National Guard officials have scheduled a 7 p.m. news conference today at Camp Dodge in Johnston. They haven’t said what the subject is, but there has been confirmation through a relative that it will concern the death of Don Nichols, a 2009 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School. Nichols was a member of the Iowa Guard’s 1-133rd Infantry Battalion. Nichol's mother, Becky Poock, was notified of her son's death Wednesday night.
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I teared up seeing the story mentioning Nichols death. I can't help but think selfishly of my son today. I'm tremendously proud of him for his sacrifice and commitment to duty. This has been a hard week for anyone connected to military life. First the thought of withholding pay to our soldiers and then two deaths. Our anxieties are going to continue, I fear. With the end of deployment in sight, forces seen and unseen will be rearing their ugly heads. Now, we need to pray.....
We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.-II Corinthians 4: 8-9