Thursday, July 19, 2007

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(My apologies for the lack of entries during the past month. In addition to being out with our Soldiers, I also had a run in with food poisoning (or possibly the nasty viral flu that's going around); it took me a few weeks to get caught up. I appreciate your emails and care packages in support of me and our Soldiers.)

Our mechanics help ensure our equipment runs properly while we are out on the road. They work in the motor pool here at Blue Diamond, but also at the various COPs out in sector. I find them working in the heat of the day, the early morning hours, and late at night--supporting the mission is never at their convenience. The extreme heat and dust do not mix well with grease, oil and power tools, but these guys make it happen. CPT Bailey and 1SG Camper of our Fox Company (Forward Support Company) lead the mechanics and all the various folks who keep us and the Soldiers out at the COPs supplied with food, water, fuel, ammo, etc.

In a manner of speaking, most military jobs are "thankless", not because leaders aren't appreciative, but because so much of what we do is in-the-line-of-duty. Operations in combat are so intense our focus is on the mission and related tasks, and we cannot always stop to pat folk on the back. But that's okay, most Soldiers aren't looking for constant recognition; it's enough to know they are part of something larger, something important. And yet the routine can wear a Soldier down. After a while--whether influenced by the barrage of criticism from the media, or the fatigue of back-to-back deployments--Soldiers' commitment and dedication can waiver.



The other day while I was out in the motor pool visiting soldiers, I caught our new battalion executive officer, Major Pivik, doing his own visiting. One of his responsibilities is overseeing the maintenance and accountability of equipment and supplies. Soldiers like seeing their leaders at their places of duty: whether that's the motor pool, office, combat outpost, or guard tower.

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Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to see you're posting again. I really enjoy your website and missed your updates & pictures. I'm glad you're feeling better and wish you the best. I'm a proud Army mom in Kinde, Michigan. Thank you for all you do. Sincerely, Linda Yaroch

Anonymous said...

The last picture in the 2007 Jul 19 blog ("7.jpg"), is my son, whom I haven't seen since before his deployment last January. THANK YOU so much. You have no idea how much this one picture will be treasured. What a joy and a comfort to see a recent picture of my son. You've put a big smile on my face! (If you see him, tell him we love him and miss him!)

Thank you also for the blogs and for your work you're doing.

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Anonymous said...

I was just recently sent your blog and really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for posting the pictures. I'm sure families really enjoy that. Major George Pivik is my brother and although I recieve emails, it's so much nicer to see a picture. My parents will be thrilled to see him. Glad that you're feeling better and thanks so much for the work that you do.

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