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Name: KC
Email: zat_3@hotmail.com
Date: 02/28/06
Time: 19:52:13

Message

I am looking for Maj. Phil Chambers....I am an old college friend from MT and would just like to catch up. I know he is in Afghanistan with the 173rd and will be returning soon. If anyone who reads these can help me find him, I would greatly appreciate it.


Name: "173rd Airborne Brigade ends tough, productive Afghan tour"
Email: By Kent Harris, Stars and Stripes
Date: 02/28/06
Time: 19:36:58

Message

..............The brigade’s tour, featuring months of heavy fighting in the territory it was responsible for, officially ended in a transfer of authority ceremony Tuesday. Some elements, such as the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, still have weeks to serve in the country. But the bulk of the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) is now either back in or headed back to Italy..................


Name: Awaitingmom
Email: untiltheyallcomehome
Date: 02/28/06
Time: 15:27:48

Message

We must continue to pray for every service member serving our wonderful country. As I read and see the excitement for our returning soldiers (and share in the joy) I am reminded that we must stay diligent with thoughts and prayers for those still fighting the hard fight. We still have (approximately) one more month to go until we get all of our boys home.


Name: Concerned family
Email: *******
Date: 02/28/06
Time: 13:50:31

Message

Just talked with our soldier, HHC, 2/503 S&T. Everything is OK there. Didn't mention anything about the latest incident.


Name: message to all
Email: thank you
Date: 02/28/06
Time: 12:36:43

Message

All of you have been an amazing community. Your love, support, advice, contributions, info bits...Mommaski, Mr. Bradley... May God bless each of you all so much - the love, support and dedication for your soldier that has brought us all together will also be recognized and rewarded for your never-ending, unconditional, put-up-with-it-all love. May God also help the girlfriends, wives and mothers of our soldiers undergoing this transition period back to civilian life. Our soldiers are loving guys and eventually they will come around.


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: PARTY BANNERS
Date: 02/28/06
Time: 10:34:52

Message

Hi To the person looking for welcome home banners: I got this site from someone here back in the Iraq deployment. The banners are great and the are around 25.00 dollars or so. Go to www.partybanners.com Michele


Name: Danielle Schafer
Email: dschafer54@hotmail.com
Date: 02/27/06
Time: 20:54:29

Message

Happy Birthday Joseph Cruz. I know my husband is showing you a good time up there. You are loved and missed deeply.


Name: DD
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: 02/27/06
Time: 20:25:32

Message

Mommaski, it is so healing to read my thoughts in Your print. My hero is coming home from his second deployment. He left home at 18 and is coming home at 21 (discharging too !). My pumpkin jumped from high school graduation into boot camp, airborne school then BAM ........deployment. The changes have been indescribable. He is an only child and I was a single Mom. I call myself blessed because he has talked and talked. There were times when I wanted to cry at his words as I imagined what he had to have gone through. There were many times I laughed as he described the shenanigans he and his cohorts did to pass time. I always told myself to dry the tears because I had the easy part. He had to live in it..... all I did was hear about it. I told him I would always listen because if he had to live in it, the least I could do was listen. To all the Mommas out there I have listened for all of us. There were times I could see in his eyes or hear in his voice, ( after some painful story) that he was looking for acceptance and affirmation that he was still good and human. And time after time, after time, I told him he did awesome. I reminded him every week what he and all the others were doing day in and day out made us families back at home beam with pride. I told him there was not anything he or anyone else over there could do that would cause them to loose an ounce of face in our eyes. All he EVER asked was one thing and that was " to treat him like everyone else." He reminded me over and over that he was just " doing his job" like any other person. One afternoon he froze me in my tracks and said " Mom have you stopped a police officer or a fireman lately and thanked them for what they do or told them how proud you are that they do what they do?" I guess my message to all the families welcoming home their hero is " love them for who they are, as they can accept it ." So many of us are blessed to have loved ones return home. There are families who would welcome our turmoil in lieu of their loss. If they come home and sleep in their DCU's, so be it. If they won't come out of their room for the massive family gathering, so be it. They are home or coming home. This is the answer we have all prayed for. To my Son, I am only strong because you made me strong. To Mommaski, you have hugged my heart more times than you will ever know. Thank you for being such a good Mom and knowing what to say, when to say it and helping me learn to hear with more than just my ears. You are truly a reflection of Your Hero. God Bless.


Name: sister
Email: annac_interstate@yahoo.com
Date: 02/27/06
Time: 16:32:27

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Joseph Cruz. He would have been 23 years old today if he didn't pass four months ago.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/27/06
Time: 15:46:38

Message

Hi Everybody !!! I have decided to address some of your emails here (I will always answer you individually as soon as possible) but as I am averaging 10 per day (not just from 173rd) I thought I would address some of the concerns here. For those of you who are experiencing "The Distance Syndrome". Have patience !!! For you loved ones - there is just too much imput right now. They have been a year in a situation which they have become accustomed to, now suddenly there are all new stuff. Give them time to adjust. DON'T force things!!!! Don't force them to talk, don't force them to be physical and don't force them into being who they used to be. Have patience, let them determine the pace. They love you as much as you love them, but, they need to adjust. To you soldiers - Give your spouse, fiancée or girlfriend a chance. They have changed but not for the bad. You have been gone a tear and they have had to be strong. You should be very proud of them. Do you really want them to be totally dependant on you or do you want a partner!? Gradually work your way back into the decision making process. Take your time, you have enough to adjust to. Gentlely let them know you are ready to help, don't just try and take over (you'll make them feel like they totally messed up while you were gone). To both of you - Take the time to get to know each other again. You have both changed. You just might like this person even better (wow, it's like dating all over again!!) To you parents who used to have a wonderful child and now that dad or mom is home are left staring at The Demon Seed -Most all children NORMALLY become a little lippy, a little challenging to authority and downright wierd when they reach those preteen years of 11 and 12. It usually happens between son and father but it can happen between mom and daughter. In Colorado we called it "Buck Syndrome". The son begins to challenge the father over who is in charge (This is NORMAL!!) But it can be intensified when he has been the "man of the house" for a year. Spend some time with him, let him know that you are proud of him for taking care of everything but that you are home and this is your job. Mom needs to reassure him that she still loves him but that she must now share her time with him and his father. Don't forget and don't let him/her forget you are the parent, they are the child. Let them spread their wings, but be standing by with the net !!! To the moms - NO your son will probably NEVER talk to you about their time there. And you know what - that's ok. It is natural for a son to want to protect his mom. Just because he chooses to talk to an aunt, father, grandfather or a friend - it does not mean he loves you less, it may mean he loves you more. And do you wanted to hear some twisted thoughts? We, as moms teach our children right from wrong (it's in our job description), then, these same children go to war. They are faced with a kill or be killed situation. They come back and look at you and have to figure out if you are ashamed or let down because according to what you taught him - he did something "wrong". Now you and I know he didn't do anything wrong. He did what he had to do to come home safely to you, but, unfortunately when we taught him at 5 & 6 years old that "Thou shalt not kill" we didn't think to qualify it. War comes under a different heading. So just keep telling him that you are proud of him and that he did what he had to do to come home safely to you. To Everyone - if you see dangerous behavior (whether to themselves or others) DO NOT HESITATE to get help from a professional. I am and always will be proud of all of you. You are what makes America great. I shall miss all of our "talks". You have become "my children". I know it is time for you to get on with your lives, but, if you EVER need me you can always find me. All my love Mommaski


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 02/27/06
Time: 09:08:19

Message

Thanks so very much for the website. Also for the families that have emailed me independently, what a thrill to talk/email so many people! We are here for a reason, this site has/had a great purpose... Diane


Name: Banners
Email: Welcome Home!
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 14:40:00

Message

http://www.serviceflags.com/banners.html


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 14:21:57

Message

Am looking for the website that had the welcome home banners. Went back through the archives and couldn't find it. But there is great history if you go back & read prior entries to this wonderful site. Mr Bradley, I have never thanked you, but a big one comes from Washington State! In reading the archives I even saw your family pictures, which I had somehow missed. You have done a great thing for all of us all around the states with a common denominator of a loved one in the Army/in harms way...Many many thanks Diane Caughlan


Name: Custom Welcome Home T-Shirts & Sweatshirts with Branch of Service
Email: patriotic T-Shirts
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 13:12:03

Message

http://www.serviceflags.com/tshirts/Tshirt173rdAirborneBde_WH.htm


Name: Sheila
Email: dssteely@yahoo.com
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 11:34:06

Message

Does anyone remember the name of the web site that was selling 173rd Airborne shirts? It was posted on this site a month or so ago. You could have your Sky Soldier's name and rank printed on the bottom. I ordered one and it was great but now I want another and can't remember the name of the site. Thanks!!!


Name: Recon 4/503 69/70
Email: recon173@verizon.net
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 07:20:30

Message

I think it is a good idea to do something special for the KIA/WIA from this deployment. We lost 1 here in New England, LT Derek Hines. I am sure my chapter would make a donation if we needed to have funds. Let me know if anyone is interested. Airborne Recon


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 05:56:40

Message

The "Helping Our Heroes" foundation is a non-profit organization run by Karen Theobald. I'm not doing any kind of fund raising but they have been really good to us during Ben's stay at Walter Reed. They have a very good web site describing exactly what they do. For one thing, they take a group of wounded to a weekly dinner at one of DC's best steak houses. They also supply plane tickets for families to visit their wounded. There is a lot of clout there as they got soldiers into the State of the Union address. These people are very dedicated to doing anything possible to help.


Name: Chosen Friend
Email: ****
Date: 02/26/06
Time: 01:09:30

Message

Incase you didn't see it- Estripes had a nice little article about 173d & the transition. Can't wait till the last sky soldier is safely home! http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=35326


The troops are arriving home and now would be a good time to help do something to remember those lost in Afghanistan. - Webmaster


Name: saskia
Email: saskiapemler@hotmail.com
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 12:44:40

Message

Hello everybody, Here another add to Tbc: you really don't need to worry about Tbc- like mommaski said they are healthy young people and it is difficult for the bacteria to not be detected from a strong immune system! anyways TBC is on the rise, at least in Europe-but not to worry about too much- it is treatable with a double antibiotic therapy. To be sure that somebody is infected they do first bio chemical research and look at samples under the microscope- that is -after you did the tine test and the x-ray and it was positive-then the person will be treated for it. All of you: have a nice weekend!!!


