Merry Christmas to those in uniform

Like I said yesterday, most of us are spending time with friends and family over the holidays. Most of us have a few days off from work. Most of us will kick back, relax, and enjoy a bit of down time.

We can do this because other people are not getting any days off. Because they are half a world away from their friends and family. Down time for them means a few hours to fill out reports, grab a bite to eat, and clean their weapons.

QUARGHULI VILLAGE, Iraq (December 18, 2006) – Sgt. 1st Class Ralph Roe, a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, scout platoon sergeant, and native of Bloomingburg, N.Y., pulled security from a boat as he traveled down the Euphrates River in Iraq on Dec. 8. The soldiers participated in a complex air, land and water operation into the Quarghuli Village. Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie, U.S. Army.

To all the military personnel in the combat zones, and to all those who get them the food, fuel, information, and ammunition they need, Merry Christmas. And thank-you.