Recovering in Kuwait
Camp Virginia, Kuwait is where we spent about nine or ten days just relaxing. The flight companies flew the aircraft down to port and waited for a ride to the United States. All of us had plenty of time to decompress, with a schedule that did not have any formal events on it. We went from a million and one things to do, to nothing to do at all -- quite a shock which left everybody weary. We were weary that we forgot to do something, an uneasy feeling, but in reality there was nothing to do-- but wait. Many of us slept in and got some much needed rest, recovering from the chronic fatigue all the aircrew members suffered during this tour.
Our training to go back to the land of Capitalism began at Camp Virginia, where plenty of services were available at a considerable markup from what we were used to in Iraq. The camp library is quite nice prompting our tent to challenge ourselves to finish a 500 to 600 page book before we left for the US, which meant reading about 100 pages per day.
There were daily gaggles of soldiers in front of the tents, where the conversations mostly revolved around the fact most of us wanted to return home soon. We also spoke of the hurdles which remained in front of us -- a plane ride to the US and at least a week's stay at the wonderful demobilization center, Ft. Dix, NJ.
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