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Name:
Email: To: C co 1-508th WIFE
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 23:20:24

Message

Thank you so much! When did you hear from him?


Name: C co 1-508th WIFE
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 22:40:07

Message

I heard from my husband. All is good there! Co CO 1-508 3 plt


Name: Linda
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 21:44:02

Message

I'm so happy to hear that Kris is safe. Give him a big hug from me. Kevin we will be waiting for your call or email stay safe sweet dreams and Love you Mom and prayers go out to everyone soldiers and family's


Name: to mother of son who sent greetings from Afghanistan
Email: cmnarvaez@knology.net
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 20:43:34

Message

What a wonderful letter. You should be very proud of your son. Thank you so very much for sharing.


Name: To Kris' Mom
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 20:23:34

Message

Add my Hallelujah to all the others!!! Your family has been on my mind all day and I rejoice with you over small(and large) miracles. To all the 173rd family...I continue to pray for safety and peace for all of us.


Name: Gina
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 19:15:23

Message

I missed a call from bf yesterday from A co. hope all is well


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 18:15:19

Message

Heard from Nathan A Co 1/508. All is well. Couldn't talk about the fight. Hope you hear from your loved one soon. Arlene


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 17:18:28

Message

a great writer! hope not hate is definitely a more positive read!


Name: Bill & Missy
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 14:21:59

Message

Your son's letter is beautiful. He is quite a writer. He must be the product of quite a mother. Thansk for sharing it with us.


Name: Kathy G
Email: To: son's Greetings for Afghanistan
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 14:14:34

Message

Beautifully written. What a "true" reporter. Send that to Newsweek. Not one of their reporters could have written as well. Hope you don't mind if I share his insight with others. It is "worth" reading.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 14:14:28

Message

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected... http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/06/e3cf8a3f-cef8-41f1-ada1-8aa66f65e286.html


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 14:01:05

Message

If you want to feel good about something, read this, a letter from my son recently sent home to his college friends... Greetings from Afghanistan. It’s been a little while since I inflicted one of these updates on everyone, so I thought I’d share a little news from this small but lively corner of the world. Most importantly, my paratroopers are all safe and doing well. They’re an even more eclectic bunch than one typically finds in any military unit, which a few of you will know is saying something. But a bunch of guys crazy enough to voluntarily jump out of airplanes for a living must have something in common, and they work together under pressure better than just about any group of soldiers I’ve seen. There were plenty of opportunities to observe that this past week. Newsweek recently published a story alleging that some idiot at Gitmo desecrated a prisoner’s Koran while the man was praying in his cell. Word quickly reached the University in Jalalabad, one of Afghanistan’s most beautiful towns, and before the day was over the city was in full-blown riot. The UN compound was attacked and burned, along with a number of public buildings. Although Newsweek apparently admitted the desecration story was unsubstantiated and apologized, the damage to both US-Afghan relations and the newly elected democratic Afghan government will take years to undo, the violence is likely to continue, and a number of lives were lost in the riots and subsequent fighting. Having personally dealt with the human and political cost of bad reporting on more than this one occasion, I can only say that I hope Newsweek is as willing to accept full responsibility for the very real consequences of its own mistakes as it is to demand others accept responsibility for theirs. Spring is turning to summer here, and the terraces and fields on the banks of the river are brilliant green. Further up, the snow has started to recede on the ridgelines, though the high mountains to the north and west will be frozen all year. This is a profoundly beautiful country, comparable to Nepal and India in the sheer drama of its topography, and I occasionally find myself daydreaming about coming back to climb here in more peaceful times. For now, though, the counterinsurgency goes on, valley by valley and village by village. This is a fundamentally slow war, one in which terrain narrows one’s options much more drastically than one’s enemy, and the climate allows either side only a few short months in which to maneuver between the long snowy winter and the brutally hot summer. You trek for days, climbing and descending thousands of feet to gain a few kilometers of distance, only to finally locate the enemy and find that he’s on the next ridgeline over with a 3,000 ft valley in between – only hundreds of yards but a 12-hour hike away. When you do manage to finally close with him, it’s only because he’s ambushing you. Winning hearts and minds, to use a tired and abused phrase, is a generational proposition in a tribal, agrarian society run by warlords with a 99% illiteracy rate where word of mouth and religious sermon are the only functioning media outside the cities. The same applies to building the institutions Afghanistan’s new government will need to independently sustain and defend itself. Creating a bureaucracy without workers who can read and write, paying a national army without a banking system (money can’t be moved from one place to another without being physically carried), and generating tax revenue without a legal and taxable economy to speak of are not the sorts of problems any nation can solve for another overnight. We can succeed here, and there is no doubt we are succeeding now, but sustainable democracy in Afghanistan is a long-term project. That said, there is no doubt in my mind the commitment is worth it. For our part, we'll be over here trying to move the ball forward for the next 10 months or so. I hope all’s well with everyone, and you’re having a good time at whatever you’re doing. Pop a cold one for me.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 13:14:08

Message

when i read this website i get more anxious than anything because there is so much speculation. this isn't good. speculation only worries and hurts people which isn't necessary at this time. how can anyone make it through one year if they are constantly worried? short answer they cant. its not good for you or the soldiers. just think about it.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:59:34

Message

I don't think the individual who posted the negative message about the Koran and the media really read that whole article. How can you say that is a downer? That is exactly how our soldiers feel about the issue. Why should we all care about the Islamic views and beliefs when they don't care about the sanctity of an American life. If anything, that article was supporting our troops -letting them know that we are behind them -whatever they do! It definitely was not a "downer". I think that person needs to read the article again!


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:38:09

Message

A military statement said U.S.-led coalition forces were "currently assessing the cause of the crash and the status of the 17 service members who were on board the MH-47 helicopter." The 17 on the helicopter comprise eight Navy SEALs and nine Army air crew from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which is based at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and Fort Campbell, Ky., military officials said Thursday. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the military has not formally announced the makeup of the forces on board. O'Hara said "there are still bad guys in the area" around the crash site and that troops were having to "do a recovery and a tactical operation at the same time." http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=3541387 There was a website going to show the Taliban video, the website is a blank page today.


Name: rebecca
Email: Kris's mom
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:37:51

Message

Oh isnt nice to have good news every now and again? I am happy for you. I hope he gets home safely.


Name: Paul
Email:
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:37:39

Message

If the story of the Koran and the media is not supportive of our soldiers, I don't know what is. I found it to be inspirational, not a downer. I will sending this to several of our SKY SOLDIERS to let them know that there are people back in the States that support them and their actions. They are the best.


Name: Patti
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:30:04

Message

To: Kris' Mom and Grandma. I was so glad to see your message that you had heard from Kris. My heart leaped with joy! It is also good to know that you have people here that care.


Name: Response to this was forwarded to me by a close friend
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:25:20

Message

To the person who posted the long message about the Koran and the media... I am glad that you don't care, but I don't think our soldiers care either. That is what this site is for- TO SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS!!! So, please if you don't have something positive to say, save it for another message board. This site is suppose to be an "upper" NOT a "downer"!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:16:29

Message

To: This was forwarded to me by a close friend. AMEN! AMEN! Jimmy Crack Corn and I don't care also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Kathy G
Email: To: This was forwarded to me by a close friend
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 12:05:33

Message

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 11:58:09

Message

This was forwarded to me by a close friend. First, Newsweek pulled a Dan Rather on us, running a fabricated story just because they wanted it to be true. They told the world that an American guard at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center had ripped pages from a prisoner's Koran and flushed it down a toilet. As a result, innocent people died when practitioners of Islam rioted in protest in Afghanistan. Oops, said Newsweek, it seems we can't back up our story. Oh well, it's probably true; we just can't prove it. (Isn't it convenient for Newsweek that the media now have "Deep Throat" to talk about so they can revel in their glory days and divert our attention from their criminal negligence.) The lie heard round the world about the flushed Koran has caused convulsions in the Bush Administration and forced the Pentagon to launch an investigation of unfounded allegations contained in an unsubstantiated story. The results of said investigation are now in, and it seems there are at least five incidents of "mishandling" of the Koran at Gitmo. Well, guess what? I don't care! Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning death that day, or didn't they? And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don't. I don't care at all. I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11. I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia. I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling, slashed throat. I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques. I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs. I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights. I'll care when Clinton-appointed judges stop ordering my government to release photos of the abuses at Abu Ghraib, which are sure to set off the Islamic extremists just as Newsweek's lies did a few weeks ago. In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care. When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college hazing incident, rest assured ... I don't care. When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank .. I don't care. When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts . I don't care. And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and -- you guessed it -- I don't care! ----------- Doug Patton is a freelance columnist and political speechwriter who has worked for conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations at the federal, state and local levels. His weekly column can be read in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites. Readers can e-mail him at dpatton@neonramp.com.


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 11:34:48

Message

I'm SO happy you heard from you son Kris!


Name: To Kris's Mom & Family
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 10:26:51

Message

I'm so happy to hear that you heard from your son. God does answer prayers, we all have been praying for you and your family. Please hug him tight for all of us that can't hug our sons or hear from them here in the states. God Bless!!


Name: To Kris' mom
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 10:23:04

Message

I am so glad your son is all right. I am glad he is safe and on his way home. I will keep your family in my prayers.


Name:
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 10:06:59

Message

No news is Good news.. I agree when something like this happens. but I had a soldier tell me that News Is Bad News, because it upsets the families back home... and sometimes is not reported right... MAY GOD TOUCH THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES.. OR DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW. MAY THERE BE PEACE SO ALL MAY COME HOME ALIVE.... "GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR SOLDIERS WHO DEFEND THE AMERICAN FLAG!" Our hearts go out to those who have lost their soldiers! you ARE in our prayers


Name: J's mom
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 09:43:25

Message

Let us all be thankful that we live in the times we do now , where information is fairly accessable , not like many years ago when waiting ,worrying, wondering and praying were the only avenues, I can't even imagine ! With the internet , satelite phone , cell phones and other messaging services , we do hot have to wait 6 months to hear from a loved one with a letter in the mail. Sometimes it is a double edged sword and we know TOO much , but all I know is GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES! Pray , pray , pray and be thankful!


Name: Kris's Mom
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 09:14:41

Message

God heard each of our prayers, at 4 am a call came in.. It was Kris.. He is fine.. he missed the original flight somehow and finally was able to call home 36 hours later to let us know.. Red Cross has called also to figure out what went crazy.. Very confusing and sorry this has been a situation as it has.. I guess the positive out of this is when he does get here everyone will have a whole new outlook on what having him here means. Thank You and Please continue Prayers and support for the others that didn't get a 4 am happy wake up call. Kris did say one of the guys told him about my message on this website..Priceless..


Name: Missy
Email: To Kris's Mom and family
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 08:26:42

Message

I am so sorry you are going through this, my prayers are for you and your loved ones and a special one, everyday, for Chris.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:55:44

Message

No news IS good news, but it's the uncertainty that is so hard to take. I seemed that we had much better FRG support to rely on when my son was in Iraq with the 1AD. They were a good source of preliminary news whenever there were incidents involving our guys. We cannot get any response from, or even find a good link to, any FRG for the 508th or 319th.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:48:52

Message

No news IS good news, but it's the uncertainty that is so hard to take. I seemed that we had much better FRG support to rely on when my son was in Iraq with the 1AD. They were a good source of preliminary news whenever there were incidents involving our guys. We cannot get any response from, or even find a good link to, any FRG for the 508th or 319th.


Name: To Kris' Mom & Grndmother
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:41:52

Message

Know that you are being held close in thought and prayer by all of us out here.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:37:52

Message

NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS remember that. god bless our wonderful guys.


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:28:32

Message

My son is with the D-319 3rd platoon, while I would never assume anything, I am hanging on to the fact no news is good news, I still have not heard from my son. My heart and prayers goes to all the family members that lost their loved ones and God Bless all our troops.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:26:59

Message

did anybody hear from CCO 2-508? i'm sorry for the loss these family have now to go through. you'll be in my prayers. EA


Name: FHB
Email: gundalow@comcast.net
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:26:24

Message

CNN has reported that all families have been notified of loved ones on the aircraft.


Name: girl
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:23:08

Message

My baby called me this morning and that was an amazing wake up..he s in 1-508 b co he said everybody was fine there.Im still praying for kris and his family. God bless our HEROES.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 07:02:36

Message

Please consider this family's feeling before posting news like that!


Name: FHB
Email: gundalow@comcast.net
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 06:00:08

Message

Can we assume that all families have been notified? Has anyone heard from D-319 1st platoon?


Name: Mo Airborne Mom
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 05:56:43

Message

I talked to my son last night on the internet. B-Co 1/508 they had just gotten back. Sounded good.


Date: 06/30/05
Time: 05:42:24

Message

More information on one of the assumed pilots: http://news.newstimeslive.com/story.php?id=72541&category=Local


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 05:19:23

Message

Looks like it might be members of the 101st out of fort campbell: http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050629/NEWS01/50629004/1002


Name: Patti Thompson
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/30/05
Time: 03:30:07

Message

To Kris Asburn's Mom and Grandmother....You don't know me but I am pretty sure that my son is a good friend of Kris'. They knew each other from home before they went to Italy. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you right now and you can reach me by email if there is ANYTHING I can do for you.



Date: 06/30/05
Time: 00:12:52

Message

Here is an article from DoD site. http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jun2005/20050629_1897.html


Name: To Kris's mom
Email: An italian lady
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 23:54:11

Message

My prayers go to you and your family right now. I hope your son is okay somewhere and I really wish you to hear from him very very soon. I cannot imagine the concern and the hard time you're going through, but you're in my heart and in my thoughts during this tough moment.


Name: Kris's Mom
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 23:28:59

Message

Red Cross confirmed Kris was in flight as of 10 a.m. cntrl time, but now status is MIA. They said the military will be contacting us within next 24 hours. I can only face the facts as they are given and am having hard time keeping a grasp on real world and where I want to be. I will keep you posted, for your support has been priceless. I have a scrap book I have been updating daily since Kris left in February and emails will be added to this. I dont want to sleep waiting is horrifing but dreams at this point aren't a risk i'm willing to chance. Updated as they come in, God Bless and continue your Prayers for all our skysoldiers.


Name: Bill & Missy
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 22:26:42

Message

Today I got a big trophy in the mail for my son Luis Madrazo, HHC 1/508. He won a photography contest for a picture he took while they were doing jump training in Vicenza just before deployment to Afghanistan. If you want to see it, the link below will take you there. I can't say who the other paratrooper is in the distance. Northern Italy sure is a beautiful place. http://www.bestmanufacturingpractices.com/LuisPhoto.htm


Name: Seasoned Army Wife ( and major worrier)
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 21:52:53

Message

To: PFC Kris Ashburn's grandmother I understand your concern. In my bittersweet experience of being a military wife, I've learned to recite the phrase "no news is good news". I know this does not take the fear away but it can help change your mindset. Also when you take this new outlook you may find some comfort in knowing you are one of many, many family members waiting... and in that waiting you find a new strength. Waiting... waiting... waiting...


Name: Mo Airborne Mom
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 20:47:27

Message

My son is in B-co 1/508 and we got a father's day message and new address because they moved and note saying we probably wouldn't hear from him as often now because of where they were now. Don't know where they are.


Name: PFC Kris Ashburn's grandmother
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 20:35:42

Message

We still haven't heard from Kris. He was in flight at the time the chopper went down. We are all really worried and upset since it has been 36 hours without news from him. We appreciate all the prayers from other military families. May god bless and keep all of you, you have been a real support to my daughter.


Date: 06/29/05
Time: 19:28:06

Message

Heard from 1-508/A.Everything ok.


Date: 06/29/05
Time: 19:21:19

Message

i haven't heard from my honey since 6/9- he is 1-508/ co. A- anyone hear anything???


Name: Sister Carol Wilson
Email: cwilsonrsm@aol.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 17:59:24

Message

This is a hello to Bryan Kennedy and to those with him in Afghanistan. I first saw Bryan when he was three weeks old and then taught him in Saint Ann School. I am proud of him and all who serve with him. I want to assure all of them that there are many prayers said for their safety by many whom they will never meet. Many members of my own family served in the army, trying to bring peace to make this a better world. God bless you, Bryan, and all those with whom you share this message. Sister Carol


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 17:48:32

Message

There are times when I feel totally supported on this site and there are other times where I think it gets me more worried than if I never checked the message board. It's almost too overwhelming when we hear of an unfortunate occurence in 'country'. There's always so many posts of the same articles over and over, I think that gets people even more worried when they see other people are worried (me too). I helps me when I remember that no news is good news. I am just as worried as everybody else, but I just wanted to send a reminder that stress affects our health and daily life. Please have faith that our soldiers are well trained and doing a wonderful job.


Name: grizzlybear1029
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 15:55:53

Message

Yes I am aware of them moving, I spoke to my husband Sunday and he said he would be "busy" for a while...Assuming that meant he was going out on a mission. Thanks for your help anyway. Anyone else heard from someone from B Co 1-508


Name: to the person asking about HHC 2/503rd S&T
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 15:52:49

Message

My son is with this group to. Would love to know someone else. If you would please email me. I heard from my son yesterday. Thanks Tammy


Name: to the person asking about HHC 2/503rd
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 15:50:50

Message


Name: Mo Airborne Mom
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 15:33:12

Message

My son is in B-co 1/508 and we got a father's day message and new address because they moved and note saying we probably wouldn't hear from him as often now because of where they were now. Don't know where they are.


Name: grizzlybear1029
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 15:30:27

Message

My email is not working currently,,has anyone heard from B Co. 1-508. I am awaiting to hear from my husband..Haven't slept much in the last few days..If anyone knows anything..please write.


Name: SFC QUIROS
Email: miguel.a.quiros@us.army.mil
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 15:04:59

Message

I hope that everyone of my fellow paratroopers from SETAF/173D ABN BDE are ok. You are all in my prayers. Special hellow to my fellow Fire Supporters from 508th and my brothers from the 503d. Good Luck. Brother's Love.


Name: OLD NAVY WIFE
Email: TO: Person concerned about Red Cross not being able to locate soldier in transit/Emergency Leave
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 14:15:46

Message

Please don't worry so much. My husband was sent home on emergency leave from the middle east/Persian Gulf. Red Cross not only couldn't locate him; one day they said he was issued leave and was inroute to US; and the next day he was not on leave and not in route. The very day they said that he was still in the Persian Gulf. (8 days in transit) he came in our front door. If he is in route, which he probably is. He is more likely to be okay than not. Let us know when he arrives. You all are in our prayers during this time of crisis in your family. Peace


Name: soldier's sister
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 14:05:40

Message

According to this article, eight of the soldiers on board the crashed helicopter were Navy Seals. Keep all of the families in your thoughts and prayers. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8391112/


Name:
Email: battle co 2-503
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 13:53:50

Message

heard from battle co 2-503 today...everything is good ;)


Name: hhc 2/503 scouts
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 13:27:51

Message

just heard from 2/503rd HHC Scouts. they are all ok...god bless our soldiers


Name: FHB
Email: gundalow@comcast.net
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 13:19:38

Message

We too are waiting for word from D-319 1st Platoon


Name: Mo airborne mom
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 13:17:33

Message

Sue, grizzlybear1029, I am trying to e-mail you but it won't go through to the address you listed. is it correct?


Name: SES
Email: s_strube2002@yahoo.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 12:38:16

Message

has anyone heard from the battle co 2503 recently? ive gotten an email last on the ninth of this month but havent heard from or received the mail my friend said he has sent me. my friend is in this infantry any information is helpful. i hope all is well under the circumstances. peace and love to all the familys, friends, and men/women serving our country. we can only stay as strong as our men that work so hard to make this a safer place for all of us. my family and i support you all 110%.


Name: Mo airborne mom
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 12:33:25

Message

Sue, grizzlybear1029, I am trying to e-mail you but it won't go through to the address you listed. is it correct?


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 12:29:58

Message

I know no news is good news and I am truly hanging on to that, but has anyone heard from the D-319.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 12:19:45

Message

Has anyone heard from HHC 2/503 S&T . Hoping everyone's soldier is safe and sound. Prayers go out to all the families of our soldiers.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 12:17:10

Message

I heard from 508 B Co very quickly...okay and didn't mention any problems


Name: Kris's mom
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 11:32:44

Message

My son was to taxi on planes to get out of country to commercial airlines in maybe germany. Last contact yesterday 8 a.m. was a go just waiting on chopper to arrive... does anyone know where the chinook CAME from? Red cross still unable to contact him confirmed he hasnt made out of country destination as of 6 am today. And please anyone that gets call from Charlie 508, ask Pfc. Ashburn seen today, Thank You


Name: sue
Email: grizzlybear1029@yahoo.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 11:30:04

Message

Anyone heard from 1-508/B Co.


Name: casey
Email: casey_mitchell25@hotmail.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 11:28:13

Message

Heard from my HHc 1/508 today they are doing good. My hunny said he was doing fine. I will pray for all the soldiers from the 173rd and their safety. god bless


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 10:39:16

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my husband called this morning.. c co 1-508.. things are ''normal'' there


Name: Talia Cliffe
Email: tandt007@aol.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 09:11:36

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I am very proud to say my nephew is a US soldier in the 173rd Airborne. My prayers are with him and all of our solidiers. He was involved in the Iraq war from the beginning and was involved in the first night drop over northern Iraq. After nearly two years in Iraq, several injuries, two visits home, and being stationed in Afganistan for his next tour, my nephew has just become an American citizen. When he enlisted in the Army it was in response to 9/11 and although born in England, he grew up in Georgia since his family came to the US when he was 8 years old. I wish all American citizens could have his patriotism. No country is perfect but we'll take the imperfections of the United States of America over those of any other country to raise my children under. God Bless one and all.


Name: njs
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 08:44:10

Message

i have heard from my soldier - chosen company 2/503 2nd platoon


Name: AJN
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 08:39:40

Message

I finally heard from my hero this morning by email. He is with HHC 2/503. He said they just got back from a mission and all is okay. He also received six of my letters and a package when he stepped off the bird! SPC Baker I miss you and I was so excited to hear from you. God bless and protect all of our Sky Soldiers and give comfort to all those affected by the crash.


Name: Wife c-c 1-508
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 08:15:05

Message

Suzanne-Thank you for the up date. That was today you heard from your son? All of the 3 platoon are okay you said? Of course I still wait for offical news, but this will help the day go a little easier. Thanks


Name: Melissa
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 08:07:28

Message

I'm praying the 173rd weren't involved but I think we should all say a prayer for whoever was...


Name: FHB
Email: gundalow@comcast.net
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 06:30:13

Message

Are you SURE about none of the 173rd being involved?


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 06:26:14

Message

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. military helicopter crashed during an anti-guerrilla mission in eastern Afghanistan after being hit by ground fire and the fate of 17 U.S. troops aboard was not known, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The twin-rotor Chinook crashed in remote and mountainous Kunar province on Tuesday afternoon while bringing troops to reinforce soldiers on the ground carrying out an anti-al Qaeda operation, it said. The aircraft received direct and indirect fire as it was approaching its landing zone and crashed about 1-2 km (half to one mile) away, said U.S. military spokesman Colonel Jim Yonts. "Whether or not that caused it to crash, we do not know yet," he told a regular news briefing. Yonts said he did not know the fate of those aboard and declined to provide more details on the grounds that fighting was continuing in the area against a "very determined enemy." "We do have a large force engaging that enemy and at the same time we are trying to care for our servicemen that were on the aircraft," he said. Kunar Governor Asadullah Wafa said the helicopter was hit by a rocket and a spokesman for the Taliban, Abdul Latif Hakimi, claimed the guerrillas shot down the aircraft in the village of Shorak using "a new type of weapon" he did not describe. A U.S. military statement said U.S. and Afghan troops had sealed off the crash site to block any enemy movement toward or away from it and U.S. aircraft were flying overhead. Wednesday's New York Times quoted unnamed U.S. military officials as saying troops aboard included Navy Seal commandos and that the Chinook was an MH-47 modified for special operations. The U.S. military statement made no mention of special forces and said the aircraft was a more common CH-47. "This is a tragic event," Brig-Gen Greg Champion, the U.S. deputy commander for operations in Afghanistan, said in the statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, loved ones and service members still fighting in the area." "TREES CAUGHT FIRE" Kunar police chief Abdul Ghafar Momand said the helicopter was thought have come down either in Shorai, around 15 km (10 miles) from Asadabad, or on a mountain between neighboring Marogai and Ghaziabad districts. "Trees caught fire on the mountain and that may have been caused by the crash, he said. The crash was the second of a U.S. Chinook in Afghanistan in less than three months. Another came down in a dust storm in Ghazni province on April 6, killing 18 Americans, including 15 troops. It was the deadliest military air accident since Washington first deployed forces to Afghanistan and overthrew the Taliban in 2001 for failing to hand over Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. cities. At least 14 other U.S. troops from a 20,000-strong mostly U.S. foreign force pursuing militants have been killed in increased guerrilla activity since March aimed at derailing Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, the next big step in Afghanistan's difficult path to stability. At least nine U.S. military helicopters have crashed in Afghanistan since 2001, including one MH-47 shot down in March 2002, killing six U.S. troops. Two Chinooks were hit by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in heavy fighting in the southwest last week and one was forced to make an emergency landing. The Taliban's Hakimi said 35 Americans died in Tuesday's crash after the guerrillas killed 7 U.S. "spies" on the ground, but his reports have often proven exaggerated or incorrect. "This is a huge success for the Taliban," he said, adding that the guerrillas had video of the crash and would post photographs on their Web site (www.alemarah.com). It did not appear to have been updated on Wednesday. (Additional reporting by Yousuf Azimy in KABUL and Saeed Ali Achakzai in CHAMAN, Pakistan)


Name: Mary L.
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 06:00:30

Message

none of 173rd was involved in the crash. i heard from 508th and my friend got emails from 503rd members. they didn't even hear about it.


Name: Kris's Mom
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 05:57:04

Message

I have nothing yet promising but Red Cross fellow talked with me for a bit last night and is being wonderful. He even got up at 2 a.m. today to go in and chech printouts for me and called me for update. and again at 6 a.m. I live in small community yet have never met "Mark" personaly. I want to say this even after retirement he serves us as a hero. I am Blessed with this help and support and this website. My last message was they show my son hasn't got to out of country destination.. Yes I am not comforted by this and still wait. I am just Praying alot more and constantly online and phone to everyone around the world at this point.My prayers are with all the loved ones at home in my shoes everyday and Our Sky Soldiers not as lucky to be home much less in a comfortable pair of fuzzy slippers. I'll stay posted God Bless


Name: Stanley D Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 04:44:58

Message

Just heard from my son 2nd/503, Chosen Few. They are still out but doing good and said not to worry. HA. But the tone of the email was good so am happy for now.


Name: Igniter57
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 04:41:51

Message

Happy Birthday SSgt Mack. Linda, my son is also with C-Co 2/503rd. God Bless all of our troops.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 04:01:20

Message

i just heard from 503rd HHC Scouts; they are doing fine. the province were the crash happened is far from ours.


Name: c co 508th mom-Suzanne
Email:
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 03:41:38

Message

Heard from my son who is in 3rd platoon, he sent e-mail at about 2am afghan time 6/29, said that they were back at fob and they were very tired, very busy at that moment, would try to write more later. Thats all but it was so good to hear from him, hopes this helps.


