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Week 4: Camp Lancer at Bayji

I called Philip's wife Monika in Germany a few minutes ago. He was able to call yesterday, saying that phones are available now and that a 30 minute phone call once a week seems possible. Other than that, not much to report - as of yesterday he hadn't left the confines of Camp Lancer.

I'm sending him email now to see if we can get him blogging.

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I know exactly about the ache of the heart worring about your child. My son is also recently deployed to Camp Lancer. I have heard from him once since leaving in Feb.
He's been serving for 5 1/2 years and this is his 3rd deployment into hostile areas. I always worried, but this is torment.
I pray to God he stays safe, and secondly that he does not have to take the life of another.
God Speed to all soldiers serving overseas.
Keep any information coming. Though some days it seems I live with the feeling that "No news is good News."

Posted by: Brenda | Mar 17, 2004 12:21:04 PM

I recently left Camp Lancer as part of the 3-66 Armor. Many of us (although happy to return to the states) are curious about what is going on in our old sector. Could you possibly keep me posted on goings on in Bayji? I'd appreciate it a lot. Thanks

Posted by: 1LT Christopher Thomas | Mar 26, 2004 1:41:06 AM

My son is at Camp Lancer with the 1/26 "A" CO 1st PL. I correspond with many parents of soldiers with the 1st ID but up until today when someone gave me this I had heard nothing about the "Lost boys of Bayji" as I've been calling them. I am overwhelmed to find you and your terrific writing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this. I got one phone call a month ago and have no clue if any of my mail or packages have gotten there. Having your weblog to read sure helps. God bless you!

Posted by: Pamela Goodwill | Mar 27, 2004 4:30:47 PM

My son is at Camp Lancer, which means my heart is there also. He and all the soldiers there mean the world to myself, his sisters, friends, his family.. all of us. We have so much in our hearts it cannot all be spoken and the words thank you are never ever enough. When I am able to hear from him, it is the best and those days when I do not are the worse. Having found this spot on the web will be a comfort, to have more knowledge of the spot where my son is means more than I can say. I spend hours every day pouring over the internet to find any piece of information. All be safe, and thank you!

Posted by: Robynn Levesque | Apr 1, 2004 1:36:54 PM

I too have a son at Camp Lancer, so I understand completely what everyone else is feeling. My son just spent his 20th birthday away from home. He has a 18 month old son that his dad & I are pretty much raising by ourselves. We feel it's the least we can do, and it sure helps us to have a smaller version of our son running around here. We spend every minute worrying and wondering how he is. We worry as much about his mental and emotional well being as we do his physical well being. This is such a cruel way to learn about the world for a young man. All the things we tried to shelter him from as achild he is now learning about and so far from home that we can't be there to comfort him and help calm his fears. We try to teach his little boy who he is by showing him pictures. We are so proud of him because we know he made a huge sacrifice when he decided to join the army. He calls home quite often, so when we don't hear from him for several days we start to panic. I have spent more time in prayer in the last couple of months than ever before in my life, not just for him,but for every soldier and every family member of a soldier. God be with them and us.

Posted by: Gail Whteaker | Apr 23, 2004 8:51:28 AM