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2/8 Marines in Ramadi update

Yes the days do drag on the final homestretch. I can't wait to finish planning our wedding WITH him. It's been nice to have my mom helping of course. BUT.....if you can make it through one deployment you can make it through another. They signed up for a job and they are doing that job. I'm so proud of my fiance..as painful and lonely as it has been with him gone, he's doing something that's actually making a difference =) Hey you guys are lucky......at least 2/8 has their flight info, my fiance was attached to 2/8 and half their unit is still in Ramadi. This is just MESSED UP!!!!!!!!!! talk about time dragging on!!!  (May 12, 2008 | post #29)

1/9 marines

ooops it's http://www.motomai l.us not .com!!  (Apr 25, 2008 | post #43)

1/9 marines

You ARE welcome =D The communication from Ramadi is better then anything they've had in the past. Make sure to ask your Marine about "SPAWAR" . If they have a SPAWAR phone center it's only $ .04 /minute and you can refill the pin number online for $10 or $25 at a time. (http://oif.spawar europe.net/)I log on every so often and check the balance and replenish it. SPAWAR has been a Godsend for us in phone calls. Also if you aren't aware there is also MOTOMAIL (http://www.motoma il.com) Motomail is AWESOME!! You write a 1 page letter online and can even attach a picture. They print it out overseas and dispatch it for delivery within a few hours, and it takes anywhere from 24-72 hours to get to your Marine (as long as they are in their normal area of operation). This is THE best form of communication if the emails are down and you need to get word to your Marine. It's like sending a letter but it doesn't take 10 days to get there. Oh yah ALWAYS ALWAYS send your packages through the Post Office...they always get there quickest. I've gone through a privately owned Postal Annex and Postal Exchange and it took a lot longer. I also want to add, I'm a former Marine, and well it's VERY typical for someone on deployment to contact someone they are romantically involved with the most. Family typically comes second in the communication department. It may not seem fair, but you have to remember they have to stay as motivated as possible and staying in contact with their significant other reassures both individuals that everything is okay AND gives that much needed motivation. But...just to give you even more clarity on how things have been over there please read the following articles. 1st a quick geography lesson in case you aren't aware.. Baghdad is the central MAIN city of Iraq. It is surrounded by a bunch of provinces that are made up of different tribes ie..Sunni, Shiite, etc. Al Anbar Province is all west of Baghdad and pretty much makes up most of Western Iraq. Ramadi is the 1st major city to the west of Baghdad and is the capital of Al Anbar Province. Fallujah is just west of Ramadi. Al Anbar is a Sunni stronghold and they hate Al Qaeda as much as we do so they banded together with our coalition forces to fight off Al Qaeda. So since the Calming of Al Anbar, we've been continuing to train and build up the Iraqi police and Iraqi Security Forces. There is a rare attack on this region and typically it's targeted at Iraqi Police and kills them and civilians NOT American troops. This week the attack happened at a checkpoint just outside Ramadi, not inside the FOBs. This map helped me understand the layout of Iraq: http://www.pbs.org /newshour/indepth_ coverage/middle_ea st/iraq/map/map_fl ash.html Here's those articles: http://www.topix.n et/iq/ar-ramadi/20 08/03/stunning-pro gress-in-training- iraqi-security-for ces http://www.topix.n et/iq/ar-ramadi/20 08/03/more-success -in-al-anbar-siste rs-of-fallujah-hel p-to-protect-city http://www.topix.n et/iq/ar-ramadi/20 08/03/helping-al-a nbars-business-own ers-2 http://www.topix.n et/iq/ar-ramadi/20 08/03/marines-cond uct-heliborne-oper ation-in-al-anbar- 2 STAY POSITIVE and DONT' FREAK OUT!! The news is going to always blast the bad stuff all over the place. They never talk about the good happening..rarely. The best place is to get information straight from the source. My fiance is on his 3rd tour to Al Anbar in the last 4 years and he says it's like night and day there now. He said it's more like a duty station now then Iraq. Figure this: there are more Americans dying in car accidents on a weekly basis here in America then there are Marines dying in Al Anbar. Stay educated, but not just based on the news! STAY POSITIVE and SEMPER FI!  (Apr 25, 2008 | post #42)

