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UPDATE: Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean these folks don't deserve some holiday greetings! I'll continue to update, please help fill the "stockings"! Thanks!
Okay, he's no longer with us, so this holiday season you can be Bob Hope. Visit these GI's (and veterans and spouses) around the world and drop a bit of cheer into the stockings that are their comment sections. That includes you folks who read but have never commented on a blog before - I know you're out there. Wish good tidings to these folks, many of whom are far from home enabling your safe season.
I'll update this list routinely, with new entries at the top. Check back when you can for more. (And feel free to e-mail me with links to additional military bloggers).
Without further ado...
update 8: I almost forgot a fellow MilBlogger stationed in Germany. This young lady is an Air Force Airman, working for a living for God and country far from home and family. On Christmas. And she requests comments for her friend Greg, who isn't feeling the spirit. Careful though, she's a homicidal maniac.
update 7: Its always contrast.
Jason is Just Another Soldier readying to deploy, and you can take that jouney with him. (Sort of, insofar as he writes well enough that you will think you are with him.) He's miserable, by the way. Or at least was when he last posted. But I'll bet he's over it. Christmas and all, you know.
And Jasminepetal waits, but uses her Christmas time to post great stuff. Do not miss the First Christmas entry.
But Baghdaddy has a great re-cap of the past year in Iraq, food for thought on if it was all worthwhile. Don't miss it.
But don't forget to leave season's greetings!
update 6: I'm not linking a specific post on Andi's blog because then you'd miss seeing what a great front page she has. She's another spouse with a deployed husband, but he's coming home soon. Just too late for Christmas. Can you spare a bit of cheer?
Thor, on the other hand, made it home on time to start a new household and be with his wife and son on his first Christmas. Cool.
And Doc Russia got home from the Marines a long while back, but has a Christmas story you don't want to miss.
update 5: Surely everyone's wished a merry Christmas and happy new year to Chief Wiggles by now? Actually, surprisingly few folks have, considering all the things that the Chief has done these past few months. Got time for a quick salutation to the Chief?
update 4: The last of my fellow "German" bloggers (60-odd years later we're still in das quagmire): Sarah at trying to Grok. Always great and thoughtful things to be found at Sarah's blog, visitors please report here and leave Christmas tidings.
update 3: Christmas presents, or "everytime a bell rings, a jumper gets his wings!"
Bejuspundit earned his wings. Then made it home for Christmas.
Update 3a: Working for a living...
Ed is deployed somewhere in Africa supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. And he's working Christmas so his troops won't have to.
He also linked to a poem at Blackfive's. The warrior-poet spirit is alive and well in the blogosphere.
Update 2: You do eventually get home. (At least, 99% do.)
DarthVOB is home, but he spent Christmas 1990 helping liberate Kuwait. Read his tale and you'll know why it couldn't have been done without him. Don't forget to tell him merry Christmas and thanks for the memories!
And speaking of getting home, the Fusilier Pundit has a multi-part story for you, of trying to get home for Christmas from OEF in '01. (That's Operation Enduring Freedom, friends. Remember Afghanistan?) Thank him for the story he lived, please, before you leave.
So there you go. A lesson for the deployed; you'll get there, and when you do home will be all the sweeter. So my fine Athiest Soldier, have faith! (And fine readers, please offer this young man some encouraging words!)
Update 1: These folks require a bit of extra effort on your parts. They have no comments sections and must be emailed (addresses on their sites). I think having their inboxes filled on Christmas morning would be great, 'cause they've all been nice not naughty.
Jason is in Iraq Now and got to jam a bit for a USO audience. A troop entertaining the troops! (Not unusual at all, believe me.) He's also been posting great ground truth for some time; a terrific counter to some other "sources" you're likely familiar with.
And here's an example of contrast:
Capt Patti is just-got-home-from-Baghdad with Tim (I suppose they think of Germany as home, for now at least). Chromedome is not home with his wonderful Mrs., but she's trying to smile. You'll see what I mean. Strong people. Please wish them all well. (Chromedomezone does have a guestbook here)
The first links:
John Galt is a veteran, now serving with the CPA in Iraq, and blogging at Deeds. Christmas related posts here. (and scroll on for more.)
And here's An Army Wife, living in Germany while her husband is deployed to Iraq. She's talking about missing Christmas with her folks here, but I'm sure she's missing lots more. Spread cheer!
Hook is spending Christmas in Hawaii with his family, but is readying to deploy. His Christmas post is here.
That's all for now, more to come!
Have a very Merry Christmas Hawk.Posted by Sgt Hook at December 24, 2003 04:48 PM
I hope you have a Merry Christmas Greyhawk!!!Posted by armywifetoo at December 24, 2003 05:23 PM
I, too, wish you a Merry Christmas, Greyhawk
Posted by Maj Pain at December 24, 2003 05:58 PM
What a wonderful idea.
Have a Merry Christmas! :)Posted by Gennie at December 24, 2003 07:19 PM
My girl is over in Iraq attached to the Stryker Brigade. I do updates about her from her emails and her email address is on my sidebar. It's the best of both worlds, her emails and my postings about life with her gone.Posted by Beth at December 24, 2003 08:38 PM
Merry Christmas to you and yours!Posted by Kathy K at December 24, 2003 08:48 PM
merry christmas - happiness and peace to you!!Posted by erin at December 25, 2003 03:50 AM
MERRY CHRISTMAS, Greyhawk!Posted by Rhesa at December 25, 2003 04:31 AM
Merry Christmas, Greyhawk!Posted by Blackfive at December 25, 2003 05:43 AM
Merry Christmas to you and yoursPosted by mohsin at December 25, 2003 01:12 PM
Merry Christmas to everybody, from Barbaloot, Firstborn, Middlechild, Boy, and me.Posted by Fûz at December 25, 2003 08:19 PM
To Greyhawk, and everyone else reading this:
I hope that you and yours had a great day, and are having a great holiday season.
And God Bless!!Posted by Aakash at December 26, 2003 07:49 AM
Greyhawk, may the Holy One Whose coming we celebrate at this time of year find a way to fulfill His promises to return in the Glory of the Father...
Either He's 159 years overdue, or the One Who came May 23, 1844 actually WAS the One promised by Christ, Jesus...Posted by Eye Opener at December 26, 2003 11:01 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(13) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)