"He was the first casualty for 2008 in Iraq. And a small part of Maj. Andrew Olmsted likely would've chuckled at that fact. It would be droll and play into his sense of self-deprecation. But for everyone else, the news would be devastating." - David Montero, Rocky Mountain News
When I was in the Air Force, stationed at Pope Air Force Base next to Fort Bragg in the sandhills of central North Carolina, I remember a sign a friend of mine prepared and stuck up one day. Guy was a member of one of the committees that worked on improving the morale and getting things done for our squadron. The top of the sign, announcing a meeting, said.
That memory came back to me this morning, one the thoughts I had after reading the very sad news that Andrew Olmsted, a soldier (rank of Major) and a blogger, was killed in Iraq.
I can’t say I was an Olmsted reader but I did go back and read some of his posts. Early on, August 19, 2002, he wrote about baseball. He was a Red Sox fan, and wrote quite a bit about them and baseball.
Another entry was very moving.
Yes, I realize I've been something of a ghost of late. My apologies; between having to play acting battalion commander for ten days, finishing up a course in my MBA program, and preparing for the transfer of responsibility for our mission here at Fort Riley to the 1st Infantry Division, it's been hectic of late. On the plus side, tomorrow I get to go home to enjoy Labor Day with my wife. So life is good.
A salute, taps and tears for someone who was involved, and will be missed by many.