Name: Cheryl
Email: cubbybear9_98@yahoo.com
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 12:21:58

Message

Tuberculosis: General Information Last Updated: January 2005 What Is TB? Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. How is TB Spread? TB germs are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. These germs can stay in the air for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air containing these TB germs can become infected; this is called latent TB infection. What Is the Difference Between Latent TB Infection and TB Disease? People with latent TB infection have TB germs in their bodies, but they are not sick because the germs are not active. These people do not have symptoms of TB disease, and they cannot spread the germs to others. However, they may develop TB disease in the future. They are often prescribed treatment to prevent them from developing TB disease. Latent TB which is usually diagnosed with a positive skin test and negative chest X-ray is easily treated with a drug called INH. The decision to treat is a clinical judgment call by the healthcare provider. If you need more information, the CDC web site www.cdc.gov has many articles.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 11:10:34

Message

TB - Tuberculosis is a communicable disease, HOWEVER it is spread thru contact with the sputum (spit, phlegm) of a contagious person. But here is the important thing - For a healthy adult to actually contract the disease they would have to be exposed multiple times (we have some natural immunity to the baccilli) They can however if being exposed give what is called a false positive - this is when the skin test shows a positive but when a chest x-ray is done there is no sign of the disease. I show a false positive. I was exposed in Nursing School (30 years ago) I still show no sign of the disease. So take a deep breath. You are talking young, healthy bodies. But even so they will receive a physical probably and if something shows up the military will deal with it. It is not like it was 50 years ago where people died of "consumption". I hope this helps. Email me if you have more questions. Love to all Mommaski


Name: TB
Email: ***
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 10:55:09

Message

Don't worry about the tests for TB. My occupation and many others are testing every few years. Testing is common place if your job puts you in an exposure environment. Everyone I work around has always tested negative.


Name: Missy
Email: Missy61@nvc.net
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 09:59:16

Message

Pop, I have TB and probably had it for many years. I found out when I started working at a nursing home a few years ago. They gave me a standard test and it came back positive, I'm a carrier. The doctors said there was nothing to do, it was once a deadly disease but now days a person can have it in their system and never know. I hope someone with a Medical background can give you more assurance. I speak from my experience alone. Hope it helps.


Name: A PRAYING MOTHER
Email: dodamite@earthlink.net
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 09:16:41

Message

Does anyone know anything about the 173rd soldier from Boonville, IN? this is my home state and would like to know if there is anything that I could do along with my prayers. Thank you and May God Bless Our Wonderful SOLDIERS


Name: Pop
Email: jsherry7@comcast.net
Date: 02/25/06
Time: 08:55:07

Message

Troubles never cease, Now that my son is back in Italy he tells me he is being tested for tuberculosis as are many others. This is due to exposure to prisoners they guarded and other exposure. Seems there is a lot of exposure over there. Anyone out there with a medical/nursing background who cen allay any fears.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 02/24/06
Time: 22:03:13

Message

To: Mr. Crowley - Is SGT Duncan still at Walter Reed? If so, I'd like to send him a card. He and my son are great friends. Also, what is the "Helping Our Heros" Foundation and how does it work? Thanks


Name: Chgogal
Email: Chgogalnorthsider@gmial.com
Date: 02/24/06
Time: 06:44:14

Message

Yes, with each joyous arrival and the hope of each joyous arrival there is a sad prayer, a sad thought for each soldier we heard or read about that is not coming home. Please rest assured dear families you are in our thoughts and heart. For those soldiers and families who need the 173rd family there will alsways be someone there for you. Please just reach out. God Bless you.


Name: Cheryl Owen
Email: woowoocfa@adelphia.net
Date: 02/24/06
Time: 06:32:52

Message

Lindsey, what Platoon is your fiancè in? My son is in 1st Platoon,and if you would send your email address I would be happy to let you know what he has told us. I don't feel I should type it on here. I don't think they are really certain, but he has told us what he thinks.I am traveling so it may be a day or so until I am able to get back. Hope I can help you. My son seems to be fine,we were on i.m. with him yesterday. Thanks, Cheryl


Name: Lindsey
Email: .......
Date: 02/24/06
Time: 05:14:34

Message

i haven't hear my fiancè in a while. he is in 2/503. does anybody knows pls when they supposed to be back in Italy?


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 02/24/06
Time: 04:38:39

Message

As the joyus moments come and the end is upon us, lets not forget or KIA families and wounded sky soldiers. For them there is no end to this, only coping.God Bless these soldiers and familes on their long road!


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 02/24/06
Time: 04:14:48

Message

Talked with my son at Walter Reed yesterday. He is working with "Helping Our Heroes" foundation as he recouperates from his injuries. He said Noah Bailey now has one prosthesis and has been moved to the Malogne House. Also Neal Duncan is doing much better.


Name: THE OLD NAVY CHIEF AND HIS OLD NAVY WIFE
Email: notgoodenough2banarmymom.com
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 19:08:41

Message

"ET PHONED HOME!" He said he was in the place that I read on this board had a failed attack on soldiers. He said nothing about it. He sounded okay. First call we've gotten from him since he has been in that place. He is with Sappers 2/503 ABLE CO. So, if you are wondering about anybody with those units they are still in SE Afghanistan. Let's pray for them to all get back to Italy safe soon and back to the states to see families who love and miss them very much! We sure are proud of you "ET."


Name: It's definitely not over yet!
Email: Suicide attacker killed in failed assault
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 15:57:18

Message

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide attacker drove a car loaded with explosives into a convoy of U.S.-led coalition forces in southern Afghanistan Thursday, but the bomb failed to detonate, an Afghan official said. Coalition forces killed the attacker when he got out of the car and threw a grenade at a heavy jeep in the convoy, said Obaidullah Khan, chief of Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province where the attack happened around 1 p.m. local time. No coalition troops were hurt, he said. U.S. military officials were not immediately available to comment. Khan said he did not know the identity of the attacker and whether he was an Afghan or a foreigner. He said the man managed to throw one grenade that burst the tire of the jeep that he attacked, but a second grenade exploded in his hand as he was shot. A purported Taliban spokesman, Mohammed Hanif, earlier telephoned The Associated Press and claimed it launched the attack and that eight U.S. soldiers were killed. Claims made in the name of the hard-line militia sometimes prove incorrect or exaggerated. There have been more than 25 more suicide attacks in Afghanistan, mostly in the volatile south, in the past five months - a change in tactic for militants here that has fueled fears they are copying methods used by insurgents in Iraq.


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, MC, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 11:25:47

Message

My sources, tell me that the wounded sky soldier is stable, his family has been notified. I will keep you posted as it comes in. It ain't over yet folks.


Name: funny feelings
Email: a wife
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 11:15:18

Message

Thank you mommaski for those kinda words -they definitely help and it helps to know that it is normal to feel this way. You hav been such an encouragement to all of us this year. After all of our troops are home, I will really miss this site and the messages you post. Thank you again!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 10:41:43

Message

To Funny Feelings Wife - Hey, welcome to the real world !!! Guess what? You're normal !!! Think about it - for one year you have been making all the decisions. You have not had to consult anyone on any decisions from simple ones as What am I having for dinner? to Which bill am I going to pay? Now he is back. You have to get reintegrated, reorganized, reacquainted and reestablished. It takes time. He has to do it too. For one year he has spent his time with his buddies. They have a bond that will never be replaced (nor should you try to). Suddenly he is back in a quiet house with a soft, sweet smelling person. He has changed. You have changed, you are stronger, more self sufficient, a true military wife. My advice.... take it slow, get to know one another as you are now - NOT as you were. That person is gone. Of course you love him - you have mixed feelings not No feelings. Hey look at it this way. Think of it as practice. When you retire and this Man is under your feet and following you around - you won't go down on your knees and ask God "please find this guy a hobby before I smack the tar out of him!!!!" Think of quiet evenings, candlelight dinners, long walks, cookouts, silly games. It is not just him that has to adjust, so do you. You have been on an emotional rollercoaster, now you can take a deep breath and let it out S L O W . So the words for the day are - Slow and Easy. Let him know " wow I am so glad you are home, it will be nice to share all the decision making with someone." This also calms those fears that you have done so well without him, that maybe you don't need him. (that was my husband) So hang in there honey - you are normal and I think you will find that you are not alone. All my love and prayers Mommaski


Name: Funny feelings
Email: a wife
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 09:26:07

Message

To all those wives out there welcoming their troops back home -is anyone else having mixed emotions? I am so happy to be with my husband again and yet I just feel weird about it. Maybe it is because I have been without him for this year and am just going to readjust to having him around. I love him so much, but I just am in this funky mood -haha. Is anyone else like this as well?


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 02/23/06
Time: 08:55:38

Message

Hello all, I'm so happy reading all the welcome home news and excitment. My son chose to stay back and bulid new barracks for the incoming troops. What was he thinking!!!!! Rule #1, never volunteer right? Well he is a great soldier and I am proud of him I just want him out of that country know what I mean? Hopefully they won't have to go out in the field anymore but if they do he'll probably volunteer for that as well!! I'm telling you if I didn't color my hair I'd be all white just bypass the gray. I hope everyone has wonderful family celebrations its such a good time for us all. I will post when my son is home. God Bless Michele D.


