UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
The other thread was more of me just talking out loud about what I think is going on here in Iraq in general.
Here's a quick update about me... with of course... some pics.
Anyone else a fan of "mudding?" It's when you take your vehicle and actively search out mud for the sole intent of driving through it. Personally, I love it. When I bought my truck a few years back, I had "mudding ability" as a top deciding factor. Guess what? There is mudding even in Iraq!:
This is my truck after a healthy dose of mudding:
Don't you hate Wednesdays? Mondays are ok, because you're rested and you're looking forward to your job (if you happen to like your job!) Fridays rock because you've put in an entire week's worth of work and now you're ready to relax over the weekend. But Wednesday - "hump day" - sucks. And that's where I am at in my deployment - the hump. When I first got here I was excited and ready to get dirty. And in six months I will be all excited about going home. But right now I am in the middle. Can't get excited about being here. Can't get excited about going home.
And now that the excitement is starting to wear-off, I find myself thinking more and more about home.
Like speaking about mudding, I miss going out with my buddies on our 4-wheelers:
Who here has a motorcycle? Lately I've been missing driving around on my bike with my wife on the back holding on to me. My bike:
I miss hanging out with my little brother (he was an "ohhh shit... we got pregnant" baby). I'm gonna miss his second season of little league football. The kid is tough as nails:
I miss hunting. Iraq has no good animals to hunt. We chased a lizard around the DFAC - but it's not the same as hunting the buck you've been watching all summer long:
Strangely - I even miss Fort Campbell. You don't realize how nice a base can be, until you go some no-name FOB where you have to wear your Kevlar helmet everytime you step out. I miss the daily drive to the base and going through the gate and seeing this:
...I am referring to the sign... but I also miss what's in the mirror: my wife's ta-tas
You know what else I miss? And this is going to sound strange... but I miss people who don't smell nasty. F-ed up, I know... but seriously, we brought these supplies out to a bunch of tankers, and after we shut down and they got out of their tank, they freakin' stunk. They said they hadn't showered in 8 days. And the sad thing - I've done it too. Sometimes showers are luxuries out here. I can't wait for a nice hot shower back home. Here is one of those tanks that came out to meet us:
OH MY GOD! An unmarked aircraft flying in and out of Iraq!! It must be one of those conspiracy aircraft shuttling prisoners out to secret CIA torture camps! Stop them! (no seriously folks, it's just the mail. Put those tinfoil hats away):
Changing out the #2 engine:
Checking out the hydraulics and flight controls:
Totally off topic, but this was in my email box from my friend:
I'm right behind you:
Check this freakin' photo out. It looks unreal. Remember Star Trek II, when in the beginning they go down to that planet and find Khaan? Doesn't this look like the planet in the movie? Freaky:
This kid is showing us his guns:
I think I'm saying, "What the hell are you doing waking me up? And why are you taking a picture?" Apparently I am not a nice person to be around when I wake up!
Ok, time for some self gloss... damn right I'm sexy (well... even with the black box over my face!)
Here's another pic taken by my crew chief as we are looking at 'lead.' We were ship 2 of 3:
Here 'lead' is again:
This is for you John. We miss you and always remember to keep the rotor side up and the dirty side down.
Anyway, sorry for these photos being a little more "boring" than previous posts. Hope you enjoyed non-the-less.
Totally off topic, but this was in my email box from my friend:
That is such a moving picture. Really makes you think..
Unfortunately, too many people in this country have lost respect for it . . .
Great pictures UH-60!!!
Yeah, tankers stink when they've been motoring about the desert without a shower like those panty-waist Air Farce fuckers . . . you know the type - if the Remote Control for the TV doesn't work, the quarters are substandard. .
I'm not even an American, and I stand. It's a mark of respect for the men and women who fight and die for their country. I stand for ALL national anthems as well. It pisses me off something rotten when I see people who will not even stand for their own anthem.
'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3439 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2294 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3): Yeah, tankers stink when they've been motoring about the desert without a shower like those panty-waist Air Farce fuckers . . . you know the type - if the Remote Control for the TV doesn't work, the quarters are substandard.
TERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
Nice one fella, you've been in the sandpit for a while now so guess you must be counting down the days?
I am in BIAP as the moment and i can smell the water wagon sucking the cr*p out of a thunder box next door as i write this. Ahhh i love the smell of sh*t in the morning (never mind napalm) and in August it is pretty special. Sadly a picture wouldn't do it justice and i had been out of Iraq long enough to forget what the smell was like. It's all coming back to me now!
Anyway, i am travelling around each base in IQ for a while and will be arriving on a flightline near you in just a couple of days.
Howz about a A.netters meet in Iraq? could be a first? Send me a PM if you're going to be around. I will be getting off the conspiracy plane!!!
MattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2082 times:
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter): Check this freakin' photo out. It looks unreal. Remember Star Trek II, when in the beginning they go down to that planet and find Khaan? Doesn't this look like the planet in the movie? Freaky:
But Keptin, this is the garden area of Seti Alpha VI!
Like ANC said, you're on the downward slide. Keep your head down & stay safe.
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Gilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2072 times:
Great pics and narrative, thanks for the update. You are doing a fantastic job and it is greatly appreciated. How hard do you have to work to get a hummer stuck or is it the additional weight that did it in? Having lived in Ashland City for a year I agree, Clarksville and the Ft. Campbell area along with the land between the lakes is a beautiful area of the country. When you get back maybe I'll take a ride up that way and give you a run for your money!
Continued good luck and remember Airborne leads the way!
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2010 times:
Just wanted to say thank you for posting. I totally identify with your analogy of the hump in the week and the hump in (what is in your case) the tour of duty. You're a good man doing an honest job and I hope that you'll be home safely to your wife and friends soon.
Warm regards from Dubai.
PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
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: UH60, Thanks for sharing with us, I look forward to your posts and pictures. Fly safe and thanks for your service.
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