Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yip Yip

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was very windy and sand was blowing everywhere. When I went outside our tent big clouds of sand were rolling around the base and the wind was probably 35 or 40 miles an hour. When we got back to our tents our hair was full of sand.

Some of the people in my unit have been seeing a couple of little desert foxes that come and eat leftover Kentucky Fried Chicken out of our trash cans. I haven't seen them yet, but I have been following their tracks in the sand hoping that I can find where their burrow is. These little foxes are light brown, a little bigger than a large cat and have huge ears. The other soldiers said that they are very cute!

We had some fun training the other day called Rollover training. We got in machines that look like the big armored trucks that people ride in Iraq now called MRAPS, except these are attached to a big round wheel on both ends so the whole thing can spin around. We strapped ourselves in then they flipped the whole thing upside down. I was hanging from the ceiling by my seat belt. We had to undo the seat belt and flip over. After getting out of the seat we had to get out of the truck through a hatch to pretend we were getting out of a real truck that had flipped over.

I should be going up to Iraq in a few days and get settled in. Right now we are still waiting for all our training to be done. We have some free time, so I saw a couple movies (Transformers 2 and Star Trek) and today I played Tiger Woods golf on the Wii.