Updates on Jim's deployment status. We hope you will share your thoughts and comments.

Monday, January 31, 2005

slim jim . . . guess the food is not so great!

I spoke with Jim on Tuesday. He has spent the past week in the field training. Except for a nasty cold, he sounds really good. Many of the guys have been sick over the past two weeks. I guess sleeping in the desert or as Jim said, "a tin can", doesn't do much for the immune system. The weather has been very cold and very windy. Not what most would imagine when you say you're heading to the desert. Jim feels very confident and prepared to handle what lies ahead. The camaraderie developed between the guys in the sniper platoon seems to be paying off.

I received an e-mail from Jim tonight. Phone communication and reception has been sporadic at best. When they are in the field the reception is almost non-existent. If they stand on one leg, with their left arm in the air and tilt their head just the right way, maybe they'll get reception for 30 seconds. The packages and letters sent are very well received. Just want to remind everyone to continue to send them over the next 11 months. If you are planning on sending out a letter or package I would suggest you do so by the February 12th.

The deployment date now seems to be pushed back towards the last week of February. There has been discussion on allowing the guys to have two days of liberty before they head off, although there is no official word. Vegas is where they may be heading. I can only imagine the scene and what that will be like. Any one heard of Puhrump? Ironic, Jim had to join the military to see Las Vegas.

Thank you again for your support. Keep praying and sending letters to Jim.



At Wednesday, February 02, 2005 7:16:00 AM, Blogger Cynthia Phelps said...

Thought I post this e-mail I received so Jim could see it too:

Hi Cynthia,

I am Linda C. Toth, Jim's second cousin (or 1st cousin removed) - anyway, Jim's Grandma Alunni is my dad's sister. So, Jerry Alunni, Jim's dad, is my first cousin. Hope that explains it. I live in GA with my husband. The last time I saw Jimmy (as my Aunt calls him) was at my parent's funeral 5 years ago in Cleveland. So, now that I explained myself - My sister sent me your site. It is so neat for you to post your remarks and Jim's happenings now in CA. We very much appreciate it. I know my counsins and Aunt Mary must love to hear about him as well. I am glad you are in touch with him even tho' the signal is sometimes weak.

Please give him our best and let him know that we are praying for him and his troop. His name is in our book of those in Iraq at our church for special prayers during Masses. You hang in there too and know that we are all hoping that all will be well with his deployment soon.

Thank you once again.


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