Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thank you

Thank you for all the goodies I have received in the last few days. We are going to have to go run an extra mile or two just to work off all the cookies and peanut brittle. Hopefully all of you back home are getting ready to enjoy your nice break off from work for the Holidays :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

To be a P38 or not to be a P38

A question was posted to me in an email and I figured the all the readers would like to know the answer. The P38 is not still issued to American service members anymore due to the fact that MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) are all in bags. You can still buy replicas of them in the PX back in the states for a few dollars. When the question was originally posted to me, I thought the submitter was referring to the Walther P38 pistol that "an old timer" had given them. A nice gift! Then I did a little research and I assume it is the can opener that was the gift. Either that or it was a P-38 lightning (a WWII aircraft). Ahh the military and its acronyms

To read about the P-38 can opener

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_can_opener

to read about the Walther P38

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_P38

to read about the P-38 Lightning

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_Lightning

Monday, December 17, 2007

Thank you

To the Ladies of Upper Essex Church,

Thank you for all the goodies. I have shared them all with my fellow Marines in my shop. I look forward to heading home in a few months. Have a Merry Christmas.

Sgt Ellis

Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter Changes

Silly as it may seem, chocolate is a luxury out here. It's getting better now that the winter months are here; they will ship the stuff over without it getting ruined in the transport over. The PX had tons of snickers imported the other day. Do we buy just 1 snickers? No, we bought a whole box!

The weather went from hot during the day and warm at night to warm during the day and cold as soon as the sun thinks it is going to set. This took place in the span of a week it seemed, then again it might actually have been a month. I am not really sure as it doesn't feel like the middle of December.

I appreciate all the Christmas cards I have received in the past week or so. They get hung up inside my little workspace in our shop. We are all missing you guys back home and can't wait to get back. On a positive note, today is our 100th day in country for our band of misfits.

Friday, December 7, 2007

To you, From Iraq



-Shipping & Receiving

Monday, December 3, 2007

Base PX 101

I am not sure if it’s a funny story, but it's an odd perspective on the PX system here in Iraq.

I will confirm the story of another entertaining milblogger in the fact that the PX has lacy frilly women’s underwear. I am pretty sure they are not combat/field expedient. Maybe they wear them in their cans to feel like a woman in the desert? I guess I have my rifle to help me feel like a man, so whatever works? I jest, their underwear are not a hot ticket item for some reason.

Another aspect of our PX system here, the prices don’t match. The PX on mainside is much larger than the one we have on lakeside. A 25 pack of DVD-R’s on lake side is 1.50 cheaper than on mainside? I am not sure how this works but whatever, I’ll buy the cheaper ones.

Cheese in a can anyone? I am pretty sure no one in the states has the stuff anymore, because they shipped it all overseas to sell in our PX (or at least all the expired ones).

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Black Friday Sale in Iraq

It cracks me up, Will sent am email to me talking about the Black Friday Sale at the PX over there. You can't get much more of a captive audience than the guys living on the Bases, yet they still offer sales and promotions.

On a completely different topic, the deadline for holiday shipping is coming up. I believe they'd like the packages by Dec 4th, but the 11th is the Priority Flat Rate Shipping deadline. Typically packages sent to him have been arriving in about a week. I expect it to be slower around the holidays. It has gotten cooler there, so things melting are not the same risk they were at the beginning.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Time distortion:

I was on the phone last night talking about the normal things from back home. Who is stirring up trouble, the weather, sports etc... The comment was made that next Thursday would be Thanksgiving. I was taken aback. Here it is less than a week away from a major American holiday and it had completely snuck up on me. We have a couple of civilian contractors working in our shop and they said Wal-Mart was already putting up Christmas decorations! This shocked me. Christmas is not even a thought on my mind. It's not that I don't care about these things, its just we are not inundated with the commercialism of American culture out here so the holidays sneak up on us. Actually, we still have a Halloween decoration up in one of our vans, a little witch on a broomstick that someone had sent over here from their family. I think it will be here for Valentines Day; perhaps we'll leave it up for the next guys!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Chow hall food on the recycle.

