Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Update from Nancy

I don't think Dena will mind- I wanted to give you guys an update based on the information I'm getting from a variety of sources.

Looks like Rob was stable enough for the flight today. All three ladies (Dena, Rob's Mom, and Dena's Mom) were able to join him on the plane for transport back to the states. This is great news and makes coordinating so much easier on this end!

They are due to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base today around 4:30pm EST, and will travel from there to Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

I'm sure Dena will be on later to give more specifics, I just wanted to share what I've learned at this point since I know so many people are anxiously awaiting news!

Keep the prayers and comments coming- you guys are the best! The support for the Yllescas family has been amazing and I know they are feeling it!


P.S. Just a thought- Since this entry was from me vs. Dena, I was thinking if you'd like to comment, maybe your message can be specifically to Rob this time. That way, Dena can print them out and read them to him when she gets a chance... :)


The Bender's said...

Was hoping that was the case! Thanks, Nancy! Give them lots of hugs and love from us!

Love to all,
The Bender's

Nancy said...

Rob- Ryan and I are so proud of you. We are anxiously awaiting having you and your family in the area so we can support you in person. We love you guys, and are praying for you around the clock!

Nancy and Ryan Kules

Joyce Winfield said...


You keep fighting for Dena, Julia and Eva. God is great and the progress that you have made is the answer to constant prayer from all of us who love you.

Much love,
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Doug

marybinns said...

We are so very proud of Rob and what he has done for our freedom. Praise God. We are praying diligently as are many others in our church. You, Rob and all your family are being lifted up to the Great Physician who can give you peace in this terrible time of grief.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in our affliction."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Joe and Mary Binns
Austin, TX

Anonymous said...

Stay strong buddy.

Karen Bender said...

Rob, You keep-on being the fighter every knows you are and respects you for that. When we first met, I was already becoming fast friends with your wife and then I met you. It had been a couple years since I got out of the Army and surprising to me, your passion and the way you spoke about your soldiers stirred my old Army Hooah feelings from within me. I always enjoyed talking with you about that and knowing you were out there taking care-of soldiers as they should be. You are a great leader, Rob..tough and fair at the same time. Now, it is time for you to lead yourself from within and have absolutely no doubt you will. Remember to be fair when you are being tough on yourself. And remember that you have several that will be right by your side loving and encouraging you just like your troops. We are all part of your Army now, your group of warriors fighting hard with you on your road to recovery. One of many, Karen Bender

Lacey said...

I'll keep praying for you all. Take care of one another. And know that many of us have you in our thoughts and hearts.
God bless.
Lacey Carroll

Anonymous said...

From Ryan's PT....I will be looking out for you at Bethesda Naval. Welcome home on US soil.

Heather said...

Thanks Nancy for the update... I'm eagerly awaiting Dena's next post. I kind of thought since it hadn't been updated that they were on their way!

Heather S

Anonymous said...

Rob-Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May God bless you and your beautiful family.

Heather said...

Philippians 4:13- I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!
Stay strong!
Anthony and Heather Sanchez

Dustin and Beth said...

Rob - I am in awe of you and Dena everyday! You are an amazing person, and have an amazing, strong wife! Dustin and the guys at Bostick ask about you daily and are continuing to pray for your strong recovery! You're in our prayers daily...
Beth Soechting

Anonymous said...

Rob, Thanks for all the support and all that you have done for our country. Keep up the great work you and all your soldiers mean alot to all of us free people.Kind of ironic that you came back to your country on election day. Thinking and praying for you every day. Fran

Anonymous said...

The Grand essentials of happiness are something to love, and something to hope for. All things that so many are doing for you Rob because of the happiness you give us.

-zach hernbloom

Christian Brodbeck said...

Welcome home. I am glad you are back and continue to be overly impressed by your strength and courage. We are anxiously waiting for the opportunity to come up and offer our support.


Wendell said...

Rob, We are so happy you are back on American ground and are so very proud of you! May God give you light speed in healing and know we are all here for you in thoughts and our prayers.
Wendell, Jonell, Haylie and Emily

Anonymous said...