Name: Sandi
Email: sengiles@adelphia.net
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 21:02:09

Message

Could someone tell me where the information would be released on the identity of the injured soldier? (I'm not even sure if the information is released to the public or not.) I'm concerned about a friend (he is serving with the Kelts, 2-503), but we correspond only by letter, and I don't know his family- so I have no way of knowing if he is OK or not. Thanks for any help. Sandi


Name: Arlene M.
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 20:39:51

Message

WELCOME BACK SGT. NATHAN GARCIA II AND EVERYONE THAT SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN. YOU ALL DID A TERRIFIC JOB. ARLENE


Name: J's Mom, all soldiers and their families.
Email: Chgogal
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 19:38:56

Message

Thanks for the info, J's Mom. The last few days have been a bit disconcerting and your info was very much appreciated. It is so wonderful hearing about the joyous arrivals of the 1/508! Welcome Home all of you wonderful soldiers! Soon it will be 2/503’s turn. We all cannot wait until each and every one of you is safe and sound back home. To the soldier on life support in Germany and his family, we back home are praying for you. You are in our thoughts each and every day. Please stay strong and dear soldier and fight to live. We need you back here.


Name: Dianne Massey
Email: demassey@comporium.net
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 18:06:53

Message

Just had a call from my son, SGT Josh Blaney, A Co. 1/508. They are back in Italy!!! They were so excited, all yelling into the phone and happy. It was great to hear the excitment and joy in their voices! Thank God they are back safely, and we pray for the remainder of the 173rd's safe return.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: sptsal@aol.com
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 17:59:51

Message

My daughter got a great birthday call from her brother Dan-1/508 B Co. from "Italy". My thoughts and prayers are with those yet to depart the 'Stan


Name: Arlene Hunter
Email: Kelt mom
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 17:55:46

Message

To our family Battle Co. the Kelts our prayers are with you and for our wounded brother. We know you continue to work hard and we pray for your safe return. Know the home front is here. There are so many who hold you close and understand how hard this year has been. I pray this month will pass quickly for you and there will be no more missions. We can only pray. We love you guys. You are absolutely the best.


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adlephia.net
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 17:48:29

Message

Mommaski THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 14:08:31

Message

Hello Everyone !!!! We had not heard from my brother-in-law after he left on patrol. So you can imagine we were on pins and needles. Last Evening my sister was told to be at the Air Station. She called us to say she was on her way - he was getting ready to touch down on home soil !!!! The family is now reunited and we finally got to have a Welcome Home party. We served all his favorite foods and played all his favorite music. Course last night was hard - my sister said the boys did not want to let him out of their sight - so they ended up letting them sleep on their bedroom floor on sleeping bags. (They are going to my trailer at the beach this weekend for a romantic getaway). Thank you so much for all your prayers and kind emails. Now we just gotta keep praying till all our Sky Soldiers are home. I am so excited that so many are coming home, but let's not forget some are still over there. Stay strong everyone. All my love Mommaski


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 12:55:43

Message

Mommaski I want to thank you for your words over the past year. They helped a lot. Jake is safe but not back in Italy as of yet. God bless you and your family. Thanks again. Nancy


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 12:51:03

Message

Mr. Bradley, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. We heard from our son Jake, he is not back in Italy as of yet but he is in a safe place with all of the other medic's. Thanks again and God Bless. Sir you are a god sent!


Name: JM
Email: to Mommaski and others
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 11:38:52

Message

Mommaski - can we get an update on your brother-in-law? Keeping him in my thoughts. To the family & friends of the injured soldier previously mentioned - thinking of you and hoping God is with you and your soldier right now.


Name: Tammy
Email: msabe
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 09:53:35

Message

I know I am asking again for this information, please forgive me. What airlines are giving discounts to this soldiers coming back. I just called Delta and they told me the don't have any special rates for them. Even a military discount..So if someone knows please help. Thank you and Welcome home to the soldiers that are back. Still keeping the ones over there in my prayers..


Name: Can't stop
Email: coming to the site!
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 08:58:47

Message

My soldier is back in Italy, but I am still so drawn to this board, as it has brought great comfort to me. I still check the articles and feel like I still need to know what's going on over there and how our soldiers are doing that remain there. My prayers will remain with the 173rd for many years to come as they have been such a huge part of my life in this past year. A prayer for comfort and support to those whose soldiers will not be returning but who served with courage and bravery. My love to all.


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 08:26:19

Message

Wow, that was the longest year!!! Many, many thanks to our webmaster, Mr. Bradley, you are a hero right along with the soldiers. We got a phone call from our soldier last night, C Co 1-508, back in Italy after 12 days of traveling !! What a joy to hear his voice again. He said the squads are not necessarily together traveling, and their are still plenty more coming!!


Name: To HHC wife
Email: :-)
Date: 02/22/06
Time: 03:38:16

Message

I'm really happy for you! It's great.  I hope you can hug ASAP your husband!


Name: J's MOM
Email: kr1sc0@msn.com
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 21:30:44

Message

My son is in Chosen CO 2/503 HQ , got an e-mail yesterday , just waiting and waiting , counting the days !!Didn't really have much to say , just looking forward to returning to Italy :)


Name: J's MOM
Email: kr1sc0@msn.com
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 21:28:27

Message

My son is in Chosen CO 2/503 HQ , got an e-mail yesterday , just waiting and waiting , counting the days !!Didn't really have much to say , just looking forward to returning to Italy :)


Name:
Email: dssteely@yahoo.com
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 17:06:19

Message

Heard from my son with A. Co. 2/503D today...all is well...I pray for everyone's safe return...


Name: Chgogal
Email: *******
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 16:22:46

Message

Welcome home 1/508!!!!!!!!! Cyber hugs to all. Many prayers to all of the 2/503. We are thinking of you each and every day. Please stay focused, alert, safe and sound. If anyone has heard from Chosen Few HQ, I am all ears. Chgogal


Name:
Email: hhc wife
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 15:17:55

Message

Just got a call from my husband, he was on the bus in Italy -what an overwhelming relief to hear his voice and know he is safe now...My prayers are still with those who are deployed and their families as they wait for them to return.


Name: Sayaprayer
Email: uniltheyallcomehome
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 12:36:57

Message

I join everyone in the celebration of our returning loved ones. It's absolutely wonderful. But, the writer is exactly right please continue to pray for those still in the combat zone. We did have a soldier seriously injured and he (and his family) needs all of the prayers he can get. Literally he's in for the fight of his life. As we celebrate each homecoming let's remember and pray for the safety of our soldiers until the last one steps off of the plane in Italy.


Name: Proud Mom
Email: dctc@dnet.net
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 10:32:03

Message

Heard from our son Jeremy yesterday - 1/508 HHC Scout - back in Italy!!! I want to thank the FRG. His refrig. had beer and soda...plus frozen meals in the freezer for him to pop in the microwave. Also, the wives had bought pillows and blankets and even made the beds made for them! I could tell it made a real difference to him to have the warm welcome to his new barracks. THANK YOU! We will continue to keep the 503rd in our prayers...this deployment is not over until they're all home safe!


Name: Faye Lovell
Email: faye.lovell@dss.co.robeson.nc.us
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 10:03:56

Message

Talked with my son from C 2-503 Sunday. They just got back from a mission and headed out to another. He states after this mission they will be preparing a new FOB for replacements and he will not be able to contact me for a couple of weeks. States all is well and they are counting down the days.


Name:
Email: abc.abc@cox.net
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 09:54:52

Message

Does anyone know where the C co 2/503rd is?


Name:
Email: hhc wife
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 09:28:29

Message

my husband is with the 1-508th and I think he is getting in late tonight


Name:
Email: 2/503rd
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 08:35:20

Message

Congratulations to those families of returning soldiers. Thank God they are home safe. Please continue to keep the 503rd soldiers in your prayers. The violence still continues for them. Two days ago, in intense firefight, one of our soldiers was wounded and is now on life support in Germany. Keep praying until they are ALL home.


Name:
Email: HHC wife
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 08:20:22

Message

...is your husband in 2/503 or in 1/508?


Name: hhc wife
Email: pictures
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 06:37:13

Message

I am going to see my husband soon but will not be there when he steps off the bus in the next few days -can someone please take pictures of the HHC guys and send them to Mr. Bradley for those who will not be able to be there. Thanks!


Name: Patti - "Flippo's" Mom
Email: skysoldiersmom@hotmail.com
Date: 02/21/06
Time: 03:41:08

Message

Hello Everyone: I am in Italy right now and we were able to welcome my son back on Sunday afternoon! I will try and post pictures that we took, however we tried to stay hidden in the crowd to surprise him so I do not know how well they will turn out! The crowd gave them a "Standing O" as they so richly deserve and as I kept popping my head up to see him I was taking pictures. He is too smart for us though, he "knew" we would be there. It was a pleasure and honor to welcome some of our soldiers back. I recognized a few from meeting them in 11/04 and also from pictures my son took while over in Afghanistan. I hugged the ones I knew and even ones I did not! Hopefully I can attend more arrivals as I have MANY more hugs to give out to our brave warriors! Way to go Wombats and the rest of our Sky Soldiers!


Name: ChogalNorthsider
Email: **********
Date: 02/20/06
Time: 19:55:19

Message

Happy Birthday to you MJ and to your son Joseph too. Hope you are having a wonderful day. And Joseph, hope you too found a way to celebrate but above all stay alert, safe and sound. Chgogal


Name:
Email: 111
Date: 02/20/06
Time: 19:19:13

Message


Name: Cathy D
Email: shockg549
Date: 02/20/06
Time: 17:11:00

Message

When are we going to get some homecoming photos on the web site?


Name: Jessica
Email: cooper_1019@hotmail.com
Date: 02/20/06
Time: 13:30:32

Message

Judy, I spent some time in Italy with my husband and your son! They were room mates before my husband was moved to the 74th LRSD. My husband (Hanchett) just called the other day, and I spent some time looking for Oakes' number. He wanted me to call Oakes' and let him know the date he's due back in Italy. If you could e-mail me your son's number that would be great!!! You son is so special and I hope the boys will be together again soon! Jessica


Name: judy oakes
Email: judyjude17@aol.com
Date: 02/19/06
Time: 10:58:58

Message

hi everyone....just heard from our son Sgt Chris Oakes in 1 508-c co....he just arrived in italy....he was so excited...you could hear the relief in his voice...he said his unit was broken into parts...so there are still some not yet back...our prayers are still with those not yet back in italy....but should be very soon and then we can celebrate with the whole 173rd!!!!!Thank you St Michael for your protection throughout these years of combat.