On a typical night you can always get hamburgers (vegetarian only), hotdogs, onion rings, French fries and grilled cheese (they make really good grilled cheese here). Your typical style American high in fat caloric intake. There is usually a choice of two main dishes. They have about 14 different main dishes they choose to serve here. Mix and match two main dishes with the staple of rice or mashed potatoes, and there are usually two veggie choices.

I am not sure who eats wax beans or why? They look like sickly string beans (green beans to some). Canned corn and cauliflower are staples in the vegetable mix-up. When you run out of enough of one kind to serve the base, you then serve mixed veggies.

Anyone else remember the swan pizzas? I do, and they have them in Iraq. It must be one heck of a delivery fee, but the pizzas are always available for chow. You can also get various types of sandwiches or a meager salad. For a combat zone the chow hall here is actually very well stocked.

Friday, November 9, 2007

what you do while not working?

When not working, I am usually sleeping, eating, showering. I usually take a few minutes each night to read or play some PSP games. A lot of times after work we'll just sit around joking about the day (or complaining as the case maybe a lot)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

reply to previous comments and questions

As far as chow we usually take a lunch and a dinner break for an hour. It takes about that long to walk there, get food and eat it. Breakfast I usually choose to sleep through! Cleaning my room? I am only in it to sleep, so cleaning usually involves sweeping the floor about every other day. There is a laundry facility here on base, so two times a week we bring our dirty laundry with us to work and then we put it in a big box and the TCN's (third country nationals) will wash it for us. It comes back in the laundry bag all nicely folded! Definitely not our grandfathers war (if you can even claim we are truly at war anymore)!

-W

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Marine Hording

I am sure it comes from our training of having to do without, but what possesses Marines to horde ‎perfectly good items from the chow hall? I really don't know what causes this. I do know that you ‎can get 8 cans of soda in your cargo pockets (not mine per se, but a friend). I also have ‎witnessed 15 cans of "Rip-It" coming out of the chow hall by another Marine. Rip-Its are about ‎the same size as the baby soda cans you can get at Wal-Mart back home. Today I was guilty of ‎this action as well. We needed coffee creamer back at the shop, so I walked out with 12 packets ‎of creamer. 12 packets! That is a weeks worth of dairy creamer for me! Near-beer (or NA beer), ‎is another hot commodity. Non-alcoholic beer seems to go very quickly. Somehow our small ‎section of 7 Marines now has horded close to 18 cans of this stuff. It’s not even that good! I ‎imagine its going to be a tough transition when you go to a place that has "grab your own" sodas ‎with the meal not to just stuff 4 in your pockets and try to walk out when we all get home.‎

Thursday, October 25, 2007

didn't plan to do this in Iraq...

Ugg I have phone watch...it's a stupid post that was invented to punish certain people, now we all have to do it. I sleep next to a phone in the office, if it rings I have to go wake up the Major....but if the phone doesn't wake me up, it will automatically forward to his room anyway, completely pointless.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

No fridge in the office?

Not a problem for us! The air outlet portion of a standard window ac unit (like the 4 we have powering our shop) will hold 2-3 soda sized cans perfectly. Any more than 3 and the A/C will start to ice over on the front.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

weather relief

It is finally cooling off a bit in this place. In the mornings it is a nice 70 degrees and sunny. Although twice in the past week it has clouded over and threatened to rain. I assume they were rain clouds and not just overcast from all the burning in the dump next door. During the day it is getting to the mid 90's to low 100's, which is a big relief from when I arrived and it was 120+. Everymorning I sweep my can (aka my trailer I sleep in), and every evening there is a fine layer of dirt on the floor. Not sure where it all comes from (well outside would be the obvious answer). I want to thank everyone for all the goodies I've received in the past week. It means a lot getting mail and packages.

