Long time no talk
Gardez Travel Blog› entry 4 of 15 › view all entries
Well, so much for me keeping up with my writing. I’m sorry it’s been such a long time. It doesn’t feel like much has happened, but quite a bit has. I’ve been in Gardez for about 2 months now. The FOB is pretty small. There can’t be more than 500 people here. It’s a mixture of Army, Navy, Air Force, Polish, Romanian and of course Afghans. Everyone seems to be getting along.
I found out that I’m actually filling a YN Billet. I thought it was going to be kind of crappy because I don’t know anything about YN stuff, but the Warrant Officer I work for says I do work as good or even better than YN’s he’s worked with before. It’s always nice to hear. I guess the guy I replaced was a major crap bag, so looking good became a very easy task.
The warrant officer I work for is the Admin (S1) mentor for Shukor. He’s an officer in the ANA. I’m pretty impressed with him. He’s a hard worker and seems honest. One of the good guys. There are a lot of guys in the ANA that don’t seem to take their job or anything seriously. The work ethic is definitely different. The motto seems to be “In Sh’allah”, or “God willing”. Meaning, if it’s meant to be, it will be. I think if the people could just change a little bit, our progress would be a lot more rapid.My job deals with a lot of paperwork. I’m actually a little disappointed because I do almost the same things here as I did back in Pensacola. Even my work hours are the same. I wanted to try to do something completely different.
The interpreters are pretty cool. They gave me an Afghan name, its something like Nafas gau, it’s supposed to mean a flower’s breath, I’m not positive though. I thought it was sweet. I go to lunch with them regularly and have chai after. We talk about each other’s cultures a lot. I always try to convince them to see things my way, haha. Hopefully some of it sticks.
I haven’t been able to do a lot of humanitarian stuff.
Even though I haven’t really been on humanitarian missions, I’ve gone outside the wire quite a bit. I went rock climbing! I think I was at 7800 ft. The view was pretty cool, and I have pictures. It was hard but pretty awesome. I’ve also been to the range. We shot at stuffed animals, lol, sad, right? I’ve been on a few convoys too. I told two of the Army sergeants that plan the convoys to put me on some whenever they can. They ask me to go pretty regularly now.