Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter is coming

Wednesday afternoon 11 Dec. Cool here in Afghanistan. Last night we had a drizzling rain, the whole camp is damp. I was sick last night, and I had to run to the bathroom in the morning. I had a small breakfast. The lunch was excellent. Tacos, enchiladas, refried beans. I ate well. We got a new instuctor today, and I helped him move into our barracks. We were supposed to attend a security briefing today, but the briefer did not make it. We have been re-scheduled for Thursday, and Friday is our off day. This looks like a great project, I am excited about completing the entire year, and perhaps getting another project with this firm, or on a training project with another firm. As the combat role for the USA is winding down, the Afghan police and Army will be increasing their roles. So there will be training roles for subject experts like me.

Monday, December 09, 2013

I was transferred to Camp Morehead, east of Kabul. About 45 minutes driving time, from my old Camp. The camp is small, but it has a decent barracks, and the shower house has hot water. The chow hall is decent, but my old discomfort has returned. It is December, and the cold weather has not arrived. The days are pleasant, about 70 degrees! All I need is a light jacket for night wear. The barracks is as quiet as a tomb, but I still have some difficulty sleeping. The project is on track. I drove back to Eggers yesterday, and collected some additional materials. For now, we are setting up the classrooms, and preparing for the students. I met an Afghan man today. He had light skin, and Slavic features. Obviously he is a child of one of the Afghan women who were raped when the Soviets invaded in 1979. I pray that we will not meet the same fate as the Soviets. We came here to help the Afghans, and to crush the Taliban, and make this a safe nation. I believe we will be able to do this.