Sgt Ellis

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Promotion

"When people ask what I do out here the easiest way to explain it is I am the UPS/FEDEX/ and USPS delivery guy for the shop. Actually I don't deliver anything, I organize and sort and then let them know their stuff is ready to pick up :)

-W"

Congrats to Will!! He was promoted to Sergeant on October 1st. This has been something he's been chasing for a bit now, and it is nice to fine earn the title and recognition. His address will change slightly now on the first line. Update your MotoMail accounts and mailing addresses to refer to "Sgt" rather than "Cpl". His mailing address will always be current on the blog.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

make mouths happy

I got the goodie box from work. I love it...yummmmm It made my morning to see all the yummy treats in there. Sgt bowen and I have already eaten half a bag of twizzlers. I was ordered to "hide them". I put them on a shelf and was chastised for not hiding them LOL. I guess I am supposed to save the Sgt from his own will power.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pass the A1

The other day we were sitting in the chow hall wondering, "Where is the steak sauce?" Sure we all came to war, but Wednesday night is surf and turf night and here we are eating steak and shrimp in the desert. Of course we were only joking about not having steak sauce on the table. One has to wonder though. I can't say its terribly fun here, I still havn't made it to the MWR center yet or the base movie theater. One good thing about my section's job is the simple fact that all of a sudden someone will go "Wow its 17:00 already" and its then you realize you've worked all day and really havn't noticed the time.

-W

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

working hours

"Sorry I have been kinda MIA recently. They have posted us on 16 hour mandatory work days. We really don't have any free time!

-W"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Induction

Yesterday we inducted over 100 pieces of gear. A typical day is around 20-30. Inducting gear consists verifying all of their paperwork is correct, and filling out more paperwork, as well as logging the gear into the shop. You have to love grunt units. They turned in 37 pieces of the same type of radio. A little motorola hand radio. Apparently they are not desert proof. When asked "How do you break 37 pieces of the same gear?" The response was "Easy, you line them all up and then run over them with a Humvee.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Tired

I've heard from Will and things are getting up and running in his new job. Right now he's still getting acclimated to all of these changes.

He's been super busy and worn out. It sounded like his days have been a blur between WORK, meals, and sleep with work taking up a good 12 or more hours a day - 7 days a week. He hasn't had much of a chance to do anything other than those three things.

Evidently a common thing is getting sick when you first arrive. Your body needs to adjust to the foreign country just as if you were traveling. Different things in the food or water than what you are used to. At the moment, it sounds like that is his hurdle he's facing.

MotoMails have been arriving to him at the address, so I'm glad that system is up and working. He says they arrive sorta like bills. You rip off the three sides, and get the letter/email printed for you inside.

He also passed along this URL:
http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/90398464FCA173998525734F00454E64?opendocument

Monday, September 3, 2007

Arrived and How to Communicate

Will is now officially at his 'home' in Iraq for the next 7 or so months. He was able to call on Saturday and say he was there. He says the chow hall had a wide variety and was happy to see things from home like "Coke" were available. He is very grateful for the kindness of CEC for the phone cards. They work perfectly and certainly help as a morale boost.

I have moved forward with trying out a few communication techniques. I want to get a feel of the different types so I could answer or help anyone else with questions. Check out the post early on this blog about "Investigating communication" for specific details about these avenues.

First I called the post office and requested the Military Care package set. That was super easy. About half a week later a big box appeared with great supplies in it. They shipped me 6 boxes (of 3 flat rate sizes), a role of tape, customs forms, address stickers, and the baggies for everything. I have completed my first box which will go out tomorrow morning. From the address link on the side bar, I've linked to an example of how to fill out the customs form. It was VERY helpful to me, since this is all new to me. From what I understand it should be $8 and some change to ship this package. I've read that you should not mix food and hygiene style products in one box. So the box I'm sending has no food, but other goodies that can be useful. I will try my best to send them about once a month, so if you want something to go in one let me know ;).

