Sunday, September 7, 2008

7 Sept 08 - Jimmy


I hope you have a great 3rd birthday! I'm sorry I couldn't be there in person with you, but know that I'm thinking about you on this special day. I look forward to the pictures (hint hint mom!) and I hope you get some cool toys. Watch "Cars" for me and here is an "Atomic Kiss" for you! Love, Dad

07 Sept 08


Howdy - I hope all is wekk and you are safe and having fun. Before I get going with this letter, I'll say 2 thing.

I wouldn't hold my breath on a phone call from me. By all means, keep the phone on you, just in case, but the other platoons in our company - and even other companies who I've talked with at church - all have received additional phone calls. Our particular drills don't seem to have personal sympathies in this way. But you never know. Also, I wouldn't figure it to be more than 3 mintues. It won't be much longer and we'll talk in person! Having said that, I'm always prepared for a phone call, as I have my phone card at easy access.

BTW, Ft. Knox is known for being a tough, strict BCT site. So those other women who got calls on Labor Day probably had husbands/boyfriends who were at Ft. Jackson. It is known as "Relaxin' Jackson". It is an easy site to go for BCT because it is COED training. BTW, what does DH/DB stand for? "DH" to me is designated hitter. Anyway, just curious - I figured it had something to do with husbands and boyfriends (It's Dear Husband or Dear Boyfriend).

Second point, I hope hope hope by now you have found that research for me & sent it. I only have 2 - maybe 2 1/2 weeks of possible paint time. Wtih the week of BIOVAC - that will only be a matter of days prior to graduation. So here is what I need (as of this day - saturday night) I have not received it from you if it is coming.

*All the Army Branch Insignias - Just their design - likely be black and white.
*A wolf, (2) poses, (A) lying down - prone - mainly a front view if possible (B) a side or front standing pose
*A pit bull (A) frontal - running if possible (B) close up of head - frontal
*A bull dog (A) frontal - running if possible (B) Close up of head - frontal
*The 3 sisters mountains from Melakwa side.

By now, I got the rest in some way or another. Sounds like it may be tough to do unless you have put together the scanner/printer to your computer. I guess you cold just get the research done up and sent to Fredy's and done in the form of a photo. But please, so I can finish these murals, do the research. I am at a standstill on what I can do now.

I'm glad to hear that church goes smoothly for you now with all the adults around. I appreciate the talk recap - That is nice. Tell Aunt Sue thanks for getting the kids church bags. That's real nice.

Onto some points from your letter - Wh wait. I'll tell you the mural of me is looking pretty good. I'll probably enclose the sketch so you can get an idea. Basically it is life size of me flexing and then 4 PT vinegettes with the discipline quote to suggest that PT is a great aid to discipline - anyway, hopefully you'll see it in person. Now onto your letters.

Glad to hear weekly scripture study is going well. Maybe you can read a highlight verse daily before school and discuss for a minute or tow before everyone has to go.

Red Phase - Yes, we're in White phase now for the last week or so, but the only difference now is a bit more "student leadership" with a platoon guide, still 4 Squad Leaders and then 2 Team Leaders per each squad. I'm one of the Team Leaders. I don't have a ton of responsibility, so that's nice. Frees me up to do these murals on the little spare time I have. Other than that, White Phase isn't much diffeent than Red Phase in my view. And Bue Phase is basically the FOB week and gear turn into heading into graduation.

Glad to hear about the house - that is great news and a great relief! Keep me posted.

Pics of the plane and such were cool - I'm sorry it was so tough for you.

Wow - 149.6! Outstanding! Keep it up - You're almost at your goal. Use some of the $250 separation pay (acutally they gave us $275) to buy yourself some new clothes. You need and deserve it!

Too bad about my computer. PLEASE back up the memory somehow. If we have to - send it to fan so he can retrieve it. He can then part it out and eventually rebuild something with. Also we have that new DVD drive. Have you put the DVR drive on Jake's yet? But I really need it backed up - way too much family history to lose!

Yes, the emails came through - thank you much! I figure I'll have some saved up for next Sunday. today I painted murals as it was "battlecross" Sunday - no church services - only bands and such.

Glad to hear your trip is reserved - and less than what you though it was going to be. BTW, it appears we'll have 10 hours for a pretty fair radius of area. I know we can go to Elizabethtown and another one in the area, but I don't know yet. Apparently, you should have a letter from the battallion or company soon. Please let me know what it says. Also share it with my mom and dad and my brothers. I plan on spending almost all that Family Day with you. Well see how it all shakes out. Yes, I miss you terrible - Wow! It is tough! Amazing how much we take for granted in life, eh?!!!

I'm sure you'll have a calling soon. I know that's frustrating, but I'm sure you'll be official soon - in some capacity.

Not sure who the other counselor is, but I know Bro XXXX is basically Anti-Scouting. At least the way it is organized currently. He is so much smarter than the General Authorities and National BSA Leadership. Anyway, I woudln't bet on that. Pack 777 is way a ton of fun, and a much better experience for Tom. But, I wish the Pack would start up again. I'm sure there hasn't been one since I left Chinook/Wacoma!

tell Joe I'm glad he has a new bike and helmet. That is cool. Don't let Eme use training wheels too much. She'll remember quick how to ride. Just remember how to off set the wheels so they aren't flush on the ground. She can do it!

Sonds like the power supply wen on the computer from your description. yeah, just send it to fan when you can - when money frees up a bit.

Actually, I think the longest we've been apart is 2 weeks - and never with no phone contact.

Wow! you are doing great on your WordArt. I'm very proud of what you are doing - making a little bit of cash while having so much fun doing something you are so good at. Keep going, baby girl!

Poor little Jimmy. His is the saddest story of them all, I think. He just doesn't understand. How I wish I could just hug him and let him know it's ok and that I'm still around. Please show him pics of me and let him know I'll be there soon and that I'm still around. Give him Atomic Kisses. Sing him my 3 bedtime songs. I'll be able to talk to him soon.

Nice Labor Day qoute - and of course, good WordArt!

I love you more than I can say or write...And the kids too! Take care, my sweetie, your devoted and loving husband and father, Brent.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

6 Sept 08

We learned and fired the 203 Grenade launcher and the M182-AT4 (antitank) (normal infantry cary (36) 203Granades). Acutally, both were firing dummy rounds, but we got the idea. The 203 (just like in AA) is very similar to the experience in the game, except it is mounted on an M-16 for us. Good fun. And were getting paid for it! Of course, it is jub training, but it feels like a lot of fun at the moment. It reminds me of the quote from Col. Jeffers..."It's great fun now, boys, until we start stopping bullets." and as the author of the article noted, it made the hair on the back of his neck stand up. And while I didn't feel that way today, I surely looked around and realized that the majority of the nearly 200 will be engaged in combat soon. And surely, while there is much to learn and much discipline that needs improvement on most of these young men - you surely have to admire their pluck. We represent 1 out of 100 American men. Only 1% serve in the US Armed Foreces - and it makes me proud to know I'm counted with that group!

The BIOVAC went well. We slept on gravel with our PT mat. 1st time I've ever slept on gravle. It had rained the better part of the day yesterday. So i guess it was deemed that the dirt was just too muddy. But i got pretty good sleep. we didn't set up our "hooch" as there was nothing to bungee the ponch to. It misted most of the night. I stripped down to undershorts and stayed very warm in my sleeping bag. as our instructions said to do. My ACU's which were damp from cathing early rain and the day's exertion - I put them in my sleeping bag and the dampness was petty much gone - cool stuff!

Well, i'm out of paper and will stop for today likely. I do have a bit more paper I can use - we'll see. The time going well. we have 2 weeks much like today and then 1 week of FOB (short sleep) and then the last days of sept and early october to close up and clean up. I love you all so very much - your loving and devoted husband and father - Brent

Friday, September 5, 2008

5 Sept 08

Well, we're at the big caliber rifles classes. They are very boring. Imagine 200 guys sitting shoulder to shoulder on covered bleachers with rain gear top, LBV, & IBA - it is quite crowded. Tough to say awake. But it should be a ton of fun shooting a 44 lb machine gun! The 50 cal. has been around since WWII. the other 2 rifles are the M-240 B and M-249 or "SAW" that we often use in America's Army game. we also fire the M-203 tomorrow, I believe. But the breifing classes are tough. Especially to keep 200 young men awake at the same time. If there is an issue with sleeping or dozing off, the whole company can be punished or "smoked". This is exercise until your muscles are "smoked" or pushed to fatigue. I'd much rather smoke myself!

I did have time last night to go outside and run on the PT area with just a few of the guys in the platoon. that was nice. I'm hoping to be able to get my AFPT scores to 90% in each category by the 12th. That is 65 Pushups, 68 Situps in 2 minutes, and then the 2 mile urn in 14:24. The run and sit ups I feel I can get. The Push ups, too, but they weill be a challenge to perform them cleanly. I'm generally doing 200 pushups a day to build the muscle memory. I do sets of 40 and try to get those very tight. Apparently, my form slips around 30 reps. As has been emphasized, PT Studs get the best assignments.

Well, ti is the back end of the day. After lunch (the day revolves around when and how much and how good our chow is, by the way) we got to shoot the 249 SAW (same ammo as M-16), 240B (.762 mm) and the .50 CAL - big machine gun- large ammo! Big bang! We also looked thru a night vision thermal scope. Pretty neat stuff. Oh, we also saw the claymore mine. It is real cool! Basically a "grape shot" effect. But it isn't used much in today's warefare. Bit Explosion!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

4 Sept 08


Howdy! I hope all is well with you and kiddos. Are you hanging in there? things are not too rough at your parent's house, I hop. I think in many respects, you have the tougher "row to hoe". Hange in there - I have a deep, admiring respect of you, my queen! We are a great eternal partnership, and that only increases with time.

