Friday, March 26, 2004

BIAP Taxi and ISG Tripping

BIAP Taxi and ISG Tripping
Friday, March 26, 2004
11:25:00 PM CST

26 Mar 2004

Stuck around the shop last night so that Dan and I could go pick up the group returning from Kuwait. The flight got delayed till 2100, so we got to watch the end of the Godfather on AFN (Armed Forces Network). We got to BIAP-MAC around 2230 and their plane had just arrived. I'm pretty familiar with the back-roads drive to the airport by now, but the damned side-street turn-off from the highway is still tough to find. So we get back and drop them all off and Dan comes up to me and says, "Gotta go back. There is a Sgt from the 54th batallion that we left behind." Went back and picked him up and was in bed by 0030. Late night for me.

This morning, Eve, Dan and I went over to ISG to do laundry. I forgot how nice it is to use dryers!! No lint, No wrinkles, and no stiff-as-a-board clothes. How did Great-gram do it? It's been almost two months since I've used a clothes dryer. You develop a real appreciation for the simple things from back home. We went over and ate at the chow hall on ISG since we were there already. They usually have much better chow than Victory and they didn't let us down today. Ran into our counterparts at ISG from ITT and they kindly reminded us to come back for dinner. Tonight they will have Steak and Shrimp, cuz it's Friday.

ISG houses the CIA and other higher-up federal employees, so they have things a bit more comfy than us. No tents for them. Our country manager lives over there for that reason. Can't say that I blame him. No reason to suffer with us poor slobs over on Victory in a tent when trailers are readily available just across the highway. They are clearning more areas for trailers on Victory, but my number won't come up in the next few days. I'll be gone before then.

Also took a few minutes to get some pictures around the base. ISG, also known as Camp Slayer was the home to the Bathe Party HQ and to the Republican Guard HQ. More than a few of the buildings took hits from bombs and missles. A couple of them are currently being rebuilt courtesy of the USofA. We aren't giving the Iraqis anything less than what we did for Japan and Germany after WWII.
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