Name: Linda Proud Mom of SSGT Clint Mack
Email: Wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 06/29/05
Time: 03:00:34

Message

'HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY" SON!! Not sure if you will get this because I have no idea where youare right now! I do hope you are safe. Clint is with the C co 2/503 any word from any of your soldiers since the crash yesterday? We are concerned we have heard nothing in quite some time. Praying our soldiers are all safe. Linda


Name: Linda
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 22:54:10

Message

My son is in the C co 1/508 and I heard on the radio on the way home news about what happened and my heart went to my throat, all I can do is pray and say bring my son and the other soldiers home safe. I miss his teasing ways and am hopeing for a call this weekend son I love you stay safe and sweet dreams Love mom


Name: C CO 1-508th WIFE
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 21:41:47

Message

Hello.....Has anyone heard who was invovled in the helicopter crash??? Let me know. Thanks For everyones support. CONCERNED WIFE


Name: wife of soldier
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 20:46:34

Message

To everyone with a loved one down range. I am sorry that this has to happen to our soldiers , our husbands, our loved ones. I am always told by my FRG and the rear detachment not to watch the news and I have been doing so good. But as soon as I go to check my email there it is!!! So yes I am gonna worry! I do not understand how you couldnt worry? I love my husband dearly and I am sure all of you miss and want your loved ones home where you know they are safe. But I come to this site about once a week and everything is about what is right and wrong. Dont tell the location, watch what you say. I will tell you I am sick of it all. I can think of better things to say. I myself wish my husband was home but I know he chose this path and I am going to support him and pray he is going to make it thru this deployment. For all the family members who are worried, I feel you. I am gonna worry. I wouldnt be human if I didnt. I am posting this cause I feel like this site should be used so we can support each other thru these hard times and support our soldiers. To my hunny down range. I love you and hurry back so we can be done with all of this!!!!!


Name: To Kris's mom
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 19:30:42

Message

I don't know how things work with the Red Cross, but when my son just came home for R&R it took him at least three or four days to get home. When he returned to Afghanisan it took him almost five full days to get back. They go on military flights and they take awhile. I am praying for you and your family.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 17:14:58

Message

Who was violationg OPSEC???? No one said where the 173rd was - he posted where the crash was.


Name: Kris's Mom
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 16:06:41

Message

Yes, Iam worried again...Thank You for support of all these families. We have a death in the family and have contacted the red cross. I spoke to my son at 8 a.m. and was under the understanding that he was on his way home....When I returned this afternoon Red Cross urgently left messaghe to be returned, I have. I was the same info I gave last time..Can anyone explain the normal expected time in this matter, this our first and have postponed arrangements pending him on his way. Thank you and God Bless the Red Cross workers who help us in these times, they have been great but can't really give me much right now.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 16:01:25

Message

Can we all please remember OPSEC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Leanne
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 15:40:58

Message

Our daughter got a phone call from our son in 1-508 C. Co. 1st platoon about 1:30CST. He said they were ok. God Bless all the Sky Soldiers! Also, a note about the Gold Star Mothers, how great that they are embracing others of a different nationality, that is what America stands for and it is EXACTLY why our men and women are fighting.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 15:23:51

Message

Some good pics of 2/503rd at Armytimes.com Frontline photos then June 27


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 14:11:26

Message

Another article, not much information yet, but still...for those who are interested http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/06/28/afghan.crash/index.html


Name: Tom Hunter
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 12:14:16

Message

We are all praying that there are no serious casualties to any US Forces. Asadabad is in Konar province. It is way up north of 173rd operations. On the map it is to the east-northeast of Kabul, the capital. Of course, until we hear otherwise, no news is good news.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 12:06:31

Message

There is an article on the 173d in the Stars and Stripes dated 28 June.I think the wed address is www.estripe.com/.Yes the HERD is all over Afghanistan seeking out the bad guys.Don't panic when stories appear in the press,if your soldier has been injured,or worse, you won't here it in the media.Stay calm. These Paratroopers are the best and they will be OK


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 11:52:42

Message

Does anyone know if we had any of our Sky Soldiers in that area? It seems that everytime I talk with my soldier, he has been all over that country. Let's pray they are all safe. God Bless all the soldiers and their families.


Name: Bill
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 11:30:07

Message

Here is FOX News on the Afghanistan helicopter crash: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,160930,00.html


Name: FHB
Email: gundalow@comcast.net
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 11:09:43

Message

Any word yet on the CH47 that went down near Asadabad?


Name: italian girl
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 10:51:14

Message

hi all! i heard from hhc 2-503 and everything is ok, they are very busy but ok!


Name: Tom Hunter
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 09:21:39

Message

To: Bev Gangwer. We responded to your last two emails regarding BCo/2-503rd comments/questions. They were returned as "undeliverable". Let me know if you have changed your email, won the lottery and moved, or all is OK. We don't want you to think we dropped the ball on you. Tom and Arlene


Name: Reggie Dunlop
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 08:27:54

Message

The August 05 issue of Soldier of Fortune magazine picked up (and added to) an article by PFC. Arguello. He writes a bit about Chosen Company and 1st Platoon "The Bullies". The 3 page article is dated 9 May and details the 3 May battle the 2/503rd took part in. It has a good color photo of Spc. J. Leatham, Sgt. M. Ortiz, Sgt. N. Pak, Spc. N. Colon, and Pfc. N. Reilly. If you know one of these soldiers it might be worth picking up a copy ($5.-)


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 08:24:23

Message

Name: Old Soldier
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 05:50:38

Message

To Rebecca - as far as dates and plans for their return from Afghanistan - yes, it is early!! But, based on the return from Iraq, the dates were never announced and we were never certain when they would show up in Vicenza. For most of us, this site gave us a heads-up a few hours before the first plane landed and the return lasted for several days, if I recall correctly. As far as planning to buy plane tickets, that is very difficult. The official welcome ceremony was scheduled for a couple of weeks after they got back - but being there when they actually walk off the plane would be extremely difficult to plan. The soldiers were held in Vicenza for about 30 days to process and clean gear - then had block leave to go home if they wanted. Hope this helps - as the time nears it will be a little clearer. But it will never be dates cast in stone.


Name: Stanley D Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 05:28:20

Message

About the 2nd/503. My son is in Charlie Co. and they should be getting back in any day now but I do know they were out on a long one. No news is usually good news. He did tell me do not get antsy, that it was going to be a long one.


Name: Soldier Dad
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 04:42:29

Message

Regarding the cell phone problem, my son has a cell phone with CellulatOne. When they cut off his service and would not tell me anything about the account, I just kept working my way up the food chain until I got a manager. When he gave me the same line of nonsense, I asked for his name, then told him I would be sure it was included in the letter to the editor I planned to write to the local newspapers telling the world how CellOne disconnected my son's phone while he was in Afghanistan defending CellOne's right to jerk people around. I soon received a call from a senior person there telling me they thought they could add my name to the account until he returned. You just have to be very hard to get along with if you want to get anything done with the cell phone companies. The low level customer 'service' people are not permitted to use their brains - they just read company policies back at you.


Name: Bill
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 04:35:01

Message

This web address goes to the Troops Phone Home Free Bill extension in Congress. From what I have read, the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are supposed to get $40 worth of free phone calls home every month. Does anyone know the status of this or how it works? http://www.theorator.com/bills109/hr2366.html


Name: ERIKA CRITTENDEN
Email: erika.crittenden@us.army.mil
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 04:09:02

Message

I hadn't heard from my husband, also with HHC 2-503rd, since last thursday until he just called me about 20 minutes ago. Rest assured, you will probably hear from your love ones today or this week. Just remember, no news is good news. For the person who keeps missing her loveone's phone call, just do what I do....transfer your home phone to your cellphone before you leave the house so you don't miss those important calls and worry yourself silly about them. Take care everyone and God Bless!!!!!


Date: 06/28/05
Time: 02:22:14

Message

to the person who hasn't heard from hhc 2/503rd... I haven't heard anything in a good while neither... :(


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/28/05
Time: 02:03:45

Message

we dealt with verizon before we moved over here.. i faxed them a copy of his orders, and they were quite happy to suspend my husband's acct.. but the same thing.. my name wasn't on the acct, so i couldn't actually cancel the acct.. but they did let me suspend it.. do you have contact with your son's rear d? they may be able to give you a copy of his orders and take them in? just a thought.. i don'tknow if they're allowed to do that or not.. but you are his mom after all..


Date: 06/27/05
Time: 21:45:24

Message

This article concerns the American Gold Star Mothers, since last month there was some discussion on this topic at this board, I thought you might all want to read this. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/27/gold.star.moms.ap/index.html


Name: rebeccA
Email: RETURNING FROM AFGHANISTAN
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 20:32:27

Message

I know this is a bit early, but alot of you have already gone through this with last years return from Iraq. When they finally all come home next year, how soon are family notified of their return date? Was there any delays last year? Im just wondering about if I had to buy a plane ticket, how sure they are of dates. Again, I know this is early. Was just curious! Thanks


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 18:00:07

Message

Hello everyone !!!! I just thought I would put my 2 cents worth in. Ok if you are trying to help your son or daughter straighten out a bill (yep these people can be very dumb - when my son died I actually had one tell me they had to have a phone call or a letter saying I was authorised to be on his account - I was trying to use his Death Certificate) My best advice is when you have any contact - tell them to have a Power of Attourney done in your name. My son had mine renewed while he was in Iraq (It becomes invalid when they die)and it is good for 1 year. Otherwise he will have to email them and place you on the account. Otherwise you can go to the management and do alot of begging - but because they are trying to protect their clients they usually can't help you without their permission. Take care and be safe Sky Soldiers - we are thinking of you and your families.


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 17:48:42

Message

Dear J's Mom, My son also had a cell phone that Sprint said they'd suspend service on while he was deployed. After lots of calls to the "service" department, I finally gave the phone to another son who transferred it into his name and uses it. Sorry that's not what you wanted to hear, but maybe all phone companies are alike.....hard to communicate with. Cindy P.S. I'd also like to know why there are so many blank messages


Name: rebecca
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 17:19:54

Message

Awwww I did it again!!! I heard my phone ring (this time i had my cell phone on me) I was fumbling for it and went to answer and accidently slipped my finger over hang up. Aww! So it went to voicemail and when I went to check to see who even called...it was my boyfriend again!! I was like...oh my gosh! Try again, call again...call call!! it was so painful. Why dont they try again?! Sheesh! At least I know he is ok. and now I have his sweet voice to play over and over for torture! lol


Name: Arlene H
Email: To Billy Kelly and all who support the 173rd
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 17:06:07

Message

Billy, I'm not so sure I could be as eloquent as you in expressing how important it is to support our guys. But I agree with you when our loved ones are putting their lives out there for our freedom, give them what they need. They have no time to sit around and judge us for what is going on at home. They are way to busy. And everyone knows through letters, emails, and phone calls life in Afghanistan is not a day in the park. Forget Louie Q. He has no ties to our 173rd family. Continue supporting your brother and all our loved ones of the 173rd. God bless you, God bless the 173rd and God Bless America


Name: to J's Mom
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 16:00:52

Message

Call verizon back...its sounds like you got someone that is having a BAD day, talk to someone else...they usually have good customer service (or talk to management) my son has verizon and no problem....so far.


Name: J's MOM
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 15:41:13

Message

I would like to know if any other soldiers got a Verizon wireless phone before they were deployed ? My son got one as soon as he got out of basic and they told him all he needed to do was get a copy of his deployemnt orders and they would suspend his phone service until he returned to the states. He says he sent them , they say they don't have them and NOW they have sent this account to collections !Because he is over 18 and I do not have power of attorney , they say they can't talk to me about his account , but if I want to pay his bill , they will take my money!! I am OUTRAGED at their treatment of my sons account considering he is in friggin Afghanistan ! Any one else have this problem or any sugggestions .? We are trying to get copied of his papers , but i cannot believe Verizon are being such buttheads !!


Name: C CO 1-508th WIFE
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 13:18:09

Message

HI ALL! FINALLY HEARD FROM MY HUSBAND 1-508th C CO 3rd PLT. Last Tuesday was the last I heard from him until real early this morning. Hope this helps! Sam


Date: 06/27/05
Time: 13:08:11

Message

Why are there so many empty messages ?


Name: AJN
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 11:53:50

Message

Has anyone heard from HHC 2/503rd lately. I've received a few letters but no calls or email for awhile (but it's hard to tell when the mail was sent since he won't date it). If you have any info please email me. Thanks so much! SPC Baker I miss you and pray for you everyday. God protect all of our heros!


Email: gina@hcnews.com
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 09:13:50

Message

I heard from my bf in 1-508 A Co. this morning. He said everyone was good, but they were very tired and sore. Hope this helps. Keep up the good work guys, we support you all the way. Go Red Devils.


Date: 06/27/05
Time: 07:43:43

Message

hey mike thanks for called me....it was a great way for wake me up...i ll wait for u forever!!! i miss u !!love ya


Date: 06/27/05
Time: 07:40:50

Message

Found the Yahoo pics , same as the fox news pics , can't see anyones faces , but does mention the 173rd , go to Yahoo , find the news link , then the photo link , THEN the military link !


Name: soldier's sister
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 06:56:01

Message

Hi everyone, Just came across this article - mentions the 173rd - so I wanted to share. To all the men of the 173rd - we are SO PROUD of you! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,160762,00.html


Date: 06/27/05
Time: 06:27:29

Message

where can i find all the pics and info about our death soldiers of the 173rd?god bless your family.cindy


Name: ERIKA CRITTENDEN
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 05:26:59

Message

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY" SSG ILON CRITTENDEN. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. BE SAFE AND SEE YA SOON.


Name: Ken
Email: Kenman@radix.net
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 05:02:12

Message

Can anyone give me the location of the pictures on Yahoo. Would love to see our soldiers.


Name: Kathy G
Email: To Lots of Pictures????
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 04:53:45

Message

Where are these pictures? Yahoo?


Date: 06/27/05
Time: 04:07:24

Message

Lots of pictures of 2ND Battalion, 503RD, on Yahoo pictures! shows them in their current location, since all of the fighting! Enjoy!


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 03:25:12

Message

I heard from my son this morning. His is with A/2-503. They are in the process of moving from Castle Greyskull back to the platoon base. Unfortunately he couldn't tell me why. He is bummed about it but at least now he will have regular access to email and phones. It was hard only hearing from him once a month or so. God bless all of our troops!


Name: EA
Date: 06/27/05
Time: 02:40:05

Message

hello everybody! heard from my bf last sat! he's said everything is fine. he's CCO 2-508. God bless him and anyone else! later,EA


Name: Jhulz
Date: 06/26/05
Time: 23:20:03

Message

I’m so happy that my husband is back home for his R&R. He surprised me…It is the best birthday present ever….His from 1-508 C Co. He said everything is ok with 1/508 C co. Just really busy lately…But nothing to worry about….


Name: MEL
Email: peachcream103@yahoo.com
Date: 06/26/05
Time: 22:59:36

Message

Has anyone heard from A. co 1-508? Ive had no news lately. Thanks


Name: billy kelly
Email: billy.kelly@sbc global. net
Date: 06/26/05
Time: 22:30:53

Message

to LOUIE Q i support your concern for the public ,but they are not the ones digging sand from their eyes and scorpions from their boots. my brother has been sent anything from a laptop,deerhorns,blackbear rug to make his room feel like home when he gets a chance to be there. just my postage alone was 225.00. the local gun shop ,which donated to the 508 in iraq, has already sent 150.00 in top of the line weapon cleaning supplies in the last month.which will be enough to last a squad all year. i appriciate anything any one sends my brother. he ask for spraypaint to better cammo his weapons isend it ,he asked for specific cammo clothing isent it . GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT... if they call a dating service so be it . theres not much to do there in there spare time. its not like they call and say ill be there by 8. they are brave soldiers who dont want people to worry about them,but to stand behind them and give them unconditional support.where as they can say i dont even know this person who sent this package,but me setting my life on the line for others is not going unoticed by others. HELLO PEOPLE IF THEY HAD THE SUPPORT THEY HAD IN WW2 WE WOULD ALREADY BE CLOSING THE DEAL. SO WHILE SOME OF US ARE LAYING IN THE A/C SCRATCHING OUR ASS WONDERING HOW TO SPEND THAT NEXT 5 BUCKS SEND A THANK YOU CARD TO ANYSOLDIER OF YOUR PIC AND AFTER A FEW HAS ARRIVED THEY WILL FEEL SOMEONE HAS GOT THEIR BACK NOMATTER WHAT THE OPINION IS ...... SCOUTS ARE WELL AND ARE CLEANING HOUSE FOR A NEW AND PEACEFUL AFGHANISTAN. if you would like to add to this feel free. if you dont like it email me . on the 7th day GOD created skysoldiers ,and everyone else squatted and pissed..... may GOD continue to bless them


Name: liz
Email: izllizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 06/26/05
Time: 21:41:13

Message

Hello everyone missed hearing from you all haven't heard from my soldier in 508 c co since tues either if anyone has a soldier in 3rd platoon 2nd squad I'd love to hear from you my son is PFC Dewey Spence to all you soldiers out there know this you are loved and appreciated stay safe and keep your heads down.


Date: 06/26/05
Time: 20:51:10

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Has anyone heard from C Co. 1/508th lately? Last time I heard from them was Tuesday evening.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 06/26/05
Time: 20:18:00

Message

Sorry, the message board was down for 24 hours. It should be up and running now!


Name: Bill
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 23:26:34

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Yes. Word from 1-508 a day or two ago was that they were going to be out on a stroll through the beautiful Afghanistan countryside for a few days. I'm sure your soldier will tell you all about the lovely time they had when he returns safe, sound and tired from the sight seeing excursion.


Name: A co.
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 20:02:59

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nope. for those who missed the beginning they never identified the 173rd. they showed the back of the head of a special forces man who could not be identified for security reasons. all they said was that they were in southeast Afghanistan. boy does that narrow it down!! i was a little disappointed but i guess it was better than nothing. one of these days we'll get our men on the air!!! keep it up guys. we're still backing you up all the way. THANK YOU!!!!!!!


Name: A. Co wife
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 19:36:13

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I never saw anyone from the 173rd on Dateline.


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 18:34:26

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I watched Dateline and the 173rd were never identified. Did anyone see some one they know?


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 18:32:13

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Does anyone have an address where we may send a condolence card to the family of Pfc. Hernandez? You may send it to my personal email. Thank you. Sky Soldiers, you are in my prayers every day. Stay safe and come home soon. You are the best and the bravest. All our love to Andy Harmann.


Date: 06/24/05
Time: 18:12:21

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I don't care if a soldier is married, single, honest, dishonest, or looking for a date. I do care that they are fighting for our freedom and for that I will support them in anyway that I can.


Name: Mary
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 16:05:20

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Hi, all, I'm not arguing, I'd just like to post a quote from a letter from a friend, seems that some of you have never really heard about those soldiers who get mail but just want *more*. "Dear Mary; Thanks for writing, it really breaks the monotony, in fact, your only one of four who have bothered to do anything." I can't sign his name, cause I didn't ask him if I could. But I know he'd love to get *more* mail, and he's probably one of the luckier ones, since he has four people sending it. If you think guys shouldn't get mail from more than one or two people, you should go through all of the crap they go through and see everything they have to see, and then tell me that again.


Name: Jason Quintana
Email: jason.a.quintana@us.army.mil
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 14:49:56

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To the family of Pfc. Emmanuel Hernandez, who served with D/319TH AFAR in Fagan 05. My deepest condolence for the lost of your loved one. He was a good soldier as well as a good friend, we'll miss him dearly. As for the soldiers injured, i'm glad to hear you guys are doing well, Please give my regards to Smoke "B".


Date: 06/24/05
Time: 14:32:31

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did someone say that 1/508 was out for a while? haven't heard from him via e mail, letter, or phone for a while so i wanted to not be anticipating one if they were going to be gone from "home" for a while. thanks for the help!


Date: 06/24/05
Time: 12:53:55

Message

"Tom Brokaw Reports: The Long War" - He talked a lot about Afghanistan on the Today Shoe this morning (nothing like our experience with GMA for the Army B-Day). Let's keep this website positive. I need it & so does my hero, so I'm not worried & grumpy when he calls. I like getting the support here. Here's to you: The Soldiers & their friends & families waiting on the Homefront!


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 12:30:45

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Congratulations FAYE!!!!!!!!! I know that 508th is moving around alot! I try to hold on to 'No news is good news'


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 12:21:29

Message

I posted earlier about the Dateline special. I received confirmation from NBC (my company does business with them) that it will be airing tonight at 8pm EST, on NBC. As I see from the post, everyone is aware so, so I hope you see your loved ones. My fiance met with him and spoke to him, so I hope I am able to get a glimpse of the man that I love. God Bless our soldiers with the 173rd, and all those fighting for our freedom!!!!!


Name: Debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 11:26:19

Message

Our fanily is very proud of our sons fighting for our country.We have 4 sons and 2 are in the army,1 marine,1 navy.Our other son who is in the army,Ft Campbell just got his orders for Irag.They will be deployed very soon.My heart goes out to all of them.We are very grateful for this website,So lets keep supporting each other. Debbie


Name: Kevin
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 11:23:02

Message

Heard from my son (2nd plt B 2-503)at 4am this morning. They have now moved back to Lagman after being involved in the fight over the last couple of days - all are well. He was on the ch-47 forced down but no injuries. They are resting up and sleeping today and are going 'walk-about' this evening.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 11:20:27

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This is to all of the 173 Airborne, we are so proud of you,Keep up the moral.Go AIRBORNE..............................


Name: To: All From: Patti
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 11:20:15

Message

Check out this link that tells about Dateline tonight. http://www.msnbc.com/onair/default.asp?program=Dateline%20NBC


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:59:41

Message

WEDDING DRESSES -- I found my wedding dress on e-bay. It was from a store closing. Still had the tags on it, had never been worn, no tears, no stains, --perfect fit -- paid $50.99 !!!! There are also some custom made dresses available on e-bay. Good Luck !!


Name: Tom Brokaw
Email: liz
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:58:56

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If yu go to MSNBC.com click on Dateline NBC It says tonight Tom will be doing a story on Afghanistan and other countries at 8 eastern.


Name: NBC Tom Brokaw
Email: liz
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:42:27

Message

Tom Brokaw was on the Today show this morning and talked about Afghanistan anyone interested might go to MSNBC.com and see what was said I didn't hear anything said about a story tonight hope this helps.


Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:39:52

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032600/ this will tell you about the show. it's under the runaway bride picture. good luck and enjoy!


Name: C CO 1-508th WIFE
ate: 06/24/05
Time: 10:30:44

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Alirght....I've been researching the TV guide on my cable box. Does anyone know what the show is going to be called thats on NBC tonight a 8 p.m.?? I looked at the time slot for 8 p.m. and it doesn't say anything about a show with Tom Brokaw. Can someone please help me! I don't want to miss it! Thanks!


Name: Regarding Mail Sent to Soldiers..
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:28:57

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I wanted to respond to the posts regarding mail sent to soldiers married or single. My husband is a Sky Soldier and I actually have submitted his name to various groups to receive mail. Not because he isn't getting support from his family, but because it is nice for him to know that Americans appreciate what he is doing. While he was in Iraq he had several people who would write him and send him packages. He said he was surprised that the people took the time to send him a card or note. I can say that the time and money they spent was well appreciated, as my husband shared his packages with others. I myself sent several packages and magazines to soldiers there as well. Many of which I didn't know, for the simple fact I was greatful that someone had taken to the time and effort to acknowledge my husband's sacrifice, it was only fitting that my family do the same thing. Keeping the soldiers privacy in mind the military does not provide a list of who gets what type of support, married or single all the Sky Soldiers have more than earned the support of the American ppl. JMHO


Name: Mary
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:27:28

Message

Hi, all, I'm not arguing, I'd just like to post a quote from a letter from a friend, seems that some of you have never really heard about those soldiers who get mail but just want *more*. "Dear Mary; Thanks for writing, it really breaks the monotony, in fact, your only one of four who have bothered to do anything." I can't sign his name, cause I didn't ask him if I could. But I know he'd love to get *more* mail, and he's probably one of the luckier ones, since he has four people sending it. If you think guys shouldn't get mail from more than one or two people, you should go through all of the crap they go through and see everything they have to see, and then tell me that again.


Name: Faye Lee
Email: To: Patti
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:21:24

Message

My son was home with me for 15 days--travel time is not included in their leave time. So in all actuality--he was out of the war zone for 24 days. His leave started when he got to Atlanta which is only a 45 min flight to our home in NC. I enjoyed every minute of his R&R--probably more than he did.


Name: Faye Lee
Email: To Sgt Wilson's Mom
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:16:01

Message

Sorry hit the wrong key .....I worked only 19 hours the 2 weeks my son was home. I wanted to enjoy every minute of him. I wanted him to be a part of everything I planned for my wedding. These guys miss so much being away from home..family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, and other holiday celebrations. We took lots of pictures and spent lots of quality time together. Sad thing is that unless they come home early--which I doubt---it will be April, 2006 before I see him again. I have his pictures posted at home and in my office so he is never out of sight or out of my mind. Keep all of our soldiers in your prayers. GO AIRBORNE !!!


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 10:11:19

Message

I agree with Bill. Just arguing with Louis isnt going to do anything. Who cares what he thinks. He doesnt have a family member in the military, so he is just trying to create drama. I am a wife of a sky soldier and if every girl on this earth wanted to send him a package -that is fine with me. My husband is out there doing his job, protecting us and our freedom, and I feel like he deserves to get plenty of packages. I cant afford to send him something every single day, so if others want to share theiir support and gratitude to my husband -more power to them. I think it is ridiculous to bring up such crap about these dating solder sites. Whats important? Definitely not that!


Name: Bill
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 09:20:33

Message

When there is no news from Afghanistan some pople feel the need to create drama and controversy. STOP IT PLEASE. If you don't have a comment or a question about someone or some unit specific to the 173rd, then keep it off the website. Who cares what Louie thinks about some of the soldiers, and who cares what you think about Louie??? Certainly not me.


Name: Paul
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 09:17:16

Message

Please enough of this about who gets the packages. Louie needs to focus. Apparently, he does not have a family member fighting the War on Terror or he would be focusing on the safety and well being of our Great SKY SOLDIERS. He should thanking and kissing the ground that each and every soldier walks on. They are putting their lives on the line everyday for peace and freedom throughout the world and deserve everything that they get. Move on Louie. Expend some of your energy on positively supporting our guys. Who cares about this nonsense. Today is Military Appreciation Day. Let's show our support.


Name: to louieQ
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 07:57:33

Message

do you really think that with all those websites for finding a date a soldier goes to anysoldier.com ( or similar) to find a girl (or boy)? and you're telling us to get real? also, if a guy is married and asks for packages, doesnt mean he's cheating!And i bet his wife is but happy to know that he gets pckgs while hers are still on the way! and if i can do something to ease their deployment i dont really care for their personal background, because in the end, they're out there fighting to provide freedom for everbody, at a high risk . if you want to know everything about a soldier before sending a pckg or letter, go ahead, but dont treat us as dumbs who send support to evil dishonest soldiers. last, i would like to post a quote from a movie: "Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? (...)deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. " ( from "a few good men")


Name: LouieQ
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 07:21:13

Message

Please don't twist my intention into something negative. If the military is going to be depicted in a good light - which it should be - it's important for people to be made aware of the "bumps" people may encounter while trying to be supportive to a soldier who is technically a total stranger. They get your address, afterall. No, don't have family in the service but have quite a few friends who have sent letters & packages to military personnel abroad. Most have had very positive experiences. However - you have soldiers out there who utilize online dating services. Again - that's fine. But it's not fine if a well meaning person is spending time & money on the person thinking they're not hearing from anyone! Do you want to worry and fret over someone whose having cyber sex with bozos on the side? Come on. Get real. As I stated, this type of thing isn't the norm. There's no harm in helping the public weed out these bad apples from the getgo, though, which is why I offerred advice on what to ask a soldier if he (or she) happens to get in touch. Lets drop the topic now.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 07:20:05

Message

I don’t agree with these conversations lately about asking a soldier who posted an add if he’s single or not; i personally just wanna give my support. And i don’t like asking myself whether ‘every soldier is honest & ethical’. Are you guys pointing fingers to soldiers or just to men in general? When you go to a club do you actually know if the guy you’re talking to is married? He can tell you anything he wants to make you believe his truth. So please let’s stop this conversation now cause it wouldn’t get us anywhere. I mail my packages and i know i am doing it for a good reason. I don’t wanna investigate whether these guys have or haven’t a girlfriend, wife or other 20 people they get mails from. I don’t even know why we are discussing this; where does this come from? These guys are not asking for money or jewels; they are asking for support letters, shower gels and meals… And then again, it wouldn’t be my business to know. When we give money for fund-raising campaigns do we actually know whether the money goes where it has to? The thought is what counts. Or are we supposed to mail a form to these guys first with a few questions? And for what? To see if he’s worth it or not to get our care packages? I wanna believe all these guys are on the front line and to me everyone there is worth it! Everyone is worth every single card or package we send. Many here complained when girls asked if a guy was single and now you are pushing them to do it. This is funny. Probably it’s not the soldier’s fault but the person who is sending the packages, who expects something in return. I’ll be waiting for smart ass comments from you all… don’t disappoint me! And keep supporting our guys!! Grazie.


