Sunday, July 5, 2009
Watch Your 6!
U.S. Marines prepare to depart for the Helmand River Valley as part of a large-scale mission. An additional 21,000 U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan before the country's upcoming election, pushing totals near 68,000, twice as many as were there in 2008.
The Helmand River is the longest river in Afghanistan. The Helmand Valley is located in the southwestern portion of Afghanistan and occupies about one-fourth of the total area of the country. Average yearly rainfall in the valley area is about four inches. The valley is in the temperate zone with an elevation varying between 1,500 and 3000 feet. Temperatures range from 18 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity is low, and strong dry winds frequently blow in the westerly portion of the valley during July and August.
May Almighty God watch over these brave warriors.
May Almighty God give each of them strength.
May Almighty God be with the families, who love them so.