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Major Andrew Olmsted, who posted a blog since May 2007, was killed in Iraq on Jan. 3, 2008. Olmsted, who had been based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, began blogging after his unit was sent to Iraq with the mission of helping train the Iraqi Army. A sniper killed Olmsted as he was trying to talk three suspected insurgents into surrendering. A sniper's bullet also cut down Capt. Thomas J. Casey. They were in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.

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."
Not Dead Yet
Friday, October 26 at 8:14 AM


Hi MAJ O, glad to see you back online and safe. May God continue to bless you, your team, and all the troops.....My condolences on the loss in your family....

Posted by KG on October 26, 2007 07:41 PM

Major, I check in regularly on you and your men. Your prolonged silence is very scary.
All of you will be in our hearts and our prayers as we get ready for Thanksgiving. May God protect you all.
Love and best wishes to SFC Beaver.

Posted by Lynne Dolan on October 29, 2007 06:16 PM

What a difficult position to be in during the loss of a loved one. May God give you and your family comfort and peace. Forwarding many prayers to you and your soldiers for the upcoming holiday season.... and to SFC E.R.Jackson...Hugs and Kisses from the kids.

Posted by The Jacksons on November 1, 2007 07:28 PM

Major Andrew Olmsted will not be able to write a post to reassure us that he is not dead yet again this time.

So very sad.

Posted by billw on January 4, 2008 02:04 PM

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