Aug. 18, 2008

Late last week, I got word from my army unit that we are going to Balad, Iraq for a year starting in October.  This news was a big surprise to me.  Right now, I need to get things in order, which will include closing down my law practice and either finishing or handing off my cases over the next 45 days.

This will be hard on my family.  I’ll be fine, though, and will be about as safe as possible on the largest US base in Iraq.  They have movie theaters, swimming pools, and five gyms in addition to a shopping mall and several restaurants.  I’ll be doing legal work to help soldiers on the base.  I’ll never be allowed off of the base, so like I say, it’s pretty darned safe for me at least.  The tough part will be the separation from my family.  So don’t worry about me, but I wanted to let you know about this news.  I do hope that things will change and that I won’t have to go, and nothing is final until I’m actually over there.



17 Responses

  1. Gonna miss ya buddy, you be sure to be safe and come back home to us marklars!

  2. I see DoD is finally going to deploy our secret weapon. Shock and awe them, Brian.
    Come back in one piece.

  3. Hi Brian: I found your blog and website. Maybe you could do some more Obama Bashing. Those Godless- pussy-Socialist-Amoral-Pervert-Weirdos have no place in the decent American USA . God Bless YOU Your my hero! Blow some stuff up!
    Love in Christ, Johan

  4. Hey there Sir,

    Be safe, I am going through Pre Mob Training, just went through two weeks of it. Now I am doing a school for instructors so I can teach Army Tasks and things like that. Keep in touch Brian.


  5. Good Luck Brian! Be safe, and THANK YOU for your service to our great country!

    May God be with you,

    the fellas at CPS

  6. Thanks for the info about your site. I’m sure it will be an adventure and you will have a lot of stories to tell. See you when you get back.

    John Negley

  7. Hi Brian,

    We’ll keep the light on for you back at the home-turf, and I’m proud to have you as a long-time friend that is serving in the military. The greatest country in the world needs you, and this nation Under God needs you. These are trying times–let us know if you need anything in your absence. p.s. Those big machine gun photos and weapons training photos were great!

    1 Cor 1:18

  8. God Has Blessed You Brian. I hope you’ll have the opportunity so do a lot of deep see star gazing.

    Opus Dei

    Christin Shepard

  9. You’ll enjoy Balad, Brian. If you don’t gain 20 pounds like I did, eating Baskin Robbins morning, noon, and night, you’re doing something wrong! AND IT’S FREE!!!

  10. Hi Brian,
    I thank you too for your service to the US. The blog is great and so interesting. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  11. Hi Brian,
    I was happy to read your blog and look forward to the updates. I was releaved to learn that you will be staying on base. None the less, please be safe. Thank you for your service to all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sara…

  12. Be safe Brian see ya when ya get back, I like
    those picks.
    Ray ray

  13. Hey Brian I really enjoyed you site, be careful, trust no one, and survive. Looking forward to more about your tour.

  14. Dear Brian, we just received an urgent email to undisclosed recipients saying you have been robbed in London and need cash. I am assuming it’s a hoax. Please send an email letting us know if you need our help. If you do, we’re “in.”
    Warmly, Susie and Paul Headlee (Idaho)

    • Nope, NOT ME! I did NOT go to London. I did NOT get mugged, and I do NOT need your money. Please don’t fall for scams like this folks!

      This scam started when someone got access to my Facebook account, and then was able to get into my email. He messaged all my friends and asked for money to be sent to a Western Union in London. One of my friends actually offered to send money, but only later. I am telling you all it’s not true, it’s a scam.

      Oh, and the Real Brian Nomi writes in much better English than this guy.

  15. Hi Brian.
    I was researching Joint Base Balad because my dad is stationed there and came acrossed your blog. id love to read more about your experiances over there. Thank you for all that you are doing. =]
    God Bless

  16. i was wondering if there is a delivery service such as florial or fruit baskets in iraq. my hubby is deployed. he will be 21 on july 3rd and we have 5 month old twins. he is missing everything. just want to do something special for him. please get back to me at angelcartner@yahoo.com

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