Name: Carol
Email: xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: 02/19/06
Time: 09:08:24

Message

Got a wonderful phone call from my grandson (1-508th B Co) yesterday about 2:30 our time, was 11:30 there and he said they had gotten to Italy about an hour before. Said the trip back was long but he is glad to be back in Italy and is looking forward to home in a few months.


Name: J
Email: HHCWIFE
Date: 02/19/06
Time: 08:39:18

Message

Cant wait till my husband is on Italian soil this week and even more excited to be with him next week! Thanks to all skysoldiers everywhere for protecting us. We will be eternally grateful to you!


Name: Soldier Dad
Email: SSD
Date: 02/19/06
Time: 08:39:07

Message

Does anyone know how to get the pics that are posted on the Battle Co. HHQ update? Everytime I try they will not appear. Ask for security and then it says that they can not be found..Any other pics through out the web site is not an issue..


Name: Sky Soldier Dad
Email: SSD
Date: 02/19/06
Time: 08:33:37

Message

My son called this morning from the mountains of Afghanistan. My wife and I got to talk to him for about 5 minutes. He said the weather was a bit cold, but they were okay. They have been on foot patrol. They have seen a lot of action, but are doing good. He said that they have travel around 20 Clicks a day in the last 2 days.... They will be returning back to base in a couple of days. Those guys make me proud!!!!!!!!!! We can't wait til they get back to Italy.... We will be there...


Name: mjm
Email: mjm
Date: 02/19/06
Time: 07:34:33

Message

I am so glad to here that some more of the guys are on there way home, prayers have been answered. Some of them still have some time left. It is very hard for the guys still waiting their turn. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow is my son's birthday and mine. I was hoping to get the same birthday present I got from him when they left Iraq. He called me at 6:30 AM on our birthday and said, "Happy Birthday Mom, I am back in Italy"! I will be celebrating with the rest of you though. You can bet we will celebrate next year after missing the last four.


Name: Crystal
Email: rainyd4y@hotmail.com
Date: 02/18/06
Time: 23:58:03

Message

Hello all. I just heard from my husband (B Co 1/508) late last night, and he is currently on route back to base. It was great to hear his voice and reassuring to hear that he is out of Afghanistan. He told me that he should be back any day now and he is so excited that the long year is finally over. I just wanted to let you all know the update since you guys are so gracious to share your news with everyone on this website too!


Name:
Email: 111
Date: 02/18/06
Time: 21:44:27

Message


Name: OLD NAVY CHIEF'S WIFE
Email: notgoodenoughtobeanarmymom.com
Date: 02/18/06
Time: 18:16:12

Message

Please Deliver This Message to Our Special Hero in the Sappers with ABLE Co. 2/503rd: "ET PHONE HOME" Please. We can't wait to hear your voice and know that you are safe and sound on the ground in Euro's "God's Country." The Old Navy Chief and His Wife


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 02/18/06
Time: 10:33:35

Message

Just heard from my son, Chosen Few, 3rd Platoon, Weps Sqd. He says everyone is AOK. Will not be long now. Stan Rogers


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: 02/18/06
Time: 10:28:39

Message

Welcome Home! (Especially to the soldiers of A Co., 1-508 who spent the year in Iraq.) It's great news the sky soldiers year is up and will be home with their families soon! Even though my son's orders were changed at the last minute and he didn't go with the 173rd after he spent the year in Iraq with them I still follow this website. This has been such a great source of comfort to have this website to communicate with all the families in his platoon while in Iraq. I will miss it dearly when his battalion from the 10th Mtn. Division will be replacing the 173rd in March.


Name: toni
Email: xxxxxx
Date: 02/18/06
Time: 05:55:56

Message

Hallo everyody. its so nice to read about our heroes return.....I still have to wait a little bit before hugging my husband...Well it doesnt matter right now. the important is that all the guys can have a safe return to their loved ones. Even though my husband will not get off the bus with his fellows, i will be there cheering and welcome them.....May God protect all...


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 18:02:31

Message

I am so thrilled that the guys are on the way back. The sense of relief is overwhelming. However, our son was injured on December 21 and has been away from his unit since then. He was alone for all of the holidays and now has been sent to Germany for surgery because his arm did not heal right while he was in Afghanistan. He will not be there for the welcome home with his buddies. If the surgery goes well he will be able to return to Italy so can someone who is there give him a hug from his Mom and Dad? Please email me if anyone can help us out. I can keep you posted on his return dates and his condition. Thanks


Name: Missy
Email: missy61@nvc.net
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 16:41:35

Message

Nancy, I don't know, for a whole year I have not asked questions. I guess he just tells me what I need to know. He has been moved around so many times, from 503 to 508, from HHC to Charlie, from Orgun'E to Kandahar, I never knew what was going on. But I guess that makes me a typical mother. I don't even know what company he is with right now. I am so very happy he is on his way to Italy, I hope the medics are with him to.


Name: julie
Email: xxx
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 16:23:07

Message

Does anyone have pics to post of the return of the guys?


Name: Just a
Email: Friend
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 15:37:23

Message

I last rec'd an email from my friend on Feb. 14. Hopefully he is now on his way to Italy! Does anyone have an idea about a timeline for his return to the States if his 4 years was up and he did not re-enlist?


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 14:31:49

Message

Whoooo Hoooo !!!! They are coming home !!!!! Now someone let me know when they touch Italian soil - if you can stop hugging them long enough to type !!! I am so thrilled !!!! For those of you going to welcome them home, let me know if you see my banner and if you can take one little photo. Believe me I understand if you want to get them away as soon as possible. But if you get a chance.... Thank you Jessica for putting one up for me - you are awesome !!!!! And thank you Danielle for delivering all those stars - you are one strong young lady. I add my cheers, hugs and shouts of Welcome Home with all of you. And to those of you still in a waiting game - my prayers are with you and your loved one. Till they come Home again. All my love Mommaski


Name: alexis
Email: hhcgirlfriend
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 12:50:14

Message

To HHCWIFE thank you.


Name: To Alexis
Email: HHC WIFE
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 11:54:26

Message

They have the whole month of april off


Name: alexis
Email: hhcgirlfriend
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 11:29:00

Message

Does anyone know when the 508th has block leave?


Name: 508TH
Email: HHCWIFE
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 08:44:27

Message

My husband is also out of a-stan now. Right now they are on their one stop before reaching italy. We have so much to be thankful for!


Name: NANCY
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 08:33:50

Message

Missy, Do you know if that included the medic's for the 173rd? My son is one of the medic's. God bless all of them.


Name: Missy
Email: Missy@nvx.net
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 08:11:27

Message

Indeed. My son called last night to tell me they where out of Afghanistan, on their way to Italy. God Bless all.


Name: XYZ
Email: ABC
Date: 02/17/06
Time: 03:55:04

Message

Received words that Charlie 1-508 last left afghanistan.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/16/06
Time: 21:59:36

Message

Hello Everyone !!! I hope everyone is doing well and busy planning those Welcome Home Parties !!!! I can't wait to hear that every one of our Heroes are home safe and sound !!! And I can't wait to hear from Danielle when she gives the Stars to them !! I do have a small favor to ask everyone. When you say your prayers for our Sky Soldiers can you add a prayer for my brother-in-law, Marine Master Gunny Mike Colburn? He has been in Fallujah, Iraq and we have finally got word that he was leaving today for one last patrol and that when he returns around the 21st he will be headed home !!!! My sister and her twin sons have had a very rough time with this deployment. They were very close to Michael and the boys have suffered the fear of losing their father. Unlike some of their friends they know the loss of war. I know that this wonderful site is for our Sky Soldiers, but I felt you would understand my edginess. I continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers and I often daydream of the day you finally hold your Hero in your arms again. Stay strong. All my love Mommaski


Name:
Email: 111
Date: 02/16/06
Time: 21:09:39

Message


Name: 1RGR wife
Email:
Date: 02/15/06
Time: 14:34:53

Message

In response to the posting from Gina on 2/09/06, I had heard this story before. It was actually back in November on the day my husband left to go back to Afghanistan from his R&R leave. I went to my friends' house for some consoling straight after the airport and we were sitting aroung talking about how much it hurts when they leave. My friend joined the Marines with my husband, before my husband switched to the Army. He did a tour in Iraq a couple of years ago and told me the exact same story, which made him cry while telling it to me. He said they were waiting there because of gun powder residue and many other things that made it difficult for them to get through security. He said they knew the plane load was angry, but had no idea that they'd stand & clap for them when they entered the plane & what a feeling of relief that was.....finally heading home. I'll never forget him telling me that & how it made him feel. Thanks for sharing your story.


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 02/15/06
Time: 05:32:31

Message

As I go about my day of mundane everyday things that I do and contemplate with excitement the return of our soldiers back to Italy it breaks my heart to hear about the recent casualties. Such a sad loss. May God bless these families. Words cannot express all that we feel. God Bless Our Soldiers. Kathy


Name:
Email: news
Date: 02/14/06
Time: 22:04:21

Message

One of the Soldiers killed in the bombing was ID'd. He's in Special Forces. http://www.news10.net/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=15941


Name: toni
Email: xxxxxx
Date: 02/14/06
Time: 13:03:22

Message

i cant believe it...we are doing the count down. i have been waiting for this the all year. My God how much i love my husband and how much i care about all the Heroes down range.....Another year is gone, and i cant stop thinking about those will not have their loved ones back home. My prayers and thoughts are all for them...


Name: Happy Valentine's Day
Email: until they all come home
Date: 02/14/06
Time: 11:15:42

Message

Happy Valentine's Day to all of the devoted wives out there. I know that you are spending the day apart from your "sweetheart". I pray that someday I'll be blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law (daughter) just like those of you that are out there supporting your husbands and taking care of the homefront. Today as always I will continue to pray for the safe return of my son and all of our loved ones.


