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March 07, 2004

Cleaning Time

Hello Everyone,

Goodbye Iraq. By the time you read this I'll be in Kuwait doing what every soldier learns in basic training. Cleaning. The Army is huge on cleaning and I'm a little confused by it all. I mean, the Army always puts us in messy situations full of dirt, sand and lots of other crap and then wants everything to look like new. Well fine, just as long as YOU know that's an old piece of crap and I know that it's an old piece of crap I'll make it look like a fine piece of Army equipment worth the tax payers cash.

But the real reason is so that we don't bring any nasty Iraqi bugs home that will screw up the US ecology. That is a good reason to clean the hell out of anything (I like to eat). Well, I'd better get going, it's time to load the truck.

I love you all,


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Well back to the thing you did last time. Clean, Clean & Clean. Then HOME ! !! I hope to hear from you when you get Home. Kiss Jake for me. Hope when he is the age of 18 their is no more war's.
God Bless Y ou & Your boys. Always in my prayer's.

Posted by: Alice M. Chace on March 7, 2004 11:06 PM


Wow! That's definitely good news. Have fun on the cleaning crew, and hurry home!

Posted by: Laurissa on March 7, 2004 11:07 PM

Gonna wash that gray right outta my hair...remember that commercial? I guess your song would be, "Gonna wash that sand right outta my hair..."

So very wonderful news.

Be safe, hooray! We're all waiting, with bells on...

A soldier's mom...

Posted by: Katherine on March 8, 2004 12:10 AM

Woo hoo!! Good to hear it! :) Hope that that time between Kuwait and home passes by in a flash! :)

Posted by: Firebrand on March 8, 2004 03:09 AM

YIPPIE AYE OH KY-A! Coming home soon is great news.

Be safe and hope you're home quickly!

Posted by: Theresa on March 8, 2004 04:02 AM

Welcome home, Will.

This must feel like being rescued from a desert island!

Posted by: Sharon on March 8, 2004 05:50 AM

YA HOO Buckaroo!
Let Freedom Ring!
God Bless You and All.
Forever in our hearts.


Posted by: Aurora on March 8, 2004 07:54 AM

Great news. You guys are almost home! My son should be right behind you. They are scheduled to leave on the 25th.

God bless our soldiers.

Another soldier's mom...

Posted by: SueinOmaha on March 8, 2004 08:21 AM

HURRY HOME!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: MELISS on March 8, 2004 08:52 AM

Thanks for your service to our country, and hopefully, a better world.

Posted by: Todd on March 8, 2004 11:44 AM

At least you know your working toward something: Going HOME!!! I'm sure you are going to get the welcome you so much looking forward to. I'm sure that's after your Mom (a great MOM) bops you upside your head once or twice for scarying her. But then again she will have forgotten the scary moments. Can't wait to hear about the trip home and the home coming!!
Take Care!!

Posted by: Chris on March 8, 2004 11:48 AM

godspeed will and thanks for a job well done.

Posted by: carol on March 8, 2004 12:31 PM

Nothing like a good old GI Party! It is amazing what you can clean out with a
q-tip! Puts a new spin on the term spring cleaning. Have fun and have a safe journey home!

Posted by: selina on March 8, 2004 12:52 PM

Woohoo...I have been following you for the past year...with you going to Kuwait, my hubby cant be far behind! This is encouraging! God Speed, and thanks for sharing your thoughts over the past year.

From a National Guard Wife (dont hold it against me, he was regular army for years!)

Posted by: Kat on March 8, 2004 04:52 PM

Glad to hear you are closer to being on your way home! That's great news!!!
See you soon, I hope. I'll bet your family is thrilled, and you'll finally get to meet Jake - I hear about his progress all the time. Bert

Posted by: Bert from Omaha on March 8, 2004 10:57 PM

This is the second best post I've read from you.......the very best will be the one when it says you safely arrived back home. This will be an extra special mother's day for a mom who certainly did her job well. Don't let coming home stop you from writing! We want to keep hearing from you!

Posted by: Dianne on March 9, 2004 01:19 AM

This is such good news, I bet you can't wait to hit the home turf again. Keep us posted...

Posted by: becky on March 9, 2004 01:30 AM

Glad to hear that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and doesn't seem to have a loud horn attached. I'm sure your friends and family are all doing a happy dance. I'm sure you can't wait to meet your new nephew for the first time... maybe he's ready to arm wrestle you by now! :)
Take care and safe travels!

Posted by: Kathy on March 9, 2004 08:51 AM

At last!!!! Have a safe and swift journey home!

