Saturday, February 28, 2004

We've Moved

We've Moved
Saturday, February 28, 2004
11:11:00 PM CST

27 Feb 2004

We've moved! KBR decided that they wanted their 24 man tent back, so they have moved us into a couple of other 16 man tents in Coalition Village. We have divided up the spaces so that each tent has or can have 8 people. My new space is about 8X8 ft. I carried all my stuff over about 1/4 mile away. The pickup was already being used by others,and I wnated to make sure that I still had some choice of location in the tent. Didn't want to be by the door again.

Kind of down today. Owen, one of the guys that I went through CRC with, left on the 25th at 0615. I'm kind of sad to see him leave, but he lined up a better job with another company here in Iraq. At least it is a better opportunity and he will be working on the equipment he has experience with. That was all he wanted in the first place. I knew he would go when they stuck him on help desk. We don't maintain the sat comm equipment and doesn't seem like any is on the horizon for awhile. Haven't heard anything fromhim to date since he got back to Camp Doha---so where's the email Owen?

Sal dropped us all a line from Kabul. Owen, Sal, Pat and I hung together at Ft Bliss for CRC and stayed at the Bliss Inn instead of the open bay. We also shared the car that Owen had rented to get around the base. Anyway, eight ITTer's are out in Kabul, Afghanistan now, Sal and Pat among them. Sal said that they are staying in a safehouse behind the embassy in the basement. "At least we have beds," is his upbeat remark about the site. Pat has been working midnights at the Tech Control but the others are going tobe working help desk and haven't really been doing too much yet.

Mortars have been booming in the distance since about 9pm. They sound pretty far away- probably over by BIAP (Baghdad Intl Airport). Don't sound close enough for Victory North or ISG (across the highway from us at the old Bathe HQ and Republican Guard Compound). Drove past Victory North on Tuesday and see that they have quite a nice BX/PX going in there. It is almost about the size of a Target...the store, not a bulls eye for mortar practice! Although some nights we really wonder. All the steel beams are up. Very soon this is going to be a growing base from the looks of things.
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