Operation Iraqi Freedom

My Time

Friday, September 03, 2004

Hey everyone. I'm still counting down the days until I'm home. And while it seems so close, another part of me sees it as so far away. We had the day off yesterday in the motorpool. When I leave there will only be three people holding down the fort (hehe, holding down the fort, get it? Anyway) and one of those will always be on guard duty for the next two weeks. Now see, that's just stupid. They always call on the motorpool to do their duties, which we do correctly and without complaining, which means we get more and more duties. Now when I leave, they expect to only have two people in here on any given day with no rest and still expect all of the vehicles to stay up. There's no way to keep a company's vehicles in top condition with two people. We were having problems when we had six in here. So, maybe when they see their vehicle status drop dramatically, they'll change the way they think about the motorpool and the constant duties we're on. But we'll see. In other news, something kind of cool happened to me the other day. I was on guard and we were taking the Iraqi's back to the gate. I was riding in the back of one of the Iraqi's trucks and there were two other guys back there with me. A big company was about to go on a convoy so there were Apache's EVERYWHERE in the sky. Then, for what seemed to me to be no reason, one of them decided to land right beside us. The two Iraqi's ducked really quick but I thought, "I'm wearing goggles, it won't get in my eyes." So I sat there and watched the wall of sand come flying at me. What I didn't count on was the huge pieces of rock to be flying with the sand. Needless to say, I was in the same position that the Iraqi's were in, in only split seconds. Kind of stupid on my part, but I thought it made for a funny story. Well, I guess that's it. I hope all is well on the home front. Watch out for what seems to be one natural disaster after another over there. I don't know what you guys to tick off the weather, but you should stop :) I'll see you all soon and thank you endlessly for your support. God bless.

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