28 January 2008

The Gang's All Here, Too

Well after a..."ahem"...relaxing, restful R&R (see Mom's blog), I'm back to business in Afghanistan. I finally got a group picture of everyone just before we rolled out the other day. They were not so enthused about it. Imagine that. We spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week together and in close proximity to each other, therefore we can't tolerate a group picture. Anyways, I told 'em to shut up and stand still. They didn't even have to smile....and they didn't. Here they are....

Left to right it's Shorty (our interpreter), Special K (my driver), Justin (new guy and replacement for our CPT), Pac-man (another new guy and replacement for our other LT), yours truly, Dumbo (he's a cop in North Charleston), Cheska (his pashtu nickname meaning sexy - only problem is that a group of Afghani guys gave him that nickname), Alabama (our team chief), and Doc (team medic). Not pictured is Steve (our other interpreter who's taking the picture), Grif (my gunner who is home on leave) and SFC Airborne (our sour-puss E7 who didn't want to participate). For operational security reasons, I can't give you their real names. I don't think you can read anyone's whole name in the picture. Anyway, these are the guys that I trust my life to and who trust me with theirs everyday. I know that I've said that the reason I'm here is to provide safety and a future for the kids of Afghanistan and stuff like that, but when the doo-doo hits the air circulation device, these guys are what I'm here for. Men in foxholes don't fight for God or country, they fight for their buddy in the foxhole with them.

4 comments:

Judy said...

Hey Bud!..Good to see you, sorta, The gang looks happy (not) anyway I know that you all must be very tired and pictures are the last thing on your mind, but thank everyone for the pose...your mom enjoys seeing all of you smiles or not..You continue to take care of each other and come home soon. Love all the nicknames.

Love and miss you

Shelia said...

Great post Jeff. Its great to see you, well your cheeks are about all I can make out! LOL Ya'll look great, a nice little disfunctional family! It's perfect! :-) Take care of each other and we'll do our best to get more pictures of home posted!

Granny Blue said...

Granny Blue said nice to see you over there. Looks like you folks need a little laugh well you got it. Love you!

Anonymous said...

A great looking bunch of guys to trust having your back. Hang tight and thanks guys!