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First 2 Weeks

January 07, 2011 | Specialist David Clarke

Well, Im here now. Finally at our COB. I was surprised as to how long it took us to get to our actual station over here. First we flew from the states to Germany, then to Kyrgyzstan (never new the country existed till i was there), next was Bagram Air Field (BAF) Afghanistan, then of to Salerno, and now our COB. The flights to Germany and Kyrgyzstan were on a commercial airline, stopping in Germany to refit. Manas is the staging area for US Forces going into Afghan, kind of like Kuwait is for Iraq, Manas, Kyrgyzstan is for Afghanistan. Than BAF and Salerno. Took some classes on what to expect and some training and such. Than we finally got flown out in Chanooks to our COB. Just so happens we landed here at our final destination on my birthday, our helicopter got shot at i guess, didnt really amount to much, just pop shots.

Life here isnt bad. We are transitioning with the 101st guys who are here. We are a platoon size element out here. We have an MWR (moral welfare and recreation) where we have TVs with satelite, PS3, Xbox, and i think we have a wii as well. Also have phones and internet (not free but reasonably priced) We have 2 cooks that cook for us, the food is much better than i expected. They cook it for us, and than they have Afghans that are hired to clean dishes and the dining area. Everyone has their own room in a hardstand building with power. So we all have our laptops and Ipods, basically all the electronics we could fit in our bags is here. So we do get to relax, but we cannot forget that the mission comes first, so some days we will have time to sit down and relax, and others we will bw roughing it out. Comes with the job i guess. Overall it is much nicer here than we all expected.

Out here in the wire is fairly safe this far, but we have heard from the Unit that is here when they go out on missions thats when they get contact with the enemy and such. We havnt gone out yet. IEDs and such are to be expected, along with the attacks and such. The unit here we replaced lost 2 men and several others wounded. So there is danger, but thats what we do, that is our job to go out and find the enemy, and win the hearts and minds of the local population.

I cannot post pictures or video yet because we are not allowed to connect our personal electronics to the MWR computers where we have the public internet access.


  • Stormy Snow
    1/7/2011 2:39 PM
    Stay safe, my son deploys to join you soon...........just know that each and everyone of you are appreciated and are our true American heroes! Thank you.
  • Dad
    1/8/2011 7:13 AM
    Great synopsis of your first two weeks; I get people at work asking about you every day and they send their best, wishyou a safe deployment and their deepest thanks for your commitment.
  • Eliesha
    1/8/2011 9:05 AM
    I am glad you all made it there safely. My husband is in A troop so I look forward to following your blog!! You guys stay safe!
  • Cat_Sulli
    1/8/2011 9:13 AM
    B troop wife here :) glad to hear y'all made it safely. Givre Sullivan a big kiss from his i'm going to follow your blog so keep up w/ the updates!
  • Jika
    1/8/2011 7:34 PM
    Good luck, David!
    a friend from Kyrgyzstan :)
  • Mom
    1/9/2011 3:23 PM
    Glad you arrived safely. Kep us posted we'll be watching the blog. : )
  • Donna Olson
    1/9/2011 8:07 PM
    Thanks for the update, been thinking about you. Stay safe.
    The Olson's
  • Joe Jann
    1/12/2011 12:34 AM
    David- Your mom & dad gave us an update on your recent deployment at Scott Kline's Eagle Court of Honor Sunday. We will think of you often and pray for your safety.

    Thank you for your service to our country and good luck with your difficult mission over there.
  • Kathy
    2/8/2011 10:39 PM
    You did a great job summarizing your first two weeks there. My nephew is there with you in B-Troop. I hope you will post often. On another note, I'm preparing as many care packages as possible and would love to know what snacks or hygiene items all of you need or want. I'm shipping them to my nephew, but he will be happy to share. He's pretty modest about asking for anything specific, so I need all the ideas I can get. Thank you for serving!! I'm praying for all of you.

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