Met a Fellow Milblogger
More than a year ago, one of the first milblogs I read was A Line in the Sand (http://www.missick.com) by Sgt. Chris Missick, a young Army Reservist from California deployed to Iraq in support of OIF II. Chris wrote intelligent and thought-provoking pieces as well as reported on the drudgery of the day-to-day life of a soldier in the Sandbox. He wasn’t in an infantry unit, but it was among my first glimpses of the life of a deployed soldier.
Over the year, he and I visited each other’s blogs and we communicated by email. When he redeployed early this year, we exchanged occasional emails as he acclimated to life back in the U.S.
Well, Chris – accompanied by two of his friends, Kyle and Ryan -- recently embarked on a cross-country trip to connect with supporters he had met through his blog but now wanted to meet personally. They kicked off the project in Carson City, NV the other evening at a reception attended by many people, including the Governor of Nevada. Describing the project on WEB OF SUPPORT.COM: The Blog (http://www.webofsupport.com/), he writes:
“With the advent of blogging technologies, soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have not just transformed the way we reflect on our nations 25 million veterans, they have also changed the way Americans are able to follow the lives of our service members and forge personal relationship with them in combat zones. As an Army Reservist and soldier blogger who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I can attest to the impact of battlefield blogs. My blog garnered attention from hundreds of thousands of visitors as well as mass media outlets like USA Today and CNN.
Returning home in March of 2005, I have set my heart on beginning an extensive road-trip through our country to personally thank the individuals I formed the deepest relationships with through the blog. The supporters I have selected offer a broad regional and demographic sample, and offer unique insight and stories that will prove to be inspiring and insightful. In a drastically new approach to a soldier’s memoir, Web of Support: How A Soldier’s Blog Connected Him With American Patriots….”
So Chris and the Web of Support passed through our town today and DH and I spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon chatting, exchanging stories, and generally exploring various topics related to the War, the War on Terrorism, terrorism, American attitudes, history of the Middle East, left politics, right politics, family... The visit was much too short and we hope Chris, Ryan (who served with Chris in Iraq) and Kyle will take us up on our invitation to pass this way on their return trip. Be sure to visit Chris's site for a travelogue and pictures of this odyssey... http://www.webofsupport.com/
Have a safe and enlightening journey, gentlemen!!
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