I've "gone dark" over the past month, waiting for solid news, but I'm sure my (two) readers are dying for an update, so here are a few more details:
It's looks like I'll be departing Minneapolis on February 6th and returning on February 20th. With travel time and bureaucracy this means about one week of actual embed time in the field.
I will be embedding with Bravo Company 2/136 Infantry, part or the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th "Red Bull" Division (Minnesota Army National Guard). This unit is based in Crookston and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and I am official credentialed as a journalist for the Crookston Daily Times. I will also be filing with a variety of other local newspapers and a couple of military magazines.
At this point I have all my paperwork filed with the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) in Iraq, and I'm waiting for my orders to get cut... hopefully I'll be 100% confirmed in the next several days...
Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)
Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/03/arrival_alignright_v.php