Soldiers love ‘mail call’

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    I have to admit that I have been a little lax in writing to our soldiers in Iraq until I went to the mailbox today and found a letter and a postcard, which truly renewed my urgency to keep writing:

    Mr. and Mrs. Kearsley,

    Hello from Iraq. It has been an adventure, that is for sure, but any day the adventure wants to end. I will be ecstatic to be on a plane headed for the good ole U.S.A. My soldiers and I want to once again thank you for your continued support. Some of the men would hardly have received any mail if not from Malibu. They light up each time I sound “mail call.”

    We are in the second of two cities the Gators have thus far been tasked to secure. The first was a very significant Muslim holy site named AnNajaf and now we are held up in AlHillah. We are not sure where we go from here; we may fly from Baghdad back to the states, but we are not sure if we will actually have operations there.

    It sounds like my family back in Kentucky is getting along pretty well. I was able to phone my wife twice, my daughter and mom once since I’ve been here, but that was about three weeks ago. I hope the next time I speak with them is soon and I hope to have arrived at the official end of the war by then so that with greater certainty, we can share our future plans.

    We have been warmly received by the oppressed people of Iraq. They have embraced us with open arms and are hoping the Post-Saddam future will be a time of prosperity, opportunity and liberty. I believe I will close for now and write my mother; no one in this world will be more glad than her to see this end.

    Thanks again. I hope to see you once again in the “land of the free” before too much longer. God Bless Malibu and the U.S.A.

    Steve Johnson