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Commander's Update!

15 September 2005

Warlords and Warlord families of Task Force 2/2,

Task Force 2/2 is continuing to take the fight to the enemy. During the past few weeks, the Warlords have performed with dedication and skill. We are beginning to build valuable relationships with the local Iraqis. These relationships will strengthen the cohesive effort to rid Iraq of those attempting to cause everyone harm. Our most important relationship remains with the Iraqi Army. 1-4-1 continues to marvel us with their uncanny ability to distinguish and discern the terrorist from the general population. They continue to grow professionally and we welcome the opportunity to turn over the security of Iraq into their capable hands.

The people of the gulf coast are all on our minds. Hurricane Katrina has left her lasting mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected. Also, closer to home, Hurricane Ophelia is sitting off the coast of North Carolina. With its path unknown at the time of this letter, we are thinking of all our loved ones and Marines in Camp Lejeune and the Jacksonville area. Let's all hope it is quickly down graded to a tropical storm and heads back to sea.

The companies have been performing miracles daily. Despite an incredible operations tempo they remain resolved and motivated in the pursuit of their missions. Easy Company completed their move and relocated to Camp Fallujah. Concurrent with their move they are also patrolling their new battlespace in the southern portion of our Area of Operation (AO). Fox Company continues to increase their patrolling efforts in the vicinity of the middle of the AO and has had significant success increasing their awareness of the battlespace. Golf Company, alone and unafraid, in the most northern reaches of AO Warlord has completely saturated their battlespace and is achieving results. Weapons Company has done a remarkable job of keeping our main roads in AO Warlord clear for coalition vehicles. Headquarters and Service Company is the unit that holds the Task Force together. Without the Herculean efforts of this diverse and talented group of men all activities would stop. Special recognition goes to our Motor Transport Marines who crank the wrenches and work around the clock to keep our rolling stock in the fight. This is a gloss-over of a Task Force composed of over 1,000 men that are as selfless and courageous as you could find. It's brevity and substance does not do them justice. Simply said, "I could not be more proud of these Men."

Recently Warlords welcomed new Marines to the family. Our current Civil Affairs Group (CAG) Detachment will be completing turnover with the oncoming new CAG Detachment. CAG is vital to our success with the local civilians within our area of responsibility. Also, our Humanintelligence Exploitation Team (HET) is conducting change over. HET is the Battalion's link to the Iraqi citizens that provide us information to prosecute insurgents. A new artillery battery arrived in Camp Fallujah from Camp Pendleton and relieved the outgoing battery. With the new battery, TF 2/2 received an Artillery Liaison Officer and two Forward Observer Teams. They will help us plan and integrate artillery fires into our daily concept of operations. We also welcome TF 2/2's new Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) to our team. He brings expertise that is critical to our overall success. They have supported us with dedication and diligence in the fight against the enemy.

Reenlistment is an ongoing and enduring mission confronted by all leaders and Marines. Keeping our young leaders engaged in the fight, carrying with them their knowledge and experience, and continuing to serve their country is one of our primary goals. This month our very own Sergeant Major, a Marine with 23 years of wisdom, has again led by example and reenlisted for another two years. Right now the Marine Corps is offering reenlistment bonuses for the first time to the Infantry MOS of up to $32,000 tax free! This is an opportunity that has never before been available and is an amazing incentive. I hope all of our Marines will look at the benefits and the opportunities that a career in our Nation's Armed Forces and our Marine Corps will offer them.

Along with reenlistments, promotions and Warlord Babies are my favorite topics. In this newsletter I'm pleased to report more of both.

The following Marines earned meritorious promotions:
Cpl Christopher Woulfe 0311 Golf
Cpl Joshua Franklin 0311 Fox
Cpl Benny Cockerham 0311 Easy

The following Warlord families had recent additions:
LCpl Richard and Rebekah Burnett Makalah Easy
PFC William and Mary Demers Williams Easy
PFC Kevin and Liz Cicik Nathan Easy

NCO of the Quarter for RCT-8
Cpl Patrick Donnelly 0311 Golf

Congratulations to all for these very special events.

In closing, the draft Iraqi Constitution has been released by the interim government. The Task Force is looking forward to assisting the Iraqi government with the upcoming referendum and elections and taking the fight to the insurgents who wish to deny the Iraqi people its freedom. More to come on this topic as the October 15th referendum approaches. We will keep you posted. We thank you for your support and prayers. The Key Volunteers continue to do selfless work each day. To the families and friends of our Warlords, without all of you we could not remain focused on the mission. THANK YOU!

I remain Semper Fidelis,

J. J. Minick

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