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Happy New Years!


Well tonight is New Years Eve, try to make the best of it. I don’t want to repeat myself from the Christmas update, but do your best to have fun, no matter where you are. Yeah it sucks being away, but it can be fun!

When I was in Iraq in 2007, we spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in country. I made it back about a week before Valentine’s Day, so that was nice. On New Years eve, I was standing in line at the phone trailer in South Camp, Camp Fallujah. At the stroke of midnight, the sky beyond the HESCO barriers lit up orange, and in front of me arose a massive fireball. While I was deciding whether or not I should shit myself or run, the sound wave hit the trailer and the area. Dust was knocked off its rest, the phones cut out, and everyone ducked for cover. Someone came running out of the nearby gym, “Is everyone okay?!” he asked me. I told him everyone was fine, and realized the explosion was far enough away to not hurt anyone. Here’s what it looked like:

The end of the world?

I managed to run back to my can and grab my camera to snap this dark, blurry photo of the mushroom cloud.

Apparently, EOD had decided to detonate a midnight 500lb bomb in celebration of New Years.

Anyway, stay safe this weekend and have a Happy New Year!

Infantry Marine turned Combat Artist turned animator turned bestselling author turned dad.

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