Christine’s cousin David Redmond is in Iraq. David is a Command Sergeant Major (the highest rank on the enlisted side you can reach) in the Army. He’s serving now as the CSM for an infantry unit over there, and he sent this update through Mary:
From: [email protected]
Date: August 31, 2005 10:48:00 AM CDT
To: Mary Kamp
Subject: Re: Hi
Aunt Mary and Uncle Frank,
Thanks for the nice e-mail. I just got my system working in Baghdad and have started going through the hundreds of messages in the queue.
I am doing very well. We are quite busy as you can imagine. I sent that letter out so that the family would know what was going on.
Living conditions are almost like in garrison. My boss, Lieutenant Colonel Pacher, and I share a trailor. As a Command Sergeant Major it is the first time in my career that I have rated a shower while on deployment. The work is long and tedious. The job requires 16-20 days, 7 days a week. During my last 7 month deployment I did take half a day off. We will see how this one goes.
I do leave the forward operating base to patrol out in town, but we are a well trained and well armed outfit. That is the positive and down side of being in an Infantry Brigade.
I will try and send updates out periodically, but wanted to let you know that I arrived safely (two weeks ago) at my final destination. The weather is cooling down into the 105-115 range and it feels great after 130+ degrees in Kuwait.
We’re all hoping David makes it home safe soon, and brings all the young men and women he’s leading home safe as well.