Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
February 20, 2004


Once again we have orders. Orders are orders, as they say, and you can't deny that orders are your orders to do whatever they order you to do... are you annoyed with my little toying with words? Ok, here's the meat.

The orders tell us when we're leaving Iraq, where we're going in Kuwait, when we're leaving Kuwait and where we're going in CONUS. If I don't sound excited to see this on paper allow me to say FUCKIN' A JIM! I guess they didn't forget about us and our orders make no mention of relief, so if they're not here someone else is gonna have to get off their asses and do our jobs (yep, that's plural for a reason and nope, I'm still not gonna tell you). It's not that I don't care about the mission or that it keeps on working after I'm gone, well, um... ok ok I care, but it's time for somebody else to try this job and see if they like it.

Anyway, I had written up a big spiel on sarcasm and life in the Army but I'm just in too good a mood to rant right now. How about some local news instead? Ok.

Sgt. D (from Arizona) has been having a tough week. She was lighting a Yukon heater (a heater that burns mogas, not very efficient but very toasty) and burnt her eyebrows off. Not a pretty sight but it was pretty funny to watch. Her new name... sparky.

With this redeployment I've learned something interesting about government credit cards. Did you know that you have to take a class before you can be given one. No, I don't have one but can you imagine what that class would be like? "Alright class, to use your card at the store you need to swipe it through the slot. Now, a proper swiping motion is horizontal and smooth. Be sure that you have the magnetic strip, that's the black line on the back, inside the little slot..." My hair is falling out just thinking about it.

The Bulgarian Army (all 24 of them) were escorting a convoy up the road and saw some haji's on top of a bridge. They did NOT however see the two U.S. Army trucks on the bridge with them and jumped to the conclusion that there were terrorists about and opened fire. Nobody was hurt but as I understand it several underpants won't be coming home.

I love you all,


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Well, sounds like the government in action. Hopefully you'll be getting the orders to come home shortly.

Stay Safe!

Posted by: Theresa on February 20, 2004 12:19 PM

Woooo hooooo!! :) Will's coming home (it seems sooner than later anyway)! That's just FANTASTIC!

Once you're in town and have had a chance to spend all kinds of time with your family, I'd love to meet you.... you should have a "Thank God I'm Home!" party at a local bar where you can consume mass quantities of BEER! ;)

Posted by: Brenda on February 20, 2004 01:04 PM

God is answering our prayers!! God speed Will. I know you can't wait to get home and finally meet your nephew. Stay safe.


Posted by: debby on February 20, 2004 01:04 PM

I agree with Brenda... let's have a get-together and consume mass quantities of beer! I'm sure I speak for many who want to meet the infamous Will. And to thank him for keeping us apprised of every funny, and not so funny, detail of life in the middle east. Keep it up, Will. We'll see you soon!

Posted by: Cat on February 20, 2004 02:33 PM

It is so Great that you are finally getting to go home.
Thanks for all of the rants.
Stay safe.


Posted by: Jan on February 20, 2004 03:20 PM

Congratulations on your orders! We can't wait to get all of you home safely.

You definitely should have some type of get together and drink lots of beer when you get back to Omaha. As one of your biggest web fans in the area, my hubby and I would love to buy beer for you!

Posted by: SueinOmaha on February 20, 2004 03:39 PM

Hey Will!

I've only commented once before, I think....but I've read every one of your posts with enthusiasm (SEE avid interest). ;o) Just wanted to let you know that I'm excited for you that those orders finally came in! HOOAH! God is good!

And I hope that after you're back safe and sound in the States, you'll still keep updating us with what's going on in your life! I know that I would miss your rants and ruminations if you decided stateside life wasn't interesting enough to write about. ;o)

Stay safe!

Posted by: Courtney on February 20, 2004 05:26 PM

SWEEEEEEEEEEEETTTT!! This sounds like an upcoming "pig in the ground, beer on ice" event!! And you certainly deserve it! We do that really well up here in Montana....HINT By the time you get done making the rounds, beers' gonna be the last thing you'll want to drink cuz ALL your fans wanna buy you several!!!!
Take care!!!