Name: Amy Jo
Email: To: 100% Italian
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 07:11:58

Message

Yes that is the kind of shaving cream I was talking about. My hero said it was wonderful. I hope your's likes it too.


Name: A co.
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 07:04:31

Message

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032600/ this just tells a little bit about what tom brokaw will be talking about tonight. it's under the runaway bride picture. it will be awesome!!!


Date: 06/24/05
Time: 07:03:24

Message

whether these soldiers are married, single, man, or woman it shouldnt matter. You can still send a married soldier a care package and they would still enjoy it just as much as a single soldier. Just because they are married does not mean that they arent risking there life or fighting for your country any less. Ignorance.... I am a wife of a soldier and I know myself would never ever send a crude or nasty letter to someone who is just supporting our troops. So please dont sterotype, we are all different. Besides that if you have never lied in your life you just did...all of us do because we are human....You should support your troops no matter what!!!!


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 06:52:08

Message

To: LouieQ Question: Do you have a soldier, son, daughter, wife serving in the 173rd or in any part of the military? If you do, I do not think you would be worrying about this and just let these people get what they can. They ALL deserve it. And I really believe that the people that send these packages, etc. over do not really care who gets it, just so it benefits a military person.


Name: To Louie Q
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 06:35:25

Message

Can you please back up your statements with facts for us to read, such as internet links? I'd like to read them. Thank You.


Name: LouieQ
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 06:33:19

Message

We'd all like to think every soldier is honest & ethical, but the reality is you have many who aren't on the front lines who have time to fiddle around on internet dating sites and the like. This is a fact. And that's fine - as long as he or she isn't projecting themselves as being a "mail-deficient soldier" and wasting caring people's time. There are also many soldiers out there who sign up to non profit groups who turn out to be married! Quite a few decent people out there have actually recieved angry letters from these soldier's spouses. So not only do these soldiers misrepresent himself to the person who "adopted" him or her - they take it upon themselves to pass their "adoptees" addresses onto their irate girlfriends/wives! No, this isn't the norm. But the public needs to be made aware that not every soldier represents themselves honestly. To avoid any badness it's wise for people to ask 1) if the soldier is *single*, so you don't end up with an aggitated partner sending you rotten letters and 2) WHY the soldier joined the organization.


Date: 06/24/05
Time: 06:33:12

Message

Hi. I'm gonna agree with the latest post about soldiers signing up to get care packages. There are a lot of people out there that want to help & I have told them about going to anysoldier.com. It helps to sway the cost from the families of shipping (we ALL know it gets expensive) & let's other people feel good about helping. I have never heard anything about using such a thing for a dating service. I'll also be watching "tom Brokaw Reports: The Long War" tonight. Go Sky Soldiers!


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 06/24/05
Time: 05:20:24

Message

Just a reminder. Tonight is the Dateline special with Tom Brokaw at 8pm EST on NBC. Can't wait to see it!!!!


Date: 06/23/05
Time: 23:45:31

Message

soldiers who put their names to get more mail, like in anysoldier.com for instance,dont do it as a dating service.sometimes they elect a name in the squad and put his/her name in the website while the pkgs they get are meant for all the squad. besides,i think its right to spoil them.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 23:06:55

Message

Amy Jo, is the shaving cream you mean this one called King of Shaves? http://www.drugstore.com/templates/brand/default.asp?brand=34081&trx=SBB-0-AB&trxp1=34081 It looks nice, i think i'm gonna order it online for my friends as well. Thanks for the suggestion!


Name: 1/508 C Co Girlfriend
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 21:56:54

Message

I heard from my boyfriend in C Co 1/508th on Tuesday around five-thirty PM central time (for a half an hour:)!!!). It seemed like things were going ok. He said he didn't know if he would be able to call or email very much once they got back to the other base, but he didn't say when that would be! Hope that helps!


Name: Arlene M
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 20:45:38

Message

A Co Wife, e-mail me if you would like.


Name: A co wife.
Email: To. Arlene
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 18:53:39

Message

My husband is also in 1-508 A.co 3rd platoon.


Name: LouieQ
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 17:19:33

Message

just a thought for people who were given soldier's names from one soldier support group or another thinking a soldier is all alone - there are soldiers out there who give their names to various non profit groups who actually DO have family they correspond with. For whatever reason they just want to get *more* mail. So before you get too worried or upset over a stranger - make sure to ask "your soldier" if he has kin. Also ask him or her why they signed up to correspond with someone. Are they using it as a dating service? Are they hoping to get more mail then their buddies? Or are they genuinely alone, without family, and longing for some sibling-like support? Making these clarifications right off the bat is really important, because you want to make sure your time, money and kindness is offerred to the right person. That way good feeling can be shared by all - and your worry isn't squandered. Good luck to all.


Name: Amy
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 16:33:35

Message

Thanks Al for the update on the pictures at DefendAmerica.mil. My brother, John, was actually in the pictures at top, on Hill 3070. Great to see them doing well!!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 15:50:06

Message

Some nice pics of the 503rd on the DefendAmerica.mil site. At the bottom of the page


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 15:22:23

Message

Thanks for the shaving cream ideas!


Name: hhc
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 15:07:50

Message

i heard from hhc and everything is fine


Name: concerned
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 14:06:09

Message

any news on hhc 1/508?


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 13:48:34

Message

Christy, thanks for the wonderful ideas. I am going to put together another goodie bag for "our" boys soon. Those ideas will come in handy. Thanks for the info on the shaving creme coming in a tube. I will have to look for it. Arlene


Name: to kris's mom and amanda
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 13:28:04

Message

my husband is in c co 508 too.. i talked to him yesterday and he says all is ok there.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 12:54:00

Message

Patti: It doesnt matter how long it takes for your soldier to get to you. The 15 days starts as soon as they get to their U.S. destination. The travel time to and from doesnt count. Which is wonderful. What a wonderful surprise for that mother to see her son walk into her office. I know it must have been rough sending him back over, but atleast that means their tour is usually half over. Cant wait to see my husband in 6 weeks. Wahoo!!!


Name: Patti To: Faye Lee
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 12:43:03

Message

It is so cool that you got to see your son. My son tells me that he won't get his mid tour leave until around November. He is in Able Co. You said that it took your son 6 days to get home and 3 days to get back. Does that mean he was only home for 6 days? Just wondering if their travel time is taken from their 15 day leave. Thanks!


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 12:34:03

Message

Received a great surprise on June 6th when my son walked into my office ---unannounced from Afghanistan. It was a great surprise !! The entire agency was there to celebrate with me !!! And while he was home, my fiance and I decided to get married so that my son could be part of the ceremony and give me away. It was an unforgettable event. The hardest thing was to put my son on that airplane on Tuesday morning sending him back to a war zone. But as he tells me "mom this is what we are trained for". I am very proud of my son and all the other soldiers. SPC Richard Rowell; C co 2/503rd -- I love you and an sooo proud of you. Take care and stay safe. BY THE WAY - - he was flown all the way home by the Army--no cost to him. It took him 6 days to get home but only 3 to get back to Afghanistan.


Name: Amanda
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 12:28:25

Message

This is in response to Kris's Mom. My brother is also in the 173rd, 508 Charlie company. He called for the first time since they left Tuesday morning (June 21). He said that all the guys were fine and not to worry because they they knew how to do their job well. I hope this brings you some comfort.


Name: Christy Alipio
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 11:40:38

Message

To Arlene, Thank you for your love, caring and generosity! Our son in 1/508 A co. I send him stuff quite often and I know not all the guys get stuff from home so I will be putting lots of extras in the next shipment. I sent him some shorts in the last one not knowing if he'd be able to wear them but he was really happy to get them. I've tried to anticipate his needs since it can be a few weeks between calls and him receiving his requests. So here are some of the things I've sent that he said has come in handy: Gold Bond foot powder, I send a small travel size for his ruck sack and a big one for refills (I do that with most stuff) Lotrimin, Benadryl, Advil, Eye drops and Ear wash, good lotion like Lubriderm, always send Q-tips, batteries, baggies, wipes, chapstick etc. Oddly enoughy he loved the shower gel I sent, he said it smelled so good after being out in the feild for so long. He said it smells so crappy over there! I've even sent him little t-light candles that smell like home even if he doesnt light them. You just never know what's going to make their day. I'll be sending him the shave cream too. I sent some idividual bags of Planters trail mix that he said saved his butt one time because they only got 1 MRE per day. I just wish there was something I could do to make the mail faster! Well, to all the Sky Soldiers, Thank you. I meet people all the time and when they learn about our son (and soon to be our daughter who is in basic training at Ft. Leonardwood) are over there fighting they ALWAYS SAY TO TELL THEM THANKS! FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND BRAVERY so I want to pass that on. HOOAH! Keep your eyes open and your heads down. Listen to that small still voice that is GOD and come home safe.


Date: 06/23/05
Time: 11:03:13

Message

i heard 2-503 had fights in these past days


Name: Kris's Mom
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 09:09:18

Message

i try to follow much of my son's locations and things that are effecting his area. So, as you can guess I have been on edge about this latest mission activity in Southern Afghanistan. My son is in 173, 508 Charlie and cant call via phone for 5 months now. We chat online but haven't heard anything for several days now and with all the news I am guessing why. Doesn't sound like they are out making smores for a few days. If anyone has had contact from this squad since Monday could you drop a few lines on here, please. He is busy but I worry sometimes...ok all the time. I dont think I'll ever get over this heart heavy feeling when I hear of what these troops are going thru, I Pray for each of their safety and sanity. I am sure this isn't easy for them either and try to send funny jokes and happy thoughts during this time. Thanks to this site, for without it I would be lost.


Name: C CO 1/508th WIFE
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 08:41:11

Message

HI.....I was just wondering if anyone knows which soldiers were involved in the fighting these past two days??


Name: Amy Jo
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 08:40:43

Message

I have found some shaving cream at Walmart that is comes in a tube and not a can. My soldier loved it. They have all kinds. I think it's called Kings or something like that. It cost about $5.00 give or take on you area. I hope this helps. SPC Baker I miss you so very much and can't wait to see you for R&R in September. God protect all of our heros.


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 08:10:11

Message

Spc Nathan is in 3rd platoon, 3rd squad. Jaymo, it is actually the shaving bar. The old kind that you need a brush to swirl around with a little water. You can find it just about anywhere. Arlene


Name: A Co. wife
Email: to. Arlene
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 07:50:14

Message

What platoon is Nathan in?


Date: 06/23/05
Time: 07:37:22

Message

M.C ...I LUV YA SO MUCH...


Name: Jaymo - To ARLENE
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 07:03:50

Message

Hi Arlene, I was just curious about what kind of shaving cream you found to send. Have you found a specific kind that's non-aerosol that can be shipped? If so, please let me know where to find it. Thanks.


Name: this article speaks about some of our guys
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 04:48:48

Message

http://www.afghannews.net/index.php?action=show&type=news&id=2858


Date: 06/23/05
Time: 04:00:22

Message

please,can somebody tell me if the guys just have the fly for the states when them have the R&R?thanks


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/23/05
Time: 02:51:10

Message

According to Nathan, there are anywhere between 8-10 soldiers in his squad. I always send enough to cover 10 just in case someone pops in. Arlene


Name: How many in a squad?
Email: Gina@hcnews.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 21:35:35

Message

In responce to the question as to how many are in a squad: When I talked to my soldier, also in A Co., he said there were 9-11 guys per squad and 42 in his platoon. Hopes this helps. I send boxes frequently to my soldier and he gives stuff out to all around him. I know there are guys that their families don't send anything at all to them. I always send enough for 10-20 guys. God Bless them ALL. We love you guys. Watch the high ground, God's speed and good luck.


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 20:44:32

Message

Our soldiers in A Co 1/508 are asking for hygiene products. I put together a ziplock baggie for each soldier in Nathan's squad that consists of, toothpaste/brush, deoderant,shampoo,razor,shaving creme,babywipes,and a bar of soap. Hope that helps, Arlene


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 13:45:14

Message

To The Military Wife - I know you are feeling a little more relief now that he will be transferred to a larger facility. I had faith that if they couldn't figure it out they would send him to someone who could. I am sorry you don't have the wonderful support of other wives, but you are right it is harder if you don't live on base. But I am sure if you look on this site you might find an email address of someone in your husband's unit. But you must do what is best for you. Pediatrics are great - I am ER. Take care and I will continue to pray for your husband.


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Email: Nam 66-67
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 13:25:13

Message

There are no better or more caring medics in the US military than those assigned to the 173d Airborne. I am proud to say I know the webmaster of this site and he has always taken care of his soldiers, even now. If you don't already know, his son is a medic in Afghanistan who has also did a tour in Iraq. I am confident that any medical problems will be assessed and addressed and they will not let your soldier go untreated. Having said that I salute all present and past medics .They are the best. AIRBORNE!!! ATW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 12:59:15

Message

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBR7HI39AE.html http://www.iol.co.za/index.phpclick_id=3&art_id=qw1119454380603B212&set_id= someone heard anything about this?


Name: Kenman
Email: Kenman@radix.net
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 12:56:56

Message

I read the article this morning in the Washington Post and the article regarding the incidents last evening and I must tell you that I am so proud of our Sky Soldiers. My hat goes off to these young men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for the freedom we enjoy. They make me proud to be an American. My nephew serves with the 173rd and was involved in that big fire fight in May. What a scary time for all of us. Thank God the Army has trained and trained and re-trained our soldiers to protect themselves and each other. God Bless all the soldiers and their families.


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 11:58:40

Message

Praise the Lord! I was praying for your your husband....I hope he gets well! That comment someone made to you, (about not having balls) was not appropriate at all! Sometime Our Loved ones need help, and we have to do what we have to do, to help them!


Name: To mommaski
Email: From -the military wife
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 11:19:46

Message

Yes. I do have medical background. I am in fact a pediatric nurse. So I know quite a bit about the medical field! I do not know any other military wives because I have never lived on base. Therefore, it is hard for me to be in contact with others. However, I did contact one of the captains -and they were looking into the situation. It looks like they will be shipping him to another base that has more technology. Praise the Lord.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 11:16:20

Message

I'm sorry -its not Ft. Hood, it is Ft. Bliss. If anyone has any information about Ft. Bliss. Can you please share. thanks!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 10:26:19

Message

Helloooo everyone !!! I hope all is well with you - I am very happy !!! I just got some pictures from "My Sky Soldiers" !! They sure do look good !!! To the young lady who is worried about her husband - Oh honey, you do sound like a new wife !!! There is nothing more frightening than to be thrust into the Military Life and not have a clue to what is going on!! Well first off you say he is not getting the proper treatment - do you have a medical background? We do NOT give antibiotics anymore to people unless they need them and we know exactly what type of infection we are fighting. To give the wrong one does nothing but can cause a reaction. You said you are following your husbands request - you said that he is being given Morphine. This is a narcotic analgesic, a painkiller. Sometimes people on these drugs do not really act rationally. PLEASE do NOT worry (well ok, that was dumb, of course you are going to worry. Let's just say - Don't panic) The medics and doctors over there are some of the best. If they feel it is necessary believe me they will ship his cute, little self back to you and get him in a hospital that can give him the appropriate treatment. Something tells me (with the limited info I have) that if they are giving him Morphine then it is not an infection. You are now a military wife and sometimes that means doing a lot on your own. Contact your FRG that is what they are there for, they will point you in the direction you need to go to get answers. Also contact the other wives in your husbands unit - support is great!! Hang in there honey, you'll be ok. Have faith in the 173rd - they are the BEST !!!! Love to all and you guys stay safe - you are well loved.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 10:02:25

Message

Does anyone know anything much about FT Hood in Texas? What its like and so. My husband and I might be stationed there after his deployment and I was just wondering if I could get some feedback about this base. Thanks


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 07:55:49

Message

i'm a military wife, have been for 5 years, and i live in italy.. if i can help by getting an email address or anything of the sort for you, i'd love to help.. being a wife, you should have an frg. they should have info and numbers for you.. email me and i'll do what i can to help you get to the right people.


Name: TO ARLENE
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 07:45:19

Message

arlene, (or anyone who knows) what kind of supplies are 1/508 a co in need of? i've been out of the country and out of contact with our soldier. anything specific that you know of?! thanks so much.


Name: Amy
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 07:21:07

Message

Front page article of the Washington Post about the 503rd in Afghanistan today, there are some pictures included. Also on the www.washingtonpost.com is a link to the "Faces of the Fallen" from Irag and Afghanistan. Here's the link, you might have to sign in. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/21/AR2005062101728.html


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 07:13:40

Message

I agree with the Webmaster -the Congressman aren't going to do anything, but I also don't want to put my email address out either. I never said my husband was being mistreated; he is just not getting the correct medical attention because the medics don't know what's wrong with him -that is why I needed to talk to someone about getting him somewhere that might be able to help. I am a new military wife who doesn't live on a base; therefore, I do not know all about frgs and so on, and some people on here were very kind to give me an frg email address. That is all I wanted. Plus, I was just doing what my husband told me to do. Your right, some of us don't have balls to post our email address; but then again -women don't have balls.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 07:01:58

Message

I would also like information on a contact person for family members of Able Co. Anyone with info can email it to me. Thanks!


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, Medical Corps, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com

Date: 06/22/05
Time: 06:43:42

Message

Reality check time folks, … Before posting a plea for help and accusing people of not caring or helping, have the balls to post your email address. That way people can respond back to you with the CORRECT information rather then starting a “Pitty me” string on the message board. The 173d has some of the BEST medical support available and no one is being ignored or mistreated in any way. Writing your congressman won’t do crap to help any one. What the hell can a politician in Washington really do, other then put is nose in where it does not belong. Time to walk up, focus, focus, focus. PS my email address is listed above.


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 06:34:42

Message

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP37141.htm


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 06:14:31

Message

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8197613/


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 06:05:03

Message

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8197613/ MSNBC news about fire fights today


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 06:00:18

Message

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8309711/ News update from MSNBC thought ya'll would be interested in this. Chosen Co we love you cannot wait for you to be home safe, sound and secure!!


Date: 06/22/05
Time: 04:52:03

Message

The same cpt McDougall has been very very kind to me.. life can be stressful on everybody and we all have our bad days.or thats my guess


Name: Sharon, Proud Mom (173rd B 2-503)
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 04:34:42

Message

Happy Birthday to my Wonderful son Bryan! Sorry we are missing your day again,it seems your always away on birthday.We are thinking of of you all the time.God Bless you.We Love you,We support you,And most of all we are very Proud of you!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Be safe we love you! Love Mom and Manny


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 03:50:39

Message

A Co 1/508 are doing fine. Need more supplies, but with mail not getting to them, I don't know how they will get anything.



Name: to jessie
Date: 06/22/05
Time: 00:11:35

Message

when my husband was having problems in Iraq his mother contacted the congressmen he helped alot. or go to your rear d ncoic or Colonel drummer.


Name: rebecca
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 21:36:20

Message

Aw looks like nothing big happened in Afghanistan today. Isnt it nice to hear no news somedays?


Date: 06/21/05
Time: 21:27:44

Message

haven't heard from A co 1/508. any news??


Name: A co.
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 21:24:58

Message

anyone heard from 1/508 A co? just want to know any updates or news. thanks!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: dssteely@yahoo.com
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 18:06:55

Message

Does anyone have the name of the family support person for Able Company? It was Andi when they were in Iraq and when she left I don't remember who took her place. I would like to receive e-mail updates like before. Thanks!


Name: To Jessie
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 17:59:56

Message

Jessie,try writing to the family readiness group about your problem. family@setaf.army.mil If you don't get the response you need post back and I'll send you the email address for LTC Mike Shinners (173rd Airborne Brigade Rear Detachment Commander).


Name: Jessie
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 16:53:56

Message

Thanks for your concern. He is in the 1-508th HHC


Name: last message was meant FOR jessie (sorry)
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 16:48:50

Message


Name: Jessie
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 16:47:58

Message

So sorry you are having a rough time. I hope things get better. What group is he in? Maybe another wife/mom associated with that group can give more personal help to you.


Date: 06/21/05
Time: 12:34:01

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENNETH! :O) Go Able Warlords!!


Name: Jessie
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 12:08:36

Message

Patti: Thanks for the number!


Name: To: Jessie
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 11:52:34

Message

Try this number for the American Red Cross...1-877-272-7337. It is the number I used when I needed to get ahold of my son when his grandmother was seriously ill. You will have to know his rank, platoon, battalion, company, etc. Hope this helps. Patti


Name: Jessie
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 10:58:10

Message

Thanks for your help everyone. They just keep giving my husband morphine for his pain when in fact he needs to be seen by a specialist and on antibiotics of some sort. I have been emailing a bunch of different people though. Thanks -Ill keep you all posted.


Date: 06/21/05
Time: 10:37:35

Message

You might want to try the Red cross I don't know if they can help but tell them the situation and see what they maybe able to do


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 10:35:54

Message

i think i would start with rear d.. there may be someone there who cares and could give you some help? maybe your frg could help you out with some numbers.. i think they could at least get you moving in the right direction? good luck!!


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 10:32:52

Message

Try to get the name of the highest in command of the medical unit and work your way down from there. Time is of the essence if he is really sick. Search the unit websites and email anyone with a posted address. Good luck and keep us posted.


Name: Mom
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 10:18:05

Message

I have no idea who you would contact about your husband. Have you tried the family support number. If not maybe your local congressman. That is a tough one, but something we should all know.


Name: IMPORTANT!!!
Email:
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 09:11:36

Message

Does anyone know who I could contant to discuss the medical treatment my husband is getting. He is seriously ill over in afghanistan and is not receiving the correct medial attention. He told me to email someone to complain and maybe that could get something going. Please help!


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 04:44:22

Message

MAIL FROM ITALIAN POST OFFICES: write the address same as you would, but add new yourk after apo ae, and then write usa after the zip. the letters go to new yourk, then on to our guys. the zip code on their address is new yourk, so that's where you pay postage to. hope that helps!!


Name: TO JESSICA
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 02:45:39

Message

IF YOU GO TO WWW.GOOGLE.COM AND TYPE IN THE FORM NAME YOU NEED EXAMPLE IF YOU WANT THE TRAVEL VOUCHER FORM YOU TYPE IN DD FORM 1351-2 YOUR HUSBAND SHOULD NO THE FORM NUMBER THEN WHEN IT COMES OUT YOU PRINT OUT THE MOST RECENT DATE. yOU COULD ALSO FILL IT OUR ONLINE THEN PRINT IT HOPE THIS HELPS


Name: Jo
Email: kimmy84x@hotmail.com
Date: 06/21/05
Time: 02:19:46

Message

I already sent 2 letters to a friend but im not sure he got them. They couldn't help me a lot at the Italian post office.They weren't sure on how to send letters to APO address. Is there any Italian who can help me?plz e-mail me at the address above.


Name:
Email: skippy peanut butter
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 22:27:54

Message

I was thinking of sending out those tubs of peanut butter, but its really not a gerat idea unless your solider LOVES peanut butter. Because they come in a lot of the MRE's anyways. Just a thought! :O)


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 20:51:23

Message

To whomever wanted my husband's name (not son), please email me. Thanks. As for the Heater Meals, I bought the one that was some kind of Italian chicken pasta, so we'll see if it's good or not when he gets it. Yeah, they're pretty similar to MRE's, but I figured something different was worth a try. Also, Skippy makes peanut butter in a tube & squeezes out flat so you don't need a knife - just another idea to pass along.


Name: To Michele
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 20:40:56

Message

Sorry I accidentally omitted the name. I emailed you - Thanks!


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 20:25:40

Message

Hi Could the person who wanted me to send dvds to someone in LRSD please send me the name of the soldier and I'll get them out asap. For some reason I only have an address. Thanks Michele


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 13:50:56

Message

My husband was telling me about this website I need to go to to download some forms that he will need to fill out when he goes to the doctor on his R&R -that way the medical facility will then submit that form to the military and they will pay for his visit. However, he doesnt know what website it is. Does anyone know? Thanks.



Date: 06/20/05
Time: 12:00:37

Message

im italian and when my bf send me letter he has to put stamps on it.. letters are for free only when sent to american address not italian ones


Date: 06/20/05
Time: 11:47:29

Message

im italian and when my bf send me letter he has to put stamps on it.. letters are for free only when sent to american address not italian ones


Date: 06/20/05
Time: 10:14:47

Message

Jaymo, what is your son's name?


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 08:49:44

Message

My husband hasnt had to pay for letters that he has sent, however, he sent me a package this morning and it cost him 5 dollars because he told them he wanted it sent priority.


Name: To Jaymo
Email: Heater Meals
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 07:52:52

Message

When my son and nephew were in Iraq I sent them both "Heater Meals" and they loved them. Alot better then the mre's so you should sent them.


Name:
Email:
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 07:33:21

Message

I just talked with the military post office at Caserma Ederle and they said the only time a soldier in Afghanistan would have to pay for any mail is if it were being sent to an Italian address. Packages and letters sent to APO addresses at Caserma Ederle and addresses in the United States should be free. Hopefully this helps.


Name: maryann
Email: goodmary77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 06:55:07

Message

hello everyone, i got a call at 3:30 this morning from my bf hes in 508th A co, he said something about not being able to send mail. just wondering if anyone else heard the same thing


Date: 06/20/05
Time: 06:11:27

Message

Letters have arrived to me free. A large envelope was not free.


Date: 06/20/05
Time: 05:03:10

Message

they do need stamps it isnt free


Name: chiara
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 03:17:47

Message

Hi to everyone.my bf asked to send him over some stamps, but they shouldn't need those and send letters for free or i'm wrong??also i'm italians no chance to find some americans one...thanks


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/20/05
Time: 00:07:17

Message

those heater meals look suspiciously like mre's.. they get those all the time. so you know.. tho a nice idea!about the italian post office.. email me.. it's easier than going over it all again here! have a great day everyone!!


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 19:15:34

Message

Found a great food idea today in the camping section of the local Bass Pro Shops. It is called Heater Meals and all the resources are contained in the box to heat and eat a meal. There seemed to be a nice variety of foods. Go to www.basspro.com & do a search for Heater Meals or go to the company direct: http://www.heatermeals.com/ I don't know if they're any good, but I thought it was well worth a try.


Name: Jedi
Email: For #1Jedi!
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 09:54:33

Message

I love you Dad. You are the best! We miss you and can't wait to see you. Happy Daddy's Day! We love you!


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 09:23:25

Message

Hey everyone!! Happy Father's Day to all of the 173D Sky Soldiers. I love you D and miss you very much. I hope to hear from you soon. Be safe and keep your head down!! I'm sorry that the mail is so slow, but I agree with what was written below, I wouldn't want you in harms way just to retrieve a letter so I can understand. Just know that there's "plenty" of mail headed your way or already there. I can't wait for R&R. Only 8 months left and we are doing good. Thanks for the pictures, they were the bright spot to my day. You look so good! Stay safe everyone!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you each and every day!


Date: 06/19/05
Time: 08:17:44

Message

i mean sending letters with italian post office


Name: send letters from Italy
Email:
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 08:16:42

Message

considering i can't use the mps whats the correct address to send letters to the soldiers please i'd really like an answer as quick as you can and what kind of stamp i have to use?


