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Posted on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 10:04

I received the email below from George who was a long term member here and is now seving as a civillian contractor helping our troops in Afghanistan. He gave me permission to post the paragraphs that follow. It would appear that being single here is a lot better than being single over there. I hope some of you will chime in with your support and those who have his private email addy or his PAGE may choose to contact him that way. I will make sure to copy and paste any posts that appear on this thread and send them over to George...

  November 14, 2010 at 10:50am

  Subject: from Afghan

  well bill i hav now been deployed for 2 weeks...what a difference in our living conditions in the states vs. here....no surprise though....well kind of

anyway all is fine, just a lot uncomfy and not very clean sleeping environment....well the entire base is a pig zone....or course it is also a war zone.....so dusty, its like working in a quarry.....

2-3 days ago on Veterans Day we were mortared a total of 6-7 times (never made the national news tmk)...talk about a rush....only one mortar hit the living/working compounds of the base...it hit one of our airstrips...about 200-300 yards from where I was at the time (Im to old for this)....the other mortar either failed to hit their target (us) or our defense systems knocked them down....the apache helicpoters where everywhere....you could here them firing on the enemy....

with me living in a tent with 120 other men it is never light there as there are 3 shifts of guys working....even in the morning it is semi dark.....the real challenge is finding your socks in the dark :) not exactly MD and i am not sure i would do it again, but this has been an expierence already....can i come home now and talk about it...lol....btw i have 3 flashlights to help me find the socks and maneuver around the compounds along with a reflector belt...ohand excuse my typing i am not correctding every error, just typing away.

the days go quickly...it is just the evening showering (another challenge if you enjoy hot water to wash the dirt and dust off of you) and jumping immediately into bed....aside from work there is nothing to do here...we finally have a good internet connection so last night (sat) was the first night we could play on the web....and you see what i am doing sunday morning at 9:15 am....with the11 1/2 hour time difference (AZ)with you all are prob still up....

one of our largest afghan vendorsis the phone and internet people....they are making a fortunre based on their rates....i pay $100 a month to have internet and we are running at a speed of less than 256k....thats just a hair above dial up....back home i pay $55 and have business high speed dsl....it is at least 10 times faster if not more....

on a bright note almost everyone here is very friendly or at least cordial....i think we all know we are in the same situration and help each other out....last night a new contractor was bunking next to me.....i came into the tent around11 pm and he had no flashlight as he tried to find his clothes...so i helped him in, gave him one of my flashlightgs to borrow until he got organized...its like you have to find ur stuff but dont want to wake anyone up in the tent too....see those flashlights are almost a commodity.....anyway thats the 5 min vs of whats going on here....oh one more thing....i am being transferred (already) from bogram to kandarhar, and ryan (my colleague) from bogram to kabul....they tell me this will happend in 4-5 days...which really means in a week or 2....assuming they dont change their minds again....lol....the only thing consistent is change and indecision....regardless i love my country!!!.....its an honor to do my very small part to support our troops....again a very small part....

so if you have time to write it always is nice to hear fromfolks from home....not much to do here but work...pls say hi to our joint friends for me...thanks....george

  November 14, 2010 at 9:52pm
Re: from Afghan
hello bill....thanks for writing back....i suspect our conditions are better than yours in the late 50's early 60's. i think we as a nation are spoiled now vs. our younger years....gosh even poor people have cell phones and internet....plus you were in a combat role i am here as support staff to assist our war fighters.

sure start a blog if you would like and certainly share the info with anyone as i am honored to be of service........i miss some of the folks from mm....being here DoD severely limits what sites we can visit....it has just been recently that FB was allowed...so far dating sites or whatever you call MM is not allowable...from time to time i will try to get to a hot spot and see whats going on with mm....BTW hit my FB for some pics or my colleague Ryan Langelan has posted many more pics...i think his fb is open to the public.

on a side note i now have an international cell with sig costs to call the states ...i want to get my kids a calling card so they can call me, but they all seem to be with hidden fees, and sur charges....do you know of a good site i can buy mins for them that wont rip me off???

so nice to hear from you...thank you for your very kind words and thoughts!!










