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‘Thanks for the prayers,’ writes local Marine

Submitted photo/by Lt. Col. G. Sean Metroka "Marine sherpas" shoulder their gear at Camp Commando in Kuwait.
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The threat of war with Iraq has already changed the lives of many Nevada County residents – and the list goes far beyond those called to active duty in recent weeks.

Local citizens have sent their sons, daughters, grandchildren, husbands and wives to a foreign land, aboard an aircraft carrier, or to a military base. We care about the men and women sent to serve our country during these perilous times and we thought you would, too.

This installment of Letters Home begins an occasional series in The Union featuring letters from local people who have been deployed.

The following letter is from Lt. Col. G. Sean Metroka of Nevada City. He left his wife, Margaret, and his three children – Sarah, 16; Andrew, 13; and Adam, 9 – when he was deployed to Camp Commando in Kuwait just before Thanksgiving 2002. He also left his job with the Nevada County Court when he was involuntarily called up from the Marine Corps to active duty.

If you would like to share a part of their letters home with neighbors here in Nevada County, please let The Union know.

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– Dixie Redfearn

11 Feb 2003, 1:22 AM

Hello again:

I apologize for taking so long to write – it has been two weeks since my last update. I’ll tell you truthfully that the reason I haven’t written sooner is I haven’t had enough time. Today’s work day only lasted 16 hours so I decided to write before I hit the rack.

Many things have changed here since my last note. Principally, the camp has quadrupled in size and the lines for chow, haircuts, showers, laundry and almost any other service or activity have become long.

Sometimes it takes an hour in queue to get a meal – some of us have resorted to MRE’s when we don’t have the time to stand in line. The work days continue to range between 16 and 18 hours and I don’t have any trouble falling asleep at the end of the day – must be the dry desert air that make for ideal sleeping conditions.

On a brighter note, with all of the new faces around here, I’ve encountered many old friends. There are several more on there way here. We haven’t watched any movies lately because the schedule hasn’t allowed for it. I have managed a game or two of cribbage nearly everyday and I enjoy the distraction.

This installment of pictures include a shot of Old Glory flying with the Union Jack (British flag) and the Kuwaiti flag. You may realize (from prior pictures) that the Union Jack is a new addition.

We have a great many of our UK “cousins” here and finally posted their flag to show recognition of their service – I’m developing some great friendships among the Royal Marines and Royal Artillery officers working here (Margaret: I’ve invited some of them home – I hope you don’t mind. Stock up on Guinness.)

Also among the pictures are a couple of Marines carrying an embark box as only Marines can, one of me with my friend Rob Terselic, one with the I MEF Commanding General (formerly my Company Commander – when I was a 2ndLt), and a picture of our Commandant when he visited us last week.

I need to get some sleep so I’ll sign off for now. Thanks again for your support and prayers!


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