Grad Writes from Iraq
Hey folks, Craig Brasfield registered tonight from Iraq.
If you get a moment, please drop him a line and tell him we are
proud of him and are thinking about him. Here is a note from
Mortar: a launched projectile typically explosive upon
contact with hard surface.
What’s going on Dora High School? Here’s a little up front
information about me. I’m Class of 1983 which makes me old I suppose,
disabled vet from the US Navy, graduate of Auburn University with Bachelor’s
in Mechanical engineering and Master’s in Civil and Environmental
engineering, college administrator, and currently deployed to Iraq with
the Army National Guard. All in that order.
Okay, so I’m
living in Iraq but it’s only temporary. I really live in Trussville,
AL but I’m actually thinking about moving back to Dora. It’s
strange, when I was there, I couldn’t wait to leave. Now that
I’ve actually been around the world either on fun vacation
getaways or with the military, Dora seems like a nice place to come
back to live. I finally got tired of everything going on in Iraq
so I decided to join the Guard. I waived my disabled vet status and
joined in 2006. Now I’m in a place know as Mortar-ritaville.
Actually the official name is LSA Anaconda. It turns out that this
place gets mortar attacks about 3-4 times a day on average, hence
the name Mortar-ritaville. It’s crazy here at times, we get
shot in the morning and go running for physical fitness in the afternoon.
My job is Operations Sergeant which means that I coordinate all the
missions and duty schedules for the company. Yeah, I go out on missions
also. I can’t really talk about the missions, but oddly enough
they are nice change of pace from the norm. I’ve been over
here since last summer and due to get to go home this coming summer.
I would have never believed that I would turn 42 while in Kuwait
(awaiting on orders for Iraq), in 140+ degrees temp.
Of course I would have never believed that it would snow in Iraq
in the winter time…but it did. I guess my point in writing
all of this is, when you see some of the young Soldier’s that
have returned from Iraq, say thanks to them. People like me…I’m
older…it’s not that big of an issue. But these young
man and women that are here, leaving home for the first time, leaving
their spouse for a year only for their spouse to end their relationship
while they’re gone because they haven’t had the time
to bond in a marriage…They are the ones that need your thanks.
So until I get back home, I’ll be wasted away here in Mortar-ritaville…except
we can’t drink!