Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
From Charleston AFB, where I coincidentally saw my now x-brother in law on the ramp , I was packed into a C-141 headed for Laguardia Airport in NYC. From there it was 1st class ( not even close) on a Pan Am 747! We stopped in Rome for fuel & food and then on the Riyadh. As Guido & Mario loaded the goods, I stood on their scissors jack loading platform and actually smoked a cigarette. As a late call-up, I didn't arrive in the sand box until Valentines Day. We flew from Riyadh to KKMC in a C-130 which pretty much sucked. For my fist night in country, stayed in a big fest tent with what looked like several hundred othere soldiers. As luck would have, they blew a SCUD alert & everybody scrambled for their p- masks. Nothing more foolish than seeing a female soldier putting lotion on her legs & arms while wearing a protective mask. The next day it was off to the 24th ID (MECH) in an Engineer 5 ton dump truck that almost flipped. I swear we had to grab people to keep them from going over the side. At some point in the night it actually rained. While at the divisional HQ I saw & heard a CSM dogging a PAC guy for tossing bags of mail out of a trailer so he could crawl in out of the rain to sleep. The mail bags were soaked. I eventually made it to their Divisional Cav Squadron (2/4 Cav) only to link up with my old 2 ACR mentor CSM Gene Soucy. If landing in a combat zone can have a soft landing mine did thanks to several familiar faces. That's the beauty of the extended Cav family, they're everywhere!
Tojours Pret- Always Ready!
We left " The Rock " in early Decenber ( 5th or 6th), rode to Rhine Main in the snow with a sore ass ( from the gamogloblin shot ) and boarded a commercial jet. Probably the first and only time I heard a pilot come over the intercom and wish us a good flight and to please place our weapons muzzel down. Landing in Saudi the pilot then told us that if it was not nailed down on the plane, take what you want. It was hotter than hell once we got off the plane.