Saturday, July 15, 2006

So long, Iraq

This will very likely be the last entry for this deployment.

Five of the twenty people in my unit are already back in the States. Two had to leave early because of family problems, the other three are our advance party who are supposed to help our de-mobilization in Fort Bliss. The rest of us have been hanging out in Camp
Ali Al-Saleem, Kuwait for the last few days waiting for a flight home. Say: Ali Al-Saleem. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

Life down here has been sluggish and boring, but not as hot as when I was here in August. Thompson, Poland, Robicheau and I discovered a USO building where it was possible to play Halo 2 all day if you didn't mind waiting or crouching around a small screen. We didn't.

I think Ali Al-Saleem has to take the cake for the most laid back US base in the Middle East. Not even Anaconda (called "Shamaconda") comes close. Everyone here is in transit to or from R&R or to or from a deployment. The officers return salutes half-heartedly and some people slouch around in civilian clothes. Why not? Who cares? Myself I went without shaving yesterday and it was liberating.

Hopefully the freedom bird will come in tonight and I will soon be able to enjoy more freedoms in the good ol' U.S.A. Hooah.


Blogger Bryan said...

NICE! I'm happy for you Spencer. Let me know how the Arabic goes.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

MG Mark Hertling gave the Pentagon security briefing this morning. He talked about shway shway and eating the elephant one bite at a time. I looked up shway-shway on Google and your blog is at the top. Much peace and thank you for your service.

8:32 AM  

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