Stay strong and keep fighting your way to wellness Rob. Prayers for you and your family going up from Georgia.

Love from MN said...

Rob~you are in our prayers and thoughts, we send all our love to you and your family. Dena, many many thanks on setting up the blog and so faithfully letting us know what's going on. It has meant so much for so many. You and Rob are amazing and have the strength to survive anything. Many in Minnesota are praying for you.

Love Aunt Julie (Schott) Davidson

Jennifer said...


While we don't know your family personally, we do know the type of soldier you are based on what we have been told. Thank you for sacrificing so much for our country and its people. As the wife of a Ft Hood soldier, I know that you are top notch! Please know that you are being prayed for! One step at a time!

Jaime Pachta said...

You have an "army" of people praying for you and your road to recovery. Thanks for serving our country. You have made us all proud. Keep the faith...Dan, Jaime, Ashley, Nicolas, & Mitchell

Alan, your second dad said...

Rob-welcome home soldier!! You are one strong person. Can't wait to see you. You are one amazing person. Love you more than you know.

Chuck said...

This morning I was at a men's prayer meeting with a relative of yours.. Wilmer Johnson. He told us of Rob's injuries and we prayed for your family. It changed my perspective on this election day. Your husband is a hero.

Aunt Jeanne' said...

Welcome back to the good ole USA. WE are so glad that you are all back in the states. We pray for you daily and know that you will get through this. Dena has kept us updated, and has been so strong for everyone. Keep fighting!!! We love hearing about your progress!!Dena, you're doing great! Keep the faith! Love Uncle Doug and Aunt Jeanne'

Anonymous said...

Our family in California thank you for your service to our country. We pray for you and your family to have strength in the times ahead during your recovery.

Karen said...

Dear Rob,
You and Dena are in my thoughts ever so much today: Election Day! It is through the hard work and sacrifice of patriots such as yourself that I am even able to vote in this great nation of ours. Words can't even begin to express my gratitude.

I went to chapel today to pray the rosary for you. It's been YEARS since I have prayed the rosary, if this gives you any indication of how hard we are all praying for your recovery!

With deep respect,
Karen Marshall

Josh Magura said...

Rob, I have never met you before but I want you to know that I am praying for the fastest, most complete recovery possible for you. I heard about your injury through Ryan and Nancy Kules. You have a great support base of family, friends, loved ones, and complete strangers like me praying for you. Stay strong and get well soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your service to our great country. Keep up the good fight in your recovery days ahead. Lean on your family and friends, but most all your faith. Prayers to you and all your family from the state of Indiana.

Lisa J. said...


We are so grateful for you and your military brothers and sisters, and we are so grateful to have you back in the U.S. You're not done fighting yet, because your wife and daughters need you, but know that you have our support and love and prayers!

Lisa & Mike Joner

Mike said...


The family and I are all praying for you in Dallas. Everybody here is really proud of you.

Cousin Mike

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Rob. You did well. Now, you need to concentrate on getting healthy for Dean, Julia and Eva. Please let Robin and I know if you need anything. Dena, for you, get some rest and lean on the friends and family that will be around you. That's what we are here for. Robin and Joe

Jerry Gehring said...

Rob, Dena and family I just wanted you to know that my prayers as well as my families and my churches. Will be lifted up. For your every needs to be met.
And I thank you for your sacrifice for us. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Thank you and God Bless You.

Chaotic Mom said...

WOO HOO!!!!!

tiffany said...


It’s amazing to see all the people near and far, people you know and people you may never meet all coming together to support and pray for you and your family. You have quite the team pulling for you! And I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna take a lot more than this to get the best of you. ;-)

Stay strong and never give up!
Tiffany Simonsen

Ellen said...

You don't know me, but I heard via e-mail of your trials. I have a nephew in Iraq, his second tour of duty. I got the e-mail from his Mom, my sister, Patricia Cain in Scottsdale Arizona. My understanding is that they are friends of a friend of Rob's, so the thousands of prayers that are going out for you are growing by the minute.

