Tuesday, March 31, 2009
One month gone - 5 full ones to go. Then it's all down hill from there.
Skype is a good thing - it's wonderful to see my family. I've gotten to talk with almost everyone! Yes - even my parents!!! My Dad is home alone (yeah - like the movie) and he and I had a 20 min conversation the other night. Before that, I talked with my Mom and brother in FL - and I speak to my wife everyday (just about). Technology is great. I often think about the guys like my Dad in the Korean war - they didn't have Skype!!! I kept wondering what he thought about sitting in his living room talking with his son 10,000 miles on the other side of the planet. I guess I should have asked him - but we had a lot of other things to talk about...
And I got my FIRST PKG today!!! I TOLD you mail was a big morale booster!!! :-)
My wife sent me some goodies and necessary stuff - it's ALL good! Thank you Honey!
Many of the guys have received pks and it really makes their day. I have a box of Girl Scout Cookies that came from a little girl who was thoughtful enough to add her mailing address to the box - so I'm going to email her and tell her that the cookies she sent found their way to a happy tummy inside of an Air Force guy. Hope she's not too disappointed - she intended them for a solider! :-) Since we are attached to the Army - we get a lot of Army morale items too - it's very nice.
Work is going well - I got some more pictures I have to sift thru - I'll probably post some of them tonight (the ones I can). I'm not in any of them.
One guy (Cpt Jaw) ordered a BIKE!!! Yeah - $350 bike. Single speed. Touring bike. Hope that works out for ya... The roads here are TERRIBLE and you can forget going OFF road on a touring bike - that's just asking for trouble. It's hard enough to WALK - much less ride a bike. But, who am I to say? I will say, good luck!
That's all for now - time to Skype!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Next time I'll start a new album. (BAF2) - look for it on my main page:
I'm off tomorrow - well, kind of. We have an electrical inspection in the BHuts (our hooches) and I'm going to the office for at least half the day. The MWR folks are showing "Facing the Giants" on SAT - I'll probably check that out and I'll be attending church regularly on Sundays @ 1430L - It's called the Chapel NeXt service and it's very good - (see my earlier post "Rain - No snow - Yet! "). Good series...
We are starting to plan our R&R trips for the group - everyone seemed very excited about that - all the guys/gals are working very hard and and this will certainly be a welcome break.
Going to dinner - hopefully RIBS tonight!
I'll let you know.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I just got off Skype with Marcus and we figured out where I am!
Yup, that's my hooch! :-)
Ok - going to call Pam and go to bed.
Download Speed: 94 kbps (11.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 7 kbps (0.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
What is more disturbing than anything else - this particular Internet package is the "Premium" service and costs $100 per/mo.
When you quit laughing, send me a note... :-)
The weather did put a damper on things today - as far as construction production goes. For the most part, we did very well in spite of the rain. LtCol Lehman and I had the privilege to escort the 755 AEG commander, Col Reed, out to some of our various projects! He's a GREAT guy! He enjoyed his time with us and was happy to see what we are doing and he got to meet many of the Airmen on our team! He was pleased. So was I and LtCol Lehman.
I'm feeling pretty good these days - all finished with the chest cold I had. Back to normal and it feels good. I'm walking a lot - haven't had the desire to RUN much. I did jog a few times - no great distances - maybe a mile or so. That running thing is getting harder and harder. The good news is I'm able to walk without any pain and that doesn't bother me at all - so walking it will be for a while. Around here - it's faster to walk than it is to drive in many cases.
I still have a few breadsticks left that I really enjoy in the evenings - with my non-alcoholic Bitburger beer! In fact, I'm enjoying them both right now!
Can't think of much more I can tell you. Just that I miss my family and friends and thanks to ALL of you who are praying for me and the team. We all appreciate it!
I did go to church yesterday - it was a very nice - very similar to what I know... A bunch of fun loving Christians who can't sing very well, but love the Lord! Very similar to many churches I've been too. :-) The preacher was an Army Chaplain who delivered a very good message about what it means to be born again - if you haven't read the story - check it out - just look in your index for Nicodemus or follow the links below.
Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)
The preacher was a Jim Carey look a like and he did a great impersonation of him!
Several people were really touched by the message and it was great to see the Holy Spirit at work here in Afghanistan.
OK - enough of my preaching. Seriously, thanks for the prayers!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The U.S. Air Force symbol honors the heritage of our past and represents the promise of our future. It retains the core elements of our Air Corps heritage -- the "Arnold" wings and star with circle -- and modernizes them to reflect our air and space force of today and tomorrow.
Friday, March 20, 2009
But of course, I had to take the guy's picture because I knew nobody would believe me if I told them we are fighting the war with guys on John Deer tractors... My guess is now that David knows this secret, he'll be at the recruiting office first thing tomorrow morning!!!
The first full week is almost over. Lots of fun and exciting things going on.
More to come...
I'm fine - been feeling pretty good. Food here is great and the weather has not been to bad to date - looks like they have SNOW in the forecast - that should make it very interesting around here....
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I posted some more pics from CST - And I took some today here @ BAF. All the pics posted to BAF1 are from the same relative standing position - so you can see there is a 360 degree panoramic view of the mountains! That makes for some BEAUTIFUL sunrises and sunsets! And you know I'm up for both of them everyday!
I'll take more in the next few days - many areas are restricted.
So some added to this album (9 I think)
And my first pics from BAF are here:
More to come...
I'm going to call my parents tomorrow! :-) About 10AM FL time.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
As we finish our first week (and it wasn't even a full week) we look to move into our projects hard and heavy tomorrow. There is a LOT of work to be done and we have just the team of people to execute it. There will surely be challenges along the way and we will met and exceed all of them - I'm sure.
They majority of the guys/gals all had a relaxing day and they really needed it. The structures guys we in high demand for renovations to many of the interior hooches. Most of that was accomplished and we celebrated with a few Bitburger (non-alcoholic) beers (readily available at the PX). Chief's Treat! :-) Of course, I had a few myself...
I'm going to try and call my kids tonight before I hit the bed. I did manage a good Skype call with Pam the other day and it was WONDERFUL to see her face and we sure had a nice talk. The audio and video was pretty good then. Yesterday, I tried to Skype with Heidi and Jeff and we had a few issues, but I did get to see both of them and gave them a virtual tour of my hooch! - Not too exciting!
Hopefully I'll get to speak with Shelly and the kids - that's my first call tonight.
Hope you all reading this are well and I'm doing fine - feeling a LOT better than yesterday!!! I'm back in the up swing and ready to get to work tomorrow. I do need a good night sleep tonight and I think everything will be gone in the next couple of days. Maybe the BEER was the cure!!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
I made it to Norfolk. One step closer. Leaving was VERY hard this time - as you can imagine. There are some GREAT photos here:
It was a very emotional goodbye, but all I can say now is I so look forward to the return! In between, it will be mission focused and I couldn't be prouder to be with the men and women from the 94th CES.
My next post will probably not be until I am situated in Bagram. It will likely be a few days and they will be long hard days, but I promise to post as soon as possible.
Enjoy the pics - the media from WSB was there - may of you may have seen the coverage on Channel 2.
Thanks to all for all your support - it means the world to me.