Name: TERESA M. STEELE
Email: chucksteele1@msn.com
Date: 02/13/06
Time: 23:17:58

Message

THANK YOU SKY SOLDIERS ! WHAT WOULD THE WORLD DO WITHOUT YOU ! I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY SON TRAVIS WHO IS A SKY SOLDIER AND WILL BE COMING HOME TO US SOON. IT IS MEN LIKE MY SON AND MEN LIKE YOU THAT MAKE ME SO PROUD TO LIVE IN THE USA. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US HERE AT HOME. YOUR PARENTS MUST BE VERY PROUD OF YOU FOR BEING SO VERY BRAVE. YOU HAVE RISKED YOUR LIFES FOR PEOPLE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW. SINCE THE BEGING OF TIME WE HAVE GONE TO WAR. WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITHOUT OUR MILITARY. GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND MAY GOD KEEP YOU ALL SAFE AND WARM.


Name: J
Email: cooper_1019@hotmail.com
Date: 02/13/06
Time: 16:33:12

Message

Robert- I can tell you that I heard from my husband today, he's in the 74th LRSD. He didn't say anything about the news we heard today. But as you know we will have to play the waiting game for unit(s),name(s),etc. I hope that helps, even just alittle bit.


Name: robert
Email: rvrtlabrio@comcast.net
Date: 02/13/06
Time: 14:52:10

Message

has anyone heard what units were involved in the roadside bombing that occurred today. i hope it was not any of our sky soldiers. please keep the families of these brave soldiers in your prayers


Name: jim
Email: tarajim@aol.com
Date: 02/13/06
Time: 09:50:31

Message

News.... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060213/ap_on_re_mi_ea/afghan_troops_killed


Name: TO:
Email: Ron Anderson
Date: 02/13/06
Time: 06:53:25

Message

Ron, i'm so glad your son is on his way back. if any injuries, may it be a speedy recovery.


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: 02/13/06
Time: 01:48:02

Message

my son was hit on the 27th of jan with a ied and can be seen on ctv.com. thank God for a sec. he is on his way back to post.


Name:
Email: 111
Date: 02/12/06
Time: 21:25:21

Message


Name: Mary Jo
Email: mojomamma3@aol.com
Date: 02/11/06
Time: 20:18:53

Message

Dear Katie, I too recieved a phone call from the military. I KNOW that they don't call you on the phone but when I answered and he saids this is Sgt. So and so from....I didn't hear anything after that. When I finally got myself together to figure out what he was saying it was a recruiter calling for one of my other sons. Poor guy never knew what hit him, I unloaded on him. I asked him if he had any idea what he had just done to me. I felt like an idiot later but it took a while to shake it. So don't feel bad. You can't help your feelings. I will tell you this though, the guy promised he would never call again....lol


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/11/06
Time: 15:39:51

Message

Dear Katie - I am sure you had quite a scare there. But believe me when I say you will NOT get a phone call from the DoD. If your loved one is wounded and able to speak they will let them make the decision to call you and speak to you. If it is serious they will send someone out to see you. If it is the unthinkable - 2 officers will knock on your door, call you by name, step inside and say the words that will be engraved on your heart forever - "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation..." Only those of us who have heard those words can understand the wave of emotion that hits you in the face with the force of a sunami. However, don't be ashamed that after you felt the relief of "it's a silly survey" that your first thoughts turned to those who would not be coming home. I find that it does you and your husband honor that you think of his fallen brothers and their families. We too are excited that "our" Sky Soldiers are coming home, but, it will always be tinged with sadness and yes for some even anger that "yours is coming home and mine isn't". As for "you can't shake the feeling" why would you want to? This tells me that you are a sincere and caring young woman. That even while you celebrate the return of so many Heroes, that you don't forget the Heroes that won't be stepping off the bus. Hold your head up high honey!!! You are what this "family" is all about - that no matter what, we support and love each other. Let your heart be at ease, I know my son, Sgt Ski will be looking down with that big grin of his and yelling "Airborne, All the Way". All my love Mommaski


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: sptsal@aol.com
Date: 02/11/06
Time: 11:47:05

Message

Phone call Friday morning from SSGT Dan, 1/508. All is well, very busy getting things ready to go plus working with new troops.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 02/11/06
Time: 08:38:33

Message

There was a post here a while back about who to call to get on the base when the 503rd comes back to Vicenza. Would someone in the know please repost the phone number for contacting responsible persons in Vicenza. I will have no problem gettin on base as I am retired military and have proper ID however, those who are not may need some buddies to get them on base? Or is there some list they can get on to be permitted to go on base? Stan Rogers


Name: Katie Scrivens
Email: tagteamedbymidgits@yahoo.com
Date: 02/11/06
Time: 00:26:08

Message

I am writing just because I can't seem to shake this overwhelming sadness I feel. My cellphone rang today and I looked down and saw 'unknown call'. I picked it up and answered with hesitation. The man on the other end started the conversation with 'Mam, this is Sgt. whatever with the Department of Defense'. I have never felt so sick. It turned out he was just doing some silly survey for Tricare but I can't seem to get past it. I am exited that my husband is coming home but am very sad for those whose loved ones will not be jumping off the bus. I don't know how to shake this feeling but it's eating me up. I am so very happy for every single soldier that is coming home. It just seems so bittersweet. I don't know . . .


Name: prayer
Email: note
Date: 02/10/06
Time: 13:38:54

Message

May God watch over and keep safe all of our boys still there, still fighting, returning and returned alike. Welcome back to the heroes returning.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email: charlene8976@sbcglobalnet.com
Date: 02/10/06
Time: 11:24:56

Message

Hey you guys welcoming our Soldiers let us know all the joyful details. We are waiting. I Thank God for his help every day. He is our strength.


Name: J
Email: cooper_1019@hotmail.com
Date: 02/10/06
Time: 10:55:21

Message

Has anyone heard from the 74th LRS?? Haven't heard from my husband in two weeks!! Please post if you have heard ANYTHING or e-mail me. J


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email: rangergirl
Date: 02/10/06
Time: 08:58:35

Message

Mommaski thank you for the beautiful poster. I saw it today when I went to welcome home our herors. Each time I go out to the field I fill with emotions as the buses rollin. I sure wish you could be here, it is just beautiful. We have to give God thanks for he has been faithful to us.


Name: Crystal
Email: rainyd4y@hotmail.com
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 22:57:48

Message

Thank you guys so much! I am going to buy them tomorrow and hopefully have them read by the time my husband gets home. I really appreciate getting back to me so quickly!


Name:
Email: Gina
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 19:29:37

Message

I just got this email and I found it heart warming. I hope you all enjoy it.----- I sat in my seat of the Boeing 767 waiting for everyone to hurry and stow their carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what I was sure to be a long, uneventful flight home. With the huge capacity and slow moving people taking their time to stuff luggage far too big for the overhead and never paying much attention to holding up the growing line behind them, I simply shook my head knowing that this flight was not starting out very well. I was anxious to get home to see my loved ones so I was focused on my issues and just felt like standing up and yelling for some of these clowns to get their act together I knew I couldn't say a word so I just thumbed thru the "Sky Mall" magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. You know it's really getting rough when you resort to the over priced, useless sky mall crap to break the monotony. With everyone finally seated, we just sat there with the cabin door open and no one in any hurry to get us going although we were well past the scheduled take off time. No wonder the airline industry is in trouble I told myself. Just then, the attendant came on the intercom to inform us all that we were being delayed. The entire plane let out a collective groan. She resumed speaking to say "We are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on their way to the plane and the delay shouldn't be more than 5 minutes. The word came after waiting six times as long as we were promised that I was finally going to be on my way home. Why the hoopla over "these" folks? I was expecting some celebrity or sport figure to be the reason for the hold up... Just get their butts in a seat and let's hit the gas I thought. The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud and excited voice that we were being joined by several US. Marines returning home from Iraq!!! Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted into applause. The men were a bit taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats. They were having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who was within an arm's distance of them as they passed down the aisle. One elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the Marines as he passed by her. The applause whistles and cheering didn't stop for a long time. When we were finally airborne, I was not the only civilian checking his conscience as to the delays in "me" getting home, finding my easy chair, a cold beverage and the remote in my hand. These men had done for all of us and I had been complaining silently about "me" and "my" issues I took for granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy and the conveniences of the American way of life. I took for granted that others had paid the price for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me" while those Heroes were going home to their loved ones. I attempted to get my selfish outlook back in order and minutes before we landed, I suggested to the attendant that she announce over the speaker a request for everyone to remain in their seats until our heroes were allowed to gather their things and be first off the plane. The cheers and applause continued until the last Marine stepped off and we all rose to go about our too often taken for granted everyday freedoms. I felt proud of them. I felt it an honor and a privilege to be among the first to welcome them home and say "Thank You for a job well done." I vowed that I will never forget that flight nor the lesson learned. I can't say it enough, THANK YOU to those Veterans and active servicemen and women who may read this and a prayer for those who cannot because they are no longer with us. GOD BLESS AMERICA! WELCOME HOME! AND THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!


Name: Bob
Email: selkirk@mcn.net
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 16:45:35

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Crystal, The first one is Down Range to Iraq and Back by Bridget Cantrell and Chuck Dean. The authors actully met with the 173rd when they returned and I have heard good things about them from my son. I read the book an liked it enough to buy copies for friends http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933150068/sr=8-2/qid=1139527494/ref=pd_bbs_2/002-7027148-2580864?%5Fencoding=UTF8 I have heard good things about Courage After Fire : Coping Strategies for Returning Soldiers and Their Families by by Keith Armstrong, Suzanne Best, Paula Domenici . but I have not read it yet http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1569755132/qid=1139528630/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-7027148-2580864?s=books&v=glance&n=283155


Name: about
Email: the book
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 16:42:19

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i know one book is "Down Range" and you can get it here.. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933150068/103-3679977-6771033?v=glance&n=283155


Name: Crystal Caughlan
Email: rainyd4y@hotmaio.com
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 14:46:57

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I am writing in regards to two different books about deployment and what our soldiers go through that have been recommended on this site in the past couple of months. I meant to write thier names down, but forgot and now I cannot find the titles of the books. If anyone knows the title or authors of either of the books, can they please just post them on this site one more time? Please?! Thank you to everyone that posts and comes here every day to share information and feelings and emotions. This site and all you wonderful caring people will be missed....but never forgotten in our hearts. Please take care and keep praying for our soldiers always...


