Blogger Andrew Olmsted heads to Iraq Posted by: McQ
on Thursday, December 21, 2006
Andrew Olmsted, who's always been a good friend to this blog, and who blogs at his own blog and Obsidian Wings, is heading to Iraq soon. Olmsted, a major in the Army Reserve has been serving in the US but has now been tapped to serve in Iraq on a military training team:
It seems that the situation in Iraq is worse than I thought. The Army has accepted my application to active duty and is sending me to Iraq as commander of a battalion MiTT team. That means I'll embed with an Iraqi battalion and I and my team will attempt to train and assist that battalion to be able to stand on their own and serve the Iraqi government. Yes, I'm aware of the inherent difficulties in that mission, so you needn't fill my comments with wry observations about what you think about the Iraqi Army. In about six months, I'll be able to provide some firsthand experience, and we'll see what comes of that.
I simply want to thank him for his service, wish him luck and God speed. And Andrew, please don't be a stranger. Let us hear a little ground truth from you while you're over there (heh ... within the normal constraints of OPSEC and career concerns of course).
And for those who are wondering what Andrew's job will entail, Bill Roggio has a good write up here.