21 April 2008 (Sadr City, Iraq)

We went back to the OP today. There was a lot of shooting up there during the night. As usual, most of it was a couple of blocks up the road. Some of it came close to our position though. My guys are becoming complacent. I keep having to bitch at them about using NODs at night, and other basic shit, like body armor and helmets.

Fuller with M14

PVT Fuller on the rooftop of our OP at Charlie and Tennessee with Jimmy’s M-14.

I called Theresa on my Iraqna cell phone, and I got to talk to Jacob. He got the new bridge I sent for his wooden Thomas the train set. Theresa also got the massage oils and things I sent. She said it’s a tease for the next 5 months until I have R&R. We hadn’t been talking long when a burst of machine gun fire snapped past the open window I was near. She was upset and asked, “Is that what I think it is?” I tried to explain to her that I was in ACU pants, a t-shirt, and flip-flops in the 3rd floor of a house. The shooting was out in the street, and I was going to go and watch another movie on my Zune. I asked her, “Do you hear how excited I am about it? You really don’t need to be excited about it either.” She said that she was fine, but she seemed pretty upset for the rest of our call.

I pulled guard with Fuller. We spent a lot of time talking about mountain biking, and being married in the army. He’s engaged, but he’s worried about trying to be a husband and a soldier. It’s a scary thought; being married in the army isn’t easy, and a lot of couples don’t make it.

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