Soldier serving in Afghanistan offers his thanks

As I enter the fifth month of my deployment to Kandahar Airfield, the weather has grown cold and wet, often leaving our base a muddy mess.
Although it was difficult for many of us to spend yet another Christmas away from our families and friends, it was comforting to be surrounded by my fellow soldiers and the many civilians who work by our side. In addition, the continued expressions of support from churches, civic organizations and groups like the USO made the Christmas season much more bearable.
I owe a special thanks to my family and friends in Newnan, especially the members of Central Baptist Church who have gone out of their way to support me and my family during this time. I will never forget their kindness.
As for my deployment, my comrades and I are assigned to the Third Infantry Division Headquarters, which is currently the unit responsible for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Regional Command-South (RC-S), in Southern Afghanistan.
A large portion of our mission is to help the Afghan people and security forces function with full independence. Our focus is on strengthening the Afghan government and restoring faith and credibility in the country. This will not only help provide support and good governance to the Afghan people but will ensure they can fight the Taliban insurgency and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorist groups such as al Qaeda.

As I’m sure most of you can imagine, these tasks can be difficult, and we are sure to face many challenges in these endeavors over the coming year. However, with the support and prayers from the American people, I am confident we will be successful in our mission. Thank you for supporting the troops, and Happy New Year.

Major James W. Welch, Newnan


More Opinion

Georgia Says

The Savannah Morning News on beer jobs bill: What goes for bread also goes for beer, sometimes called "liquid bread" — half a loaf is ... Read More


Clear as mud

Physicians have proven there is a direct correlation between the statement, “hey Bubba, hold my beer and watch this,” and multip ... Read More


Out of their comfort zone

Common sense will tell you people don’t like to get out of their comfort zone. In fact, it’s pretty difficult to convince people ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!?: The Newnan City Council is looking into adding a mausoleum at the dow ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on Rolling Stone magazine: Here's how accountability should work in the real world: Professional misconduct ... Read More

What if there were no video?

The video has gone so viral it has led the nightly news on all the major networks. And you’d be hard-pressed to find any adult who has ... Read More