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Monday, March 31, 2003  
The military can be confusing for those not in it. Here is an update just received from the Marine Key Volunteers having more detail on my LiL Bro’s unit. Also like to give a shout out of: {{{Thank You}}} for your work KVs.


1st MEF: This is a huge group of Marines based out of Camp Pendleton and it stands for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. There are approximately 30,000 Marines in this group. A subsection of this group is 1st Mar Div.

1st Mar Div: This stands for 1st Marine Division. There are approximately 12,000 Marines in this group. There are other divisions in the 1st MEF, but our Marines are part of 1st Marine Division.

1st LAR: Stands for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and is a subsection of 1st Mar Div. There are less than 1,000 Marines in this group. This is an active duty unit.

4th LAR: Stands for 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. This is a subsection of 4th Marine Division. 4th Marine division is used to augment and reinforce active duty units. 4th LAR is a reserve unit that is now on active duty status.


3/31/2003

Saturday, March 29, 2003  
News
[from the Key Volunteers, thanks]
Please remember that the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF) as you hear on TV is about 20,000 Marines and accounts for most of Camp Pendleton. Alpha Company is only 150 Marines of that 20,000.

Marine Unit Frustrated with Wait for Battle, By James W. Crawley, STAFF WRITER


Media Assignments: 1st LAR Bn
Organization # Media Type Last Name First Name MI
ABC TV 1 U.S. TV Green Matthew N
ABC TV 1 U.S. TV Woodruff Robert W
ABC TV 1 U.S. TV Brown Quincy
ABC TV 1 U.S. TV Brolan James
SD Union Tribune 1 U.S. Newspaper Crawley James W.F.
Copley News Srvc1 U.S. News Service Grafton Earnie R.


In closing a prayer to our Marines & their families; All of our soldiers in battle…Amen.

3/29/2003

Friday, March 28, 2003  
Remembering my Middle Brother, Who Keeps Watch Over Seas.

{original picture, the Lone Sailor Keeping Watch, would not post, Middle One}


Yes agree Middle One, damn ship is in the way blocking our view, we all Three love, The Ocean...

3/28/2003

Wednesday, March 26, 2003  


Besides my LiL brother's butt safely home, love one of these on a hat...did you get that LIL Bro.

3/26/2003

 
[this is from MSN, in northern Kuwait near the border with Iraq on March 13]

A Look When my LIL Bro is in Engaged in Battle.


Rocket power, cool, wonder if an option like this is available for my car...

3/26/2003

Tuesday, March 25, 2003  
[From the Marines’ Key Volunteers] added more, 3rd paragraph


Hello Alpha Company families,

The Marines of Alpha Company are all okay as of 3-23-03 1:00 pm (PST)! They now have their vehicles and will reconnect with 1st LAR within a day. It is unlikely that the press will refer to our men as 4th LAR Alpha Company, but you may hear something mentioned for 1st LAR. Anything you've heard about 1st LAR on the battlefront previous to this email has not been applicable to our Marines.

As of yet they have not received letters and may not receive any for a while now. But keep writing anyway! When they do get to read them, they will be very excited to have so much mail!

Health and well being of the Marines of Alpha Company: Again they are all doing well. They are eager to do what they've been trained to do. Their morale is high since they are no longer waiting to go into action. Some of you have received phone calls and your Marine sounds like he has a cold. This is due to the sand and dust over there and is not a sign of a serious illness. Just to put your mind at ease, they have three military "docs" with them at all times. They are trained in EMT and have a litany of medicines and pain medication with them. Should any Marine need treatment, the docs will be right there.


Here's a breakdown of Military terms that may help explain some of the stuff you see on TV and hear on the radio (Read carefully as it is complicated):
1st MEF: This is a huge group of Marines based out of Camp Pendleton and it stands for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. There are approximately 30,000 Marines in this group. A subsection of this group is 1st Mar Div.
1st Mar Div: This stands for 1st Marine Division. There are approximately 12,000 Marines in this group. There are other divisions in the 1st MEF, but our Marines are part of 1st Marine Division.
1st LAR: Stands for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and is a subsection of 1st Mar Div. There are less than 1,000 Marines in this group. This is an active duty unit.
4th LAR: Stands for 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. This is a subsection of 4th Marine Division. 4th Marine division is used to augment and reinforce active duty units. 4th LAR is a reserve unit that is now on active duty status.
Alpha Company: This is one of 5 companies in 4th LAR. The others are Bravo Company based in Maryland (currently attached to 3rd LAR), Charlie Company based in Utah (currently training at Camp Pendleton), Delta Company (currently training in Camp Le Jejune) and H& S Company (currently training in Camp Pendleton). The last 3 companies are getting ready to deploy at any time.
Alpha Company is currently attached to 1st LAR, but this may change as the war progresses.

