Archive for June, 2009

Getting Settled

Author: Jon

We’ve been here in for about 2 and a half weeks and are still figuring things out.  We’ve gotten a lot of our equipment from units that are leaving and it takes a while to sort through what we have and figure out what needs work and what we need.  There is another unit like ours here that has been in country for a while and we’ve been meeting up with them on a routine basis getting very good intel on what they do, what the locals do and what they’ve found that works and what doesn’t.  This is more valuable info than we recieved in all our mobilization training.  Not saying that wasn’t good training, it helped us become a more cohesive unit, but this is more specific to what we face now.  They have only had one incident of enemy fire and it was indiscriminate indirect fire that only hit dirt no where near them.  Mostly, what you hear going on involves the local Iraqi Army and police.  As long as we can use the info that we learn from the guys that have been on ground, and get our equipment up and working soon, we’ll be starting to do our jobs.  Till then, we’re stuck on this monturous base living the good life.

More on this base; we have many different camps which just make it easier for command and control over so many soldiers.  I’m on Camp Striker which is mostly, motor pools and living.  Purely business.  Other camps have more ammenities to make life better and its only a shuttle bus ride over to them.  There’s movie theatres, local bazaars, PXs (military shopping like a Walmart), fast food (Burger King, Pop-eyes, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Coffee shops).  It’s too nice.

As promised, here are a few pics:

Mailing Address

Author: Jon

Here is our mailing address:

  • Jonathan Messmore (or another soldier’s name)
  • 961st EN CO
  • APO AE 09322

I will hopefully solve my hard drive issues and get some more pictures posted in the next couple of days. 

Other than that, we haven’t been up to much.  Talking with the units who have been here for a while and getting some good intel on what to do and not to do.  We’ve also been working on our company area to get it up and running so we can start planning jobs and missions.  Till then, it’s pretty laid back and easy.  The base is hugh, imagine a large international airport with an army base completely surround it, cause thats exactly what this is.

Hello from Baghdad

Author: Jon

After an almost all day ordeal, we’re in Iraq.  Right now we’re in transient tents but hopefully will move to our 2 man rooms within the week.  We arrived after sunset so I can’t say whether it’s nicer here than Kuwait.  But honestly, whats the difference between 120 F and 110 F?  There are trees and other semi-green things here, though.

It’s kind of funny to think I landed at what was once called “Saddam International Airport” 6 years ago.

I’ll try to get pics up soon.

Training in Kuwait

Author: Jon

We’re starting to get acclimated to the weather here.  Not that it changes much; 100’s in the day 80’s at night.  AND WIND.   Since this internet is so slow, I’ll devote my time to uploading pics and hope they tell the story.