Next up, I've also tried MotoMail. I think I really like it, and once it is confirmed that all went as planned with it, I think I'd recommend it to anyone fairly computer savvy who would like to send letters or notes to our troops. MotoMail is a hybrid email / letter provider for the troops. We write into the system similar to an email, then it is printed at his base and handed to him like a letter. I've written one and it appears it was printed for delivery 14 hours after I wrote it. Not too bad of a deal. It stepped me through the process for setting up his address in the system. If this first test one went well, I plan to send these on a fairly regular basis. Maybe to tell him what I've been up to that day or any little tidbits from home. They are super easy and hopefully if it all went well a great way of adding a regular taste of home.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Kuwait

"Hi,
so we are in Kuwait for a few days here. Oh man is it hot. It feels like an oven. When we landed yesterday it was about 125 on the tarmac. Dry heat lol ok, its still hot. Oh did I mention the A/c in our living area went out this morning. Wooo its hot in there. Not bad though I walked to the USO center here when they opened and waited an hour for a computer. Its very slow! I saw the blog comments and the blog picture. The breakfast chow was very good, but this is mainly an army base. I hope everything is going good back in the states :)

- Will"

Also - I edited the last post after it had been emailed. If you haven't seen the great picture that the Maine Troop Greeters took - stop by and check it out. www.WillinIraq.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

... and he has left for war


Well reality finally hit hard today. Today was the day where a new phase begins. Will has boarded the plane and left American soil. Will described it best with "Surreal". It's crazy to think that life can change so much with a flight. The blog will be updated as soon as we know he's safe and settled at his base. It could be a bit of time, so we all will need to sit tight and be patient.

I'm so grateful for the Maine Troop Greeters. Big thanks!!! They are a volunteer based group that makes sure they hug all the troops coming and going. Will was able to drop a quick call from one of their available cell phones. Here's an article about them and the wonderful part they play in the deployments of our troops.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0124/p01s01-usmi.html

Good chance they got a photo which should be posted soon at http://mainetroopgreeters.smugmug.com/Troop%20Pictures%20by%20Month/357893
I'll post the photo if I can find him!

*** Edit - Robin found the best picture ever!!! Here's the URL for it if I doesn't show up. http://mainetroopgreeters.smugmug.com/gallery/3391495#189577122

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Iraq Address

****Removed - Address no longer active ******

Friday, August 24, 2007

Field Day

Finally a Field Day like most people across the country think of field day! After playing soccer for 2.5 hours we get the rest of the day off to start packing our gear and mailing stuff home. They tell us we leave sometime in the next week! Everyone here is ready to kick this thing off, and get over to Iraq and fix some electronic gear!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Training before war

Schedule of events leading to a cycle of training:
1630: Training might happen tomorrow, Stand by
1633: Training will happen tomorrow, time to be determined, Stand by
1645: Training will start @ 5:15 tomorrow morning be there
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0420: Get up shower, find gear needed for training
0450: Meet with rest of platoon for morning accountability
0500: Move off to rally point
0515: Wait at rally point for 7-ton trucks to transport
1030: Trucks finally show up
1045: Arrive at armory, no weapons available, Call important people, they cancel.

Rinse Repeat for tomorrow

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

6 Flags

While on pre-deployment block leave Carolyn and I went to 6-Flags in IL. A very cool place. One thing that struck me as humorous was as I was walking in the park I had to pass through a metal detector. What seemed rather twisted in that bizarre kind of way was the person monitoring the metal detector was of Middle Eastern descent. He had a very thick accent and it was obvious he recently had immigrated to the states. How funny, in prolly a month the roles will be reversed. Yet, he is guarding our theme parks, which are capitalism at its finest ($3.50 for a 20 oz. coke out of a machine anyone?), while I will be guarding his country (I'm going with he was Iraqi here for sake of argument) making sure no one blows it up.