There will be a lack of information regarding Alpha Company for a while. Please try your best not to worry.


Hang in there folks, our Marines expect that from us, being strong. I pray thanks for my LiL Bro's saftey so far and pray too for the saftey of alll our Troops along with my LiL Bro's safety; that all my fears are put into Your Hands my Lord, Amen.

3/25/2003

 
Where are our Marines?

Note: My mom is the family’s contact for my brother so all info on my LiL Bro is channeled through her from the Marines’ Key Volunteers. You do know who is your Marine's contact? Reason, they too should be receiving similar info on your Marine by the volunteers whom bring support home for our Marines. Since she has e-mail; it's how they send it on so quickly.

To all of you whom sent e-mails; no problem; fantastic; thank you for the support, not being alone.

Like to point out some info to you folks. Get out the mailing address for your Marines.
Example:
Rank Name USMC

A Co, 4th LAR BN

UIC ######

FPO AP 96613-9844

NOTE: Please Do Not Use This Address For Your Marine, as it is not specific to YOUR Marine, again example as it will be of no use to YOUR MARINE.
That second line, in bold, this info is your key for finding news, within their Division, 1st or 2nd

Now, since you have that address, take out an envelope, write the address on it, then pen a letter to your Marine, thanks, not me, they will thank you.

3/25/2003

Monday, March 24, 2003  
Rollin rolling…Has Vehicle will Travel


Friday, March 21, 2003 7:21 PM

Fri, 21 Mar 2003 07:29:43 EST

The above are the time stamps of e-mails sent to me, hmmm almost identical times. One from mother, she had talked on the phone with my LiL Bro. The other, a sender, unknown but in spirit, e-mailed to pass on some outstanding news; sender's Cpl in the Marines [no name, to protect identity]: bartered a call with a news reporter …Wow…way to go Marines errr cell phones for the sound of a loved one's voice a world a way. Thank you Lord for these gracious thanksgivings.



Mother’s call from LIL Bro, says: they have not received mail yet and tell all - said send lots of letters. He was very cheerful and in good spirits. He said everyone is GOOD TO GO!

LIL Bro, you're no longer a bum, no longer thumbing a ride...


[From my middle brother, a military man currently overseas in our U.S. Navy]
The guy in the front would be him -- the guy behind him would be the vehicle commander (he should have a weapon on a mount next to his hatch) and then the guy in the way back is the TOW missile gunner (the thing behind him is the TOW mount --- they call it a "hammerhead")

Though he is in a vehicle now -- if the vehicle dies, he can/will go on foot with the rest of the Marines: for he went to "grunt" school also...


--- The front 2 sets of wheels turn (incase the very front set get taken out) --- this thing also has 2 screws in the back to push it through the water (for it floats) As for the vehicle: there are maintenance/mechanic guys who work on the big stuff - engines, transmissions ... as for simple tasks that need to happen often: like greasing fittings, torquing bolts etc etc etc - the crew gets told by the mechanics what to do... So he and the others (when they are in the field) are able to do small things to make sure the beast still runs.... for in the field - there will be no mechanics [thanks for the info, said just like a soldier]

Maybe time to catch up with the times, like buying a cell phones. Naaa, looking at my LIL Bro’s vehicle, too hard to transmit/receive through all that armor.

3/24/2003

Friday, March 21, 2003  
Where are you LiL Bro?

From news reports; somewhere in Southern Iraq.....1st Marine Division, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion which are nicknamed the "Highlanders"....
From the last Key Volunteer Newsletter, still without vehicles, a few more weeks...ah f@#$% is he going to have to march to Baghdad?


If you see my LiL Bro, someone give him a ride, camal, bike or taxi, please, pretty please with sugar on top.

