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.

By Bert Stover |  February 15, 2007; 5:26 AM ET  | Category:  Demobilization
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Thanks for an accurate update on how it is over there for a change. Very insightful.

Posted by: Pat | February 15, 2007 09:27 AM

I know you must be anxious to GET HOME!! Everything happens in the "Military's Time", but you already know that!ha....
At least you are on your way!! Thanks again for sharing your experience with us!
Keeping you in my prayers!

Posted by: Mechanic's Mom | February 15, 2007 12:08 PM

You will be surprised, months from now, how tight your internal spring was wound during the performance of your duty. You will need more time to "demobilize" than you realize. Just be as patient as you can with family and friends that will surround and at times suffocate you at first--they truly mean well. Wait until you experience the behaviors and attitudes of everyone around you in the normal "everyday" routine of things. You will soon look at life very differently. Me? I feel more blessed, lucky, and grateful for what I have. I hope you get to the same place quickly after the shock of re-entry into life in America. Gods Speed.

Posted by: SMSgt Randolph Hurst, USAF, retired in 2006 | February 15, 2007 03:04 PM

It is great to know that you have gotten some much needed rest You are almost home. Again, thank you for your service. God Speed.

Posted by: Linda | February 15, 2007 05:42 PM

A very proud "Salute" to the 224th Aviation Bn. Welcome home!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: barbi | February 15, 2007 07:44 PM

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