilian life. While some of the early pilots came from working class or rural backgrounds, many were wealthy Ivy League students who withdrew from classes in the middle of the year, drawn by the adventure and romance of the new form of warfare.

As the legend goes, one such Ivy Leaguer, a wealthy lieutenant, ordered small, solid-bronze medallions (or coins) struck, which he then presented to the other pilots in his squadron as mementos of their service together. The coin was gold-plated, bore the squadron’s insignia, and was quite valuable. One of the pilots in the squadron, who had never owned anything like the coin, placed it in a leather pouch he wore around his neck for safekeeping.

A short while later, this pilot’s aircraft was heavily damaged by ground fire (other sources claim it was an aerial dog fight), forcing him to land behind enemy lines and allowing him to be captured by the Germans. The Germans confiscated the personal belongings from his pockets, but they didn’t catch the leather pouch around his neck. On his way to a permanent prisoner of war facility, he was held overnight in a small German-held French village near the front. During the night, the town was bombarded by the British, creating enough confusion to allow the pilot to escape.

The pilot avoided German patrols by donning civilian attire, but all of his identification had been confiscated so he had no way to prove his identity. With great difficulty, he sneaked across no-man’s land and made contact with a French patrol. Unfortunately for him, the French had been on the lookout for German saboteurs dressed as civilians. The French mistook the American pilot for a German saboteur and immediately prepared to execute him.

Desperate to prove his allegiance and without any identification, the pilot pulled out the coin from his leather pouch and showed it to his French captors. One of the Frenchmen recognized the unit insignia on the coin and delayed the execution long enough to confirm the pilot’s identity.

Once the pilot safely returned to his squadron, it became a tradition for all members to carry their coin at all times. To ensure compliance, the pilots would challenge each other to produce the coin. If the challenged couldn’t produce the coin, he was required to buy a drink of choice for the challenger; if the challenged could produce the coin, the challenger would purchase the drink.

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In reference to my count on the most asked questions for a Chaplain Assistant, I quit alittle after 10. but the good news of all of that is its been awhile since I was asked anything like that because I see the same people over and over for the most part!But ut certainly was and is over 10.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

8:55 PM - First Package


I gotta give a special shout out to the parents for the new/first and thus far only mail I have recieved. LOL, I know my brother is going to say "Where were your letters while I was there!" I am not good at sending things either. So no worries everyone! But donated the books to the library but I kept "Case for Easter" and "The Cross and the Switchblade" hard to turn down some classics ya know.
Well... my Chiefs won and they are now 3-2. There wins have been WAY too close for me though. They really need to do something with that defense! Anywho, bought Season 1&2 of "Sliders" one of my favTV shows! Fox killed them but what can you do, a great idea can easily be killed with management and bad writing but even the worse idea can be awesome with just the opposite.
I have about 12 weeks to go. I am not counting but we were talking about it today for whatever reason so I just remembered. Not much to say on this just wanted to say thanks for everything in the package. Oh and we are going to air up the blow-up catcher and play B-ball with him in the office. Even the bible study people thought it was kinda fun! LOL
Love ya and talk to you all later.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

9:38 AM - Comment


--- Da Dad said...

????expand and restate your last few sentences. I'm not sure I understand yoursears statement, and what's the grousing about????

October 12, 2005 9:25 PM



LOL Sears... I used to always say on this side of Sears, or their side of Sears etc etc, just some stupid thing I either heard or made up along time ago. The grousing (good word by the way) is all about me getting tired of all the bs! Soldiers come to OUR services and visit OUR chaplains because we listen to them, and try to help them out. They are always complaining that their chaplains are never there for them and the Army chaps out number us by...well enough! When I hear 2-3 army soldiers say the things they say are happening to them per week it gets old and no matter how many incentives you offer the Army recruits, people will not join if this is what civilians hear when the soldiers come back to tell their stories. Bottom line is treat them like they mean something and they will stay after awhile even 30K isn't appealing. BUT of course they have been here a while and most likely exaggerating what is going on just because they are pissed off to be here as long as they are. And there is always two sides to the story.
Well now if what you ment by "what's the grousing about???" is why not talk about something else? Well like I said I am bored which is good. I hear things and want to talk about what I think on what I hear if nothing new is to be reported. Sooo... ummm yeah thats that oh gotta love the art the Iraqis drew for one of their premere bases and the base where Iraqi Olympians trained, with this kinda art work surrounding me I can't help but laugh each time I see them!!
Well much luv to all,

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

10:05 AM - Smoking...