Well, sweetie, I just got through chow here at lunch and time on the BRM qualifying day. I made a go the first time!!! There are 3 levels (4 counting no-go): Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert. I was shooting well and thought I had Sharpshooter, but must have came up short. 23-28 is Marskman, 29-35 is Sharpshooter, and 36-40 is Expert. There was one guy in the compnay who hit 40-40!

So, I got a nice little medal for my dress class A uniform that wi'll be getting next week. Just a side note - The army just announced that in Winter 2010, there will be a new Class A uniform - back to the blue! And it will have a more Athletic cut to it instead of looking like a "civilian suit". I also heart all the services will have the same Class A. But I'm not sure about that. But there will be only one official A Uniform.

So qualifying was the last big hurdle to overcome to graduate. the only test left now is the AFPT, and I've already scored a 233. I'm looking to get over a 270 on the next one. That will get me the Presidential Fitness Award or something.

We have really only 2 more "standard" weeks of BCT. We have full week out at the FOB (forward operations base). To the time is clicking off. As the Drills say, BRM qualification is the pinacle. After that, it is a cruise to graduation and onto the "fun stuff" like shotting 50 cal and saws and seeing the AT4 - Tank killer.

I'm using all my extra time on the murlas. They look pretty good - all things considered. Hopefully you can take pics whne you get here. I have one logo copmlete, the "Army-discipline" mural about 1/3 of the way, and the american flag/branches murla drawn in, minus branch insignia. I hope you've sent the research by now, or otherwise I'm sutck. I also have fairly complete sketches for 2 more murals, but again, need research.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

02 Sept 2008


I got 3 letters from you today and one from your mom. That was good! It sounds action packed. Much of this in your letters is duplicated in your emails.

Jake cannot play football without cleats. Please get him some ASAP. I can't run effectively on grass w/o cleats. I'm sure he is the same. Cheap ones from Walmart are just fine. You've probably already got them....

Tell Eme thanks for the pretty pictures. Tell her to keep it up.

I would think my calls will only come on a Saturday or Sunday. We're too busy elsewise.

I love the pictures. It was neat to see my big kid among those tiny bosy. Very neat. I like how Eme drew me with Camo! Very cute. I very much love looking at that pic of you with Joe and Jim in front of your folds house - black t-shirts. You look awesome!!! I can't wait to see you again. Wow - 150 - 202!!! Great job - keep going!

Again, absolutely confirmed, Oct 3rd is graduation, Family day is the 2nd. So, get here on the 1st that evening. You can get the room for the 1st and 2nd, checking out on the 3rd. Possibly we could be in the airpot at the same time! Well, get those tickes - make it happen (don't forget the rental car).

Please send me a pic of you! I'd like to see how you're looking. Also, send me one of Jake in his gear - maybe in action - Tom @ football or Scouts, Eme in her cheerleading gear. Also ,the two little boys. And on of them all!

Hang in there, sweetie ... we'll be together again as a family soon. There will be tough times and easy time. We're moving in the right direction!

By the way, I think how awesome you are each day! Say your prayers for help. Also, call on my dad - he'll be glad to help and listen.

Love you beyond words or storeis or any kind - your devoted husband and soldier - Brent

2 Sept 08

Sweetie Pie

I hope you're doing fine - I sure miss you and love you so very dearly! In the coming days it is going to get real busy. The days, as you noted, are slipping fast. There will be one week at the FOB (forward operations base - I believe) which will be a BIOVAC. I'm told we will get short sleep - much like we would in the field. It should be fun and challenging.

But that is a few weeks away. this week we qualify for BRM - the pinnacle of this training cycle, as our Drills have said. My rifle has been ID's as broken - it appears the tirgger spring is not engaging every time. Hence my issues. The company gunsmith was supposed to fix it today but he must still be enjoying Labor Day weekend. we got something of a break for Labor Day, by the way. It was much needed, combined with the break of Sunday and Monday.

Back to BRM. I believe once the rifle is fixed, I'll have no problems qualifying. But reguardless, keep me in your prayers that my eye sight picture will be clear, my grips and stock welds firm and my trigger squeeze smooth so that I will drop many targets. This is really the last large hurdle to overcome. The only other qualifier is the IV stick and of course the test. My AFPT score of 233 is well above Army Standard. As long as I stay healthy, all looks well.

The murals are coming along. I hope you have sent the research I have requested. I don't think I can count on DB because he just doesn't have the eye for it. and we are running out of time and he is stomped for time. I'll send the sketches to you when I can

I'll try to respond to your letters while I wait on the firing line today.

Jake in football - Awesome! how it pains me to know I can't see him in his first game, practices, etc. tell him to always go hard. as they taught us in high school, a mistake made at high speed is much better than being teneative about what you should do - where you should go. So always go hard, you will likely only run 10 yards or so anyway, so it isn't hard to go ard if you will it in your mind.

Also, keep your butt down and your head and shoulders elevated. this applies to your stance and when you go to tackle someone. Well, listen to your coaches, practice your stance and firing out at home for a few minutes each day and you'll do fine.

Tom in Flag Football 0 FUN! Again, I wishi I could see and be there to help. Enjoy it! It is really quite different from Real football - all in time. Have fun in Cub Scouts at pack 777. I doubt the ward will start it.

Eme in cheerleading - WOW! Have fun and cheer lots. I'm sure you'll have lots of friends and do well.

Neat to hear Solberg is spreading the word. And pretty cool you met the DE.

Sounds like you're gearing up to afford to be here. The cost is high, but I'm glad you're coming. Good job on your wordart. Outstanding! It will be goo to visit with you in person!

I'm sure you'll be used accordingly while there in the ward.

Yes, arrive on the 1st, get a hotel off base (you can't stay on base) and get a rental car. Then we'll hang out.

I do remember our time in nursery. That was probably my favorite calling in many ways. I guess it was because I got to serve with with you! But the children - they sure soaked up the gospel and reflected out the product - love. Particularly that of the Savior's love for us.

Yes, being at church on Sunday is such a blessing. I'd do near anything to get there. My feelings and sensitivities of the Spirit come back on line there. It is nothing liek a family ward, but it recharges the soul and allows us to feel the spirit. I also have met a few other guys who are going to OCS at the same time. So that is neat.

It is a long time to go without a hug, a kiss - just to see you and talk with you. It will be a nice visit. At least we'll be able to talk on the phone regularly and then I'll visit and Christmas (we'll have to pay for that, too - but we should get a military cut for that). And then you'll come out to the commissioning ceremony 0 and we can be with each other again! And then we should be able to go to our assignment and be together as a family. It will surely be sweet!

"Sacrifice bring for the the blessings of heaven..." we sang my favorite song at church Sunday. I lost it there. The sacrifice of being away from you all is sometimes very difficult. But I know that this sacrifice does bring forth the blessings from our father in Heaven. And I know that there are many blessings we don't recognize at this time.

That blog is a pretty neat idea. It will be easy for family to visit.

Hey, have you set up the other computers yet? In that way you can do things faster online. Also, I maybe able to have you send me the laptop for use at OCS. Not sure, something to think about.

I'm glad you all have fun at the airport. yea, I've been there. I didn't know you were afraid of airplanes! Anyway, glad you all had fun - even you!

Well, I'm not sure if you have sent that research, but please do! You can leave out the american flag, but please send the rest. I will need ti if I have any hope of completing the murals!

Babygirl, I love you more than my words can convey. And of course, each one of our children, too! I love and miss you. I look forward to my leave at Christmas. It will surley be good.

Take care - say hi to family and a "thanks" for allowing us to stay there! Love Brent

02 Sept 08

Here is a news article that I found on the bus Sunday. My pals at church are in the 1/46th but Golf Company. this article is about them, but I thought it was just as much about me. thought it would be a good thing for the scrapbook.

Make sure you give the XXXXX a call and see how things are going. And a "thank you" card to them would be great.

Well, gotta run!

Love from your devoted husband! Brent

Saturday, August 30, 2008

30 Aug 08

Sweetie Pie

How are you doing babygirl?!! I hope all is weel and you are surviving life at your parents house. I know it is a sacrifice most especially on your part - having to make life adjustments after 12 years living in the established family setting that you and I developed. I admire your flexibility - espcially in the light of the fact that it isn't within your normal personality strenght! Hang in there sweetie pie - a few more months and we'll be starting on a new exciting and challenging part of life upon graduation of OCS!

I had an exciting day yesterday. we marched to a nearby site that has the computer rifle shooting range. I don't like it - I shot better on the real range, but I managed to qualify - just barely. Luckily, I do better in real shooting. And that is good because graduation hangs upon BRM certification! So please pray specifically for me on that point. Probably you won't receive this letter in time as we qualify on Wed, 03 Sep 08 - but hey, it's the thought that counts!

Anyway, there were a couple generals and a colonel, who are pretty high up on the line, who made an inspection. I was waiting in line to go in to shoot, when out came the 3 star general, a brigadier (one star) General and the Colonel. Attention was caled and they walked by to say hi to 5 young (well, except me!) recruits training at BCT. They said hi to each one of us (tough to really engage someone when standing at attention!). They asked how old we were (17, 18, 18, 18, 36!) What our MOS's were and such. They were pleased to hear I was going OCS. In fact, I got to talk to one of the generals - the brigader for a reasonably lenghtly amount of time. He asked what I had my degree in and hwere I went to school. It was a pretty neat experience and one that will probably be a while in repeating!

Our captain was nearby and after he shook hands with the generals (I actually spoke more with them than he did!) I get to speak with our captain, too, which I hadn't been able to do yet.

Oh, before I go on, I was in several pictures of the meet and greet in progress. It would be cool to have that pic! It was quite a rush, but very stressful.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

28 Aug 08

I just received conformation from our Sr. Drill sgt Boer on the time. Family day is indeed 02 Oct and graduation is indeed 03 Oct. He also confirmed that on the 3rd of Oct, I will be heading directly to Benning (bussed to Louisville, flying to Benning). so plan to arrive on 01 Oct, check into your hotel, hang out till they release me, we'll hang out on the 2nd, you'll got back to the hotel, we'll do graduation probably in the AM of the 3rd, we'll get to take some pics for a few memories (they say 20 minutes). I'll load on the bus to the airport, and then off to Benning. Good news is I'll have my phone back by then. Hopefully I'll find somewhere to charge the phone at the airport!

Reserve a local hotel now before gone. I hould have serveral days in which I can talk freely prior to OCS starting. and I should be able to talk easily on the weekends. We'll see what the restrictions are.

I had a rough day yesterday. we were grouping yesterday and had to put not just 5 in a gourp, but it had to be dead center in 4 cm circle (about 2 inches). I got several groupings, but they weren't dead center. I finally got it , but it took me probably 60-70 rounds. Very frustrating.

Part of it was the M-16. It has been fired a great deal and beat up a great deal as well. There is a piece called the "seer" which is basically a trigger set to allow for an easier pull. But, occassionally, instead of just doing one pull, it would shoot 2 shots in close succession. So that 5 shot grouping was wasted. My rifle was adjusted at least 6 times. so the hitch was I wasn't getting back into the same steady position each time. Well, long story shot - I finally got it , but it was frustrating.

Now today is a different story. We are on one of the army's most prestigious firing ranges. It is a 30 million dollar course. It has the targets that pop up and down. So you shoot 20 rds supported on a sandbag (5 at 75 m, 10 at 175 M and 5 at 300 M) Well, that's a long way - 3 football fields (a yard is 3 ft and a meter is about 34 feet, I'm told). I shot first and did pretty good.

Supported Unsupported

75 M 5/5 4/5
175 M 9/10 4/10 (ouch!)
300 M 3/5 2/5


That is a go to qualify overall for BRM (Basic Rifle Markship) which you need to graduate. You have to have 23/40. But the targets pop up more random than these here today. So have everyone pray that I'll continue toe shoot good!

My PT is doing well. we're not getting smoked as much so we can train in the evenings in the bay. we, as a company, haven't earned the WHITE phase, and ensuing privledges as we whould have at this point. But, I'm trying to do 200 good form pushups daily and my sit ups. In my PT test, which if I hadn't said it, was 3rd best in the platoon! My scores were:

43 Pushups - 66%
62 Sit Ups - 82%
14:56 Run - 81%

I think these % aren't accurate, but the numbers are.

There is an award for scores of 90 in each category. i'm gunning for that at the minimum. I can surley do (50) P/U's with good form. That ws a fluke the other day. I'm timing at 65 S/U in 2 minutes, but I can do more. I can do 70 in 2:15 or so. So, I just need to increase the speed. 76 is 100%. I need to hsave about 40 seconds off my run time to get to 90%. I can do that. Anyway, that is good too!

Well, keep the letters coming. This Sunday I won't be able to go to our church becuase we do a combined Christian service. So, I won't get any emails for 2 Sundays. so, please send letters until then exclusively.

Well, I better write Mom and Dad back.

Love, Brent

PS. I got to give a guy in the platoon a blessing of comfort and I've handed out a Book of Mormon too!

PSS. We went to White Phase TODAY!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

27 Aug 08


I hope you are all doing well. I wish I could hang out, but hey, I'm here to train to become a soldier...and that takes time.

Before I fortet, I have a large request. I should have asked for it last week, but I thought the Drill Sgt would have it for me by now. I need some research to finish some of the murals. Here is a list:

* An unfurled (flowing in the breeze) American flag. the field needs to be on the left and preferably it trails down to the right bottom. It should be "wavy".

*A picture of each main branch of the military insignia: IE - Aviation, Armor, Military Police, Artillery, ect. You can go to the army site for that if nothing else.

*A picture of a wolf - one laying down and one running.

*A picture of a pitbull dog - front view - one running & one standing like for a shot from a dog show.

*A picture of a bulldog - running, frontal

*A picture of a rottweiler - running

*Also on each of these species, if you can get one of them barring their teeth - that would be outstanding.

