Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Return of Red2Alpha

I originally started this blog after discovering Colby Buzzell's blog 'MY WAR: Fear and Loathing in Iraq'. I created the blog so that I could communicate with CB and, what the hell decided to write something to see how this works. I'm not a natural writer like CB, who has subsequently published a book called, naturally, 'MY WAR'.

Since that time I have followed the Milblogs of a number of American Soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The general public's view, thanks to people such as John Kerry, is that Infantry Soldiers and Marines are uneducated and unintelligent. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Those who blog tend to be very intelligent, insightful and multi-talented. Buck Sargent and Tim Boggs are two of the best examples of this.

Another example was a blog called 'This is Your War' by Red2Alpha. R2A is a natural writer whose style and content was gripping. I copied one of his post's 'Saying Goodbye' here on April 12, 2005. It's very powerful. You can read it here:

Shortly after that post was written Red2Alpha's blog was shut down for reasons of OPSEC. The post itself lived on here and was also picked up by Mark Partridge Miner of 'Boots in Baghdad' fame.

Now Red2Alpha is back blogging and he is definetly a writer those of you who follow Milblogs should be reading. R2A had a very tough tour of Iraq and some very bad personal experiences upon his return home. He is still serving as he works his way through some serious PTSD issues. He's getting a lot of support from the likes of Papa Ray, Blackfive and Uncle Jimbo as well as former readers and new ones. It was while reading Blackfive that I was alerted to R2A's return.

Red2Alpha is worthy of your support. Read him here: