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August 2008 Alumnae/i Notes

This one came from David Mitchell Johnson '99: "I am at FOB Warhorse, Iraq, near Baqubah.  All is well.  I am the Civil Affairs staff officer for the 2-12 FA BN, 4th BDE, 2ID.  I'll stay here and support their replacements when they leave in a few weeks. I try to keep tabs on three civil affairs teams spread out on three small outposts. Busy. About a month ago, in the chow hall, Jake Scott's '98 little brother Steven '05 came up and said hi!  Last time I saw him was ten years ago at Jake's house during a break from college. Mail: CPT Dave Johnson/ B/407 CA BN/ FOB Warhorse/ APO AE 09336." [email protected]

Congratulations! -- In my last letter I referred to a change in position for Nate Freier '88 in the Army; within the last month I have received an invitation to his retirement bash at Carlisle, PA May 31. Things move fast! In any event, Congratulations!

John Moore '04 [email protected] wrote on June 05: "I'm driving to the lower 48 through Canada right now.  I am going to the Captain's Career Course at Ft. Knox (I just left Alaska to do that). I want to get a masters that combines Intl. Relations with world religions (preferable from a Catholic university), and would like to take that knowledge to either another government agency or an NGO. I hope to try out for Special Forces this summer, and if that doesn't work out, I will serve another year (most likely deploy) and get out."

Anton Swanson '06 to Col Fischer, professor of military science here and he passed it on to me. I'm glad to hear about Anton. He writes from Iraq.  "We are doing okay here.  We were in Yousifiyah for a while and then moved to the Arab Jabour area.  Time is going pretty fast, which is a good thing.  I have been here since Sep. 2007 and I am looking forward to going on leave in Jul. and meeting my wife in Kauai, Hawaii.  We are scheduled to head home in Dec. 2008.  Our daily activities include squaring away the Sons of Iraq, the IA and engaging the greedy local leaders.  We are pretty much trying to teach the local leaders to use the Iraqi system and not the Americans for support.  It is difficult trying to get them to stand on their own two feet and set up local councils and farmers' co-ops and so forth...  My platoon is awesome."   [email protected] 

They have moved; new information: Maj Jeff '97 & April '98 Reibestein / 27 Rose Loop / Ft. Leavenworth, KS  66027/ [email protected] / [email protected]  -- Mike '96 and Mary Pavek and kids have arrived in Korea, his new assignment. He writes: "Friday was the first time that we went outside the gate and into the city of Seoul.  I took the family to the local E-Mart, which is like a Super Wal-Mart.  It was a big culture shock, especially going down into the grocery store portion.  We're going to take the Korean language classes that the Army offers.  Today (Sat.) we went walking around the Itaewon shopping district.  Tomorrow we're going to try to go to a church off-post." [email protected]