We sustained our first casualty in the battalion the other day. I was hoping that it would not happen so soon. Hell, I was really hoping that it might not happen at all. It did. We had a group of guys working with the soldiers they are replacing responding to a traffic accident that had injured an MP(Military Police) soldier pretty badly. They set up a perimeter on the highway, administered first aid and set up the LZ (Landing Zone) for the MEDEVAC chopper to lift the soldier out. It was the bad guys lucky day. They had an IED already planted nearby. Just as the chopper went to lift off with the injured soldier - BOOM! There were 3 killed and 6 wounded. One of the wounded was ours. The chopper luckily did not crash. I can write about this now that his family has been notified. He is already in a hospital in Germany, as it is not sanitary enough here, even in the hospitals, to avoid infection. He was messed up pretty bad, but will likely keep all of his parts with the possible exception of one or two fingertips. Needless to say, we are going to be looking for payback. This behavior is typical of our enemies - attacking a medical extraction. Please keep our first purple heart awardee in your prayers along with the other soldiers wounded and killed that day. Click on this link to see why they have won with their blood.