Friday, May 22, 2009

I Need A Hero…

I started writing this blog entry a few days ago. Originally, I planned to share with you a funny thing that Ethan had said. But before I posted it here I decided to send it to my cousin Michael Todd in Iraq. He's a Major in the US Air Force. He was deployed to Iraq in January and will be coming home in a couple months. I thought you might enjoy these two different thoughts on heroes. Both are worth reading.

Hey Michael,
So I'm pumping gas a few minutes ago in Fultondale and you crossed
my mind. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you and
praying for you guys regularly. I'm thankful for all you guys and
what you do in service of our country.
Also I thought you might enjoy this...
I've been talking to Ethan recently about the armed forces and what
war is. He's seen some stuff on the news and asks a lot of questions
so I try to assure him that you guys are fighting for us and are
protecting the people of Iraq and Afghanastan from the bad guys. So
this weekend he asked me if he'd be able to help fight the bad guys
with you when he grew up. I said "well, of course. Do you think you
want to be in the military?" he quickly responded with a straight
"no Daddy, I'm going to be Batman."

Gotta love it.

C. Shawn Stinson
from my iPhone

Hey Shawn!
It's good to hear from you. It's a cute story about Ethan. I think we
could use Batman's help over here.
I definitely appreciate the prayers...keep them coming.
Also, please pray for the families and fellow soldiers of the 5 that
were shot in the stress clinic at Camp Liberty last week. I had
actually met one of those guys. We have some Army Heavy Equipment
Operators helping us clear and level some land here on Sather Air Base.
One of the 5 that was shot was a mechanic from their unit. He had been
over here doing mobile maintenance since they have equipment break down
every day. He was actually on our job site the morning he died. He
left at lunch to go to the stress clinic since he had problems at home.
After reading the story in the link below, I think he defines the word
"hero" for me. He died trying to save others.

Otherwise, things are going well here. We are over 4 months complete
with our 6 month deployment. It is really starting to get hot here now.
It has been over 100 degrees every day this week. We poured a lot of
concrete on Tuesday. We started early to beat the heat, but it was
already 108 when we finished just before noon. It got up to 111

We're looking forward to getting back home. I can't wait to see the
family again.

Take Care,

Commander, Operations Flight
447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron
Sather AB, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq
DSN: 318-446-2221

1 comment:

  1. Just a side note - Don't forget all the women that serve in the military. I wondered how many people said something to you on Sunday. I was in the choir loft thinking "say women, say women! so nobody says anything." And you were on stage thinking "DUHHHHHHH!" haha!