Sent to The Waynedale news from John Wall, Sr. John’s father, David Wall has been a resident of Waynedale for 38 years. This is his grandson who is proudly serving our country.
Spc. Ryan Cartwright
Current location: Camp Phoenix, Kabul
Born: Fort Wayne
Resides: Fort Wayne
Education: Attended North Side High School for one year
Family: Married with a 10-month-old daughter. Wife is seven months pregnant.
Job back home: Receiving department at Meijer on Illinois Road
Job in Afghanistan: Truck driver
Getting home: I get to go home for R & R to see my baby born. If it’s a boy, it’s going to be Ryan Cartwright Jr. I’d like a boy but another girl would do well, too. I miss going to La Hacienda with my wife and daughter. We have fun there. We’d go whenever we had the money.
Impressions of Afghanistan: It ain’t too bad. I haven’t got shot at yet. I feel safe with my people. They’re all good soldiers. There are a lot of young people in my shoes, so I don’t mind it. We put each other’s lives in each other’s hands. I thought it’d be 10 times worse than it is. The main thing that is hard is being away from family.
Interacting with the Afghans: The only ones I came for is the kids. It (makes me mad) to see them running around the streets. It makes me think of my kids.
The military life: It’s good money, especially when you have a wife and two kids. We pretty much got everything we need. What I’d like is calling cards. Those things get expensive.
What Americans might not know: I watch TV when I eat and all I hear about is Iraq, like we aren’t here in Afghanistan. We don’t get any respect. There are still people getting killed here.
One request: I want Amanda Perez to come here and perform. I think it would lift morale.
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