 



 








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Posted on Tue, May 17, 2011 00:34

Hello,

Just wanted to send a note of thanks for what you are doing. My dad was a heavy attack fighter pilot and I know that he would not have come home safely, with out the support of so many others.

It's too bad that we don't hear much about you guys. I suppose most people don't even know that you are there. I would like to be your penpal and hear more about it. The culture you encounter, the current events and even the frustrations.

Do you guys need more flashlights or any thing? Let me know and I will see what I can do to get the word out. Until then, stay safe, keep your head down, and don't be rushing into any harems lol.

Sincerely,

Wynot 55



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Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 16:34

Hey Bill Wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for your support during my stay in Afghanistan. I returned yesterday morning and now have my boots back on American soil and have enjoyed a great Easter weekend with my folks and kids. The deployment was rewarding in many different ways and as with any other job had its frustrating moments too. I am not sure if I would say the time went quick or slow....kind of strange. BTW I was presented with an award of excellence on my last working day in Afghan (pic attached). I leave MD for Indy tomorrow for a day or so to begin the de mobe process. Hopefully they won't find anything wrong with me and I should be out of there pretty quickly. Anyway thanks again as I enjoyed our chats and emails. Bernie was acting in a similar role as you too. Not sure if the blog with MM is still active, but if so please thank the other MMer's who showed support through emails too (or copy past this email please). Take care.


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Posted on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 12:00

Hey Bill, long time no see! Tell George hi from a very oldie, but goodie! We are real proud of him and all the others that go and are away from all their friends and family.


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Posted on Tue, Mar 08, 2011 10:49

I heard from George today via the telephone. He is home in MD. for a well deserved vacation. He sounds great and will be around until early April when he returns to Afghanistan to finish up the last 6 weeks of his contract. He has some great offers to stay longer which he is considering. He has made invaluable contacts and learned a lot of things about doing business over there which should help him greatly going forward. He thanks all of us for all the moral support and for keeping in touch with him...


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Posted on Sat, Feb 19, 2011 13:59

Anyone know how George is doing?.....I have not received a reply to my last message.....worried, a little or a lot......



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Posted on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 08:52

Hey Pat. Happy somewhat belated New Year to you and fellow MMer's. Things are going well here. About a week ago I finished a mini tour of Afghan traveling to Shank, Salerno and Sharana. Did my thing and flew back to my home base in Kabul. I leave again for different locations in about 10 days...will be traveling much between late Jan and through early March. At least it makes the time go more quickly. Our weather here has been quite mild usually I wear a long sleeve shirt and hoodie for outside duties. I hear our general area; mid atlantic region and a bit north has had some cold, cold weather with some snow too. I should know because I am still paying the heating bill back home...I wonder what my daughter has the thermostat on? :) Probably 92 with the window open...lol. I cannot get on MM from a DoD computer, sooooooo I only hear things 2nd hand. I was emailing with Bill quite a bit, and still touch base with Bernie via FB from time to time. I am sure with the Holidays everyone has been busy. If anyone may be interested please feel free to post my email to you as well as pics from Afghan that are attached to this email ....if folks may not be interesed that's fine too....we all have our own busy lives to carry on with. Hope things are well with you and thank you so much for the email...George

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Posted on Wed, Jan 05, 2011 23:48

i am lost,,,WHY is George IN Afghanistan in the first place ?


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Posted on Sat, Dec 25, 2010 20:47

Email I received from George this evening after sending him a Merry Christmas email: "Hi Pat and thank you. Merry Xmas to you, family and friends too...Things are going well here. I am heading out now to the airfield to catch yet another chopper to the next destinaion....Hope all is well!! George" He's safe and on the move again! Hopefully, we'll have some new news in a day or two.


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Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 08:48

REPOSTED FROM AN E-MAIL:

""Hello Pat.....yes after a very lenghty delay (35 hours of sitting at an airfield) we took off for the 10 m in flight to Kabul....I like Kabul so much better than big, smelly, nothing to do Bagram.  Kabul is small, a little tidier, and we have hot water for showers....small favors.  :)

 

I have been keeping Bill in the loop whats been going on, but pls feel free to share anything I write to you too. 

