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December 2007

Spiritual Warfare Needed - SPC Michael D. Hauser

Okay, we need to amp up the prayers and positive thoughts for a soldier who just arrived at Walter Reed on the 21st.

SPC Michael Hauser was on a foot patrol in Baqubah, Iraq about four weeks ago when a suicide bomber walked up and detonated her explosive device.  Peppered with shrapnel, a larger piece entered Michael's brain above his right eye.  Seven others on the patrol were wounded, too.

Michael, in a coma but alive, was evacuated to Germany where his family met him.  Michaels mom and dad, brother, wife and daughter all were at Landstuhl waiting for Michael to get well enough to go back to the States.  Unfortunately, he developed pneumonia.  And further, the American hospital at Landstuhl couldn't perform a new lifesaving procedure because it hadn't been approved by the FDA.  So, the Germans performed it brilliantly at Regensburg.  More from Soldiers' Angel Mary Ann:

I met them when they arrived in Germany about 3 weeks ago. Ray & Margie (mom and Dad), wife Rachel (5 month-old daughter Kyli). Michael's brother Dan (a deployed Marine) was sent here on a Red Cross.

They spent about a week of that time in a German hospital, where Michael was treated with a device invented there known as a Novalung, which removes CO2 from the blood. It's not yet FDA approved so not in use at Landstuhl.

Michael responded to the treatment, and was able to return to Landstuhl.  Finally, he was flown to WR yesterday.  Dan was able to fly with him in the medevac plane. The other day Michael showed some signs of consciousness while Ray and Margie were with him.

It's a miracle and a blessing they are all now on American soil for Chirstmas,  but we need all the prayers we can get for this young hero...

Ray, Mike's father, served in both the Marines and the Navy.  Dan's wife is also a Marine.  This is a phenomenal family.  Here is a message from Ray:

Hi.. on 12/21/07 @ 1:12 pm (German time) Brother Dan accompanied Army Brother Mike to Washington,D.C. via C-17 from Landstuhl , Germany.  Jen (Dans Wife ) also a Marine flew on a C-5. Margie, MYSELF, Rachel & 5 mo old Kyli took off on 12/22 on a Boeing 777 @ 1 pm German time (7 am eastern time) & arrived at Washington-Dulles Airport at 4 pm eastern time. We were all at the Walter Reed Hospital at 5:30 pm 12/22.

Mike is still in a SEDATED COMA. BRAIN EXTREMELY SWOLLEN on RIGHT SIDE. BODY is SHIVERING as has COLD THERMAL BLANKET on HIM to keep down His FEVER. Has 3 DRAINAGE TUBES on HIS BRAIN. 1 LEFT SIDE,1 RIGHT side & 1 in the Back. Has been given a DRUG to help Him forget the TRAGIC INCIDENT in IRAQ 11/27/07. The DOCTORS call it MILK OF AMNESIA.

He is to get a NEW BED which is similar to the one He had in Landstuhl , Germany. It Shakes & can turn Right to Left. NO TRACHEOTOMY Yet, as to WEAK to BREATHE on His own. is on a RESPIRATOR. Has Feeding Tube to INTESTIONAL TRACK for NOURISHMENT. Has DRAINAGE TUBE into STOMACH.  We all PRAY for a GOOD RECOVERY . KEEP THE PRAYERS COMING.

May You all have GREAT HOLIDAYS.. SAW the BILLS lose to the GIANTS and the Nasty weather brewing in BUFFALO,New York. Hope YOU have a WHITE CHRISTMAS.. 


Since many of you will be attending Church tonight, see if you can ask your ministers and clergy to add Michael to the prayer list.  Maybe, we can get thousand of thoughts and prayers out tonight for the Hausers.  Many of you ask what you can do to help.  Well, right now, prayers and positive thoughts are the best that we can do.  Time for some serious Spiritual Warfare, people.

For more information, see these articles at The Buffalo News here, here, and here.

I'll post more information as it comes in.

Thank you.

Merry Christmas

To all of you who've made a difference this year, thank you.  Just got word that donations from Blackfive readers paid for a Friday night out for the troops at Walter Reed - so if you donated to the VFW at Walter Reed, THANK YOU.

To all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, AND Civilians overseas, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.  My family will enjoy a safe one this year because of you.  I hope you know that Christmas will just not be the same until you are home safe and sound.

Again, in case you haven't seen it, some wonderful bloggers want to wish you a Merry Christmas, too!

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Merry Christmas!  And may God bless you all and the United States of America!

Prayers in Iraq

Our friends at Daily KOS have a warning for you.


Bibles and guns. Copies of the Koran and guns...

Could it be any plainer ?

You might call the image, to the right, the ghost of Christmas future. Let me suggest a productive frame for the picture which depicts a parallel that is both real but which has not yet fully emerged as a dominant dynamic.

The dynamic is that of religious war, a phenomenon that has an old and evil history especially in the Middle East.

But, that future - religious war - does not have to prevail. It is a danger as long as there are US troops in Iraq, because  US troops in basic training, as detailed in a new Military Religious Freedom Foundation report, are being indoctrinated in the ideology of religious war and the cultivation of the mentality of religious war...

I've got a military-issued Bible.  The cover is in ACU pattern, and it has the heraldry of the Third Infantry Division.  Unlike our friends at DK, I've actually attended US-military chaplain-led religious services in Iraq.  Would you like to know what we were told?

There was indeed a certain amount of talk from the chaplain about the proper attitude for soldiers towards the situation in Iraq.  We were directed to pray for peace, and the healing of the land; and to celebrate the brotherhood of men.

Who do you suppose protected the Shi'a pilgrims at Ashura this past year?  Or the ten thousand Iraqis who went on Hajj this year, without incident?  Our brothers in the Iraqi Army; and we ourselves.

I hope all Americans enjoy a Merry Christmas, and a fine Yuletide.  For the people of Iraq, I can think of no better prayer than that the chaplain gave me:  that their land may finally know peace; and that Americans and the good people of Iraq, in future days, will regard each other as brothers. 

Some of us already do.

To All A Merry Christmas...

ChristmasnightmagichouseTo all of you:

I wish to send you a message of Peace and Goodwill, that you may all have the best Christmas ever.

To my brethren far from home:  God speed, stay safe, and thank you all.  May the Spirit of Christmas watch over you and your families while you are away.  You are in I and my family's thoughts and prayers always.

To the fellows here at BlackFive, I have a special 'bestowment' that I'd like to send...

Continue reading "To All A Merry Christmas..." »

The Fighting 69th

A note from Badger 6 still in Iraq

CPT Sean Michael Flynn, and Army Officer and OIF vet, has written a book about the unit he deployed with, the Fighting 69th of the New York Army National Guard.


Viking Press provided me an advance copy.  I have written a review which is posted


How can you not love a book about the Fightin' 69th?

Christmas In Iraq: Underway

Just a quick note for now, to say that I have arrived safely in Baghdad. The flight in on Gryphon Air from Kuwait was wonderful, the Rhino ride much better for sitting up front (not saying the back end bounces, ah, yeah, I am...), and things have gone smoothly from a logistics standpoint. For those that need to know, first phase Operation Homecoming is complete with assets secured and in place.

More soon.