Thursday, March 18, 2010
In The Land of Far, Far Away....
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you WHEREVER you go."(Joshua 1:9)
Before Justin left the US, he asked us to purchase a decent map of Afghanistan so that we could at least try to keep up with the activities going on in the different regions and provinces of the country. And so I did...at the Map Store here in Charlotte.
This map is posted in our Dining Room on the wall, where Kurt has his laptop station set up. He reads and peruses and searches for any information and news about what is happening..of course even more so about the 1/2 and the entire Marine Corps.
The sand...ohhhh....the sand...~!
In this pic you see the little marker CL for Camp Leatherneck. It is in the Southern province of Helmand. That is where all Marines check in and get processed and acclimated to the new location before their units move out to their FOB. This is where he has been for the last 2 weeks. We believe that he has left this location, if what he said yesterday in his phone call did indeed take place.
They have moved out.
What you also see in that pic is the distance between that Base, and the city where the main focus of the USMC mission has been taking place the last couple of months. Marja. The Marines have had great success in getting the insurgents out and then cautiously and carefully trying to clean up all the IED's and booby trapped messes they left behind there for the locals. It was not an easy task by any means... very dangerous....and some gave all.
In this next pic, you can see the distance between Marja and the city of Kandahar, marked by the large red dot to the right. (Kandahar is also a Province east of Helmand) This is the area that will be the next huge focus, according to Washington and the Commanders-In-Chief of the Military Forces... It is already being riddled with terrorism and activities and car-bombings by the insurgents. This city, I have heard has a population of up to 800,000 people. It is a large area. You can see the stretch of desert lands to the south.
In this last pic, you see a D for Delaram. This city is in the province of Nimroz, west of Helmand) The Marines are reportedly constructing a large base on the outskirts of this town that will have two airstrips, an advanced combat hospital, a post office, a large convenience store and rows of housing trailers stretching as far as the eye can see. By this summer, supposedly more than 3,000 -- will be based here.
All of this information has been in the online news reports and of course in the network news. It is public information. There are no secrets or security leaks posted here...just as a precaution to any who wonder if I may be committing OPSEC violations.
Please continue to pray for all of our military troops in all branches who are in this land, far far away from home. They do what they do to protect our country from having this same terrorism invade our borders. They believe in what they stand for because they know all people deserve to have life, liberty and a country free of oppression. They are heroes. Stand up for them. Cheer for them.. Write to them... PRAY FOR THEM.
Ask God to give them victory in their fight for justice for all peoples.
God bless them. God cover them. God intervene on their behalf and the ones they are helping.
Thank you. This Marine's mama appreciates you!
Thanks for your prayers, and specifically for the boys we mention often...Justin, Justin, Billy, Jeff...and so many others. Thank you.
And I sign off for today with every Marine's favorite Marine. Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller. His record of earning five Navy Crosses for valor has never been matched, nor has his place in Marine Corps history as one of the finest combat officers ever. Justin's favorite quote:
In the meantime, we Wait.....and Hope....and PRAY...and some of us watch! :-)