Friday, March 17, 2006

Going home

I am a wee bit drunk as I type this. 365 days ago I was also drunk. How do I remember that fact? That was the last time I had a few pints before I went to Afghanistan was also St. Patrick’s Day. Now I was back at the same pub drinking a few pints, but I did stop this time after five pints, because soon I will be flying on the big iron bird home to my wife and kids, versus going down range.

For the past ten days I have been out processing or de-mobilizing in army speak. Go to CIF to turn in my body armor and all my other bits of field gear. Have the doctor ask me about my health, metal and physical. Did I see any dead bodies? I asked him US, coalition, or civilian? He put down yes in all three columns. Finance calculated my terminal or now referred to as transition leave. The dentist advised me to get my teeth cleaned when I got home. I now have three big folders, stuffed with papers, saying I am now a combat veteran. It feels like I just I blinked my eyes and I was leaving, but when I think about it was a long 365 days in Kandahar. I am trying to remember how many ramp ceremonies I went to. Way too many. But we (The US military) did lots of good there. I have no regrets. I helped open schools, train the Afghan National Army and Police, secure roads and arrange Hajj pilgrims go to Mecca. This fact will never make the newspapers or the cable new trash channels: there are no protesters chanting: “Americans go home, come back Taliban.” The Afghans like us and want us to stay. And stay we will. I expect tours in Afghanistan will be like tours for US personnel in Korea during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. A long hardship tour.

The interpreters I worked with wished me good luck and a safe journey home. I told them that I would visit them in a few years with my family and show them where the TICs and IEDs were at. I gave them a hug and wished them a safe, peaceful and prosperous future.

What is interesting is how many soldiers are going to the Active Army from the reserve. A lot. A few requested Iraq. That was a surprise. A couple of soldiers are ETS’ing or leaving the army, but many more re-upped to stay in the reserves. This is a post in it self.

I will be writing and posting a few more images when I get home. I have many themes and ideas for more posts written down in my notebook. I have a few ideas for a novel that I am bouncing around. Maybe if I have enough or as my platoon Sergeant would say “make some time” I start will writing.

While I was at the bar we were making toast: “to electricity, to in-door plumbing, or beer.” Then people mentioned names of fallen comrades. Last somebody said “To Tehran in ’07.”

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Driving through a village.

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PCO=A cell phone that is for rent, since telephone land lines are non-existent. Shops along highway four toward Spin Buldak.

49 Comments:

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"B"
Get on back home safe!

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4:42 PM  
Blogger Chevy Rose said...

Welcome Home and Thank you for your service and sacrifice for us here in America.(((HUGS)))
I'm looking forward to your next post.

6:23 PM  
Blogger David said...

Crikey - didn't realise you'd been away that long -and Notts Forest STILL not in the Premier .....safe journey home

7:00 PM  
Blogger southerngirlpls said...

Welcome home! Thank you for sharing your experiences! You are a "Real Hero"! Take care and God Bless.

6:54 PM  
Blogger kbug said...

Just found your blog...it figures, as you're already home by now. But it's nice to know that you have no regrets about your time in Afghanistan...and also to hear that some of your fellow soldiers were re-upping and asking to go to Iraq. That has to be a surprise for alot of naysayers who try to convince everyone that troop morale is low. My youngest son is now in Iraq, he's Army also, but active duty. Glad I got the chance to find you so I could say thank you for your service and job well done. God bless you!!

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Blogger 'G' said...

glad to hear ur bck safe. Thank u for sharin ur exp.
peace
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Blogger Wesley Wadien said...

Approximately twelve and a half years ago I drove down into what appeared to be a base underneath Oak Hammock Marsh Manitoba Canada (protected wildlife sanctuary), I completely forgot the experience until reading a report on underground Nazi bases 8 months ago (The Omega Files), I then used Google Earth to view Oak Hammock Marsh and the surrounding areas, I found numerous irregularities including: a flying saucer that appears to be broke down in the mud, two saucers with adaptive camo and what appears to be their landing vehicles nearby them, a landing area that appears to be marked with two swastikas and protected by 2 anti-aircraft weapons, a wormhole in a backyard neighboring Oak Hammock Marsh and a large white/silver tank 100 feet North of that wormhole. Since remembering driving down into what appeared to be a base and finding these irregularities using Google Earth I have not stopped making this known, in my opinion anything less would be committing treason against Canada. These images and links are posted on my Facebook account which is open to the public. In my photo album named Possible Nazi base on Canadian soil I have included images taken from previous satellite imaging of Oak Hammock Marsh (Google Earth Pro) so it is possible to see what is normally in those areas.

Link to Possible Nazi base on Canadian soil Facebook photo album.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.631329920225024.1073741834.100000440659439&type=1

Links to Google Earth showing parts of a possible Nazi base on Canadian soil

Landing area marked with 2 swastikas and protected by 2 anti-aircraft weapons, west 400 feet is adaptive camo saucer, distortion around edges of saucer is visible.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.174163%2C-97.101154&spn=0.000515%2C0.001062&t=h&z=19

Saucer (possibly broken down), 2 mud tracks from it trying to take off or skimming the ground to avoid radar detection, 400 feet NNE of that is the landing vehicle for the saucer.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.225015%2C-97.139643&spn=0.000865%2C0.002296&t=h&z=19

Wormhole in backyard of property and large white/silver tank 100 feet North of that.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.151111%2C-97.101787&spn=0.000741%2C0.001725&t=h&z=19

Saucer landing vehicle, saucer NW of that at end of mud track with adaptive camo, distortion can be seen around edges of saucer.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.152524%2C-97.108787&spn=0.000956%2C0.002124&t=h&z=18

Technology used to create projection top on base, when I drove down into the base 12.5 years earlier the projection was turned off.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.174576%2C-97.128424&spn=0.001053%2C0.001725&t=h&z=19

Statement from the former Canadian Minister of National Defense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYSwomqKDqQ

News report on chem trails.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY16kEzIdHY

Nazi bell uncovered (Nazi bell used by the Nazis to create wormholes)

https://sites.google.com/site/nazibelluncovered/

1:21 AM  

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