February 23, 2007 11:00pm (Iraq time)
This morning we all had a wake up call at 4:30am and while we were getting ready we heard a prayer that played outside over a speaker at 5:00am. We're not exactly sure but the information we got was that it plays five times a day. At approximately 7:00am, we were issued military gear consisting of a plated vest, a helmet and special glasses. The total weight of it all was probably 25 pounds. We have to wear this gear around the bases.
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