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Renee made it safely

Posted by Debbie Gould on October 1, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Renee finally IM'd me today. She made it to Bagram AFB in Afghanistan without incident. Of course her definition of 'without incident' and mine are worlds apart. When she left Florida for training in Wisconsin, they were delayed about 8 hours. Seems the plane had a bird mishap and the had to wait around for the mechanic to get there. I was indignant, lol. "This is the Air Force, Renee" I said, "they only have one plane? And 1 mechanic?"

"Guess so." she calmly replied.

 

I'm thinking,'great, and this is just the beginning of the deployement. They haven't even left Florida yet.'

Well she made it to Wisconsin 'without incident' lmao, and went straight into combat training as soon as they got there. She had nothing but high praise for the Army base and her instructors. (the Army is who does their combat training) Compared to the last two years, she said they were organized and on task and everything was accomplished ahead of sched.

She didn't like so much the rolling around in mud with her rifle, but loved the convoy training. Seems they put her on top of the humvee with the huge 50 caliber gun and she just had a blast up there blowing away all the targets. She could hear the guys inside the humvee laughing and saying "Holyshit! Look at her go."  Just goes to show you not to arm a woman with PMS, cause she just went at it! She didn't say so, but I think she was putting some familiar faces of old aquaintences on those targets and just firing away, bones rattling and all. They said there was this really evil smile on her face, lol. My comment to her was "Dammit, Renee. You couldn't have missed everything so they don't put you up there on the real convoy? Would you use your head, girl."

 

So, she's at Bagram now and tells me there are tons of dirt huts, and the shower huts have no doors on them. They got a welcoming from their not so friendly neighbors in the form of 3 mortor rounds during the night, and her comment? "I was so used to it from Bagdad I slept through most of it." Well shit, Renee, that's comforting! I'm still not sure if that comment is comforting or not.

Let's see, oh yeah..."Hey, mom, through the fence, we can see the Afghani children playing with their goats" Awwwww

that's sweet, except the only thing I focused on was the word fence. FENCE!  FENCE?! Don't you mean cement wall, or baracade or something thick and solid?? FENCE?  Really?  Ugghh!

And this is just the first day! 

Then there is Jadin, who is going to be an 'Air Force guy' when he grows up, lol. He plans on jumping out of helicopter - as long as there is a rope- at least he's using his head. RENEE! He is currently training for special ops. He is 4 ya know.

 WHERE IS MY VALIUM!!!!!

I'm sure I'll be back with more updates.

Debbie

 

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7 Comments

Reply Laura
4:24 PM on October 1, 2009 
Hey, Debbie!
First, your family is gorgeous! And Second, I so appreciate your daughter fighting for our freedom. My husband was in the Air Force for years (Desert Storm was the last one), so we know how important it all is. Fun? No. Not in the least. But important. So, thank you and thanks to your daughter. You're all in our thoughts and prayers!
Hugs,
Laura
Reply Debbie
4:29 PM on October 1, 2009 
Laura says...
Hey, Debbie!
First, your family is gorgeous! And Second, I so appreciate your daughter fighting for our freedom. My husband was in the Air Force for years (Desert Storm was the last one), so we know how important it all is. Fun? No. Not in the least. But important. So, thank you and thanks to your daughter. You're all in our thoughts and prayers!
Hugs,
Laura

Thanks, Laura. Renee will read this too, so she'll see your thanks. We all appreciate it.
Reply Zequeatta Jaques
5:16 PM on October 1, 2009 
LOL, Debbie. My goodness, do take that valium. And thanks to your daughter for all she is doing for our country. I give a huge salute to her and all the others.

http://www.zequeattajaques.com/
Reply Val Pearson
6:45 PM on October 1, 2009 
I loved reading about your daughter and seeing the pics! How adorable! Thanks to your daughter for fighting for us! I love reading your blog posts.
Reply Renee
11:05 PM on October 1, 2009 
LOL....mom your over reacting im fine...lmao. And Jadin has been training for special ops for 2 years now...where have you been lol.
Reply Debbie
11:24 PM on October 1, 2009 
Renee says...
LOL....mom your over reacting im fine...lmao. And Jadin has been training for special ops for 2 years now...where have you been lol.

See what I mean!!!!
Reply Debbie
11:25 PM on October 1, 2009 
Val Pearson says...
I loved reading about your daughter and seeing the pics! How adorable! Thanks to your daughter for fighting for us! I love reading your blog posts.

Thanks, Val. She gives me lots to talk about, lol.