I'm not really sure when we arrived in Germany but it was the same time as the first news coverage about the shootings in Norway. We hung around the airport and visited a couple of shops. They had some great Bratwurst. We were there for about 2 hours while they refueled and cleaned up our plane. It was a good break.
|Row of AC tents|
|One of many runs of tents|
|Bunkers in case .......|
|These are everywhere.|
|Tent City transportation services.|
Were were flying from Kuwait to Bagram Afghanistan on a C17 A which is a huge cargo jet with 4 engines. There were at least 200 of us on this flight. When we pulled up in the buses the back ramp was open and we could see that there were no seats inside. A transport rig of some sort pulled up with a section of seats on it and they loaded them on the plane and secured them and the cargo plane instantly became a passenger plane. Once the seats were in place we exited the buses and loaded onto the plane. Once again I got lucky and got into the 4th row aisle seat. These seats were really tight.
The flight lasted for 4 hrs. No stewardess, no food, no movie so I read a book on my iPad for the 1st hour and a half and then got up and walked to the back of the plane where some of the guys were standing and just hanging out rather than sitting the whole flight. Some were laying on the floor sleeping. Stood for the rest of the flight until about 15 minutes before landing. We landed and they unloaded some of the cargo and we all marched off the end of the plane wearing our body armor and helmets and carrying our back packs. No bus at the Bagram Airfield....we walked about 1/4 of a mile to the terminal. The best thing about being on the ground was that it was cool and misting. Once we hit the terminal we had a briefing. It was 1 am, show time for my flight to Kabul wasn't until 3:30 am so some more waiting. The mantra for this whole experience has been "hurry up and wait". I had been up from around 4 the previous morning so it had been a long day. 3:30 came along and I made the flight which was to leave at 6:30 . Fifty-nine of us made it. When 6:30 came along 19 were bumped from he flight including me. Had to make a call and it was decided that GTW would drive and pick me up and transport me to Kabul. I was lucky..one of the guys in our travel group was going to be stuck there for 5 days miminum. Next.....My First Day In Afghanistan