Below is a small but cherished picture of mine from my first tour in Iraq. The short, little lieutenant with his arms folded is me and the guy to his right (your left) is Dave F, my bester kamarade of Charge Bayonet fame. That was Christmas Day, 2003 at Balad Airbase in Iraq while our Brigade was consolidating for the assumption of a follow-on mission. We were 4 months out from going home...
That was a very special day for us. That day, we pooled all of our special Christmas care packages that we had been setting aside and got together and shared them among good friends. We also exchanged a modicum of "gifts" like Gore Tex socks, and small comfort items from the PX.
To be honest, it was one of the best Christmas days ever.
|Sergeant Flatray and I on Christmas Day, 2003, Balad, Iraq|
|Lieutenant Rauhala and Sergeant Flatray|