Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Non-Unit Related Personnel (NRP) Welcome

Non-Unit Related Personnel (NRP) Welcome
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
4:26:00 PM CST
Non-Unit Related Personnel (NRP) Welcome


Sunday January 25th, 2004. Started our in-processing today. We had a formation in the morning and then started the inprocessing paperwork and waiting. Good thing I brought the Harry Potter series with me to read. At this rate, I'll be through the series before we depart on Friday! Hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait!

Dinner was at the chow hall at 1700 and then we boarded busses for an NRP In-Brief, Safety Orientation Meeting with a film on driving military vehicles in Baghdad and then a Base Intro from 1830 until about 2130.

Monday January 26th. The morning began with our formation at 0530 (that's ohh dark thirty to the unitiated). Breakfast at the chow hall and then we boarded busses for the First Aid Review, UXO (unexploded ordinances) film and briefing. The later half of the morning we went over to the SRP (Soldier Readiness Processing) Center for medical review and shots.

Our medical records were reviewed to determine that we had what was needed and also to determine what shots were needed. Since all of my shots were over 10 years old, I ended up with all nine. Anthrax, smallpox, MMR, you-name-it-I-got-it! Prior to the shots, blood is drawn for DNA typing and for the HIV test. You can't get smallpox if you're HIV pos. You ain't going to Iraq either if you're HIV pos.

My arms are still a bit sore, but the good news is that my smallpox scab is finally starting! Whoo-hoo!
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