08MAY11: MSgt Joel Weber

ALMAR/ALFAM/ALFNDS,

{break} {break} = Osama Bin Laden is dead!

Apparently he was a bad man and we finally nailed his ass. I do enjoy the liberal media, while enjoying our moment saying, it took us 10 years to do it. Thanks for killing the moment jackholes! I did get to see our proud Americans take to the streets in joy on the TV that night…it was moving and brought a tear to my eye. Americans standing, rejoicing, crying over the death of a man who has taunted this nation, killed thousands of Americans on American soil, and kept us looking for 10 years. I truly know the feelings that millions of people felt when the news hit that Hitler was dead back in World War II. Osama Bin Laden was pure evil and just to remove him from this earth was something that needed to be done…I’m glad I was here, in this moment, when those Navy SEALS tracked him, found him, and took him out with boots on the ground…no bombs, no missiles…truly a face to face confrontation with the member of the US military…what a feeling that young man had to be feeling when he took that shot that brought evil to its knees. They probably showed more discipline than I would have… I may have taken it too far and more than put a bullet in his head… I hope he enjoys hell.

On another bright note: TODAY IS MOTHER’S DAY! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM, I LOVE YOU… you did a good job raising me and look where I ended up…in flippin Afghanistan, Thanks! I hope you got your card and flowers!

Story of my life: It’s no secret that I miss life on the gun line with my artillery friends…if there was one communications statement I hate seeing, “Your mailbox size is over the limit”…that has to state how much I sit behind the computer and push emails in and out…life of a Communication nerd I suppose! I’ve had no time to do any of my school work this week…but I’m hoping it calms down a little. At first working these 15-20 hour days were taxing…now my body is used to it…and that kinda sucks! I guess it really doesn’t matter, there is nothing happening in my room anyway. We also got our new room assignments and I’ll be moving soon. I’m the “boot” Master Sergeant in our room, so I’m out. My new neighbors will be a LtCol on one side and on the other…two Navy E-5’s…who the hell put this together? So, saying that my room is boring and having a roommate, I can’t wait to move into solitary confinement all by myself. My school work has taken a hit this week, I haven’t done anything. We’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to do anything….ugh!

Kirstin had her scopes this week and her biopsy shows some disturbing trends. I guess we’ll just have to pray and wait at this point. She is my little trooper and nothing is going to stop her from smiling, I can tell you that! Both she and Kara are still kicking ass in school, so for that I’m grateful to God. She is still doing the “2011 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis” walk on June 18th in Raleigh…I’m so proud of her! If you want to read her story, it’s at http://tinyurl.com/3pjkuva

Last week I failed to report that I was down a camera. One of our Marines here was attaching some assets to one of our tall towers here and I had asked him to take a few shots while he was up there! So I gave him my camera. Let’s just say they both came down, just not together…the camera made it down much quicker than he did! I call it a “combat loss”. Either way, I ordered a new camera and it’s on it way…snail mail.

I turn 35 this Wednesday! I’m excited…I don’t know why, I guess it’s just of those milestones. I feel good though, I’m healthy, excited, breathing, alive, running more miles than I ever have, and live in a shithole! How awesome is my life…and…I look good doing it! I do want to thank my sister Tammy for send me out a lint brush :-p I’m hoping for my birthday I get to talk to my girls though…it would make my day! I talked to Kara once last weekend, so I’m hoping I get to talk to them both. Kara will be 11 on the 31st….HOLY CRAP!! Instead of my “once a week” ice cream sundae (on Sundays—how clever), I may indulge a little on Wednesday! If anyone sees a place that ships body pillows to FPO AE address, let me know…I’m looking for one of those and a good down pillow…screw my memory foam pillow. Anyway, it’s just gonna be another day here in the RC.

Today is the day we sign up for our Leatherneck Endurance Challenge. It’s a 6 month event and tracked by miles (rowing, biking, or running). Of course I’ll be running the whole time, so I’m going to be logging some serious miles. Since May 3, I’ve run 26 miles…not too shabby for an almost 35 year old guy. The Challenge starts on the 10th for 6 months and I’ve option to go with Option 2 of 3…472 miles in 6 months…we’ll see. BTW, who pays to thrash themselves? THIS GUY!

