Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I can never say how much we really appreciate it

An email from a soldier in Kuwait, whose nickname is “Doers” (you’ll see why that’s important!), dated 21 Jan 09:

The new cards have arrived!!! Thank you!! I especially appreciate the envelope of cards for my girls. I am putting two of them in the mail today. They love getting them ( So does my wife.) Thank you, they are absolutely beautiful. Amazing work! I have put a couple aside for Valentines day (which is coming up very quickly.)

Things are running smoothly, busy, but smoothly. The momentum has picked up since the holidays, which is good, because busy days seem like short days. I am about a month and a half away from my R&R leave. We are keeping it low-key, but it will be great just to spend time with my wife and kids. I should find out about my next assignment any day now. I have submitted a few preferences, and I am praying that wherever it is, it will be a place to enjoy being with the family. They have been such troopers throughout this journey. I mean, it is really amazing. My wife deserves such praise for all that she does every day.

On a separate note, did you happen to catch the reference to the DOERS in the President’s inauguration speech? We know he didn’t specifically mean 6th Battalion, but what he said is exactly what we stand for. We all cheered and gave high fives when we heard it. Even the Brigade commander caught it. If you missed that part, he said:

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”

Thank you again. I can never say how much we really appreciate it.


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