Posted by: katkarma on March 9, 2004 04:22 PM


SEE YA STATE SIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted by: Cat on March 9, 2004 05:18 PM

Will--> Greetings from Iowa!!!

I like many others here have been watching and reading these rants since day 1. I've never missed one. Your Mother, I am sure is proud of you...and she should be. Give your Nephew Jake a BIG Hug & Kiss for me...He'll be excited to see you to I am sure.

I pray that you have a safe trip home.

Thank you for serving our Country.

God Speed, Will.


Posted by: Kelley on March 10, 2004 08:46 AM

Hi Will,
I can relate to cleaning like crazy in the military. I had many a day when I was active duty Navy when we cleaned till I thought I was gonna drop.
I'm so happy that you're finally gonna get to go home. Godspeed, and God bless you! Thank you for your service, Will. It is much appreciated by many people. We'll all look forward to hearing about your homecoming. Hang in there and stay safe.

Posted by: Dawn on March 10, 2004 08:18 PM

Hi Will! Just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your journal these many past months. My own son returned from Iraq two months ago and I am happy to know that your turn has finally come! Godspeed in your journey, blessings always! Thank you for your service, sincerely.

Posted by: Anne on March 12, 2004 01:57 PM

Dear Will and readers

Hi, I am the onw who posted about wired message about my bf's extension in the previous comments. First, I wanted to say that I am so sorry to ruined the wonderful news about Will and all reader's excitement with my post. I was going crazy to hear my sweet bf saying good bye to me. I even didn't know what I was doing. I must tell you, this was the toughest time in my whole life but I got an E-mail from him today and we are OK now.

I also wanted to say Thank you to the readers who gave me advises. I really appreicated.

Will: Welcome home. Your readers are wonderful and If you ask me you alwasy get a free bear from now.

Again, so sorry about my stupid post and I hope your wonderful heart will forgive me.

Best Regards,

Posted by: N on March 12, 2004 08:54 PM


One of the main reasons why we created this site was to help those abroad and those at home cope with the uncertainties of loved ones so far away.

Everyone here understands.


Posted by: Captain Rooba on March 12, 2004 09:42 PM

And you have succeeded, Captain. Whether we were laughing, crying, or ranting with Will, reading the comments from his faithful readers helped his family cope with his absence. We hope it helped other families who had loved ones fighting to preserve our freedoms, including the right to have sites such as this. We thank you all for your witty comments to Will and your prayers for him and Jake.

God Bless.
Will's family

Posted by: will's mom on March 12, 2004 10:10 PM

Wonderful News of your upcoming trip home. You and your troops will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers until you arrive safely and adjust to being a civilian once again. No words can tell you how proud we are of you for the job you have done. A special thanks to your Mom for sharing your emails with us all and the personal emails that she has sent keeping me updated. She is a very special person. She sent me pictures of Jake not long ago. What a handsome little guy. Just like his Uncle. He is going to be so spoiled when you get home. Hurry Home. Ella Jo

Posted by: Ella Jo on March 13, 2004 04:01 PM

Fantastic News Will! Have a fast and safe return home. I have sure enjoyed reading your rants this past year. So many times I needed that laugh or read about what you as a soldier was experiencing. My son just returned home after 353 days over in that lovely place. Thanks Will!

Posted by: GB on March 13, 2004 08:34 PM

Hello Will,
really we would like read:farewell Iraq, goodbye Home, and so also this once is time to wash,wash but maybe the Army US wants everything to look like new why is time to return to home and to leave for ever this..."sand"... You think few days ago the wind has take here in Italy "the sand of desert",there were the cars all red it seems absurd, true?.... Also us here in Italy we had to wash, wash....the cars.
Ciao all Adriana and Milena

Posted by: milena,adriana on March 14, 2004 12:23 PM

The possibility that we have been to write on this site it has made to born feelings how friendship and loved between and all readers, considered that all it has born in difficult moment, we thank Will and all for have made discover those values, also between foreign peoples and fareway.
We greeting Will and all readers also if little once we have could read your post for the difficult to translate, with the hope that all this can continue.
We are very happy to know that for all last year we have kept company to Will,also for us it has been a great company.
With love by two italian girls
Milena and Adriana

Posted by: Adriana,Milena on March 14, 2004 12:36 PM

Like all your readers, I look forward to future posts from Captain Rooba.

"A soldier's life is terrible hard
Says Alice." (Milne, Winnie the Pooh)

Posted by: Tom McClellan on March 24, 2004 06:34 AM

Click your heels three times and repeat after me....."there's no place like home....."

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~General George S. Patton
Who's Will Anyway?
What's All This Then?
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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