Friday, April 30, 2010

in Afghanistan

I flew from Fort Benning GA, to Ali Al Saleem, Kuwait. I stayed in the tent city there, and I flew to Bagram, Afghanistan two days ago. I flew from Bagram to Sharana Afghanistan, where I am now (Friday nite, 730pm Afghanistan time).

My duty station is Zormat, Afghanistan, I will get a helicopter ride there soon. I am glad to finally be near the end of the long journey!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Looks like we may be leaving

I have been cooped up in this airport terminal for a week, waiting out the volcano eruption. What a hassle. Sleeping on a cot, no hot water in the shower. The army brings in food in plastic tubs for us to eat. Really awful.

But the rumor is that we can fly tomorrow (Friday 23April). The Army tries to keep such things as schedules, confidential, but you cannot keep a civilian airline flight a secret, when it is published all over the internet.

I am glad to be getting out of here. But I am apprehensive on this new job. I do not know anything at all about balloons, I never saw one up close before two weeks ago. Now I will have to drive them. I guess it will all come clear to me in the field.

This schedule is going to be rough. We have to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. I would like to have some time off, I need it.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stuck at Benning

Well, I started my new job on 14 March. I flew to Cape Canaveral Florida, and started training there. After two weeks in Florida, I flew to Akron Ohio, for balloon school. I had never seen a balloon up close before. I learned how to drive the cables, and raise and lower the balloon.

I then flew to Fort Benning Georgia, to catch the plane to Afghanistan. The day before I was to leave, the volcano blew in Iceland. I have been stuck here at the Airport for a week, sleeping on a cot. The Army brings in food three times a day. I need a shower, but there is no hot water in the terminal building.