Posted by: Dianne on February 20, 2004 09:07 PM

Hi Will,
I'm so glad to hear you finally got orders to come home! I'm so happy for you guys. Wow!!! That is so awesome! You must be on Cloud 9. I'm very excited for you. Let us all know when you hear more details that you can reveal to us.
I've been reading your blog for almost a year, and I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by. Your writing has touched many, many people. We all laughed and sometimes cried with what you talked to us about. I think many of us feel like we're sitting next to you having a few beers when we read your posts. You have touched many hearts. When you get back home, I hope you start putting all of your posts together for your book. It's almost begging to be written. Like Courtney said above, I too hope you keep writing when you get back. You're a very gifted writer. Well, I need to wrap this up. I'm tearing up. God bless you all. Hang in there and stay safe.

Posted by: Dawn on February 20, 2004 09:07 PM

I know I'm a mom and all, but it's about F*&^ING TIME!

PACK YOUR BAGS! Come home safe, come home soon, come home now.

Congraulations. Bring my son with you, please. Thanks for all you do...

A soldier's mom...

Posted by: Katherine on February 20, 2004 10:00 PM

Just have to agree with Katherine.

Posted by: will's mom on February 20, 2004 11:27 PM

this is only the second time i've commented, but ...
I'm happy that you're happy!

Posted by: PFC Eppy on February 20, 2004 11:31 PM

If I recall the time to worry is when people stop bitching, so you are ok. Interesting that all of your post's comments are from the fairer sex. Please note, I did not say weaker. I found the Yukon story interesting. Can you picture the person who said, "Ok, I got I idea we can put gas in this can and light it." Regrets to Sparky

Thanks for your protection. Hang in there the Marines are coming.

Semper Fi

Posted by: Glenn Woods on February 21, 2004 07:15 AM

Congrats on the orders!!! I have been reading your letters for sometime now and am so happy for you. Can't wait to see that you are actualy home and able to meet that nehpew, they are so much fun!

Girlfriend to a Army Reservist, just switched from Active Duty.

Posted by: Jessica on February 21, 2004 12:33 PM

Happy, happy, joy, joy.
Rest assured there will be a big bash here in Omaha upon Will's return. I've been told I'll have to do some coordinating with his mom and sis though - I know they get first priority. As for the beer, seems our young hero's tolerance level has slipped a little over this past year so this could be fun :) Payback's a bitch Will............
Don't get shortimer's disease on us and keep your head and ass down! And that's an order!

Posted by: Shell on February 21, 2004 05:41 PM

Hey Will! That's great news! Thanks for sharing your rants with us over the last year, I loved readding your stuff.

You could probably find a bunch fans in every state. If you decided to take a national tour you would not need to get a hotel room anywhere. Put me on the list!

Good luck and Godspeed!

Posted by: Jen on February 21, 2004 08:40 PM

Hello Will,

you lament many but we notice that the girls don’t lack you there,….do we have lost something how ever? Trying and trying again to flirt in the end have you found the friendgirl?
We present you a smile, it makes you company and if you’ll have fear it’ll gives you courage why a smile is how a ray of sunlight at the morning: it illuminates the road and heats you the heart!!

Two devote friends
CIAO all

Milena and Adriana

Posted by: Milena,Adriana on February 24, 2004 08:08 AM

Congratulations on your orders! We can't wait to get all of you home safely. Still keep your head down till you hit the Ole US!

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As most of the regular readers of know, I have a few friends that have been sent or called up for the soon-to-be-conflict in Iraq. One such friend is Will aka Will not weasel or Will from Omaha or whatever other moniker he's using on my site that day.

Will is a pretty good writer and this is the collection of his writings. It'll be interesting to hear updates from a soldier's point of view, so I'll be posting them for all to read.

Take care Will

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