Arrival Kuwait 18:30 7FEB06
My first orders overseas, issued over the intercom on our plane as we parked at the gate after landing in Kuwait:
"You will depart the plane and proceed directly to the buses, nothing else. No smoke break, no pictures, no nothing, just get on the buses; Its nighttime here so ..."
We got off the plane and proceeded to the buses. Small, with curtains drawn over the windows, the buses were the first sign we were 'not in Kansas anymore'. Before boarding the buses, the air was fresh and much more humid than in Yuma. Inside the buses, it was musty, dank, stale.
The seats were only big enough to seat soldiers under 5'10", so those of us a little taller had to jam our knees between our seatbacks and those in front of us. We drove around a bit, then stopped long enough for a couple of soldiers to get off for a basic issue of ammo for the trip ahead. As we departed, the driver, a local of undetermined nationality turned out the lights and American voice said, "Close all of the curtains!"
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