*And of course, the 3 sisters view from melakwa.

Well, that should complete the research for me to finish the murals. I'll send you the sketch work when I can. Again, hopefully you'll be able to see them in person. At minimum, bring the camera and I'll take pics of them. Thank you for doing that. I'm going to run out of time if I can't get cracking soon. If you can turn tail the same day you get this letter and pop it back to me, that would be outstanding! I won't have it for Sunday, but maybe I can start on Monday night if the mail gets here that fast. Just copy, paste and print, or I guess get 1 hour photos made if it's easier. Try not to get pics of black pitbulls or bulldogs. the rottweiler - you have no choice. the are black. But try to lighten the pic in order to get a good view of the anatomy. these need to be real pictures of these animals.

Sorry I have to ask you to do this, but to complete the task, I'm gonna need some outside help, as the Drills are too busy to do the research. they work 18 hour days - crazy stuff. I'm sure I'll have long days, but plenty of good time and flexibility from time to time as well.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

26 Aug 08 - Thomas


How is my Tom-Tom? Thanks for the letter. It sounds like you're having fun and doing well. Thanks much for writing me - it helps me do well here at BCT. You should see my uniform today - Kevler Helmet (ACH), body armor - very heavy - (IBA), elbow pads and knee pads , LBV (Load bearing best) and of course my M-16. We shot them today for the first time.

Take care of your little sister, Tom. She has 2 big brothers to take care of her - that is your job. I know it is kinda funny that she is afraid of such a little dog, but we all get afraid of certain thing.

And, would you like it if someone made fun of you for being afraid? Anyway, take care of you little sister.

Tom Tom, have fun in school and make lots of new friends. I hope you have some new frinds at church too. Keep writning me - I love you Tomahawk!

Love, Dad.

26 Aug 08 - Eme


Thank you so much for the pretty drawings and colorings - I realy apprecitate that from you! Please send me more when you can.

I hope you are having fun with Grandma Lyn, Papa Steve, and all the rest of family. I'm sure you're making new friends (as you are quite good at it!)

I hope you do well in 1st grade this year. I'm sure you will! Do your best, listen to your teacher, and you will do great!

I know your big brothers pick on you a lot, but you need to try and help them out. By doing that, eventually they'll stop and start being mature brothers.

I gotta go to be, but I love you very much! Super dad hugs! Love, Dad.

26 Aug 08 - Jacob


It was so nice to get a letter from you! How are you liking Oregon and living at Grandma and Papa's house? I hope you are doing well. It sounds like you all are doing well.

Swimming up North fork (did you catch any crawdad's?), and the lake, and ATV'ing on the dunes with Papa, and hanging out with Aunt Sue, and such.

I hope you have some new friends at church. It won't be long and you'll be in school. Do your best and listen to your teachers instructions - all the time and you will do very well from the start, as you are a smart guy.

I hear you are waning to do football - that is awesome! it will help you be in good shape. It will be hard at times, but it will be mostly fun. I tell you, my practices in football in high school have helped me a great deal to be prepared for the army. Just remember - always keep your head up in the air when you tackle or block someone. The main way you do that is drop your butt down at the same time. and always go full speed - even if you're not sure where to go. Have fu nand play hard! I wish I was there to help you with it. Biship Mitchell was a good football player. ask him for some help.

You should see my unifor right now. Do you remember that Army Guy on my desk? That is how I pretty much look right now. The bullet - proof vest (well, maybe not totally bullet froof) the helmet, the LBV (load bearing vest), canteens & helmet (ACH - armor combat helmet) and of course, the ACU's (Army combat uniform) I also have on elbow and knee pads. we did our grouping work with the M-16 today. I got mine on the 1st time!

I hope you got my birthday card for you! Happy Birthday! Sorry I can't be there for it. I'm sure you'll have a good time!

Keep writing me a letter from time to time and let me know who you're doing. I do enjoy getting a letter from you.

Oh - please dont' make fun of your sister - especially when she's scared. You wouldn't like it if someone made fun of you when you were scared, would you?

Big brothers have to take are of little sisters - that is the job! And everyone always says when they see our picutre - ooohhh, I bet those brothers take care of her! So, do the best you can!

Keep having fun, do your best, say your prayers daily and read the scriptures daily, listen to Mom and all the other adults. Be kind to your brothers and sister. I love you very much! Take care, Love, Dad

26 Aug 08

Well, we got an early start today and loaded our rucksacks (actually last night) and were on a 5k march. It is a fast pace. I'm sitting here waiting for chow, and it is first rays of dawn so I can barley see. I got a lot of mail last night! Yea! It is always a treat.

Well, I just got back from chow. Got some left overs from some other gouys who didn't want it. If there is extra food when we do these "meals on wheels" as I like to call it, i'll eat it because you don't get a great deal of food.

