If you want Phil's address to send a postcard, please e-mail me at [kuzmatt9 AT yahoo DOT com] or leave a comment here and I'll send it to you.
I have now been at my job for a month. I have been IED'ed, mortared, shot at, blessed, cursed, praised and everything in between. It can sometimes make for an exciting time but most of the time it is just dull. I am part of what is called a mobile strike team. The team is six armored humvees and we do everything from just a random patrol to supply escort duty. Unfortunately, we haven't caught that many bad guys but we have found quite a few unexploded IED's and arms caches.
Life here is pretty basic. I have gone two weeks without a shower and in this heat with all the gear you wouldn't have gotten within 30 feet of me. When I am back at base I have a nice cot to sleep on but out in the field you find me on the hood of my humvee or the ground. I do get a little time on the computers when I am back at the main base so that is good.
Most of the people we come across love us. I have walked through town markets and felt like a hero. They love to have their picture taken and hopefully I will get some pictures back home to you all before long. The kids are the best. They instill a hope in me that someday this place may be a peaceful beautiful country.
I want to thank you all for your support. Please keep the letters coming, you cannot understand how much just a postcard with one sentence can brighten my day. You all take care of yourselves. I will do the same. I can't wait to see you all again,