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Brian Metcalf’s Travel Diary

Friday, 02 May 2008

Location: USA

MapGood Friday Morning,

Time flies when you are....working till 9:30 every night? Yes indeed. Things are not exactly slowing down here, and they are likely to stay fast paced through my turnover. The good news is that the gentleman who will be relieving me has left Ft Jackson and should be in Kuwait as of yesterday. He has to do all that stuff there, which should take about a week, and then should be here next Friday. Then we have a week to turn over - for me to teach him everything he needs to know and finish checking out and packing and get the heck outta Dodge.

This summer should be full of relaxing time. I'm looking forward to sitting on the beach, laying by the pool, not carrying a pistol and body armor everywhere I go, never wearing brown camouflage again, and eating a wonderfully prepared Melanie dinner, and maybe a Big Mac too.

This past week hasn't been much in the way of news. We had a couple of sandstorms, which are opportunities for the bad guys because we can't fly and the visibility is limited, so they get more brave about their attacks. We had one land close that didn't explode. If it had it might have broken some windows, but we were lucky. The weather has turned nice again, and by nice I mean blue skies. It's back to near-triple digit temperatures.

There is always some anxiety in coming home, and this deployment is no different. I am curious to see how the kids will react. They are planning to meet me at the airport, which will probably be good for them - to have an official "coming home." And Melanie is planning a neighborhood party, and I bet things are back to normal (whatever that means) in a few weeks.

I have two more entries after today. I'll write my last one on the day I leave. With any luck, the next two weeks will be quiet, and I will enjoy sitting with each of you and telling you stories about my adventure. It has been eye-opening, to say the least.

God Bless to all,