It was so good to get the mail! I'll try to remember your questions.

Yes, I have had the watch for the past week or so. THANK YOU!

Tell Jake that I'm real excited that he is trying to play football. Just tell him to play hard and listen to his coaches. He'll be on the line for sure.

As for purchasing stuff here, I could - but they don't hardly let us go to the PX. But, I don't expect to have you send me anything of size.

Having said that last statement, can you send me this size of notepad? Just 1 would hold me well for now. I'll buy more when i can get to the PX in the next few weeks.

As for graduation and starte date - it is 02 Oct to 03 Oct. Family day (the day, you definitely want to be at as we can hang out for 10 hours) is oct 2nd. Graduation is on Oct 3rd. Hopefully I won't leave right way. I'll try to find out becuause I think OCS report date is Oct 8th. But set the date. I'm glad you have the funds set aside.

Great job on cutting more weight - WOW! An all time low for you! I can't wait to see how great you look! I'm really proud of you!

It is great to hear that you are walking as a family. that will be great for everyon'es health and build unity. And exercise for you!

Well, I can't remember anything else from your letters off hand, so I'll tell you my day so far. Up at 4 am (acutally just before because someone work me up early). It is now 11 am and we have already marched 5k with loaded pack, ate "meals on wheels' received firinig instructions and the qualified for group, no shots. I did my 5 for 5 on the 1st time! that's pretty cool, eh? Many of these guys didn't. we did this as a company. the M-16 has basically the same caliber as a .22, but a little more of a kick. Not too bad to fire at all. Basically, the girth of the rifle is the forward hand grip. it keeps you from getting burnt, as the rifle heats up quite a bit apparently.

Looking back at your letters for more responses.

Yes, family day is the 2nd of october. Look to get in the area early. You'll probably want to travel the 1st, get a hotel for about 3 nights or so. tell you what. Let me talk to the Drills about it and OCS - That is what it boils down to. but it is the 2nd for family day. Graduation ceremony on the 3rd.

Yes, got the stamps - all set for a while.

Dow't figure on sending anything else on your end. thanks for all you've sent!

I've heard from Fan - thanks.

Please send addresses of family, although if they don't write, I won't write, and Basic will be over soon.

BCT (Basic) started on 01 Aug and ends 03 Oct. Each Friday marks the beginning of the week for us techinaclly, so do the math on your end.

I'll tyr to get pictures sent to you of the finished murals. Maybe when you come the Drills will escort you in to take pics. I can send the sketches too.

Yeah, NBC was not fun. that tear gas chokes you and burns your eyes real bad. But you come out of it fast, really.

As for being up high on the Confidence Course, there were some large pads at the bottom, but yea, falling down would have really hurt! Not was bad as it may sound.

And it wasn't ninja stuff - it is mixed martial arts - much closer to wrestling.

I'm gonna try and register to vote too. I'm not sure about getting Oregon Plates - just let's play by ear.

Well, I think I answered everything - gotta go to bed. Oh, by the way, I did my 5 shot grouping on the 1st time. Probably only 25% of the company did that! I'll write more soon - we'll see you in about a month! Love, your devoted husband - Brent

Monday, August 25, 2008

25 Aug 08

Sweetie Pie

How are you doing? I hope you, kids and extended family are doing well. I sure missed your letters last week. I hope to get a letter or two from you tonight.

We're on the bus heading to a battalion photo. apparently, the last time this battalion was photographed was in WWI. We'll have near 1900 recruits, NCO's and Officers assembled. It will be pretty neat.

I've had to eat two meals out of the back of a truck today. that translates to minimal food. It is a good meal, but it often ends up being a fast meal with Drills yelling at you, more often. And I didn't even geat any fruit! I had 5 minutes to throw it down. I normally need to eat 3-4 fruits a meal if I can to have sufficient good energy to go about the day.

We wore our IBS (ceremic chest armor - very heavy and restrictive) for much of the day. Man, it really drained me! We started on qualifying on the M-16 today by initial training. we'll have a streneous next week or so from what I understand.

Actually, our captain told us after the photo that the last photo was taken in 1908! And this is the 1st time the battalion has been full up of companies since about 10 years ago. Pretty neat stuff, eh? Maybe in a few weeks you can google 1/46th infantry battalion and see if the photo is posted. I'm not sure if we'll get a chance to purchase it.

Love, your devoted husband, Brent

25 Aug 08

Sweetie Pie

Howdy...I hope all is well! I'm doing pretty good here. I had a real nice time at church. since the congregation was split, the meetings were more enjoyable. You could hear the speakers! What is cool is the talks from a soldier's point of view. The parallels were many. there was a sergent who is here teaching a class who is in a branch presidency in California. He gave a talk on the things in history that took place to make this nation form, also, he demonstrated how Joseph & Lucy Mac came from revolutionary war heros. Just cool stuff!

