Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Monday, February 05, 2007


I'm starting to miss my internet. I'm stranded away from my platoon this week, doing the guard duty that all of us get stuck with at some point. I'm continuing to write on my personal computer, but it's difficult to get online, and often harder still to connect to Blogger. Basically, in my own long and rambling way, I'm excusing myself from consistent posting for a week or so. We'll see what happens.

Also, as readers of Badgers Forward know, I got my promotion to Specialist several days ago. That was a nice bright spot in the week for me, as I've been waiting for it for a long time. Add that to the Combat Action Badge I was awarded not too long ago, and my uniform is starting to get heavy. Don't worry- I'll try not to fall in any canals.


  1. congratulations on your promotion and badge, at least you have something good to think about while you're stuck on guard duty. take care.

  2. wow friend... congratulations! However, it might be safer to just avoid canals all together.

    I'm praying for you... STAY SAFE! much love :)

  3. Anonymous5/2/07 08:57

    Congrats on the promotion! Stay safe on guard duty - we'll be here waiting.

  4. Congratulations on the promotion young man, they were harder to make in my day but am happy to see the services giving the troops more respect. Was that a CIB, I was in Vietnam but never got the CIB.
    Keep the old ass down out there on guard duty, stay safe.....

  5. Anonymous5/2/07 16:17

    Congratulations!!! Stay safe, please, and stay our of canals!!

  6. Congratulations on the promotion.

    Take care and be safe.

  7. Congrats on the promotion, I would type out my blog posts on my laptop, put them on a thumb drive and upload them at the internet cafe. Stay safe out there!

  8. adding my congrats on your promotion...and my prayers for your safety to all the rest.

    be well blessed and thank you.

  9. Good job on the promo, buddy. And I agree with Krissy, canals are bad news all together.

  10. Anonymous5/2/07 21:32

    Congrats on the promotion TD,

    Appreciate your service and your blog..stay safe..

    'Old tincan sailor.

  11. Anonymous5/2/07 22:10

    Congrats, man. Stay safe.

  12. Congratulations! What the heck took them so long? We all knew you were promotion material a long time ago.

  13. Congatulations you deserve it!

  14. Anonymous6/2/07 07:41

    Congratulations TD! It's nice to know that the worthy are getting their rewards.

  15. Anonymous6/2/07 09:00

    Sham Shield! Congrats, just refrain from the urge to be the Command Specialist Major.

    Read in Badger's about the guy who got hit. That sucks. My pal from Ft. Stewart got it in Falluja, and another guy I knew for years drowned when their HMMWV went into a canal.

    If you guys or the TF that soldier belongs to need anything, let me know. snivel gear, stuff from home, whatever.

    stay safe.

  16. Grats dude! You dinged!

    Stay safe bud.


  17. Anonymous7/2/07 06:13

    Congrats on the promotion! Must be that teflon that kept it from sticking sooner. Big thanks to all you military boggers for taking the time to keep us up on what's happening.

  18. Anonymous7/2/07 21:02

    Bravo Zulu (Navy Speak for good work!) on your promotion and your CIB!

    May St. Ignatius of Loyola, Patron Saint of Soldiers, Founder of the Jesuits, intercede for you and all your fellow soldiers, to our Lord on your behalf for your safety.

    If there is anything I can send you guys from Stateside, email me from my blog a list amd your unit address.

  19. Not that I expect you to be able to tell us much about your job, but clearly you are good at it