My heart and my prayers are going out to you to support you and your family. God is great and will help you through this crisis.

Ellen White and family - Folsom, California

Anonymous said...

Rob~we are so proud of the work you've done. We pray for you and the troops every single day.

Shani and Mike Ginani
(Kaine Meshkin's sister and brother-in-law)

Anonymous said...

welcome home and stay strong....you have the prayers and strength of many behind you....thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Ginny Lee

Anonymous said...

You are one tough soldier. Thank-you. We'll keep praying for your recovery. Dena, I appreciate this blog so much, you've done an excellent job writing. God Bless all of you. Welcome back to America! Cathy Bell

Liz said...

Rob- We are glad to hear you are back in the states. You keep up that fight. Joe and I are thinking of you.
The Harrisons

Shawni and Jess McGraw said...

You are a hero...plain and simple! It is because of your service to our country that we can sleep easy at night. I know how hard it is to be away from your family in a scarey situation because I have had to send my husband once. But know that your strength and sacrifice makes your wife proud to be at your side. I applaud your wife for being so strong and you for being a soldier. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you while you are in the DC area, we can bring meals or whatever you need, we just want to help. Here is my cell phone number...202-459-1097. I live on Bolling AFB which is in DC so I can easily get to Bethesda or Andrews.

From one military family to another, God bless you!

Shawni and Jess McGraw

JoAnne Bartek said...

Rob: Thank you for your strong loyalty to our country and your commitment to doing whatever is needed. We appreciate you so much. Our prayers are constant for you, Dena and the girls. We can't wait until we can see you all again.


Aunt Jo, Uncle Steve, Brooke and Ashley

Cheryl Jones said...

Welcome back to the USA! We're so proud of your excellent service, and have been praying for you, along with everyone else. So glad you're back on election day - and we wish you good luck with your rehab.
Cheryl & Monty Jones of Osceola

The Sullivan's said...

Welcome back to the U.S. Rob. We are all praying for you constantly. We are so proud of you and thank you for fighting for our country. You rock! Hang in there. Love Alayna, Ryan, and Gavin.

Long-time RN said...

Rob-prayers for healing and fortitude from the midwest.

Cindy Lopez said...

Rob, You and your familiy are in my thoughts and in my prayer everyday.
Love, Cindy Lopez - Xela

Chris said...

Thinking of you today and praying for your recovery!! Love and prayers from Northwest Indiana!

Anonymous said...

Rob and Family, Praying for your recovery. We are forever indebted to you and our other military men and women who have sacrificed so much for all of us. Stay strong. There are many people praying for for each of you. Just look to Ryan as an example of all that you can achieve. The Yeagers Atlanta, GA

caring aussie said...

Hi Rob, we have never met, but I first became aware of your plight via email, and now I follow it as often as I can via this blog set up by your amazing wife. I wanted to let you know that people from all over the world are not only thinking of you, but also willing you on. As a civilian nurse I have cared for many bruised and battered people, few as honorable as you, and yes, the journey to recovery is assuredly long. But it can hold many surprisingly wonderful, challenging, and growing moments. Given your incredible survival to date, and the loving strength so evident in the comments posted, I have no doubt you will continue to make those who know and love you very proud.
Hearts from around the globe are with you all. At least one of them from Australia :)

Andy Boston said...

Rob - Welcome home!

Andy & Candis Boston

Anonymous said...

Rob I am a Military Wife,
My husband is a Major in Afghanistan right now....he is 6 months into his tour. I and my bible studu are praying for you and your family.
Soldier, stay strong, be brave, fight hard, we are fighting and praying right with you.
In Victory Rob.....you will come through this........there are so many people who are so proud of and Dena.
From your Military family with love.........

Aunt Nancy said...

