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    Default I am back (finally and for good)

    I just flew back from Kuwait, and boy are my arms tired.

    Bad joke...

    Anyway, I just want to thank all the backpackers, hikers, trail angles, and everyone else that has been praying for me and supporting me with the international mail drops that came my way. The sentiment and support help more than you may ever imagine.

    Now I am taking a month to try and get my family and life back on track. Things happen, people change, and everyone has to adapt over a year. It will take me some time to get back on a trail to do some real backpacking, but I really am looking forward to getting east and hitting the AT sometime this year. I am still holding out for Trail Days so I can thank some of y'all in pserson for all the support and to encourage the class of 2004 to keep on keeping on up the trail.

    I would just like to publicly say that Troll has done a huge job and done it above and beyond the standard in keeping up the site. The updates to the software, layout, some of the content, the patches, T-Shirts, and other things behind the scenes that y'all don't get to see have made this an even more professional site than it was a little over a year ago when I left. Good job Troll!

    Lastly, please don't forget the people over there. There are a lot of new people replacing us, some of them are your friends, sisters, brothers, cousins, etc. Some are simply strangers. But they are all going to an ugly place where life can be short and ugly. Find a unit or individual and support them somehow, it doesn't always have to be cards, letters, and packages, it an be simply thinking about them or visiting their family stuck here, or something. Do not allow the length of the war (it is still a war), and the fact that a lot of what is going on isn't heard about anymore cause us to forget or trivialize the fact that we still occupy a forign country. We must remember that we want our people home and hold our elected officials accountable to put their efforts into developing and implementing an exit plan. I would never dream of telling you who to vote for or what party to affiliate with, but whomever you vote for, let them know that this is more important to you than anything else, because it ought to be, and whether or not you realize it, this will influence everything from the enviorment to jobs. So get out and vote this year.

    Happy Trails!
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    BMT Thru-Hikers' Guide
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    NO SNIVELING

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    Default Yesssss!!!

    Sgt. Rock: So glad you're back safe and sound!!! Will certainly not forget and will support those still over there, those who are replacements, etc.
    mini-m.

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    Glad your home safe and sound. I worked over there in the early 80's and it was a hell hole than. Can't imagine what it was like for you guys. So relax, enjoy and have some fun you deserve it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock
    I just flew back from Kuwait, and boy are my arms tired.
    Welcome back SgtRock! Who did you fly back with? Did you get the tail number? The unit I fly with has been doing a lot of the shuttling as part of the 141 "bridge."
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    We flew with Omni on a DC10.
    SGT Rock
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    BMT Thru-Hikers' Guide
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    Welcome back!

    I am thankful that you are both safe and home now.

    -Howie

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    Default Welcome Home

    Hi Top.....Glad to hear you're home and safe. Congratulations on a job well done. I'm sure your family is very happy to have you home safe. I second your comments on remembering those who are still in harms way. Hope you can get some miles in this year. Nothing like some trail miles to mend the soul.

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    Semper Fi, Rock
    Glad you're home safe.

    Go kick up some dust.

    AKA
    Doc

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    Welcome back Sarge and THANK YOU for your service to your country.

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    Default Welcome back!

    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock
    I just flew back from Kuwait, and boy are my arms tired. Anyway, I just want to thank all the backpackers, hikers, trail angles, and everyone else that has been praying for me and supporting me with the international mail drops that came my way. The sentiment and support help more than you may ever imagine........................................Las tly, please don't forget the people over there. .........................Happy Trails!



    Welcome home Sarge!


    hope to meet you out there on the trail sometime.

    Thank You for your service to OUR country!
    see ya'll UP the trail!

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    Welcome back soldier.

    Salute.
    "you ain't settin your sights to high son, but if you want to follow in my tracks I'll help ya up the trail some."

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    Default about time...

    Good to know you are safe and home.
    without love in the dream it will never come true...

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    WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's good to have you back!


    Doctari.
    Curse you Perry the Platypus!

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    It's about time. Glad to have you back. We missed your participation in the forums.
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    Default Welcome Home

    Good to hear you're back home safe and sound Rock ...

    Might see you in Damascus for Trail Days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock
    Lastly, please don't forget the people over there. There are a lot of new people replacing us, some of them are your friends, sisters, brothers, cousins, etc. Some are simply strangers. But they are all going to an ugly place where life can be short and ugly. Find a unit or individual and support them somehow, it doesn't always have to be cards, letters, and packages, it an be simply thinking about them or visiting their family stuck here, or something. Do not allow the length of the war (it is still a war), and the fact that a lot of what is going on isn't heard about anymore cause us to forget or trivialize the fact that we still occupy a forign country. We must remember that we want our people home and hold our elected officials accountable to put their efforts into developing and implementing an exit plan.
    Welcome home, and thank you, Rock. Wise words above.
    Teej

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    Welcome back, 1SG. This is my first post on whiteblaze.net since registering a few days ago and doing a lot of reading. I'm home on leave until Friday. Thanks for your service and all you've done.

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    Default Sgt Rock returns

    Welcome home, man. May your readjustment go smoothly! I hope to meet you, maybe on a trail, somewhere, sometime.

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    Welcome back Sarge!!! Glad to hear you are back safe and sound!! Streamweaver
    "Theres is no real hope of traveling perfectly light in the mountains.It is good to try,as long as you realize that,like proving a unified field theory,mastering Kanji,or routinely brewing the perfect cup of coffee,the game can never be won." Smoke Blanchard

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    I'm relieved and joyful that you are now back safe and sound from overseas. I cannot imagine what the past year has been like for you and your family and wish you all the best in a speedy transition in LA.

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