Just wanted to write to tell you guys that I would love for my family and friends to see a little of what I'm doing over here in Iraq. I left Modesto to serve my country and help protect my family and friends. The New York Times has been out here with us because of our success in Baghdad. I'm in the 82nd Airborne Division and have been in Iraq for 13 months so far. I just want the people of Modesto to know that we are doing our part. Thanks for just hearing me out!
Hope Mills, N.C.
Editor's note: Sgt. Sloan's picture appeared in the Army Times on Aug. 29. You can see it on the publication's Web site, www.armytimes.com. Click on the Frontline photo gallery, which is sorted by date.