Category Archives: Journals

Jake’s OIF War Journal 21: Blowed Up

So at this point in the journal I skipped about three months. That’s how exciting it was. There were good days and bad, but Tom Nacey and I spent a lot of time driving and flying around the country doing … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 20: Abu Ghraib

So obviously (I hope), this post is not about abusing prisoners in a jail in the titled town. This is more another mission, when Scott Molina and I went with 1st Battalion, 39th Air Defense Artillery Regiment into the now-infamous … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 19: The Ghosts of Jihad Future?

This is a weird one, mostly in far hindsight. The really kinetic, armor-on-armor phase of the war was pretty much over, but there were still missions that looked like they were the last bits. This was one of them. We … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 18: A Moment for the Fallen

Fortunately, this post was long before Groundhog Day Syndrome had settled in, but it was a sad couple of days nevertheless. With everything becoming more and more static at Baghdad International Airport, 3rd Aviation Brigade stopped and had a proper … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 17: The War is Over!

Wow, and everyone said George W. Bush called it too early. I think I was just being hopeful. I wrote this three days after Saddam’s statue came down in Firdos Square and I had been at Baghdad International Airport for … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 16: They Say It’s Your Birthday!

Now it’s time for the massively delayed birthday post! This was my second birthday in uniform, and probably the most surreal. The day before, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division completed its second Thunder Run through southern Baghdad and had moved … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 15: Arrival in Baghdad

Okay, so I had to take a week or so off to give my time to the Army. I thought I’d be able to stay on top of this blog but inevitably fell behind, so no more day-of posts, but … Continue reading

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