Well, as you can see from the addition to my title, I am going to Iraq. I didn't plan on going to Iraq when I started my adventure since I was sure I was going to the safer option to the south. But, that is not the way things have turned out. So, with as much guts and I can muster, I will be heading up north to [OPSEC], Iraq. Some of you may know it by it's alter ego of "Mortarritaville". (gosh I hope my mother never reads that!) I'm both very excited and honored to get the opportunity to go, but on the same hand I'm scared shitless!
In other news, my training team is on a much needed and deserved break this weekend for Easter. We have the entire weekend off unless you have a watch on Saturday. I plan on spending Easter morning at church and then off in the afternoon to a big amusement park nearby. It will be a lot of fun to hang out with the peeps from my team outside of our usual groundhog day environment and blow off some steam before we depart for the sand. Some of my teammates will be going with me up to Iraq, but the majority will be separated up to the other different duty stations to the south of Iraq. The past month has been a blast getting to know these guys/gals, and it sucks that after all the time we have shared, it will be soon coming to an end. These are great people and I wish them all the best.
I finished my HUMWWV training the other day and let me tell you that was awesome! Some of us took our team van out last night for dinner and a trip to Walmart (which I used the opportunity to purchase my new snazzy laptop that I'm typing on right now) and my driver thought he was still driving one of the HUMWWV's...it was great!! I don't think the other people in the van that weren't at the training thought it was too fun, but I did!
Next week, we will begin our pack-out and I will get the 3rd shot in the series for my Anthrax and my Yellow Fever shot. Spraying of our uniforms, more power point briefs and some actual mission training will be done. We don't have our exact date of departure yet and I'm sure for [OPSEC] they won't tell us. It's better that way, there are some real jugheads here that would be on the first cell phone/email/text message they could find letting Hadji and all his buddies know just when we are leaving. My roommate was talking to her family the other day and telling them that when we get our date she would let them know. When she got off the call I calmly told her that she couldn't tell them exactly when we are leaving. She asked me why not and I told her for [OPSEC] reasons and she actually looked at me and asked, "well then how are they going to know?" Is she serious? I told her that they won't and she can't tell them. Hello! I guess she would like to be one of the jugheads that lets Hadji and all of his buddies know all about what we are doing and when. Sheesh!