Date: 06/19/05
Time: 08:16:13

Message

many kisses to my little soldier.i love you little star! and stay safe!


Name: Arlene
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 07:49:41

Message

hi Arlene did you get my e-mail about the airborne flag site. if not do you remember what the site address is? i can't find it agasin. thanks,lynda


Name: J's Mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 07:44:55

Message

God bless all the soldiers and their families .My son is in C-2/503 HQ Platoon . I miss him very much and worry about him daily , but I am thankful for the websites and photos ,they help ! He is the youngest in his group , but most of them look like babies to me . I am so proud I could burst , but I am also worried sick most of the time . Would other parents like to communicate and share their thoughts , communicate with someone else going through the same ? I feel for the spouses , but what about the parents whose children are over there ? I am my son's only parent , and I feel quite lost most of the time . Any thoughts ?


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 07:24:13

Message

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B-Co
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 07:04:29

Message

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL OUR SOLDIERS. WE LOVE YOU ALL AND PRAY FOR SAFE RETURN HOME!


Name: Arlene M
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 06/19/05
Time: 03:57:57

Message

A Co. Dad------ please e-mail me regarding mail delivery. Thanks, Arlene


Name: Melissa
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 22:23:06

Message

My fiance always explained the backwards flag to me as "the stars always face foward" and I have never questioned it. I like the idea of the way a flag looks when the wind is blowing against it! God Bless our Sky Soldiers!


Name: SSG Erika Crittenden
Email: erika.crittenden@us.army.mil
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 22:22:34

Message

I would like to wish my husband, SSG Ilon Crittenden of HHC 2-503rd, and all of the other Sky Soldiers and fathers of a Sky Soldier a Happy Father's Day. I love you Ilon and hope that this message helps to brighten up your day.


Name: D.
Email: Happy Father's Day
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 16:27:39

Message

I want to wish all the 173rd Sky Soldiers who are fathers a Very Happy Father's Day. Stay Safe and return home to us soon! To all the military dads A Happy Fathers Day to you also!


Name: A CO DAD
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 14:31:10

Message

I just spent 20 minutes for so instant messaging my son. He's pretty tired but wanted some computer time and it's early over there so he had a open P/C. He's very frustrated about not getting mail ( it's backed up at the airfield he thinks) I told him that its hard to take but I wouldn't want him to have to risk his life just to deliver letters, if that is the reason they're being held is because it ins't safe so I wouldn't want any soldier to have to do the same. He didn't say that, but I know the Army makes a great effort to get mail to the guys, so that's the only reason I could think of why the mail is delayed. Safety issues Other than the mail situation he was in good spirits. Lord bless our Sky Soldiers


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 14:13:41

Message

The explanation about the flag "looking" backwards is correct, it is to appear the way it would flow in the breeze. On all of our aircraft, the flag also appears backwards on the right side of the aircraft. It looks funny, but that's the design.


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 10:58:29

Message

A great phone call this morning from our son in 1-508 C. Co. He sounded tired but said they were all good. It's so nice to hear his voice from so far away. We are looking forward to R&R. Stay safe all Sky Soldiers and God Bless everyone!


Name: 1st 508 Mom
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 09:43:44

Message

RE: The flag is Backwards! I remember the first time I flew into Atlanta's airport to head down to Ft. Benning for family day (we've all been there, doesn't it seem like a long time ago?) The airport was swarming with soldiers in fatigues with backwards flags on them and I was VERY upset about it! (I can just hear my son, "oh, mom") The first soldiers I stopped to "inform" that their flags were sewn on backwards politely informed me that the US Army will never retreat so that's the way the flag ALWAYS flies for them. God HAS blessed the USA!


Name: italian girly
Email: Locations
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 07:39:01

Message

I understand it would be nice to know where our loved ones are,but Soldiers mom,and HHC wife i think its better not to post 'My boyfriend is moving from X to X'2. So i ask not to post locations names and stuff about missions too.I think in Internet you can find ALL the news you want,you are right about that,but why we have to add information,we want them to come back safe.I know you want that too thank you.Praying for your soldiers and all the 173rd.


Name: Denise
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 07:20:44

Message

From my understanding the flag placed backward also represents that as a nation and our military we will not back down or retreat we will always stand ready to fight i.e. these colors don't run, For it's the red, white and blue... God Bless America, God Bless Our Troops.


Name: Bill
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 06:33:54

Message

Thanks A 2/503 Dad. Makes sense. I appreciate the education.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 06:08:32

Message

Check out http://www.chosen2503abn.com New pictures. Pictures of my son also. Great from the PL.


Name: A 2/503 Dad
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 05:46:17

Message

To answer the question about the flag on the uniform appearing backwards, this is way a flag appears when someone is moving forward and the breese blows it backwards. I guess this is a symbol of the Army always going forward... God bless all our Skysoldiers!!


Name: Bill
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 04:37:35

Message

I just noticed that on my son's picture and on several others, the American flag on the right shoulder of their uniform is backwards. Does anyone know why that is? just curious.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 06/18/05
Time: 04:00:22

Message

As to the question of unit Locations, by now all unit locations have been posted in numerous news releases. Generally its a good idea not to say where some one is until it becomes public by the US Army


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 22:54:08

Message

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let everyone know that I heard from "my children" in Support Battalion - they are all doing ok. They even have A/C there so they said it was better than Iraq (not much better). I would also at this time like to wish all the dads out there - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY !!!! And may you be with your children soon. As for my Sky Soldiers - Take care and stay safe. Our prayers are with you and your families. Love to all. Mommaski


Name: RUSTY BROWN
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 22:32:53

Message

TO ALL OF OUR 74TH LRSD***** WE LOVE YOU, KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL JOB.... STAY SAFE, RESTED AND AS ALWAYS ***ALERT!!*** FEEL THE PRECIENCE OF GOD'S ANGELS WINGS AROUND YOU!!!


Name: Melissa
Email: Red Devil Supporter B Co
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 20:37:34

Message

To the B Co soldier's fiance, if you send me an email with your email address I will keep you updated, I am in the process of introducing myself to the FRG and learning about how it is organized. I can keep you up to date when I find out about their policies on fiances, etc. My email is austinj@musc.edu


Name: JM
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 20:29:17

Message

Thanks for all the responses to my PCSing question. I appreciate the help.


Name: missy
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 16:26:14

Message

It seems that unless there is a tragedy there is nitpicking. For the sake of our loved ones, can't we be understanding and loving, instead of attacking and rubbing the obvious in over and over? Just move on. I would be ashamed if my soldier logged on and saw some of the childish behaviour some have demostrated.


Date: 06/17/05
Time: 15:21:52

Message

Just want to make sure I read this at the top of the Message Board correctly: "Use some common sense, DO NOT POSTED unit locations or actions, etc or I'll delete your message." I did not post the original message. I, too, thought that this meant no locations, period. Can someone please clarify? I'm just asking, not trying to make anybody mad.


Name: TO SOLDIER MOM
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 09:53:44

Message

The enemies already know where all the soldiers are -I dont think listing a city in afghanistan is going to change anything. Especially when that wife just asked where it was. The base isnt even around where she asked! You need to get rid of the attitude!


Name: Melissa
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 07:44:49

Message

I'm new to all this too, let me figure it all out and I'll post again.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 06:49:52

Message

For Melissa, No I am not on the FRG mailing list! Did not think fiances could be!


Date: 06/17/05
Time: 06:24:03

Message

we came over on a hop but we had tickets for it we went from bwi to aviano they flew us from were we took leave at to bwi to catch the hop


Name: Melissa
EDate: 06/17/05
Time: 04:45:26

Message

Captain Riker. Are you on the FRG mailing list?


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 04:21:55

Message

To the PCS Question - the Army will provide you a paid flight to Europe, but there is no guarantee whether it will be a commercial flight or a charter. Depends on how many people they have going at one time, but normally it's a regular commercial flight to Italy. As far as pets go, it is an individual airline issue. Most airlines restrict shipments during the hot summer months because of delays on the airport and some pets becoming dehydrated. You should check with your transportation office that is handling the move and let them know so they can help with the answer. There isn't an easy, one policy fits all, answer. Good luck on the move - not sure if it's better to travel with one 17 pound pet or two 17 pound little boys!!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 02:41:49

Message

For Melissa, what is your fiances name? My fiance is also in B-Co, just returning from R&R :( Just wondering the new Commanders name. Thanks


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/17/05
Time: 00:50:47

Message

we came over last year on a regular commercial flight. the army paid for the tickets up front, and that was that.. we didn't move with pets.. i'm sorry i can't help much there.. i do know you should check with the individual airlines, as they don't all accept pets all the time.. or so i've heard. good luck!


Date: 06/16/05
Time: 21:44:55

Message

ok, everyone, lets REMEMBER! DO NOT POST THE EXACT LOCATION of our soldiers, if they inform you personally keep it that way. Lets do our part,(as helpless as we are) in keeping our loved ones SAFE!!!!!


Name: PCS question
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 21:32:55

Message

Do most families PCS to Italy on AMC flights, or do the airliners differ? How about flying with dogs, any suggestions? I know all about the health cert's, updated rabies vaccinations, etc, just wondering about the actual flight over. My dog weighs 17lbs - in cabin, in cargo.....need helpful info. Thanks so much.


Name: MANUEL M. MERMEA, JR.
Email: MMM1STHERD173RD@AOL.COM
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 19:19:49

Message

BATTALION COMMANDER OF 1ST BN 508 (ABN) INF. SIR, I SERVED WITH B CO, 1/508, WHEN IT WAS THE "GOLDEN BRIGADE" OF THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION. I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH THEM AND I AM VERY PROUD TO SEE THAT IT IS NOW PART OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE WHICH I ALSO SERVED WITH IN VIETNAM. I THINK THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB THERE AND HOPE THAT YOU ALL COME BACK SOON. I AM THINKING OF PURCHASING A U.S. FLAG (3x5) AND HAVE IT FLOWN OVER THE "THE ALAMO" HERE IN SAN ANTONIO AND SENDING IT TO THE "08" AND LET IF FLY OVER YOUR BATTALION HEADQUARTERS. PLEASE ADVISE IF THIS IS OK WITH YOU AND SEND ME A MAILING ADDRESS SO I CAN GET GOING ON THIS SMALL PROJECT. AGAIN, THANKS ALOT TO YOU AND THE REST OF THE GUYS THERE. AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY. MANNY - SKY SOLDIER IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.


Name: MANUEL M. MERMEA, JR.
Email: MMM1STHERD173RD@AOL.COM
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 19:19:26

Message

BATTALION COMMANDER OF 1ST BN 508 (ABN) INF. SIR, I SERVED WITH B CO, 1/508, WHEN IT WAS THE "GOLDEN BRIGADE" OF THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION. I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH THEM AND I AM VERY PROUD TO SEE THAT IT IS NOW PART OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE WHICH I ALSO SERVED WITH IN VIETNAM. I THINK THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB THERE AND HOPE THAT YOU ALL COME BACK SOON. I AM THINKING OF PURCHASING A U.S. FLAG (3x5) AND HAVE IT FLOWN OVER THE "THE ALAMO" HERE IN SAN ANTONIO AND SENDING IT TO THE "08" AND LET IF FLY OVER YOUR BATTALION HEADQUARTERS. PLEASE ADVISE IF THIS IS OK WITH YOU AND SEND ME A MAILING ADDRESS SO I CAN GET GOING ON THIS SMALL PROJECT. AGAIN, THANKS ALOT TO YOU AND THE REST OF THE GUYS THERE. AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY. MANNY - SKY SOLDIER IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.


Name: TO:Jammer FROM:Sammie
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 19:18:16

Message

hey you, i'm kicking myself for not getting to talk to you on wensday morning...i swear sometimes i can be such a ditz.I got your message though and thanks for the faith it ment the world to me.i miss you so much and i hope i get to see you when your home.were just sitting around here at MEPS before we leave to FT.Jackson, I'm anxious to go but i feel weird about it but like you said.."it aint no thang" thank you for everything ADIOS til then stay stronger then you are,take care God Bless -sammie


Name: To Wife of a 1-508th HHC
Email: A Soldiers Mother
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 18:11:34

Message

I'm sure the enemy knows where it is. Those of us who need to know will find out from our loved ones or through the military grapevine. Please don't post such information. Thank you.


Name: Chosen Co. Parents
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 18:10:15

Message

To Mac, Thanks for the tip about the article on Chosen Company in Soldier of Fortune Magazine. We went looking, but the issue we found had nothing. Can you be more specific about which month, etc. We are keeping a good thought for all the Sky Soldiers and their families.


Name: Chuck
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 17:59:39

Message

Updated photos of the Chosen Bullies C Co 2/503 http://www.chosen2503abn.com/1stAfghanistan.htm


Date: 06/16/05
Time: 15:19:57

Message

Hello to the 74th LRSD and the other Sky Soldiers. You're doing a great job and we all love you for that! Love and Prayers to you.


Name: soldier angel
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 14:44:34

Message

Will it be possible still to send small gifts to soldiers in the hhc if they have moved?


Name: Taryn to Wife of HHC
Email: osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 14:30:03

Message

Thanks for the info. His name is Brant Whaley. He left a short message that he wasn't sure if they would even have phones and that the internet access would not be much. Lets keep in touch!


Name: DD Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 13:48:41

Message

Hey Sky Soldiers I need a hand. If any of you know Matthews, Jonathan 2/503 Mortars please tell him Momma said "Happy Birthday Pumpkindoodle." THEN RUNNNNNNN real, real fast. :) :) :) I know I can depend on ya'll. His birthday is Friday June 17th. Be safe men and know you are always in our hearts and prayers.


Name: Wife of 1-508 HHC -TO TARYN
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 13:17:43

Message

Taryn -of course, I do not know that much about the move since everything is always top secrent. My husband leaves for another mission in a few days and then after that he will be moving to this new base. He said that they have been told that their phone usage might only be twice a week, but they have satellite phones there. He also said that they will be able to have wireless internet over there. What is your finaces name?


Name: Wife of 1-508 HHC -TO TARYN
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 13:06:06

Message

Taryn -of course, I do not know that much about the move since everything is always top secrent. My husband leaves for another mission in a few days and then after that he will be moving to this new base. He said that they have been told that their phone usage might only be twice a week, but they have satellite phones there. He also said that they will be able to have wireless internet over there. What is your finaces name?


Name: Wife of 1-508 HHC -TO TARYN
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 13:00:47

Message

Taryn -of course, I do not know that much about the move since everything is always top secrent. My husband leaves for another mission in a few days and then after that he will be moving to this new base. He said that they have been told that their phone usage might only be twice a week, but they have satellite phones there. He also said that they will be able to have wireless internet over there. What is your finaces name?


Name: Taryn to Wife of 1-508th HHC
Email: osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 12:46:14

Message

I was wondering if you knew anything about the move. I heard from my Fiance' that they were moving but it was a short message on my voicemail. Any information that you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Name: Taryn to wife of 1-508 HHC
Email: osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 12:41:02

Message

I was wondering if you could e-mail me about the move. My Fiance' is also in 1-508 HHC. He just left here on Monday and is heading back. He left me a short message about the move. ANY information would be appreciated. Thanks


Name: A. co 2/503
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 12:32:32

Message

Oh I just got the BEST surprise (phone call) this morning....my soldier said they are all ok....and think of all the families...God bless, our soldiers...


Name: wife of 1-508th HHC
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 12:06:08

Message

Thanks for your help!


Date: 06/16/05
Time: 10:53:36

Message

There is a place called Sharana in northwesternern paktika province southeast of Ghazni...don't know if that is it or not.


Name: Wife of an 1-508th HHC
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 10:23:00

Message

My husband is moving bases from Orgun E, to somewhere around Shirona. Does anyone knoew where that is located -I am having an awful time trying to find it on the map? Thanks


Name: MANUEL M. MERMEA, JR.
Email: MMM1STHERD173RD.AOL.COM
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 07:53:07

Message

AIRBORNE GREETINGS TO ALL MY FELLOW SKY SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN FROM A SAN ANTONIO AREA SKY SOLDIER. WISH I WAS THERE WITH YOU GUYS KICKING SOME REAR ENDS. YOU GUYS ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB THERE AND ARE KEEPING UP THE TRADITION WE LEFT BEHIND. A SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO SSG CHRISTOPHER SANCHEZ, CO C 2/503RD. RAN INTO YOUR UNCLE (SGM ROBERT SANCHEZ) AT THE VA. DOING FINE. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANKS TO THE GUYS IN CO B 1/508. I SERVED WITH THEM ALSO DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. THANKS & GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY GOD BRING YOU BACK SAFE. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR PRAYERS.


Name: Tommy L. Matthews
Email: tmatthews56@yahoo.com
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 07:08:49

Message

If any soldiers over there happen too run into Matthews Jonathan T. HHC 2/503 (mortors) tommorrow June 17 please wish him a happy 21st birthday from his dad and the rest of his family,tell him we love and miss him very much and are very proud of him


Name: To: Sister of a Soldier
Email: Re: GMA Posting
Date: 06/16/05
Time: 06:25:05

Message

Thanks for backing me up this morning! I can't believe what some of those people would have the nerve to say.


Date: 06/15/05
Time: 22:27:06

Message

I get connected through a local base (US) also.


Name: Mom
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 18:47:01

Message

When my son calls us he is first connected to the phone system at Beals A F B in Northern CA. he calls us from there using the toll free number we got many years ago. personal toll free numbers are usually very inexpensive and can be used from anywhere in the US without having to use a phone card. It is much easier.The toll free number comes in on our house phone line. You do not need a second phone line to have it. Just a thought in case it helps anyone.


Name: Mac McClintock X.O. New England Chapter IX
Email: Boonyratmac@aol.com
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 18:01:50

Message

Congrates to the the Chosen Few...Great write-up in this months Soldier Of Fortune Mag. Real proud of you guys. Keep up the good work. The 173d patch is both admired and feared buy our enemies. You appear to continue that legecy... Good Hunting and God is with you. All of us from the HERD are with you and will be here for you when you come home. Airborne Brother Skysoldiers Mad Mac B/3/503 68-69


Name: Melissa
Email: austinj@musc.edu
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 17:05:10

Message

My fiance just took command of 1-508 B Co. They are doing well.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 16:25:23

Message

Just heard from my son today. Only had a message on my answering machine and he said, " Dad, don't be mad, I don't have your cell phone number with me again". Heck, I heard from him and he is OK. How can he think of something like that when he has been on a long one? The Army Airborne makes em better. He is in Chosen Few, 2nd/503.


Name: to the one who heard from b co 1-508
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 15:12:02

Message

i have a friend in b co too. dont hear from him since a while. could i email u please? maybe my friend and yours know eachother. just want to be sure he is doing ok.


Name: cindy
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 14:13:32

Message

thanks to everyone who responded to my questions about C Co. We heard from our son this morning and although its been a very long week for them he says they're all doing OK. Also they had mail waiting for them and he said that was GREAT!!


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 13:15:40

Message

I heard from my husband today. We were able to talk for 40 minutes, unlike our normal 18. He has finally seen some camel spiders. Those things are huge! He will be going on another mission next week and then will be transferring to another base in afghanistan. Cant wait for August for his R&R. This is my first deployment, and at times it gets really rough -it is nice to be able to read ya'lls messages, they really do help! God Bless


Name: Mike
Email: meloman67@hotmail.com
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 10:55:28

Message

While my son was in Iraq, my wife and I drove ourselves crazy fretting over whether our son was ok. He was hurt a number of times, none of which were severe enough for him to feel necessary to call us to make us worry. If he had we probably would have worried that much more. All I am saying is that there is nothing you can do except pray for the safety of your soldier and all those in harms way. I don't know which was worse worrying ourselves to death about his safety or finally when we got the call about him being wounded. You don't do your soldier any good wearing yourself down mentally. Just pray for his safety and wait for his safe return. Just as he must rely on his buddies and trust in Gods protection, so do you.


Name: 1-508 Bco.
Email: YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 09:10:44

Message

I just heard from my soldier in Bco 1508, they seem to be doing well. Just thought this might help. Hope you all hear from yours soon.


Name: Kathy G
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 06:54:02

Message

The 5 minute morale phone is nice and good for the soldiers and is a nice gesture. But 5 minutes???????? I can hardly say hi how are you before the time is up. Where my son is there are not the regular phones to call from and no internet. Like I said where he is is pretty rough with much less than other FOB areas. Satellite phones are quite expensive so they stick to the required 5 minutes pretty much. If you want to talk to your soldier more, then you might look into phone cards for him. You might ask how he is calling because that does make a difference on what kind of card you get. Regular phone cards will not work with the sat phone. We just want to talk to our son more and our daughter in law does too. Very important to us. This has been a learning experience for us as was Italy. But we are learning. This is our first deployment also. Lots of prayers not only for our soldier but yours. God Bless our soldiers.


Name: italian girly
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 06:52:19

Message

http://www.auction-sellers-resource.com/ustroops.shtml here's the link to the page where i found it :)


Name: italian girly
Email: About phone question
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 06:50:14

Message

I found this explanation in a web site hope it helps.'It all depends on where they are. Those stationed in places such as Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, get a free link to a military post in the US, where an operator connects them into the domestic phone system. At this point they need a phone card to complete their call. In some countries, the troops use public phones and must pay the international calling card rate'


Name: phone question
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 06:13:19

Message

Why are some people having to buy cards and pay for telephone contact and some aren't? Don't they all get to call home for free (morale calls)? Just Wondering.


Name: Kathy G
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 05:04:12

Message

Thank you so much for the website for the phone cards. It will be much easier to order on line rather than wire money. Now we are set. And also thanks for the clarification on soldier use of the sat phones. Some of our boys have limited access to basic needs where they are. It will get better hopefully. Again, thanks for the info. I knew this site would lead me in the right direction. God Bless our boys.


Date: 06/15/05
Time: 04:42:45

Message

The sat phones we are talking about are for a platoon that do not have access to regular phones or internet. It has been authorized for them to use them by their company commander. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to communicate with their families at all. It's not individual soldiers owning the sat phones and using them. They are using what was provided to them by the company to call their families.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 03:40:52

Message

Sat Phones; It is my understanding that they are NOT AUTHORIZED by soldiers


Name: Sat phones
Date: 06/15/05
Time: 00:07:32

Message

I've got another web site that you can buy Thuraya sat phone cards called www.ustronics.com. You can buy it on the internet, but as far as I can tell they have to be mailed to you instead of being able to receive the pin number information over the internet. Just bought 10 for my husband and some of the other guys in his platoon. We'll see how long it takes to get to Italy. :) There are good and bad things about all of them. I guess you just have to pick and choose and decide what works best for you.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 22:22:09

Message

2-503rd is mentioned in the following article: http://www.dod.mil/news/Jun2005/20050614_1718.html


Name: Kathy G
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 19:38:44

Message

Individual Satellite phones are not allowed. The only phone that my son has is the satellite phone at his FOB because they do not have the conveniences that some of the other FOBs have. All the soldiers have to share--thus the Call for All card that doesn't attach minutes directly to the Sat phone. I looked into the Pingo card but I think for their sat phone they have to use the particular Thuraya calling service. It's complicated I know. Just thought someone out there might have a better source for the Thuraya phone cards. Thanks for the input. I'll keep trying.


Name: An Old Navy Wife
Email: notgoodenoughtobeanarmymom.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 19:20:29

Message

Sister, Thanks for the GMA message board link. I made sure to leave them my thoughts on their poor choice in coverage this morning. Peace Sister.


Name: Michele
Email: Phone???
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 19:07:14

Message

Hi I have a phone question conerning satellite phone cards. My son told me they were not allowed over there. Has that changed or do you have to be in a particular base etc/ I know my son is out alot maybe thats why. If anyone knows clue me in because of course I want to talk to my son if I can. I keep playing the video of him over and over just to see him but even I'll admit it its getting old! My sister-in-law talked to her son in Iraq and said it was difficult as they kept getting cut off but he'd keep calling back. Ty Michele


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 18:51:08

Message

OLD SOLDIER: I think I'm straight now. FOX only BROADCASTS and their sponsors sponsor ABC NEWS on their stations.FOX needs to choose better associates then. What makes FOX better than ABC if they are broadcasting ABC news and their poor choice in news coverage today? Peace & Love to You, You Old Soldier.


Name: Jhulz
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 18:03:24

Message

Try getting the Pingo card it automatically recharge his card when it's running low. www.pingo.com. Hope this helps


Name: Proud Sister
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 17:49:03

Message

Hey everyone, I hope this works, but here is a direct link to a message board at GMA. I have already left my message! http://forums.go.com/abcnews/GMA/forum?start=0&forumID=7


Name: Kathy G
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 17:44:07

Message

Ok, here is the information that I have collected so far on the Thuraya Satellite phone cards. It is the Call for All card that they need that gives them minutes to use but does not attach them to the phone itself as does the regular scratch phone card. I tried the satphone.com company and they told me that they have ordered the cards but have not been authorized to sell them as of yet. Hopefully they will soon because it would be easier to purchase through them by credit card. I ordered 2 Call for All cards at $25 for 19 minutes directly from the Thuraya company. The catch is that you have to wire them money which cost an addition $10. I have received confirmation that they have received my wired money and I was to confirm back to them and they will send me a password to open the email with the pin number in it. I have confirmed but have not received my password---hope all of this is legit. Anyway, I am waiting and in that time my son has called his wife and she was not able to give him his pin numbers. Maybe next time. So frustrating for him. So that is where I am with the phone cards that several were asking about last week. I have searched the internet to find another source that will take a credit card order but have had no luck. So if there is anyone out there that does have a source please let us all know. As for my son---he is doing fine. Hope to hear from him soon. My prayers are with all of the soldiers. May God put His protect shield over each and every one of them.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 17:00:04

Message

I thank you all who have posted on the GMA discussion board and those of you who have e-mailed the show. I don't know if I'll watch them anymore. I haven't seen my soldier since Christmas and I thought I might catch a glimpse, but all I could see what that.... that IT. I cannot believe GMA would replace our SOLDIERS, our HEROES, with that pervert. It is disgusting. It is the SOLDIERS who give them the right to be on air and all they can do is talk about how our judicial system has failed once again.


Name: Jo
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 16:56:30

Message

Hi all! Im an Italian girl and I have a dear friend in Afghanistan at the moment. Don't hear of him very often, but I feel so happy when i recive a few lines from him, telling me he's ok and safe. I just wanted to say to everybody that the idea of this web site and this message board is simply great. After my friend left i found out the site surfing on the net and since that day i come here nearly every day to read all the messages that are posted and it's great... it's like you people are a big family... sometimes i read the messages and i feel the same things that people write and i feel a bit less lonely..This site is a great support for families, soldiers and for friends too!!I really felt i had to post this message to say thank you to everybody. Keep going on like this and never change!! :)


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:55:07

Message

Please get it right - it was ABC that pre-empted the 173rd to show Michael Jackson. It was not Fox News, but a local Fox affiliate that carries ABC. ABC and CBS have turned their backs on the military and our nation's heroes for 6 decades and that's why these two networks' new shows are never on in this house. God Bless our troops -


Name: Sister of a soldier
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:51:14

Message

It is hard to find but it is great to speak your mind. Go for it


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:36:11

Message

there is a message board on the GMA website - hard to find, but worth venting at


Name: To - Jess
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:32:48

Message

Please use this email address: jaymo1975@hotmail.com. I sent you an email or 2 also! Thanks!!