1/9 marines

LOVED ONES OF 1/9 - My fiance has been in Ramadi since fall of 2007. This recent attack is one of very few that have actually occured over the past 7 months. It's very sad and unfortunate, BUT don't let this recent attack scare you that it's going to be like that everyday. Al Anbar Province in general has seen a HUGE decline in violence. REST ASSURED - if your loved one is KIA or WIA you will be notified within the 1st 24 hours or so. So if you haven't heard anything by now then you are probably in the clear. But I can tell you that is NOT uncommon for the phone and internet centers to be shut down or break down. So if you don't hear from your Marine on a regular basis don't freak out!!! That's the worst thing you can do....you are causing yourself more anxiety then is necessary. Take it from me I've been doing this for months and months now. Incidents like on Tuesday ARE very alarming - I got sick to my stomach, but do your best to avoid watching the news. If anything happens to your Marine...you will be notified sooner then the press will notify the public. Hang in there!! Out of all the places to be in Iraq, Al Anbar is definitely it! Count your blessings they aren't in Baghdad, Sadr City, or Basra. My heart and prayers go out to the families who were affected by the recent attacks.  (Apr 24, 2008 | post #37)

2/8 Marines in Ramadi update

I wouldn't post something like this. IT's going to cause unnecessary anxiety for MANY people. Ramadi is still calm, there are a few incidents here and there but compared to how it was, it's like night and day. Yah there's still issues, but nothing REALLY bad. My fiance calls me all the time. BASRA is dangerous not Ramadi. The 2/8 that headed out there in October has done their job. Due to OPSEC can't say any homecoming dates, but if you haven't heard yet you should hear soon. So no worries and hang in there.  (Apr 22, 2008 | post #12)

Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick

Might as well stop watching ALL the news and only listen to people who are ACTUALLY over there and see what's happpening and are part of missions on a daily basis. THERE'S where the REALITY is.  (Mar 13, 2008 | post #27)

2/8 Marines in Ramadi update

Read an article on 2/8 E Co. They're just really super busy helping turn over Anbar to the Iraqi Police. Right now you can be rest assured that your Marine is being part of something extremely important. They are helping secure the progress and success achieved in Ramadi thus far. They are doing things like paving the roads right now. Basically building mini-highways :) Something they've never had before! They're super busy. They did get their changeover date which triggers them handing over duties to the unit that is replacing them. But due to OPSEC I can't say what that date is in here. But soon enough you won't have to worry anymore about not hearing from your Marine! =D  (Mar 11, 2008 | post #3)

2/8 Marines in Ramadi update

"US SLOWLY RETURNS ANBAR TO IRAQ" -Atlanta Journal 02/25/08- Camp Blue Diamond, Iraq --- The mess hall is boarded up. The barbershop is gone. So is the Internet cafe and the laundry. The metal trailers that once were home to more than 1,000 U.S. troops have been hauled away. The dismantling of this U.S. military base on the outskirts of Ramadi, once among the most dangerous cities in Iraq and now one of its safest, is an emblem of the drawdown of U.S. forces under way in Anbar province, and elsewhere in Iraq, after last year's troop surge. U.S. officials will hand over Blue Diamond, a former Saddam Hussein vacation retreat on the banks of the Euphrates River, on March 1 to the governor of Anbar. It is the third U.S. base to close in Ramadi since October. There is one left. The number of U.S. combat battalions operating in Ramadi, the provincial capital of 400,000, has diminished to two from five in less than a year. The Army combat brigade that has been based here since January 2007 is scheduled to start leaving in a month and will not be replaced. At the same time, violence has become so rare in the city that some Americans have started to venture outside compounds without body armor. "We're not going to leave this area less secure than it was," said Col. John Charlton, commander of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, "because the Iraqis can do it now." The U.S. military is scheduled to transfer the province to Iraqi security control by May, meaning U.S. forces will play a secondary or advisory role. Nine of Iraq's 18 provinces --- all in the relatively peaceful Shiite south or Kurdish north --- are now under Iraqi control. The U.S. focus in Anbar, a Sunni province once the nexus of the insurgency, has shifted to police training, reconstruction and economic development. As U.S. Soldiers and Marines adapt to new roles as law enforcement mentors and civic organizers, they are racing to empower Iraqi security forces -- and confronting obstacles. In years past, U.S. forces in other regions ceded operational control to Iraqi police and Army, only to watch insurgents creep back. This time is different, commanders say. "I'm very high on these guys," Lt. Col. Jay Bargeron, commander of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, said of the police. "These guys are patriots. Many of them stood up and joined the fight against al-Qaida [in Iraq] 14 months ago. They believe in Ramadi. They're loyal to Ramadi." Marines operate jointly with Iraqis in all Ramadi police stations, providing force protection, mentoring and logistical support. Progress has been uneven, according to Marines who work with Iraqis every day. Police sometimes do not show up for assigned guard duty, or sleep while on guard, Marines said. Recently, Marines found several Iraqi policemen drunk, with an empty bottle of whiskey, on a bridge. One was indiscriminately firing his pistol. A Navy corpsman said he has treated Iraqis for accidental self-inflicted or friendly-fire gunshot wounds. Marines said they repeatedly remind their Iraqi proteges not to wear earphones or talk on their mobile phones while on patrol. REst of the article can be found at http://www.militar y.com/NewsContent/ 0,13319,162680,00. html?ESRC=eb.nl  (Feb 25, 2008 | post #1)

