Most of my posts to date have been “Hi. I’m in [foreign sounding place 1/2/3/4]. It’s hot. Bye”, so I aim to change that today. We’re done with another day of training, and actually finished our major testing for this explosives class I’m taking. I’ve passed everything, not with as high a score as I wanted, but I can’t really complain with a 91 average (and without studying). Yeah, I’m gloating about that. Give me a break.
Bagram is pretty much the same, weather-wise, as it was last time. Maybe not as hot, especially with my initial experience in J-bad, but still with violent, temporary thunderstorms that flood everything because the ground is too much like concrete to absorb much water. It’s still windy, especially at our training site (which is also an Army Ranger training site, which is cool…if you’re into that sort of thing, which I’m not). Lots of dust clouds that coat your clothes, gear, and face with a fine ashy substance that…that’s just great. I feel like our prehistoric ancestors must have felt like, with grains of sand grinding my teeth down to a nub. Good thing the army will take care of that, am I right?
I’m staying in a clamshell tent at the moment, with enough bunks for hundreds of soldiers. It’s not packed out at the moment, thankfully, so it’s not as miserable as it could be. The AC is so-so, enough that you won’t cook inside the tent, but not as nice as a 1990 Honda’s AC would be. Bunks are mostly stable and comfortable. Getting plenty of sleep here, so I’m enjoying that part while I can. Most of my free time is spent watching my tv shows (Family Guy, Futurama, The Unit, Lost) or listening to music. I wander up to the coffee shop a few times (read: many times) for a Mocha on ice, which is the best form of R&R I can get at the moment.
Not to focus too much on this part, but hey, we’ve been in-country approximately 2 and 1/2 weeks. That’s 2 and 1/2 weeks closer to coming home than we were before. I don’t do the countdown as bad as I used to, but it’s still nice to look at the calendar every once in a while and be pleasantly surprised at the time that’s passed.
Oh, I’ve read that Gen. McChrystal has angered President Obama. Since that issue is way above my pay-grade, I won’t comment, except to say, “Really? President Obama needs a Hurt Feelings Report?”… but seriously, civilian control of the military is important.
P.S. I’ve graduamated my course and should be heading back to join the platoon shortly.