Monday, July 27, 2009

Another Voice in the Desert

I am in the same building as the wing's Public Affairs office (essentially the AF press corps). I was talking one day with one of the guys in the office. He heard I was writing a blog and was interested because he is writing one too. So we talked that day, and since then, about what to write on and how to say it.

Jake is writing his blog for the Arizona Daily Star. They want him to give an Airman's perspective on what it is like to be over here. He is an excellent writer (quite honestly, he is much better than me) and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his posts. Here is the beginning of the latest one:

Day 23: No pressure
07/24/2009 12:52 PM
SSgt. Jacob Richmond
So, this is what it’s like to be a military journalist at war.

Back at home, the stories we write are often specialized and geared toward our own military audience; and when our stories are good enough to transcend that category, they’re usually covered by the “real media” (a victory in the public-affairs world). Today, though, after a rare chance to interview a group of true heroes in the combat zone, I realize that their story is one only I can tell. The real media isn’t here to cover it, and even if they were, they don’t have the military perspective to pull it off the right way. So, it’s on me.

It only gets better from there. I encourage you to visit his blog, Indirect Fire, to read the rest of that post and his other writings.


  1. Hey, don't sell yourself short! I read some of Jake's blogs and yes he is a talented writer and his blogs (especially the last one)are very moving. You are quite eloquent yourself as well and we are thoroughly enjoying reading about your experiences and thoughts while you are there. We appreciate the window into your world. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  2. Hi Michael! We really enjoy reading about all of your experiences in Iraq! I would love to know how Kenin is doing. I'm sure he's fine.
    Take care of yourself, Nancy

    Hi!!!You have been on my mind.....was happy to find out how you are spending your time... That was good. We have had a nice spring and summer so far. My flower beds have been outstanding. I have a bronze water fountain in the middle of the one so I go outside to sit and read my book and listen to the water trickle down. The birds just love it, they are zooming in all the time to take a shower. I have been feeling good ....just run out of energy when I try to do very much. But as I have said it is now legal at the age of 84. If ever you pass thru West Virginia be sure and stop to visit us....your dog is included we have a special place in our hearts for him. Take care and keep in touch.
    Sincerely, Aunt Mary (Rob's aunt) My sister, Fran turns 90 on Sunday. I can't believe it..That was a fun time at the beach last year, so glad you came along......