Kyle decided before he left for Iraq in December of 2006, that he would keep a journal of everything that was going on. That didn’t happen, as he was OBA (Overcome By Activity). However, he did manage to keep it up all throughout, here and there, whether he wrote something every other day or once a month. His journal was for his time there, events, work, emotions, everything; in order to share it for future generations to come, and now for you, our loyal listeners:

Entry #6 of 17:

27 Dec 06
6:30PM

I'm getting good at this "bounty hunter" stuff. We captured another guy last night (actually 5 in one place, but who's counting?). It just started raining we might get a sandstorm too. I doubt they'll catch anyone today, it was a slow day. I just heard two explosions, they sounded close. You know it's bad when you can actually feel the percussion of the explosion. I think they were IEDs, sounded like them anyhow. I'm a little confused right now, I can't find my loofah, and I wouldn't assume someone would steal it... or at least I hope not. I need to get to bed. I need to readjust anyhow, I'm laying down, and my M9 has been digging into my ribs for too long."

 

Kyle Mills - View From Tent Front "Door" At Night
Kyle Mills - View From Tent Front "Door"
Kyle Mills - Across The Euphrates River, A Small Explosion Cloud

From Kyle, today:

This is about the time that everything began to run together. I started to hit my stride with my job, and we were going out on operations just about every night. Most of the time, when there were sandstorms and rain, it made for a fairly slow day. This helped me to catch up on other items and even work ahead a little. It's kind of funny now looking back on this entry, and realizing that an explosion was still a "big deal" and worth writing about. A little sad that they become so much the norm, that over time I just stop thinking of them as an issue, not even worthy of writing about much. "

This is the sixth of a 17-part series, that will cover my entire journal, from my deployment to Iraq from December 2006 – July 2007. Check in next week for the next installment, when I begin coming to grips with the whole search and capture/kill job that I will be doing for the remainder of the deployment.

CLICK HERE to see last week’s installment of this 17-part series.