I can't wait to hear that the EAGLE has LANDED!
And, ROB...I just want to say I RESPECT YOU, I THANK YOU and, I LOVE YOU! I praise God everyday that I live in this great Nation where I have FREEDOM to THINK, ACT, BELIEVE how I choose and I know it is because of YOU and those in the Armed forces that protect us and protect what we stand for in this great nation!
I will NEVER take lightly the sacrifice that you have made and, I will FOREVER be grateful to you!
And, Dena….I want YOU to know that I don’t take lightly the sacrifices that military wives make! I know that Military wives are as STRONG as their SOLDIERS that they love...and, I RESPECT YOU, I THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU!!
For everyone of you that log on that are military ...I want YOU to know that I SOOOO appreciate you, and, I will NEVER take for granted the sacrifices that YOU ALL DO as military men and women.
At, UNIMAGINABLE times like these God may be questioned...but, Rob and Dena God is ALWAYS, working behind the scenes in our lives. With all the things that you are facing today and that you will be facing, the trials you are going through, God has a plan to turn things around in your favor. Right now, He is working out a plan for your good. Right now, He is orchestrating the right people to help heal you ...mind, body And, your spirit. Some days it may be hard to see it in the natural, just keep looking with your eyes of faith to overcome everyday.
Keep strong. Keep believing. Keep following His Word. Focus on His goodness and his promises, knowing that He will always bless the people who seek after Him. Because he promises, you will see His plan come to pass. And, YOU WILL raise up VICTORIOUS!

We know that God will work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

XoxoxOX I Love you to pieces...
Aunt Nancy and Uncle Steve

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your service to the USA!! We continue to pray for YOUR recovery and for DENA, JULIA, and EVA. Stay strong!
Don & Bonnie Augustin

wes said...

We love you and are VERY proud of you Rob.
Thankyou so much for what you have done for
us and our country and the sacrifices you have made.
Stay strong and just keep getting better everyday.
You, Dena and your precious little girls are in our
thoughts and prayers. God bless you and we are looking forward to seeing you again!

Uncle Wes and Aunt Jean

The Helgoth Family said...

Rob, Welcome home to the U.S.A!! Thanks to you and every other soldier that reads this comment for serving our country. Because of your strength and bravery, I know that you are going rise to the top of the road of recovery. You will be wrestling with Julia in no time.For that we will continue to pray, the boys are praying for you everyday in school. Keep the faith... Ryan, Pam, Nolan, Mason, Logan and Keyan

Justin said...
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donna walker said...


We are so excited to have you back on our side of the map. We are praying for you and know you will be so happy when you open your eyes and see your 3 girls. We know you are a fighter and that you are going to pull through this. God Bless,

JJ & Donna Walker

Anonymous said...

Rob and Dena,
Welcome back to the USA! We are keeping all of you in our prayers and wishing you the very best! We appreciate so much your service to our country. Your strength and determination will serve you well, just as it has in the past. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and know you will continue to recover! Our best, Larry and Karen Wieseman

The Davidsons said...

Welcome back to the USA! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the sacrifices that you have made for our country. Without our brave soldiers, I would hate to think where we would be.

Our prayers are with you, Dena, and your daughters.

Stay strong!
Todd & Carlie Davidson

Kuhlman said...

We wish you all the best! We are all very proud of you and all you've done. We are so happy you're back in the U.S.!! When Dena reads this to you, give her a kiss. You have a good woman! Take care and we love you!
Kasey, Kory, and Addison

Michelle said...


Welcome home!! I knew you would make it back to the good old USA.

Words could never express my family's gratitude for your service and the sacrifices you and your family have made, and will continue to make in our behalf.

We are praying night and day for your continued healing. It will be a very long road as you know because of your friend Ryan. But with the support of your friends, family and all of us pulling for you you WILL make it back to a wonderful and fulfilling life.

I am reminded of that Beatles song that says "Life is what happens while you are making other plans". It will be different maybe than you planned, but I know you will still forge a wonderful life with your fantastic wife and beautiful little girls.

With all the best to you....

aheartfromtheblueridge said...

Howdy Rob!
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Virginia. Keep the faith, hang in there, one day at a time. You are loved!

mtate said...

