The Baghdad Adventures!

Many people have asked how Brian is doing.  He is doing great.   I figured I would post a picture update.  A lot is happening over in Iraq and Brian is VERY busy.  He can’t tell me too much, but he did send a few pictures I thought I would share. In fact, we have hardly had time to chat lately.  He works during the day.  However, the other day he texted me at 2:00 AM Baghdad time.  He only said a quick hello and goodbye.  That’s when I know things are a little crazy!  It does make the time go by a little faster for him though!  He doesn’t have a minute to miss home.  Okay, maybe a minute!

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To celebrate his “victory” over Iran, Saddam decided to build a Triumphal Arch.  The colossal Hands of Victory monument has dominated Baghdad’s skyline since the end of the Iran-Iraq war. Built in duplicate, it marks the entrances to a large parade ground in central Baghdad, towering 140 feet above the highway. The triumphal arch is shaped as two pairs of crossed swords, made from the guns of dead Iraqi soldiers that were melted and recast as the 24-ton blades of the swords. Captured Iranian helmets are in a net held between the swords. And surrounding the base of the arms are another 5,000 Iranian helmets taken from the battle field. The fists that hold the swords aloft are replicas of Saddam Hussein’s own hands.

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The Monument to the Unknown Soldier is said to be inspired by the glorification of a martyr from the Iran-Iraq war. What looks like a flying saucer frozen in midflight, represents a traditional shield dropping from the dying grasp of an Iraqi warrior.The monument also houses an underground museum.

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IMG_0053Major General Dunlap, the Deputy Judge Advocate (DJAG), and the crew!  I asked Brian where his weapon was and he told me, “Don’t worry, you just can’t see mine!”  Some of these JAGS were later pretty badly injured when an IED went off during the convoy back from the event.  Brian was lucky!  I am so grateful for my dedicated husband.  He’s dedicated to his God, Family, and the USA!  You always hear it said, “Freedom isn’t free”, but it’s true!  I feel truly blessed that our family is being watched over and protected while he is away.  It has been a testimony building experience for me.  I don’t understand why some people fall in harms way, but I am grateful for his safety thus far.  I am VERY anxious for his safe return in a few months!

9 comments… add one
  • roberta inglet

    I am so proud of Brian and you. You do a tremendous job as a mom. I loved the pictures but I hate where Brian is right now. It doesn’t seem possible that the little boy that would play with my son in our backyard, or his, would not be playing in a real backyard in Iraq. We pray for him every night, and we will be so grateful when he is safe at home. Thanks again for posting the pictures. Love ya, Mama Inglet

  • katie

    That was fun to see pics of Bri and his adventures. We too are so glad he’s obviously being watched over and protected. And you guys too!

    The pictures of Halle are from just a few days ago – I think she’s still yellow too – and her eyes are still gooey too. She goes back to the doctor this week, so we’ll see what they say.

  • Grandmama

    Thanks for the picture update on Bri! It was so interesting! What amazing experiences he has been having. The DJAG is not what I imagined – younger, I guess, for one thing! I thank Heavenly Father every day for protecting Bri and all of you while he has been gone – Bri from crazed Iraqui radicals and you from crazed Florida cockroaches, toxic mold, speeding garbage trucks, falling trees and other assorted catastrophes and fiascoes!! You guys are amazing and we sure do love you!

  • That was some good history Nat. I had no idea what the story was behind any of those buildings and monuments. In the last picture I know you’d said something about the weapon before, but I didn’t realize that I was like the only one without an over the shoulder holster. I guess I’m more into the sneako weapon. I love how in the sword picture I have my sunglasses on and I’m still squinting. It’s like living on the sun here sometimes. I accidentally threw my good sunglasses out with my lunch one day and now I’m using those junky ones that some random person sent to us in a bulk package of like 50 or something. They seem to work though. I heard it might rain next week so I’m excited. It’s starting to cool down a little bit…low 100s.

    The picture with the guards is in front of the Counter-Terrorism Service building.

  • Colleen

    Thank you for the pictures in Baghdad. It was comforting to see him. I wondered the same thing about the missing gun in the picture with the DJAG. Brian and all of you are in our prayers constantly. Grandma Scott always says, “Bless Brian wherever he is and Natalie and the babies. It takes her about a half an hour to say her prayers at night. She remembers every single grandchild and their spouses and the babies. That’s about 60 names plus her children and brothers and sisters. She is a great example of love. We love you Bri and Nat and Nathan and Kennedy. I know the Lord has a plan for Brian. He will be safe.

  • suzy

    I really enjoyed hearing some of the history behind the monuments too. Thanks for sharing the photos! It seemed so contrary to see the guards posing and smiling but still having a commanding hold on their weapons! We are always so glad to know that Brian, you, and the kids, are being protected on all fronts!

  • When I don’t see an updated post from you for awhile I start wondering where you are. You have changed formats? I haven’t been catching them. I need to read up.
    Hey, a few months back you posted that clip from the family guy. This morning after tuning out ten minutes of the twins repeating MOM…. MOM….MOM….. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I finally gave them attention and got a HI basically.

    I am glad to see you haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.
    Kellie

  • Shanna

    Hey Nat! It took me a while to realize that you had changed blogs, so it wasn’t telling me when you updated. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! It was fun to see some pictures of Brian and his surroundings. It really does seem like they keep him busy. That sounds pretty scary having the other JAGs get attacked. I’m so thankful that Brian has been safe so far. We’ll keep praying for his safe return.

  • Tara

    Wow! Those are some amazing photos and stories. I didn’t realize he had such a close call! We are excited for your baghdad adventure to be over soon and to hear all of Brian’s cool stories first hand. We love you all!

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