Saturday, October 22, 2005


Expect a Miracle, Make Miracles Happen

This title of a Norman Vincent Peale booklet is what I'm asking everyone reading this to do. Pray with others that God will use our unit to make the miracle of bringing all our troops home happen. President Bush wants to be able to "pull us out" in the Spring, but this can only happen if the Iraqi people are trained to care for themselves. . . including having a strong military. That is one of the reasons we are here. . . to help make that happen. PLEASE lift this up in prayer with others, that God will perform a miracle and we will be able to return home soon! AND if it is His will that we stay until our designated time of departure, pray we will be able to bring all the other men & women in our armed forces home as well.

Thank you for your prayers. . . we are seeing them answered on a daily basis.

Monday, October 17, 2005


Article from "Marines"

Teufelhunden Battalion takes reins from the Betio Bastards Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division Story by Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (Sept. 10, 2005) --
The Camp Lejeune-based 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division took control of the Al Qa’im area of operations in Western Iraq during a turnover ceremony here Sept. 10, 2005.The 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, known as the Teufelhunden Battalion, takes control from the Betio Bastards of the Camp Lejeune-based 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division who spent the past seven months operating primarily in the Al Qa’im area, conducting various operations to include Operations Matador, Spear and Quick Strike.“The 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines have been successful here. This place had no existing Iraqi security element,” said Marlow, Okla., native Maj. Toby D. Patterson, executive officer, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. One of the missions of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines in the Al Qa’im area of operations will be to build up and support the fledgling Iraqi Army, according to Patterson. “We want to be able to give the Iraqi Army a chance to get in place and legitimize them as a force,” said Patterson. Patterson also stated the Marines of the Teufelhunden Battalion will be in place here to support the upcoming Iraqi national elections as well.During the turnover, the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines showed the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines how they conducted business while ‘outside the wire’ of Camp Al Qa’im. During one such mission, the Marines of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines conducted a cordon and knock mission of a local cement factory just a few kilometers from the camp.“The [mission] was to maintain a presence. Basically, it served as a security patrol,” said Peidmont, Ala., native Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Hanson, platoon sergeant, 2nd Platoon, Company K.“It’s good to see a unit coming in that has a lot of experience,” said Hanson, referring to their relief’s recent deployment to Afghanistan. “They’re going to hit it hard and get results.”According to Patterson, the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines made great strides in providing security to the Al Qa’im region. “We’ll follow in their steps to make it a safer part of Iraq,” he said.


Fallen Heroes

In memory of Doc Robert Martens & Cpl. John Stalvey whose sacrifice will never be forgotten.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John R. Stalvey, 22, of Conroe, Texas, died Oct. 3 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Iron Fist in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Robert Martens, 20, of Queen Creek, Ariz., died Sept. 6 from injuries sustained as a passenger when his Humvee rolled over in a crash near Al Qaim, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Martens was assigned to II Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., as a U.S. Navy Corpsman.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


God is in this place

Everywhere I look, I see and better understand why I am here, in this place. I also know that God is in this place. I have been called here by Him to do His work and to bring peace and hope to a people who have never known it. WE ARE NEEDED HERE!

My team saw the awesome power of God when we were unexpectedly fired upon by insurgents. We had been inside a house made of cinder block, which had two iron-barred windows. I had just been relieved of duty and fell into a deep sleep when I awoke to the sound of a rocket hitting one of the walls. Then, another rocket, then massive machine gun fire. We had no recourse except through the two small windows.

Then, through His grace, one of the men looked up to remember the house had no roof. This allowed him to launch grenades, and it allowed me to contact other men to come and extract us from the rear of the home - unbeknownst to the insurgents attacking us. Not a single one of the Marines in the home or extracting us from the home was injured or hurt.

When we returned to the home days later, we found the marks left from the rockets, only approx. 6 inches from the windows - their obvious target. Only God could've worked that miracle. Praise God for His goodness and protection!

I may not always agree with this plan of His, to be here fighting to keep my life every minute, away from my wife and children who I love so much, but I do know it is God's plan, so I trust in it and Him.



picture from a battalion outing

My wife and kids at Mike's Farm near Richlands, NC. at a battalion gathering on Oct. 15th.

Please pray for our children who are struggling with the emotions of having a loved one deployed. May the Holy Spirit comfort them when they are scared or sad.

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