You don't know me ... our son, Nick, deployed to Afghanistan on June 30th from Fort Hood. You, Dena, your girls, and all of your family are in our prayers - asking God to give you strength for this new fight, for healing, for peace of heart, and for everything you need. Thank you, Rob, for your service to our country and for protecting all of us here. We are the land of the free courtesy of the brave (YOU)!!! Thank you will never adequately express how we feel. God bless you all ~ Marilyn for the Tates Fuquay-Varina, NC

Tim and Kim Decker said...


Anything in the world that you need...Tim and I are there. Stay strong, keep fighting the good fight and we'll see you soon. We both love you very much (Tim says he loves you in a guy sort of way) and are continuing to pray for you. You have been on our minds and in our hearts for a long time now. Rest up after your long flight and keep up the good work!

Tim and Kim

Michael & Hanna Crowder said...

Rob and Dena,
Welcome home! We are so glad that you are back in the states. We pray that you will continue to recover, Rob, every day moving forward.
The Crowders

Anonymous said...

Rob, you are in our thoughts and in our prayers every day, stay strong!!!!We are anxious to hear from you,
Patty de Leon

B-Mama said...

Rob, blessings to you for a continued miracle of recovery. Praise God for His provision so far through this ordeal... We will pray for your peace, renewed vigor, and steadfastness as you battle your way back! Hang in there and know of our thoughts and prayers!

With hope,
The Gasperini Family
(old Army friends of the Andrew Family)

Anonymous said...


The people at the Osceola Senior Center thank you for your service to our country. You are in their thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Osceola Senior Center

Anonymous said...


We would like to thank you for your service to our country. You are truly blessed for your courage and bravery. Welcome back to the U.S. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you!!!!

Debbie and Caroline Runquist

Jane & Charles Roberts said...

Rob & Dena,
I just returned home having worked on election board all day. Election----how we do take this for granted. It is only because of the brave men and women in our military who lay down their lives to defend our freedoms, can we go to the polls totally unafraid. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done.
We are so glad to have you back in the United States. Dena, we are so excited to read each and every word you share in your blogs. We check the computer many times each day, just waiting for the next update. Your sharing is touching many many lives.
We continue to pray, pray, pray for healing, for strength, for patience. May God bless you now and always.
Jane & Charles Roberts

Annaka and Aaron said...

There are no words that can sum up what you have done to make our lives better. I thank God everyday for people like you who are serving to defend our freedoms! We are so proud of you! You are the strongest person I know...hang in there and take it one day at a time. Before you know it you will be chasing Julia and Eva. We love you! Annaka, Aaron, Aizlynn and Amarae

Anonymous said...

I pray for all of you with tears in my eyes. May God reach out and hold you all in his loving hands. Be strong.

Anonymous said...

Rob, Dena and girls,

Just want you to know that we and a lot of west Omaha are hanging on every word Dena writes and messages your uncle Pat gets from your brother and sister about your progress.

We are so glad you are back in the U.S. and hope and pray for your speedy recovery. Ben is especially anxious to hear your progress and sends a special hug to his favorite "army guy"!

Please keep the faith and keep up the fight - everyone is in this for the long haul with you. If this blog is any indication, you are gathering friends and support at warp speed!

Hugs and prayers,
Julie, Ben and Anna

Dean and Nanci Gissler said...

Rob and Dena,

Words cannot express our sadness in learning what happened--definitely a dose of reality that brings into focus what you, Rob, have faced on a daily basis.

You have our admiration, our respect, and most of all, our gratitude. You are all in our prayers; Rob, for your speedy recovery; Dena, for your continued strength, and for your two beautiful daughters, to have their Daddy back home again. God bless you all.


Dean and Nanci Gissler

Gisslers said...

Rob -

We are so glad that you are back home! We can't thank you enough for all the sacrifices you and all of our service men and women have made to make this the land of the free and the home of the brave. You have two little girls back here that miss their daddy and can't wait to see you!

Love you,
Layne, Angie, Seth and Peyton

Anonymous said...

Hey Rob! Glad to hear you are back in the USA! We are thinking of and praying for you and your family daily. Can't wait to hear about the next step forward you make.

