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Mission completion rewarding

Oct. 25, 2005

by DAVID KAYE, columnist

While there haven't been any rockets fired at us or earthquakes shaking the house my unit lives in, we've still had plenty of things to worry about during the last week.

Three of us had to convoy to another city to escort a civilian and some equipment.

Our leader asked for volunteers and I volunteered for the mission because I didn't want someone who didn't want to go to have to go.

Just before we left, an intelligence report came in.

It contained very specific information about a potential threat ranging from the specific type of threat to its exact location and what it would look like.

The location was on the route we were taking.

At first I was fearful because I knew how dangerous our mission might be.

When I thought about it again, I felt confident in the fact that we knew about the threat and were doing everything possible to neutralize it.

Everyone was on edge when we left, keeping their eyes wide open watching for anything suspicious.

Shortly after we left, there was something that fit the profile of the threat we had been informed of.

Unfortunately, we can't do anything when something simply fits the profile of a threat, so we all kept paying attention and trusted that the Lord would protect us.

We arrived at our destination, completed the mission and drove back this morning. Everything went smoothly, but that doesn't mean that it will the next time.

There's a saying we use around here that you should be worried when things have been quiet for too long.

We constantly have to remind ourselves not to become complacent.

It feels good to complete every mission we're assigned, but this one was more rewarding than most.

It's what we've always been trained to do, but trusting someone else to protect your life is easier said than done.

There isn't anything glorious about what we do over here, but that doesn't mean that it's not important.

Every job in the military is important to the mission at hand, whether it's patrolling the streets of Baghdad or preparing meals in the dining facility.

Army Spc. David Kaye is working with military communication. He's a junior journalism major from Katy.