Name: heather
Email: to danielle
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 10:37:55

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just wanted to say how brave i think you are. i have tossed and turned over going to Italy to meet John's "boys" when they come in, i just don't have the strength. just know that another gold star wife is praying for you, wishing you a safe trip, and hoping you find some peace. remember, i am always here, just like you have been for me. and to all friends that have been asking, i got an e-mail from John's platoon sgt., John's dog is flying home with the 508th to Italy, then i guess they will somehow get him to Oklahoma for our kids.. thanks to everyone over these trying months, this message board has been a comfort..


Name: Cheryl Owen
Email: woowoocfa@adelphia.net
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 07:43:46

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To Danielle, We just want you to know we have been and will continue to pray for you! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your sweet thoughtful spirit. To be able to reach out to others at this time is incredible. Our son is serving in 1st Plt. where Michael served and our hearts just go out to you! We just pray God will continue to give you strength as you meet these guys coming home! Love and prayers, Walt and Cheryl Owen


Name: Danielle
Email: dschafer54@hotmail.com
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 01:17:38

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The end of this deployment is near and unfortunately for me it is a mix of emotion. I will not be welcoming home my husband, however, I will be there to welcome home our "brothers". And for that I am so very excited. These boys truely have a bond unlike any other. To all the 173rd families here I want to let you know how thrilledI am that your soldier will be returning. For those of you who requested someone to meet them I would be honored to be there for you if I can. I will be arriving in Italy around the end of March to welcome home the Chosen Few. I'm not sure who they will be arriving home with,I'm assuming the rest of the 503rd, but who knows, so I will apologize now if YOUR soldier is not greeted. I know that there are many here from the 503rd family and as I recall from the Iraq welcome home it is very difficult to "see" everyone. So, my thought is that maybe I would have some type of welcome home sign and have your soldiers make their way towards me..tell them I have something for them..then they will be greeted with a warm smile and a great big hug!! (Maybe corny but just an idea) Let me know what you all think. Either way I will be thinking about them. NOw,to the ladies concerned about being reunited with your husbands/boyfriends my only advice, from experience, is to be patient. There are many things that they are feeling that they will never share. Their moods will change in a heartbeat and you will have no idea why and they may not know either. When my husband came back from Iraq he was much angrier and short tempered..not his normal. I thought it was me, I thought that he was selfish for not fixing it. I lacked understanding of grief and time. He had lost one of his soldiers when he was in Iraq and carried a huge burden with him til the day he was killed I'm sure. I thought after coming home and months going by that he would be "over" it. As a spouse I was always there for him and now needed him to be there for me..I threw my patience and understanding out the door. Yes I lost my husband and that is a tragedy in itself but these men lost another part of their family too. I never understood that, til now. I have days when I'm just irritable. I am angry. Not at anyone in particular but at the fact that my husband is no longer here. There are days when I don't even want to be bothered by anyone, including my son, who has been my motivation for the last 6 1/2 months. But then there are days where I am "normal". I am working through my grief. I see now that the time between the other soldiers death and my husband coming home was a milisecond in the grief process. He needed more time, more understanding, more patience. I know that as a spouse we go through so much while they are gone too but we are strong. That's one of the reasons our husbands chose us. If you hang on a little longer they will be there for you too emotinally the way you need. Now, this is no excuse for any type of physical or emotional abuse..personally that's where I would draw the line of understanding and patients. There are not many parts of my life I would do over but that would be one of them. I would have been more tolerable, more patient, and less about "my turn". Another option for those wives is that you can go to any Vet center and speak with a counselor there. They will be able to give you tips on how to handle the readjustment. I'm not too sure how it applies to the girlfriends..sorry. I hope that this helped in someway. Now, to Mommaski- I thank you for your optimism and for continuing to remember the rest of the Sky Soldiers that you have never met. You are a great woman. More than I'm sure you will ever know. I feel blessed to have "met" you. Thank you. Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Bradley. Although, I do not remember much of our converstion at my husbands funeral but the mere fact that you were there all day for two days warms my heart with every thought of those days. During Iraq I looked forward to coming here and having people understand how I was feeling. I still come here daily to see how the rest of the Sky Soldier Family is doing. I will forever be proud to be a part of this family. You are a most humbile man, but honestly without you taking care of this site many of us would be lost and alone. Thank from the bottom of my heart. Much love to you all.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/09/06
Time: 00:12:40

Message

I want to thank everyone for the very kind words. And although I would love to be there to welcome "my children" home - it is not my place. This is your time. You too have served and have earned the right to be there. The important thing is for them to know they were missed and they are loved. I will ALWAYS be here for you. Whether it is just to talk, or keep me updated on what everyone is doing or to share your fears of another deployment. My email and my heart are always opened to you. Remember, it has been and always will be about the Sky Soldiers and their loved ones. Please know that although I will not be there in person to welcome The Heroes home, I will be there in spirit. All of you have shown a true military spirit as you have held on and supported each other. You have learned what it means to be part of a great military family. If any of you plan on going to the 173rd Reunion in June at Ft Bragg I hope you come and find me, I owe hugs to so many people. All my love, good thoughts and prayers are with you. To all "my" Sky Soldiers out there - I am so proud of all of you. Stay focused and strong - you are almost home. Love Mommaski


Name: Able Co 1st Plt Mom
Email: xxxxx
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 21:45:49

Message

Dear Mr. Bradley, I also want to thank you very much for all you do for us with this web site. I can't imagine having a deployed son and not having this support. We are truely very very fortunate to have you. The messages and the pictures have been wonderful. Thank you again.


Name: Let's don't start the homecoming party just yet!
Email: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=nation_world&id=3888700
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 20:18:51

Message

An Afghan man stands near a truck set on fire by protesters as a US helicopter patrols near a U.S. military base in Qalat, northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006. Police shot dead four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad shifted their fury from Europe to America, marching on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province. (AP Photo/Noor Khan)


Name: NANCY
Email: herb_nancy@adlephia.net
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 16:50:14

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Soldiers dad, My feelings exactly. I could not have said it better myself. Thank you, God Bless and may all of the 173rd come home safe.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 16:17:47

Message

to Soldiers Dad and others; thank you for your kinda words but please remember it is all about the troops. As the world heats up as poison and hatred is spread, we can only, sadly, look forward to many more years of soldiers on deployment. Lets focus on them!


Name: To those meeting out troops in Italy
Email: From a Chosen Mom
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 15:56:39

Message

My husband and I will not able to meet our son in Italy although we would love to. Please give these guys who have no one there a good welcome home for those of us who can't be there! We are so very very proud of them all!!


Name: Cheryl Owen
Email: To Mr. Bradley
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 15:46:29

Message

I just want you to know how grateful I am to you for this website! It has been a daily part of my life during this deployment. It has been such an encouragement hearing from others who have sons and daughters,husbands and wives serving.It has been a real comfort! May God Bless you!!


Name: Soldiers Dad
Email: *******
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 14:56:40

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Mr. Bradley, I want to thank you for the time and effort put forth in the creation of and maintenance of the 173rd Website. My son is almost home like our other 173rd Soldiers. I did not want to be remiss in passing on my deepest gratitude to you in keeping open this line of communication and information we have had about our sons, daughters, husbands, brothers etc. etc. First thing every morning I could, I opened up the site to check on what was going on,to see if there was information, new photos, anything about our loved ones. It was like clockwork, and getting anything or observing what others said, made it easier for me as a concerned parent. Don't underestimate the power of your good deed, I hope you feel a sense of providing all of us out here with something to hold on to. Should I ever have the honor of meeting you, I'll buy the first and last Jack Daniels (or whatever your choice may be) and all those in between! In HONOR OF MY SON who served proudly this last year and honorably, I thank you. I would also like to thank on this website, Mommaski! If feelings could come through on a typed page you managed to do it time and time again throughout this last year. Your understanding, level headedness, and your calmness were transmitted to us through this website. I would read what you would have to say and think, "yeah she has it, she's right on" Your tenderness and love for all the soldiers is evident, and I must say you handled "the women" with honesty and skill on the website as well. You have been a part of my year and I won't forget you either, thank you for your insights and consistency. Mommaski, you are what is "good in the world" what is right. I pray for you and respect the personal sacrifices that you and your family have gone through. So thank you Mommaski whoever you are. I just want to say until all our boys and girls are back safely I will keep checking the site and it will be my reminder to say my daily prayer for all of them. Finally if anyone from the 173rd reads this, thank all of you for your sacrifices, your blood, sweat and tears. You are heroes! Soldiers Dad


Name: Toni
Email: toni
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 09:41:34

Message

I CANT BELIEVE IT...This long year its almost over.....I cant wait for THAT DAY when i will be able again to hug my husband and let him know how much i love him....Some of us had already the chance to hug their loved ones....few weeks left.....THANK YOU again to everybody who has been so supportive....THANK YOU MR BRADLEY. and THANK YOU MOMMASKI. BENJI, CASSANDRA AND I ARE WAITING FOR YOU. WE LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH


Name: Tom Hunter
Email: thunter@accumepartners.com
Date: 02/08/06
Time: 08:55:10

Message

To Cathy D and Sarah S who responded to prior "Kelt" messages to my wife Arlene, could you please contact us at the attached email address? We are speculating about your last names and who your guys are. We may even have some pics with your guys in them since Tom brought home a lot on his leave in December. Thanks, Tom Hunter


Name: Barbara Johnson
Email: barbaramarie@frontiernet.net
Date: 02/07/06
Time: 20:50:00

Message

Thank you everyone for all of your hard work and sacrifices-it is much appreciated. Just wanted to send a little message to my husband(Joseph Johnson 74th LRSD Commo 173d Abn Bde)-I love you so much baby and I am so proud of you. Seth and I are patiently waiting for you to come home daddy-we miss you soooo much! Please continue to stay safe and tell your boys thanks for watching out for you. Can't wait to see you again, and this time I'm never letting you go again. Loving and Missing you Always, your son and lil wifey XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Name: Barbara Johnson
Email: barbaramarie@frontiernet.net
Date: 02/07/06
Time: 20:42:42

Message

Hey there everyone! I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work and sacrifice. You should all be very proud of yourselves, because it takes a very brave, strong, selfless person to do what you do everyday. Everything you do is very appreciated so thanks again. Please stay safe and come home because we miss you! AIRBORNE!! xo sincerely, Barbara Johnson


Name: J
Email: hhc wife
Date: 02/07/06
Time: 13:18:00

Message

I just want to tell my husband that I can not wait to see him very soon! I am so glad that this last year is almost over and the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen. Stay focused those last few days you are there babe -soon we will be in each others arms again! I love you!


