Sunday, February 7, 2010

Day 6: Korean Village (part 1)

Korean Village

This is a long travel day so we got to get up early, I hit breakfast and Sadams hunting Cabin is packed with officers and big dogs. I ran into the guy who brought the wounded warriors over for closure from the war and to visit where they where injured and we got to talking. Him and I both want to start setting up Walter Reed shows ASAP. His last name was Kell, he was a very funny, energetic Baldwin looking fellow who I really like.

I'm having a hard time with ranks and symbols and who does what, so I will be posting a blog on ranking when I slow down a bit.

Even After the "wake up" last night, I got great sleep. Its Raining and dreary. Iraqi mud is Awful. Its like a Toxic mix of sticky like gum and consistency of dog crap, its so thick and nasty. Its cold and we have long chopper rides today, so i try and bundle up but it don’t help. This is going to start confusing and end worse.

Everyone is cranky because of the cold. We where warned it snowed in the Korean Village yesterday- its the US's Siberia!

This is Cold as Hell in these things, you cannot shut the gunner doors. So even though there is a heat system only the pilots get a taste of that.

It’s Like a bad episode of Mash. We had to go to Alasad and switch Choppers. They Control West Iraq, so we have to unload, get checked in then reload. We get our own Black Hawk Crew "The Werewolf’s" but we share the chopper with some contractors and they had allott of equipment!

This is the Euphrates river: I also seen The Tigris this trip.. That’s where Jesus walked!

My Feet and hands where Frozen Solid. It was painful. Once we got in we went to The Mayors Cell.. Klug, he was a good guy, he is from Oregon and between him and his base it reminded me of a lumberjack lodge.

Our first stop Korean Village:

Klugs XO:  He informed us the last six groups that where supposed to come out cancelled and he was positive we were going to. The travel and the weather is responcible for this.

This Base Borders Seria and Jordan it is made up of allot of The 82nd Airborn and our pilots will be there so The skydive bit should be amazing..

These walls are called Esko Barriers
Just like Giant sand bags but 7 feet high with rebarb walls.

The Werewolves Stuck Around to enjoy the show and then Fly us Back. I have a seperate short Blog to talkabout them.
These guys wanted a show! If you look close enough, I think Im the Employee of the month.
Two beer to each soldier during the game!

The Food was great and they had an awesome POW MIA thing set up. They have them at all DFACs but this one stood out. Here is the thing in the frame.
Those who have served and those currently serving the uniformed services of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and internment. Before we begin our activities this evening, we will pause to recognize our POW's and MIA's. We call your attention to this small table, which occupies a place of dignity and honor near the head table. It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks. They are referred to as POW's and MIA's. We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families tonight, so we join together to pay our humble tribute to them, and bear witness to there continued absence. This table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors. The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. The single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood they many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return. The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight. A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate. The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait. The glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us this night. The chair is empty - they are not here. The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation .Let us pray to the supreme commander that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks. Let us remember and never forget their sacrifices. May god forever watch over them and protect them and their families.

When we where waiting for the dinning hall they had us go in a bunker because it was so cold. Leave it to Felicia and Carol to make you laugh.

Master Sarg Klug, Felicia Micheals, Stephen Kruiser, Carol Montgomery, Leighan Lord and Mark Riccadonna