 

i have not had a drink in 8 weeks so the limp wrist really sounds good right now....what a difference a year makes...ironically the balt ravens played this past sunday night at 8:15 pm your time...the limp wrist would have had the game on....anyway, at 8:15 pm ur time, is 5:45 am my time here in Afghan....I usually get up at 6ish but woke up at 5ish to watch the game....the game was on the TV in the mess hall, so me and a friend watched the game while eating breakfast andhavng way too much coffee....sadly we lost, but it could have been my favorite activity since i have been here.

 

and to add a cliche to our proverb....you are only as old as you act....in that case we are both 16  :)   at least at the limp wrist.....anyway wanted to write you back and thank u for the email.  please feel free to drop me a line anytime you have time....they keep me company and helps me get my mind off the war efforts....despite me being in a warzone i am not a war maniac....every night i pray for peace in what would be a gorgeous countryside had it not been for us humans not being able to get a long...it  makes no sense...thanks again....G""

 



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Posted on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 16:34

More pictures from George. Worse than my college days. LOL...


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Posted on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 16:33

More pictures from George


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Posted on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 16:32

More pictures from George


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Posted on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 16:31

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Posted on Tue, Dec 07, 2010 20:45

FROM GEORGE: It is very nice to hear that others are still following and commenting on your blog Bill.  Thank you for keeping me in the loop.   I am a bit home sick but do talk and email with my family nearly everyday.  It is sometimes hard to get an outside phone line to the states, and the Net is at best iffy, but doable with some patience.   I am now in Kabul and like it 1000% more than Bagram.  The base is much smaller and everything is in walking distance vs. Bagram (which is at least 4 miles wide by 5 miles long) where I had to wait for a bus to get to the office and other locatins.  It was pretty common to wait 30 mins and then a 20 min bus ride at 15 mph, plus stops.  Kabul also has some extra curriculars to do; pool, ping pong, dvd rentals for free, a pizza/sub shop etc.  The D FAC has tv's so on Monday morning at 5:45 am my time, I was watching my Baltimore Raven's play the P burgh Steelers.  It was a Sunday night game that started at about 8:15 pm eastern.   I think I am going to like my new job duties which may require some travel off base.  This is a mixed feeling as obviously any travel will increase physical risk, but the experience of seeing the countryside and meeting people is an awesome thought.   I have tons of pics to share, but I left my stick drive in my quarters.  Will share some later.  I did send you a few the other day.  If you have not already done so, please feel free to post them on MM.   Hope all is well on your side of the world and say hi to our joint friends for me.  Thanks...George

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Posted on Tue, Dec 07, 2010 20:43

FROM GEORGE:

As you know the past couple of days we have been trying to get to Kabul but cannot catch a military flight out of here.  There is a rating system that decides who flies first.....it is usually folks be deployed (military) and then contractors be deployed or re deployed, followed up with emergency flights home, and folks who are going on R&R.....then us....of course there are other people like "us" who sometimes are ahead of us in line....soooooooo that is the deal. 
 
So finally this past Friday we were cleared for our flight at 8 pm.  That is until Obama flew in and delayed our flight...actually by 5 am we still were waiting only for the flight to be totally canceled.  I knew there were several reason why I did not vote for him...lol....Ok keeping politics out of this.  At 5 amish, I  waited 20 mins for a bus to take a 20 min ride back to my camp....keep in mind I was up all night (first time I have done that in a long time).....so went back to Warrior, showered, grabbed some breakfast, drank some coffee (lke yea thats exactl what my stomach did not need), hopped on the bus back to the airfield.  Waited another 8 hours and finally flew to Kabul....it took 10 minutes....kind of a very long wait for such a short  flight.
 