I finished reading Colby Buzzell's book "My War Killing Time in Iraq". Colby was a 240 gunner back in 03-04 in Iraq. His mission was to "punish the deserving". We Marines would have called it "go get some". Its a very quick read for those interested in an honest outlook on military life. A lot of the observations are cross-branch for the military. OK, I am not going to shamelessly plug his book anymore because well he's making good money off of it now, and he had a way cooler blog than I do ;)

(Jim, if you read this, I know I have violated about a dozen grammer/punctuation rules but I'm tired )

-W

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Home on leave

I'm home on leave for a few days before we do our final push toward the big desert "over there". *Sigh* someone called me this morning @ 0730 to tell me they were up (present and accounted for). I guess they didn't get the memo I was on leave. I wonder if its too late to relay that message at 1 pm?

Will

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Duty part 2

To answer questions that have been rasied. No they do not provide explicit directions on what to do if the building moved. Fortunately the military is no different than the civilian sector of the work place. I had 3 chain of commands. Typically as a duty you should have 1 chain word gets passed, information flows down the rank structure. Since 3 companies have Marines in the barracks, three OODs(officer of the day) felt the need to check on their building. Most likely because had the building been stolen then there would not have been a telephone to call them to let them know. So for barracks duty,since I was the fourth man from the top or next to last from bottom depending on your current viewpoint, I had 9 different bosses spread amoung 3 different agendas.

-Will

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Duty

Today I landed Barracks duty. Its a 24 hour unarmed post. I am the Cpl who acts as the duty non-commissioned officer (DNCO). I have a faithful companion who is my assistant the ADNCO. Its rather a mundane task of making sure a building stays where it is supposed to be. I have a 12x12 room (luckily with air) that has a telephone and a desk, and about 4 years worth of Maxium magazines (I am not over exaggerating here). We actually have been rather busy today with opening the doors for the various maintenance people that stop by. I feel like a mall security guard, I have a shiney buckle on my duty belt. Picture a big batman style belt but OD green and without a grappling hook. A grappling hook would make duty more interesting though. I wouldn't have to use the stairs to sneak up on people smoking on the 3rd deck.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Whats in an ELMACO

An ELMACO is short for Electronics Maintenance Company. If it's a radio or a telephone our shop is trained to open it up and fix it. We also will receive other pieces of gear such as telephone switch boards and a nifty little spy plane called a dragon-eye. The dragon-eye is a little styrofoam plane that is designed to fly over an area and survey it without endangering the troops. Many of you have seen it on shows such as modern military marvels etc. The gear is great and is designed to break apart on landing, no big deal. Unfortunately units usually forget about the building or trees in between where they are surveying and where they tell the plane to land, resulting in the plane hitting objects faster than anticipated.

PRC-119 = Personal Radio Communications. Its one of the main radio's the Marine corps is currently using. There are about a million different configurations for this actual radio. Then it is no longer called just a PRC-119. No we make it confusing by sometimes hooking two of them together and sticking them in a humvee, amplifier or no amp. Fixing radios is what I spent 3 months in my secondary school once upon a time in 29 palms.

Then I checked into my unit and they didn't fix radio's, they only fixed telephones! More on that later.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

OUCH!

Will hasn't even left the states yet and they are already taking under-utilized body parts from him! Wednesday he will end the day with 4 fewer wisdom teeth from what he woke up with. Fortunately the Marines are kind enough to allow for a tiny bit of recovery time.

Since I haven't heard too many stories about the wonderful memories of the removal / recovery, I shall keep my fingers crossed for an easy removal and fast recovery.

