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    The end of combat operations in Iraq

    I don't want this to get political, but just wanted to note this, as it seems to have happened quietly, and I think it's one of the quietest significant events that has happened in recent memory.

    Now would be a good time to thank every soldier who served there, and remember those who died there.

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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    I was actually thinking about this today while I was watching some of the videos. We have all of these grandiose celebrations for their deployment but it seems like their return is much more subtle. I've never served, so I cant speak for any soldiers, but maybe they would like to just return home in peace. Me personally, I wish things were more like back when WWII ended and there were celebrations in the streets. Our soldiers deserve a welcoming like no one has seen before. Just my opinion.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybyassociation View Post
    I was actually thinking about this today while I was watching some of the videos. We have all of these grandiose celebrations for their deployment but it seems like their return is much more subtle. I've never served, so I cant speak for any soldiers, but maybe they would like to just return home in peace. Me personally, I wish things were more like back when WWII ended and there were celebrations in the streets. Our soldiers deserve a welcoming like no one has seen before. Just my opinion.
    I agree that they deserve celebrations in the streets, but let's face it, this war was nothing like WWII. There was a definitive end to WWII. This one is over now, because we left. I'm definitely not trying to make this political, but I think most will get my point.

    None of this takes away from the sacrifices our troops have made. Good work and I'm glad most are coming home.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    We still have 50,000 troops in country in a support role ready to roll.


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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    We still have 50,000 troops in country in a support role ready to roll.
    True, and that will probably be the case for quite some time. We still have bases in Germany and Japan, after all. Still, I think that the event is very significant, and merits more attention than it has received.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    I'm proud of our soldiers and their work in Iraq. I'd like to take this chance to say thanks for their service!


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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I'm proud of our soldiers and their work in Iraq. I'd like to take this chance to say thanks for their service!
    I agree 100% and I too say 'thank you' to all those that have served and are still serving.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Agree very much. We owe all of the brave men and women who have served and those who will continue to serve a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I'm proud of our soldiers and their work in Iraq. I'd like to take this chance to say thanks for their service!
    This. The soldiers and their families have sacrificed so much over the past 7 years. It is a privilege and an honor to live in a country where ordinary folks just like the rest of us go and risk their lives so that we can remain the home of the free. That is why the United States is and always will be the greatest country in the world. A big thank you to all who have served this country and all of those that will serve in the future. I salute you.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    And prayers should go out daily for families (one in particular in my case) who have lost a loved one over there.


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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Incredibly proud of our servicemen and women. Such a huge sacrifice to serve overseas.

    By the way, is there a link or anything for this? I still haven't heard a peep.




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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    I'm happy for the soldiers who are home and am very thankful for their service, but I'll celebrate at the end of 2011 when the remaining 50,000 are out of country. When there isn't one American soldier left in Iraq to be the target of IED's and other insurgent actions I'll celebrate. Whether we call them advisors or combat troops there are still 50K US soldiers on the ground that are just as attractive as targets for insurgents as they were last week, and who are sacrificing just as much as they were before the last striker brigade left Iraq.

    Here's hoping all 50,000 remaining make it home safely to their loved ones.


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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    vmbplayer- Well said. Nothing but praise for our troops and the courage they have displayed, and my heart goes out to the families of those that lost their lives in this long war. I'm reading a book called Where Men Win Glory by John Krakaeur (also wrote Into Thin Air and Into the Wild). It's the incredible story of Pat Tillman's life and gives good insight into the daily perils our men deal with over there.



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by vmbplayer View Post
    I'm happy for the soldiers who are home and am very thankful for their service, but I'll celebrate at the end of 2011 when the remaining 50,000 are out of country. When there isn't one American soldier left in Iraq to be the target of IED's and other insurgent actions I'll celebrate. Whether we call them advisors or combat troops there are still 50K US soldiers on the ground that are just as attractive as targets for insurgents as they were last week, and who are sacrificing just as much as they were before the last striker brigade left Iraq.

    Here's hoping all 50,000 remaining make it home safely to their loved ones.
    I'd like to echo what vmbplayer said here, and offer insight as well. We've been pushing for a long time to get combat troops out of Iraq. However, take note that the soldiers currently in-country now have to completely fill the roll of those combat units. We haven't been sending combat MOS's to Iraq for some time now, but many soldiers with those skills have been reclassified to support-type MOS's. Yet, they will still likely be performing some of those same combat skills and missions, without the recognition or hazard pay. Please continue to keep them in your prayers!



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    Re: The end of combat operations in Iraq

    If any of you are interested... back in 2006 a career military man from my hometown gave me permission to show his e-mails with his son who flew in Iraq...

    After his tour in Iraq, the son went and flew in Afghanistan... really good stuff LINK



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