Holy sh!t it’s hot!!!... again! Just like before the sand here in Kuwait is blinding, the port-a-johns smell and the lines are long. But this time we’re on our way out! I can’t wait to get home.
The sunset above was the last sunset we saw in Iraq. Below, I’ve included a few pictures from our trip from Iraq to Kuwait.
Everyone is pretty excited to be headed home. Unfortunately, the process involves quite a bit of down time and waiting around for different flights. And, god knows idle time for us is a BAD idea... Poor Duarte had to celebrate his birthday at the PAX terminal in Speicher. Luckily for him, Chapman was able to find a make shift birthday cake or shake for him consisting of a snack-pak with a flaming tampon candle. One would think that in itself would be enough shock-and-awe, but not for Dewie. He chose to use his freshly extinguished candle as a spoon while enjoying his delicious snack-pak... Then, in the next tent over, a sing-a-long broke out. It was hilarious to see Barbito fight off tears as Furtado belted out his rendition of "That's What Friends are For". We all sung poorly, but enjoyed ourselves.
|Speaking of sing-a-longs, we had one of our own soldiers record a few songs while in country. See if anyone can guess who this unnamed hero is singing his debut single "Spiderman".|
I'm sure you hear this a lot but this is the best of all the sites I have checked out.
My name is Bill. I am a retired Air Guard MSGT. I did 25 years with the regular AF (bomb loader), the Army Guard (NCOIC JAG shop and small arms instructor), and the remainder as a bombloader in the Air Guard.
I must tell you that following your antics and missions have made me want to come back more than anything else short of the 9-11 attacks. You guys remind me so much of the units of which I have proudly been a member. I wish you all the best now and in the future and look forward to your return home.
Thanks Bill. That's great. Although, the potential recruiting use of this site and the videos were not my intent. Regardless, we really do have a great group of people in this unit. We're at the "we've GOT to keep in touch" / "I'm gonna miss you guys" stage.... bah! We have all been very close throughout everything and in a twisted way, it will be bitter sweet leaving this hell hole. Barbito summed it up gayest by suggesting it was like the "end of summer camp"...
Congratulations go out to Reverend Driscoll, Reverend Littlefield, Reverend Kobus and Reverend Schwartz. On this 21st day of September, 2005, all four soldiers serving in Iraq and members of the Universal Life Church of Modesto California have been ordained into the ministry. Today is a momentous day in the lives of these humbled soldiers. Please pray for them as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. As Reverend Driscoll's first act of the cloth, he has married Steven Littlefield to the lamp. Littlefield was quoted as saying "I love lamp".
May god have mercy on our souls...
(NOTE: This list was drastically sanitized. The result is pure saccharin...)
- Real Vehicles.
- No more padlocks on the doors
- No more 200 lb doors
- No more pouring water on the engine after it overheats
- No more of those F-ing combat locks! What a-hole designed those things?
- No more First Sergeant, section chief, etc. etc.
- Human Food (our chow hall is great, but a change will be nice)
- No more plastic silverware (I haven’t seen real silverware in over a year)
- No more juice boxes of milk
- No more near-beer
- No more "Incoming or Outgoing" games.
- No more Iraqi plumbing
- No more ziplock-bags filled with dookie-paper
- No more calling KBR 10 times to fix a leaky toilet. FYI our toilet has been broken for over a month, and we currently have to use the port-a-potty outside.
- No more working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Will be reintroduced to a new concept called "weekends".
- No more uniforms.
- I’ve been wearing the same thing everyday for over a year. Some jeans will be nice.
- It’ll be nice being able to step outside without having to put on the old killin' hat.
- No more T-Rex arms while wearing the IBA.
- No more dust.
- No more clouds of dust anytime someone drives by.
- No more dust on everything!
- No more 220 power, fried power supplies or those prehistoric plugs.
- No more "check" or "roger". Some people here actually say "roger, out" when hanging up the phone.
Did I miss anything?
So, tonight was kind of funny. I had to drop my daily, which meant walking out to the port-o-john, but when I got out there, I couldn't see the seat to determine if there was a scorpion or dookie awaiting my bare ass, so I went back inside to get my flashlight. Then, I realized my flashlight was still at work, so I grabbed a candle, which I have on-hand because the light in our bathroom has not worked for longer than the toilet has been broken... So there I am, like a pioneer walking to the outhouse with my candle. But when I got to the door, I stopped for a minute thinking about the potential methane build-up behind the door, and me stepping in with a small fire... But then, I figured, what's the worst that could happen? There's a big explosion, and I end up at the aid-station covered in magic blue juice, and poopie. No big deal. On that thought, and the thought that this situation would make Doc Burgmyer's whole week, I stepped inside, only to be greeted by the welcoming glow of the green walls of my new temporary throne. (Sorry, very anti-climactic story)
|Last Saturday we had a FOB-wide NCO Induction ceremony. For those not familiar with this ceremony, it is when newly promoted NCOs are officially welcomed into the NCO Corp, and ceremonially step across the line that separates them from junior enlisted soldiers. CSM Fearnside, the 42nd ID CSM was our guest speaker, and with him also came MG Taluto, the 42nd ID Commanding general. The ceremony went off without a hitch, thanks to SGM Decigle’s efforts, but some question if the Becks he toasted with was non-alcoholic...|
Prior to the ceremony, we played a video for everyone. Here is a copy of that video. The video includes pictures from everyone on the FOB, not just DIVARTY.
NOTE: Yes I know it is a huge file. I will try to upload a smaller version of the video shortly. If you are in country, find me and I'll give you a copy. And, yes I know the NCO creed goes entirely too fast in the beginning.
While home on leave, SFC Fay met with management from the Boston Bruins to secure some new hockey equipment for the Thunder Hockey League. Both the Globe and the Herald wrote stories about it. Here's a quote from the Boston Globe article:|
Hockey in a time of war
Here is a quick, fun video for everyone(no fingers this time). People kept asking when I was going to release an Iraq video, or if the Airhorn videos had replaced the slideshows. My original intent was to do an Iraq video midway through our tour, then do a final video when we got home. Unfortunately, I got tied up with the Airhorn episodes and did not have a chance to do the mid-tour video. That is until now.
This video is intentionally light hearted and quick. I was torn between doing a heart wrenching video to a Staind song, or this light hearted video to a Bosstones song. I went with the Bosstones, deciding to focus on some of the fun we've had between the long stretches of monotony. I figure the heart wrenching, reminiscent crap can wait until we're almost home.
Note to Soldiers: This video was created primarily from my own pictures and pictures from SSG Richards. If you have additional pictures that you would like included in the 'final' video, please get them to me.