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April 29, 2008
Embed Travel (SNAFU)

Posted by Bill

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Kuwait International Airport. View larger image

I'm in Baghdad, delayed days by sandstorms that initially shut down air traffic from Kuwait into Baghdad International Airport and now have pushed back a helo ride to my final destination at a Forward Operating Base in the northern part of the city. The military has altered initial plans - instead of the 2-1 Stryker Cav, I'm now tentatively embedding with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division operating in and around New Baghdad and Sadr City. This is the first internet I've scored in days, and I assume access will be sparse until I'm settled. Updates to follow, weather permitting.

Travel in and out of theatre is probably the worst aspect of embedding. It's unpleasant, euphemistically speaking.

UPDATE: I see events are humming right along. Wedged knee-deep in the embed travel suck without good internet access, the sum of my first-hand knowledge about anything is getting woken up by a .50 cal somewhere within earshot of Camp Stryker last night. (Though no Mahdi conflict in that area, natch)

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Kuwait International Airport. View larger image


Posted by Bill at April 29, 2008 12:30 AM | TrackBack (0)

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My son is with the 4th Brigade 10th Mt. Division near Sadr City. He is with the 2-6 Infantry. Maybe you can look him up when you get there. His name is Jacob Todd. My other son, Jason, is with the 1st Armored Division west of Baghdad. They have not seen each other in three years. It would be neat if someone could help work it out where they could get together. Hope things go well for you in Iraq.

Posted by: Dan at April 30, 2008 12:49 AM

Thanks Dan. I probably won't have time, but I'll keep an eye out.

Posted by: Bill at April 30, 2008 01:34 PM

Your photo of the guys in the white robes really rubs me the wrong way. Can you imagine if they actually had to work for a living? Shares of Clorox would go through the roof!
Best wishes Bill, stay safe and come home to report to us.

Posted by: Babs at April 30, 2008 04:28 PM

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