Tag Archives: Daniel Wiltshire

Jake’s OIF War Journal 22: The Only Good Iraqi (Bat) is a Dead Iraqi (Bat)

I’ve almost hit the end of my war journal, but I realize there were about three months that I didn’t write a thing about in it, so I’ve decided that some of those stories should be shared. Some are funny, … 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 14: Objective Chippewa

Welcome back! I think this place was called Objective Chippewa, which I think was our last stop before we rolled on to Saddam International Airport. A few things I remember: It was the first time we’d been resupplied in about … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 11: The Tactical Pause

Happy Easter! Sorry this one is a day late. I’ve been painting the baby’s room and doing other chores while my wife’s away and forgot to finish this post last night. What were you doing when American forces were chilling … Continue reading

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Jake’s OIF War Journal 6: It Begins

Now we get to the good stuff. All the posts to this point have been about waiting to go to war in Kuwait. There’s a little of that here, but this is about the start of the war, written on … Continue reading

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