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Europe » Kosovo » East October 7th 2009

There are moments on a deployment that jump right out at you and say, “Hey dummy, wake up and smell the roses, you really are on a military deployment.” Today is that day for me. I have been really good humored about all the silly army stuff that we sometimes have to do. I have spent a lot of time with soldiers and trying to brighten people’s spirits by just being positive during most of my waking moments. But the reality hits home a little bit at a time. I am no different than most any soldier. I miss my family and friends, I count down the days until I can return to my home, I think the food is icky, and I am real tired of wearing my flip flops in the shower. There are ... read more

Europe » Kosovo » East October 4th 2009

You probably never guessed it but...My small group never went back to the Oktoberfest sight. We concluded that we were all a little on the "mature" side to be hanging around all the beer drinkers and ride takers. So our wandering on the beautiful city of Munich began. Knowing that Munich is rich in history but with only a few hours to enjoy its grace we decided to combine a self guided tour and a very fun tour bus ride. We hopped on the bus and sat on the top deck of the double decker where we pretty much had an unhindered view of this somewhat metropolis. We plugged the provided headsets in and got to choose from 8 different languages, and we were probably the only ones on the bus that chose english. For a ... read more
Karlston, Entrance to Munich's Old Town
We are on our double decker tour bus
The serenity of the water running through the city

Europe » Kosovo » East October 4th 2009

So finally after our fiasco of driving into Munich the vans unloaded and my simple instructions were, "Be back here in six hours." Sometimes I feel like protecting the soldiers from any little bad thing that could possibly happen. It must be the motherly side of me, so at times it takes everything I have to just let them go and have a good time without me. Plus, I needed to start enjoying my partial day off. The challenges of traveling in a foreign country are always lurking around each corner. How do you make the parking meters work, where did we really park, why don't they speak more english, and did I really bring soldiers to the worlds largest beer drinking festival? Oh my. Oktoberfest in Munich Germany, what a dream, what an opportunity and ... read more
What to do?
Big Crowds!
Locals hanging out in their lederhosen

Europe » Kosovo » East October 4th 2009

Leave it up to me to come up with some hair brained idea about providing the soldiers a chance to see a part of Germany. It all started when I found out that the active duty soldiers here were going to have a four day weekend which in turn meant that we would not be able to do any coordination with anybody. There were only about 100 of us here on the ADVON party so away my imagination went. I enlisted the help of a few logistic soldiers and off we were making a plan. We only had 10 mini-vans assigned to us, so I knew we would need more transportation assets and mostly I knew that I had to make this trip legitimate with the military post and the post commander. So we divided and ... read more
If only I had a map that I could have read
Pretty narrow roads
The entrance to history

Europe » Kosovo » East October 4th 2009

It's amazing how sometimes you just stumble upon things that have impact on your life. Here we were bee-bopping around Munich, enjoying the sites and snacking on the local foods. After the bus tour we really wanted to find the building that we could see people standing at the top of a tower. Didn't know what it would be or where exactly it might be located. So just like most tourists, we walked around, necks straining to look at the rooftops in search of our desired destination. We walked along one of the back allies, nearly deserted except for a young couple quietly talking on the back stairway and a few bikes propped up along side the structure. We were clueless to what we had stumbled upon until we rounded the front of the building and ... read more
St. Peters from the outside
Protected artifacts
Artifacts uncovered

Europe » Kosovo » East October 3rd 2009

This was definitely one of those training days that Davina warned me about. She said, “sometimes you have to do things that you don’t want to do, you will be scared during the training and there may even be times that you don’t understand why you are doing what you are doing.” Okay, I will never doubt her words of wisdom again. We started the day by riding a bus out to the training site in one of those buses they call “cattle trucks”. I laughed real hard with my soldier friends today when we were all jammed into this bus where you had to stand up and hold onto the upper railings. We could hardly move we were so close together and then as soon as the bus started to move all the soldiers started ... read more
Direct hit!
Trying to do those combat moves
Special eye wash

Europe » Kosovo » East October 2nd 2009

Finally…Everybody and everything has arrived here in Germany! Yea! It was quite the transportation movement event. To begin with, we only had about 100 soldiers that had traveled ahead of the masses, only 10 mini-vans and had only 24 hours available to bring in hundreds and hundreds of our KFOR 12 task force soldiers. The doctors were coming, the military police were with them, the street patrolling troops and the many other specialty soldiers would be landing here in Germany in six big planes converging on our little peaceful part Germany. I must tell you that there wasn’t a person who wasn’t excited to have everybody all together again. We came up with the mother of all plans. It was simple. Two of us would be in charge of all activities at the airport, and all ... read more
Catching a little shut eye while they wait for the buses
All good soldiers can sleep anywhere!
Everybody gather around and help with the bags...

Europe » Kosovo » East September 28th 2009

Hello again, this is Dobie! Sorry it has taken me so long to send a training update, it has taken me a while to get pictures to Davina. She’s over in Germany now and I stayed back at Camp Atterbury to do some more training. From what I hear its not the best living conditions over there so I am glad I have an extra couple of weeks to get there, anyways, I wanted to keep training hard just in case they need an extra soldier in Kosovo. What a day this was. Soldiers seem to really eat this weapons training stuff up! They put on their flak jacket, their Kevlar and all kinds of fun army gear. I was even allowed to borrow some uniform parts from a fellow soldier since I won’t be issued ... read more
Just a little target practice
My friend wearing all his cool gear
sneaking up on the targets

Europe » Kosovo » East September 28th 2009

Even in the worst of circumstances all good soldiers can find fun. We had a birthday! One of our girls in logistics was the recipient of paper flowers and a great treat. The best part was that a couple of the soldiers went shopping and found an ice cream cake! Yummy! See, deployment isn’t so bad. I’m thinking that with nearly 1500 soldiers traveling with us we should be able to find a birthday every day and then we can be guaranteed a fun part of every day! It really hasn’t been that bad here. Well, our housing is still nasty but Germany is beautiful and the days have been nice and warm. The evenings are cooling down so that we wake up to a light frost on the roof tops, which means that it is ... read more
Friends attending birthday party
Ice cream cake rocks!
Recycling at its best!

Europe » Kosovo » East September 21st 2009

Did you ever have one of those mornings that you just didn’t want to get out of bed? Welcome to my day. My mother always told me…If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it. Hmmn…Pretty good advice. It can’t really be that bad. I felt like I had a hangover I was so tired. My eyes were squinty and my hair was going every which way when I exited the dingy building. I was greeted with a beautiful sunny day, but for some reason I was still stuck in my Hogans Heroes television show. I had escape and evasion on my mind. How would I get out of this mess that I had been so excited for. I knew that it would be uncomfortable, but this by far exceeded my expectations. It was ... read more
The road to our home
Nice barracks
Comfy matresses

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