We woke up at 0400 to draw our weapons. I made Marksman at the range. We are all busy packing for the flight. The Medical Officers got out of playing in the dirt this afternoon. They don’t want us getting hurt. Spirits are high. Not a lot of sleep, but we will be able to sleep on the plane. On base here the weapons are locked up. We travel with them on the plane and keep it on us at all times. That takes a little getting use to. You do not want to loose your weapon. A lot of things are classified, for obvious reasons. You gain a whole new perspective on life. People are happy to get some sleep, take a shower, have a good meal, and being able to talk to their family and friends when they get a chance. Don’t even think about sleeping in. I may be out of contact for a few days untill I arrive at my final destination. Finished briefing at 1900. We start at 0530. Everyone was happy we get to sleep late. Processing a couple of hundred people takes a lot of time. You do a lot of hurry up and wait. The only complaint you ever hear is no one here likes standing and waiting. Everyone is eager to get to work, very focused on their mission.
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