Saturday, January 13, 2007

ahhh good to be home!

Well, I ( Robert) am finally home. All this week was spent training with my unit out in "the field". When it was all said and done it was very fun. During it though it was terrible. We got to go "camp out" (thats what we told Madison I was doing for the week) at a location on base in the middle of nowhere. We had to set up our tents and do basically everything to make this base functional. My squadrons goal is to be able to deploy to any non functional base in the world and make it functional. Our squadron is completely self-sufficient. So we have cops, communications, and really anything you would need to survive on our own. So we once we arrived and everything got the green light to go the scenario began. We deployed to a desert country and set up our base facilities. We were all issued m-16 rifles with blanks. The gear we used is basically laser tag X 50. Each set of what we used cost about 2400 dollars. Pretty expensive stuff. Well for the next 3 days we were attacked by terrorists in all the ways our troops are being attacked in Iraq now. Suicide bombers, car bombs, snipers, and everything else imaginable. If hit, a buzzar rang out and bam you have to lay down, not move and not say anything until one of the security forces in charge of the training would come revive you. The tempature got down to 6 degrees at night without the wind factor. And tuesday-friday I got maybe 6 hours of sleep. So needless to say I am incredibly glad to be home. Not to mention
5 times a day having to listen to muslim call to prayers over loudspeakers strategically placed overlooking our camp. Kind of gets to you after a while.
Kudos to my wife for the rant she gave. She made me proud :). Scary that people acctually follow this that church. I looked at her website and out of the many things that came to my mind the main thing was the casting crowns lyri ," Are we happy plastic people Under shiny plastic steeples With walls around our weakness And smiles to hide our pain." All the pictures online show attractive,skinny smiling people who seem to not have a care in the world. I wish that they could see what Christ is really about. We all need to pray for them. Anyways dinner is ready, I love you all, and i pray God will bless you. He loves you more then we could ever know. Glory to be to God...

-Robert

2 comments:

MamaK said...

So glad you're back, broth-ah. The boys were fascinated, of course, with your assignment...

Sleep well!
;-)

val said...

I just wanted to say thank you so much for serving our country, for putting others needs ahead of your own.