Sorry about the delay in blog posting. You might think it was because of the Christmas holiday that I haven’t been online as much. But actually, it was because I was WORKING!
We had to conduct a mounted combat patrol to Bagram from FOB Morales-Frazier on Christmas day. I was escorting French journalists to see some of our teams construction projects on the 26th, so we had to be in Bagram so we could leave early. Luckily, I did make it to Bagram in time to have a nice holiday meal.
The next day, on the 26th, it was a typical patrol to check out some projects under construction. I answered some questions for the media, and helped facilitate on-camera interviews with members of my team.
When we returned to Bagram the same day, we learned we received a new commander. This was a bit awkward for us, because we weren’t expecting it. But, that’s the military … people come and go. It’s not a problem for us, but like most groups, we’ll probably experience the whole “forming, storming, norming, performing” stages all over again now that a new face has joined our group.
The unique thing about the military is, no one is irreplaceable. If something happens to you today, there’s a system in place to have your work done by someone else tomorrow.