The Briefing

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They say Home is where the heart is, but is it really ? I lay my head down in the warm sand and I am hurt, tired and bloody from the last twenty four hours. I dream of home, but where is it at ? Is it with my Wife and children on my small farm in Oregon ? Or with my brothers in arms here in Afghanistan ? It's 0245 , dark ,cold and quiet, my watch alarm is beeping, waking me to another day in this dirty country, Got to get moving, my Joes are waiting for the brief. SGt. Flores is already to go. He's the type of Soldier that you love to have on your squad, see's everything,and always doing something. The MRAP's has been checked and all weapons are good to go. Time for the brief, same as before , roll out the wire at 0420, keep your eye open, stay alert , call out any contact , call signs , who on QRF ( Quick Reaction Force ) and MEDEVAC. We're headed to a small meet and greet of a local war lord to talk about building a girls school, Should be nice and easy. Easy Hell, nothing is never easy here, slow moving, watching for IED's and anyone that just wants to take a pot shot at us.We head out this morning with three MRAPS. SPC Kennay is in the turrent on the lead MRAP, 75 meters in front of mine.. I'm glad he's there, good eyes and a calm manner, always on his toes. At twenty four he has already done two tours in IRAQ and one here. His eyes say that he's already an old man, sad and tired of this life. But they come alive here outside the wire, he dos'nt miss athing. I wonder what these young men will do when thay get back home, away from the rules and excitement. Yes how do you ever top the way your heart pounds, the feeling in your chest, the high emotion of a fire fight. Nothing will ever top that, EVER. Here I am , laying in the warm sand, trying to figure how I got here. But I'm warm and it's quite with the blue sky above, Where am I? I ask myself. I…...

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