We took an escorted and of course armed ride from Kabul international airport to Camp Eggers....went through the usual papework and got bunked in temp housing....it sure beats Bagram's Warrior Camp....have hot water, cleaner facilities, the base is much smaller and everything is in easy walking distance (unlike Bagram which is about 4 miles wide by 5 mile long (immediate compound).  The base has minimal traffic so there is far less fumes, dust and grime....I like it here 1000% more than Bagram.....relatively speaking of course.
 
There are actually some extra activities to do here....nothing super exciting but unlike Bagram there is stuff to get into....you can rent movies (free from MWR), there are a few pizza/sub places, and pool/ping pong.  My buddy Ryan is playing guitar in the worship band, and I went to Worship last evening; had communion, and a very uplifting Christian spiritual time....they played a few Xmas tunes and the environment was very peaceful....not to talk religion either....lol...no politics, no religion, no alcohol, no sex....help me please.   :)
 
I have attached a few pics...and have lots more....broadband is still quite low here so I hesitate to try and send any more....will send more pics in future emails....Pls feel free to post to MM....Many thanks to you and all of my MM buddies.  Pat has written me a few times, but I do not have her email address on this computer....will write to her soon, but do want to thank her publically for writing....the same goes for my good friend Eva in the SF area, and a few other friends from MM....my mind is drawing a blank and I have to run back to work now....Thanks again to all of you!!  G

 

 


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Posted on Mon, Dec 06, 2010 21:22

I like George's suggestion...send care packages to Bagram, for use by the general population...but if we send stuff in George's name, we can make him famous even if he doesn't smell like Irish Spring :)


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Posted on Mon, Dec 06, 2010 21:18

Another shout-out to George. Apparently, according to Pat, he did receive my email, and did respond, though that response is lost in the ethers, not in my spam, just...nothing. I believe it though, so for the sake of some reliable convo, I'll post my smooches here. G, I hear there are no giraffe's where you are, so please be so kind as to snap us some photos of yourself with any other exotic animals you may find there...even if they ARE human, lol. As always, you get my best and warmest thoughts. G-Dubs

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Posted on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 16:13

Hi Bill, New to this site and found You and George and would like to send George a hello from Delaware and I will be sending Flashlights batteries, personal cleaning cloths and very small MP3 players(2 or 3) pre-recorded with great tunes to the USO, thanks for passing this on. Praying that ya'll ALL get to come home soon. Merry Christmas. Cami

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Posted on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 15:48

A note from George that was forwarded to me for posting:


Hi Pat!!  Isn't it hard to believe it has been nearly a years since the Limp Wrist was opened up??  :)

I am a bit short on time and broadband here in Afghan so I need to be quick today.  I leave for Kabul in 24-48 hours via a 12 min plane ride or a 2ish hour armored convoy ride.  I like the idea of the convoy (assuming all goes well) as it would give me more visibility to the country and the environment of the locals.  But the good news is I do not make those decisions.  

It is my honor and priv to be helping in my small way here for our true heroes the war fighters.  

I am flattered to know many MMers have followed Bill's blog.  Prayers and warm thoughts are appreciated and as we speak I am in no need of physical materials; if so I will rely on my kids and parents to get stuff to me.  My address will change many times here, and given it takes 10-14 days for stuff to arrive from the states to afghan, I could be at another location by the time anything gets here.  Obviously my family has a better feel for my travel and itinerary than I could possibly share in a public domain.  I have a secret clearance and cannot give details or disclose mission readiness or duties.  No, nothing that they would kill you if you knew, but they may kill me for telling you.   :)  As I stated to Bill or maybe it was Bernie the local USO and MWR's here at Bagram can always use candy, soaps, and other staple type items. If such care package were to be sent, their addresses remain constant as do their needs.  To my knowledge they receive minimal appropriated dollars (taxpayer) and again I am confident could use such donations.

 

Please thank all MMers for the kind words and support.  I remain humbled.  Please feel free to share the above info to our friends.  Thank you for your direct and kind email to me....Praying for Peace at Gods speed...BTW I have access to very few non Department of Defense sites.   So no I cannot view MM or make comments..Thanks again...G


 



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