Name: Jess
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:30:23

Message

Jaymo, I've sent you three e-mails in the past week, and they have all been returned to me? I don't know why, it just says that the messages where declined. I hope you get on here and read this! I'll try to figure out what going on, until then I can recieve, I just can't mail! Jess


Name: DD Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:20:55

Message

Hey Sky Soldiers, just a word to let you know we got your backs here in the US. You can depend on your family at home to stand for what you are putting your life on the line for there. Bless the souls who fail to remember it is because of hereos like Sky Soldiers that afford us simple things as television, choice of networks and even the freedome to sit home in front of our televisions. Anyway, fellars I'm just a ticked off Momma today and letting the big guys know they let us down. For any of you at a loss of words feel comfortable in copying and pasting my message to GMA. 173rd you are doing an awesome job. It's funny, people have commented around me saying , "why has Afghanistan become so "hot." I just say "The boys are back in town." Like Pat Green signed on his poster he sent over. " to the 173rd ...Live loud and Kick A--. !! Hey GMA, Thanks alot for showing the world what you think is more important. Do you have any idea how parents, wives, children, brothers, sisters, and so on, pine for just a glimpse or a word on our loved ones, away defending our COUNTRY. Yes I said OUR country and not YOURS. If this is how quick you are to dump features on our heroes and the Army, then you don't deserve to call it yours. How utterly disgusting that you would stoop so low as to spend so much time on freaks and that circus of a trial, instead of on our heroes. I'm sure Mr. Jackson appreciates you much more than any military family out here. How quickly one forgets the price of freedom and caters to greed and sensationalism. I have been a fan of GMA for over 20 years and stand proud to say GOODBYE to you and your network . Let Jackson keep you on the air now cause it won't be me. Proud Airborne Mom, DD Clark Rusk, Texas


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:09:00

Message

for the camera, you can send him one of the small digitals that uses memory cards and mail a few of the cards back and forth. They are flash memory, so they are less likely to be corrupted by x-rays... and if you send the small cards back and forth, you won't be in for too much of an investment and you can reuse the cards... just save the pics on your computer at home.


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 15:08:02

Message

Rebecca--- I received four letters from my son, Nathan yesterday. All the letters were dated April. Not sure why it is taking so long. I have not yet watched the GMA show (I have it taped), but it seems to me that it would be a waste of my time. Hopefully dateline will do a better job. Arlene


Name: to rebecca
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 14:55:05

Message

I am also waiting for a letter that was mailed the same time as a package with a disp. camera & roll of film. I got the package with the film, but no letter (mailed before June). My only suggestion on the camera issue is that I sent my husband a digital camera & he emails photos back for me to view.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 13:45:55

Message

God Bless D-319th AFAR


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 13:12:48

Message

way to go OldNavyMom!!! fox sicks


Name: rebecca
Email: 2nd platoon able company
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 12:29:39

Message

Oh I just got the BEST phone call this morning. Sadly....cell phone reception SUCKS! ha ha I was at the park and got a call from my bf in 2nd platoon of Able company. I couldnt make out where he said he was. But he's safe, so thats all that matters. He mentioned that they cant send back our cameras we're sending, its some new thing they are doing. Said the packages are now getting x-rayed before they get sent back to us. Anyone know anything about this? Or have any suggestions to get pictures back from them? I was really bummed. He also said he sent a letter to me 6 weeks ago. Has anyone recieved letters that took that long to arrive? I havent gotten it yet. Anyways...happy day! Go 173rd!!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 12:05:09

Message

I totally agree with what you said about GMA.I wrote a email to GMA.Our children,husbands, wives that service our country deserve alot more credit. It is very sad. I hope Dateline is better. Our soldiers really need the moral and this didn't help at all. Debbie


Name: An Old Navy Wife
Email: notgoodenoughtobeanarmymom.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 11:58:08

Message

I too tuned to GMA instead of watching the NBC Today Show as I usually do, for the chance to get a glimpse of my hero son who (through my own fault) doesn't care to see or communicate with me or his father. I was very, very disappointed and at 9 am turned back to my favorite Today Show, which was airing a segment from Fort Monroe in Hampton Virginia, with the Army Guard marching there in Colonial uniforms. Fort Monroe, whose mission is mostly to preserve the history of our great U.S. Army traditions is probably one of the few places stateside that has any soldiers available who aren't off fighting in the various wars in our world. At any rate, I now know why I don't care to view ABC or their affiliate FOX News and will return to my friends at NBC and their local affiliates. They always do very fair and very honest coverage of our military and their families. ABC/FOX owes our boys a big apology. There was nothing more worthy of news coverage today; Flag Day; and Army Birthday.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 11:26:41

Message

I agree with soldier dad 508 a co. I also wondered if they got bumped. It almost made me sick to watch GMA this morning. They were all so ingrosed in the Michael Jackson case. Who freaking cares about him. They should have done the entire hour about the military and had families and soldier etc. I will also try to email GMA. Go Combat Wombats, you have my support all the way. Give 'em hell.


Name: Soldiers Dad/508 Company A
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 11:07:24

Message

I watched the entire two hours of Good Morning America this am, hoping for a glimpse of our boys. Unfortunately due to the Michael Jackson Story (in my opinion) they got bumped! We all know that it's what sells that goes on TV, but it still ticks me off to know that our country has changed to the extent that a weird, pervert, gets billing instead of our soldiers that are almost anonymously (it seems sometimes) giving their lives and hardwork. I will email Good Morning America-If anyone else cares to; I think, (don't hold me to this) the address is:GMA.ABCNEWS.COM. Perhaps they will air it later, however I did speak with my son in the 508th not 15 minutes before the broadcast began. He did say that they all shouted in unison before the camera crew-" Happy Birthday Army". Today was that day, so I would not be surprised if they got cut. I'll consider myself lucky though, it was the second time we had a chance to speak to each other since late February. It was wonderful just hearing his voice. As usual they are doing okay, tired but okay. I wonder how the group from GMA felt about broadcasting about Michael Jackson instead of the soldiers? I hope it made them sick to their stomachs. I did me. Soldiers Dad, If you guys out there in Paktika can read this, you have all the support you need from the ones that matter, us, your families, friends. The ones you can count on, always. I love you and miss you, stay safe, keep your head down when you need to. The "Funyuns" are on the way-"Spiralina" also.


Name: Ken
Email: krosenmeier@sbcglobal.net
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 10:41:05

Message

To Cindy: My son is in C Co 1-508. He e-mailed 6/11, everyone working hard everything OK.


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 10:37:43

Message

i watched it but saw nothing but michael jackson stuff and a presetation for flag day and army's b'day. maybe tomorrow.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 10:35:05

Message

It is the Army's 230th birthday. I watched GMA this morning, I only missed a small portion of it about 20 min when my soldier called. I didn't see any of the 173rd airborne on there.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 10:00:26

Message

Did anyone watch Good Morning America today? I was wondering if 1-508 A. Co was on. I missed the show.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 09:18:48

Message

This message id for all the military men,women who serve our country.I believe today is the Army's birthday. 204 years.We are proud of all of you.And especiallyfor the veterns who made it possible for our freedom.From a very proud family that has a wonderful son in the A Co 2/503.


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 08:01:52

Message

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=29727


Date: 06/14/05
Time: 07:43:10

Message

Here's a little more info on the injured soldiers in Kandahar. Says they were part of a Provisional Reconstruction team. Four U.S. servicemembers were injured today near Kandahar, Afghanistan, by a suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported. Initial reports attributed the blast to a roadside bomb, but officials said improvised explosive device experts flown to the scene determined a suicide car bomber had been responsible for the blast. The attack injured four members of a provisional reconstruction team who were on a routine patrol, officials said. No report was available on their condition. In other news from Afghanistan, an Afghan man riding a bicycle was killed today when he was struck by a U.S. government contractor's fuel truck. The accident happened on Jalalabad Road, outside the Kabul Military Training Center. After the accident, the truck driver turned in to KMTC to report it. "Our thoughts and prayers go out the family of the victim of this tragic event," said U. S. Army Col. James Yonts, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan public affairs officer. Kabul police are investigating the accident.


Name: Mic
Email: chiccaita@hotmail.com
Date: 06/14/05
Time: 01:58:43

Message

100% ITALIAN please write me if you can, i need help about mail! grazie


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 23:59:34

Message

Hello everyone!!! I notice people are getting wound up again about the "UNKNOWN". Well here is what my experience has taught me. If your loved one is injured - if the soldier returns to duty, that soldier makes the decisions on whether to inform anyone or not - they usually do not. As was told to me "Mommaski, I couldn't tell my mom, she would freak ! And even though I was ok. she wouldn't believe I was ok until she saw me" Sound familiar? If they are badly injured they are flown out of country to Germany - once information on status is gathered the family will be notified and given the opportunity to join them. If the God Forbid happens - you will be notified in 24 hours. So if you have heard nothing after 24 hours passes from the incedent - don't worry it wasn't yours. Switch your prayers from God Please don't let be mine to God Please be with these families during this heart wrenching time. As parents and wives we have become very spoiled with phone calls and emails, but remember, they have a job to do and sometimes they work in places that doesn't have anymore electrcity than what is needed to do their job. Once they get back to an area where they can you will hear from them or about them.Have patience - they want to talk to you as much as you want to hear their precious voices. I used to send Michael this email when I didn\t hear from him in awhile - "Dear Michael, How are you? I am fine. Long time no hear from - are you still there? I am still here. Love Mom"


Name: Sheila
Email: dssteely@yahoo.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 23:06:47

Message

My heart goes out to those soldiers injured and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in recent attacks. I wish them and their families the best. I had a hard time dealing with all this when my son was in Iraq and was glad he wasn't going back there this time. I mistakingly thought Afghanistan would be safer. I got an e-mail from my Sky Soldier today and pray that he sent it after today's attack so I can still be sure he is ok. God Bless


Date: 06/13/05
Time: 22:35:53

Message

JIM BRADLEY, I TRIED TO ORDER THE BOOK "DOWN RANGE" BUT NO ONE EVER ANSWERED THE PHONE. MY SOLDIER COMES HOME FOR R7R SOON AND I WOULD LIKE TO READ IT BEFORE HE DOES... HELP!!!


Date: 06/13/05
Time: 21:42:56

Message

I haven't heard from my friend in B co 1-508 lately... I'm sure though, that since all of these people are hearing from their loved ones, we'll get news soon. Seems like they finally got some down time.


Name: Cindy
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 21:24:08

Message

Has anyone heard from C Co 1-508 lately? We haven't heard anything for a while and that's kind of unusual. Thanks for all the input from other families, it helps to know we're not alone in our worry and that they are not alone in combat.


Name: MOM
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 20:19:32

Message

SGT. Scott Hamilton, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Son! I wish I could be with you on this Special day for you.Have a Great one and hope you like your gift! Hugs to you and Stay Safe. Mom


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 19:29:42

Message

Hi ALl I just got back from our tribute to the troops. I collected over 500 dvd movies and 500.00 cash was raised through the raffle. It was awesome so many people showed up and were so happy to be doing something positive. I met former 503rd soldiers from Vietnam and they were so glad to hear about their bothers and how they were doing. We will be in a couple of local papers and on the news so our soliers will not be forgotten. I am so overwhelmed with the outpouring of kindness from total strangers it was a bright spot in my day week etc. Once again I have a couple of address from the 508th and 503rd but anyone else out there want there soldiers to receive movies nows the time.Take Care Michele


Name: Samantha RE: Dateline special
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 18:56:12

Message

I posted a few days ago, but I will repost. My company does a small amount of business with NBC (we are in NJ, and they are in NYC) and I received information that the special is going to air on Friday June 24th in a Dateline NBC timeslot. The time varies per time zone, so you can check msnbc.com that week to check to see what time it will be on. If the time or date changes I will be notified, and notify all of you. God Bless our soldiers!


Date: 06/13/05
Time: 16:25:17

Message

nbc sorry!


Name: 1/508th C Co Wife
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 16:02:02

Message

Sorry not trying to be annoying. June 24th?? On what TV station?? Is it Datline NBC


Name: Annette
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 15:58:15

Message

My son is home for much needed R&R and I still check the site to see how the "family" is doing. My heart aches for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have fallen. My prayers are with/for all who are involved in this war and the families who support them. Keep up the good work, watch one another's backs, and come home soon---safe and sound. Dishman and Schlothauer, guess who Jason is thinking of??? Love to all of you----


Date: 06/13/05
Time: 15:56:34

Message

friday june 24th


Name: To Christina
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 15:55:52

Message

Yes, it is good to make contact with someone here who has a loved one over there!


Name: 1/508th C Co Wife
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 15:51:11

Message

HI....I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the Dateline special on the 173rd. If Anyone knows anything. Please let me know!! Would be very much appreciated!


Name: Prior Able Company 3rd platoon, Spc Swan
Email: swan-vet@woh.rr.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 15:33:43

Message

Hey to all in Able Co. I wish I was there with you in these times. I hope all of you are doing well and the country appreciates your service. Be safe and make it back home. So you can empty the class six. Swan


Name: To Mike
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 14:58:52

Message

Thank you for your words. I DO agree with you, that if my husband were injured, but able to return to duty, I'd rather not know. It would do me no good to sit here and freak out about what is going on over there. I know he is the best of the best and he will get the job done the best way he knows how. I do not stay glued to the TV news because I don't want the stress affecting my health, because it does. I pray for a safe return as often as I can. I can't wait for these guys to come home.


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 14:48:13

Message

Heard from my son Spc. Nathan 1/508 Saturday and again this afternoon. All is well with his squad. They finally got some down time, so I hope everyone gets a call. He asked that I send summer games, baseball, bats, horseshoes, and maybe a football. Another theme package maybe? Arlene


Name: To Patti
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 14:08:50

Message

Hi Patti, Just wanted to say hello and welcome to the site! My boyfriend is also in 2nd platoon. It is nice to know family and friends of soldiers who are over there together. I'm glad you heard from your son the other day. I received a phone call the same day as well. Hope everything was well with him! ~Christina~


Name: TO MIKE
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 13:19:33

Message

I as a wife do not agree with what you said. I would rather know my husband had been hurt even though it was minor than sit up all night for nights at a time worrying he is alive!!!!! So I hope that is not true!!!!


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 10:58:00

Message

God bless our soldiers. My husband is in the 508th HHC division and has been on several missions at a time. It seems like the attacks and explosions always occur when my husband is away on a mission and can not get word to me. I too have come to realize that no news is good news. Everyone over there is doing such a wonderful job. I am so proud of our troops and so thankful to them for the price they are paying for our freedom.


Name: Mike
Email: meloman67@hotmail.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 10:44:23

Message

I know from personal experience that you hold you breath every time you hear of someone in the area in which the 173rd is doing duty being injured or falling in the line of duty. Take it from me, no news is good news. If your loved one has received a minor injury, you may not even hear from them because they don't want you to worry. If the injury requires evacuation to Germany or prolonged medical attention, then you will most likely hear from the army first, but with your loved one very close by. Again, no news is good news. Our loved ones don't want us worrying every time we hear of an incident. It does nothing for your own mental health. I remember when our son was in Iraq, we never watched more CNN and Fox and MSNBC in our lives. Please, I know it is very hard, but try not to be so attentive to what you hear and be more attentive to what you don"t hear. The time our loved ones are in harms way is a very tough time. Pray for those who fall and are wounded, and the rest of us will pray for the safe return of your loved ones. The 173rd is a very large family both past and present members. We all pray for your loved ones safe return and for those who have fallen. No member of the 173rd family will ever forget about those serving in harms way. The time that our loved ones are in harms way will pass faster than you think, and your Sky Soldier will be safe again before you know it with mission accomplished and the satisfaction they have served in a proud unit. Debra, I can't think of many more caring to work with the Gold Star Moms. Keep up the good work and I hope your list never gets much longer. GOD BLESS THE 173rd.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 10:04:55

Message

My son is in Able Company. 2nd platoon, I think. I am not sure, all this confuses me sometimes.


Date: 06/13/05
Time: 08:59:19

Message

www.afghannews.net


Name: rebecca
Email: blast today
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 07:39:21

Message

Damn, I was online and the first thing I look at is the news. I didn't see any articles about today's blast and was like, 'thank goodness, it was a quite day today.' and then I log on here and find out I was mistaken. I pray for all our troops out there.


Name: news from Fox
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 03:33:02

Message

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An explosion near a U.S. military vehicle in southern Afghanistan (search ) on Monday wounded four American troops, a U.S. military spokesman said, the latest in a series of bloody assaults on coalition forces. The vehicle was hit near the main southern city of Kandahar. A local Afghan police chief said the blast was a homicide attack (search), but American spokesman Col. James Yonts told reporters in Kabul that the cause was not immediately known. Yonts said the four wounded, one in serious condition, were flown to a U.S. base in Kandahar for medical treatment. Gen. Salim Khan, the deputy police chief for Kandahar (search), said a homicide bomber had rammed a car full of explosives into the U.S. vehicle, and that at least three American troops were killed. "The U.S. vehicle was blown up in the suicide attack," Khan said. An Associated Press reporter at the scene said he saw three American soldiers being carried on stretchers into a U.S. military helicopter. Two other U.S. helicopters were hovering overhead and several U.S. military vehicles also had arrived at the site. Taliban-led rebels have stepped up attacks in an apparent effort to sabotage legislative elections due in September. Five American troops have died in attacks this month.


Name: sissi
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 03:24:49

Message

Sorry past and copy the all thing!


Name: sissi
Email: last attack info
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 03:18:08

Message

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050613/ap_on_re_mi_ea/afghan_us_blast


Name: SSG Erika Crittenden
Email: erika.crittenden@us.army.mil
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 03:08:05

Message

Please pray for the families of those whom love ones lost their lives today and for those soldiers who were also wounded in that same attack. It's always a blow to our hearts when such a tragedy like this strikes one of our own whether it's a relative, friend, or someone we don't even know. They are all our soldiers and everyday we should be very proud of what our men and women are doing to help liberate other countries. Continue to pray for each OEF/OIF soldier....that every soldier will have a safe and speedy return to their families.


Name: Brenda (Flippo's Wife)
Date: 06/13/05
Time: 00:31:02

Message

My husband called tonight. He was not 100% sure, but he thinks they may be on Good Morning America on the 14th of June. He said they recorded two different messages, so he wasn't sure which one they planned to use, but he said that one might be on that date. Sorry if this is wrong. However, since there is a chance, he wanted me to know, and I thought everyone might want to know as well.


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 23:40:40

Message

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8197613/


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 22:41:44

Message

I heard from my soldier in 1-508th this morning. He sounded pretty good. They finally got a mail drop so he was very excited about that. Thanks to all of you guys, you are all heros. Watch out for one another and give 'em hell.


Name: italian girly
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 15:27:42

Message

Hey casey i heard from Scouts 1/508 they are all ok just don't worry u'll get news as soon as your loved one get a chance to contact you :)


Name: to Patti
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 15:03:37

Message

Hi Patty, what platoon is your son in?


Name: To Casey
Email: Don't worry
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 13:40:45

Message

Just remember, no news is good news. Don't let yourself worry this much, you'll drive yourself crazy.


Name: Sara
Email: sarasin76@hotmail.com
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 12:39:19

Message

To CSC friend, it depends on when your friends from CSC left. Email me if you want. God bless our soldiers and baby if by any chance you read this remember I love you


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 12:32:50

Message

casey, i wouldn't worry too much.. lots of people don't hear from their husbands much.. the phones have been down for a few days in the 508 area.. just be patient


Name: casey
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 09:39:26

Message

Has anyone heard from Scouts 1/508. I am starting to get worried!!! This is the second time I have posted in a week. If anyone has heard from them or knows why they arent able to use the phones or email please let me know. Thanks. I have tried to call my FRG leaders and I cannot reach them.


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 08:35:11

Message

God now holds him in the palm of his hand.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 07:49:18

Message

Hello everyone. I'd like to introduce myself. I am Patti Thompson. My son is a member of the 173rd Able Co. 2/503. I heard from him yesterday and he sounded good. To all soldiers...keep up the good work. We are proud of you!


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 07:41:16

Message

The soldier killed friday in Orgun-e was with Special Forces. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20050611-1461.html


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 06:47:56

Message

Happy birthday Sara!


Name: Sara
Email: R & R
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 06:23:52

Message

My son is home for R&R now. I don't want to be specific because I know that's not allowed, but he took a helicopter ride and four airplanes to get to the airport in the Northeast US near our home. First there was a helicopter ride to get out of the FOB, then a plane ride to get to another country still in the Middle East. His second plane ride was to Germany, from there he caught a flight to Atlanta, and finally one to home. Hope this helps.


Name: italian girly
Email: to cdninitaly and sissi
Date: 06/12/05
Time: 03:02:17

Message

Thank you for the information. Now its all more clear to me ^;^.


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 01:26:11

Message

The army only pays to a hub. You have to pay the rest.


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 01:25:25

Message

The guys on r and r can go where ever they want to as long as there is a hub i know if they are coming to vicenza (my hubby just left to go back) you can pic them up at the Vicenzia airport they take a civ. flight in to there and you can drop them back off when they leave. but if you don't have a pov there is always some on from rear d at the airport waiting for them ( they will also take and pick up family members who are going to the states there to) they don't have to sign in here like they did during Iraq they do all that in Germany so once they are off the plan they are free


Date: 06/12/05
Time: 01:20:42

Message

All solders should get r and r this is the army so we cant say they will, but i know that 60 before redeployment r and r will stop so if they haven't taken it by then they wont be getting it


Name: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Email: r&r
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 23:42:32

Message

every soldier gets r&r. it's a rule. they basically pick where they want to go. the army will pay for their trip to the usa or italy. wherever home is, or wherever family is.


Name: sissi
Email: to italian girly
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 23:32:09

Message

Yes, the guys can go on R&R in Italy too... if they have a wife or friends they can choose to spend the 15 days of "freedom" in Vicenza! Remember anyway, that not all the soldiers are going to be on R&R is a decision of the company commander! Ciao.


Name: CSC friend
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 21:56:00

Message

Does anybody know the address for the guys in CSC? Combat support company. Thank you for your help.


Name: rebecca
Email: for: Mommaski
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 18:19:55

Message

for your summer themed box 'dang, its cold.." You could send those quick heat pads they sell at REI and drugstores. They can slip them under their bdu's or in their boots for added warmth. Makes it nice during the night on patrols when you have them in gloves or boots. especially when they arent moving alot. :O)


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 17:41:48

Message

Hello everyone !!! I am sorry I have not been to the site lately. It has been a hard week. I have been dealing with alot of new Gold Star Mothers, unfortunately. Also when we lose one it is kinda hard on the 173rd OIF Gold Star families. Also I have been asked to be the Liaison for Gold Star Families of Alabama to Senator Jeff Sessions. A great honor - more work and sometimes heartache. So that is where I have been, I have not forgotten you. I have been working on my theme boxes and doing the planning stages for those to come. I am presently working on the one for September - "Dang it's cold here"!! I am putting together fun, warm things - My understanding from a Marine friend who has just returned that it gets "Bloody cold there Miss Deb". So if anyone has some ideas send them my way. Also Mr Bradley, just got my Static Line. Congratulations on being the 173rd Airborne Man of the Year !!!! You deserve it !!! To the families who have lost or have loved ones injured - my deepest heartfelt prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please know that this great family is here for you if you ever need us. To all my favorite Sky Soldiers (you know who you are) you guys are the best. Stay safe, keep focused and don't forget to get a message out to your dads on the 19th. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all


Name: To Mommaski
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 16:47:20

Message

Hi, Mommaski, I haven't seen you posting lately. I just wanted to make sure you know how much we appreciate your insight and your support. God Bless the Sky Soldiers.


Name: italian girly
Email: R&Rquestion
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 15:46:04

Message

can they go to Italy too for the R&R are you sure, if so where are they gonna stay? on post? If anyone can answer me Thank you very much.


Name: An Old Navy Wife
Email: notgoodenoughtobeanarmymom.com
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 13:20:35

Message

To PFC Bellanca, Timothy J> I just want you to thank you for your post. I am not a member of the Hernandez family. But I realize that you took your own free time, which I doubt you get much of, to communicate such a heart-felt message to the grieving family of that brave hero. God Bless you and thank you for being a fine example of an American soldier. I pray that the Army is full of young men like you and your buddy who sacrificed it all for us. You are America's finest.


Date: 06/11/05
Time: 12:55:22

Message

CSC is combat support company. Different then 173rd SB


Name: Info about R&R
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 12:24:21

Message

The soldiers can pick where they want to go. If they want to come back to the US, the Army gives them a few hubs in the US that they can fly into. If their home is not near one of the hubs, they must pay for a connecting flight to their home. The Army will reimburse them for their flight from the hub after they return from R&R. Specific paperwork must be filled out for reimbursements. The Army does pay from their flight from the Middle East to one of the hubs. Hope this helps!


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 12:23:46

Message

Sheila I was wondering is CSC short for Charlie Support Company? If so my son is also in the same company. His name is SGT. Jacob Rose.


Name: PFC Bellanca, Timothy J>
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 12:10:38

Message

I just want to say to PFC Hernndez's family that i knew him and i know he will be missed, it was a tragic loss and i felt it deply, but i do know he is in a better place. and i also wanna say that he will be missed on the gunline, and throuh all of the battery.


Email: TO SHEILA, LOOKING FOR HIS BROTHER CHRIS
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 11:50:33

Message

he's busy but fine...i'll tell him that you post a message. He didn't send me pics...sorry! but he always says to me: don't worry! this time it's my turn to tell you it =)


Name: Sheila
Email: goofballsheila@yahoo.com
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 11:02:52

Message

I was just wondering if anyone know's what's going on with the 173rd CSC website, it's saying it's been hacked .. I want to find out information about my brother, his name is SGT. Chris Chandler and he is with the 173rd CSC.. does anyone know where or if any pictures exist of that unit? Any kind of information about that? Thanks...a proud sky soldier sister


Name: R & R
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 10:51:32

Message

All depends were they want go!! They can go in the States,or in Germany or in Italy!


Name: R&R ??
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 10:45:22

Message

Hi, I have a question. When they get R&R, do they come to the states directly from the middle east, or do they go through italy first? Or does it vary?


Email: Friday's attack
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 09:16:40

Message

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050610/ap_on_re_as/afghan_fighting_4


Name: Missy
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 09:12:45

Message

Casey, as far as I know the ARMY does not need to notify you if your soldier is injured, they make it possible for your soldier to contact you and let you know, unless his injury is life threatening, then the ARMY notifies you. There was another casualty yesterday, Friday, no name has been released, the name of our soldiers brother who died Wednesday is posted below.


Name: Sissi
Email: To Casey
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 09:11:16

Message

If you are worried here some info: The Family Assistance Center is the place to go for information and referral services concerning deployed Soldiers or families on the home front. The FAC is now open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with staff on call 24/7. The toll-free number can be reached by calling: From the U.S.: 011 800 17373823 From Italy or Germany: 00 800 17373823 From DSN: 634 7969  family@setaf.army.mil  Hope this help!


Name: Casey
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 08:32:58

Message

Has anyone heard from Scouts 1/508? Haven't heard from my husband in awhile. Worried. Does anyone know if they have notified all the families yet? Also if our soldier gets hurt does anyone know if the ARMY has to notify next of kin? Also was there an attack Wed or Fri cause I am confused on the stories on CNN. Thanks ALot, I am stateside and I don't really know what is going on .


Name: E.MAIL ADDRESS OF PFC. KING Pls
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 08:00:23

Message

does anybody know the e.mail address of PFC KING ?pict.1123 I DON'T REMEMBER IS NAME. THANKS


Date: 06/11/05
Time: 07:40:40

Message

Heard from my fiancée 2/503rd 3rd platoon at about 5:45am EST this morning. All is well, but VERY tired and HOT.


Name: Alessia
Email: maison2005@libero.it
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 07:07:29

Message

to all 173 abn bde we are so proud of you all. come back safe. we are praying for you guys. i heard from my fiancée today. Able 2/503 is ok.


Name: Name release!
Email: 8th june attack
Date: 06/11/05
Time: 00:18:34

Message

Hernandez Emmanuel Private 1st Class. Army 319th Airborne Field Artillery Reg., 173rd Airborne Brigade, May you rest in peace!


