The hawk! It’s here in the ‘stan!

Kapisa Province, Afghanistan - I think that this 22 November pic is the last one you will see of me not wearing a jacket until next spring. The HAWK has arrived in the ‘stan!

Kapisa Province, Afghanistan –
I think that this 22 November pic is the last one you will see of me not wearing a jacket until next spring. The HAWK has arrived in the ‘stan!

For the past few weeks, the weather has been getting colder and colder as we go into winter. On the last few missions we’ve gone on outside the wire, I haven’t bothered taking a coat or jacket, because all of the extra weight (from all of the body armor and gear) usually keeps me warm.

But today, the HAWK paid us a visit.

What is the hawk, you ask? Google it, young’uns!

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Today was the day I realized that I can no longer wear short-sleeved t-shirts and flip-flops as I make my way from my tent to the showers. Now that the hawk is here, just going to the bathroom presents challenges. Because anytime I go outside, I freeze!

I have plenty of cold-weather clothing. (Did you hear that, Mamma? I have PLENTY OF COLD-WEATHER CLOTHING! No need to send me any underwear or sweaters.) But, now I have to get dressed up like the Stay-Puft marshmallow man whenever I go outside the tent.

It’s a hassle, but it’s one I don’t mind. If I don’t like going out in it, hopefully, the insurgents don’t either.

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