Summers end, this year, carries with it another more tragic end. I spend long hours on line, reading all kinds of blogs. There is one venue of blog I always find myself attracted to. That is the Mil-Blog, or Military Blogs. I’m particularly interested in reading those of the military men and women stationed overseas, in current conflict areas.
I get to see the war through their eyes. Even with the operational security restraints placed on these young men and women, you can easily get a feel for the mood and spirit of our troops. There are always new mil-blogs popping up, and others fading away with the ending of commitments or transfer to new duty stations. It saddens me to say that one such site, seemingly just started has seen it’s final post with the untimely death of it’s author.
Through Amber Lenses authored by Jordan Shay, an infantry fire team leader stationed in Iraq. Jordan’s blog was fairly new, and he was just finding his “stride” in writing. He had only posted 16 times since May. Jordan was on his third combat tour, and their unit was just getting settled into the new routine. He had just started writing some posts about what their daily patrols entailed. His last post, The Promised “Real” post, was entertaining and enlightening at the same time. Jordan talked about their efforts to interact with local Iraqi children, and befriend some Iraqi Military personnel. One particular paragraph caught my attention.
It's scary to think the few minutes my squad spent outside the police station interacting with the local kids, showing that we're there to be friendly and help the Iraqis, and proving we're not afraid to wander the streets alone may set the tone in KBS for the rest of our deployment.So poignant and insightful.
There are a number of people leaving comments on this post. One of the comments is from Jordan's girlfriend who confirms the reports of his death, and thanks those who have read the blog. She stated that the blog was important to Jordan, and the fact that people were reading made things even better for him. Another comment, simple, to the point, and ever so sorrowful to me
Thank you, Soldier.Tugged at my heart, and started a tear from eye.
God Bless you.
As we go into the holiday weekend, please take a moment, and think of Jordan and pray for his family and loved ones. A soldier, who served his country and fought alongside his buddies, protecting those of us back home. A life taken too soon, one accented by compassion, pride, and courage. A hero who wont be forgotten.