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Resident in Iraq is doing fine

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Indiana National Guard Staff Sergeant Karen Galloway is looking forward to returning home to Brazil sometime this fall after serving a tour of duty at Camp Speicher, Iraq. Courtesy Photo.
A Brazil resident who is serving in the National Guard while stationed at Camp Speicher, Iraq, wants to let family and friends know she is doing fine and that she should be coming home before the end of the year.

Staff Sergeant Karen Galloway was able to recently participate in an interview through e-mails with The Brazil Times.

A Property Book non-commissioned officer, Galloway's duties make her a "middleman" of property accountability for three units of the Indiana National Guard 1/151st Infantry stationed at the camp. It hasn't given her much time to get out and see Iraq.

"I have not had a chance to get out and meet the people. The only part of the country I have seen is the base where I live," Galloway said. "It is definitely desert around here, lots of sand. Very, very fine sand. It's a killer on the sinuses."

Although she has been limited to the base, Galloway is very clear on what life is like for military personnel and civilians in Iraq.

"All of Iraq is an active zone," she said about always being aware of the surroundings.

Being away from family is difficult, but Galloway says they know what to expect.

"My husband and I are both soldiers. My daughter has been a part of the Army since she was born, so I think we were pretty prepared for a situation like this," she said. "We stay in touch mainly by email, sometimes an occasional phone call."

Expected to return to the United States sometime in the fall, the first thing Galloway wants to do is go somewhere "just to relax and not think about anything."

"I look forward to being with my family and friends, drinking a cold beer, the lack of dust storms, regular clothes -- don't get me wrong, I love putting the uniform on -- and doing my own laundry in Tide."

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Thanks to Karen and her husband for serving and continued prayers that she return safely.

God Bless all of our Troops whether they are home or abroad...

-- Posted by BowlingGreenGuy on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 3:19 PM

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