Name: army clothes
Email: 508 mom
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 22:19:18

Message

To the person looking for the army clothes for babys its on ebay.com and type in the item # which is 4737530733 in the search box. I'm sorry I gave the wrong info earlier good luck I'm sure your soldier will be thrilled.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 20:59:01

Message

http://icasualties.org/oef/Afghanistan.aspx


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 20:45:23

Message

Hi All I heard from my son he is with Chosen co. he said they are stuck at another FOB waiting to move on. He is taking helicopter rides whenever he can and will send pictures soon, He said mail is slow it only comes once a month. Its getting hot over their over 100 degrees. For the person who wants to know what province the 503rd is with e-mail me and I'll tell you, however it can be easily found in any news report just click on the links provided here and you'll be sure and find it. Monday is the big dinner and dvd donations for the troops here in my town. I can't wait. I have the 503rd covered for movies but if someone wants to give me an address for the 508th I'll be sure and send them some movies too. Well need some sleep goodnight and God Bless,Michele


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fa@yahoo.com
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 19:52:47

Message

I finally heard from my soldier today. He called me for the first time since he had left back in March. But unfortunately I missed it but did get the voicemail. It was so great to hear his voice again. He sounded very, very tired. SPC Baker I miss you and can't wait until you are home again. God bless and protect all of our heros and comfort the families of those who gave their all. And thank you to everyone on this site you have all been such a blessing to me!!!


Name: J
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 16:02:26

Message

Where are the new picks on www.rock2503.com  I can't see them.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 15:22:07

Message

If you click on the link to Able Co 2/503rd and then click on the link to the Commanding Officers corner you will even get more info.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:54:09

Message

To add to the last post, Don't give information you learn from your soldier, but if the information is posted on an Official Military web site from Military Officers, which non military people can (like me) can access, the information can be repeated. It is always better to be safe, but when an CO starts his letter from an open web site, Greetings from "whatever" Province, it is definitely not an OPSEC violation to repeat what he has stated, but it still may be a violation to repeat the exact same info your soldier gives you (I know it doesn't make sense, so in other words quote the CO not your soldier. To answer your question, click on the link to 2/503rd (the second one) and read the CO opening statement.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:37:58

Message

In response to the other question, if you go to the 2/503rd web site, one the commanding officer tells which Province they are in, so repeating what a LT. Colonel has released in an open web site is not a violation of OPSEC.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:34:45

Message

Once the Military releases in which Province the fighting occurred, which they did this morning, no one is violating OPSEC by repeating what has been already released.


Name: rebecca
Email: provinces
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:33:39

Message

Oh I know that, I was hoping someone would email me. I wouldnt post something like that on here myself and wouldnt expect anyone else to either.


Name: 1/508th A. co wife
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:08:59

Message

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/10/world/main700932.shtml here is a story about the solider lost today.


Name: Rebecca
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:08:43

Message

Even if people know what province, it should NOT be posted on a public message board. That would be violating OPSEC. Just wanted to let you know.


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:03:14

Message

Does anyone know what providence 2nd platoon, 2-503 is based in over there? I know they say 'castle grey skull', was wondering if anyone had more info than that. Perhaps you could email me. Thanks!


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 14:01:31

Message

Does anyone know the names of the guys that got injured and the guy who died? I've tried to look on the link that leads to the released names but I couldn't display the page. I'm just worried for my friend. My prayers go to them and their families...


Name: Bill
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 13:51:53

Message

if you go to FOX News.com : http://www.foxnews.com/ They have a video report from the Pentagon concerning the battle being fought today in which one American has been killed and three wounded.


Name: Darren Hiller's Big Sister
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 13:16:49

Message

I received an e-mail today about a good deed done by an actor. Denzel Washington was in San Antonio at a Base Hospital where family can stay while their soldier is recovering. He wrote a check on the spot for them to build another house for family members to stay in. I have not been able to check to see if this is true, but if so Mr. Washington should receive some very big "thank you's". Just thought I would share. Darren we love you and miss you. Take care. Mo


Name: Bill
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 12:59:55

Message

Here is CNN's version of the fighting today in Paktika: http://us.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/06/10/afghan.deaths/index.html


Name: 1/508th A. co wife
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 11:21:39

Message

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/10/world/main700932.shtml here is a story about the solider lost today.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 10:25:58

Message

Thanks to all who are trying to help find the baby outfit... I can not get www.americanbabywearstore.com  to come up for me. am I missing something?? :)


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 10:12:06

Message

http://armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-906671.php


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 10:07:49

Message

I'm not sure if it is on the entire 173rd. My fiancée is with 2/503rd, and he was interviewed.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 10:02:10

Message

the unit involved in the attack is DELTA Battery 319th


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 09:53:36

Message

To all the 173rd Airborne, we are so proud of all of you for fighting for our country and freedom. Does anyone know of what unit the brave soldier was in that is now deceased. Thanks, Debbie


Name: Mom
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 09:33:59

Message

This Dateline Special, is it on the whole 173rd or a unit in it.


Name: baby army clothes
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 09:09:39

Message

There are some cute outfits at www.americanbabywearstore.com  hope this helps. There


Name: italian girly
Email: to concerned wife
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 08:49:11

Message

Hey dear i heard yesterday from HHC all of them are ok .Today at the Caserma Ederle there was the memorial for the guy who lost his life on June 8th Our prayers are for him and his family.


Name: Jane K
Email: Yellow Bows
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 08:03:31

Message

I used yellow plastic tablecloths! I have some wide tree's in my yard and ribbon didn't cut it. So I bought the tablecloths and split them up the middle and tied them in a bow. They look great and last forever! Also, when my son was in Iraq I sent him "soaker balls", water pistols, water balloons, bubbles and paper fans. Hope this helps.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:59:16

Message

Best work phone call ever on Monday afternoon. My son is with 1/508 HHC and they are doing good, staying very busy. Not a lot of info just great hearing his voice.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: to Concerned wife
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:57:45

Message

i saw that Brian Horn, who is also in 508 HHC scouts just posted new pics on his page http://anysoldier.com/brian/Afghanistan/ you might see your husband in those pics as well. they're on the left side of the page. they were updated today i think so i suppose all is fine.


Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:53:49

Message

there are new pictures on www.rock2503.com  and www.ablewarlords.com


Name: cindy
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:38:17

Message

As it gets hotter and hotter, do any of you "experienced" deployment moms, wives, friends have ideas for us "first timers" of anything we could send that might help the soldiers cope with the heat? Thanks. Oh, and does anyone know where we could get wide yellow plastic ribbon? My cloth one is pretty downcast after just three and a half months!


Name: Concerned wife
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:30:45

Message

Just wondering if all the families have been notified yet? I am a stateside wife and I havent heard from my husband in almost 2 weeks. He is with the 1/508 HHC Scouts. Has anyone heard from them or if they are ok.


Name: LC
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:30:38

Message

Here is an article about the first Miller Brewing Co. "Unsung Heros" Award and Brian Horn of the 173rd is the first recipient for establishing the "any soldier" program. Way to go!! Our boys can't be recognized enough for all their efforts in what they do. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050609/cgth043.html?.v=13


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 07:04:45

Message

I live in NJ, and luckily my company does a small amount of business with NBC in New York City. The Dateline special with Tom Brokaw is scheduled to air on June 24th (it will be in a Dateline time slot, it's on a Friday) If the date changes I will be notified, and will notify all of you. God Bless our soldiers!


Name: Jaymo
Email: Children's Fatigues
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 06:36:47

Message

You can find the pants, shirt, and hat at Ranger Joe's in Columbus, GA. Here's the link: http://www.rangerjoes.com/product_info.php?products_id=1702 You can order online (delivery is fast), or can request a catalog. Hope this helps!


Name: To EA
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 04:30:47

Message

recieved an email from my hunny, Chosen Few, today they are still "huntin' and trackin' bad guys and are doing good!


Name: SSG Erika Crittenden
Email: erika.crittenden@us.army.mil
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 03:18:41

Message

I heard from my husband, SSG Ilon Crittenden, this morning. He is with HHC 2-503rd as well. All is well with the unit. Remember, no news is always good news. You just have to continue to pray and believe. My prayers goes out to all of the Sky Soldiers and for all of our fallen comrades in both OEF and OIF. Please continue to keep each and everyone of our soldiers and there families in your prayers.


Name: EA
Date: 06/10/05
Time: 03:15:14

Message

did someone of you hear from CCO 2-508 lately? fishing for news ...thanks! EA


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 23:41:00

Message

to Amy Jo, i've heard from my friend in 503rd HHC this morning, all is fine.


Name: found another!!!
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 23:40:03

Message

http://www.fatiguesarmynavy.com/store/item/KS1002 not sure how small they go, but you might try this one too.


Name: BABY FATIGUES
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 23:37:48

Message

http://www.armynavyshop.com/camouflage-infant-camo.html Not exactly fatigues, but as close as I can find at 1:30 in the morning... :-) You might also try Butterick costume patterns, seems like my cousin's "Hero" pattern included fatigues.


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 21:45:31

Message

anyone know where you can purchase or if they have them***** Army fatigues for baby 9-12 months? They want to dress a nephew for his Uncle when he comes home on R&R. Any help would be great!!


Name: rebecca
Email: 510th
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 21:16:16

Message

Im not sure what her mos is. I just know she is stationed in Italy with the 173rd, she's a sergeant....maybe support? Her address in Afghanistan is TF 510th HHD, PSB. Frustrating not knowing much. All my other friends are with the 508 and 503, and they have websites...anyways...frustrated. heh Any info is helpful, thanks!


Name: Bill
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 20:31:27

Message

You're right. I apologize. Those are the casualties from last week.


Name: A co. wife
Email: To: Sgt. Wilson's mom
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 20:13:55

Message

My husband is in the same platoon with your son. My husband said that the Good Morning America special is going to air sometime after the 4th of July. He also said that their going to be AFN. I cant wait to see.


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 19:50:30

Message

I don't think that is the right article about what happened the other day.


Name: To Bill
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 19:49:49

Message

Hi Bill, I think The Wavy10 link you posted below is not about the soldiers that were killed on June 8th but about the soldiers killed last Friday on June 3rd. The June 8th soldiers names still haven't been released yet. http://icasualties.org/oef/Afghanistan.aspx


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 19:47:33

Message

Yes, I have heard from the 74th LRSD.. busy, but ok


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 19:08:58

Message

510th i thought was air force!?


Name: Bill
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 19:02:39

Message

Link to information about the 2 soldiers killed yesterday http://wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=3435693&nav=23ihai5k


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 19:02:20

Message

rebecca... is the person you're looking for in the fighter squadron or support?


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 18:52:50

Message

Has anyone heard from their soldier that is in HHC 2/503? I haven't heard from my hero in about two weeks (he moved to the 2/503 from support battalion). Kind of getting worried with everthing that is going on but I'm sure that God is keeping him safe. God bless all of our heros and us left at home to wait and worry.


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 18:34:44

Message

Does anyone else have friends or family that were stationed in Italy who are now deployed at Bagram Airbase? My friend is stationed there with the 510th but any info I look up is from the base in Germany. I guess she is with some detachment unit. Anyone?


Name: A co.
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 16:13:32

Message

wasn't there supposed to be something with tom brokaw and the 173rd? i heard about it and it was going to be played in june. does anyone know anything about it?


Name: Alessia
Email: maison2005@libero.it
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 15:53:23

Message

My fiance is in Able 2/503. he called me 4 days ago. he had to call me yesterday but he didn't. i'm a little worry.


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 15:11:43

Message

Anyone heard from the 74th LRSD in these past couple of days?


Name: Sgt Wilson's Mom
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 12:53:05

Message

Just heard from my son (thank goodness I decided to work through lunch!) and he also mentioned that they (A Co 1/508) had also filmed a "Good Morning America" for the Good Morning America show--he also told me where to look to see him! Now my question to whoever posted previously about this--how the heck do we find out when they're going to air these??? Hopefully I don't have to ask my boss if I can have a TV brought in and placed on my desk so I can watch it every day!! He also mentioned something about AFN filming something, but I couldn't quite understand what he was saying. Help! He also mentioned that they were fine, just hot and tired, but everything was okay! God Bless the 173rd and all of us waiting at home!


Name: Samantha Payne
Email: samantha_payne2001@yahoo.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 10:58:05

Message

I hope that you all are staying safe and doing good things. I wish you all the best of luck and hope to see you all back in Vicenza safe when I come back.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 10:23:43

Message

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have soldiers, that have been hurt or fallen. I read this website everyday. I think it's so wonderful to have this for us. We are proud to have our son in 173rd airborne. Go Airborne...........This is from a very proud mom who's son is A Co 2/503.


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 10:07:06

Message

Please pray for all of our soldiers. May God watch over them and keep them safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the injured, and of the deceased.


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 10:03:34

Message

I will not give out any information other than to say my son called me at 4pm yesterday which was 1:30am in Afghanistan it was his base that was attacked and to please say a prayer. For the first time the reality has hit home and my heart will forever ache for the family's that lost there love ones.


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 08:13:54

Message

Some info on wounded: http://icasualties.org/oef/


Name: Kevin McFadden
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 07:59:54

Message

Got a quick IM from my son in B Co.2/503 2nd platoon saying to watch GMA on June 11th. They are supposed to be doing the whole 'Hi, we are battle company, 2nd platoon.. and Good Morning America' thing. Don't know when.


Name: Lucy
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 07:22:54

Message

For all Skysoldiers: Guys stay safe and come home soon! Your families love you and will be always here for you.


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 06:32:56

Message

Got an email from my 2/503 Chosen Bullies skysoldier, Everything is OK, very hot and tired.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 06:21:14

Message

My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. May the Good Lord help ease the pain and help you find peace at this time. May the wounded recover and get well quickly. God Bless you all.


Name: Isabel
Email: izzye2@yahoo.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 05:13:26

Message

My love and gratitude to all who serve, and all who sacrifice their loved ones for their country. My son serves right alongside you. Proud mom of Airborne soldier.


Name: Isabel
Email: izzye2@yahoo.com
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 05:04:34

Message

Thank you for having this site. My son is part of the 173rd and is currently somewhere in Afghanistan. I could not be any prouder of him, He has grown, and matured so much in the last 5 years and he loves being airborne. He truly loves what he is doing. He is what I believe a true American soldier serving the country that he loves so that we can all enjoy the freedoms we have. My prayers go out to all soldiers across the country. Thank you


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 03:58:23

Message

Spc. Nathan, thinking of you as always. Stay safe and watch each others back. Love you much, Mom


Date: 06/09/05
Time: 03:06:51

Message

http://www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/main/PressReleases.asp?id=331


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com

Date: 06/09/05
Time: 02:29:08

Message

Remember again, That NO NEW IS GOOD NEWS.


Name: A Sky soldier
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 02:02:46

Message

The families of those wounded and killed have been notified already ..so if you haven't heard any news....it's a good thing! Just continue to pray and support those family members and soldiers who need you most right now.


Name: Hi all
Date: 06/09/05
Time: 00:55:45

Message

was also 173rd involved in the attack?!?


Name: chiara
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 23:24:03

Message

Which company were the one wondered and unfortunately killed?? God Bless u and your relatives. love u a lots..


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 23:10:04

Message

Does anyone know if all families have been notified?


Name: Shelly Wachter
Email: wachter@sonic.net
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 22:10:35

Message

We are looking for any information on a good friend, James Christopher David Johnson (though he goes by Chris). Don't know what unit he's in -only that he's in the 173rd Airborne stationed in Vicenza Italy. He used to call us periodically but we haven't heard from him in over a year. Can anyone help? Thanks!!


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 21:16:13

Message

I was finally able to watch the video on the rock2503.com pictures page. I wonder if there is a way to view those pictures in that album individually. Does anyone know? Thanks


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 20:14:14

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stay strong and trust in God.... HHC


Name: Daniel and Jenny
Email: dharedd@aol.com
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 20:07:45

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Chris M. from 2nd 503rd We miss you and LOVE you! Can't wait to hear from you! Take care of yourself!


Name: A co.
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 18:01:53

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hey guys.. look to your right, left, front, and beyond, but don't forget to look up. God's with you every step. you guys are awesome. you're honestly in my prayers all through the day. and my hearts and prayers especially go to those who'se brave soldiers were in the attack. stay strong!! -A co.


Name: SGT Wilson's Mom
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 16:57:41

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God Bless you Sky Soldiers--you are all in my prayers day and night! Stay strong and please be careful! To my very special trooper--May God keep you and remind your Aunt Gigi to cover you with her wings. Be safe and see you in a couple of weeks!!!!!


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 16:32:09

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I copied this from the 508th web site (an unsecured site open to all): "Greetings from beautiful Paktika province in Afghanistan". Taken from the 503rd Web site also open to all, "We will capitalize on the successes of Task Force Cacti that preceded us in Zabol Province." Hope I didn't offend or burst anyone's bubble, but we must have faith that the Army Officers or DOD who post this info, know what they are doing.


Name: To Mr. Walker
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 15:57:41

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I believe the 173rd is also in the Paktika province. Many of the FRG news includes Paktika, however, I'm not completely certain.


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 15:16:14

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Don't worry about the provinces there are multiple internet stories published by the DOD that says the 508th is in that region.


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 15:12:41

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Mr. Bradley - Can anything be done about the previous message detailing provinces ?


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 15:09:42

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Too much information!


Name: 1/508th A. co wife
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 15:00:35

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http://wcco.com/localnews/local_story_159174511.html Another link I found


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 15:00:22

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thanks, I thought so too - I don't like prying eyes knowing where my husband might be.


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 14:59:15

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sounds like way too much information!!!!!!!!


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 14:57:22

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Just curious, but isn't that too much info to post on the internet?


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 14:55:38

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There are few things more beautiful in this world than old Navy wives...and they definitely get even more beautiful with age. the Army families are lucky to have a few of them around us.


Name: Joe Walker
Email: walkerj@swcorp.org
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 14:40:51

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The mortar attack at Shkin (Paktika Province) appears to have occurred in the 82nd Airborne's area of operations (at least according to a responsibility map posted by CJTJ-76. -------------------------- Does anyone have details on SPC Walker in HHC 2/503, CSM Hartless etc? Thanks, SPC Walker's dad


Name: Isabella
Email: isycrazy@hotmail.com
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 13:56:59

Message

is there someone who knows something about sgt. cowden? hes on the 2nd Plt C 2/508th... thanks


Name: Isabella
Email: isycrazy@hotmail.com
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 13:46:42

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My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all soldiers


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 13:43:27

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Talked to Son this morning, he's in 503rd. Had heard nothing about the news.


Name: italian girl
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 13:07:01

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heard from my bf tonight 2/503 he is doing good :)


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 12:24:46

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Mr. Bradley - thank you for the information on the book. I will be purchasing that, as I urge everyone to do. God Bless our soldiers!


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 12:24:02

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I heard from my fiance, B Co 2/503rd this morning at about 7:00am EST. He is with the 3rd platoon.


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 11:20:12

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does anyone have news from 2/B co 503rd? I was supposed to hear from my bf today but i haven't and then i read this article abt the attack so I am a little worried now


Name: An Old Navy Wife
Email: notgoodenoughtobeanarmymom.com
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 10:39:29

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Mr. Bradley, Thanks so much for the book tip. I will be ordering that one and reading it with an open-mind and heavy heart. God Bless you and the service you continue to do for vets and their families. An Old Navy Wife


Name: 1/508 A.co Wife
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 10:28:55

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sorry you will have to copy and paste the whole URL


Name: SkyMomma
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 10:28:39

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My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen soldiers and the wounded from this most recent incident. God please protect our soldiers!


Name: 1/508 A.co Wife
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 10:09:39

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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050608/480/gfx81106081626# Here is a pic of the location I found on the web.


Name: LouieQ
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 09:55:11

Message

here is link to article about latest attack: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,158893,00.html this is awful. If anyone gets the names of the wounded or deceased could you please post them when time permits. Or could you possibly post a link to a site which provides names of the wounded for those of us who don't have daily internet access. Thanks


Name: nancy
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 09:44:27

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this is a little different than other reports.... http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/newspid=10000103&sid=aImxtnnqpEBk&refer=us


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, Medical Corps, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com

Date: 06/08/05
Time: 09:39:20

Message

As an old combat veteran, an old 173d vet and retired from the Army, I now work with veterans every day. I would recommend that every family member read the book "Down Range - Iraq and Back." It will give you all insight into how war changes people. For yourself, your family and your Sky Soldier visit; http://www.namvetbook.com/downrange.htm You will find stories by 173d guys in this!


Name: SS
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 09:24:59

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My God... Afghanistan is turning out to be worse then Iraq! God bless you, Sky Soldiers!


Name: A co.
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 07:44:23

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thanks Bill. i just got it to work but there is no updated news yet. -A co.


Name: 1/508 A co. wife
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 07:40:11

Message

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/08/terror/main700307.shtml Here is another story, may the gracious Lord be with them.


Name: Bill
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 07:39:35

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There seems to be a problem with the server the Afghanistan news resides on. The problem is not with your computer or ISP. I guess we'll just have to wait and try Afgan News again later.


Name: A co.
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 07:35:57

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my computer says i am not "authorized to view this page" when i click on afghan news. could someone post the link and see if i can get it that way? this has never happened before! thanks so much.-A co.


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 07:22:41

Message

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and wounded. May God hold you tight and comfort you during this tragic time. Arlene and family


Name: Bill
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 06:15:55

Message

On the FOX News website this morning: KABUL, Afghanistan — Two U.S. forces were killed and another eight wounded in a mortar attack Wednesday at a base in eastern Afghanistan (search), the military said. The attack occurred in eastern Paktika province (search) near the border with Pakistan. The wounded were rushed to nearby U.S.-led coalition bases for treatment. Initially, a military statement said only one service member had been killed, but spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara later raised the number to two, with eight wounded. The mortar landed in the base near Shkin while the the military said. Coalition aircraft were deployed to the area but could not locate the insurgents, the statement said. "This is a tragic loss for all of us," said Army Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force-76 deputy commanding general for operations. The names of those killed were withheld until their families are notified. This is the URL for the complete story. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,158893,00.html Time for prayers from all of us.


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 06:07:30

Message

King joseph???


Date: 06/08/05
Time: 05:12:31

Message

DOES ANYBODY HAVE THE E.MAIL ADDRESS OF PFC KING? T H A N K YOU.


Name: Dave Bond
Email: dbond11b@yahoo.com
Date: 06/08/05
Time: 02:26:40

Message

What's up? Just wanted to say that you guys are doing a great job out there. I spent a couple years with C. Co 1/508th. If you guys need anything or if you knew me when I was there, e-mail me. Stay safe and I hope you all come back safely.


Name: Annette Tewell
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 20:52:13

Message

I just wanted to say that much of what is being said here is right on. Our warriors are changed, but that change does not have to be one of disaster. There is a website that some may find helpful...from a vietnam vet. " If you would like to read the book online…it is at www.namvetbook.com  Just go the Library on the home page and click on the book cover and the entire book will open up. Thanks, and perhaps the 173d troops will be interested since many spent time Down Range in Iraq." I received this info via email and would like to pass it on. There in nothing more important than praying and trusting God to shield the minds of our soldiers. Jason, hope to see you soon. Give Dishman and Schlothauer my love...I love you more....Mom


Name: Jane K
Email: Flippo's Mom Patti
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 19:40:36

Message

Thank you so much for info about GCSdistributing site! The video tributes were awe some! Thanks also for the kleenex warning, I'm still teary. I could see the story "They are so Damn Young" being about all our soldiers. They have all experienced so much already we can't even imagine. Stay safe sky soldiers, we love you!


Date: 06/07/05
Time: 19:32:23

Message

Hello everyone. It is good to see all the words of encouragement. I talked with my soldier today from A Co. 1-508th I asked him about socks and he said that he needed green ones, like BDU green. I am glad I asked or I would have gotten black. He said they were fine, I am going to send a horseshoe set over for them to pass time. Said it would be something nice for them to have to pass time, when they weren't out doing missions. Still haven't seen any mail yet, he was a little disappointed with that, but I am sure it will come in time. Stay positive and keep up the the support


Name: mary
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 18:50:42

Message

I just want to wish my son a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. June 9. You spent your 20th birthday in Iraq and now your 22 nd birthday in Afghanistan. hope your R & R is still August will be looking forward to spending some time with you. Maybe some fun times like before. We all miss you/ Sgt Paul Huser Love Mom, Dad, Kathy, Ryan, Ashley, Alyssa, Val, Aaron, Liz, Jon and Nate


Name: Jane R.
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 17:16:02

Message

God Bless Our Troops!!! Our troops are so brave, they rock! You guys are the best of the BEST!!! We love you! STAY SAFE SKY SOLDIERS!


Name: Rebecca
Email: For: jane R
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 17:15:20

Message

Ooh that is a good deal! thanks for the sock info!!!


Name: Flippo's Mom (Patti)
Email: GCS Distributing has a new video
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 16:36:31

Message

If you haven't seen it yet, it's a MUST! It's called, "Honor, Sacrifice, Duty". Here's the address: https://secure.gcsdistributing.com/index.cfm?pv=tr&tf=TDP&DT=HSD  If that doesn't work go to the home address: www.gcsdistributing.com  There is a written piece you should also check out. Click on - Story: "They are so damn young!" Make sure you have a box of Kleenex next to you for both! Combat Wombats All the Way! Job well done on 5/29. Stay SMART, stay ALERT, and stay SAFE. I love you Matthew!


Date: 06/07/05
Time: 16:20:36

Message

All day long i just wanted to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY at the top of my lungs. Thank you Sara!


Name: Jane R.
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 16:15:24

Message

to whoever is looking for black socks for your soldier, looks like a pretty good deal... http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=70895


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 15:47:24

Message

Sara---- What a wonderful surprise. Happy birthday


Name: to skymomma
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 15:09:18

Message

my soldier found outa few months ago and said it was still scheduled for the same. there's no telling though. it's one of those things where you just have to be flexible and hope that work can be flexible as well! i'm sure someone else will have a little clearer advise but that's what i've got! good luck :)


Name: SkyMomma
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 14:36:15

Message

Does anyone know how much notice the guys get before their r&r leave? My workplace is waiting for an answer to me for my summer vacation and I don't know what to tell them! My son says his leave is scheduled for July at this point.


Date: 06/07/05
Time: 12:34:53

Message

my bf came home changed from Iraq somehow. I wasn't expecting that for some reason, it was our 1st deployment. I knew the way he was before leaving and i didn't want to give in. i cried, we argued, but we built a stronger relationship. Now i know that i will find him changed again after Afghanistan, but i am prepared and i will give my all to not give in ,to not lose what we have, which is the most precious thing in my ( our ) life. i know its hard when pride beats inside of you but they experienced things that shouldn't be experienced at all.. they need all our support, no matter how hard it is, even though we have to hold our tongue back most of the times, even when we cry because " he was different before".. if you know your loved one, know that he's always the same, somewhere deep down inside. to the worried mother: god bless you and your son. you hadn't lost him, im sure..


Name: Sissi
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 10:44:20

Message

My husband is being in the 173rd for a long time, and during the Iraq deployment, he was one of the lucky one who stay back! When is friends come back the nice relationship that they had; changed. the guys that stayed in Iraq lost friends and fight people, and that was something tragically unique, that made the guys over there create a special "bond". The only think we can do is stay side by side, being strong about the nights when they will think to be on duty, or when they will wake up, looking for there weapon if they hear a loud noise!! Patients and love is the only thing as wife or mother we have to do for them!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 10:34:23

Message

to everyone who has noticed the changes in their loved one - Remember the closeness you once shared allows you to see these differances. My father who served in Vietnam talked to me during the time Michael was there in Iraq. he told me to be prepared, that it was going to take every bit of patience and love I had to walk him back from Hell. My father was there and waiting to talk to him and listen to him - because he had been there. My advice is get together with your local Vets (if you have a Sky Soldier chapter that is even better) talk to them. They can help not only your loved one but you too. Yes the boy or girl you sent them is gone and in their place is a man or woman forged by battle. They are different. Once you have accepted that you have taken the first step. You have to learn who they are now. Now is your chance to become their friend. But I am a firm believer in using all the tools God has given us and the best tools for this job is our Vets. Sometimes they need to talk about what happened - they just cannot sit down with their mother or wife or yes sometimes even dads and talk about the horror they have seen. When they are with you they want the comfort and safety you have always provided. It is not easy to integrate back into the family - I know when my father came back I was just a little girl but I remember the sadness in his eyes sometimes when he would look at me. I often wondered what did he see in me, maybe another little girl in a far off land? Those who have never been in combat can never truly understand the horrors, just as someone who has never lost a son in a far off land can never understand what I feel. See the Vets, ask for their help - Don't be surprised at how willing they are to help. My prayers are with you all. I wish you enough. Love to all Mommaski


Name: A co.
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 09:43:38

Message

heard from 1-508 a co. all is well. got four months till r&r!!! those who have your guys back.. enjoy it!!!!!-A co.


