Well, Im here now. Finally at our COB. I was surprised as to how long it took us to get to our actual station over here. First we flew from the states to Germany, then to Kyrgyzstan (never new the country existed till i was there), next was Bagram Air Field (BAF) Afghanistan, then of to Salerno, and now our COB. The flights to Germany and Kyrgyzstan were on a commercial airline, stopping in Germany to refit. Manas is the staging area for US Forces going into Afghan, kind of like Kuwait is for Iraq, Manas, Kyrgyzstan is for Afghanistan. Than BAF and Salerno. Took some classes on what to expect and some training and such. Than we finally got flown out in Chanooks to our COB. Just so happens we landed here at our final destination on my birthday, our helicopter got shot at i guess, didnt really amount to much, just pop shots.
Life here isnt bad. We are transitioning with the 101st guys who are here. We are a platoon size element out here. We have an MWR (moral welfare and recreation) where we have TVs with satelite, PS3, Xbox, and i think we have a wii as well. Also have phones and internet (not free but reasonably priced) We have 2 cooks that cook for us, the food is much better than i expected. They cook it for us, and than they have Afghans that are hired to clean dishes and the dining area. Everyone has their own room in a hardstand building with power. So we all have our laptops and Ipods, basically all the electronics we could fit in our bags is here. So we do get to relax, but we cannot forget that the mission comes first, so some days we will have time to sit down and relax, and others we will bw roughing it out. Comes with the job i guess. Overall it is much nicer here than we all expected.
Out here in the wire is fairly safe this far, but we have heard from the Unit that is here when they go out on missions thats when they get contact with the enemy and such. We havnt gone out yet. IEDs and such are to be expected, along with the attacks and such. The unit here we replaced lost 2 men and several others wounded. So there is danger, but thats what we do, that is our job to go out and find the enemy, and win the hearts and minds of the local population.
I cannot post pictures or video yet because we are not allowed to connect our personal electronics to the MWR computers where we have the public internet access.