Over at In Iraq for 365 he has a great post about a 13 year old boy Iraqi boy named Logan.
MOSUL, Iraq ? If the Army had an adopt-a-child program, Logan would be the poster child. For more than a year, the 13-year-old boy, who contends he?s 13 and a half, has lived and worked with Coalition forces at a forward operating base in Mosul. The boy speaks four languages and his official title at the FOB is translator and supervisor, but he is a Soldier at heart.
?I love American Soldiers. I want to help them in every way possible, because without them we (Iraqis) would have nothing,? said Logan, who also speaks Turkish, Arabic and Kurdish and is currently learning Spanish. ?When Saddam ruled Iraq, he would kill somebody for speaking English or Kurdish. Things were very bad, but now we are much happier and I can speak all my languages freely.?
Not a day goes by that Logan doesn?t use his four languages. At the FOB, he helps Soldiers with more than 50 workers, who maintain buildings, electricity and plumbing.
There is much more so go check it out.
On a side note, 2Slick is heading home from Iraq finally, is retiring from the Army and it sounds like he may be hanging up his blog. That would be a shame since he writes so much better then 90% of us. Have a safe trip home Captain and good luck with the transition to civilian life