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Commander's Update!

 
Oct 1st, 2005

Warlords and Warlord families of Task Force 2/2,

The Marines of Task Force 2/2 continue to impress me with their dedication to the mission and to each other. They continue to meet my every expectation and attack every priority set forth with vigor and enthusiasm. The Task Force priorities are the training of the Iraqi Army, the upcoming elections, and the detention and elimination of the enemies of Iraq. These priorities will bring Iraq the freedom of democracy and bring our Marines and Sailors home safely.

The first priority, training the Iraqi Army, continues to progress passed my initial expectations. Task Force 2/2 and the staff of the 1-4-1 Iraqi Army continues intelligence development of area targets enabling the Iraqi Army to take the lead on operations in a designated area of our battle space. The upcoming elections will demonstrate that we are fulfilling our goal of leading and enabling the IA to stand on their own.

Second on the priority list is the constitutional referendum that will be voted on October 15th and national elections on December 15th. The success of the January 2005 elections has proven to the Iraqis in and around Fallujah (i.e., our area of operation) that democracy has and will provide the political, social, and economic rights as citizens of a free and democratic Iraq. I can tell you first hand that the Iraqis are excited about the October referendum and the opportunity to vote. Your Marines will not allow the enemy to deny the great Iraqi people their sacred right of self-determination.

The last priority is the detention and elimination of the enemies of Iraq. The Warlords are still taking the fight to those that attempt to do us harm. Golf Company continues operations in coordination with the 4th Company, 1-4 of the Iraqi Army. They aggressively patrol the many small towns within their area; 1-4 and the Warlords will allow the enemy no safe haven. Easy Company and the Iraqi Army execute combined patrols in our eastern zone. In addition, the Warlords of Easy Company and 1-4 conduct disruption operations in the southern portion of our area of operation. Fox Company and their Iraqi counterparts, 3d Company, 1-4, provides security within their area. Weapons Company conducts security along the main roads in our area of operations so that friendly forces can retain freedom of movement. Weapons continues to work closely with 2d Company, 1-4 in this task. Of special note, the Combat Engineers of Headquarters and Service Company are doing superb work. They continue to reinforce and improve the barrier plans and the force protection measures of all of our living spaces. Their hard work ensures that the Warlords are a “hard target”.

I encourage all of our families and friends to write to our fellow Warlords who have been medically evacuated from Iraq. The Marines are hospitalized in various locations in the United States. I have spoken with these Marines and I know what they look forward to most is receiving mail and letters from families, loved ones, and supporters of our Marines and their mission. Every letter, whether from girlfriend, father, friend, or even a fellow patriot with no direct relation, means so very much (the address to the hospitals can be found on this website). Please take the time to support those that have been wounded and cannot fight alongside their fellow Warlords.

Again, I’m pleased to announce more additions to the Warlord family. The dedication of our Task Force and their families is unsurpassed. The following households are enduring a deployment without the luxury of being together during this momentous time. Words can’t describe my appreciation for your continued sacrifice.

The following Warlords had recent additions:
Sgt Leland and Sara Burns Emma Golf

LCpl Keshawn Nathaniel and fiancée Virginia Dipiano Elizabeth Golf

PFC Michael and Athena Long Gavin Wpns

I want to congratulate the many Marines who were promoted throughout the battalion on 1 October 2005. Of particular note were SSgt Bujno and GySgt Harris from Golf Company and Maj Conway from Weapons Company.

The Marines are beginning to grasp the full understanding of the importance of bringing peace and independence to the Iraqi people through an elected democratic government. The Task Force is looking forward to assisting the Iraqi government with the upcoming elections and taking the fight to the insurgents who wish to deny the Iraqi people this freedom. The next few weeks will be both exciting and challenging. I look forward to my next letter, which will be after the October referendum.

I remain Semper Fidelis,

James J Minick




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