Archive: November 2006

I'm Back

It's been a month since I last published, and I can now explain my online absence. Briefly, I was following an order to cease blogging -- an order that is no longer in effect. To my command, thank you for your time and your backing for reinstating this blog. I assure you that it is not remotely similar to the blogs coming from theater that use minimal, if any, judgment in respecting the demands of operational security. To those of you who have followed what I have written, thank you for your patience. During the month when I was offline, many things have happened here and at home that should make this forum an interesting one for some time to come. If you'd like to know more about the issues that arose around my blogging, here's the text of a letter I was prepared to send to friends if I'd...

By Bert Stover | November 20, 2006; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (31)

The Letter I Did Not Have to Send

For more than a month, I was prepared to stop blogging in response to orders -- orders that are now, happily, no longer operative. Here's a letter I was prepared to send explaining the situation: October 20 , 2006 Dear friends and family: After a year serving my country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and with 100 "Reporting for Duty" posts under my belt, my blogging days have come to an end -- for now, anyway. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and everyone else who has helped to generate hundreds of thousands of hits to my eye-witness accounts of life on the ground and in the air as a national guardsman. Thank you to my command, too. I have been afforded rare opportunities here. Special thanks to washingtonpost.com and the colleagues that have made this experience possible. Throughout this year, I spent countless hours trying to relay...

By Hal Straus | November 20, 2006; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (4)

 

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