Surprise Christmas phone call received from Nate
What a wonderful Christmas present for the Salatin family this year!
Nate's parents received a special Christmas gift when he was able to phone home on Friday, Dec. 22, and again on Saturday, Dec. 23, to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It was a complete surprise because his Unit had been out of touch for weeks, and they weren't expecting to hear from him until after the holidays. He was able to talk with his parents and siblings and, though hopeful of being on base through Christmas Day, his Unit received orders they were heading out again on Dec. 24. He was somewhere in the desert of Iraq on Christmas Day.
We in America enjoyed a peaceful Christmas safe in our homes because of our troops in Iraq and around the world ... men like Nate ... who were far from home fighting the war on terrorism there so we don't have to face it here.
Because they are on patrol they don't have regular access to telephones or computers or mail service so communication has been sketchy. It's winter now and extremely cold. For the past several weeks Nate and his Unit lived in their vehicles as they kept watch over the area between Syria and Baghdad which sees the heaviest traffic from foreign terrorists slipping into Iraq. As I've described before, Nate's Unit sweeps for mines and IEDs on the roadways and, while they've thankfully not had any fatalities, a bomb exploded recently under a vehicle that caused injuries.
Nate's family sent a Christmas package to him that included some Christmas ornaments so he decorated the inside of his military vehicle with those! Knowing Nate is to know optimism in the face of adversity.
Nate's parents relayed the following to their network of family and friends:
Thank you again for upholding Nate in prayer, and supporting him in so many other ways. He sounded good on the phone. Thank you, also, for remembering our family in prayer. Both the burden of concern for Nate, and the support of so many caring friends are very real to us. Nate is now just over half way through his twelve months of active duty.
No matter how you feel about the war in Iraq please support our troops. They need to know America is behind them in their efforts to keep us free.
Be safe, Nate. God bless....
Lance Cpl. Nate Salatin, 21, from Augusta County, VA, is currently serving with the United States Marine Corps in Iraq. Past posts about him include Merry Christmas Nate ... Semper Fi, Christmas, Nate, Happy Thanksgiving, Nate, Nate, 9/11 ... a Nation Remembers.