Monday, January 23, 2006


Meritorious Mast award

Sergeant Anthony J Friesner was, on the 31st day of October, 2005, the subject of a Meritorious Mast conducted by the Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division for outstanding service as follows:
superior performance of duty while serving from 22 September 2005 to 27 September 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this period, Sergeant Friesner performed his duties in an exemplary manner. During the preparatory phase of Operation Iron Fist, he demonstrated exceptional proficiency as he assisted in building the battalion’s terrain model. Sergeant Friesner's technical expertise and resourcefulness were critical to mission success because of his accurate depiction of terrain. His exceptional performance contributed significantly to the combat effectiveness of the battalion during the conduct of the operation. By virtue of your professionalism, devotion to duty and espirit de corps, you have brought great credit upon yourself, this organization, and the United States Marine Corps. It is with respect and sincere appreciation that I extend to you, Sergeant Friesner, a job well done.
J.D. Alford, USMC Lieutenant
Colonel Commanding Officer

Saturday, January 14, 2006



Too many people believe Christmas is about presents. . . well it is, but not the ones we find wrapped under the tree from Santa. It's about gifts from God - like love, happiness, concern for others, Jesus. This year I was able to give the gift of celebrating Christmas to Iraqi Christians who had never had the freedom to do so before.

Although it was really tough being away from my family, and I know it was equally as difficult for them (our first Christmas in 7 years apart), I believe it brings new meaning to what Christmas is all about. I wish more Christians would just quit shopping at Christmas and show retailers and Americans that the spirit of Christmas is in the heart.

When you reflect on the wonderful gifts you got this year, take a moment to reflect on this: men and women sacrifice their lives DAILY for you to enjoy the comforts of your life at home. Please PRAY for us!

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