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Editor's Note: The following was sent by LCDR Jeff Giles, US Navy. Many thanks to Jeff for his letters.

E-mail LCDR Jeff Giles in Africa :

Hello to all my friends in Adair County. I am keeping up with the events back home through this website. The electronic age is wonderful.

I have completed close to four months of my mission now and am counting down the days until my return home.

The weather has turned very dry here in Badme and the temperature has climbed. During the day, it hovers around 115 degrees and during the night it is usually around 95 degrees. Everything is turning brown as the rainy season has ended.

We are still staying quite busy here in Badme. Daily patrols are still the norm and some of those are quite long and rough. The road conditions are very bad and sometimes it takes more than three hours just to drive 25 miles. In the last couple of weeks we have been called up to provide medical assistance to the local population. We were called upon to drive a local woman to the clinic (about one and one half hours away) who had been in labor for 24 hours. As we were preparing to start our journey, she gave birth. I am happy to say that the baby was healthy. It was certainly a nervous time for me and I was trying to remember the EMT training I received over 10 years ago. Just this week we were called upon to deliver a local woman who had been bitten by a poisonous snake to the clinic also. She was very ill but fortunately, at the time of this writing, her condition is improving.

It is hard to describe the hardships that the villagers endure. They seem to be very happy, however, and do the best that they can.

I can't say much about the peace process but I don't think it is going very well. Hopefully, both countries can put aside their differences and avoid the tragedies of the past. On our patrols, we see an increased viligance on the part of the military and hopefully, that doesn't indicate that the peace process is failing.

I would like to thank my friends and family for the wonderful support they have given me during this mission. I have received many packages and cards from home and it is very much appreciated.

Until next time.

LCDR Jeff Giles, United States Navy


June 1, 2004 feature story about Jeff Giles' upcoming tour of duty

LCDR Giles' first letter after arrival in Africa

LCDR Giles' second letter home

Cody Giles' 4th Grade Essay "My Brave Dad"

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Jeff Giles serving in Africa

2004-10-28 - Badme, Africa - Photo Courtesy US Navy. LCDR Jeff Giles, United States Navy, is counting the days until he gets back home to Adair County. He is serving in the fourth of his six-months assignment where he is a United Nations Military Observer whose duties include patrolling the demilitarized zone on the border of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Click "read more" to follow his story.
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