The front of our home. we are attached to Cavalry Scouts.
 
 

From: Luis H. Valdes [[email protected]]
To: [email protected]
Subject: Fw: FW: Hello From Iraq- From the cubanito in Iraq
 

Hey guys,

Just wanted to send you guys a quick hello and update as to the latest and greatest news that we have. My unit is currently in the process of getting ready to redeploy back to the states in around 35 days. We are very excited about the redeployment home. We all seem to be walking around on "Cloud 9." As for the situation on the ground around here, the ambushes and insurgency ops have tapered off a bit due to the heavy losses that these insurgents have taken. My sector has calmed down quite a bit for the last 4 days but just 4 days ago we had 3 IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices) go off on one of our patrols. Luckily none was injured but we lost 2 HUMVEES. The armor on our HUMVEES stopped all of the shrapnel. As for my team, we are concentrating on redeploying back to the states so we have not gone out in sector for about 5 days and don't plan on going there for the duration. We have equipment accountability and turn-in in a couple days so it looks like we are going g home. My wife tells me that our unit is already planning the home-coming party in Ft Bragg, NC.

As for me, I'm headed to Qatar for R&R leave to give me some time off from all of the chaos. My team leader gave me 4 days leave in Qatar where I hear it is really nice. We have a resort on the Persian

Gulf(water) that we use for R&R. I hear that the resort has jet-ski's on the actual Persian Gulf and dune-buggy (off-roading)tours of the desert and its all free!!! I will take alot of pictures so that I can send them for you guys to see. I am the last of my teammates to get leave (R&R) but I chose it that way. I thought it would be better to go at the end when we are done than to come back to more firefights and ambushes and God knows what else. I have been keeping as much up to date with the local news as I can. I did hear that there was a 30 about a week ago on Orduna Dr. I also did hear about the BSO Deputy that was killed during a search warrant. My team Sgt and his wife are both BSO deputies and they took it rather hard. Well I will send you guys another e-maill as we get closer to coming home. Stay safe out there and wear your vests!! Talk to you soon.

 

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1) the front of our home. we are attached to Cavalry Scouts.

2) this is how we roll. this is what our patrol looks like. notice the 50 caliber and the M240B (7.62mm) on the same turret! during our Aug 5 firefight, these guys got us out of a serious jam by crumbling a mud shack that was used as a bunker. that's how bad these guys (Iraqi's), they hide in "mud" shacks and houses. Our 50 cals disintegrate those shacks with just a couple hundred rounds.

3) me showing off with our team sniper's rifle. I have shot it but at our makeshift range in our base camp. It is powerful yet silky! our sniper has 3 confirmed kills already, 2 were on Aug 5.

4) me atop an Iraqi (Russian made) BTR 70 Armored Personnel Carrier. these have been given to the new Iraqi army. we train Iraqi Army in my base camp.

5) Me hanging in the "Green Zone" outside the PX. Its a safe zone so that's why you see us with no gear on.

6) A field expediant shower and not a bad one at that. We used to shower in this before but we now have good plumbing in our bombed building.

7) Me on Saddam's shoulder. There are 3 of these exactly the same and they are going to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. I figured to take a picture on it for historical value!

8) This is what happens when a bad Iraqi tries to run the front gate of our base camp. It happened a few days ago and our front gate opened up on the vehicle killing the driver. He was the only occupant. They say that he was testing the waters to see how far he could get. He did not get too far! The bad Iraqi guy got 2 rounds in the torso and one in the face.

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This is how we roll. this is what our patrol looks like. notice the 50 caliber and the M240B (7.62mm) on the same turret! during our Aug 5 firefight, these guys got us out of a serious jam by crumbling a mud shack that was used as a bunker. thats how bad these guys (Iraqi's), they hide in "mud" shacks and houses. Our 50 cals dissintegrate those shacks with just a couple hundred rounds.

Me showing off with our team sniper's rifle. I have shot it but at our makeshift range in our base camp. It is powerful yet silky! our sniper has 3 confirmed kills already, 2 were on Aug 5.

Me atop an Iraqi (Russian made) BTR 70 Armored Personnel Carrier. these have been given to the new Iraqi army. we train Iraqi Army in my base camp.
 

 Me hanging in the "Green Zone" outside the PX. Its a safe zone so that's why you see us with no gear on.

A field expediant shower and not a bad one at that. We used to shower in this before but we now have good plumbing in our bombed building.
 

Me on Saddam's shoulder. There are 3 of these exactly the same and they are going to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. I figured to take a picture on it for historical value!

This is what happens when a bad Iraqi tries to run the front gate of our base camp. It happened a few days ago and our front gate opened up on the vehicle killing the driver. He was the only occupant. They say that he was testing the waters to see how far he could get. He did not get too far! The bad Iraqi guy got 2 rounds in the torso and one in the face.