My relationship status is still the same: SNAFU. I lost who I was supposed to be with over stupid decisions and stupid pride. I thought what I was doing what right, at that moment, but it obviously didn’t work out. I’ve prayed every day, especially with the tragedies hitting our nation as of late…Mother Nature is a little upset as of late. Either way, this is as alone as one can feel out here. As much as “my Afghan family” gets me by day by day, it just sucks knowing you’re coming home to no one. Please don’t take that as I don’t love my daughters, because they are the reason I do, what I do…and I love them more than life itself. Sometimes a guy just likes his own personal attention…and I do like that sort of attention…it’s nice to be “loved”. I have a lot of love to give, but I also want a lot in return. Oh well, someday God will shine on me I suppose.

I hope some of you caught a glimpse of the two blog/sites that I’ve been following: www.semperfimomma.com and www.usmc81.com ….they are both kick ass sites I must say! Signing off this week, I’m praying for continued success for our Marines out here and for all of our safe returns, my precious little girls, and my own sanity! From the confines of Camp Leatherneck, I’m out!

MSGT JOEL WEBER
II MEF FWD C6
UNIT 73920
FPO AE 09510-3920

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01MAY11: MSgt Joel Weber

Guest Post courtesy of MSgt Joel Weber
MSgt/USMC, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Ramblings of a Deployed Mind (Week 10)

ALMAR/ALFAM/ALFRDS,

Well, we are starting Week 10 here in the great, sunny, and dusty box of fun. It’s been another venturous week! Coming off the Easter holiday which was quiet, this week has been anything but. The Sabres were discontinued from the playoffs, the NBA is now dominating the sports channels, like baseball hasn’t done that already, and there have been numerous storms across the south and east United States. We have been saying our prayers over here for our family members and friends back home. Between all of that, there was a tragedy in Kabul this week, where we lost 8 Americans…we ask you to pray for their families.

MSgt Joel Weber

As the month of April came to and end yesterday, a new month is upon us and we all know what that means! Mother’s Day, my 35th birthday (holy freakin crap), my Mum’s birthday, Memorial Day, and my baby girl Kara’s birthday! Don’t forget to thank your mother for giving birth to you, lol. I can’t believe that my Kara is going to turn 11 this month…oh where, oh where has the time gone! My little girl is growing up…and I’m not sure if I like it; but I guess I have no choice in the matter. I’ve been working towards my Master’s Degree while I’ve been out here and well…I’ve been doing pretty good. I’m on my second class and I’ve knocked out all my papers with either a 99 or 100…not too shabby for working 14-18 hour days and doing my work afterwords. I’ve also tallied 88 miles this month running…and they’ve been rough. Did a half marathon a few weeks ago and knocked out another 10 a few days ago. By doing the long ones, it gives me a few days off…thank God…as it does takes it toll. I’m pretty sure at this pace, I’ll out pace my goal of 600 miles I’ve set for myself for the year. With it reaching in the triple digits this week, we’ve had to start running in the morning…that sucks, lol.

So my little brother is about on his way out here. Should be fairly interesting with him being up where he is going to be…now I have a reason to escape Camp Awesome (Leatherneck) to head up to the beloved Air Force Base up north; can’t wait! Along those lines, I’m hearing rumor that my roommate back home may be joining me…how cool is that?!?!?! Gonna be like a family get together out here. I didn’t get a whole lot of NATO time this week with our counterparts, as we’ve been a little more than busy, but maybe next week we’ll get back on track. (I just like how the Brits talk). One thing I did learn, was not to say “spunky” to the Brits…has a WHOLE different meaning than what we use it for.

Brian, the one who actually does all the work around here, will also be leaving me soon for a few weeks at the end of the month to go on his R&R leave. He and his new bride will be having their first baby at the end of the month. He will now feel a little bit of pain…they’re having a girl 🙂 As much as I don’t want him to leave, we are sending him home to spend time with his new born baby girl. If luck has it, his new daughter may end up sharing the same birthday as Kara. Chris, another Marine that works with me, has entered a bench press competition and it’s today. Let’s just say his arms are bigger than my thighs (this is NOT a joke). We’re betting the farm that he not only wins his weight class, but the overall championship…by a huge margin!!

So, as I sign off for the week, we are hoping that the rebuilding begins back in the south and in the east and we get to see on the TV, why America is so great. God bless America and see you next week. I have put my address down again, as it has changed slightly…

MSGT JOEL WEBER
II MEF FWD C6
UNIT 73920
FPO AE 09501-3920

Semper Fi,
Joel “Eeyore” Weber
MSgt/USMC, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
Twitter: @Marines1994

P.S. Check out a few of my favorite sites:
www.usmc81.com
www.semperfimomma.com
I’m sure you’ll find them motivating and amusing! I do! Here’s to starting the week off right!!