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Pregnant Marine Missing From N.C. Base

Honey if you live with that frame of mind, then don't even bother stepping out your front door....you have a greater chance of running into one of those types of people outside your front door. During my enlistment I knew honorable men AND women who served their enlistment with honor. I ran across the occasional douchebag but he/she was usually harmless. You find these types of individuals in society as a whole. So blame it on the judicial system not the military. And the fact that he was a Marine has no bearing on what kind of a person he was. Again it's unfair to judge the military/Marine Corps for one person's acts. How about the hundreds of thousands of men and women who serve their enlistments honorably and fight for your right to say stupid shiet like that. Where's THEIR notariety? Once in a GREAT GREAT while you hear a story about a military person doing something heinous, so you blame the military as a whole. How about the 100000's of service people who have fought for your freedom? The military provided that for you...you truly are ungreatful with the comment you made. Why don't you speak to 1000's of service members directly and ask them.....not just got off a few comments from the internet.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #129)

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Pregnant Marine Missing From N.C. Base

RAH! KILL! YUT!! all that good stuff! ;) But ya my intuition tells me this young woman got caught up in a whirlwind romance, knowing he was married, got pregnant, and cried rape so as not to have to be held accountable for the adultery. Something just doesn't add up. BUT it doesn't make up for her and her unborn child ending up murdered. It's just heinous!!  (Jan 16, 2008 | post #107)

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Pregnant Marine Missing From N.C. Base

Well no need to thank me I was doing a job, I'm not in the land of gnashing teeth and weeping eyes! But yah it's true....there is a lot of hatred, ignorance, and distrust. When it comes to politics and the military EVERYONE has their opinion, and they are entitled to it, however when they make hardcore, "Absolute " statements that's where I draw the line. Joining and being part of the Corps has been the most fulfilling personal experience of my life. I wouldn't trade it for ANYTHING. I personally know many wonderful Marines who live their lives based off the Core Values ....honor, courage, and commitment. You're going ot have A$$holes no matter where you go...so don't label the Marines because of those A$$holes. And of course theres ALWAYS going to be good and bad things about ANY job. Also, the door swings both ways....I knew far too many enlisted women who would be little whores and when they realized they were going to be held accountable for their actions, they turned around and cried "rape". I seen it personally. So you won't find this military woman having much sympathy for a woman because she's in the military. You have to command respect and once you are on that level...you'll make some of the best friends of your life. But 99% of the time in my experiences, the women who were disrespected more then once, well it's their own damn fault for acting stupid. They give us the tools in bootcamp to deal with this. But there are those strong women who thrive in the military and don't put up with shiet. Like I said in my previous post..my ex threatened me with abuse ONCE...and I was out of there. 1st time it happens...shame on him....2nd time, shame on you. Why would you be worried about if a man who does that, loves you....worry about loving yourself!  (Jan 16, 2008 | post #101)

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Pregnant Marine Missing From N.C. Base

I'm a former Marine. I never was scared of any of the Marines I worked with. That's not true..I personally know of situations in which it was dealt with accordingly. And I had one ex who did put his hands around my throat and said "I could f#$%ing kill you right now." So I told him "go ahead and try". He turned his head and walked away, I left him and NEVER went back. He got in deep shiet is all I"m gonna say. They abuse you the 1st time, shame on him, If it happens again...shame on you. The military offers ways out of that and doesn't just turn it's head. I'm not saying it's not shietty what happened to you because it is, but it was your choice to stay with him for 3 years while he beat the shiet out of you. That's not fair to blame the whole military for a few. On top of it, it's called Requesting mast- if one won't listen go to his superior...someone will listen. But honestly...if you had a fractured jaw and eye socket...um....how did they try to blame that on you? It's blanket statements like this "they will not help and do not care" that convince ignorant individuals to believe it, when it's not true. The military DOES stand up for enlisted females and wives who report abuse. I'm living proof.  (Jan 15, 2008 | post #93)

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