Information on Steve
Last updated on Sunday, March 25, 2007
Steve's latest plans call for a late October deployment to Okinawa.
After no contact for over a week, Steve called at 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 28th. He was already in Germany awaiting the flight that would return him to North Carolina!
Steve's first order of business was to "get connected." He has a cell phone (different number than before) and his broadband connection should be up shortly.
Unfortunately, his 15 day leave to come home has not worked out too well. His only immediate option would have placed him home during a week when Kim & I would be on yet another dive vacation. Current plans are for Steve to be home the first two weeks of July with the "Mother of All Parties" to be held on Saturday, July 12th.
Thank you to all that have offered so much support to our family.
These Slide Shows
Pretty good...even better if you turn up the sound!
|Steve's Picture Gallery|
Carl Prine's Special Reports
Be sure to listen to Carl's interview via Satellite Phone from Baghdad. Click on "Latest Audio Interview" at the above link.
Diane Allen's "Dispatches from the Desert"
Be sure to read Diane's wrap-up article and pictures, published Saturday, April 19th
They are EXCELLENT!!!
|Information on Care Packages||Information on Steve's Unit in Iraq|
Steve called this morning (May 6) and told me that the 1st CEB and the 2nd CEB have (or will very shortly) part ways. The 1st will soon board a ship for the return voyage to Camp Pendelton. Sounds like the 2nd will depart sometime later, possibly around the first week of June. He said he's been receiving and sending out lots of mail. He also told me that his unit had gone out on a humanitarian mission in the morning to fix up and paint a local school.
Steve called this morning (May 2) to tell me he was pretty much over the flu, had lost a bunch of weight and had played volleyball most of the day. He could not tell me where he was other than to say he was still in Iraq. He has received a bunch of packages and has responded with several letters. He expects to depart the first week of June. Whether that means he will come back to the states or head to Kuwait, I'm not sure. I asked him to make sure we get a picture of him "so skinny the bones are sticking out from my face." In other big news, Steve informed me that the picture of the young man asleep in the Humvee might be him, but the Times picture of the soldier with the mortar was NOT him!
Steve called this morning (April 18). He explained the call was actually "business". Seems he's getting more mail and received a questionable billing on one of his accounts that he wanted me to check on. But he was able to tell me that he was still in Baghdad, all of the embedded reporters were gone and that he had gotten several letters. He had also gotten a couple of packages Kim sent and one that the Oberlins had sent. He has sent out several letters. He also feels that his unit will be heading south REAL soon. Not soon enough for me!
Email sent 8:45 a.m. on April 16, Baghdad time:
Saturday, April 12:
From Friday April 11:
Steve was in good shape and spirits sitting just outside Baghdad at what he described as a community college. There had been some recent fire but things were quiet right then. He said he was watching some fires burn in Baghdad. I asked him about the picture and it sounds like it could be him. He said he had been carrying around both mortars and bazookas. He also mentioned that there was a Time magazine story a couple of weeks ago on his unit, although the unit name was not given in the article.
Steve finally got a couple of letters. He received two from me dated the 20th and 21st of March. He said there are plans to begin more regular delivery of mail and packages to the troops but that out going mail is not happening yet.
He has been told that there is a chance he will be stateside by July 4th, although that is not for sure. He has TONS of pictures on his digital camera and has room for more. I told him I sent out another memory card. So count on a really cool slide show when he comes home.
After about 15 minutes the connection was dropped. But it was great to hear from the Steve-o. He is in good shape and has some great stories to share when he gets home!
The previous contact:
Kim and I were awakened about 4:45 a.m. on Friday, March 28, by a phone call from Steve. He had borrowed a newspaper reporter's satellite phone. We were able to talk for about 20 minutes. We even got disconnected and he was able to call back! The connection was great. Steve sounded great, very upbeat and said things were going great. He was eating well, although all meals are MREs. He is not with the Captain any more. He said there are only about 3 in his group, himself and I think two sergeants.
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General Information: Steve is a Lance Corporal assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Click here to take a look at the Lejeune web site.
The Combat Engineer Battalion's mission is to enhance the mobility, counter mobility, and survivability of the Marine Division through combat and limited general engineering support. The Combat Engineer Battalion performs the following tasks: