Wednesday, October 25, 2006

LtCol Wheeler outside his temporary "home" at the Marine Corps History Division. Pre-deployment training and preparations are nearly complete.


At 4:56 PM, Blogger Mark Driscoll said...


We miss you in Syracuse.

The team is doing great.


At 6:59 PM, Blogger Marc said...


We met at Randy's house a couple of weeks ago (Italian guy, bug nose, loud-talker).

Although I wish you needn't be called to duty so far from home, I think your main difficulty will be figuring out how to take it all in in the "brief" (all things being relative) time you're there. There will be a lot for you to learn and enjoy while you're there.

I understand that you are not on a sightseeing vacation, but as an historian, you should sieze what would probably be your only opportunity to visit Babylon. Even better, make your way to the south to an-Nasiriyah (near Tallil Air Base) to visit the ancient Sumerian ruins and Ziggurat of Ur. I toured there with an Iraqi curator during the war and it gave me a much broader perspective on Iraq and the region. He also led me to what he claimed was "the oldest bric arch in the world" and "the birthplace of Abraham" which is now a well preserved foundation (complete with still-functioning water well) and about 2 feet of brick wall on each side.

Be careful.

Marc DiPaolo

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At 10:12 PM, Blogger Samantha West said...

Hello LtCol Wheeler,

I frequent LtCol Covert's blog and I look forward to your posts from your deployment.



At 8:50 PM, Blogger Daveincaz said...


Safe travels over...Dave and Billy Reed


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