Hey ya, hey ya!! So in Alaska a pack of smokes can run you any where from 6$ up to 9 or even 10$ no joke. Here in Iraq I can get a carton for 21$!!! Do the math. This isn't the place for me to stop smoking at these prices!! But the way I figure it, if I kept quitting and then re-upping on the amount I smoked and blamed it on the annoying and stressfulness behind the Ex (just another military tale) and I am able to stop here all should be well when I get back. Well thus far I have not had a smoke in a week from today! We will see how far this keeps going, I may have one every now and again but the problem is I can't buy the packs thats when it gets bad again. Oh I finally got the pix of the Pig Roast, BUT for whatever reason I only got two pix soo... this is the good one. You can see me and my chaplain is the tall guy, LOL. Let me tell ya something, those boys can cook!! Anywho... whatelse the listing of where I am supposed to go after Alaska jsut came out, but I don't think it is up to date since it only has one base and its Andrew's. Not a bad place but DC isn't my kinda hang out. We will see soon enough though. The road trip is being reconsidered. The price to rent an RV is mad expensive! From AK to MO its over 10K with out gas and food!! So ummm...yeah. hopeing to find a decent used one for around 5-8K if not we will buy a used camper to haul around. Those you can find real cheap. but the prob with that is now you have people stacked in a car. I most likely am not going to be selling the Escape for whatever reason. So atleast that is better than a car. Here? Not too much of anything really, watched some good movies, hanging with the roommates every now and again, been hitting the gym but I really need to work on my run more! Working on a few CLEPS. Just going through the days, I am lucky and here for 4 months. On the AF side of Sears everything seems to be doing good little things back home causeing stress, but on the Army side of Sears people are just freaking out. 'Till the Army wing dings get their shit together no one will be joining. The get treated worse than second rate citizens, no one cares about them not even their own people! At least the AF helps their own! Really sick when you think about it. Anyway... everyone have a great day. I am sure I will be posting alot more once the American Holidays start to roll around... much luv to all!!!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

12:58 AM - Rant Session...


Alright first I am just going to give an update on whats been going on then I will do a little rant about this Blog...

Nothing too much to be honest, Sunday was Sunday. My football team lost by 6 points!! The Kansas CityChiefs, its alright boys still love ya. But we aren't going to talk about the games of the past lets talk about the future winnings, there will be lots of 'em! Anyway... did a patriot detail the other day. Here is an account of one not the one I did but very little was different. It is very moving and I think it should be mandatory for everyone to do atleast one patriot detail while they are deployed. Not all of us see combat from day to day like the people that go outside the base and sometimes it escapes us just what is really going on here. While you are at home people just forget the realness behind everything in Iraq, its too far away and easily brushed to the side, sadly.
Anyway didn't play Texas Hold 'em on my day off today. I stayed up real late last night watching the game and talking to some people on the internet so I slept in and was late for the Texas Hold 'em oh well. Volunteered to help out at the hospital, they really need it sometimes. So I may or may not report on how that all goes. Oh and the picture is of some plane ( I am not a big plane person) that the Iraqis recieved from the Russinas (I know this because its a Russian model I heard) and we blasted it and put our own little remarks to everyone back home on it. We can't add anything to it anymore but... I still got my picture on it.

My rant...
If none of you have noticed I have a little square in the upper left hand corner of this blog. If you click on it, it will take you to a site called sitemeter. There you and I can see how many people have visited here and where they are from and what site took them to my blog. Its alot of fun to see people from all over the world looking at my site. I would have never thought about my blog being used in a newspaper article but it has and I will link you to that in a sec but first I found it used on another site. FirstCoffe on the Sep 30th edition was talking about soldiers/airmen and other military service members geting free phone calls while deployed. FirstCoffee brings up alot of good points, they reference my site when I was talking about care packages and what people could put in them. I sayed “I was talking to some of the chaplains about care packages. We have tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, razors and all of that stuff. At this moment the only thing we can think of would (be) calling cards. I don’t think we can have too many calling cards!” Then they referenced another site where Chris Whong was talking about the phone companies screwing the soldiers with high rates.
Well now let me do my two cents here, FirstCoffee I understand the argument and you do have alot of good things to say and I believe you are all about helping the service members in Iraq and the rest of the AOR, than you. But we do get free phone calls. The way it works is we call our base operator and ask them to connect us to such and such base, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard Active, Reserve or Guard. Doesn't matter and once they do that we ask that operator to connect us to such and such local phone number and its free. Granted we are only allowed to talk for 15-30 minutes but its free and there is no cost of making a contract with a phone company. Also that covers ALOT of land but like I said it has to be a local number so what if you have family not near any of those bases? AT&T offers super low cost calling cards to AAFES where military members can purchase them to call home. Again this helps because the govt. isn't shelling out buck'o bucks for a contract and spending the money where its really needed on the war! AT&T is making out like a bandit on these calling cards and still getting there name noticed by all these service members. Well... thats my two cents and I know you are looking out for us and thank you I would just like to see people with better equipment and go home safely rather than not shelling out 15-30 bucks for a calling card.
I was also mentioned in n AAFES article here it is. It is titled "What do Deployed Troops Want? Check their Blogs..."
Well 'till next time much love to all! And feel free to make a comment on the calling card thing I would love to hear other peoples side maybe we should have a contract to offer us free calls that aren't local or I may just be wrong...

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