PS - Any Marine at Camp Lejeune want to do good dead? Will is going to need a Dairy Queen Blizzard or a Steak and Shake milkshake delivered. I'll owe you one! :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Sunset


If you pretend it actually is a sunset over the water. No really, there just happens to be a barracks in the way and or a few trees.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Mr. Pox

Marines will charge a hill toward gun fire because we are told to do so, we will show tremendous courage and self-sacrifice when it comes to doing the impossible. Yet when told to go to medical many of us simply break down. I went to medical last week and was informed I needed 3 shots and some blood drawn. One of these shots being a smallpox shot. A show of hands how many older Americans and or prior service members have the luxury of knowing exactly what I speak of? I read the pamphlet given to me. I then read the symptoms for the shot. I liked my odds of getting smallpox as to putting up with the symptoms for the next 3-4 weeks. Another side effect of my volley of shots is I can snort Anthrax and potentially only get really sick now.

You know what docs need more of? Humor. Doc doesn't really like it when you ask how good he is at drawing blood. It was a simple question, I don't like seeing needles stick in me. I also don't like the thought of you poking around my arm trying to find a vein. To the doc that drew my blood, "Lighten up". It was only a joke when I said you have one shot to draw my blood, then we are using yours! No really a joke Ha Ha Ha (forced laugh).

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thanks to CEC!

You guys are so awesome. I opened up my box to be amazed by all the goodies in it. My Sgt did complain the box was a bit heavy when he had to carry it from the company office. So I bribed him later with some goodies :)

I miss being around you guys, you truly are an extended family.

Will

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Will - 6-27-07

I'm writing this on Tuesday, but the emails to the subscribers will come out early Wednesday morning. Hopefully we'll all have a chance to join you here for wishing you well!

Happy 29th Birthday Will!!! With the ever changing face of hallmark, I guess we will make this our own little Hallmark store to celebrate holidays with you! While it would be a blast to go somewhere for dinner or the Taste of Chicago, I have complete faith that you'll go somewhere fun and have a beer or so with your buddies out there!

Take Care!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

3rd week in Lejeune

Saturday morning after payday on a Marine Corps base. It is very calm and serene. I am in "boots and utes" (boots-an-youtes)which is a slang term for uniform minus cammie blouse. I am going on a short 2.5 - 3 mile run with one of the guys here. He needs some extra running.

After reorganizing the shop for the 3rd time in as many weeks, apparently I am in the S & R section, Shipping and Recieving. We are the backbone of the shop, gear comes in paper work is tracked. We are inventory control for all the sections.

There was a flak jacket class for a small group of us this week when we were issued the new and improved flak jacket. Flak jacket = armor worn to protect Marines from bursting amunitions such as grenade shrapnel and small arms fire upto 9 mm. They put metal plates in it to protect us from rifle rounds, all complete it's about a 25 lb vest. We received our jackets from supply and after dumping the contents out on the floor, we noticed there was about 15 pieces to this contraption. Yeah not a big fan of lots of little pieces to keep up with. 3 hours later we have a completed flak jacket with all the little pieces attached.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Mailing Address

While in Lejeune here is my mailing address

Cpl Ellis William F
2nd Supply BN 2nd MLG Maint CO 3rd PLT
PSC 20128 Camp Lejeune NC 28542

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Spreadsheet...Database...its all the same

Apparently in the Marine Corps a spreadsheet is a database. Sometimes even a database is really just a fancy spreadsheet. You really don't correct officers when they tell you they have this wonderful database that someone made for them that tracks all this information and then when you look at the icons on their screen its just a link to an .xls file (for all you in non-geek land that is an excel file). You smile and go "wow sir, I can see where that would help you". All the while you are looking for a quick exit because the project that normally would take 4 days has been promised in 2.

Another common misconception is that just because you task a Private to type the data in your "database". Doesn't mean he/she really cared about what went in it. I kid you not, Alex had a database, errr umm a spreadsheet, where the PFC "guessed" what the social security number that was written on the paper was. We won't go into the correct course of action for the Marine to follow (it includes looking up on the computer what the correct soc # is, in one of the other 300 spreadsheets). At least he highlighted in orange the cell to let us know he "guessed" at the value. OnePurdue would be proud of his color choices!

