MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - One of the recurring themes of my conversations with senior Army and Marine Corps leaders in Iraq was effusive praise for Bravo Company 2/136 in particular, and the Minnesota Army National Guard in general. The following two video clips are senior Marine Corps commanders that were willing to speak on camera about the job that the Minnesota troops have done.
Major General Zilmer the commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), with over 40,000 Marines and all of Western Iraq under his command for the past year. It seemed noteworthy to me that he was even aware that 200 Army soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were under his command, but he had more to say than that:
Colonel Bristol the commander of the II MEF (FWD) Headquarters Group, was Bravo Company's direct commander on Camp Fallujah, as well as being essentially the mayor of Camp Fallujah, a city of over 10,000 American's in a very hostile neighborhood. Colonel Bristol personally participated on many Bravo Company missions in the past 6 months, and he got to know many of the men in Bravo Company personally:
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