Monday, February 16, 2004

Departing Camp Wolf

Departing Camp Wolf
Monday, February 16, 2004
2:03:00 AM CST

11 Feb 2004

Stupid SOB's. They tell us that they will be doing a roll call at 0500 for the manifest to Baghdad. If you don't answer up, you're not on the flight. 0500 rolls around, noone. 0600, 0700, noone. Victor goes over to tent D1 to find out what's going on, they tell him 1030 roll and flight; be ready. I went and got breakfast but didn't shower. I'll get one when we get there. The 1/2 mile hike to the showers may make me miss roll!

Well, we got on the first manifest for an 1100 departure. Dragged our bags over to the pallets for the loadmaster and then we were instructed to go to D1 and wait. *Don't* go anywhere because we don't want you to miss the flight! Predator was put into the DVD player and I'm thinking that we probably shouldn't get into the movie to much since we should be outta here in 1/2 hour.

WRONG! After the movie finishes at 1330, they come in and say that the second flight to Baghdad is going to depart first. Our plane is 5 minutes out and hasn't even landed yet. Why am I surprised? Still no lunch. We finally get loaded by 1500. I know what to expect for seating. A C130 that has two pallets loaded with our luggage is in back and rows of webbed seating running lengthwise inside the cargo bay. 5 years in the Air Force but my two C130 flights have been as a civilian contractor. One from King George Island in the Antarctic back up to Punta Arenas, Chile and now from Kuwait City to Baghdad.
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