Traveling to Iraq
After a week of partying and relaxed dinners in Yuma, we assembled the morning of Feb. 6 in our hanger to board the plane that would take us overseas. It was three hours late.
We were told to surrender our knives and lighters before boarding, but not our M-9 pistols and M-16 machine guns -- which got a good laugh.
At our first stop, in Bangor, Maine, we were greeted by several veterans, who shook our hands and offered free use of cell phones to make last calls home. I passed on the free calls as I had already said my 500th good-bye to my family and friends.
We re-boarded the plane after it had taken on a new crew and fresh bag of gas. As we pushed back from the gate, I worked on a crossword puzzle to divert my attention from the fact I was leaving the U.S.
As we taxied, the pilot came over the intercom "Attendants take your seats for takeoff." As the airplane lurched forward and the wheels broke contact with the runway, the troops onboard broke out in a cheer, or shouted "Good-bye USA." For what seemed like a very extended takeoff, my stomach climbed up my throat. Its going to be a long year.
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