Saturday, May 9, 2009

Back From Michigan

Been another long pause since the last post. Just the standard "hustle and bustle" of life. Just got back from a huge, flyaway mobility exercise to a training base in Michigan. Somehow something this large managed to "sneak up on me," meaning I was so busy and didn't give it two thoughts right up to the point when I realized I was leaving for a week the next day. So a week ago today I hopped on a plane, flew four hours away and landed in "Japan" to begin the war. Our base was attacked by missiles, fanatic enemy special forces, aircraft, chemicals, high explosives--it really was a lot of fun! Well, maybe not the parts where we were in chemical suits for hours on end, but all of the excitement and watching good people do great things to get the mission done makes it all worth it.

I ended up in charge of the whole wing for a brief period of time when the command center was "bombed." That was pretty exciting. I joked with my group that I was going to take this opportunity to "shake things up a bit" in the wing. New Sheriff in town, if you will. I joked that we were going to set up a "fun run" in chemical suits and a picnic for the wing. Lightened the mood a bit and everyone had a nice chuckle (as much as you can with a mask on).

All-in-all, it was a good week. Long hours, lots of MREs, bad coffee, rain, sweat, stinky feet, bad food at the chowhall...what more can you ask for?

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Steve - Mobility Exercises were some of my fondest memories of the USAF (not). In my case "Japan" really was Japan.

I was placed on the hard broke crew on time. Anything that needed swapping in and out was sent to us (I really did love my job). Then, we went into a six hour chemical situation where we did the same thing, but this time in various MOP levels. Fun.