Some of you may realize that there was a Kodak Moment Contest in December. Prizes were awarded and one of the prize winners was Karen Kruschka. She won second prize for this photo, which is a wonderful look into her son's past, brought forward to make a poignant point now. That prize was a Kodak Pulse, a digital photo frame, and a very nice prize!
She, Art and her son determined that they wanted to give this award instead to someone else and determined that it should be to a military person or family. I had commented on one of her posts and it became obvious that I have a son serving now, on his fourth all-expense paid trip to the Middle East. So they gave the prize to us!
Karen contacted me and we met for lunch. We had a delightful time, which culminated in our getting the Kodak Pulse from the Kruschkas. That was a very, very special thing to do for us.
This tour began early December and communication from our son is very sporadic. While I knew where he is, our only email just said that he had arrived and would deploy soon thereafter. But no address! We did not have an address to send it.
Then I happened to receive this by email while I was on the computer.
A couple of electronic communications later I had an address!
Let me interpret the photo.
It's about 60 degrees and the locals are excited that the pool is about to open. The sun will be out any month now.
Just over his shoulder you are looking at Hekmullah's Palace O' Kabobs. The people are excitedly lining up for the mid-day meal. The special that day was steak and cheese subs. My son says the food is very fresh. The sheep graze just out back, are brought in the door, and boom, they're on your flat bread!
I noticed he is holding his weapon left handed. Asking him about that he tells me he has trained himself to shoot using his left eye, which is not dominant, and can shoot from that side as well.
He tells me he can hit a balloon (the size of a human head) with 100% accuracy from both sides at 800 yards. I would expect nothing less! He taught himself to shoot both ways so that no matter which side he is on patrol his weapon is not pointing at his company. He likes the left side though because it allows him to quickly reach his sidearm, which you cannot see here under his right arm.
He also informed us that this tour has been extended, for "lack of bodies." Music to our ears.
Here is what he said about the Kodak Pulse. "Give my regards to the family that gave the picture frame to you. That was really nice of them to want to do something nice like that. I'll be able to put some pictures of the family on there so that'll be good to keep around for while I'm clacking away on the computer."
They get computer time every day, but not for email. We'll probably hear from him again...
So, let me reiterate to Karen, Art and their son, THANK YOU very much! Looks like your generosity has made this tour a bit more manageable!
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