Monday, June 4, 2007

1st week in Lejeune

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After many days of sitting around and waiting to be told to sit around and wait some more, we finally made it to Lejeune. The chow hall is about a mile away from the barracks (really that is all Marines care about is chow). This means we get a few more dollars a day while I am activated. I think I am now making a whopping 1.64 an hour (Marines care about pay as well). We got a bit of time off this past weekend and went to the beach. Yes there was a small tropical storm, but eh who cares? I'll try to post the pictures later. For those of you waiting on an address, I've been given an address and is has changed twice in just as many days. I think I'll wait till they get it right before I post it

Photos from beach excursion (actually mostly us just getting stuck).

http://picasaweb.google.com/will.purdue/Beach6_2_07

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Indy News Coverage

Here’s the story that Indy news covered about Will’s group going over to Iraq. I'd say they covered the story well with getting the story correct :)


http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6584117

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Quantico Training

Myself and Jeremy posing like BAMFs on a 50cal
I am back from my 2 week AT in Quantico. I learned many "useful" things I can take with me to Iraq. Marine Logistics at its best we had 380 Marines, 2 buses (44 persons per), 4 seven tons (16 persons per) and approximately 5-6 Humvees (8 persons per), no matter how you slice that it equals a 2.5 hour travel time to a training site 30 minutes away. The most useful thing I got out of the training was we got a chance to know the Marines we will be going over with. You quickly learn who is competent, and who needs help.

If you are in the Quantico area I highly recommend visiting the USMC national museum.

Here are some photos I took while on AT.
http://picasaweb.google.com/will.purdue/Quantico

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

New Features to stay current

In addition to an RSS field into your favorite feed reader, you can now subscribe to get an email that updates have taken place on the Blog. Check out the side bar with subscription options.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Success!

First of all, A big thanks to Carolyn and her parents for a very successful open house. Secondly thanks for all of you that took time to come. It really means a lot to have friends and coworkers show their support. As soon as I get home and download the pictures off the camera I'll post a few I took :)

Semper Fi
Cpl Ellis

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Comments & Purpose of Blog

This blog will contain the most up-to-date information regarding mailing address, needs, as well as updates to life during deployment and messages to all.
  • Will may occasionally post to everyone
  • I will also post items as I learn new information or post to pass along messages
  • Everyone can post comments or ask questions
    • To add something if you do not have a blogger or gmail account you can post comments as "Anonymous" and simply sign the comment like a typical email --Carolyn

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Investigating Communication Methods

Without real information or facts, I turn to the internet to provide a bit more information about what's in store. I think I've done quite well learning about what it might be like, how to communicate, what to send, and how to send things.

I'll do my best to gather this together for everyone to have the resources I've found that seem useful.

USPS Mail
MotoMail
  • MotoMail is a email / printed lettter hybrid system that the Marines provide to a fast physical letter to the Marine.
  • Once you have an account with the Marine's information you can write a letter from home into their system, it will go through their processes, then be printed up and handed to the Marine (often with 24-48 hours)
  • Link to MotoMail

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Open House

We will be hosting an Open House on April 25th, 2007.

Check out the invite located at [here]

Hope to see you there.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Preliminary Timeline of Events

Prep Work
  • Sunday March 4th, 2007 5:30 PM = News was passed while in formation
  • April 12, 2006 Last Day at Purdue
  • April 13- 15, 2007 = April Drill Weekend
  • April 28 - May 15th = Annual Training somewhere
  • May 19-20 = May Drill Weekend
Deployment
  • May 22, 2007 = Begin Active status
  • June = stateside training
  • July - Feb = Iraq
  • Feb -? = stateside wrap up
Please attend an Open House on Wednesday April 25, 2007 after work. (details to follow)