Name: AK
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 09:37:48

Message

Eric Mills, thinking about you a lot lately...missing you


Name: a friend
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 08:21:29

Message

to concerned mom: yes, you're very right. it will definitely change our guys, that is for sure. My best friend came back with lot of anger inside, no feelings, only interested in alcohol, but over a year has gone by and he's doing a lot better, also thanks to a good girl he's found. It broke my heart to see him like that when he got back, 'cause I was used to him being such a caring and loving guy. But with the help of our friends and his family he's now a happier person and is doing good, even though he's been in Afghanistan with another unit for a few months. I've also lost the person I loved after the deployment, he was completely changed, I tried so much to help him in any way I could but unfortunately I think I pushed too hard on him and I've lost him. So, like others said don't push him. I'm very sure he knows you love him, and the best thing to do is to keep giving him your support, that's the best medicine. that's the only thing you can do for now. He will also be angry 'cause he was supposed to get out before Afghanistan but once he gets home hopefully he will feel better among his family and friends. I know it's very hard for you, but just think you're doing the right thing by supporting him no matter what. Hopefully everything will work out, just keep on hoping and praying and remember, you're not by yourself: we are here to help each other and the guys.


Name: To worried Mom
Email: m.haverkamp@comcast.net
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 07:34:05

Message

I also have seen a change in my son in the last year. He is also making all the wrong choices. They really need all the love they can get right now. If you want to e-mail me back for more support, I posted my address. That is something I never do usually but it is there for you. You can make it through this deployment there are lots of people here to support you and your son.


Date: 06/07/05
Time: 06:25:52

Message

to the person who is worried about her soldier. I know the feeling, I have been through the same thing, and even with my huge love and patience I lost him and he's now over there and doesn't want to talk to me anymore. War changes people, it's true. I hope all of these guys will be at peace with themselves one day, and I keep praying for that soldier I used to love so much. Hang in there, this deployment will be over soon and you'll hug him and everything will be okay.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 06:01:13

Message

Ciao 100% Italian. Congratulations Sara on being surprised ! Enjoy, your son. I know the first couple of days almost seem surreal......... Thank God and let us continue praying that many more families enjoy seeing their loved ones :)


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 05:59:26

Message

To Marquez A-Co -1-508th TF- 1-508TH 3RD PLT A-CO-1-508TH APO AE 09354


Email: to worried about her/his soldier
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 05:09:06

Message

I agree with Uncle Sam Nephew, and I feel like saying something more...You mention something about your soldier personal choices, and the fact that you and his friends do not agree with that. Maybe you can reconsider your position on this issue and try to accept the situation without questioning the reason why he has made those decisions.( I know it’s hard especially if, to your eyes these decisions are wrong ). Experiencing war not only change people, but also affects their way to relate to others, especially the ones that haven't had the same experience, close family members included. Don't say you've lost him emotionally....being down there he doesn't really have time to sort his personal things out, and the best thing you can do is keep on supporting him, with letters, emails, care packages... The stress he is and has been trough ( during Iraq and in between the deployments ) is really high , just give him some time …maybe he won’t say or show it now , but he really loves you and needs to feel loved and supported by you….


Name: Kathy G
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 04:45:19

Message

Thuraya Phones: I've been looking for the right card and the best I can figure is that we need to get the Call for All option. This card is for use with a Thuraya phone but does not put all the minutes on that phone at once. It is for those who share Thuraya phones. I have not purchased yet but got the information on the Thuryara website e-shop. http://eshop.thuraya.com/thuraya/Catalogs/index.htm It costs $25 for 19 minutes. I am going to purchase one and see if this is the one that works before I invest anymore. I emailed them on some confusion on ordering and they said on their lead in page you are to use United States from the pull down. My daughter-in-law purchased her last one--the one that attaches all the minutes to the phone--at www.satphonestore.com but I went there and they don't have the Call for All card. I emailed them to see if they have that option but have not heard back from them as of yet. I will let you know what I hear. By the time we get this all figured out it will be time for them to come home. But then that is ok too. What a wonderful day that will be. Hope this helps. I will pass on information when I find out more.


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Email: Nam 66-67
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 03:55:05

Message

To worried about their soldier. Your first comments were right. War changes people. How can it not, but as you also stated later he was with a tight group and it is that group that will get him through whatever is currently going on. If he gets out of the army he can always contact any of his Herd brothers from Nam or now to find that he is not alone. Time is a good healer so don't push him or bring up the "obvious" changes. He is a US Paratrooper and will never be alone. For your own peace of mind you may want to look at some of the listings on this site. There are chapters of the 173d all over the country whose members and their families stand ready to help him, and you get through this current situation. Don't judge him by normal standards. He is a combat veteran and only his peers share that distinction, and understanding. The best thing to do now is give him time and space. All will be ok!


Name: Jessy Workman, FRG Chosen FEW

Date: 06/07/05
Time: 02:55:25

Message

To whom ever posted the info about the thuraya, we have one too. Thanks for the website. you can also bid for them on Ebay. but i was wondering, which one is the calling card and which one is the card that you have to use up right away? Thanks a buch! Zach if you are reading these, I love you so very much and love our text messages!! be safe keep your head low! Chosen Wifes of the Chosen FEW!!!


Date: 06/07/05
Time: 01:33:44

Message

Has anyone noticed a change in their soldier since Iraq. I realize war changes a person-how could it not? I'm very worried, he's so distant and cold-he's barely made an effort to contact us, and I know he's had the opportunity. He managed to keep a pretty good attitude through Iraq, frequent calls, letters, emails, a sense of humor. I don't know how much of this I can attribute to what he's been through, what he's going through, etc. He' in a bad situation (personally) and knows I strongly disagree with his choices-as do all of his friends. He's so isolated because of his choices, he won't talk, only gets angry with anyone who tries to point out the obvious. I'm continuing to be as supportive as I have always been, sending letters, packages, telling him I love him and am proud of him and do not mention the negatives, but he is a different person. He was with a very tight group in Iraq, now they have all been separated and I know he is not happy with that. Also, his initial four years should be up soon and he's looking at another year due to this deployment. He's hating life and I don't know what I can do to help. We've always been so close and now I feel like I've lost him. I thank God everyday that he's OK physically, but emotionally I've lost him. I hope and pray he'll come home safely and work through this "thing" (for lack of a better word). I'm curious if anyone else has noticed any emotional changes in their soldiers?


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 06/07/05
Time: 00:13:13

Message

Buongiorno from Italy. To Amy Zellmer and her little son Jacob, what a wonderful way to support the 173rd! I hope all of you got to see the pics of Jacob’s airborne kart posted in the ‘Photos’ section. Thank you for sharing this with us. It’s the cutest thing i’ve seen so far. -To Sara, Happy B'day and enjoy the time with your son.-


Name: GRJ
Email: Love My Paratrooper
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 21:45:08

Message

Congratulations Sara! That is so wonderful! That is an awesome surprise!!! Have a wonderful time with your son, I am so happy for you! :) Your story gave me goosebumps, that is so cool!


Name: To - Sara
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 21:29:19

Message

Happy Birthday - Enjoy your precious time!!


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 20:53:35

Message

Happy, Happy Birthday Sara and thank you for sharing your joy with us!!!!!!!!!


Name: Sara
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 20:27:15

Message

I was feeling down in the dumps and sorry for myself on my birthday today, but things just got better. Happy Birthday to me! Surprise! You will never believe who unlocked the front door and walked into the house this evening. My son, B Co. 2/503, all the way from Afghanistan! What a shock! He is here and in one piece. I can hug him for the next 15 days! He was very hyper tonight from two days of travel, but as he relaxes over the next several days, I will try to gather information about things they need over there and let you know if I hear anything new.


Name: Sally
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 20:02:09

Message

You can keep cigars moist by buying a cheap humidor and put them in. You can get the liquid to put in it. It isn't expensive and they have some that look very military like.


Name: SkyMomma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 19:53:42

Message

I have news about one of our own soldiers who was injured in the May 5th battle in the Zabul Province. PFC Tyler Wilson from Chosen Company was flown to Germany, then to Walter Reed, and is now beginning therapy at a VA hospital in New Mexico. He suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, and one to his shoulder that went thru and lodged in his spine. It can't be removed at this point, and he has no feeling from the waist down. The doctors feel it could be a shock to his spine that is leaving him with no feeling, and are hopeful he will regain. I have spoken to PFC Wilson and his mom and he is in great spirits and anxious to begin his therapy. PFC Wilson is a great American hero, and if anyone would like to send a package or a card or letter, please email me and I will give you my address.


Name: Carol , Marks Gramma
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 19:25:04

Message

Arlene, I got 2 emails from my grandson 1-508th B co 3rd platoon a week ago or so but haven't heard anything since. Didn't say if they were going out or what, just that they had been working on the trucks. Didn't ask for anything particular except for bars of soap. Said for some reason they are hard to come by. That was sure something I never thought to send. Of course you know he has nearly a dozen on the way now!!! Didn't mention food so guess he's okay in that department. Sure was a wonderful surprise to see his name on the email. Guess I'll just hope he drops another clue to wanted items at some point.


Name: PROUD!!
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 18:29:01

Message

guys you are awesome!! we are not forgetting you and your hard work. when i mention the 173rd people are like... "oh yeah- the REAL soldiers. those are real men." : ) i love you and pray for God speed to you all. you're in my thoughts and prayers. keep up the kickin work! stay safe and positive, you're making a difference. thanks!


Name: rebecca
Email: Wedding Gown Maker Gives Deep Military Discount
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 18:27:54

Message

Hey Ladies! I was reading a magazine today and read this really amazing article, So I looked it up online and thought i'd share it with you. If you are in the military or your fiancée  is, and you are planning your wedding, this woman (in Manhattan) will make your dress at cost. Some dresses were $4,000-$5,000 and the women only had to pay $1,000. Cool story, if your getting married...might wanna check it ou! is http://www.local6.com/family/4374891/detail.html


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 18:22:22

Message

thanks for the info on tobacco/cigars! just need to get a way to mail them so they don't dry out. keep a moist paper towel with them wrapped in baggy?!


Name: Sally
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 15:45:50

Message

My husband sent my son sock liners. The kind backpackers use. They are very light weight and protect their feet from the roughness of dirty socks when they are on a mission. They take up very little space and several pair can be shoved in a pocket. I heard that they have to be careful of how much stuff they take and often cannot take enough socks for a clean pair every day. These should help them a lot. also tobacco is not on the list of banned substances. We checked with the post office today.


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 12:38:05

Message

http://www.dod.mil/news/Jun2005/20050606_1567.html Spc. Aaron Pace was wounded (in the foot) while on patrol. He is with 2/503rd. This story will tell you what he reenlisted while in his bed recovering. What a wonderful story, aside from his injury of course. What an amazing man, and soldier. God Bless!


Name: 1-508 Bco.
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 11:52:17

Message

Has anyone heard from 1-508 Bco lately? Thanks


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 11:40:59

Message

hhc 2-503 are doing fine.. busy but fine. i talk to my bf almost every day. hope this help.


Name: Paul
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 11:20:22

Message

September 18th is the election date according to today's article in Afganistan News.net


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 10:38:46

Message

what is the date for the elections there?


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 10:12:30

Message

not him :( he's a bald very skinny guy with skull tattoo on his arm he used to hang out with a friend of mine. just wondering...


Name: cdninitaly
Email: socks
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 10:11:48

Message

black socks or white socks are best. with dcu's they wear black, and for pt they wear white


Name: LouieQ
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 10:08:49

Message

Thank you for providing names of the soldier's who are deceased. Very sad news.


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 09:55:49

Message

here pic #1217 #1218 is he the guy u looking 4?


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 09:37:49

Message

I have a friend his name is Jeremy he should be hhc but I dont remember his last name


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 08:23:58

Message

on page 61


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 08:22:05

Message

are u looking for someone in particular in 503HHC?


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 08:20:53

Message

Which pictures of the 2-503 HHC? Where can I view them? thanks


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 08:13:28

Message

has anyone heard from hhc 2-503rd lately? I had no news in a good while...


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 07:55:49

Message

thanks for the pics about 503 hhc...they made my day..


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 07:52:25

Message

I know this has been asked in the past, but I was curious as to what type of socks people are sending out to our soldiers. I know there are a variety of extreme weather socks, but im not sure on color or whats best. Thanks!


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 07:50:31

Message

Finger hit the wrong key again, sorry. Got an e-mail from my son, Spc. Nathan A Co. 1/508 today. The guys are pretty down. The delivery truck came today and not one soldier in the unit got mail, they have not seen mail in weeks, but the other units got theirs. I know that they should have gotten at least six packages from me that I sent over a month ago. I don't know what is going on over there. Arlene


Date: 06/06/05
Time: 07:21:45

Message

happy d-day to all. to my little star in afghanistan: i love you and hurry home to me! muah!


Name: rebecca
Email: care packages
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 07:00:30

Message

I was surfing online for non-melting chocolate, I know its out there. I havent found it yet, but i did find this: http://www.militarycarepackage.net/ if you are trying to think of ideas for care packages, these are helpful.


Name: Herb Samuel
Email: herb.samuel@london.k12.oh.us
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 05:11:35

Message

Hi, to all from Wes Samuel a former member of your outfit. Wes is currently at Fort Campbell preparing for a return to Iraq. He sends his best to all of you.


Name: To GRJ from Samantha
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 04:51:14

Message

Oh don't worry about it at all, I know it wasn't directed at me. I heard from my fiance last weeks, so I probably won't hear anything for another week or so. I'm SO happy you heard from your husband!! What a great feeling it is when that phone rings! Thank you for making my day as well, when I saw the "we're a 1/4 way through this deployment" I smiled! Thanks again!! I hope to talk to you soon :) God Bless our soldiers!


Name: Vicki
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 04:06:48

Message

Hi all, We also had a call from our Able Co, 1st platoon son yesterday. The guys must get together and decide what to ask for from home, because tanner said about the same thing! "Chocolate mom, we need chocolate!" I asked if it wasn't melted and nasty by now as hot as it is over there and he said, "no it's fine...really we want it!" He also requested snack cakes, jerky, and more of Grandma's homemade cookies! He siad he was fine for now on toiletries (of course I'll probably still try to sneak in some stuff in the food packages.) He did mention a table in the bulding where the guys put extra stuff they've received that the want to share. I thought that was nice. I've been sending a pair or two of socks a week, and he said that was coming in very handy too. Just a note...I mentioned to him the article about "summer camp" in afghanistan...and he was laughing...and said..."now just what newspaper printed a story like that???" Great to hear from you sky soldiers...keep the spirits up...we love you all Vickie...very proud nervous sky mom


Name: TO CHRISTINA NOT REBECCA
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 03:53:54

Message

When I posted about the satellite phone cards I meant to put Christina. Sorry!


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 03:21:48

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPC JONATHAN BAKER!!!!


Name: Ed Caldwell
Date: 06/06/05
Time: 02:45:32

Message

Hello All. I just spoke to my son in Able Co 1st plt and he said they just got back from a long patrol, just in cast some of the other parents and loved ones were worried (like me) that they hadn't heard from their soldiers. He had a few packages waiting on him which really made his day. He asked me to send chocolate!! " Snickers Bars are like currency over here" to quote him exactly! It was great to hear from him. Lord bless and protect our soldiers


Name: TO REBECCA
Email: aggrigs@hotmail.com
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 23:26:41

Message

I've purchased Thuraya phone cards from a store called satphonestore.com and I think it might be easier for you. Make sure you get a calling card not a recharge card because the recharge card puts all the minutes on the phone itself and they have to use all of it right then and there. With the calling card, they can use a little here and a little there. This is all information given Saturday by my husband. But, remember regular calling cards won't work. They have to be Thuraya sat phone cards. Email me if you need more help. We've talked before.


Name: Marquez
Email: psychoransom@yahoo.com
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 21:49:01

Message

Hey just trying to get a few packages to 3plt A 1/508th or anyone in A Co. Does anyone know address for them out there? I appreciate it. I use to be with this platoon in Iraq. thanks.


Name: GRJ
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 21:37:36

Message

TO GINA~ Hi, my husband is with D-319, and they recieved a massive mail drop at the end of last week. He said that the mail guys/girls are making there rounds with massive mail drops, so hang in their, hopefully your loved one will get something very soon! :)


Name: Gina
Email: to GRJ
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 21:34:22

Message

GRJ what unit is your husband with. My soldier said yesterday that he has not recieved mail in quite sometime. I hope they are in the same unit. Gina


Name: GRJ
Email: Love My Paratrooper
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 20:56:30

Message

Hey All:) Okay I heard from my husband, and he was so excited, they recieved a massive mail drop and he recieved 9 boxes and a ton of letters, he said it was a great morale booster that they needed, so that was good to hear! well, he told me to not send anymore choclate candy bars, or choclate candy in general because it is showing up in the boxes as melted and with ants. I was wondering, has anyone else been hearing this from there soldiers too? I obviously can understand with the weather and all, I was just wondering if anyone else was getting told that as well? And does anyone have any good ideas of a better way to send candy bars and choclates? Sorry if I sound stupid, just trying to get a better idea. Thanks! :)


Name: GRJ
Email: TO SAMANTHA
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 20:49:58

Message

Samantha,I know you meant no harm at all. Please Please don't think I was directing it at you or anyone, I was saying it in general. This stuff has been going on for a while, it's not you, it's happened quite a bit since our soldiers deployed. I know times get tense, and we all get caught up in the moment. I guess I am just trying to bring positive because we have so much to look forward too, like our soldiers coming home for R&R that they most definitly deserve and how great it will be so wondeful to have our loved ones with us for R&R time, and the fact that we are a 1/4 of the way through this deployment too! :) whoohooo! :) I hope you have a good day and hear from you loved one soon if you already haven't. :) God Bless our soldiers!!


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 20:16:39

Message

We are all worried and we are all stressed and i'm sure that all of us at one time or another will lose our cool over the months of this deployment. We're all frantic when there is report of casualties and we have to hunt for the details. And we're all in this together.


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 20:04:14

Message

I'm sending out a 4th of July theme box tomorrow to my fiancée's platoon. Any extra ideas that I may be able to throw in there? Thanks so much!


Name: To GRJ from Samantha
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 20:00:33

Message

Thank you for your message! That is exactly why I posted mine. Hearing sad news is hard enough for all of us, I know myself my heart hurts everytime I hear bad news, so I just wanted to clarify that there was no need to be nasty to fellow family members of our Sky Soldiers - because I do care about all of you, and care about our soldiers. Each one of us worries until we hear otherwise, and the "mom" who posted was obviously just concerned - I've been in her shoes, so I tried to help.


Name: GRJ
Email: Love My Paratrooper
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:53:18

Message

Can't we all just get along??? Remember, We Are Here For Our Soldiers!!!! Let's be Thankful we have this website,and what Mr. Bradley does for us, the pictures, the news, everything!!!! Let's be positive and be thankful our soldiers are hanging in their and doing alright! :) We have tough, strong, smart men & women out there, and they are giving there sweat, heart, and soul out there, and they need all the support they can get, they last thing they want to see is negitivity and B.S. Positive people, Positive! Let's be supportive and not argue over petty stuff! And I am not directing this at anyone, I am just saying it in general. Remember, every day that goes bye is one day closer to bringing our soldiers home to us! :)


Name: karen mangine
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:48:37

Message

Happy Birthday to my boy today, 27 today.


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:41:50

Message

I think I probably misunderstood the post below, and I don't think that it was directed at me, but I still feel it was inappropriate. When some people are reading the messages, you tend to skip over parts because your heart is racing 1000 beats per minute when tragic news is released. I don't think scolding would be the word, I'm sure she meant to ask if the articles can be posted. We are all on pins and needles, let's never forget that. So to the "mom" who wanted to know the names, I hope my post with information helped you. Your son is always in my prayers - and I pray everyday for my fiance and our troops.


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:39:18

Message

If the "scolding" post was directed towards me in anyway, I'm pretty confused. I saw that a mom on the board was asking another poster where they got the information from (original post of information was NOT from me), so I thought it would be good to post the information that I received - because as a fiance of a soldier with the 173rd, I know how the worrying can get, so I posted to let her and other worried family members see the article I received. I'm a little shocked at that nasty post, and in all honesty this is a support group for family and friends. My fiance is with the 173rd, and I really didn't appreciate reading a post like that, whether or not it was directed towards me. We are not here for drama, as Mr. Bradley will confirm. So let's try to keep the posts nice, and respectful - because yours was not at all. Thank you.


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:22:15

Message

Who was scolding who? No need to post nasty messages on this web page. We are here to support each other through this rough time in our lives. I think we'd all appreciate it if you would keep the nasty comments to yourself, "before you scold people why don't you read what the message says" or something along those lines.


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:14:15

Message

This link has the information on the DOD release: http://icasualties.org/oef/


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 19:13:29

Message

IT IS UPDATED. IF YOU GO TO THE DOD MAIN PAGE AND LOOK AT THE LINKS AT THE RIGHT OF THE PAGE IT SAYS TODAY DOD , CLICK ON AND INFO IS THERE. BEFORE YOU SCOLD PEOPLE YOU MIGHT WANT TO STOP AND READ WHAT THE MSG ACTUALLY SAYS.


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 18:04:36

Message

I receive updates from the Department of Defense website. Here is the e-mail that I received, unfortunately I cannot send a link, because this is the format it was sent to me through e-mail. I checked the DOD website, and they have not updated since 6/3/05. Since I received this e-mail I'm expecting an update soon. Hope this helps those who were looking for information. DoD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They were killed on June 3 at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Afghanistan when their convoy vehicle was struck by an improvised expolsive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. The soldiers are: Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 27, of Dale City, Va. Cpt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, of Haddon Heights, N. J. For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.


Name: Sally
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 17:55:47

Message

To J He is with the 1st Platoon. He said they just got back their phones and internet. I hope you get a call soon. It does wonders to ease your mind.


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 17:41:30

Message

We got an email from our son today. He said all was well and he would be "around" for a little while. He is with 1-508, C. Co. 1st platoon.


Name: J
Email: To Sally
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:46:15

Message

Sally what platoon is your soldier?


Name: a Mom
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:33:57

Message

To the person who posted the msg below: If you're going to post something like this then please post a link to the info/article. Thanks Name: Email: Date: 06/05/05 Time: 13:22:05 Message The names of the soldiers killed Friday have been released. The soldiers were from a special forces group out of Ft. Bragg. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones.


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:31:02

Message

DOD TODAYS RELEASES IDENTIFY THEM SUNDAY JUNE 5TH.


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:27:57

Message

I just heard from my FRG in Italy and they said that the names from friday have NOT been released as of yet......


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:27:28

Message

THANKYOU


Name: J
Email: To Sally
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:26:35

Message

Sally what platoon is your soldier?


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 16:09:21

Message

you can find the info on the casualties from the link on the main page DoD Casualties


Name: J
Email: To Sally
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:55:09

Message

Sally what platoon is your soldier?


Name: a Mom
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:45:06

Message

To the person who posted the msg below: If you're going to post something like this then please post a link to the info/article. Thanks Name: Email: Date: 06/05/05 Time: 13:22:05 Message The names of the soldiers killed Friday have been released. The soldiers were from a special forces group out of Ft. Bragg. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones.


Name: JJJ
Email: Anywhere The Army Sends Us!
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:15:34

Message

Keep up the Good Work 173rd! Bring them ALL home back to us safely! D-319th WE LOVE YOU!!!! Keep the calls and emails coming, Love hearing from you, You guys Rock!


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:12:05

Message

WHERE DID YOU FIND THE INFO ON THE SOLDIERS KILLED?


Name: Arlene M.
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:10:59

Message

Still can't get the pictures sent off to Mr. Bradley. If anyone wants me to e-mail the pictures to them, just let me know. My son is in A Co. 1/508. Arlene


Name: Beans
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:02:48

Message

and your right too , just as we are right to express our own opinions.this was just one of those weeks when i heard one too many times "there's not much going on in afghanistan,you' lucky your son's there and not in iraq"-that gets old and when you figure the ratio of troop levels in both places and the casualties you realize that there's alot going on in afghanistan.we have lost two more soldiers and learned that one of our own lost his legs this week and it gets hard at times to stomach all the attention given to iraq while afghanistan is barely mentioned in the news.at the same time it's great to know that the 173rd. community is out here and we will now wrap our thoughts and prayers around the families who are right now in agony.far more important then debating who's reaction to that article is right and who's is wrong.freedom of speach is after all one of the things that those two heros died to preserve.we honor them by remembering that and respecting each other's right to speak our minds.i got to talk to my son this morning and it breaks my heart that there are families out there tonight that will never hear their loved ones voice again.


Name: J
Email: To Sally
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 15:01:27

Message

Sally what platoon is your soldier?


Name: Sally
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 14:47:30

Message

My son just called. he is with A co 2/503rd. They are back at the fod and are fine. Their computers and phone lines have been down for a couple of days. I hope this puts some other families mind at ease.


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 13:56:33

Message

I think it is extremely unfair to chastise a soldier who we don't know because he made a comment to the press that can be interpreted in so many different ways. I tried to put it in perspective. He may have made the comment because of the comforts of home that the soldiers have at the bases and what they have to look forward to when they get back to the bases, such as air conditioning, showers, hot meals, movies, tv's, computers, phones,etc. Thing they didn't have in Iraq during most of the war and some didn't have during the entire war. Comforts of home that WE have argued for, want them to have, and helped them to have. Based on everything I have read, our soldiers are incredibly prepared for what they are doing. What they may say at a given time, doesn't bother me, only how well they do their specific missions and how they react when things do heat up. Again our soldiers are doing an incredible job. Remember the press writes to seek controversial reaction like they have gotten by editing and taking things out of context.


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 13:22:05

Message

The names of the soldiers killed Friday have been released. The soldiers were from a special forces group out of Ft. Bragg. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones.


Name: Jane R.
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 12:02:14

Message

SkySoldiers, YOU are never forgotten, WE LOVE YOU!!! You are Always in Our Hearts and Prayers....Keep safe, we want All of you to come home soon. God Speed! We think All of you are doing a great job and we just want to thank you. God Bless each of one of you.


Name: Jane K
Email: to Beans and Harold
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 11:52:51

Message

Beans, you are so right! As a mom, the article immediately made me worry about the soldiers welfare. The cavalier attitude about Afghanistan being a "forgotten war" and a "summer camp" just really made me worry more for their safety. Harold, sorry that you felt bad about posting the message about the article but I had already read it. I have several alerts about the 173rd on my e-mail. Stay safe sky soldiers and thank you for all you do!


Name: Jane R.
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 11:51:31

Message

SkySoldiers YOU are never forgotten,


Name: Beans
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 11:37:40

Message

it's ok harold it's the article not you that made some of us angry.not even the whole article just the john wayne crap at the beginning.the cowboy attitude that gets others killed.


