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January 23, 2011 | Specialist David Clarke

Well the transition is over. The 101ST GUYS HAVE GONE HOME. When a deploying unit replacesa the current deployed unit it has to learn the area of operations(AO) and the way that unit ran things... the patrols, tatical operation center (TOC), guard, and anything else we do. First we have to learn the way they do it, and then after they leave we can change it... and believe me we are. Cleaning things up, fixing the random things wrong with the amenaties, building new gaurd towers, changing the way way we patrol and such.

Life here is pretty decent. Yeah we wake up early, go out on patrol, hike up and down mountains, and can run in to the enemy, but so far we havnt had to worry about much happining here on the COP. When we get back from patrol we usually work on fixing things up around here. Latest projects have been building a new gaurd tower, fixing the bathroom (which worked before they started to fix it then we had no showers for a day or two), cleaning things up alot, moving the gym, and building things up the way we want them. After we are done screwing around with that crap we get to relax, check email, male phone calls, play video games, watch movies, sleep, work out in the gym, really whatever we want to do to relax and wind down. But, trust me sometimes missions take every last oompf of energy we have and everyone is crashed out as soon as we can.


  • Jonathan Bratten
    1/23/2011 2:34 PM
    I really enjoy reading your blog. One of my best friends is on your brigade, in the 2d INF, and your posts give me a taste of what life is like for him and all you guys. Keep up the good work and keep your head down.
  • Donna Olson
    1/23/2011 8:31 PM
    Thanks for the update. Was wondering how things were going for you. Keep up the great work.
  • Kenny Gillen
    1/23/2011 11:08 PM
    Thank you for your service
  • Ed
    1/24/2011 4:24 AM
    lmao...your a specialist and this is your first deployment?i guess its like the other 75% of your division who have never deployed and the way you talk on this blog act like this is gonna be a cake walk.let me know how that goes.the province your in is easier than where most of us have been.enjoy the little winter you have...come the spring...everything you "fixed, moved, and changed" will be for nothing.good luck this year
    • Chris Harding
      1/24/2011 1:50 PM

    • Nick
      1/24/2011 8:51 PM
      Ed, that is the rudest thing I have ever read. Shame on you! In no way is this soldier expecting a cake walk. I take severe offense to your comments and my husband is also over there serving on his first deployment. Everyone has a first Ed! They are doing the best they can and I think they are doing an awesome job. Keep up the good work guys, stay safe and kick butt! Ed, you know where you can go!!
  • Rich Clarke
    1/24/2011 7:08 AM
    Interesting perspective from Ed; I know you don’t think this is going to be a cake walk based on our conversations. You know things will heat up as spring approaches. Be safe. Proud of You!
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  • Forrest Evans
    1/24/2011 5:09 PM
    This is very interesting, Thank you for showing us your take on everything. You are the real american hero that kids should look up to now-a-days!
  • Mom
    1/24/2011 5:56 PM
    I'm glad you're showing initiative and improving the things you aren't satisfied with. It's better than complaining about how things are and then doing nothing to change the situation. It also keeps you busy completeing something you can see tangible result with. Dad and I are proud of you. Keep up the good work and stay safe.
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  • Kathy
    2/8/2011 4:57 PM
    David, I just found your blog and I will be keeping up with your posts. My nephew is there with you and I appreciate being able to keep up with what you guys are doing. I sincerely hope that nothing Ed said discouraged you. Everyone has a first deployment. If he's deployed, I'm pretty sure he had a first time as well. I know that none of you expect it to be a "cake walk." I want all of you to know how proud I am of you and how grateful I am for brave young men and women such as you. I pray for all of you every day, many times throughout the day and will continue to do so until you come home safely!
  • Eliesha
    2/9/2011 8:17 AM
    Everyone starts husband was a specialist when he went on his first he is on number five! It doesn't matter if this is your first deployment or your 5th, either way you are making a great sacrifice for your country and we couldn't be more proud of you guys!! Keep your head up and that positive attitude and hopefully that will make this year fly by!!!

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