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23APR11: MSgt Joel Weber

Guest Post courtesy of MSgt Joel Weber
MSgt/USMC, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Ramblings of a Deployed Mind (Week 8)
ALMAR/ALFAM/ALFRDS,

It’s the beginning of Week 8 here in sunny (dusty), beautiful (dirty), and warm (102 degrees right now) Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Let me start off by saying HAPPY EASTER and blessed be the one who has risen. We started our day off with a gorgeous 0530 sunrise service. Watching the sun come up over military vehicles and construction is kind of surreal. Knowing what the day stands for and knowing our mission here…awesome! I hope the Easter Bunny stopped by the homes of the good little boys and girls! I received a few Easter Baskets this week and I THANK YOU ALL!

MSgt Joel Weber

Anyway, what a week it was! I’m not sure what happened because it went by so fast, but isn’t that what I wanted?!?! The days were starting off at 0730 and roughly ending around midnight or 0100. There is always something to do in here or always someone to support…but hey, that’s why we’re here! Around 2300 is kinda when we throw a movie on for background noise (we actually get to watch sometimes) as we finish up our work for the day. We got a little more training with our NATO counterparts and let me say, I love how the Brits talk! Even when they are pissed or upset, they talk and look very happy (cheeky). It’s awesome. We used the BFPO (British Forces Post Office) the first time this week as well. We had to send some stuff back to the United Kingdom and our post office doesn’t support it…odd right?!? Speaking of me British Mates, I received my first EBluey this week. It’s basically the British version of our MotoMail. I’m making international pen pal friends!

On the US side of the house, I’ve been introduced to a new website for men: http://artofmanliness.com/ which does nothing but make me laugh…awesome! I’ve also earned a nickname this week…(my brother Chris will enjoy this)…Eeyore! Really???? This guy??? And it’s NOT because of my ears people!! Apparently I was all lackadaisical in a meeting (I brief the same things everyday) and caught it…is much energy as I have and as much as I run my mouth…but, I got it, Eeyore! BTW, I love meetings! Seriously! A few Marines out here have been receiving awards from stateside that are just catching up to them out here…it’s a great sight to see Marines get awarded for thier accomplishments! A good friend and Marine in Bagram received a Joint Service Achievement Medal for her accomplishments this week as well; she is finishing up her year long tour and is soon headed back stateside! We’re not a joint command down here, but don’t tell that to NATO and our British and Estonian brothers and sisters in arms (LOL).

My daughters were on vacation this week in Virginia with Ryan’s family again, but I did get to talk to them last night (my time). They are both in great spirits and doing very well; they are enjoying their Easter vacations from what they told me. The Easter Bunny forgot they were away on vacation and accidentally delivered 5 baskets to their home in North Carolina. Sometimes the Easter Bunny gets so prepared, he over prepared, forgot and delivered more….oh well, it happens. You can never have too many baskets with candy as a kid (unless you’re the parent that has to deal with them, LOL). If you haven’t heard, Kirstin’s “Kure for Kirstin” 2011 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk has almost hit her goal. If you haven’t heard or read about it, I recommend you at least read the page: http://tinyurl.com/3pjkuva I applaud my daughters positive-ness about the whole thing…she motivates the s**t out of me!

I have continued to log running miles towards my goal of 600 this year. There’s a pretty good chance that goal is going to be crushed, as I sit at 240 for the year already. We’ve had to change our run schedules up due to the heat, so no more running before dinner…its early morning runs till fall at this point. No crazy half marathon runs this week, just a few 5-6 miles and my dumb a** twisting my ankle (I’m always looking to take a few days off)! I know what you’re thinking…”you’re getting old”…and that may be so. But hopefully when I turn 35 next month, maybe I’ll look 34…I doubt it…but “the stach” is coming along nicely! We have been told that we are moving rooms again, because it wouldn’t be the Corps if you didn’t move 12 times once you got comfortable. But hey, I guess getting my own space ain’t such a bad deal. It really doesn’t matter, cause you don’t spend much time in their anyway. As some of you’ve noticed, I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter a little this week…I’m trying. We don’t have direct access to it, it’s in another building, but we’re being told we should have WiFi next month in our living areas…

Anyway, I’m going to get out of here and let all of you enjoy your Easter Sundays. I’ll be coming at your next Sunday with a mundane letter and Week 9 of Ramblings of a Deployed Mind. I love you all and thank you again for all your love and support! There is no better feeling than to receive mail from a friend or loved one from back home!

Semper Fi,
Joel “Eeyore” Weber
MSgt/USMC, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
Twitter: @Marines1994

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