One of the guys I met at church who is going to OCS same time as me is Andy XXXXX. They live in Sweet Home, and they do Reenacting too! His Wife and young boy. He is going to get your contact info to her so you two might be able to be of support to each other. Maybe even meet up in eugene and hang or something.

I was hoping to get an email or two from you today from the sister at church. Let me give you her email (which is slightly different than the one I gave you last week ...) - RE: SPC BRENT HARTY

It would be good to get an email or two from you on Sunday, but it is great to stand and get mail from the drill sgts! Please send is a real highlight and boost, even if a short letter.

Guess what...I'm doing art at basic! Who would have thought that! I have several murals I'm designing and wating for drill sgt to do some research for me. I'll keep you posted, but the 1st sergeant and captain even have seen my sketches and are impressed!

Well, it's late - gotta sleep. I look forward to hear from you. As always, your loving and ever faithful husband, Love Brent.

PS I Miss You!

Friday, August 22, 2008

22 Aug 08

Babygirl -

We did our testing to end red phase today. Two sum ups - I did pretty good. the company did very poor and as a company we are still in red phase - oh well!

My push ups - I had 7-10 that didn't count. I only did 42. that is 62%. My sit ups were good - 62. That is like 83%. and my 2 mile was the real surprise - 14:56! that is also 85% or so! I still feel by the end of 9 weeks, I can max out PU to 75, sit ups to 76 and now my 2 mile to 14:15 or so. that would be a PT stud!

Then the tests I did very well in too. But, everyone as a whole did so poor, we're going to have to re-do today. Which is fine. And then there was a 2 hour or so smoke session in the Pit. I compare it to football 2 a days. those were tougher than this, so I'm ok with it. the only bad thing is getting mega dirty clothes!

We found out that our platoon did the best at land navigation - so that was cool! And my group of 5 completed our with time to spare.

By the way - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WATCH! AWESOME! It is so nice to have it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! It is perfect for my needs in basic.

Did the stuff w/ Ron and the house tie up? Keep me posted on that.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing you on family day - 02 Oct 08. And then graduation on 03 Oct 08. I'm not sure if I shop directly to Benning on the 3rd or not. Maybe we can spend another evening together! Lets keep an ear to the ground. Remember, get Southwest for flexibility and start looking for hotesl. I'm looking forward to heading out to dinner, sitting down, and savoring the food. Right now, I have 5 mintues or so to shove down my meal - and try to aviold the drill sgts ire!

That is funny about Eme - Who is Fred Meyer? My cutie pie!

Married to the sounds cool. I'm glad you're networking there. That will be important.

Glad to hear nutrition plan is going well. I'm looking forward to doing mine again in OCS - or in branch training.

Loved the pics - keep 'em coming!

Tell my Jimmy that I'm missing him too! And of course the others. Is school gearing up?

I'm doing well, but I can't motivate these guys. I can inspire, but if someone doesn't want help - one cannot help! Oh well. I'll graduate from Basic - some of them may not.

Thanks for the standings. I only need the national leauge though. Don't care about the American Leauge. I finally got a letter from Fan. My first letter didn't make it.

Mummy III sounds cool - that is a definite buyer! I'll watch it when i get back.

Joe's cake was cool! I'm glad he is proud of me being in the army - give him a big hug and a "hooah!" from me!

I love that crawdaddy hole up by Mapelton. Wish I could have come.

Look forward to seeing the Passage to Zarahemla.

Sounlds like were leading the way with medals, but China has more Golds. Fan told me about the Olympics.

Has the paycheck come yet? Keep an eye on it. If not, get a hold of the office in Euege and have them check.

I can only visit the on base "ward". But I hope you got the letter about emails. Maybe that is why I didn't get mail the last 2 days!

Thanks again for the socks! They are very nice!

Prayer - I pray in formation all the time as I'm standing at attention or Parade rest all the time. It is the only thing of value to do during those times. But yea, prayed pretty good. Scripture study - tougher to do - I'll keep trying to do as much as possible.

Oh, I got a letter from Elder Oaks c0ngratulation me for my service. I'll save it for you (I'm saving all my letters - it will be a nice journal. Please save the ones I send you)

Keep the Atomic Kissis going with Jimmy - Tell him they are really from me, but that you are just giving him the ones I set aside to save for him while I am gone!

Yep, doing well - my body has adjusted. Keep up the prayers though. Still have 6 full weeks to go!

How is Scouts going? don't delay - now is the time to get going on it. Fi the church won't start a pack - get Tom in pack 777. Jake should be fine in 11 year olds, but make sure you track it. Our goal for him (expectation, I guess) is 1st class in one year. He should be able to do that by next year after summer camp.

Well, I need sleep. Gotta go. but, I'll put in a "card" for Jake's B-day. LOVE, your ever devoted and love struck husband. Brent