The lighter side of War

I adore this little guy and his spirit! I have been asked to NEVER send any children’s clothing displaying the American flag. I understand, as we would not want to paste a target on the innocent children. Yet, he seems unconcerned.

A young Iraqi boy’s American flag-themed outfit earns him a friendly fist-knock from Canton, Ohio native Sgt. Andrea Pierce, a member of Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during a patrol through the Graya’at area of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District Sept. 5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

Even the children in Iraq are sticking things in their ears. Goes to show kids are kids any where you go!

Capt. Kirk Olson, Squadron Surgeon for 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., flushes the ear of an Iraqi girl Sept. 11 at the Al Doura Clinic in southern Baghdad.  The girl had a seed stuck in her ear that was causing ear infections.  Olson, a native of Darlington, Wis., was on hand to assist Iraqi doctors and nurses open the new clinic.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Washburn, 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs)

Thank you Ladies! The children are obviously in good hands!

Pfc. Eliza Sabo (left) and Spc. Stephanie Defreest, both medics with Company C, 299th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stand with Iraqi children treated during a cooperative medical engagement aimed at providing medical relief to Iraqi citizens in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Yarmouk Sept. 5.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Thienpaithaidem Touch, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment)

I would love to hear what they were saying that brought smiles to all the faces.

Want to play “Caption this?”

Los Angeles native Staff Sgt. Julian Romo (center), a squad leader with the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, provides security with Iraqi troops from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division during a patrol through the Graya’at area of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District Sept. 9. The Iraqi soldiers, who are currently embedded for 60 days with Romo’s platoon, walk patrols, conduct operations and pull guard with their U.S. counterparts. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

I love welding. I am gosh awful at it because I have not practiced enough… But, this picture brought a huge smile to my face. Us women can do it! (Well, Spc. Sara Baggett can. I shouldn’t lump myself in with her and her skills.)


Spc. Sara Baggett, a welder for Company D, (Forward Support Company), 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, a welder with Co. DFSC, 4-9 Cav., 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div., lights a torch before cutting a piece of metal at FOB Prosperity Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)


“You don’t tug on Superman’s cape,
You don’t spit into the wind
You don’t pull the mask off that ol’ Lone Ranger
And you don’t mess around with Capt. Anderson.”
OK, it doesn’t rhyme… but, he is packing a serious set of guns.

(Lyrics borrowed from the late great Jim Croce)


Capt. Michael Anderson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, carries an extreme amount of weight across the finish line during the Forward Operating Base Warhorse Strongman Competition, Sept. 9. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Capt. Michael Anderson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, carries an extreme amount of weight across the finish line during the Forward Operating Base Warhorse Strongman Competition, Sept. 9.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Holy Cow Batman, they have our men training to pull their own equipment!As his buddies look on for safety reasons, a Soldier with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls a military humvee down a long stretch of road during the Forward Operating Base Warhorse Strongman Competition, Sept. 9. The event was a chance for Soldiers to show their strengths and build morale during their deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)As his buddies look on for safety reasons, a Soldier with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls a military humvee down a long stretch of road during the Forward Operating Base Warhorse Strongman Competition, Sept. 9.  The event was a chance for Soldiers to show their strengths and build morale during their deployment to Iraq.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs) This one is added for Jackie. Sorry I have not added more of our Air Cav. Nothing personal… it is just that the 4-9 are seldom pictured in the air!

Spc. Joel Redman, from Phoenix, Ariz., and crew chief for the 3rd “Spearhead” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, keeps a watchful eye for any enemy activity while flying in a UH-60 Black Hawk over Iraq on Sept. 3. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Courtney Breton, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Spc. Joel Redman, from Phoenix, Ariz., and crew chief for the 3rd “Spearhead” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, keeps a watchful eye for any enemy activity while flying in a UH-60 Black Hawk over Iraq on Sept. 3. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Courtney Breton, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

I am ending with this picture. I adore the elderly and would have loved to be in the room and caught her wit! Sgt. Pierce, I hope you have stories for us.

Canton, Ohio native Sgt. Andrea Pierce, Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, talks with an elderly resident of Baghdad’s Graya’at neighborhood during an engagement patrol Sep. 7. The woman, frail but still mentally quick at nearly 100 years of age, has lived through several epochs of Iraq’s history. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

Canton, Ohio native Sgt. Andrea Pierce, Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, talks with an elderly resident of Baghdad’s Graya’at neighborhood during an engagement patrol Sep. 7. The woman, frail but still mentally quick at nearly 100 years of age, has lived through several epochs of Iraq’s history. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

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3 Responses to The lighter side of War

  1. marsha loftis says:

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. I enjoyed this post.

  2. wytammic says:

    Great pictures CavMom!

    BTW — NE is holding their own. Cross your fingers!

  3. RE: Caption this picture.

    “Pull my finger.”

    Cheers

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