Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
11:29:00 PM CST

23 Feb 2004

We had a lot of ground fire last night and a few mortars. It was noisy, but rumor was that the mortars landed over by the airport and north Victory. North Vicotry was originally Saddam's personal hunting refuge/area. Rumor also has it that on Friday night/Saturday morning, somewhere between 5-15 Iraquis snuck over the wall and constantina wire to get on base. This is all rumor, of course, but that supposedly was why we heard gunfire late Friday night/Saturday morning. So the little incident did not help the whole situation. But, this does mean that if the rumors are true, information about the base is leaving the base via local workers and they are watching for any chink in the armor.

Also to be noted, "he-who-shall-not-be-named" left the base this morning. His plane departed around 7 a.m. I think ITT wheeled some deals to quickly get him out of here and avoid further embarrassment.

Received emails from CRC buddies. Seems like ITT is shuffeling the deck here. The Army is going to take over the proposed civilian positions in some sites we already had people deployed to. So now our group-members will be moved to either different sites in Iraq, to different sites in Kuwait, to Afghanistan, or to Camp Doha to wait on reassignment.

We were cleaning fools today in bated expectation of the visit of a two star general. After all is said and done, it was a visiti of a Lt. Colonel with an entorage of majors. He was a pretty cool guy. My coworker Randal was briefing him and then he noted that the Colonel is looking at the equipment and thinking. Randal asks if there are any questions, as the Colonel was still looking like he was trying to formulate a question. Then Randal breaks his chain of thought and interjects, "You don't have to ask any questions if you don't want to." That put a smile on the Colonel's face.
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