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April 07, 2005

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Comments

paully

Right on, Greg. TCB.

Love ya.

Susie

I'm so sorry for your loss & will pray for you there & his family.

Chris

I was deeply saddened when I read the article on CNN Tuesday morning. The information placed this one too close to your group. Saddened even more when a friend confirmed that it was one of your Guys. A Cowardice act by Cowardice people. Our thoughts and Prayers continue for him, his family and those who were injured with him. I'm also adding a Prayer that you and your Guys will be able to find and stop the cowards who created and set off this bomb.

Kris Alexander

Sorry to hear about the loss.

Find the bastards.

Kris

Kelley

you have failed no-one.... focus on your task at hand and know that justice will be served.... hang tough man.....

AFSister

Major-
Go get them for us. Get the ones who got your man, and countless others. Go get one for Sgt. Matt Maupin too. At least Glen's family will get his body back for a proper burial- Matt is still missing. Simply vanished.

Yeah....get one for Matt and one for Glen. Heroes. All of you. Both the living and the dead.... Rest in Peace

Muttley

Major K, yer doin' just fine. I know you feel bad about this, but know that we love
you and all the soldiers on the mission. I'll getcha a cold one when it's all done.

Boe Simpson

Major K! Each time we lose one of our fine troopers, I feel a little stab in the heart. Freedom is not free and this curent generation is paying the price. My wife and I pray for all of you who are putting your lives on the line for our freedom. I wish you good hunting in bringing these murdering thugs to their meeting with their 72 virgins.
Boe
age 75
Korean War Vet (USAF)

Beth

My heart is with you and your men during this difficult time. You are the recipient of my hugs, humble gratitude, and prayers on your behalf. I strive to honor CPL Watkins and all who serve so selflessly, by daily living a life worthy of their scrifices. As a Navy friend says, "May we be worthy of the trust they have placed in us."

Chevy Rose

God rest his soul and bless his family. God bless you and all the other soldiers too.

Mary-Lou

Major- I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I will be praying for Cpl. Watkins and his family in this hard time. I also pray for you and your men everyday, i pray for all of our men and women overseas. In this hard time, just remember that you are heros! Stay strong! Stay Tough! Complete the mission!

Find the bastards and kill them. Slowly. Painfully. Make sure they know they are dying for killing a hero.

God Bless you and Yours!
Give yourselves a HUGE pat on the back! WE are rooting for you!
If you ever in Florida I got the beer!

Carin

I'm praying for Corporal Watkins, and for you Major K. May you find the bastards.

Sharon

Sir,

I hope you know and will remind your soldiers how extremely proud we are of all of you and how each loss saddens us as though we had lost a family member ourselves. Freedom is, indeed, not free and you and your soldiers are paying now so that we can conitnue to sleep peacefully at night and be secure in our homes. You have let no one down, sir, you are a human being doing the best you can in an incredibly difficult position. God bless you all.

Rob

If for no other reason, do what you do for your fellow soldiers. Sure- Lately, there's been some sour grapes from the sidelines, but it's easy to sniffle from the cheap seats- Disagreement is inevitable. There are times when a soldier needs to do his duty for no ther reason that that of the common bond with his or her fellow soldiers. Find them, fight them and finish them.

Rob

If for no other reason, do what you do for your fellow soldiers. Sure- Lately, there's been some sour grapes from the sidelines, but it's easy to sniffle from the cheap seats- Disagreement is inevitable. There are times when a soldier needs to do his duty for no ther reason that that of the common bond with his or her fellow soldiers. Find them, fight them and finish them.

Subsunk

Major K,

Get 'em. Get it done.

God bless CPL Watkins. Obviously a man dedicated to his mission and Victory. You win that Victory. He'll understand.

Press on.

Subsunk

OldFan

Major K,

I remember a misty morning on Hogback Hill during Armor Advanced Course. Old [way younger than I am now!] Major Weaver started the scenario with an icy dose of reality: "You had a brilliant plan yesterday and the Reds screwed up bigtime. So only 6 of your people are dead. Nobody has slept in 2 days and the 2nd echelon is upon us . . . let's hear your new brilliant plan, Captain!"

The aged Viet Nam vet also told us this: "The Enemy is responsible for your trooper's deaths - not you.
You ARE responsible for the payback: Victory!"

Hang in there.

OldFan
[In the JOC back here at 1st Army, now a semi-soldier in civilain clothes]

Mark

Sorry for your loss. Remember now, when you find the terrorists that did this not to hurt them and to make sure they're comfortable. Feed them some bacon and pork rinds before you put them to bed forever!! Wink Wink.

sirboggle

May God have mercy on Cpl. Watkins brave soul, and may He give you and your brothers all the graces you need to finish the job - duty, vengeance, justice - whatever you call it is fine with me.

toni

Major K
This just never gets any easier. After 3 years, it still is difficult to swallow. You know behind the death of this soldier stands a family, teammates and friends who are all hurting. My regrets to you and all.

Andi

Major K - Very sorry to hear about the loss of CPL Watkins. His family will be in my prayers. Each of you, serving so bravely, are never far from my thoughts. I hope you can find the terrorist thugs responsible for this and that justice is administered swiftly and very appropriately.

All the Best,
Andi

armynurseboy

Sir,

The first one is always the shocker. It dispels our illusion of invulnerability (at least that's how I felt when we had our first KIA, who incidently was our SPO). The next ones are never any easier, but I think they are less of a shock because we accept the fact that there will be a next one.

CPL Watkins sounded like one hell of a soldier. His loss definately diminishes us. Keep your head up and drive on with the mission (and get payback if the opportunity presents itself). That's the best way to honor CPL Watkins

HomefrontSix

A sad day.


Prayers coming for all.

Stay safe.

jack

Major K,

Keep up the good fight. You and your troopers are in my prayers.

Arthur

Major,
Thank you to you and your men, and we pray for your safe return. Our prayers also go out to Corporal Watkins, his family, and to those injured in the cowardly attack.
Stay safe, and kick ass

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