Before Iraq, training in 29 Palms, California

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198


 This is a follow on post to Going Back to Iraq

Hello everyone,    

As usual, I have a lot of pictures of my platoon and the people who will fight alongside me. This time i'm relying on the newer guys to take the pictures and i'll just snag them up later.

As usual, if in order:

1) Huts

This is the camp we start at. Beautiful sunrise each morning preceded by a blistering heat. Those huts are what we stay in. More like Dutch ovens as i mentioned before

2) Bacci

Myself and a buddy Chris "Vicious" playing Bacci with a bunch of rocks.


3) sleeping

Another typical picture per military....everyone sleeping where you can, waiting for whatever.

4) Training

Another great scenic picture with the sun peaking through in the morning. The humvees in the middle ground are circled up in a wagon-wheel with some cami-netting providing some shade. You can see how barren it all is.  (Not sure with the size if you can actually see the humvees in the center as described)

5) Waiting for water

The trucks we used were always overheating in this weather. Here we are waiting on some help to pick us up and bring some water.

6) sunset

Yet another great sunset picture with the humvees in the foreground.

7) GoofballJust me being a goofball wearing my gasmask, goggles and gloves. No one knew what i was doing as i sat there and read my book. (I thought he took after me, not sure after this, but nice view of his new tatoos on his chest)

8) Capt MorganThe Captain Morgan salute. These three guys are from left: Rob "DUI", Daniel "Tits", Nick "Stitch"   Hope you enjoyed the few pics. I got a lot but that's a just a little taste of a few people and the scenery.

9) new platoon My platoon I am in the front, it appears as second from the left, but someone is behind the first guy.

I made it look so nice didn't i? what was I complaining about?!  

Sarcastically,    Jeremiah

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Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
 Good luck God Bless you and my you return safe.
Aug 21, 2007 03:50 AM #1
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Nick and Trudy,

My thoughts are prayers are with you at this time.  I know first hand the agony and pride that comes with having a son in the sandbox.  (Such a contrast of emotions isn't it?)  Please let Jeremiah know that there are complete strangers praying for his and his platoons safety and hope they can return home very very soon.

Kris Wales

Aug 21, 2007 04:14 AM #2
Armando Rodriguez
Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI

May you accomplish whatever it is you're going to do there...and may GOD grant you a safe return to your loved ones.

My son was in Balad and Afghanistan. He's now in Texas.

Aug 22, 2007 12:32 AM #3
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

May our Lord continue to protect you, son......... Our Commanding Officer is strict in His need for self discipline and being set apart for His usefulness and glory......

Run for the Prize!!!


Aug 22, 2007 09:31 AM #4
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
I think the hardest thing as a parent is to see your child in danger. I thank you all for your best wishes and thoughts and prayers for Jeremy/Jeremiah. I have found personally the preparation for this deployment harder than the previous one. I think before we did not know fully what to expect and now there are no blinkers. We fully realize the danger and the chaos that is Iraq. I know I will be pleased when his unit returns next year, God willing with no losses or injuries.
Aug 23, 2007 02:17 AM #5
Kelly Brown
None - Aggieland, TX
Simply amazing! 
Oct 10, 2007 11:59 AM #6
Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Thanks for sharing!! The pictures bring back some memories for me. I spent 3 years living in 29 Palms, CA while my husband was stationed there - Most of the time he was in Iraq and so even though I hated the desert that place will hold a special spot in my heart. It was where I had my first "homecomings" God Bless your son and Thank him for me.

Oct 25, 2007 08:51 PM #7
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