Article from Jack Pkato

Article from Jack Pkato

He has trouble getting on site, so he emailed this to me.

I am sending a link to a recent Stars and Stripes newspaper story...for those who are not familiar, Stars and Stripes is an overseas newspaper geared towards the military and civilians living and working overseas. Anyway, the other night while at work I had just come inside after taking the weather observation. I typed it up on the form used to archive the data, then typed it into the internet website we use to upload it into the main system. After I finished this, I started to talk with the Airfield Ops guy who I was working with when we heard a strange whistling sound and immediately following, a loud thud. It was then that our building shook horribly. We both took cover and waited for the all clear. It took about 54 minutes to clear the Camp and surrounding area, but when it was over I went back outside to check the weather again. As I walked out, I saw two gurneys being wheeled out from the MEDEVAC unit. It was two young soldiers, one injured and one killed. I watched it and it was truly an eery feeling. I found out later, the rocket hit one of the CHU (containerized housing units-same ones we all sleep in). During the early morning hours some insurgents or whoever, launched a rocket and hit one of the CHUs, killing one and injuring another. The injured soldier was not seriously hurt, but of course the death was a grim reminder of where we are actually located. We go long periods of time with no attacks, laughing and joking, walking around the camp to dinner to the gym, PX or wherever, but when something like this happens, it brings you back to reality pretty quickly. By the way, the rocket went over the building I was working in and landed less than 50 yards from our location! It was definitely eye-opening. This is the closest one I have experienced to date.

If you are religious, say a prayer for this kid and his family. If you aren't just be reminded that this place is still a very dangerous place and these young kids are over here because they felt committed enough to join the Army even knowing they would be put into dangerous situations. Don't forget those who have given their lives over here...they are brave folks and I rarely hear them complain! Yesterday's temperature was 120F, highest of the year, yet there was no change to what the soldiers were doing, the amount of gear they were carrying or even one complaint about the heat...pretty amazing folks.

The Story:
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=64307

PKato

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5 years 35 weeks ago, 10:38 AM

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its good to hear from Pkato.....thanks

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5 years 35 weeks ago, 10:47 AM

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That's where I was on my first tour. When I was there, the people loved us and the only mortar attacks were against the Dominican or Spanish army. But we left shortly before al Sadr rose up in the south. Karbala and Najaf were bad, but Diwaniyah was nice.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
5 years 35 weeks ago, 10:49 AM

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does that mean

that AL SADR IS GETTING STRONGER?

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5 years 35 weeks ago, 10:57 AM

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No, I don't think so

He had a good run for a few years, but the south (Hillah, Diwaniyah, Hamza, Karbala, Najaf) has been pretty quiet compared to the west and central parts.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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