Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Well, nothing nearly as exciting as my last story is going on; I'm on nights now, with very little tasking, and I've got nothing to do except stand duty and study for my upcoming HAC (helicopter aircraft commander) board. The HAC board is like a big final exam administered by five professors who fire away together at you for three hours; and then, you still have to go fly three flights to test all your knowledge in the air. Fun stuff. But, as I sit here, procrastinating as always, with my office full of a shipment of Christmas mugs my co-cubicle-occupant got sent out here, I thought I'd give a shout-out to the American public that has made this time away from home more bearable. Most of us get care packages from our family and friends; but that's a veritable trickle compared to the amount of gifts we get donated by people who don't know us and have never met us. These Christmas mugs, for example; we got six giant boxes sent over here, enough for the whole squadron twice over. One of our docs seems to have a friend or sypmathizer at the Grand Old Opry, because they send her dozens of goodie boxes a week. And we get a huge amount of snacks, toiletries, books, and other entertainment donated through programs like anymarine.com. And, from what I here, this will be a drop in the bucket compared to the Christmas season. Our families have been warned to send gifts early, because by mid-December we'll be innundated by cargo plane after cargo plane of care packages (and, since they need to get out to the FOBs, I'm sure our life will get a lot busier). So, to everyone out there who's sent a letter or a giant box of Thanksgiving turkeys to us on the other side of the planet: thank you. It's good to know you've got our backs.