Name: BEWARE
Email: SOLDIERS
Date: 02/07/06
Time: 12:18:31

Message

Beware of all the lovin' that is about to come your way. Open up your hearts, minds and souls and let yourselves be loved. Don't close yourselves off to love, no matter what.


Name: waitin
Email: ,,,,,,,
Date: 02/07/06
Time: 11:58:15

Message

come back to your gals soon soldier boys-we love you.


Name: Gina
Email: ginamichelelt@hotmail.com
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 21:55:34

Message

I want to say that this website has been such a blessing to me: Mr. Bradley you are amazing, Mommaski you are such an inspiration and a motivator and to the rest of you, you have made this year bearable. I know that I would have been crazy by now if I didn't have the support from everyone on here. My husband landed back in Italy a few days ago and believe me, I am so thankful for that. But I want to let everyone know that I will not stop praying till they are all back. It is nice to not have to worry about him, but I know that there are so many that are still worrying. My thought and prayers are with the soldiers families that didn't return, they will always be remembered. My husband is glad to be back, but he said that he would rather be with his guys. We will be leaving the 173rd family, and moving to Ft. Bliss in the summer. I hope that the next unit we are stationed with is half as supportive, caring and strong as you have all been. I have learned so much about the army and myself throughout this deployment. Thank you all, I won't stop praying till they are all home (Italy). All the best, Gina


Name: j
Email: cooper_1019@hotmail.com
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 18:02:26

Message

hhc wife thanks so much for the number!! j


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 15:35:59

Message

Mommaski: I echo Toni. I am going to be in Italy when the Chosen Few come back and it would sure be an honor to meet you. Stan Rogers


Name: Toni
Email: to mommaski
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 13:11:17

Message

Hi. i just want to tell you that you are GREAT . To be honest better than great.Its clear that everything you write comes straight from your heart....thats wonderful. thank you for all the nice words and thoughts you have been writing in this site during this year long deployment. I just want you to know that i would be more than lucky to meet you in person...so please keep in mind that we will be honored to have you in Italy and expecially to have you as our guest......


Name: a wife
Email: hhc
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 12:28:05

Message

The ederle inn number is 011(+39) 0444-718034


Name: j
Email: cooper_1019@hotmail.com
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 10:22:27

Message

Can someone please post the number to the ederle inn (again)! Thanks!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 10:02:43

Message

Hello to everyone !!!! Well my goodness the countdown is on !!! But keep saying those prayers, because we must wait til the very last one steps onto Italian soil !!! Or is the base considered American soil? Well you know what I mean. And to all you Sky Soldiers out there - You Stay Focused !!!!! Soon you can be home and relax !!! Well I have taken the 173rd Stars down from the Hero Tree. They are boxe4d and will be on their way to one of "our" wonderful Gold Star Wives. She has graciously volunteered to take the Stars with her when she goes to welcome home her husband's buddies. Please keep her in your prayers because the journey she is about to attempt will be one of the hardest she will have to do. For those of you who are curious - She will be taking 267 stars with her and I will be mailing another 30 more. I am also sending a scrapbook with her to give to the 173rd and hopefully they will put it in the Brigade room - it is dedicated to our Fallen Heroes and has a letter to the Sky Soldiers from me. My love to all of you. Mommaski


Name: mjm
Email: mjm
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 08:08:26

Message

Talked to my son yesterday. 1st platoon Chosen Co. Everything is just fine.


Name: just
Email: a thought
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 07:48:24

Message

i'm sure this has been stated before but wow-- how luky are we.. i think... in this day and age to have the technology to talk to our soldiers and eachother. i knowmy grandparents only communicated by letters in wwII and a phone call was almost not a reality. but we have msn messengers and web cams and e mail and phones and web sites and wow... such good stuff. even if we don't hear from them as much as we'd like, how thankful i am for the communication advances we've made. the media is another story. they can cool it. but-- stay strong ladies. we should all pray for one another and all our marriages and any other realtionships that are there. even the moms-- that they would love their sons unconditionally and the sons would see it!! we love you guys more than you could know. can't wait to have you home.


Name: thatmomagain
Email: .....
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 07:17:25

Message

You are exactly right. It is a different hardship for those of us left behind. I haven't had my best friend or a fellow soldier die in my arms. I haven't gone days and weeks without the every day amenities that we take for granted. I haven't seen little children wounded or killed by someone's senseless actions. I know life has certainly changed for our loved ones and readjustment will be extremely difficult for many. I am not suggesting that anyone take abuse or be demeaned by anyone (including our loved ones). I am just saying it will be wonderful to have them home (on neutral ground) and if there is someone there to greet them that's even better. I know communication has been difficult for many over the past year but please let's be thankful and look forward to their safe return and just take one day at a time. It's waiting for the next e-mail or phone call that is hard but that's what me must do until they are safely back in our arms.


Name: To Mom Talking
Email: hold on now
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 05:57:44

Message

To those good, considerate, caring, kind, beautiful Italian and American girls waiting for their soldiers to come back, remember that you are NOT objects.even though you have not been through a year of everything these guys have gone through, you have been through a year of hardship, too. DIFFERENT kind of hardship, but hardship still: in waiting, crying, hoping, praying, fearing, supporting, letter-writing, and in loving unconditionally. if ANY man, whether or not he has been through war, treats a kind of girl who has been THAT supportive, any LESS than you have treated him, you do not have to put up with that lack of respect.respect whether or not you are respected in return, but turn your back to DISRESPECT and walk away.


Name: To Mom Talking
Email: hold on now
Date: 02/06/06
Time: 05:54:01

Message

To those good, considerate, caring, kind, beautiful Italian and American girls waiting for their soldiers to come back, remember that you are NOT objects.even though you have not been through a year of everything these guys have gone through, you have been through a year of hardship, too. DIFFERENT kind of hardship, but hardship still: in waiting, crying, hoping, praying, fearing, supporting, letter-writing, and in loving unconditionally. if ANY man, whether or not he has been through war, treats a kind of girl who has been THAT supportive, any LESS than you have treated him, you do not have to put up with that lack of respect.respect whether or not you are respected in return, but turn your back to DISRESPECT and walk away.


Name: Cathy D
Email: shockg
Date: 02/05/06
Time: 18:04:00

Message

To Susan S. and Arlene and everyone praying for the troops. Thank you for all your prayers. It is much easier to get thru these trying times knowing someone else is praying when I'm at work. I'm praying for all these wonderful service people who are making it safer here and elsewhere. God Bless Them.


Name: italian friend
Email: ]]]]]
Date: 02/05/06
Time: 17:22:32

Message

yeah it's true we are lucky and so proud of having your brave sons here in our country they have all our support and friendship


Name: Girls responding
Email: ********
Date: 02/05/06
Time: 15:34:05

Message

Yes, that would be what we would hope - that they DO call and see each and every one of you that have taken the time to write over the past long months. BUT bear in mind that they might NEVER take that time because they are going through so much. Under the pretense of PTSD, girls BEWARE. The soldiers we have been trying to support with all our hearts this past year might not even be capable of returning the attention we have been trying to give them. They might see you and then disappear, they might not see you at all... Fact is, you loving girls, no doubt your support has been worthwhile to our soldiers. But do not expect it in return upon their arrival. If you get it, consider yourself lucky.


Name: italian girls!!
Email: welcome them!!
Date: 02/05/06
Time: 14:37:35

Message

yeah... italian girls... you are THERE!!!! how lucky!! try and be there at the airport at least! you have quite the advantage... you don't have to buy an expensive plane ticket to welcome them!! thanks ladies... give them HUGE hugs for us until we are there with them. the days are dwindling.. but keep it up guys. SOO much love to you all.



Name: MomTalking
Email: dwallace58@hotmail.com
Date: 02/05/06
Time: 13:44:33

Message

I hope there are all kinds of good, considerate, caring, kind, beautiful Italian girls to welcome our boys home! And yes I do hope they call and see each and every one of you that have taken the time to write over the past long months. It's been a tough year they need a little fun and beauty in their lives!!!


Name: Wisdom Calling
Email: Advice
Date: 02/05/06
Time: 09:36:40

Message

Girls. Once they come back, let your soldiers go. If they need you, they will contact you, that is, if you are still there.


Name: J's mom
Email: kr1sc0@msn.com
Date: 02/04/06
Time: 22:48:50

Message

JWM, my son is in the 2/503rd HQ Platoon , Chosen Company


Name: Cathy D
Email: Shockg549
Date: 02/04/06
Time: 19:30:43

Message

If you want 173rd stuff, check out this web site...The have a lot http://www.4armedforces.com/category/4xunit.army.173rdairbornebrigade?referrer=AdWords173rd Finally heard from our son, first time in weeks....or what seems like a month, I can rest...


