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THE BARD OF CAMP BLUE DIAMOND |

December 20, 2006

THE BARD OF CAMP BLUE DIAMOND
Name: SANDBOX DUTY OFFICER David Stanford
Posting date: 12/20/06

The Sandbox is pleased to salute frequent contributor CAPT Lee Kelley, and pass along the good word that he is featured as a "Person of the Year" in Time magazine's December 16th cover story. Here's the opening paragraph, followed by a link to the entire profile:

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LEE KELLEY
The Bard of Camp Blue Diamond
By Lev Grossman

Captain Lee Kelley is 35 and hails from New Orleans. He spent 12 years in the Army without once being posted overseas, but that streak ended in June 2005 when he volunteered for service in Iraq and became a signal officer at Camp Blue Diamond in Ramadi. He has always been a writer—he has noodled around with a novel, done some freelance journalism. But it turns out he had to go all the way to Iraq to find his voice...(click here to read more)

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Hey, three cheers for Mr. Kelley! I have read some of his posts; you really do feel like you are right there with him, he's a terrific writer...

Good on ya mate! I mean....Sir. :)

Congratulations on the well deserved recognition for your Ramadi, Iraq based milblog which I enjoyed for the better part of your deployment. You and your blog are now home but your writing continues...thank goodness!! And the tributes continue to accumulate - well deserved honors, all.

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The Sandbox is pleased to salute frequent contributor CAPT Lee Kelley, and pass along the good word that he is featured as a "Person of the Year" in Time magazine's December 16th cover story.

You and your blog are now home but your writing continues...thank g oodness!! And the tributes continue to accumulate - well deserved honors, all.

It is important to note the respect that must be for soldiers ... that are examples of what that truly represents our country ...

Great post waiting for next post.

.....Alex

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