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Re: Christmas message from my nephew

Thanks for sharing that with us Tricia.  It does sound like he is holding up pretty well, but I'm sure he'd rather be home.


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> I thought I would share this with all of you. I appreciate all that 
> everyone has done to make their time in Iraq some better. 
> Tricia 
> Ho, Ho, Ho, everyone from scenic Camp Fallujah!! 
> Christmas came and went here with a drizzle from the sky. But don't worry, 
> we deconflicted the air strikes and clearing operations so that Santa could 
> still fly his sleigh in. We even provided LZ (landing zone) security while 
> he offloaded his cargo and had Cobra helicopters on a 15-minute alert. J 
> Even far away in this predominately Muslim country, we celebrated Christmas 
> this evening with turkey, prime rib, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry 
> sauce, and even egg nog! While not a 5-star feast, it was a sight better 
> than MRE's or "tray-rations" (hard to explain. rather like bulk MRE's heated 
> then served on a plate) which we have been dining on lately. There were 
> stockings hung with care (even inside my Hummer. pictures will be in another 
> email. my camera is on the fritz) and a bite in the air. Amazingly, none of 
> the Marines received sticks and coal; rather, they were stuffed with candy 
> galore. 
> We've started letting civilians back into the city and it has been, well, 
> interesting to say the least. There's nothing quite as ironic as the US 
> providing security and bus transportation so the mujahadeen can come 
> strolling back into the city after we've pretty much decimated the current 
> population of terrorists and former regime elements. Most of the Marines 
> here understand that this effort is for the greater good and continue to 
> plug away. Oh well. I don't want this email to sound glum or disheartened. 
> Much is going well here and progress is being made. Hopefully, the 
> "Fallujahans" will see what happens when they support terrorists and won't 
> do it anymore. 
> On a brighter note, I've received an abundance of cards and letters wishing 
> us a Merry Christmas and while, unfortunately, I don't have much time to 
> write letters (Just ask Tonya how many she's received), I hope you know how 
> much you all mean to me. The letters continuously bring a smile to my face 
> and memories of better times spent with my wonderful family and friends. 
> Keep 'em coming! I'm truly amazed at the amount of support that has poured 
> from across the nation to our small platoon. Thank you all so much! 
> May blessings be abundant this holiday season to you and yours! 
> With much love, 
> Russ 
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