John, Traci, Haley and Rachel Turner

Marianna said...


I'm a stranger, but I'm wishing you all the best so that you can be home with your family very soon.


The Soutters said...

We are so glad to know that you are back on American soil! We wish you all the best.

Household6 said...

We can't wait to come see you, Dena. As soon as we can pawn off our kids we will be there!


Anonymous said...

Rob, It has been years, but I can never forget the determination you possessed in kindergarten and first grade in my class at IAS. That sane determination and strength has gotten you through life's challenges before and it will carry you again with God's help. Please know that many are praying for you here in the US and also in Guatemala.
Barb, if there is anything I can do to help, (run errands, take you somewhere, bring things to you, etc.) please let me know. I live 20 minutes from Bethesda Medical. Give me a call 301 767 7646.
Love, Diana Craig de Ochoa

Anonymous said...

Dear CPT Yllescas,

God is with you! Holding you in His arms. Draw on His strength for your healing and peace. You are our Hero! Gods speed for your healing and recovery!

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family!

From one of many Michigan Military families,

Cheryl & Terry Blaskowski
173rd Airborne 2-503rd Parents

Trish said...

Rob, YAHOOOOOOOOO - You're coming home - we ALL are SO proud of you - keep up the great work, and you and Dena are constantly in our thoughts and prayers - God Bless!!
Rome, GA

Gisslers said...

We are praying for you every day. Our thoughts are always with you. We are wishing you a speedy recovery and can't wait to see you again.
Aaron, Shelly and Megan

Jackie Fjell said...

Rob-I just knew that when we didn't hear anything yesterday that you were on your way HOME!! I'm sure this isn't the way you'd plan, but we all know what happens when we have plans--God giggles and lets us know Who's in charge! I know he has BIG plans for you and your family, and I also KNOW you will be His instruments and carry them out! It is so good to see all the support you're receiving and seeing all the familiar "Osceola names" from near and far! Please know how much we ALL thank you for your sacrifice. My son served in Iraq for a year, and it's because of brave folks like all of you that I can pray, live, and breathe freely in this great country! I know you've made a difference, and your comrades will continue to do so! I have a quote taped to my computer at work--it says "Only two people have given their lives for you--Jesus Christ and the American Soldier". Truer words were never spoken! Please know how we are all praying for you and your family! Make sure Dena takes care of herself as well as you--you guys are so amazing! Keep the GOOD NEWS coming!

Prayers....Jackie & Joe Fjell

The Weiss Family said...

Great job on the recovery so far, you've made some amazing steps already. Glad to hear we get you back in the States so the recovery steps can continue. Keep fighting buddy, lots and lots of people are praying for you, reading about you, and thinking about you every day.

Sommer said...

Rob-We are praying for your recovery daily. Dena, you are such a strong woman....Continue to think positive and have faith. God bless your family.

Sommer Pliefke

RubenP said...


So glad to hear you are back home. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. My boys send you their love and respect, you are a true HERO!
We admire you! Keep strong! We can't wait to be able to call and hear your voice!

Much love,
Leslie Lopez-Pegorer

Quinn and Melanie said...

So glad to hear you are back in the states. Keep determined, just like you were to get yourself through Ranger school. Remember "Rangers Lead the Way". You are in our thoughts and prayers daily!
Quinn, Mel, Lauren & Meghan

Anonymous said...

You are a hero...Thanks for putting your life on the line for us all. I believe in you, even though we have never met. I pray that you get better soon. I also pray for your wife and daughters.

Anonymous said...

We're praying for you and will be passing along prayer requests to our church and family for you as well.
God bless you and welcome back to the States - we just wish it could be under happier circumstances.

The Hyre Family

Eric said...

Hi Rob, I'm proud of you and praying for you every day. Looking forward to the time we can meet again.

Eric Henry

maxxdog said...

You have people here in MN wishing you well in your recovery and keepnig you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...


Stay strong! You are a hero. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't wait to hear that you are laughing with your wife and girls again.

-Adam, CT