Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Kuwait Sands

After traveling to the Kia airport, I handed off my Sappi hard plates for my body armor. I and my fellow travelers then waited for a few hours, until we suddenly were hustled out over the tarmac to the airplane.

Shuffling along in columns at almost a double time, in the dark and very thankful for my red LED-equipped mini Mag Lite, I thought to myself that this was just like the Army: after waiting for hours, we suddenly have to dash for half a mile! Then we were trampling up the ramp into the welcome light of the C-17 Globemaster's bay. Yay Air Force (incidental: most polite service encountered. Least polite: Marines)!

We were strapped in shortly afterward, happy to be in even cramped seating but outbound. As our wheels broke free at 2112 local, a spontaneous cheer broke from my and fifty other throats. At my front right, I could see Little Nicky's skinny arm raised high, giving Afghanistan the one-finger salute.

I'm in Kuwait now, and it's like living in a heater's blast. Fortunately, all the building have AC. And I'm almost home.

7 comments:

HollyB said...

YES,Yippee, and YAHOO!

Matt G said...

Brother, that's some damned good news.

I'd beg you to stay inside and not venture out, but I know your curious nature. Please maintain care, even in friendly Kuwait.

The Lily said...

Congrats! Where do you go from there? Germany and then the mainland?

Whatever your trip, I wish you safety and a smooth ride.

phlegmfatale said...

ROCK & ROLL!

It'll be great to know you're back home soon. We're all so proud of you.
:)

Jamie said...

Congratualtions, and many thanks.

scarlett said...

Thanks for all that you do

phlegmfatale said...

It's Memorial Day and I wanted to thank you again for serving our country and making the world a better place. :) Godspeed.


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