3/21/2003

Wednesday, March 19, 2003  
Dreams of despair, Nightmares


Had three dreams. First involved the old home in Buena Park, Ca. Youngest brother is shot…he is 3 at the time in the dream. Second dream, own a home, but hate it. Middle brother shows up kicks all the doors out. Dream three, someone is in my condo. Their presence can be felt but become paralyzed with fear yet not so sure a dream as hearing my keys {{{jangling}}}. So need to awake, as awaking hear; {{{Jason here}}}, above my head. Then awake because now sure this all just dreams. In all three dreams, screaming at the top of my lungs in every one, but have laryngitis, yet {scream}, {{scream}} and {{{scream}}} some more. Finally, become fully awake, wonder what was all that $%%# about? Whew. Then:


Stomach feels {{{{pangs}}}} as if it’s about to explode every which way; stumble for the bathroom, quickly. Thank God for dreams/nightmares, whew just in the nick of time. But my ears... hurt this morning.

3/19/2003

Tuesday, March 18, 2003  
Baha ha ha. somethings found on other blogs have to be shared
This. Via. Dong Resin, *giggle-snort*.

3/18/2003

Friday, March 14, 2003  
Would like to share current word, excluding pertain it information, loose lips sink ships, on my Lil Bro., this is a bulletin to the family;


Status of Alpha Co: The men of Alpha Company are in Kuwait. I do not know exactly where. They are in the desert. They sleep in tents. They are training with and are attached to First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Their vehicles have not yet arrived. They train sometimes during the day and sometimes at night using live fire and the vehicles from 1st LAR when they can. They do not have access to phones or email. They get to shower every four to five days (aren’t you glad you don’t have to smell that!). They just started getting a few hot meals. As of 3-9-03 they had not received mail from the States. They have all had an opportunity to write home. They have enough supplies as far as the basics of food, water and sundries. The USMC standard supply of water is 5 gallons per Marine per day. Remember, the Marines have been training in 29 Palms (near Palm Springs, Ca) where average temperatures are over 110 degrees. They have been well trained for this climate. The morale is good.

There is more; THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT because our Marines may not always be attached to the 1st LAR Battalion!!!!! 4th LAR Alpha Company is a highly trained, sought after unit that may in fact be attached to several different units before they return home.

Letters get there the fastest. Marines like to receive letters with pictures. It is not allowed to send generalized notes to the company as a whole (i.e. your child's class wants to write to the Marines in his daddy's platoon). Nor are we allowed to give out the names of the men in the unit. If you'd like to have people write to other Alpha Co. Marines at random, package up all the letters in one large envelope and address it to your Marine. Starting these letters with “Dear Alpha Co. Marine” is appropriate. Give your Marine instructions to pass out the generic letters to the men in his platoon or company. There are app. 30 marines in each platoon and app. 150 marines in the company. The Marines overseas do not need postage to mail letters to you.

3/14/2003

Friday, March 07, 2003  
Well the current times are not so pleasant. The times have me included with my Little Brother now going on his 3rd week deployed in Kuwait. He drives a LAV.

It’s tough not too worry, but God’s Will is my peace.


A trouble: what to write; we had snow wish you were here you missed it lil bro, don’t think so. Instead putting together a care box containing words & pictures and some junk; food, cards & dice. You think they have video games, maybe I should send a game.

Some of the words are of me to him others include clippings from the newspapers & the internet and magazines. The local CBS news affiliate, channel 11 & Tom Thumb collected toiletries for the troops positioned in remote places, good for them. What’s going on in your neck of the woods for our troops?


Well, Lil Bro, a light is in my window, been shinning the day the word was received on your safe arrival in Kuwait then to burn until your homecoming. It’s a crystal eaglewith a light in its base that was added for better viewing.

So Lil Bro I’m waiting for you to come home, safely. Come quick, your dinner getting cold.


Wonder if I should send Toilet paper, heck he may want to toilet paper a tent, he is my kid brother.

3/07/2003

Tuesday, March 04, 2003  
It's Mardi Gras folks. Do you have your beads? You will need them if your going out; trading beads for booby shots.

Thought that was why folks logged-on to the net, for boobies.

3/04/2003

 
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