I turned 49 today (earlier here than there), like so many holidays and events of the last 28 years I'm on the road (so to speak). I don't normally ask for birthday presents from family or friends, like most of us I'm blessed with good fortune and reasonable health (getting old is getting old).
But, as a special favor.
Please pray for our troops in Afghanistan today, specifically that they not have to return from battle without loss of life or limb. We didn't have any amputees or fallen patriots yesterday, but the C-17 that followed us did. For my birthday, I'm just asking for a day where I don't have to know that another "kid" with a limb missing, or body broken, is returning home wishing only that he or she could return to the fight and be with their family-in-arms.
BTW, God bless the Corp. Any service where a full Colonel will ask an enlisted aircrew for permission to tend to "His Marines" gets my vote for "Best in Class"
"My KLR belongs to God, when he wants it clean he washes it."