Olmsted was determined to make a difference in Iraq. "The sooner the Iraqi government doesn't need U.S. support to provide security for its people, the sooner we will probably be asked to leave."
The Iraqis bring a little cheer for Eid al Adha.Tuesday, December 25 at 12:04 PM
And so this is Christmas...Monday, December 17 at 10:52 PM
The hardest thing about the job is understanding people who live under a completely different paradigm.Thursday, December 6 at 4:47 AM
Taking the road less traveled by makes all the difference.Sunday, December 2 at 4:43 AM
We try to run down the network responsible for the IEDs in our area.Thursday, November 22 at 6:07 AM
We take a break for an American holiday.Saturday, November 17 at 10:34 PM
A rough week on the FOB, as we attend our first memorial service.Friday, November 2 at 1:38 PM
A lot of hard work can go to one side if the timing is off.Friday, October 26 at 8:14 AM
My apologies if I worried anyone. I have been away on emergency leave for the last two weeks due to a death in the family. But everyone on the team is just fine, and the team has been doing some great things in my absence, although I suspect I won't be able to use that fact to return home and leave things in the capable hands of the rest of the team. Ah, well. Now that I'm back, I'll get back to regular blogging in a day or so, once I've settled in and can review some of the great work the team did in my absence.Monday, October 1 at 12:36 AM
Ten plus hours outside the FOB makes for a long day, no matter how many interesting things we find.