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Marti reports from Iraq

TALLIL AIRBASE, CAMP ADDER, Iraq — Remember Sgt Adam Marti?

He’s the Minnesota National Guard Soldier with New Ulm roots who proposed to his fiance, Heather Rock, via live satellite feed in front of more than 45,000 major league baseball fans on Sept 30, 2006 (Military Appreciation Day) at the Twins-White Sox game at the Metrodome

Marti recently provided an e-mail update from the cold, muddy winter sands of Iraq

That’s right cold Winter temperatures dip into the 30s at night and climb into the 50s during the day

Winter brings the only measurable rain of the year, turning that part of the world into a big mud pit, according to Marti

The 1-125th Battalion Military Liaison Officer, Marti represents 125th Battalion interests and ensures information from higher commands reaches the proper battalion decision-makers

He acknowledges his job of keeping information flowing between Minnesota and Iraq is safer and often less dramatic than those of other Soldiers who protect bases and convoys Still, his work is important “My job dealing with information keeps me connected to what is going on here and at home, plus I can see the national news daily, but it’s mostly about Iraq,” Marti said

Marti admitted much of his free time is spent talking to his fiancee and family via a Voice-Over Internet Phone or communicating by e-mail

He learned of President Bush’s three-month troop extension orders from home before he heard it from military sources in Iraq

“It’s unfortunate, but the past can’t be changed,” Marti said “My view is that I still have a job to do so I focus on keeping my life moving forward instead of seeing it as a delay”

His fiancee was disappointed by the extension that would move their planned marriage in July back a bit

“It doesn’t change our commitment to each other,” Marti said

Marti receives care package from Rock, his family and other friends

Marti said he’s thankful for the support Soldiers got when he returned to the US last summer

He escorted a Soldier to Walter Reed Hospital near Washington, DC Their airplane seats were upgraded to first class on each leg Every time they ate at an airport, their meals were paid for by another table

During his leave last June, Marti traveled through Dallas-Fort Worth where all Soldiers were greeted with people who cheered and shook their hands

“I was astonished and extremely grateful to see the number of new groups offering services to help troops and their families,” Marti said “All the support can be overwhelming I am satisfied knowing my actions protect the freedoms I believe in”

Adam’s brother Ryan is a paramedic stationed in Scania, Iraq

Their parents are Jean Marti of Mankato and Frank Marti of Montana Grandparents are Don and Myrtle Brand and Eleanor Marti of New Ulm

By Fritz Busch, New Ulm Journal
1/23/07

Source: www.nujournal.com



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