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 10:07:11

Message

Sorry Guys............I didn't mean to upset anyone by posting the link to that article. If you don't focus on very poorly chosen words from the writer this article recognizes that the work our boys are doing is paying off (at least that was my take on it). That was why I posted it.........again I'm sorry. At least one thing is for sure, as long as we're around Our Boys are not going to be forgotten!! GodSpeed to all the 173rd and my personal favorite the 74th LRS!!!!


Name: Jane K
Email: RE: Article in the Chicago Tribune
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 09:53:55

Message

This article bothered me also! I'm happy when my son says he's bored also, it means he's safe for the moment. The fact that the solodier said he didn't even have a bullet in the chamber "that he wasn't locked and loaded " seemed very risky to say the least. It seems that this war is being fought by sniper and sneak attacks and that you would think the soldiers would be at the "ready" all the time. The fact that this young man feels like he is at summer camp is upsetting also. Most soldiers in Afghanistan would disagree with him I'm sure! I spoke to my son yesterday (1st plt., Bco, 2/503) and he was quite upset by what he had recently experienced. Vicious attacks on people who are trying to better their country. Sky soldiers please you need to stay alert always , be safe and watch each others backs. I pray for your safe returns.


Name: Annapink
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 09:48:19

Message

to Anna...(!!!), hey..are you italian? Well, I just sent my fianceè some chocolate, and he said they were perfect when he received it. Just put in a polystyrene box. this thing is the best stuff to send the chocolate. i know it cause I work in a pastry shop!


Name: Sara
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 09:40:56

Message

I am so angered by that article from the Chicago Tribune. Afghanistan is like summer camp, yeah right! On the last page of the article is the author's email address. I wrote an email to Kim Barker about how my son and others are risking their lives daily. Why don't we all email her and let her know the other side of the story? If her son, husband, or father were fighting there, perhaps she would have used a different angle on that story.


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 09:32:27

Message

does anyone know the link to that website where soldiers can ask for things they need? thanks


Name: Rebecca
Email: To: LouieQ
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 09:27:10

Message

It usually takes a couple days to annouce the names of soldiers injured/killed. They have to contact family members first. It just happened Yesterday, so by Monday or Tuesday im sure the names will be posted. We all worry together here.


Name: LouieQ
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 07:34:57

Message

does anyone have information about the two soldiers who lost their lives when their convoy was struck in packtika region of afghanistan Friday? Sorry to post this upsetting news but a friend read an article over the weekend saying 2 servicemembers were killed and 2 others were wounded. My time on the internet is limited so I cannot surf for too long trying to get information. Thanks & lets hope they come home soon.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 06:01:50

Message

Well I read the article. I want eeveryone to keep that young 28 year old man in their prayers - to consider Iraq a war and Afghanistan "like summer camp" is the type of attitude that can get one injured or worse yet killed. My summer camps never involved roadside bombs nor unexploded ordinance. Actually what really bothers me, is not that Afghanistan is "the forgotten war" (I already knew that - my news never says anything about it) but that our Sky Soldiers are going without mail. THEY feel forgotten in comparison to their tour in Iraq. This can not go on !!! We need to talk to our churches, schools and local businesses. I send a card with a letter every week and a big box once a week - now granted I am sending to Support Battalion and not an individual soldier. I don't have an individual soldier any more. But ask your loved ones - do they have a soldier who recieves no mail? If they do email me I am more than willing to add them to my list as I am sure alot of you are. No one should feel that they are alone. My father served in Vietnam and he said we are so lucky to have email and phone calls - but he says nothing can replace a letter that when things get bad and you are really down you can pull that letter out and read it again and know that someone out there cares, that someone thinks of you, that you are not alone. Not everyone has a family - we need to show them they do have a family, US. We are Sky Soldier family, and that is something special. I learned growing up "Once a Marine always a Marine" well from what I have learned from Mr Bradley and other Sky Soldiers who took me to their heart when my son died - Once a Sky Soldier always a Sky Soldier. So try to get those names and addresses - Let them know WE have NOT forgotten. Love to all. Sky Soldiers stay safe and my thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: Beans
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 05:43:10

Message

I agree. It's not all that safe and easy-going,according to what my son is telling me in letters and phone calls and at least some of the guys arn't amused by that forgotton war thing.I just got off the phone with him and he was a little angered by the impression given in that article and says "some of us are working over here".


Date: 06/05/05
Time: 05:32:20

Message

more articles like that and our soldiers in afghanistan will be forgotton for sure!wish my son was as safe as that report portrays , but he and others are not! calling it "summer camp" is pretty low! someone needs to buy a clue!


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 05:08:13

Message

I thought this article was interesting............... http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0506050297jun05,1,3423933.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed


Name: michela
Email: sweethoney81@libero.it
Date: 06/05/05
Time: 02:07:42

Message

i love you baby


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 23:00:56

Message

hi i heard from Kelly HHC today. all is well and they are tcb... send whatever they want besides drugs or alcohol. I sent paint under the name bottled water. They wont know unless they check it. I say the least we can do is give them what they need. sky soldiers will always float from the sky when needed..


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 22:45:02

Message

hi i heard from Kelly HHC today he said it got a little ruff ,but everyone is ok and they are tcb... as far as boxes send what you want besides drugs and alcohol. i sent paint under bottled water. unless they search the box they wont know. this message is not meant to entice you to send illegal items, but to send what our guys need to get the job done. sky soldiers will float from the sky as long as the sky is there...


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 22:12:23

Message

I've sent Copenhagen a bunch of times with no problems either.


Name: rebecca
Email: cigarettes
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 22:09:14

Message

I sent cigarettes and dip with no prob to my bf in Able co. hope this helps!


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 22:06:51

Message

Ok, if you use this web address, go to almost the bottom of the page, it shows a boxy that you can type the APO zip code and it will tell you what is not allowed to be send to that apo. I hope this helps you all out. Great little tool. http://www.anysoldier.com/HowToSend.html


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 21:58:51

Message

Shipping Restrictions: Click on this link & enter the zip code of the location of concern. http://www.oconus.com/ZipCodes.asp


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 21:06:00

Message

I think that my post lady said that you are not permitted to send tobacco products. Not 100% sure but there may be the restrictions on their website. it's www.usps.com


Name: Melissa
Email: mitzishy2000@yahoo.com
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 20:26:15

Message

just checking it all out for the moment


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 18:30:55

Message

oops, didn't finish the message. if so, what is the best way to send them? in a humidor? or keep them wrapped in the package they come in!?


Name: A co.
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 18:25:42

Message

my soldier asked for cigars. is that allowed to be sent?- A co.


Name: Arlene M
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 18:05:26

Message

Mr. Bradley-------I tried to e-mail the pictures to you, but it won't go through. What am I doing wrong? Arlene


Name: Arlene M.
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 17:15:48

Message

Got an e-mail from Spc. Nathan Garcia A Co. 1/508. Didn't say anything about a road side bomb. He sent me a few pictures. I will ask Mr. Bradley if he can post them. One was a great group picture. Hope everyone can spot their love one. Arlene


Name: To Christina
Email: From Arlene H
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 16:52:56

Message

I was able to purchase and AT&T calling card from Military Exchange Prepaid Calling Card. Put that in info in your search for box. I didn't have great success with the web site name. When the page comes up scroll down to purchase a prepaid card. I had mine sent to me and mailed it in a letter to my son. I just wanted to make sure he got it. You can also choose to send it to your loved ones' APO address. My son received his and has used it several times. It is also rechargeable. If they have a credit card or ATM card there is a 1 800 number they can call. Hopes this helps.


Name: A co.
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 16:17:29

Message

my soldier is in 508


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 16:13:42

Message

Is your soldier in Able 2-503 or in the 508th?


Name: A co.
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 16:00:40

Message

i spoke with my soldier today and he said no one was killed. injured but not killed. I'm not sure if he misunderstood or if there was a misunderstanding on the media part. -A co.


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 15:32:50

Message

I sent a birthday box off to our son today. I sent Twinkies, I think they last forever, candles, little flags on toothpicks, flag plates and napkins, hats, water balloons, and two dozen of those paddles with the rubber balls attached with a rubber band. I don't know what they are called and I could never master them myself. I also copied this idea from another Mom (Mrs. Ireland), I bought a small tape recorder and had all the friends and family I could get to tape him a birthday message. The tape is over an hour long with every one wishing him a happy birthday. It turned out really nice and I also sent a blank tape for his thoughts or so he can tape his friends while there. Keep the great suggestions coming, especially stuff for the warmer weather that is starting now. Thank you all for the support and to Mr. Bradley for all your hard work. Sky Soldiers stay safe, we love you all!


Name: Anna
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 14:56:45

Message

to Mommaski: thank you very much, once again you've been helpfull! :) Yea I know at the Italian store they sell those chocolate rolls, or "ready to send cakes", LOL. I will try to make some cup cakes too and I will be sure I won't eat half of them! I always do that! LOL you gave me a good idea!thank you! those are actually better than chocolate bars! ;)


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 14:38:47

Message

To Anna - well and everyone else !!! Hmmmm... you are right chocolate can get pretty messy in the dead of summer. How about Twinkies !?! YOu know those little yellow cakes with the cream filling inside. They come individually wrapped and have no icing. Or how about bake a cake or cupcakes (do NOT ice them) put them in a container and send a can of chocolate frosting ? I also know that the Italians have this WONDERFUL pastry that has a cream filling that is to die for !!! Put those in a container and send them - to me !!! Ha Ha Ha !!!! No really you could send those and a small package of birthday candles. Hope that helps. Love to all. Sky Soldiers my prayers and thoughts are with each of you. Stay safe.


Name: Anna
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 13:40:16

Message

to Bill: thx for your message. yeah, you're right, now that I think about it I've heard about that situation with the kids getting beat up by the older ones. I'll just send candies and cookies then. Poor kids! Hopefully they will grow up in a better environment.


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 13:19:28

Message

Does anyone know what unit the two soldiers killed in the convoy blast were from?


Name: anna
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 13:13:15

Message

to Bill: thx for your message. Yeah actually I now remember that I heard about the beatings from the older kids. I'll just send cookies and candy then. Poor kids! Hopefully they will grow up in a better environment


Date: 06/04/05
Time: 12:05:06

Message

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=818880


Name: A co.
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 10:24:12

Message

my prayers go to the families affected by the explosion on Friday in paktika (articles on afgan news net). may God comfort you through this time. know that there are prayers coming your way by many. -A co.


Name: Bill
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 09:26:45

Message

Anna, your idea about sending crayons, etc.. is a good one, however, our son in 1-HHC/508 told us that there is a real problem with older kids beating up the younger kids to take away anything the soldiers give them. His advice was to limit what we sent to candy and cookies the younger kids could eat right away while the soldiers are around to be sure nobody attacks them.


Name: Oregon Mom
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 08:38:51

Message

My Son's Name is Keith. He is in C Co 2-503 and we haven't heard from him since the day they left Italy. We might not even hear if he like the Water balls. What he doesn't like he gives away to others.


Name: Christina
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 06:16:16

Message

My boyfriend asked me to purchase him calling cards from Thuraya.com . When I went to the website it was so overwhelming with so many products offered. I found what is called a "call for all" card, is anyone familiar with this? or with ordering from the site in general? When I went to try to purchase the card it asked for a country, do I select the United States? Im so confused! If anyone knows anything about this web site please, please post a message or e-mail me. He said he would try to call me within the next couple of days and wants me to have these pin numbers for him. Thank you all so much!!


Name: JimMiller
Email: jmiller7@triad.rr.com
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 05:55:29

Message

Good article in today's NewYorkTimes about recent events with 503rd in Afghanistan, go here: www.nytimes.com/2005/06/04/international/asia/04taliban.html?ex=1118548800&en=9be32cfa6f1ad0bc&ei=5070


Name: Anna
Email: coolgurlus80@hotmail.com
Date: 06/04/05
Time: 00:52:56

Message

hey people! how's everyone doing??? hope all is well! I just have an idea that crossed my mind last night: has any of you ever thought about sending crayons, pens, notebooks to give to the Afghan kids? cuz I was thinking I could send some with the next package, since from what I've seen on tv, it doesn't look like they have much of this kinda stuff. what do you guys think? Also, Mommaski and whoever else who always have good advice: there is no way to send chocolate out there now huh? it's his bday in a while, and I was so excited to send so much chocolate, cakes and so on but now that I've thought about it, I know it will probably get there melted and nasty huh? thank you for your help!


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 23:36:04

Message

Gina------ I have sent soda to my son many times. I buy the plastic bottles, put them in double zip lock bags. He sure finds them a treat when he gets them. Arlene


Name: Missouri Airborne Mom
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 21:02:23

Message

Oregon Mom what is your son's name?


Name: Melanie
Email: mmulvania@aol.com
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 19:57:30

Message

To all the soldiers, THANK YOU!!! To Andrew Rigel, you have all my love and support, you are the best son-in-law a parent could ask for, we are very proud of you and what you are doing. It won't be long, only 22 days until your leave. Hopefully, the baby will wait until you get there to make it's entrance into the world. Be safe, Be careful, and see you soon. we all love you and miss you... mom #2


Name: Gina
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 19:11:05

Message

I have been thinking of some snacks to send for the fourth of July. My friend came up with a good one, or at least I thought so. She suggested that we send bags of chips and dips (bean and cheese). I found red, white and blue plates and cups. I think I will send some Soda as well. Don't know if it will make it. Has anyone sent soda before, if so how did it do. Thanks for all the great ideas and I am so glad that we can all share.


Name: A co.
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 19:05:22

Message

i had as many people as possible all make cards. i brought white computer paper and markers and had people personalize something goofy for him and then put it in a large manila envelope. there were about 50 in there. we also made a DVD for him singing happy birthday. we stuffed the box with those mini deflated balloons and then just got the typical foods. even if you think the box has boring stuff in it, anything at all makes all the difference. hope this help!- A c.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: Steely2@hotmail.com
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 18:57:43

Message

Does anyone have any clues what to send for birthday presents? My son always says there isn't really anything he needs and has no requests for gifts. We send books, movies and games regularly but I can't think of anything special for his birthday. Thanks!!


Name: Amanda
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 17:59:33

Message

PFC ERIC MOYE- I love you!


Name: To Luis
Email: HHC 508
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 17:34:03

Message

We miss you and we love you so very much. Please be careful, "ojo de tigre", your family.


Date: 06/03/05
Time: 15:39:38

Message

That's right 2-503/HCC, post some pictures!!!! We have yet to see any so far!!! Come on, we love you!!!!


Name: Samantha
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 14:35:29

Message

R&R is 15 days total. The first day begins the day that they land in the US, and the last day (15th) is when they are departing from the airport in the US. This information was clarified by the FRG. Just wanted to pass that information along.


Date: 06/03/05
Time: 10:20:43

Message

today is 100 days since my little star left.. i love you kiddo stay safe and i love you super much!


Date: 06/03/05
Time: 08:31:53

Message

Come on 503 hhc don't be shy and show up in some pics ;0)) love u stephen --- marie


Name: SGT. Stodomingo, Karlo C.
Email: karlo.costales.stodomingo@us.army.mil
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 08:14:20

Message

I would like to give my best wishes to the paratroopers of B Co. "Legion" 1/508th especially the mortar section. I miss you guys and hope to hear from you soon. By the way let everyone know SPC. Bellew's getting fat out here.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 08:10:10

Message

I found this short prayer in a book of prayer for courage: LORD OF ALL LIFE WHEN OUR LOVED ONES ARE FAR AWAY DRAW OUR HEARTS NEARER NEARER TO ONE ANOTHER IN SPIRIT NEARER TO YOUR LOVING KINDNESS WHILE WE WAIT TO BE REUNITED HELP US TO DEVELOP THE PATIENT RESOLVE TO GO FORWARD BY FAITH IN EACH NEW DAY AMEN.


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 07:50:50

Message

Has anyone thought of what to put in a July 4th theme box yet? Can't think of what food to send, any suggestions. Thanks, Arlene


Name: Arlene M
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 07:49:12

Message

Lynda, thanks for the link. It was great. Arlene


Date: 06/03/05
Time: 07:31:48

Message

R&R is actually 14 days


Name: to Chiara
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 07:04:42

Message

15 days


Name: chiara
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 07:01:10

Message

does anybody knows how many days of R&R soldiers could take?


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 06/03/05
Time: 03:56:19

Message

I just boo hooed when I read about the soldier at Ft. Sam having to have his legs amputated! I don't even have words right now.......God Bless our soldiers and may they all return to us safely. Tatiana I am one HAPPY Lady right now :) 100% Italian sorry about the Italian soldiers and I hope you enjoyed your days off.


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 19:31:58

Message

I was fortunate to hear from my BF in the 1/508. He had received some of the packages I've sent. I sent a pool and some water guns and he said they enjoyed those. I have seen those water balls someone posted about and thought about getting them. I bet they would be fun too. I also sent some kush balls and some of those jacks games. Does anyone remember those, with the balls and you have to pick up jacks? I thought it might be fun for them. We shall see. Anyway, hope all is well with everyone. Red Devel B, I know you are one happy lady. Enjoy him and let us know how you are. I can only imagine what that will feel like. I have to wait till fall, but gosh do I look forward to R&R. I love you SGT D and can't wait to hear your voice again soon. Stay Safe and God Bless all of our Sky Soldiers!!!


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 19:10:59

Message

oops i meant "The American Serviceman" sorry


Date: 06/02/05
Time: 19:09:02

Message

hi i don't know if this will work. but if it does enjoy click on "The American Soldier" http://www.huntington.in.us/county/veterans/


Name: Oregon Mom
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 19:03:46

Message

To anyone interested, I found water balls in the summer toy section that would work like water balloons but better. They soak up water and when you get hit with them you get wet and they can be reused again and again. I am sending my son 15 balls to start a good time, I hope.


Date: 06/02/05
Time: 17:43:35

Message

Mr.. Bradley, thank you for NEW news today. just noticed it. can't believe how much TLC you put into this website. it's wonderful. GOD BLESS you from a grateful parent.


Date: 06/02/05
Time: 17:10:06

Message

I wasn't able to get that link to work either. A lot of picture links on that site don't seem to work. Mr. Bradley maybe you could get a hold of them and tell them how to run their site as wonderfully as you run this one.... just a thought.


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 16:34:08

Message

Thanks for all your suggestions for our son's 21st birthday. I got great stuff-hats, napkins, party favors, plates, water balloons, flags, candles and a banner. I hope they all have "fun" at the party.


Name: J
Email: link
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 15:19:37

Message

Can somebody please tell me if this link works? I'm trying to see the pictures of the Memorial Day ceremony held at Kandahar Airfield , but it won't let me open it. Thank you! http://www.173abnbde.setaf.army.mil/photo_album/memorial_day/index.htm


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 15:11:38

Message

Thanks for the pizza idea - that's great!


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 15:03:11

Message

OOPs, my finger hit the wrong key. Thanks Tracy for the wonderful pizza ideas. I love this site. So many different ideas. Heard from Spc Nathan, all is well with A Co. 1/508. They had a hot meal and a bed to sleep on. They were out on the road for awhile. Arlene


Name: Frustrated!
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 14:49:05

Message

The only info/photos I get from the 74th are from my husband. I never find anything on the internet, nor have I heard from the FRG group, except once. It is very disappointing, to say the least.


Name: Anna
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 13:08:19

Message

to Jen, I really would like if there is one, too! but the only things I found are the pictures on pages 28-29, and on the italy section there are some pictures too, but the last one is dated 2003!!! Hope this can help you


Name: Jen
Email: Metcalf_jen@hotmail.com
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 12:38:00

Message

Does anyone know if the 74th LRS from 173rd has a website? Thank-You for your help and God Bless Our TROOPS!


Name: Tracy
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 11:48:15

Message

ARLENE-about your question awhile back about the pizza theme box. This has always been Jake's favorite. I sent it to him once a week while he was in Iraq. I get the Boboli pizza crusts, boboli pizza sauce (in envelopes-make sure you get the same size sauce envelopes to go with the same size crusts), I send parmesan cheese, olives, pineapple, mushrooms, etc. Depending on the heat over there and what kind of pepperoni I can find, I'll send that. some of them have to be refridgerated. I think during the hot weather, he got all vegetarian pizzas, but was happy with that! I actually called a company who distributes Boboli products and explained how much my son loved this and wondered if they would be willing to donate products for the whole platoon---Well, let's just say, it's hard for me to purchase their products anymore, but knowing how much Jake enjoys them, I do it anyway. As soon as he's out of there and has access to "real food" all the time--bye bye Boboli!


Date: 06/02/05
Time: 02:06:06

Message

Happy 2GIUGNO to all the Proud Italians!!!! just saw the american company at the parade in Rome :):):)


Name: Flippo's Mom (Patti)
Date: 06/02/05
Time: 00:16:25

Message

To 100% Italian and the rest of our Italian family and friends: I was so sorry to read about the four Italian soldiers. The support you give us here and to our soldiers is greatly appreciated and something I will always remember. On the Defend America site there is an article about our men from A Co. 1/508. Click on "Forces Improve Bermel Security". Way to go Combat Wombats!


Name: Chuck Coker
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 21:39:59

Message

Defend America site: http://www.defendamerica.mil/


Name: rebecca
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 21:34:10

Message

What is the URL for the Defend America website?


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 16:09:00

Message

A very nice sculpture by Heather McMahan as a tribute to the soldiers - "Welcome Home" on the Defend America site.


Name: A co.
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 14:59:07

Message

GINA, (i sent this to you by e mail too). my soldier is in 1/508 A co. as well. next time we talk i can have him round up names if needed. it should be about a week or so till he calls again. let me know how i can help! - A co.


Name: Gina
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 12:48:18

Message

I found a huge card (18"x22")the front is a flag. I want to personalize it for all the guys in 1-508 Co. A. Does anyone know how I can get hold of all the guys first names. I don't need the last ones. I am going to get all of my family and friends to write messages on it for all of the guys. Please email me if you can offer any advice. Gina@hcnews.com


Name: Faye Lee
Email: faye.lee@dss.co.robeson.nc.us
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 12:39:01

Message

Red Devil Supporter B CO --- please email me. I have a question about one of your postings. Thanks


Name: cdninitaly
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 11:45:20

Message

my mom was in Wal-Mart a while back and found a talking photo album.. it holds 36 photos, and each one can have it's own message. she's sending it to all my husband's family and getting everyone to add a photo and a message. thought i'd share


Name: To Leanne from Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 11:33:14

Message

If you are looking for patriotic plates and what-nots Wal-Mart has flag plates in the party isle. I also sent my soldier a small ring-bound scrapbook (about 5x7) of pictures of my friends and co works all holding a HAPPY BIRTHDAY sign. It turned out really cute and kind of silly at the same time.


Name: SGT Magaña, Mark J.
Email: maganamj@gmail.com, mark.magana@us.army.mil
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 11:31:03

Message

CA soldier getting ready to head to Lowgar Province and was hoping to get some general info on what all is going on down there. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


Name: RedDevil Wife in the US
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 10:40:53

Message

This is regarding the nasty and ignorant post that was to 100% italian. I don't know who you are mr/ms "post" man, but appantly you are severely mistaken and no nothing about what goes on at Caserma Ederle. I have lived in Italy for a number of years. I've seen the changes that post has gone through. One thing has remain constant. The post would not run smoothly if the Italians were not there. How dare you refer to that woman as a spy. Why did you come to this site which is for support of our soldiers their FRIENDS and their families. I can only assume that you don't have any friends that care about you the way she cares about her friend. I have not posted on going on here since my husband was in Iraq. I come to see what's going on, and to see if there's anything I've missed. Being back in the states, when all the info is in Vicenza is hard. 100% Italian is giving these other friends and families information that they might not always know since they reside in the US. I consider that a very generous quality about her. And just in case you missed what the webmaster has all the way on top the page.....Writing nasty letters, is NOT WELCOME, take your hatred some place else. That's for our soldiers as well as the support system on here. What you said was completely out of line and not only disrespectful to her, but to every other family member and friend that seeks this site as a comfort. If you were any kind of a real man/woman you would see what an ignorant JACK!@# you were being and post an apology to 100% Italian and Mr Bradley for you total lack of respect. That being said, Mr Bradley, you have an awesome site here. I get to see pictures of my husband as well as my FRIENDS in the different units. Both 508th and 503rd. You have done a wonderful service to us Military families and FRIENDS. Thank you. KICK ASS Red Devils!!!!


Name: Robertincalvert
Email: rvrtlabrio@comcast.net
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 10:08:19

Message

Tom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY This is your third birthday celebrated away from home the second one in a combat zone. I wanted to send this in case you do get to read the site. Mom and Rachel also wish you a happy birthday. We wish you were with us. You know we are proud of you and the other sky soldiers. Keep safe. Love, Pop


Name: rebecca
Email: SILLY GIFTS
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 08:30:41

Message

I was online looking up silly toys to send our soldiers and found this crazy thing: http://www.wonderfullywacky.com/smarttrackerz.htm its a little toy truck that follows any line you draw with a black crayon or marker. Thought it'd make the guys laugh. :O)


Name: Missy
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 08:24:16

Message

If you go to the top of the message board you will see "previous messages" click on it and go to the desired month, all of the previous messages are there.


Name: Question
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 07:02:46

Message

Did the medics 1-508th jumped too into Iraq on march 2003??


Name: To: Mommaski From: Red Devil Wife
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 06:54:55

Message

The website for Mr. Bradley's book is: www.GoodBetterBest.net  If you click on "Previous messages" located on this page just below Mr. Bradley's intro, you can click on past months postings. Hope this helps!


Name: To Mr Bradley
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 06:53:21

Message

Where is the rest of the message board? I posted a 173rd related question & didn't get the chance to see the replys. What happened overnight?


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 06:52:15

Message

leanne.. my husband is in 508 c co! for a patriotic birthday, i think maybe some little flags, and of course plates, and cups, maybe kool aid.. sugar added already of course, in cherry and fruit punch (that one's blue) then maybe some cupcakes and send some red white and blue sprinkles to put on top? just some thoughts!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 06:20:55

Message

Mr Bradley, Where is the info on your book ?!!? Dang I came back to get the site and it was gone !!! Uhm... can you send it to me or post it again - Please? I've ordered Elissa Lonsdale's book and I would like to order yours. Thanks.


Name: Tammy
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 05:33:37

Message

I just want to tell my SKY-SOLDIER Happy 20th Birthday Son!!! We love you and miss you so much. Can't wait to see you again. Till then, stay safe and keep the faith... Love you Scotty, your family XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX


Name: Leanne
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 05:01:30

Message

I am sending a 21st birthday box out to our son this weekend. I already have some fun stuff but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. His b-day is July 2 and I'm doing a Patriotic theme. He is with 1-508, C. Co. God bless all our Sky Soldiers and keep them safe. Thank you so much for all you do.


Name: sissi
Email: 19th june
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 02:33:59

Message

Well.... just to cut out the past conversations.... the 19th June is father's day, and there are so many dads deployed!!! I just want to say to all the dads out there, all your children’s are very very very proud of you all! God Bless each one of you!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 01:33:20

Message

This website is for the support of our troops, how many times did we mention this? Everything else or personal problems are not welcome.


Name: cj
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 00:34:04

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I come to this message board sometimes and although I seldom post I was here since Iraq giving my support to a dear friend... I pray for everybody to come home safe to their loved ones. I pray for the families, for the wives, for the children and for the friends of this brave men and women...to give them the courage to be there for their men and women.... what 9/11 or the Madrid blast in the main train station of the city or all the other episodes when the terrorists have showed their power of mass destruction should have taught us is that only if we put together we can beat them. americans, italians, germans , what is the difference if we are all fighting the same enemy?? and we are all here to support the same men and women...so whoever has infos or suggestions should be welcome regardless his/her nationality, isn't it??? go red devils!!!!give them hell!!!


Name: A Sky Soldier
Date: 06/01/05
Time: 00:11:30

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I would like to thank you for all the support that you have provided through this deployment. Your prayers and worries are appreciated and heard no matter what nationality you are!!! Also, sorry for the loss of your Italian soldiers...they are our brothers in uniform and we all fight side by side.