Even though Capt. McGrue is not Chris' Commander anymore, it is always so comforting to hear from him. He always has a way to make it all seem okay. Thanks Capt. McGrue for always being able to lift our spirits! You are such a positive influence!
14 February 2008
Happy Valentine’s Day Hellraiser Family,
I sincerely hope that as this letter arrives to your inboxes, it finds you doing well. As it leaves us, it leaves us doing well and still in the Can-Do spirit.
First off, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Although all of us are not spending this day with the individual that is our Valentine, I did not want the day to go unnoticed. So Happy Valentine’s to you all.
A lot has happened since I have last written and I will attempt to capture most of that now, in an effort of keeping you all informed of how your loved ones are doing here in Iraq. To begin with, the pace of our mission has not slowed down, yet your loved ones have continued to step up and accept the challenges that are quickly coming before them. Aside from performing their job on a daily basis and completing their mission as required, they have also been counted on in the assistance of transferring responsibility of Charlie Company’s area over to a Georgian unit, and they have moved the battalion from Cleary to Cahill. That may not seem like a whole lot, but there were many moving different pieces involved in both of those requirements that could have hindered the battalion as a whole. However, your loved ones continued to show that no challenge is too big to accomplish and they have not faltered as they continue to strive on and assist in making the battalion look good.
The weather here has changed some and we experienced a short winter. Not complaining, but I hope the sweltering heat holds off for a bit. J Some of us are already finding ourselves using the air condition in our tents, rooms, and vehicles; however, the temperature is dropping at night so we have a chance to cool off and not run the A/C unit consistently. I anticipate another month before you are chancing it with sending chocolate to loved ones.
Lastly, I want to commend the FRG for their continued hard work. I understand you ladies have a lot of big plans in store for us and I look forward to all going well as you have continued to do so in the past. By the way, enjoy your dinner tonight and I wish I could be there to help you celebrate.
Well, that is all that I have for now. Take care, God bless, and Happy Valentine’s Day.
Captain Arthur L. McGrue III
Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 1st Battalion, 15th