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THE DEATH OF ANDREW OLMSTED
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."
Ayomma Sayyida
Tuesday, December 25 at 12:04 PM

From all of us on Team Nightmare to our friends, families, and fellow citizens: have a very Merry Christmas, and know that you are in our thoughts. We'll be home for next Christmas, but until then, our hearts are with you.


READER COMMENTS

AS OUT HEARTS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. WE, OF COURSE, HAD A VERY LOVELY PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS AND ARE PRAYING THAT YOU HAD SOMEWHAT OF THE SAME. yOU ARE NEVER FAR FROM MY THROUGHTS AND HOPE YOU ARE HOME SOON. LOVE ALWAYS

Posted by Aunt Allie on December 25, 2007 05:32 PM

Merry Christmas to you also! Team Nightmare is always in my thought and prayers!

Posted by Jennifer Jackson on December 25, 2007 10:31 PM

Hope you enjoyed your Christams gifts. Tommy & I wish you and your Team a Happy and Safe New Year. Love, Mum W

Posted by Kathy on December 27, 2007 06:22 PM

My heart is heavy at the knowledge of your death. While I may not personally know you, my spirit knows you well and what you have done for me. Thank you.

Posted by Harriette on January 7, 2008 11:23 AM



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