Photo:Capt. Brian G. Cillessen is awarded... (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Andrew J. Carlson)
"War through a Marine's eyes: Local soldier tells story of life in Iraq
By Debra Mayeux The Daily Times
Article Launched: 01/22/2008 12:00:00 AM MST
The Christmas season is long over, but for a Marine in Iraq the thoughts of that day are something to remember.
Capt. Brian Cillessen, formerly of Farmington, celebrated the Christian holiday by playing in a ping-pong tournament with the Iraqi Police Force, a group of men he is tasked with training.
"Some of the Iraqis whooped my Marines," Cillessen wrote in an e-mail correspondence from Ramadi, Iraq, where he is stationed. ...
,,,"We took the post over from an Army unit, but once they left we had to start a battle with the rodents. There are many feral cats around but I think they were losing terribly in their fight with the rats so we jumped in to assist," he wrote. "The flies were nearly unbearable but the winter weather has kept them at bay."
Doesn't quite sound like home, but there are support groups in the states that attempt to offer comfort to the Marines. The Blue Star Mothers did this during Christmas with multiple boxes of treats and other items.
"We were nearly overwhelmed with the support and care from home. It was a good feeling for all of us and I want to express my sincere gratitude to them," Cillessen said."
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