Friday, January 02, 2004

Happy New Year

I just want to say Happy New Years to everyone. Hopefully, this will be a much better year and alot less negative events taking place around the world. I should be going on R&R leave soon. I can't wait to go home. It's been alittle over 10 months. America seems so much like a Utopia to me after being here for such a long tour.

Lately the post we are attached to has been getting mortared everyday for the past 4 days. This is actually intense lately. Normally they would probably attack once a week. However, this is a sign of desperation, I believe.

Anyway, we had aircraft flying over doing scouting missions on the areas where they have been firing mortars from. At 2100, we got hit by mortars. So, we and QRF immediately deployed to check patrol around and try to find the enemy. Later on, a aircraft called in saying it spotted 4 suspicious vehicles traveling down the road where the mortars have been coming from recently. They stopped at a near by house. We were ordered to go raid the house and try and find out if they were the news doing it. I can't get too detailed, for operational security. But we only found an AK-47 and handgun. We even used a chemical test on all the suspect's hands for any residue that is left from handling mortars or any kind of explosive. That turned up negative. So, it ended up being a dry hole. It was an exciting night to say the least. We haven't gotten a chance to do any raids in awhile.