Name: Theresa Avery
Email: t_avery_80@yahoo.com
Date: 02/04/06
Time: 10:57:08

Message

My brother called my mother yesterday. His troop is ok. He is 2/503 Able company.


Name: Ed Donnelly
Email: RECON173@VERIZON.NET
Date: 02/04/06
Time: 09:49:16

Message

I SAW THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR 173RD PATCHES. My chapter has legit bone fide herd patches, we do not have camo or desert but we do have ones for dress greens, they are in a original box. If any one is interested drop me a line, they come with a airborne tab. Ed Donnelly Treasurer Chapter 9 New England 508-393-9711


Name: JWM
Email: dania151@vodafone.it
Date: 02/04/06
Time: 02:42:15

Message

I need help!!!! Someone could help us to enter on post when our soldiers will come back from Afghanistan?.....we are 2 Italian girls. Please i need help! thank you


Name: Chgogal
Email: ********
Date: 02/04/06
Time: 01:35:21

Message

There has be some fierce fighting in southern Afghanistan. It seems that no US soldiers were injured. Here are three articles from various media outlets. Prayers for all our soldiers. Do stay focused, alert, safe and sound. We are all awaiting your homecoming with great happiness.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/search/afghanistan/SIG=128a6e5ja/*http%3A//news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060204/ap_on_re_mi_ea/afghan_fighting_4

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/search/afghanistan/SIG=12hth1u0p/*http%3A//abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1579143&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312 http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/search/afghanistan/SIG=123af98bl/*http%3A//www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-02-03-afghanistan_x.htm


Name: To Cathy and Arlene
Email: From Sarah S.
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 22:26:29

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My husband works with your sons. He called me this evening to let me know they are all fine too. Your boys are in my daily prayers... along with the ones I say for my husband :)


Name: Linda
Email: wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 21:57:53

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Clinr called me at 2 this morning he said 2/503 3rd PLATOON were all doing well. They are counting down the days. He said it is very cold and they were still doing small missions but felt soon that would be done. The replacemnt soldiers were on the way to take their place. Clint is going to be in NC when he gets back and said he was hoping to take Emma on a trip to CA to see us for a few days. He said he would have to see how it goes. But, it was a good wake up call (LITTLE EARLY) but I don't mind. Proud Mom of SSGT Clint Mack and SGT Chris Mack


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, MC, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 12:29:56

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Lets try this again, there is NO reversed authorized 173d combat patch. I worn a 173d combat patch for over 20 years. The same goes for the 101st and every other unit in the US Army. NO AUTHORIZED REVERSED COMBAT PATCHES. Check Army Regs, the US Army department of Heraldry, etc.. NONE, NADA, ZIP


Name: PRAY!
Email: FOR OUR TROOPS TO BE PROTECTED
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 11:41:55

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http://armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1511258.php


Name: JWM
Email: to J's mom
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 09:49:02

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in which platoon is your son?


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 09:08:25

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Sgt. Benjamin Crowley has now been fitted with a prosthetic leg and is learning to walk again. It's been a long 5 months but all is looking ok now. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and cards. Jim Crowley (father)


Name: J's MOM
Email: kr1sc0@msn.com
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 09:03:20

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Can I ask a favor of anyone going to Italy for the guys return ? I cannot go , and even though my son will be home when he gets leave , I would like him to have a HUG when he gets back from Afghanistan :) I can send a picture of him to you and if you see him , hug him from his mom , who is so proud of him !! GOD BLESS ALL THE SKY SOLDIERS !! I love you J :)


Name: Welcome Home Banner
Email: jx2gozy@hotmail.com
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 07:40:37

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There is a Welcome Home Banner inside the Welcoming Tent on Hoekstra Field from Mommaski, including a picture of The Hero Tree. If you get a chance and have time once you welcome your soldier home, could you take a "reunion picture" of your soldier with his/her family (in front of the sign) and we can send them to Mommaski. She has had so many words of advice and encouragement for us all during this deployment. I know she would really appreciate a snapshot, especially if your soldier was on her "Hero Tree." If you take a picture and would like me to mail it to her, just send me an e-mail.


Name: Old Guy
Email: combat patch
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 07:09:45

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I forgot the 1st Cav. The horse looks back too.The horse they never rode.


Name: Combat Patch
Email: Old Guy
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 05:45:12

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RE "wrong side" If I'm not mistaken the only 2 units who's patches appear "backward" are the 173d and the 101st.All other unit patchs,82nd 1st ID etc. appear correct. Back in the old days we were told the bayonet (and Eagle) face backward to remember where we have been. When a soldier from the Herd or Screaming Eagles are in active combat areas there patches show a forward look representing their orientation to battle. For the Sky Soldiers to wear our great patch on both sleeves is truly a sign of high honor. Remember, during Viet Nam our 'home 'base was Viet Nam. ALL THE WAY!!!!!


Name: Cathy D
Email: shocck
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 03:50:35

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On page 70, (in old Iraq photos)a group photo of soldiers receiving their medals from Feb, 2004. Only recently found that photo. My son is in the second row. He go a Purple Heart.


Name: CathyD.
Email: shockg549
Date: 02/03/06
Time: 03:44:43

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Arlene, my son is a Kelt also, we have not heard from in several weeks...I finally wrote a note to someone, and got a quick respectful response. All is well and will hear from him soon.


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 02/02/06
Time: 18:15:37

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OMG Mommaski We saw the 173rd patch too. I was so excited as well. I did ot notice that it was on the wrong sleeve but who cares its TV!! I was just so happy they were represented in some way and I agree on Benjiam Bratt a hottie for sure. We love that show even with all its mistakes. What did you think of the presidents state of the union address if you saw it? E-mail me personally if you want as I don't want to use this site for political beliefs, just wondering. Michele


Name: Arlene Hunter
Email: Kelt mom
Date: 02/02/06
Time: 17:53:54

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As excited as we are that our soldiers are coming home, please remember and pray they are still working hard. My soldier in "weapons" has been out on a mission for several weeks. We by luck on Monday morning at 0300 got a call from him. A group of 8 men separated from their platoon. There is still plenty of work to be done and danger to be had. Continued prayers for all our soldiers.


Name: Wounded Sky Soldier Honored
Email: C Company 2-503rd
Date: 02/02/06
Time: 08:02:56

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From "The Outlook" 24 January 2006 ** Cpl. Tyler Wilson, C Company 2-503rd, was presented the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Global War on Terrorism, Expeditionary and Afghanistan Campaign Medals by Col. Robert Algermissen during a Dec. 22, 2005 awards ceremony. Wilson was injured last May while in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


Name: Missy
Email: missy@nvc.net
Date: 02/02/06
Time: 07:46:45

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Chgogal, Thank you for the commercial. When my son came home for his two week leave in September, he and all those returning with him where greeted at the Dallas airport that way. He said people where so kind and generous to all of them. Who cares what the CNN and network news tries to leads us to think, reality is very different. They are heroes, and the vast majority of this country does believe in, and appreciate what they are doing and the sacrifices they have endured. Thank you again.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 02/02/06
Time: 04:27:35

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COMBAT PATCHS are worn on the right shoulder and are the EXACT SAME patch as the one on the left shoulder. The patches for sale at http://ec-securehost.com/uniformaccessoriesunlimited/COMBAT_PATCH_173RD_ABN_BDE.html are NOT CORRECT, NOT OFFICIAL. Do not buy them! - webmaster


Name: mojo
Email: mojo
Date: 02/02/06
Time: 02:32:05

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I guess you do learn something new everyday. Thanks!


Name: chgogal
Email: *******
Date: 02/01/06
Time: 23:23:40

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The Busweiser Super Bowl commercial saluting our Heros! Enjoy! And girls get a hanky! http://www.herosalute.com/states/big_game_ad_WMhi.html Can't wait until you are all home safe and sound with family and friends! Prayers until then.


Name: Combat patch
Email: Worn on right sleeve
Date: 02/01/06
Time: 21:50:11

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After an Army unit has served in a combat zone the authorized unit patch is worn on the right sleeve of all soldiers who served in that unit while it was in the combat zone. It is also reversed, if necessary, so it still faces forward. The 173d combat patch for the right sleeve is reversed. See it at: http://ec-securehost.com/uniformaccessoriesunlimited/COMBAT_PATCH_173RD_ABN_BDE.html *** All of the soldiers that didn't have a combat patch from a previous combat deployment will now have the 173d as their combat patch. While remaining in the 173d in Vicenza they'll have a 173d patch on both shoulders. Those soldiers who already had a combat patch from a previous deployment with a different unit can choose which patch they will wear.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/01/06
Time: 21:32:46

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Thanks Sarah!! Well isn't that clever !!! In a way I guess it is terrific because if it had been on the correct sleeve I would have probably never seen it !!! Soon now !!! Mommaski


Name: Sarah
Email: steins@mscd.edu
Date: 02/01/06
Time: 21:19:04

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When military uniform is used in movies, tv, etc. They cannot use *exact* replications of actual uniform, they must have some flaw or something in order for the actors to wear/use it. Uniform, patches, etc. are only for authorized personnel. My guess would be that they put it on the wrong sleeve to meet those requirements.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 02/01/06
Time: 20:36:42

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Hello Everyone !!! I hope everyone is doing well. I got extremely excited tonight. I was watching the TV show "E Ring" (about the Pentagon) (I just love Benjamin Bratt). Well anyway the General started talking and there it was !!!! The 173rd Airborne patch !!!!! I started yelling and my husband walks in and says in a deadpan voice - "Yea Deb, I see it. Too bad he has it on the wrong sleeve." I looked and then went and looked at Michael's picture. He had it on the right sleeve and Michael's was on the left. Would they really have made that mistake? Do generals wear theirs differently? I would like to know. Let me know. Love ya all and stay focused my Heroes. Love Mommaski


Name: Dianne Massey
Email: dmasshe@smithandstevenson.com
Date: 02/01/06
Time: 14:36:07

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I just wanted to congratulate Josh Blaney for being promoted to SGT today---Way to Go, SGT. JOSH BLANEY!!!!! LOVE, MOM :)